Worthy recipients received checks totaling $13,400 during the Payson Rodeo Committee’s monthly meeting Nov. 9 at the Best Western Payson Inn.
In all, the rodeo committee has made donations of $21,550 during the current calendar year.
The money represents the profits from sponsorship of Payson’s two pro rodeos — the World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo in August and the Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo in the spring.
“Our rodeos were great; the people enjoyed themselves, the cowboys competed hard and we earned enough money to pay off some bills and make the contributions,” said rodeo boss Bill Armstrong.
The rodeo committee has been a source where coaches, teachers and group sponsors can go to ask for much-needed financial assistance for decades.
This year was no exception, as the Payson High wrestling team received $1,500 at the Nov. 9 meeting.
Most recently, the committee donated $500 to the Rim Country wrestling team and $1,000 to the RCMS baseball squad.
The largest donation, totaling $5,000, funded five college scholarships for PHS graduating seniors.
“We try to do good things with the money,” Armstrong said. “That’s always been our goal.”
Other donations were made this year to: Payson Community Kids, $500; Rotary of Payson, $500; Payson Gila County Sheriff’s Posse, $1,200; Ag Ed Foundation (FFA), $1,500; Payson Supply Line, $600; Payson Military Honor Guard, $600; Cowgirls Historical Foundation, $1,000; Payson Christian Clinic, $1,000; Payson Reaching Out Breast Cancer Support Group, $5,000; Ag Ed for Junior High/High School Rodeo, $500; Miss Rodeo Arizona, $150; Sawdust Festival, $750; Civil War Sponsorship, $250; Payson Main Street Guild, $100.