GENEROUS 2016-17 SPONSORS
Much of what we are able to do as an Association is possible because of those who help sponsor special events. Our ability to help fellow alumni, support our former home and hold reunions would not be possible without the generous contributions of these companies and individuals. Please express your gratitude and support
Sponsor of the Annual Meeting
Sponsor of the Legendary Picnic
Chuck & Becky Farrell
Hole-In-One Sponsor - Eighth Year
FIRST UNITED BANK OF AMARILLO
Thank You Rodney Ruthart
Long Drive Contest Sponsor
Cross Pointe Auto
Ray's Auto Plaza
Chuck & Becky Farrell
Bobby & Cindy Sarpalius
Jordan & Cam Lindsey
David and Debra Rodgers
Mark & Kathleen Embry
Steve & Beverly Hall
Dereck & Amy Brasher
Ben-E-Keith Food Products
Caviness Beef Packers
2016 - 17 Alumni Gatherings/Events
CFBRAA MISSION STATEMENT
CFBRAA was chartered to carry on the work begun in the lives of troubled kids by Cal Farley's Boys Ranch. It has grown to include former residents of Girlstown. The Charter identifies the purpose as:
1 - To supply aid and assistance in promoting the growth of Cal Farley's Boys Ranch and the accomplishment of the objectives as set out in its Articles of Incorporation;
2 - To create and promote a closer relationship between its (Cal Farley's) former students and to facilitate a quicker and easier adjustment for its graduates and other former students to community life.
The Association works to provide assistance for former residents of BR and GT: (a) in crisis support, (b) in education for family members, and (c) in maintaining family ties. Further the Association seeks to promote and support the work of Cal Farley's Inc.
2016 ANNUAL REUNION
Well that was different!! This year's CFBRAA Annual Reunion was not the same old family reunion. Change is in our midst, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.
First we had to cancel the first annual Ride of the Roughriders since the rodeo was shortened to one day, that being Saturday, so an overnight in Red River would have meant missing the rodeo. Then we moved the golf tournament from Friday to Sunday since we had no rodeo on Sunday afternoon. Then we moved the picnic from BR to Thompson Park. Other than that, it was a business as usual family reunion. Oh, there was the live music at the banquet, but that's all that was different.
This was a year of discovering what lies ahead and it looks good. The picnic at Thompson park was the best. Everyone enjoyed the beautiful afternoon, the good food and the opportunity to renue acquaintences and meet new friend. The live music was fantastic. Young Country did an excellent job, and we found out afterward that one of the band members, Margaret Peacock, was a former house parent at BR.
The recognitions of Jimmie Boatwright, distinguished alumni, and John & D'Esta Sharp, distinguished staff, along with the memorial tribute to those who have passed this past year, were very special. You can see these video presentations on the YouTube link in the menue bar above. There will be pictures of the events in the Photo Gallery above, as soon as we get them.
The change to a one day rodeo was sprung on us rather late. Next year we will build around the rodeo on Saturday and make Sunday afternoon a time for the alumni.
There is no way to thank all who contributed so very much to the true success of this year's reunion. Special thanks muct be given to Tony Wade who worked diligently to get things coordinated amidst all of the changes, who secured sponsors and silent auction items and who did very good work from which we all benefited. Cal Calhoun again provided two Front Sight auction items which were worth thousands more than they sold for. Cam Lindsey and Beverly Hall and David Rodgers and David Rattan and Daniel Scroggs and Dennis Linam and so very many others worked and served to make it a very successful weekend. A special thanks needs to be expressed to James Johnson, who, though he wasn't able to be there, arranged for six sponsors for the golf tournament. We are a blessed people.
The next major event is the Dallas Gathering to be held on February 18th. It will be combined with Top Golf tournament in The Colony so make your plans now.
NEWS & NOTES
BR & GT ALUMNI
We will use this column to keep you informed about news, as we get it in Bob's office (email@example.com), on what's going on with the alumni of Boys Ranch and Girlstown as well as happenings at Cal Farley's If you have news to share, send it in:
Kansas Gathering - Alumni in the Kansas and Nebraska area will be gathering at the Jack Trey Allen Memorial Rodeo event outside of Junction, KS on Saturday, Oct. 15. For more information in location and the event click here.
50 FOR 50
The Second Annual SMOKIN GUNS GIVEAWAY is happening now. That is, you can now purchase tickets for 50 chances to win 50 guns. The drawing will take place at the Dallas Gathering on February 18th. However, we are only selling 1,000 tickets and they are going fast. If you want to purchase your 50 chances to win 50 guns you need to get your ticket(s) now.
In the Amarillo or Panhandle area, contact Tony Wade 806-584-1029 or Beverly Hall 806-678-4990. In the Metroplex contact Cam Lindsey 469-400-6625 or Bob Sarpalius 817-329-7590. Tickets are $50 each and 50 guns will be given away so get your chances now. All proceeds go to the mission of CFBRAA.
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CFBRAA President David Rodgers