The West Texas Rehabilitation Centerâ€™s Round-Up for Rehab events in Sweetwater this week were a huge success as the largest amount ever was raised during the two events. The Shrimp Peel and Auction on Tuesday combined with the sale at on Wednesday at Sweetwater Cattle Auction this year raised $62,260 according to Dan Huggins, Director of Donor Relations at the West Texas Rehab Center. Last yearâ€™s record total of $33,000 dollars was almost doubled. Huggins said, â€śWow, we are in awe of the amount raised by our great friends in the Sweetwater area. Once again, everyone, including many businesses and individuals, came through in a big way for our patients and the REHAB.â€ť
Heading up the Sweetwater Round-Up events was the chair, Jan Smith. On the Round-Up committee this year were Homer and Beth Taylor, Riley Ann Price, Stephen Smith II, Tom Rees, Meghan Cantu, Brenda Stevens, Bruce Sanderson, Dalton Maddox, Homer Grimes and Tom Henderson.
The Roundup for Rehab is where local ranchers, businesses and individuals come together to help raise funds for the West Texas Rehabilitation Center. The Center cares annually for some 500 patients per day regardless of their ability to pay for services.
Seven Round-Up events were held this year in local west Texas communities to benefit patients at the West Texas Rehab Center. In addition to Sweetwater, San Angelo, Abilene, Stephenville, Brownwood, Junction and Coleman also hosted events this year.
Red Steagall once again teamed with Rehab as Honorary Chairman of the Round-Up, because as the legendary cowboy says of Rehab, itâ€™s a place where â€śneighbor-helping-neighborâ€ť is more than just a sloganâ€¦itâ€™s a way of living and doing business.
Corporate friends for the Round-Up included B-4 Farms, Bar-G Feedyard, Basic Energy, Group IV Electric Cooperatives, HEB Food Stores, Lone Star Beef, Stamford Insurance/America First Insurance and Hargrove Ranch Insurance.
The Round-Up for Rehab is the Centerâ€™s oldest fundraiser now in its 54th year.