Mac Davis to headline benefit for youth ranch

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

July 25, 2014 at 2:25 a.m.
Updated July 26, 2014 at 2:26 a.m.

Legendary Texas singer/songwriter and television host Mac Davis will headline the fall benefit for Bluebonnet Youth Ranch.

The celebrity golf tournament, banquet and showdown, now in its 33rd year, raises money to help provide a home to hundreds of Texas children who have been victims of abuse or neglect.

Event organizers hosted a kickoff luncheon Friday to announce which celebrities would make appearances this year.

Along with golf pros and professional athletes, Grammy winners, opry performers and other musicians will team up with golfers for the two-day tournament set for Oct. 12 and 13.

Claud Jacobs, co-chairman of the tournament, said the benefit has grown from 28 participants to more than 300.

"People give so much of their time," he said. "You can see the results."

Last year, funds from the benefit helped the ranch demolish a cottage and construct a new four-unit apartment. The apartment houses two former residents - one home for the summer and another enrolled at Victoria College - who are taking part in a new mentoring program at the ranch.

Jessica Gumm, development director at the ranch, said the organization depends on this event to keep their mission going.

"We've really been blessed with people in the community who believe in the cause," she said.

Bluebonnet Youth Ranch opened in 1972 and has cared for about 450 children, from infants to 18-year-olds.

Singer/songwriter Allen Shamblin will host his third celebrity golf tournament for the youth ranch.

Shamblin's work has been recorded by Randy Travis, Toby Keith, Wynonna, Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton and Ricky Skaggs.

He wrote "The House That Built Me," which was recorded by Miranda Lambert and received numerous awards, including Song of the Year and Music Video of the Year at the Country Music Awards and the Academy of Country Music Awards.

Shamblin said the cause is close to his heart.

"My mother was raised in an orphanage. ... She was 2 and a half years old," he said. "It made a difference. There's no telling where I would be today if someone hadn't taken my mother in."

Bluebonnet Youth Ranch is an opportunity for children to build better futures for themselves and mature into successful, productive adults.

The nonprofit's goal is to inspire hope, ensure well-being and promote meaningful life choices for its children.



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