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JCCF Board Member Walt Garrison – Inducted into ProRodeo Hall of Fame

Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund Board Member, Walt Garrison, was Inducted as a Notable into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, CO on August 4, 2018.

Garrison was two types of cowboy, a fullback with the Dallas Cowboys and a ProRodeo competitor. Garrison grew up in Lewisville, Texas, where he spent his youth riding horses and steers. He competed in high school rodeo in bareback riding, bull riding, calf roping and steer wrestling.

Garrison took a scholarship to Oklahoma State University where he was a two-time All-Big Eight honoree. After completing his eligibility for football, he spent a year with the Oklahoma State rodeo team. Garrison was drafted in the fifth round by the Dallas Cowboys in 1966.

Garrison made sure that his Cowboys’ signing bonus included a two-horse trailer so he could still attend rodeos. Coach Tom Landry stopped Garrison from competing in nearby rodeos the night before a game by allowing him to follow the rodeo trail in the offseason. The highlight of Garrison’s rodeo career was placing fifth in the steer wrestling average at the 1974 Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days.

After a torn knee ligament that ended his nine-year football career, the Texas cowboy became instrumental in the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco and Winston sponsorships in ProRodeo and in the programs those sponsors provided – such as the Winston Scoreboard, sponsorships for individual cowboys and scholarships for college rodeo athletes.

Garrison went on to combine his stardom with football and rodeo to raise more than $4 million for multiple sclerosis with his Walt Garrison All Star Rodeos over the course of 20 years. His charitable involvement also included, at the time of his induction, serving on the board of directors for the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund for over two decades.

“His first love was rodeo, no doubt, ever since he was really young,” said his son, Marty Garrison. “That’s what he would have done had he not played football in college and then got drafted by the Dallas Cowboys. His whole life, his love was rodeo.”

Copy courtesy: ProRodeo Hall of Fame. Photo credit: James Phifer

Beyond the Boots; Beyond Amazing

The 8th Annual Beyond the Boots night at the St. Paul Rodeo (St. Paul, OR) and fund raising leading up to it, was amazing. This community raised over $20,000 for JCCF making the total donations to our cause of more than $130,000 from this fundraiser event over the years! The St. Paul Rodeo has made a commitment to rodeo athletes with this program and their generosity has helped many injured cowboys get back on their feet financially.

Over 75 volunteer bartenders work the St. Paul Rodeo Tack Room Saloon – donating 100% of their tips to JCCF.

Before the rodeo even starts, the effort to raise funds and awareness for JCCF has begun. They kick off their fundraising at the an­nual St. Paul Rodeo Trail Ride, auctioning off National Finals Rodeo tickets. During rodeo week, a dollar from each ticket sold for “Beyond the Boots” night at the St. Paul Rodeo is donated to JCCF. Additionally the famous Tack Room Saloon does a great job of lining up celebrity and community notables to tend bar, donating their tips to JCCF.

There were amazing auction items that also helped raise money for JCCF at the Hall of Fame Barbecue. Thank you to all who made this amazing donation possible and a special thank you to the St. Paul rodeo committee and community for supporting injured cowboys through the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund.

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Cocktails for a Cause

The Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund was the big winner at Cocktails for a Cause, previously Skirts and Spurs Luncheon and Style Show, held April 7, 2018 at the Heritage Club on the grounds of Osceola Heritage Park in conjunction with the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee, Florida.

The event raised over $30,000 for JCCF, bringing the four-year total (including Skirts & Spurs events) to nearly $109,000 in money raised for Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund.

Commissioner Fred Hawkins Jr., presented Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund with the Community Betterment Grant in the amount of $5,000. The First Frontier Circuit presented a check for $1,000 – FFC conducts a fundraising auction each year at their circuit finals rodeo and chose JCCF to receive a portion of their funds in 2018.

Event sponsors included Osceola County Commissioner Fred Hawkins Jr., First Frontier Circuit, Conrad & Thompson Funeral Home, Overstreet Ranching, Edward Jones/Cleve Grissom and REACH.

Miss Rodeo America, Keri Sheffield, emceed the event and we had a great group of volunteers. PRCA cowboys and JCCF recipients shared their personal testimonies with the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund and were on hand to visit with guests. Special thanks to Nick Laduke, Billy Bugenig, Tanner Aus, Luke Creasey, James Carter, Anthony Thomas, Juan Alcazar for joining us and sharing their stories.

A drawing, as well as silent and live auctions were conducted for donated items. We received over 100 donations for the event from local businesses, rodeo committees, rodeo sponsors and private donors. Ricky Booth, a local school board member and cattleman, was the auctioneer. The highest selling auction item was a Yeti cooler containing the famous Clemie Jo Lamb banana pudding- the item was first sold for $3,100. The buyer donated the Yeti  and pudding back and it was sold again for $3,000, bringing the total to $6,100 for this single auction item.

Special thanks to the Skirts & Spurs Committee, RNCFR, REACH and the many volunteers it took to put this event on! 100% of all donations to JCCF go to our cause of giving cowboys a hand up! On behalf of JCCF and our cowboys we THANK YOU!

Commission Chairman Fred Hawkins Jr. presents Community Betterment Grant to JCCF Board Members Mike Rich, George Taylor, Larry Stacy, Doreen Wintermute and Director Julie Jutten.
PRCA Bareback Rider, Anthony Thomas, shares his story of injury and help from JCCF at the April 7 Cocktails for a Cause fundraiser.

Miss Rodeo America, Keri Sheffield, interviewing Billy Bugenig, PRCA Steer Wrestler about how JCCF helped him when he was injured competing in rodeo.
We sold PRCA bareback rider Luke Creasey in the live auction! He joined these ladies for the RNCFR rodeo performance following the fundraiser- sitting with a pro cowboy at a rodeo provides real insight into the sport!

Mike Cervi Jr. Memorial Pro Classic

The Mike Cervi Jr. Memorial Pro Classic Team Roping continues to grow and donate substantial funds to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund. Mel and Wendy Potter and Sherry Cervi work very hard to put on an amazing event while supporting injured rodeo athletes and their families through their donations to the JCCF.

The February 21, 2018 event was held at the Aros Arena in Picacho, AZ raising over $14,000 brings the total donated to nearly $220,000 since 2002! Thank you to the sponsors that support this memorial event and to the ropers that attend. Congratulations to Thomas Richards and Nick Sarchett on winning the 2018 Cervi Memorial Pro Classic.

Photo by Kristen Spinning, courtesy of George Aros Roping.


Cowboy Golf Classic – San Antonio Rodeo

The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo continued it’s generosity toward injured rodeos athletes and the sport of rodeo by donating $55,000 to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund and $15,000 to the ProRodeo Hall of Fame.


The funds were raised at the Cowboy Golf Classic Tournament on February 20, 2018 at the Quarry Golf Club where a field of over 150 golfers enjoyed a great day of golf. This event has raised over $466,000 for the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund since 2000 and we are so grateful for the support and passion they have for JCCF!


In lieu of teeing off, you can fire your golf ball on hole 12. This was a popular activity.
Tyrell Smith, PRCA Saddle Bronc Rider, shares is JCCF story with local golfers at the 2018 Cowboy Golf Classic
Representatives of the San Antonio Stock Show
& Rodeo presented the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund with
a check for $55,000 during the rodeo performance.
PRCA Cowboys enjoy the Cowboy Golf Classic every year. Its a bucket list event.

JCCF Debuts in ProRodeo Fan Zone

During the 2017 Wrangler NFR, the ProRodeo Fan Zone has long been the place to be prior to the start of the rodeo. Located outside the Thomas & Mack, you’ll find an extravagant display of lights, sound, activity and fun, brought to you by the sponsors of PRCA! Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund joined in the fun this year, setting up alongside our friends and supporters from Boyd Gaming- we spent 10 days sharing the story of JCCF and raising money to help injured cowboys.

PRCA Cowboys Nick Laduke, Josh Clark, Logan Corbet and Wyatt Clark joined us along with an army of JCCF volunteers to promote the JCCF Brand. Below are a few pictures from our week in the Zone!

We can’t wait for the 2018 Wrangler NFR and we look forward to seeing you in the ProRodeo Fan Zone! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with our happenings!

Pendleton Roundup Golf Tournament Raises Money for JCCF

We had a great time Letting ‘Er Golf at the 28th Annual Cowboy Memorial Golf Tournament on September 11, 2017 in Pendleton, Oregon at the beautiful Pendleton Country Club Golf Course. Cowboys and golfers came together for a fun morning of golf benefitting the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund.

A great committee led by Butch Thurman worked very hard to make sure the tournament was a success. PRCA announcer Curt Robinson served as the emcee for the awards and the Pendleton Roundup and Happy Canyon Court were on hand to greet golfers in the morning.

The tournament was established in 1990 in memory of plane crash victims Mike Currin, Dave P. Smith, David Bowen and Randy Dierlam, who died with pilot Bob Card on a rodeo trip to Alberta.

Over 30 PRCA cowboys who were entered in Pendleton joined us for the tournament this year. The tournament has raised more than $125,000 for the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund since its inception. The winners walked away with beautiful Montana Silversmiths Buckles and other great prizes.  Thanks to everyone in Pendleton who supports this event and the memory of some great cowboys.

In 2017, the event raised $10,000 for JCCF.

Butch Thurman (r) and Marv Anderson (l) presented a check to JCCF’s Julie Jutten during the Wrangler National Finals for $10,000 representing proceeds from the annual Cowboy Memorial Golf Tournament.

Cowboy Reunion Continues Support

Cowboy Reunion committee presents a donation to ProRodeo Hall of Fame.

The Cowboy Reunion brings together rodeo greats for fun & fundraising.  Liz Kesler, along with a group of great volunteers, heads up the efforts and the event, which includes a wonderful breakfast, drawing for Justin Boots and a silent and live auction.  Each year the group donates the funds raised to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund, the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and other charities.  This year Liz Kesler presented a check to the JCCF for $5,000!

We are so thankful to everyone affiliated with the Cowboy Reunion for their continued support and effort to raise funds and awareness for JCCF!

Liz Kessler, along side Cowboy Reunion committee members, present donation to JCCF rep Julie Jutten.



If you are planning to buy tickets for the Polaris Drawing or to attend the Pro Rodeo League of Women Luncheon, please read the below regarding online ticket sales deadlines.

Online ticket orders for the Polaris Drawing will end on Friday, December 15, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. (PST). Be sure to get them purchased before the online orders end. While in Las Vegas, you can purchase these drawing tickets at the following places up until the drawing: ProRodeo Fan Zone/ JCCF Tent (outside of the Thomas and Mack Center), Convention/PRCA Booth and at the South Point Western Gift Show/PRCA Booth (until 2:oo p.m. PST on 12/16/17). The drawing will take place in the ProRodeo Fan Zone on December 16th at 5:45 p.m. need not be present to win!

Online ticket orders for the Pro Rodeo League of Women Ladies Luncheon and Style show will end on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. (PST). Tickets will be available for purchase at the South Point Hotel and Casinos ticket office. This event will sell out, so be sure to purchase them soon!

Thank you for supporting the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund!

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