It’s been just over a week since the Race for the Troops benefit show and things are finally slowing down a little. And of course I say that lightly because I still have a ton of shopping to do with all this money and a box filling party to organize. So needless to say, this project is far from over. But no matter how much of my time this takes up, it’s all worth it in the end just to be able to help these soldiers while they are deployed.
So, the show was a major success!!! The turnout was more than I could ask for, and the support was even better. I couldn’t walk two feet without someone stopping me and asking me what they could help with, or thanking me for hosting such a great event. Every little detail about this event was flawless. Registration ran smoothly, the announcer kept the show going smoothly, our tractor drivers were fast and efficient, and the raffle table was constantly busy for over 4 hours before we did the drawing. Not a single person complained, and everyone was happy with it all.
The show started at noon with our pee wee riders. We had 12 in our pee wee division and they all got to take home a trophy that was donated by Mercedes Premier Homes. The kids were so ecstatic about their trophies. Most of them even carried them around all day long showing them off. One little boy even walked around with his singing a song about how much he loved his trophy. It was so stinkin adorable. Then we went into our open division which had 143 riders. Being we had $1000 added, the payout was fantastic. First place in the 1D took home $299. And everyone was happy with the payout too. Heck, if I took home $299, I would be happy too!
After the open we went into the youth division and then poles. Both classes were fairly large and had added money as well. Those checks were also pretty decent. As everyone came to get their checks from me, they congratulated me on a job well done. Not that I could take all of the credit though. If it wasn’t for my amazing friends stepping up to help out at the show, it wouldn’t have been such a success. And if it wasn’t for Shawn and Deborah Britton that own King Palm Ranch in NSB, I wouldn’t have even been able to have the show. The multitude of people that stepped up was just amazing and I don’t think I could ever thank them all enough.
So I am sure you all are wondering how much money this show made huh? Well, after everything was paid for, we profited $2600. As I was counting the money, I was just taken away. All of this because of the support that was given on this day. More support than one could ever ask for! I want to take this time to thank everyone that stepped up to help with all of this and to the sponsors as well. If it wasn’t for everyone involved, this would have never been such a success!