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May 21, 2007

‘Boots, BBQ & Boogie' June 9 Fundraiser to Support Bit by Bit

Grab your best cowboy hat, slip into your best boots and get ready for a good time at the Third Annual Boots, BBQ and Boogie scheduled for Saturday, June 9, at the historic Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa. Bring a big appetite and plenty of energy to dance, but please, leave the spurs at home.

Frank Sanders, Leslie Westfall, Wanda Sanders, Linda Barron and Scott Epperson met at Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa recently, to plan the upcoming Boots, BBQ and Boogie fundraiser. The event is scheduled for Saturday, June 9, at Cain's Ballroom and will benefit the Rogers State University Bit by Bit Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call the Bit by Bit office at (918) 371 1750.
Frank Sanders, Leslie Westfall, Wanda Sanders, Linda Barron and Scott Epperson met at Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa recently, to plan the upcoming Boots, BBQ and Boogie fundraiser. The event is scheduled for Saturday, June 9, at Cain's Ballroom and will benefit the Rogers State University Bit by Bit Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program.

The fundraising dinner and auction benefiting the Rogers State University Bit by Bit Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program will feature a barbeque dinner catered by Black Jaxx BBQ in Oologah, silent and live auctions including a limited edition Oklahoma Centennial Bench, 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 and the operation of the new RSU Equestrian Center, which houses the therapeutic horseback riding program serving children and adults with disabilities. The equestrian center, completed in 2006 is 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. One of 11 certified equine therapy centers in the state, Bit By Bit is the only certified program in the state directly affiliated with a university. The highly-regarded program provides riding sessions and other therapeutic interactions with the horses help improve balance, walking, language and cognitive skills for participating clients. The program serves more than 100 children and adults and has a waiting list for its services. During its history, the program has served more than 1,000 children and adults across Oklahoma.

While the auction list is being finalized, event organizers said items up for bid should include autographed memorabilia, sporting event tickets, jewelry, art and other unique items. Wolff Photography will also be on hand to capture the evening’s festivities.

Leslie Westfall and Scott Epperson are the event co-chairs and the planning committee includes Linda Barron, Bit by Bit director; Sheila Bond, Martha King-Clark, Ingrid Lobaugh, Lisa Mansfield, Joleta Spurlock, Pam Switala, equine manager; Lisa Turner and Jana Walstrom, Bit by Bit head instructor.

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

  • Wranglers (presenting sponsor): Overhead Door Company of Tulsa, Inc.
  • Ropers: Hille Foundation; Will Rogers Masonic Lodge No. 53.
  • Rustlers: Oxley Foundation.
  • Spurs: Burnside and Associates, Ltd. Co. environmental inspections; Shipman Veterinary Services, Ken Ray Underwood Attorney at Law and the Tulsa World.

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