Local charities benefit from Glencross rodeo event proceeds

More than $200,000 was raised in support of two worthwhile Red Deer organizations at the annual Glencross Invitational Charity Roughstock Rodeo and Poker event held in August. Curtis Glencross, and representatives from the event, were in attendance Monday to present cheques to the two beneficiaries of the event — Ronald McDonald House Charities Central Alberta and the Hockey Alberta Foundation’s Every Kid Every Community program.

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More than $200,000 was raised in support of two worthwhile Red Deer organizations at the annual Glencross Invitational Charity Roughstock Rodeo and Poker event held in August.

Curtis Glencross, and representatives from the event, were in attendance Monday to present cheques to the two beneficiaries of the event — Ronald McDonald House Charities Central Alberta and the Hockey Alberta Foundation’s Every Kid Every Community program.

“The Fourth Annual Glencross Invitational was a great success again this year” said Glencross. “We indeed have loyal support. The rodeo and evening concert was great entertainment and a perfect way to spend your Friday night. I would like to thank all of our loyal sponsors.”

The charity poker and rodeo was held Aug. 20-21, with all proceeds – a total of $226,000 — donated to the two organizations. A total of $90,400 directed to the Hockey Alberta Foundation and $135,600 to Ronald McDonald House Central Alberta. With this year’s contribution, the event has now surpassed the $1,000,000 mark in its four-year history.

“It costs $1.2 million to operate the House every year,” said Larry Mathieson, CEO, Ronald McDonald House Charities Southern & Central Alberta.

“Without the fundraising support of the community, corporations and individuals like Curtis Glencross, we wouldn’t be able to meet those annual goals.

“Today’s donation will help us to continue to provide a home away from home for families from rural communities surrounding Red Deer with sick children in the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre.”