May 08, 2009

Boots, BBQ & Boogie' Fundraiser to Support Bit by Bit June 13

Shine up your boots, grab your cowboy hat and get ready for a good time at the fifth annual Boots, BBQ and Boogie scheduled for Saturday, June 13, at the historic Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa.

The fundraising dinner and auction benefiting the Rogers State University Bit by Bit Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program will feature a barbeque, silent and live auctions, and live music from Paul Bogart's Western Band.

Travis Meyer, meteorologist with KOTV Channel 6, will return as the event's emcee. Jack Bogart will serve as the auctioneer for the event.

Boots, BBQ & Boogie will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Cain's Ballroom, located in downtown Tulsa at 423 N. Main St. Tickets for the event are $50 per person.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Bit by Bit, a therapeutic horseback riding program serving children and adults with disabilities. The program operates at the RSU Equestrian Center, located five miles south of Oologah and two miles north of Collinsville on U.S. Highway 169.

Bit by Bit is a cooperative program between RSU and Oologah-Talala Public Schools to promote physical and mental health for children and adults with disabilities through horseback riding. The highly-regarded program provides riding sessions and other therapeutic interactions with the horses help improve balance, increase strength, coordination, language, and cognitive and behavioral skills language for participating clients. The program serves 85 students and has a waiting list for its services.

Stephanie Felkins is the event chair, Leslie Westfall is the auction chair and Scott Epperson is the food and beverage chair. Event committee members include Sheila Bond, Martha King-Clark, Ingrid Lobaugh, Tonni Harrald, Pam Switala, Trista Milliman, Joletta Spurlock and Megan Hart.

Major sponsors for the Boots, BBQ and Boogie event, to date, include:

At the Wranglers Level (presenting sponsor):

  • Overhead Door Company of Tulsa, Inc.
  • the George Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Will Rogers Masonic Lodge No. 53

Ropers Level:

  • Hille Foundation
  • Pelco Structural, L.L.C.

Rustlers Level:

  • Bourland Interests, L.L.C.

Spurs Level:

  • Linda and Brad Barron
  • Ken Ray Underwood, Attorney at Law

For more information or to purchase tickets, please call the Bit by Bit office at (918) 371-1750.