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Second annual Rope to Remember will benefit Alzheimer's research


Aug. 24, 2010 at 3:24 a.m.

Marty Rosenquest, left, Cody Cerney, Cole Applegate and James Fitzgerald compete in a trailer-loading competition. Trailer loading, steer doctoring and double mugging will all take place Friday during the ranch rodeo portion of AlzCare's Rope to Remember.

The Chad Chandler's Arena will soon be a busy place, packed with roping cowboys, horses, onlookers and more.

And it's all in the name of charity.

AlzCare's second annual Rope to Remember is Friday and Saturday.

The event is a chance to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's research, said Lacey Rosenquest, community relations manager with AlzCare Assisted Living.

Alzheimer's is a fatal disease that kills off brain cells and affects a person's memory, thinking and behavior, according to the Alzheimer's Association website.

It is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and affects approximately 6 million people nationwide, Rosenquest said.

The Rope to Remember begins Friday, with a ranch rodeo that includes steer doctoring, double mugging and trailer loading. A team roping event kicks off Saturday.

A silent auction and concession area will also be available and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

Proceeds from the two-day event will be combined with money from September's upcoming Memory Walk, Rosenquest said, and those funds will go to the Alzheimer's Association.

Last year's Rope to Remember brought in about $6,700, Rosenquest said, but she hasn't set an exact goal this time around.

"If we can surpass last year, that'd be great," she said, explaining she was surprised the 2009 event brought in as much as it did. "But really, anything we can bring in helps."

It all kicks off Friday at 7:30 p.m. and teams can register for team roping through Saturday. For more information, contact Rosenquest at 361-652-5043.

Winning participants will receive prizes, such as saddles and belt buckles, Rosenquest said.

"We just want everybody to come out and have fun," she said. "It's for a good cause. And, really, every little bit helps."



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