Bowl For Kids’ Sake Fund-Raising Event Coming Up


Do you enjoy the thrill of picking up a 7-10 split? Does it make you feel good to reach out to children who need a friend?

Well, on Sept. 26, you can do both! On that Sunday at Rim Country Lanes, your Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) program will hold its annual Bowl For Kids’ Sake fund-raiser — with all the proceeds earmarked to benefit Rim Country boys and girls ages 6 to 16.

There are several ways you can contribute to help make this event a success. As an individual, you can form a team of five bowlers (minimum $35 donation per bowler), sign up as an independent bowler or make a cash donation to BBBS. Also, as a business or organization, you can be a 2010 sponsor and receive all the benefits of sponsorship.

Think bowling would be a fun way to help kids, but maybe you’re concerned because your bowling average is less than your age? Don’t be. Some of our fund-raisers are first-time bowlers and most others are recreational. All of our bowlers are just out to have a fun afternoon and there to let our Payson area children know “You’ve Got A Friend In Me.”

Whenever I hear Randy Newman and Lyle Lovett’s 1995 duet, “You’ve Got A Friend In Me,” I’m always reminded of the special relationship a BBBS mentor has with his little brother or sister.

The song’s lyrics, “When the road looks rough ahead and you’re miles and miles from your nice warm bed, you just remember what your old pal said — Boy, you’ve got a friend in me” describe the unique bond that the more than 60 Rim Country adult-child matches each enjoy through Big Brothers Big Sisters.

This week’s music trivia question is: For which of the following Disney movies was the song, “You’ve Got A Friend In Me,” written? A) Beauty And The Beast, B) The Lion King, C) Toy Story, or D) The Terminator?

If you’re caller number five this week with the right answer, you’ll receive a $20 gift certificate to Macky’s Grill, where the food is always delicious and the hometown service will bring a smile to your face.

Restaurant owner Greg and Cari Day are big-time supporters of Payson events and organizations. Cari also just happens to be on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Now, let’s turn to last week’s music trivia question, which was: Can you name the artist of the Grammy Hall of Fame hit, “What A Wonderful World?” Was it A) Ray Charles, B) Duke Ellington, C) Louis Armstrong, or D) Justin Bieber?

The correct answer was Louis Armstrong.

Duke Ellington was a talented jazz band composer and performer from the 1920s through the 1950s. Ray Charles was a multi-genre singer/entertainer from the late 1950s to the early 2000s. Sixteen-year-old Justin Bieber is a current pop “teen idol,” whose 2009 album, “My World 2.0,” topped the Billboard chart.

Congratulations to last week’s music trivia winner, Chuck Hardt, who won a love song CD and a $10 gift certificate to Scoops Ice Cream.

A little about Chuck: If you have been associated with the Payson school system in any way for the last three decades, you probably know him. He was a teacher and coach for the schools from 1976-2008. He’s now retired.

Chuck was born and lived in the Valley until he was 11 years old, then moved with his mother to Payson.

He met his wife, Shirley, during the “August Doin’s” in the mid 1970s. He said, “A mutual friend invited both of us to the Oxbow Saloon’s rodeo dance. We spent a long time talking. It was an exciting night.”

In October, Chuck and Shirley will celebrate their 33rd wedding anniversary. Their daughter, Hillari, just completed her first year of teaching. This fall, their son, Hunter, will begin his junior year at Northern Arizona University.

In his spare time, Chuck enjoys fishing, refereeing high school basketball and walking with Shirley at Green Valley Park. They attend the Expedition Church.

As for his music preference, Chuck said, “I really like all kinds of music, but particularly classic country, ’50s and early ’60s pop and worship music.” His three favorite artists are Bob Wills, George Strait and Journey.

Lastly, please give me a call if you’d like to participate in this year’s Bowl For Kids’ Sake fund-raiser or would like more information about our local Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.

DJ Craig — Phone: 468-1482

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