Radiothon To Raise Money For Rim Country Charities In Need

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Help the local Soroptimist club do what they do best, raise money and give it away, Oct. 3 during their 10th annual Radiothon.

Every cent collected during the eight-hour fund-raiser benefits several local charities, each of which have experienced drops in funding during the economic downturn.

The Time Out Inc. domestic violence shelter, for example, lost more than $200,000 due to federal and state cuts.

All the while, the need for its services, including 24-hour emergency shelter and transitional housing, remains consistent.

And at Payson Community Kids, the number of “at risk” children in Payson whose parents, for various reasons, struggle to provide adequate care, clothing, food or other essential needs remains steady as well.

PCK provides food, school supplies and clothing to children as well as dental and medical care when needed.

“We invite you to partner with us to make a difference for Rim Country women and girls,” said Camille Levee, chair of the Radiothon committee.

Throughout the Radiothon, KMOG (1420 AM) and KRIM (96.3 FM) will promote the Radiothon and broadcast stories of how money from the fund-raiser benefits these groups.

Last year, the Soroptimists of Zane Grey Country helped more than 700 women and girls lives locally, Levee said.

Hosted at the Chapman Auto Center, residents are urged to donate.

Money raised this year, will be divided between Time Out Inc, Arizonans for Children, Payson Community Kids and the Soroptimist’s Women’s Opportunity Award.

Chartered in 1975, the local Soroptimist club is a group of women working to enhance and the lives of other women.

“Our greatest group pleasure comes from raising money and giving it away,” according to their Web site. “Service is our passion.”

In the last five years, the group has raised $88,355 through the Radiothon, an annual wine tasting and See’s candy sales.

Besides Time Out and PCK, money has gone to the Rim Country Literacy Program, Payson Food Bank, Rim Country Museum, the Women’s Wellness Forum and Life Stitches.

For more information, visit www.si zanegrey.org.

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