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With two years of success behind them, the third annual "Ridin' for Cash" Bull Bash is sure to be another profitable event.
The fundraiser will take place on Saturday, February 18, 2012, at the Nolan County Coliseum. While the riding performances will start at 7 p.m., doors will open at 5 p.m. for guests to browse the 30-plus vendor booths that will be on hand.
A silent auction will also be held during the Bull Bash and will last from 5-8:30 p.m. A variety of items will be available for the auction and the booths, including clothes, jewelry, leather goods, toys and candles, among other items.
35 bull riders are lined up to compete at the event, along with 20 Mutton Busters (for two to seven year olds). Prizes will be awarded to the top competitors in both contests.
Tickets for the Bull Bash will be sold at the door, with prices set at $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free admission for children five and under. A full concession stand will also be available throughout the evening.
Following the performances, a dance will be held in the covered arena behind the Coliseum. The dance fee is covered in the ticket price, with entertainment provided by Lawless Flatz.
What began as an idea for a simple bull riding event two years ago, the Riding for Cash Bull Bash has transformed into a successful benefit. Laramie Cash Miles, the oldest son of Annie Miles--who established the fundraiser with her husband Matt, was born with Septo-Optic Nerve Dysplasia. The eye condition minimizes the optic nerve, thus prohibiting the transfer of information from his eyes to his brain to process, which results in blindness.
In addition, Cash was diagnosed with Pan-Hypopituitarism at two months old, a disease affecting the pituitary gland which makes it impossible for the body to produce basic and necessary hormones and steroids for the body to survive.
Since its inception, the Ridin' for Cash Bull Bash has seen incredible and steady growth. In its first year, around 1,000 people attended and $5,714 was raised from the event to purchase Braille books for local school libraries.
Last year, through ticket sales and the silent auction, $11,026 was raised to benefit the Division for Blind Services (DBS) in Abilene and over 1,500 people showed up.
The profits from the event not only helps Cash, but children like him who are visually impaired from Nolan and Fisher counties. It also serves as a financial and moral boost to the community, as people from all across the state venture to Sweetwater for the benefit.
And while the event stands alone in regards to affiliations, a number of local businesses, sponsors and volunteers have contributed to the cause. Matt and Annie Miles are extremely thankful for everyone's help and support in the past, and they look forward to the continued partnership and assistance for this year's Ridin' for Cash Bull Bash.