Parks Youth Ranch announces inaugural fundraiser, “Cowboy up”

Back Row (Left to Right): DL Trading staff members Leah Galdamez and Debra Ishaq; DL Trading President Brien O’Brien, Parks Youth Ranch Board President Richard Hogan, PYR 2012 Cowboy Up Chairman Kavita Self, DL Trading staff members Laura Beth Jackson, Katy Schilhab, and Tina Johnson. Front Row (Left to Right): DL Trading Vice President Josh Stanka, DL Trading staff members Jill Sedgwick, Lindsay Lochbaum, Onelia Portilla and Orlando Portilla.

The Parks Youth Ranch (PYR) Board of Directors and DL Trading are joining forces for an inaugural fundraiser, Cowboy Up 2012.  This “ROWDY good time” is scheduled for Saturday, Oct 20th, 2012 at The George Ranch Historical Park Arena.

The Fred and Mabel R. Parks Youth Ranch opened its doors in March 2011 to address a gap in services for abused, at-risk and homeless youth.  PYR is a 20-bed emergency shelter located in Fort Bend County that is able to accommodate 10 boys and 10 girls, ages 7 to 17, referred by Texas Department of Family and Protective Service and local community referrals.  All proceeds from the event will go towards providing all life’s basic needs, shelter, food, clothing and much more. PYR’s mission is to provide emergency shelter, counseling and life-changing services to these children.

Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert and his wife, Pat, have graciously agreed to “strap on their SPURS” for the cause and serve as Honorary Co-Chairs.  Fort Bend County Commissioner James Patterson will serve as the Event Auctioneer.

The unforgettable event will feature live music by Kim & Bill Nash from Nash3, BBQ with all the fixins’, dancing, cash bar, live auction and much more.

Here’s a chance to put on your boots and hat, and party with a purpose! A variety of sponsorship and underwriting opportunities, from $250 to $10,000, are available.  General admission tickets are also available for $75 each.  For more information on sponsorship or general admission tickets, please visit the PYR website at or contact Parks Youth Ranch Executive Director & Cowboy Up Co-Chairman, Shannon Bloesch ( or Cowboy Up Co-Chairman, Kavita Self (

Organizers hope for a big crowd, and urge everyone to attend. “Y’all” don’t want to miss this amazing evening of charity!

“Never does a man stand so tall as when he stoops to help a child!” ~Abraham Lincoln

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