Terry Neese has a reputation for stepping up to help friends in need.
Today, he and his family are the ones needing help and it’s coming from a group led by Neese family friend Lani Keeney.
The family’s need stems from an incident on April 17, when Terry suffered a major stroke and was hospitalized in Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix.
Immediately after the stroke he was treated at Good Sam and underwent rehabilitation in the hospital’s Select Rehab Center.
Just a week ago, he was released from the hospital to return home and is currently undergoing rehabilitation in Payson.
With Terry struggling to recover and his family supporting his rehab efforts, Terry’s friends have pitched in to organize a benefit to be held from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, July 20 at the Oxbow Saloon on Main Street.
All proceeds will help pay the medical costs incurred during Terry’s hospitalization and recovery.
Clay Sopeland and his four-piece Moonshine Mafia band, which is known locally for its high-energy shows and crowd interaction, will provide music.
Also at the upcoming benefit, a trio of the Rim Country’s most recognized campfire cooks — Clayton Randall, Roy Haught and Albert Hunt — will prepare a scrumptious, cowboy-style, barbecue feast.
The three’s outdoor-style slow cooking expertise yields mouthwatering delights that are sure to tickle the taste buds.
During the afternoon of the benefit, a reverse raffle for a 2013 Polaris Ranger 900 is sure to be a highlight. Those who have participated in reverse raffles before know they can turn into a boot-scootin’ good time as ticket holders jockey for the possibility of driving away in the red hot side-by-side.
Because Terry attended Payson schools his entire student life and worked for the Town of Payson Street Department from 1998 to 2007, he is well known in the Rim Country.
He and his wife Sundi (Haught), whom he met in 1995 and married in 2000, have a daughter, Rylinn, 12, and son, Braden, 7.
After resigning his position with the Town of Payson, Terry founded his own business — Round Valley Processing, which processes wild game, beef and pork.
Prior to his stroke, Terry enjoyed team roping, hunting and four-wheeling in his free time.
Friends, including Keeney, describe him as a man “with a huge heart who loves to help people out.”
Tickets for the reverse raffle are available at Payson Concrete, Bud’s Plumbing and Napa Auto Parts.
In addition to the raffle, organizers have scheduled silent auctions, gun raffles and 50/50 raffles, some of which have a fully processed half-beef as a prize.
For more information or to purchase reverse raffle tickets, call Keeney at (928) 978-0990.