Marking another record-breaking year, the 7th annual Buckaroo Ball raised more than $145,000 for S.C.A.R.F., a 45 percent increase over last year’s event. Three hundred and forty individuals attended the event held on April 20.
The Buckaroo Ball Master and Mistress of Ceremony were Brian Pierce and Kellie Michaels from KFDI. The event featured a steak dinner, live and silent auction, and entertainment by the Bucky Fowler Band with a special appearance by Nicole Johnson, contestant from season 3 of “The Voice.” Miss Kansas 2012 Sloane Lewis also shared about her involvement with at-risk youth.
The funds raised from the Buckaroo Ball not only help to support S.C.A.R.F. but will also help the organization to get closer to its $2.5 million capital campaign goal for the construction of the Sunshine Children’s Home in Andover. The home will provide placement services to children from Butler, Elk, and Greenwood counties that have been temporarily removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect.
Sponsors for the event included: Event Sponsor - Allied Telemetry; Beverage Sponsor - Extremo Vino; Printing Sponsor - Rand Graphics; Buffet Sponsor - Fugate Enterprises/Pizza Hut/Taco Bell; and Entertainment Sponsors - Kansas Medical Center and Sims Insurance Services, Inc. Corporate sponsors for this year’s Buckaroo Ball were Holly Frontier, Dustrol Inc., Morris, Laing, Evans, Brock & Kennedy, Chtd., Cargill and Security 1st Title.
“We are so grateful to all of the sponsors and attendees that turned out to support this annual fundraiser,” said S.C.A.R.F. Executive Director Suzi Thien. “We are pleased with the generosity and support for S.C.A.R.F. and the efforts to build the Sunshine Children’s Home.”
Susan Koslowsky, Emprise Bank senior vice president and S.C.A.R.F. board member, was the event chair and was joined by event committee members including Susie Armstrong, Stacey Bilson, Vivian Jewell, Shannon Johnson, Lyn Landrian, Leon Leachman, Aliece Lowe, Linda Ralston, Valerie Showalter, Deb Stephens and Kirsten Sutherland.
Koslowsky, who co-founded the Buckaroo Ball seven years ago, said, “This year’s results were amazing and it shows that the community truly understands the importance of providing financial support for the services that we provide to our children.”
Donations to S.C.A.R.F. or the Sunshine Children’s Home can be made online http://www.scarfks.org/ or by mail at S.C.A.R.F., PO Box 967, El Dorado, KS 67042.