Charity wins big at Victoria Open rodeo

July 27, 2012 at 2:27 a.m.
Updated July 28, 2012 at 2:28 a.m.

Victoria rodeo fans will enjoy two days of broncs, bulls and cowboys showcasing their skills during the Victoria Open Pro Rodeo at the Horseman Arena.

In the midst of pride and the competition that comes with trying to earn a belt buckle, the two biggest winners of the weekend won't be cowboys.

It's both the Mid-Coast Family Services and the Challenged Athletes Dream Complex.

"It really raises money for them and tries to help them out," said Chelsea Ganaway at Mid-Coast Family Services.

For the second year in a row the rodeo benefits Mid-Coast Family Services and the Challanged Athletes.

The rodeo, which began on Friday, was proceeded by a fundraiser dinner and silent auction featuring former Dallas Cowboys tight end Jay Novacek.

The Challenged Athletes Dream Complex is a handicapped-accessible facility to help children play sports.

Mid-Coast Family Services is an organization aimed to eliminate family violence, homelessness and substance abuse.

"We help out pretty much anybody," Ganaway said. "If you're having a problem, we just make everyone get better."

Bareback riding, calf roping, kids mutton busting, calf scramble were some of the events that will be held at the rodeo over the weekend.

Mid-Coast Family Servies have additional yearly fundraisers such as the Family Fun Fest at Riverside Park.

Although the organization has a wide range of people it helps, Ganaway said the biggest project was the Women's Crisis Center that the organization runs.

"Our women's shelter is one of the biggest things we're trying to raise money for," Ganaway said.

Certain events were part of a South Texas rodeo championship series that began last week at the Cuero Open Pro Rodeo and conclude this weekend in Victoria.

The rodeo concludes on Saturday. Doors open at 7 p.m. and events begin at 8 p.m.



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