Details for Community Wellness & Education

Nonprofit trio working hard & playing hard
A trio of local nonprofit organizations have been working together to put the "fun" into fundraising. Over the past year,
MHA Foundation, RVN3 Foundation, and Mogollon Sporting Association have teamed up to help accomplish some very
impactful projects for our local schools. Each known for their uniquely effective individual efforts within our community,
they have found that they each have one goal in common; helping our students succeed. Their mission statements are as
MHA Foundation:
A nonprofit community leader with a mission to enhance local Health and Education.
RVN3 Foundation:
We are using sports to promote education and support youth in their academic and athletic endeavors alike.
Mogollon Sporting Association:
To enhance wildlife, environment, education, and our economy in the Mogollon Rim Country by supporting local quality
game management, youth, and local businesses.
While each organization has been working very hard, for different amounts of time with varying amounts of contribution,
they have found a stride together that could dramatically enhance the local student experience for many years to come.
In the past 12 months, they have teamed up to contribute significant funding for school projects such as the new PHS "old
gym" floor, complete replacement of mats for the wrestling programs, band uniform replacement, RCMS baseball equipment, and more projects in the works. These projects have helped improve our students' ability to succeed and feel cared
for, alongside the unending efforts of our local schools.
Living in a rural community has its sacrifices, and many times we find our school's
budget to be limited based on the wishlists of its programs. Fortunately, the partnership of PUSD and our local nonprofits allows for our teachers and coaches to have
resources that would otherwise take never-ending fundraising efforts for them to
Not only is the money coming in from our generous community, but they are also
making the process very entertaining. Notably, in April of this year, all the organizations brought extensive contribution checks to the table at Backwoods Bar & Grill's
"Longhorn Legends Night" to complete the $20,000 gym floor project fundraiser in
less than three weeks. A cause spearheaded by local business, Keith Family Flooring. Complete with loud music, stories of Longhorn heroes, standing on tables to
auction various items, and an overall great time as a community.
Mogollon Sporting Association continues to hold its long-standing annual banquet
that is as fun as it is extremely effective. This year they wrapped up the effort with a
record-breaking amount of funds raised for local youth and wildlife conservation.
RVN3 Foundation has busted into the scene over the past few years with its party-style mentality to get things done for our youth. Their annual charitable golf tournament packs out the Payson Golf Club and can be heard throughout the entire neighborhood. They also sell styled RVN3
apparel that has become a staple within the community.
MHA Foundation looks to continue to pour into our local schools through college and career readiness curriculum
resources such as AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) and our local ASPIRE Foundation while also helping
to promote the success of athletics and other extracurricular programs. Their school partnership campaign in 2020,
appropriately named "Back Together," provided a large number of resources for school sanitization and safety while proving a unifying message that students and faculty could embrace as they returned in person.
The teamwork of these three dedicated nonprofits is a truly unique opportunity for our local schools and community. Each
organization complements the other and the hard work of our local schools to continue to build opportunities for our students' success.

Lanterns on the Lake

New event aims to create something beautiful
Time Out Shelter, Inc is up to something. Alongside their faithful service to those in our community and around the state
suffering from domestic violence, they have their eyes on a new community event. "We want to see the community as a
whole show up to celebrate hope and take a stand against domestic violence and bullying," says the President of the
Time Out Shelter Board. To accomplish this, they are switching up their usual efforts to impact the community and building a can’t-miss event at Green Valley Park on the evening of October 7, 2021. The aim is to fill a portion of the large
lake at the park with beautiful, customizable floating lanterns for all ages to enjoy. With this event a month away, they are
already off to a great start!
With over 200 lanterns already pre-purchased by Chapman Auto Center
and multiple big partners jumping on board for the evening, it is shaping
up to be a night to remember for the town to participate. "We are creating a fun environment for families while taking a stand against something
serious," states another board member. Payson Fire Department and
Hellgate Fire Department are bringing staff and ladder trucks to add to
the excitement. At the same time, Payson PD will also be represented to
show their support for an issue that they find themselves in the middle of
often. The evening will allow our local families to build relationships with
law enforcement further and continue the anti-bullying conversation with
our youth. Leadership students within Payson Unified School District will
also be attending to help spread the message of kindness and hope.
There will also be two local food trucks in attendance.
This two-hour event is sure to be a memorable experience for those that
attend and will culminate with a beautiful sunset scene with hundreds of
lanterns on our beautiful town lake. Lanterns will be available at the event
and any donation to Time Out, Inc. would be appreciated. There will be
a place for the lanterns to be decorated and written on before launching
as well. Time Out Shelter invites you to save the date and join the cause
to further the health and wellness within our community.
Event Schedule:
4:30pm - Gathering & Town Leadership Commencement
5:00pm - Annual Awareness Walk (Around Green Valley Park)
5:30pm - Food, Music, Lantern Decorating, & Launching
To learn more about Time Out Shelter, visit


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A mountain bike poker run to raise money for the Highline Trail
Restoration. Riders will be shuttled from the Landmark Restaurant
in Christopher Creek to the 260 Trailhead. There they’ll ride the
iconic 260 Trail to the See Canyon Trailhead, and receive playing
cards on the way. After all riders arrive back at the Landmark, the
top three best 5 card hands will the grand prizes.

All proceeds from the Highline Hold’em will go directly to the National Forest’s
Foundation Highline Trail Restoration project. The Highline Trail stretches for 51 miles
right below the Mogollon Rim from the 260 Trailhead to Pine. The restoration project’s
goal is to revitalize the entire trail, beginning with the section from Pine to Washington
Park. When completed, the Highline will have 51 miles of continuous single track trail.


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