Sweetwater Round-Up for Rehab events planned for October
This year there will again be two back-to-back fundraising events associated with the Round-Up for Rehab in Sweetwater to raise dollars for the West Texas Rehabilitation Center. The Shrimp Peel dinner and auction will be held at a new location, the Sweetwater Country Club, on Tuesday evening, Oct. 30. The following day on Wednesday the regular Round-Up sale will be held at Sweetwater Auction. Heading up the Sweetwater Round-Up events as chairs are Jan Smith, Riley Ann Price, Homer and Beth Taylor, Tom and Becky Rees, Leah Andrews, Brenda Stevens, Bruce Sanderson, Dalton and Gretchen Maddox and Tom Henderson. The Shrimp Peel will begin at 6 p.m. on Oct. 30, and cost will be $20 per person. Sponsorships are available which include dinner tickets. Individual tickets and sponsorships are available from the chairpersons.The regular Round-Up for Rehab Sale will be the following day at 12:30 p.m. with the REHAB chuck wagon serving up free beans, cornbread and tea beginning at 11:30 a.m. Both events will feature live auctions and items for each are being accepted by the committee. WTRC’s Director of Donor Relations Dan Huggins says the REHAB has been taking care of people throughout West Texas for almost 60 years regardless of their financial circumstance. He says to help offset the costs of helping those who can’t afford services, the REHAB holds fundraisers. The overall Roundup for Rehab, now in its 53st year, is the REHAB’S oldest fundraiser and it’s where local ranchers, businesses and individuals come together to help raise funds for the Center. Huggins says there are nine sales being this year in local west Texas communities to benefit patients at the West Texas Rehabilitation Center. In addition to Sweetwater, San Angelo, Abilene, Stephenville, Olden, Dublin, Brownwood, Junction and Coleman are also hosting sales this year.Red Steagall is once again teaming with Rehab as Honorary Chairman, because as the legendary cowboy says of Rehab, it’s a place where “neighbor-helping-neighbor” is more than just a slogan…it’s a way of living and doing business. Corporate friends already on board for the Round-Up include B-4 Farms, Bar-G Feedyard, Basic Energy, Group IV Electric Cooperatives, H-E-B Food Stores, Lone Star Beef, Stamford Insurance/America First Insurance and Hargrove Ranch Insurance.For more information about the Rehab Center, Round-Up sale dates or arrangements for hauling donated animals, call one of the local committee members or Dan Huggins at (325)793-3508.The West Texas Rehabilitation Center’s Round-Up for Rehab events in Sweetwater were a big success last year. The Shrimp Peel/Auction and the sale at Sweetwater Cattle Auction last year raised over $33,000 according to Dan Huggins, Director of Donor Relations at the West Texas Rehab Center. Huggins said “We truly appreciate the support of the Sweetwater community. Once again, everyone, including many businesses and individuals, came through in a special way for our patients and our organization, we cannot do what we do without you.”Heading up the events last year in Sweetwater were Jan Smith, Tom Rees, Homer and Beth Taylor, Riley Ann Price, Dalton Maddox, Brenda Stevens, Tom Henderson and Debbie May.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 over 28,000 children and adults regardless of their ability to pay for needed services.Nine sales were held last year in local west Texas communities to benefit patients at the West Texas Rehab Center. In addition to Sweetwater, San Angelo, Abilene, Stephenville, Olden, Dublin, Brownwood, Junction, and Coleman also hosted events this year.Red Steagall was the Honorary Chairman of the Round-Up. Others with key roles in the 2011 program were general chairmen Mike Alexander and Randy Carson of Abilene, Jody Frey of San Angelo and Bob Helmers of Christoval.Corporate friends of Rehab that stepped forward as Round-Up sponsors were Bar-G Feedyard, Group IV-Member Owned Electric Co-ops including Big Country Electric Co-op, Taylor Electric Co-op, Comanche Electric Co-op, Concho Valley Electric Co-op, Coleman County Electric Co-op and Southwest Texas Electric Co-op, also sponsoring this year were Lone Star Beef, Basic Energy Services, B-4 Farms, Stamford Insurance/American First Insurance, Hargrove Family, Strongpoint/Pied Piper Pet & Wildlife, and HEB Food Stores.The Round-Up for Rehab is the Center’s longest running fundraiser.