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Roping event to benefit Golden Crescent CASA

By ALLISON MILES
April 23, 2013 at midnight
Updated April 22, 2013 at 11:23 p.m.

CASA's seventh annual Rope for the Kids is  Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.

If you go

• WHAT: Rope for the Kids, seventh annual Golden Crescent Court Appointed Special Advocates team roping

• WHERE: Brackenridge Main Event Center, 284 Brackenridge Parkway, Edna

• WHEN: 10 a.m. Saturday

• For more information about the roping, call 361-920-0800 or 361-935-0449. For information about the barbecue cook-off, call 361-215-6077 or 361-987-4000.

Crossroads cowboys looking to make a difference will soon have the chance to saddle up for a cause.

Rope for the Kids, the seventh annual Golden Crescent Court Appointed Special Advocates team roping, is Saturday at Edna's Brackenridge Main Event Center, 284 Brackenridge Parkway.

All proceeds benefit Golden Crescent CASA, an organization aimed at helping children picked up by Child Protective Services or those having trouble at home by representing them in court, said Richard Meyer, director of Calhoun County CASA.

"This is a very beneficial organization, and it's a great way to help," he said of the event, sponsored by Jackson and Calhoun County CASA groups. "We're excited."

Books open at 9 a.m., while the roping begins an hour later.

The day kicks off with a No. 9 roping, said Rudy Gutierrez with NA Productions. A live auction, No. 11 roping and No. 13 slide roping follow.

A silent auction, biergarten and concession stand also join the mix, Meyer said.

Still, that isn't all.

For those looking to prove their culinary capabilities, a cook-off offers something else to the ranks.

Check-in begins at noon Friday, said Glenn Heim, the cook-off chairman, and contestants can compete for jackpot prizes that first night. Meanwhile, judging takes place Saturday.

Cook-off registration is $240 for the weekend, Heim said, which includes the camping spot and electricity.

Admission to the roping is free to the public.

Heim has been involved in the roping for years and said he's seen it grow with time.

The event that once brought in a couple thousands of dollars now brings in tens of thousands, he said, and averages about 400 teams a year.

Those numbers are encouraging, he said.

"To be honest, I'm from Corpus Christi and moved to Port Lavaca about three years ago," Heim said. "For that small of a community to raise that kind of money in an afternoon, it's nothing short of amazing."

Heim, a member of the CASA advisory committee, said he and the other volunteers enjoy knowing they're making a difference.

"It's for the kids," he said. "That's why we do it."

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