Modern technology has reduced the number of search and rescue calls the Yavapai County Mounted Sheriff’s Posse responds to.
“We don’t get called much,” YCMSP member Jeff Jackson said. So the group has shifted its focus to raising money for scholarships.
The posse’s Scholars Need Dollars Benefit, now in its 39th year, raised $18,000, contributing to a record-breaking year, said Jackson, chair of the Scholars Need Dollars Committee.
“We had a great year this year,” Jackson said. He’s been involved with the posse – and its fundraiser – for 22 years. “We all try our hardest to make as much money as we can to support these kids.”
The committee will award a minimum of 21 $1,000 scholarships courtesy of Dollars for Scholars and the group’s other fundraiser, YCMSP’s Roping event held on Mother’s Day weekend. Combined, the events brought in $21,000.
Scholarship applications will be available at all high schools in Yavapai County after the first of the year.
Jackson said the posse gets more scholarship applications every year. Where it used to receive about 40 applications, the number’s now closer to 100.
“We read them all,” he said. “Boy, is there some smart kids out there.”
Although they’d love to give a scholarship to every one of the applicants, committee members narrow it down to those they feel are most deserving, Jackson explained.
“We try to help out the needy,” he said. “The more kids we can help, the better we feel.”
To do so, YCMSP relies on what Jackson called “wonderful” support from the community.
He singled out several folks for thanks: Brad Olson from Builders First Source and Cindy Ducote from Perkinsville Meat Processing for going the extra mile, all the folks who purchased tickets to the event, and all other donors for making this a record-breaking year.
Thanks, too, to Cathy, Joan and Steve from the Prescott Adult Center for working with YCMSP to host the event, Meals on Wheels for the use of its kitchen and Texas Roadhouse and crew for another great meal.
The posse also appreciates the many donations from Perkinsville Meat Processing, Builders First Source, Pat Gregory, It’s a Dog’s Life, Jim and Nola Wesley, Precision Marble and Granite, Brama Sole, Blue Hills Café, Aquarius Hotel and Casino, The Palace Restaurant and Saloon, Pudge and Asti’s Pub, Waffles-N-More, Casa Alvarez, The Windsock Lounge, Leff-T’s Steakhouse and Grill, True Value, Owl’s Auto Body, Hensley Distributing, La Bruzza’s Italian Restaurant, Antelope Hills Golf Course, Hampton Funeral Home, Geoffrey’s Jewelry, 100 Chair Rentals and Galpin Ford.
Over the years, YCMSP has raised more than $513,500 for educational grants to deserving Yavapai County students.
“All our members take a lot of time and work hard at this to make it happen, but it would never happen without the support of the community,” Jackson said.