On July 22, more than 1,000 attended the 7th annual Texas Fire School Shriner’s Benefit Barrel Race and Team Roping competition. With 34 barrel racers and 70 team ropers competing, approximately $19,000 was raised for the Shriner’s Hospital for Burned and Crippled Children. The event has raised a more than $78,000 in the past seven years.
The benefit began in 1997 as a way to offer entertainment to close friends of TEEX Emergency Services Training Institute instructor Donny Boggs, who holds the benefit at his home in rural Brazos County.
“Knowing that we were all involved in team roping, we decided to get together after the day’s events at the fire school,” said Boggs. “We talked about possibly doing a team roping benefit during the municipal school and giving the money raised to a deserving charity that firefighters could relate too.”
In the first year the benefit raised a little over $2,200 for Shriner’s Hospital, bringing in approximately 60 spectators and 18 team ropers. The event has grown each year. Last year’s event raised $16,500 for the charity.
Participants include firefighters, their families and local residents. The evening began with a barbecue dinner, followed by women’s barrel racing, a raffle and team roping.
“It’s because of the generous sponsorships from individuals, local businesses and national corporations that this benefit has been the success it is,” said Boggs.