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!

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