Phillipsburg, Kan. (September 7, 2018) – Over $11,000 was raised for local cancer patients at this year’s Phillipsburg (Kan.) Rodeo.
With matching donations from the rodeo committee, Prairie Horizon Agri-Energy, McClain Seed Sales, Rodgers and Associates Insurance Co., Farmers State Bank, and a donation from rodeo t-shirt sales by the Phillipsburg Chamber of Commerce, $11,725.48 was raised for Tough Enough to Wear Pink.
Kansas Biggest Rodeo is a natural fit for a platform to raise funds for cancer patients, said Beau Van Loenen, vice-president of Farmers State Bank, one of the campaign’s matching donors. “It’s probably the biggest stage Phillipsburg has, and it’s a great cause,” he said. “Anything we can do to bring attention and raise funds means a lot.”
Monies raised go to the Hope in the Heartland fund, which provides funding for cancer patients in the Phillips County and surrounding area. This year so far, the fund has helped fifteen people undergoing cancer treatment. Anyone undergoing treatment can get more information by firstname.lastname@example.org.
Van Loenen appreciates that money raised does not leave the area, and is helpful to those who need it. “During a time of struggle and hurt and everything that goes with it, getting help is a ray of sunshine a person needs.”
Since the rodeo started the Tough Enough to Wear Pink initiative thirteen years ago, over $96,000 has been raised. This year’s amount includes private donations and a donation from the Phillipsburg ranch rodeo.
Next year’s rodeo is August 1-2-3, 2019.
The big check presentations are made during Kansas Biggest Rodeo in Phillipsburg August 4. From left to right, rodeo committee member Steve Christy, Brian Chance, Joe Kreutzer (CEO of Prairie Horizon Agri-Energy), Dan Heinze (board member for Prairie Horizon Agri-Energy), Josh and Melissa McClain, McClain Seed Sales, Beau Van Loenen, vice-president of Farmers State Bank, and J.D. Shelton, vice-president of the Phillipsburg Rodeo Association. Photo by Rachel Martin.