The good news from Justice McNeeley Foundation member Katie Parks is the donations for the upcoming benefit quad and ATV poker run are rolling in at a record-setting pace.
“We have some awesome donations this year for the live auction. We have a pair of his and hers mountain bikes, a pool table with all the accessories, a grill, beer signs, jewelry, eyelash extensions, a two-night stay at Strawberry Hill Cabins, a casino stay, a plane ride and the list goes on,” says Parks, who is hoping for a good sized turnout for the run, which begins at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Rimside Grill just south of Pine on Beeline Highway.
“With the economy the way it is, we are overwhelmed with applications for children needing medical support, we never want to be in the position to have to turn a child down because of funds,” Parks said.
While the run traditionally draws a large contingent from Pine and Strawberry, Payson has not been well represented in past benefits.
“I don’t think it has sunk in yet to the Payson community that we have helped more Payson kids than we have Pine/Strawberry kids,” said Parks.
“I believe part of that is because the foundation originated in Pine, but we definitely need more Payson support.”
Registration on poker run day opens at 9 a.m. and the Grill will be offering a breakfast special for $3.99.
Following the run, prizes will be given for both the best and worst poker hands.
In the afternoon hours, a horseshoe tournament, raffles, auctions and a 50/50 drawing will highlight the celebration.
Also at the Rimside is a very nice volleyball court — the presence of which usually spawns several pick-up games.
Among the raffle prices is a Gentron Pro 2, 3000w portable generator valued at $500.
From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Bryan Higgens and the Whiskey Creek Band will provide music.
With the run just over the horizon, Parks is issuing an invitation to “Come, dance and party down,” and of course, it’s all for a great cause.
For more information, go online to www.justicemcneeleyfoundation .org/home.
Adult softball wraps
The 2011 edition of town-sponsored slow pitch softball wrapped Sept. 6 with championship games at Rumsey Two.
In the men’s competitive tournament, Ted Pettet-State Farm whipped Wilcox Electric for the title.
Having a Pettet sponsored team win all is nothing new, the former mayor and teacher turned insurance man has been sponsoring winning town teams since the early 1980s.
In the men’s recreation tournament bracket, Payson Auto Body beat the Worm Burners in the finale.
In women’s play, Waste Management emerged victorious over Pizza Factory.
Jumbo sets Peaks record
Local cross-country runners, coaches and fans know Rolonda Jumbo well.
That’s because Payson High School athletes have been competing against her since she sprung onto the state’s sports scene as a talented freshman runner from Chinle with a bright, bright future.
One of the meets in which Payson runners often competed against Jumbo was the 5K Peaks Invitational cross country race held at Buffalo Park in Flagstaff as a season-opening competition.
This season, Payson didn’t travel to Peaks, opting instead to go to Tempe for a Marcos de Niza hosted opener.
But Chinle was at Peaks and Jumbo turned in one of her finest performances, setting a meet record of 19:29.
Her effort paced the Wildcats to the Peaks team championship and served as further proof that she is one of the finest long distance runners in the country.