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Parks Youth Ranch Announces “Cowboy Up 2015”


(Standing, l-r): Shannon Bloesch, executive director; Dick Hogan;  event co-chair Holly Kaminga; and Mary Favre, all PYR board members. (Seated): Bob and Carole Brown, honorary chairs, and Shanna Wozny, event co-chair.

(Standing, l-r): Shannon Bloesch, executive director; Dick Hogan; event co-chair Holly Kaminga; and Mary Favre, all PYR board members. (Seated): Bob and Carole Brown, honorary chairs, and Shanna Wozny, event co-chair.

Fundraiser set for Oct. 3 at George Ranch Historical Park Arena

The Parks Youth Ranch (PYR) Board of Directors is once again saddling up for success. Cowboy Up, PYR’s annual fundraiser, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3 at The George Ranch Historical Park Arena, located at 10215 FM 762 in Richmond. Since the inaugural event in 2012, Cowboy Up event supporters have donated more than $500,000 to fund operations at the emergency shelter for at-risk and homeless children.

The nonprofit Fred and Mabel R. Parks Youth Ranch opened its doors in March 2011 to address a gap in services for abused, at-risk and homeless youth. PYR is a 20-bed emergency shelter located in Fort Bend County that is able to accommodate 10 boys and 10 girls, ages 7 to 17. PYR’s mission is to provide emergency shelter, counseling and life-changing services to these children. In 2015, PYR has provided over 28,000 nights of peace and security to the county’s most vulnerable population.

“Strapping on their spurs” as Honorary Chairs for 2015 Cowboy Up are Robert C. Brown III and his wife Carole. Long-time Sugar Land residents, Bob and Carole have deep roots in the Fort Bend County. Both have donated countless hours for various charitable organizations in their 60+ years together, and Bob has served on the PYR Board of Directors since 2009.

Local radio personality Michele Fisher will be the event emcee, and Ray Aguilar will be the auctioneer. New features this year include live music by The Rankin Twins, a Spirit Pull, Bourbon Tasting, plus exclusive handcrafted PYR Pottery. There will be great food and fun boot-worthy dancing for all to enjoy.

Cowboy Up is a chance to put on your boots and hat and party with a purpose. A variety of sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available, from $250 to $15,000. General admission tickets are also available for $75 each. Join the crowd for an evening benefiting the future of at-risk and homeless youth.

For tickets or sponsorship information, visit parksyouthranch.org, or email PYR Executive Director Shannon Bloesch at smbloesch@parksyouthranch.org.


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