Rim Country Gets To Put On The Glitz

Get out the glitz — it’s time for the annual Black & White Ball. This year it’s a Chicago-style celebration. Gangster garb anyone?

Get out the glitz — it’s time for the annual Black & White Ball. This year it’s a Chicago-style celebration. Gangster garb anyone?

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Get out the glitz — it’s time for the annual Black & White Ball. This year it’s a Chicago-style celebration. Gangster garb anyone?

“Our annual Black & White Ball takes its theme from the history of the third largest city in the United States — Chicago (the Windy City, that Toddlin’ Town), host to 200 parades each year, home to the Cubs and the Bulls, and infamous Prohibition era gangsters,” said Sanja Long, executive director of Mogollon Health Alliance.

Long invites participants to don formal attire or dress in a period costume from the days of gangsters, Tommy guns and flappers.

The MHA will present its big, beautiful benefit Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Event Center. This year’s beneficiaries will be the Rim Country Educational Foundation as well as MHA. Participants will make a difference for education and health.

“We are delighted to name RCEF as the beneficiary of the 2013 silent auction. I can’t imagine a more important project for our entire community than bringing a university to Payson,” said Long.

The evening will feature the big band sound by Sonoran Swing with vocals by Mary Gilbert and MHA’s own Gary Cordell, vice president of its board of directors.

The 6 p.m. dinner includes a choice of prime rib or baked ziti with chicken and pasta primavera, salad, twice-baked potatoes, bread and what casino culinary experts promise will be a dazzling dessert.

Tickets may be purchased through Wednesday, Jan. 23 from MHA. The cost is $200 per individual or $1,500 for a table seating eight. Call (928) 472-2588 for more information.

Bronze sponsors for the evening are Stellar Capital Management and APS.

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