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Cowboys in pink

No, it’s not a local take-off on the movie “Brokeback Mountain.”
“Cowboys in Pink” is a roping event and concert to benefit cancer research. But it is special.
Taking place this Saturday at the Walker Rodeo Ranch Arena in Ennis, the first annual sporting and musical event to aid the American Cancer Society through Ellis County Relay for Life was organized by two sisters who realize all too well the urgent need to find a cure for cancer.

Singers Mandy Hutchins of Ennis and Michele Cash of Waxhachie lost their mother, Brenda Kay Thompson, 55, to complications from cancer less than two weeks ago.

“Our mother had breast cancer, and survived the cancer, but due to damages from chemotherapy, we actually lost her on Saturday, May 19,” said Cash. “So this event is more important than ever.”

Joined by other entertainers, including recording artist Chad Hammock of Ellis County, the Ed Burleson Band, Wild Card and Shane Parker, the sisters intend the make the most out of the June 2 team roping event they said just seemed to fall into place.
“We wanted to do something, of course, to raise money for the American Cancer Society, “Cash said. “And we were just sitting around brainstorming, and the idea of roping came up, and the more we thought about it, the better it sounded. It was going to be small at first, but we decided why not go all out and make it as big as we can.”
They have definitely done that.

In addition to all day roping and singing, the weekend fundraiser is set to offer a barbecue dinner, giveaways, raffles, a silent auction and a live remote with KBEC Radio. Members of the “Locks of Love” program will also be on hand to give haircuts for wig donations to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
Asked about the colorful title of their American Cancer Society benefit, sisters Michele and Mandy explained that pink is the designated color for breast cancer awareness.

Though the event is for “guys and girls,” they won’t make male entrants or performers wear pink.

“But we will try to get them to put on a pink bandana!” they laughed.

Along with food, prizes and a top-notch entertainment lineup, the singing siblings stress the special attraction of “Locks of Love.”
“There will also be $5 haircuts all day, “ Cash and Hutchins said. “And if you can donate 10 inches of hair, your haircut is free.
The hair will be donated to Locks of Love to provide human hair wigs to children with cancer.”

The sisters say they’re excited at the prospect of making a difference in the cause of cancer research, and that they are eager to give back to the American Cancer Society for all the support the organization gave them during their late mother’s illness.

“Being involved in ACS has been truly rewarding,” Cash said. “I can say it let me hold on to my mother for two years longer than I might have been able to, had there not been any treatment for her.

“The American Cancer Society is not just a charity, it does so many things that they don’t have to do, such as their ‘Reach to Recovery’ program. This allows cancer patients to be counseled by someone who has already been through it –– someone to try to hold you up when you are down, a shoulder to cry on. I could go on and on and never tell you all I could say about the American Cancer Society, and Relay for Life.”

“Cowboys in Pink” team roping starts at Walker Rodeo ranch Arena at 1 p.m., as does the live entertainment, which will be led by the Ed Burleson Band.

Sponsorship packages for local businesses and organizations are available for $100, $250 and $500, including banner ads. For more information on sponsoring or making donations, contact Michele Cash at 972-351-7212 or email her at cowboysinpink@yahoo.com.

The Walker Rodeo Ranch Arena, operated by Byron Walker, is located at Hwy I-45 at Crisp Rd.

All profits from the 1st Annual Cowboys in Pink Team Roping and Concert will be presented to American Cancer Society via Ellis County Relay for Life on June 8.

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