This year's 'Cowboys For Kids'
JOHNSON COUNTY – The crowd and financial numbers for the recent “Cowboys for Kids” weekend are starting to come into focus.
An avalanche of storms over the late April weekend created havoc with the computer equipment used by volunteers to man this two-day Children’s Advocacy Center of Johnson County fundraising event.
The result was equipment blinks and power outages. Volunteers were busy crunching numbers, combing through information and generally debriefing well into the following week.
Tammy King, executive director of the Children’s Advocacy Center, said despite the chaos, this event was executed surprisingly well.
However, as far as exact numbers are concerned, King said things remain slightly in flux this week because officials are still working with insurance adjustors.
“I can tell you on Friday night we a had about 1,000 people, and on Saturday, about 2,000,” she said this week. “I am betting that our final outcome will run about average, which is around $270,000.”
King said she will provide more information about the turnout as it becomes available.
The event generally raises about $300,000 each year for the Center, according to a statement on https://cacjctx.org/events/cowboys-for-kids/.
“Our board invests a great deal of time making sure this is an amazing community event,” the statement reads.
King, on Monday, released a cache of photos taken of the event.
“Cowboys for Kids” included a Friday night gala, and a children’s Stick Horse Rodeo Saturday morning.
King said the event was well-executed and everything was seemingly going well until the aforementioned computers crashed Friday night.
“We were having a spectacular auction,” she said. “The puppies alone raised well over $20,000, thanks to the generosity of our local banks and Five Star Correctional buying the puppies and donating them back.”
She said the numbers she provided this week are not final figures, but this is the best she can do right now.
“We had many new sponsors that joined us this year, that we are so excited about,” she said “ … Ag Workers came on at $10,000, Anne Marion came on at $10,000 and Reliable Paving came in at $10,000. We were setting really well going into the event.”
The Friday night gala was held at the Shepherd’s Valley Cowboy Church – formerly Diamond W Arena – in Alvarado. It included a barbecue dinner provided by Meatmeisters BBQ, live music, and live and silent auctions.
Judy Fenyes, the author of “Soul Survivor” and a victim of early life child abuse, was the keynote speaker. Masters of ceremony were Russ Weaver, pastor of Shepherd’s Valley Cowboy Church in Alvarado, and Scott Mendes, PRCA World Champion bull rider. He is the ordained pastor of Western Harvest Ministries Church in Weatherford.
The Saturday night “Cowboys for Kids” concert featuring Ronnie Milsap and Aaron Tippin took place in Shepherd’s Valley Cowboy Church in Alvarado. The location had been changed due to weather forecasts,
“The concert was incredible, with so many great comments,” King said. “We just simply had to battle the weather forecasts from all week that predicted severe weather right at the time of the performance. Everyone that came had a fabulous time. Those that got to attend the “Meet and Greets” could not believe how personable the artists were. Ronnie Milsap is happy all the time, and he still loves performing.”
The weekend was sponsored by Cleburne Ford to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Children’s Advocacy Center. All proceeds will help provide services for victims of child abuse in Johnson County, King said.