(Orange, Texas)

October 11, 2013

Pink Out Playday

Special to The Leader
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — The Cowboy Church of Orange County Arena Ministry Team is proud to partner, once again, with Tough Enough to Wear Pink to host the 2nd Annual CCOC Pink Out Playday. This year's event will again benefit the Julie Rogers "Gift of Life" Program, a Beaumont, Texas based non-profit organization which provides cancer testing, treatment, and education to medically underserved men and women throughout Southeast Texas.

This event will take place Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the Cowboy Church of Orange County Arena, located at 673 FM 1078, Orange, Texas 77632. Registration will open at 8:00am and events will start at 10:00am

This year's event will feature several events of equine competition including cloverleaf barrels, straight barrels, flag race, and pole bending. It will also include mutton bustin', a stick horse race, lead line events, and a horse decorating and costume contest.  Entry fee is $5 per rider per event, except mutton bustin, which is $10 per rider. There is no admission fee for spectators.

New this year will be the addition of vendors and a silent auction. Everyone attending, participants, and spectators will also be eligible to win one of a number of door prizes.

A portion of the entry fees will be donated to Gift of Life, in addition to 100% of donations and merchandise profits. A check presentation will take place that afternoon during the awards ceremony at the conclusion of all competition. Gift of Life representatives will be present to accept the check from church members, including cancer survivors and caretakers.

The goal this year is to raise at least $1,000 for the Julie Rogers "Gift of Life" Program.

This event will take place at the Cowboy Church of Orange County Arena, located at 673 FM 1078, Orange, Texas 77632. Anyone with questions or needing more information can contact CCOC Arena Team Leader Kevin Norton at 409-651-9948. You can also visit the church website at, email is at, or find us on Facebook at Cowboy Church of Orange County Arena.

About the Julie Rogers "Gift of Life" Program:

The Julie Rogers "Gift of Life" Program is a non-profit 501(c)(3) located in Beaumont a serving all of Southeast Texas. It was established in 1994 by local philanthropist Regina Rogers as a tribute to her mother, Julie, a breast cancer survivor, who had a double mastectomy in 1988 and who died following complications from a stroke and heart attack in 1998. Since its founding, the organization has funded nearly 23,000 free mammograms and more than 6,000 free prostate cancer screenings, and has conducted more than 700 educational outreach encounters since its inception, reaching 110,000 people.

About Tough Enough to Wear Pink:

Tough Enough to Wear Pink was created by entrepreneur and breast cancer survivor Terry Wheatley in 2004 with Karl Stressman, former director of special events for Wrangler and now commissioner of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PCRA) to bring the sport of professional rodeo and the western community together to rally against breast cancer.   Wrangler is the title sponsor of Tough Enough To Wear Pink. Since its inception in 2004, TETWP has empowered rodeos and western events in the U.S. and Canada to focus attention on the need for a cure.  To date, the campaign has raised over $12 million dollars for breast cancer charities, much of which stays right in the community.  The grassroots movement has inspired other sports communities to mount their own TETWP campaigns, spreading a message of hope and support that reaches beyond the rodeo arena to competitors, families and fans across America.