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Tribe sponsors “Jingle Bell Walk and Run”



PRESCOTT, Ariz. (Oct. 1, 2003) – For the fourth consecutive year, the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe will be the presenting sponsor for the Arthritis Foundation’s annual Jingle Bell Walk/Run. On Thursday, Oct. 9, The Tribe presented a $10,000 check to the foundation during the event’s team challenge kickoff.

The kickoff dinner, along with the check presentation, was held on Oct. 9 at Macayo’s Restaurant. Potential participants gathered for the kickoff, where they were encouraged to form teams and participants were motivated. For the next several weeks, team leaders are recruiting runners and walkers for the event. Each participant is raising money for the Arthritis Foundation by gathering pledges.

“We are happy to support the Arthritis Foundation in its efforts to combat this disease,” says Ernie Jones, Sr., President of the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe. “It is important to us to make this contribution.”

The Jingle Bell Walk and Run will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2003 in Prescott. Registration for the 5K run/walk begins at 9 a.m. at the Prescott Courthouse at the corner of Goodwin and Montezuma Streets. The race begins at 10 a.m. Following the event is the town’s celebration.

Located adjacent to the central Arizona community of Prescott, approximately one hour north of Phoenix, the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe consists of 160 members and occupies a reservation of less than 1,500 acres.

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