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May 13, 2010

Boots, BBQ & Boogie Fundraiser to Support Bit by Bit May 22

(back row from left to right) Frank Sanders, Jennifer England, Shirley Martin and Shari Goff. In front is 12-year-old Ellie Westfall, who has been a Bit by Bit student for the past eight years.

(back row from left to right) Frank Sanders, Jennifer England, Shirley Martin and Shari Goff. In front is 12-year-old Ellie Westfall, who has been a Bit by Bit student for the past eight years.

Shine up your boots, grab your cowboy hat and get ready for a good time at the sixth annual Boots, BBQ and Boogie scheduled for Saturday, May 22, 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. Reservations 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 which improves improve balance and enhances strength, coordination, language, and cognitive and behavioral skills for participating clients. The program serves 73 students and has a waiting list for its services.

The event organizing committee includes Scott Epperson, Leslie Westfall, Connie Chappell, Stephanie Hunter, Michelle Tussey and Shari Goff.

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

  • At the Wranglers Level (presenting sponsor): Overhead Door Company of Tulsa, Inc. and the Hille Foundation
  • Ropers Level: Pelco Structural, L.L.C
  • Rustlers Level: Bourland Interests, L.L.C. and the Oxley Foundation
  • Spurs Level: Tiger Natural Gas Inc.

For more information or to make reservations, call the Bit by Bit office at (918) 371-1750.