Mounted Sheriff's Posse benefit raises $15K for scholarships
The Yavapai County Mounted Sheriff's Posse raised more than $15,000 at its 34th annual Scholars Need Dollars benefit and dinner at the Prescott Adult Center, said Frank Shankwitz, sheriff's posse spokesman.
Proceeds from the event will be used for the Yavapai County Mounted Sheriff's Posse Scholarship Fund, which has awarded more than $435,000 in educational grants to deserving students throughout Yavapai County since its inception, Shankwitz said.
The Yavapai County Mounted Sheriff's Posse, founded in 1941 as part of the Federal National Defense Program to help protect the U.S. during World War II, was the first posse in the state. After the war, the posse evolved into providing search and rescue assistance to the Yavapai County sheriff.
Today, the primary function of the posse, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is to award scholarships to high school students attending Arizona's colleges and universities.
In order to raise these funds, the posse holds numerous activities each year, including the annual Posse Golf Tournament, Arizona Cowpunchers Reunion Rodeo, and the May Roping event. The posse has no administrative costs to cut into the proceeds, as all members volunteer their time and talents to benefit the young people of Yavapai County.