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AlzCare's 4th Annual Rope to Remember Ranch Rodeo

By by camille m. doty/
Aug. 15, 2012 at 3:15 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.

Thomas Ponce and his band Cross Thread will make their debut at the AlzCare's 4th Annual Rope to Remember Ranch Rodeo on Friday evening.

Their live sound will add to the soundtrack of the cowboy extravaganza.

Ponce described their sound as a blend of classic rock, Texas and traditional country music.

Although they live in three different cities: Refugio, Rockport and Corpus Christi, their love of music brings them together.

"Some people golf, some fish, we play music," Ponce said. "It's not about the money, it's our passion."

The 46-year-old Refugio musician has been trained on the piano and trumpet, but the bass offers a unique sound.

"It adds thickness to the band," he said. "If it's not there, you notice."

The three-week-old group was formed from the bands No Legacy and Tumble Dry Low.

Other members include Rudy Cuellar, lead guitar; Johnny Ruiz, drums; and Brian Kasik, vocals.

Ponce lost his grandfather to Alzheimer's disease years ago, and is excited to lend his talent to the event.

"We want to be there for any cause that helps people in need," he said.

Cowboys and cowgirls will be entertained with a host of activities while roping for a cause at the Brackenridge Main Event Center in Edna.

Organizers want to lasso funds to benefit the Alzheimer's Association. Last year, the rodeo raised $15,000 for research.

"It's a compliment to the success of the event," said Lacey Rosenquest, the event coordinator.

She said the event serves a two-fold purpose by creating awareness while raising funds. She's vested in the event's success as the community relations manager with AlzCare Assisted Living.

"I have a personal connection with the people directly involved with the disease," she said.

Each year, the event has had increased participation, and the barbecue cook off brings in a new flavor to the cause. Other activities include a silent auction, live entertainment, dance and mutton busting for the little ones.

Dawn Schendel, who's in charge of the cook off, said it's sanctioned by Texas Gulf Coast Barbecue Cookers Association.

The three categories are chicken, pork spare ribs and brisket. Winners will earn points to be in the grand champion competition and a cash prize.



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