GENEROUS 2017-18 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
Hole-In-One Sponsor - Eighth Year
FIRST UNITED BANK OF AMARILLO
Thank You Rodney Ruthart
Long Drive Contest Sponsor
Cross Pointe Auto
Chuck & Becky Farrell
Bobby & Cindy Sarpalius
United Food Products
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.
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The 2017 Farley Family Reunion was a vivid expression of what we are all about. As former residents of Boys Ranch and Girlstown, we have some unique history. As kids growing up in an "orphanage", many of us found our brothers and sisters, and even the staff to be our family. The reunion was truly a family event.
The events of the weekend reflect well on the purpose of our existence as an organization. The "main event" was the gala at the Cal Farley's Civic Center. There were over 180 of us gathered to see each other, tell stories and reunite. How very good it is to see old friends. We remembered those who have passed away in this past year. We expressed appreciation to those who have passed certain levels as Legacy Partners. We honored some who have been recognized as Distinguished Alumni, David Rodgers and Aubrey Ellington, and we honored a Distinguished Staff, namely Roger Waldrip. We further expressed appreciation to retiring board member Ron Hancock and retiring president of the board, David Rodgers. We expressed appreciation to Alan Dore for seven years of service as secretary to the Association. We are all blessed by the service of some very good men and women.
Family is what we are all about. And families help one another, especially in difficult times. The silent auction is the fundraiser we have annually to provide funds for crisis support. See a list to the right of those who gave items for the auction. The event raised over $3,700 crisis support. This will be used by the Crisis Support committee to help our family members throughout the year. In addition, we took up a special collection for, what we called at the time, Houston Relief. However, Irma's crashing into some of our brothers and sisters in Florida have prompted us to rename it, Hurricane Relief. Over $600 was raised at the reunion, and a Go Fund Me page has been set up since to help our family in these specific crises. See more about that to the right.
Another way we help our family is with college. It has often been said, it's easier to send your grandkids to college than your own kids. The thing is, most of us went to BR or GT because we didn't have much parental support. Hence our kids often don't have grandparents to help with college. That again is where we come in. We have helped nearly 50 students go to college. One man has been very predominantly instrumental in raising these funds, and we are seeking to "share the responsibility." We initiated a Fabulous 40 campaign whereby we are seeking 40 fabulous alumni who will get 5 people each to contribute to the scholarship fund. It's not a big effort, but it is essential to replacing the work of one man.
Family reunion, helping one another in crisis, this is certainly big part of the weekend. It was fun and effective and a truly fantastic reunion. It would never have happened were it not for the faithful and diligent effort of some dedicated men and women. Tony Wade, chairman of the reunion committee worked his butt off before and during the event. We are all in debt to him. Others who served in so many ways include Cam Lindsey and Beverly Hall, Brandon Crews and Cylinda Case, Dean Sharp and Sydney Sharp, David Rattan, Billy Bob Touchstone, David Tallant, Sherry Finstad and Jimmie Boatwright, Britt Hammond and Cindy Sarpalius, Amy Brasher, Cal Calhoun and Marilyn Tibbets. A lot of us enjoyed a lot because of the very good work of a few. Thank you much.
Click here for link to donate directly
for Hurricane Relief for
Former Residents fo BR and GT
100% of funds raised will go directly to families impacted by hurricanes Harvey and Irma (PayPal will cover all fees). All needs will be vetted and all gifts are tax deductible.
2017 REUNION FACTS & FIGURES
Reunion Meeting Attendance: 180
Picnic Attendance: 100+-
Crisis Support funds raised at Silent Auction: $3,700
Hurricane Relief funds raised: $616
Class of 67 Reunion: 20
Old Timers Breakfast: A Bunch
SILENT AUCTION ITEM DONORS
||John & D'Esta Sharp
||Billy Bob Touchstone
||Ty & Beki Lightfoot
||Donna Turner Mas
Thank you Sherry Finstad
Thank you Cal Calhoun
Photos from Northern California Gathering
On Karl Sarpalius' photo web site.
Photo from Phoenix Gathering
Photos from 2017 DFW Golf Tournament
We are putting in another order for stones for the Veterans Memorial. If you would like to have a stone for your or someone you know, please turn in the information by October 18. The stones contain 3 lines with no more than 20 characters (including spaces) per line. Include the following information:
Click on "Veterans Memorial" in the menu bar above for more information. Send your request and information to firstname.lastname@example.org
You are invited to make a donation of $150 for the stone and engraving. You may also sponsor a Vet to get their stone placed on the wall. You may also purchase a Veterans Memorial Coin for $20.
All proceeds go to the Cemetery Maintenance Fund.