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When a community pulls together

Heber-Overgaard, AZ
Pictured on the left is Rosalie Mueller, Walkathon Chairperson with Vienna Davis who personally raised $2,000.

The Rim Country Senior/Community Center (RCSCC) put a dream out in the community to raise $10,000 for their Meals on Wheels program. It’s unbelievable that this all volunteer organization is able to continue to keep up with expenses involved in providing meals 5 days a week through their nonprofit  organization in a small mountain community such as ours. With what I consider a truly amazing feat, they exceeded their goal with the May 26th Meals on Wheels Walkathon and Festival Fundraiser! Dick Blomgren, RCSCC Board President, said it best, “All of the volunteers have just done a fantastic job and the community reception is phenomenal!”

Heber-Overgaard, AZ
Volunteers from left are Judy Craighead, Naomi Towner, Marilyn Miller, Michele Weninger and Karol Taylor.

Vienna Davis, a RCSCC member, raised $2,000 in pledges for the walk. When asked how she did it, she told me, “I would say, ‘May I ask you a question?’ and, if they said yes I would say, ‘I’m doing a walkathon for Meals on Wheels. Will you support me? I’ll walk for you.’” Simple, direct and sincere. Vienna said one man told her when his wife was terminally ill, he was so thankful for Meals on Wheels. He didn’t have cash but he wrote her a check. “You could see the appreciation on his face when he handed me that check with teary eyes,” remarked Vienna.

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Kids adopted a pet…a stuffed one that is.

The walk was family friendly with lots of children with parents and grandparents. The route was changed slightly with the forest closure, but not enough to make much difference. There was an area set up for children with face painting, games, adopt a pet (stuffed ones) and a Heber Overgaard fire truck complete with fire fighters. Lunch was served as well. Even inside the Center, there were people selling all kinds of wares.

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Steiner-Anak-Jazsa: 4 generations of family. Pictured are Ron, Carlene, Desiree, Cody, Brandy, Mica, Angel, Taber, Kiana, Cassidy, Hillarie, Adam, and Persephone. Team name: Holy Walkamolies

Special mention to Rosalie Mueller, Event Organizer who did a smash up job! Thanks to the support supplied by the Heber Overgaard Fire Dept., and the Sheriff’s Auxiliary Volunteers. Following is the list of the donor names that were available as of press time. A heart felt thank you to all donors, walkers and the many fantastic volunteers!

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Paitynn is with her parents Rob and Christina, grandmother Lori and pup Groot.

What can one small community do with one large dream? Plenty.

Special recognition to:

Vienna Davis

Jim & Sandy VanHouten

Doug & Linda Eddy

Hall Resources

Heber/Overgaard Chamber

Heber-Overgaard Fire Dept

HOST Thrift Store 

KOMPO Dispensary

Larry & Mona Bratcher

Navajo County

Rosalie Mueller


Submarine Vets

Dairy Queen    

Faith Lutheran Church

J &H Hair Designs 

Kimberly Cody

Mogollon Airpark 

Pine Rim Realty, Diane Dahlin

Quality Fuels

Tin Pan Alley  

True Value/Home Cntr 

Windy Hills Lavender Farm 

Complete Furniture Service 

Economy Door      

Hancock-Leavitt Ins

Massage By Senda

Napa Of Overgaard 

Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church

Overgaard Ponderosa Lions Club

Pine Rim Realty, Teresa McCluskey

Pioneer Title Agency

Alyce Dodds

BJ & Juanita Chapman

Buffalo Bar & Grill  (Payson)   

Chatters Construction

David Elack

Gary Spears Ins Agency

Lenda Quinn  

Miche McEntire

Navopache Electric  

Overgaard Animal Clinic

Shepherd of the Pines United Methodist Church

Weather Shack 2, Inc  

Wells Fargo Bank  Flagstaff

West USA, Michael & Diane Christensen

Vernon & Betty Raveling

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Heber-Overgaard Fire Dept has new vehicle for paramedics to check on public health during events.
Abbee and Gregory getting their faces painted.
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Barbara Samples was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ and has called Heber-Overgaard home since 2008. She is married to Larry Samples, who is co-owner with her in L & B, Inc., owner of the Mogollon Rim News. They have four (grown) children and two grandchildren. Barbara serves as the Editor.