Chuckwagon Drivers Race Against Hunger

Donations stack up outside the IGA for the second annual Race Against Hunger

The World Professional Chuckwagon Association (WPCA) and Encana Corporation together raised 925 pounds of non-perishable food and almost $3,400 in cash donations during the second annual Race Against Hunger at the Ponoka Stampede June 28 to July 3. As part of the total donations from the Race Against Hunger Program, Encana matched cash dollar-for-dollar and provided $2 for every pound of food collected during the Stampede.

After events in Grande Prairie, Drumheller and Ponoka the Race Against Hunger has raised over $27,000 in cash donations and almost five tonnes of non-perishable food.

“There was a strong show of support from the Ponoka community, an indication of the support and growing awareness for this year-round need in this community,” says Mike Forgo, Vice- President, Business Services & Stakeholder Relations for Encana. “We want to thank the WPCA and all of the folks who made these donations. Hunger doesn’t take a vacation. But thanks to the support of this community, our Race Against Hunger program will go a long way in stocking local food banks this summer.”

Vying for bragging rights and the title of Food Driver of the Year, WPCA drivers also got in on the program action at a day-long event at Hamilton’s IGA, bagging food for customers and helping to sell food hampers for $10 or $15 dollars each. Encana will crown the driver who raises the most donations later this summer.

Mark Sutherland remains in first place, but hot on this heels is Dave Galloway followed by Rick Fraser, Darcy Flad and Layne McGillivray. “The guys had a good time at Hamilton’s IGA – folks know how competitive they are on the track, but everyone needs to see the sparks fly in the checkout line!” says a good spirited Meghan McIvor, Marketing Manager for the WPCA.

“We want to thank everyone who made a donation in Ponoka, and remind folks that Encana’s natural gas truckwagon will be in Strathmore at the Strathmore Heritage Days for the next Race Against Hunger tour stop,” says Meghan McIvor, Marketing Manager for the WPCA. “We’re looking forward to more great results to help reduce hunger in the communities where we race.

The Race Against Hunger program takes place in select Dodge Pro Tour stops including the Alberta communities of Grande Prairie, Drumheller, Ponoka, Strathmore and Dawson Creek B.C.

In 2010, the program raised $25,000 and more than 3,800 pounds of food for local food banks.

Watch for the arrival of the “Food Drivers” in your community! The WPCA driver’s have been challenged by Encana to engage their fans, friends and sponsors to raise the most food and cash in support of the Race Against Hunger. The most successful driver will receive a matching donation for his efforts up to $10,000 from Encana to the food bank of his choice, a $1000 prize and a commemorative silver belt buckle but the sweetest reward will be the bragging rights!

Watch Chucks & Feed the Hungry

The World Professional Chuckwagon Association (WPCA) is teaming up with Encana Corporation once again for the Race Against Hunger, which will roll into the Grande Prairie Stompede May 25 to 29. Now in its second year, the program raises awareness and donations of food and funds for local food banks in the summer when contributions can be fewer than the need. Encana will match all donations dollar for dollar or $2 per pound up to $10,000.

Food and comfort have run deep throughout the WPCA‟s heritage, with chuckwagons once serving as the rolling kitchens of the prairies. Adding a modern twist to the tradition, Encana‟s natural gas powered “truck wagon” will serve as the collection point for donations. The Dodge pick-up truck turned covered wagon will be parked at Evergreen Park‟s TEC Centre for the duration of the Stompede where volunteers from the Horizon 4-H Club and the Salvation Army will be accepting donations.

“We encourage everyone to bring a donation of non-perishable food or cash in support of the Grande Prairie Salvation Army Food Bank during this great community event,” says Mike Forgo, Vice-President, Business Services and Stakeholder Relations at Encana. “Our company is privileged to work in the Grande Prairie area, and the Race Against Hunger is part of our larger commitment to make this a strong and sustainable community.”

The WPCA is rearing to go, and the drivers are a key part of the program action this year. “We‟re very pleased to have the support of Encana,” says Meghan McIvor, Marketing Manager with the World Professional Chuckwagon Association. “As part of our long-time partnership, the company issued a friendly challenge to our drivers – whomever engages his friends, family and sponsors to raise the most food and cash for Race Against Hunger will be recognized as the official „Food Driver of the Year‟ and will be eligible for a $1,000 prize and matching donation to the food bank of his choice, courtesy of Encana.”

The Race Against Hunger program takes place in select Dodge Pro Tour stops including the Alberta Communities of Grande Prairie, Drumheller, Ponoka, Strathmore and Dawson Creek B.C. In 2010, the program raised $25,000 and more than 3,800 pounds of food for local food banks.

Crazy Cowgirls Support Children’s Wish

The arrival of spring marks the start of what promises to be an exciting rodeo season for Cassie Horner and Shelby Cummings, who form the dynamic duo known as the Crazy Cowgirls. For the past three years, the Crazy Cowgirls have been travelling to rodeos throughout Alberta. More than just providing amazing trick riding performances, these young ladies have also been serving as ambassadors for Children’s Wish.

Since their partnership with Children’s Wish began, the Crazy Cowgirls have continuously found new ways to include their charity of choice in their performances. A Children’s Wish flag is always flown at the beginning of each performance and announcers share information about local children whose wish has been granted. The Alberta & NWT Chapter office is located in Calgary, AB with subchapters throughout the province but with a limited staff, the chapter relies on volunteers to help represent the foundation in rural communities. Stopping in any and all communities that host a rodeo, the Crazy Cowgirls are helping raise funds, and even more importantly, awareness for the Children’s Wish mission of granting the most heart felt of children diagnosed with a life threatening illness.

As part of their show, wherever possible, they invite local wish children to learn the basics of trick riding and perform a trick with them. This past summer, nine year old Phoenix, who had a liver transplant as a result of end-stage cirrhosis, got to ride with the girls in Brooks, AB.

To kick off their performing tour, Cassie and Shelby recently performed in Calgary for two shows as part of Aggie Days. While in town they met with Children’s Wish Chapter Director, Jason Evanson to present the donations collected over the last year, totaling $2,500. These young women are turning their passion for riding into a way of helping create the magic of a wish. Whenever the girls finish a show and are signing autographs at their trailer, a Children’s Wish donation box is sure to be close by.

About Children’s Wish

The Children’s Wish Foundation grants wishes to children between the ages of three and 17 who have been diagnosed with a life threatening illness. Since our inception 27 years ago, we have granted over 17,000 wishes to Canadian children. The AB & NWT Chapter grants approximately 120 wishes annually, roughly one wish every three days to a local child.  To learn more visit ChildrensWish.ca

Wild Deuce Fundraiser for STARS

Wild Deuce surpasses their goal for STARS!

Wild Deuce would like to thank everyone for another successful Working Mountain Horse Challenge & Select Sale that took place in Kingman, AB, Sept 24-26, 2010.

With a the 25th Anniversary of STARS taking place this year, the big push was to raise $10,000 for the life-saving organization. Each year Wild Deuce raises money for STARS through a Silent Auction at their event. This year, along with the Silent Auction ($4700), cookie sales ($750), the auctioning of a 17HMR Rifle ($475), and the auctioning of the STARS horse, a record breaking $12, 862 was raised! Wild Deuce would like to thank all the people and businesses that made donations and brought out their wallets to help Wild Deuce surpass their goal. A special thank you to Bruce from Whitecourt who bought Topline Dandy and all her tack and 50 bales of feed for $6,100. All proceeds to STARS.

Tracey DeHoop, Kerry Murphy, Frank Turner (Stars Rep.) AQHA filly TOPLINE DANDY donated by Muddy Acres, Bruce Hills (Buyer), & Wild Deuce owners Brenda Murdock,Guy Murdock, Terri McKinney, Chuck McKinney

Friday morning the sun came out which started the Open Competition off in fine form. The course was changed up for this year including having to crawl into a covered wagon off the back of their horses. The 22 competitors lived up to the new challenges and Wild Deuce is looking forward to more new surprises for their 2011 course. The Working Mountain Horse Challenge takes place at the end of September every year.

OPEN COMPETITION RESULTS:
• Champion of the OPEN Competition went to a first time participant, Caleb Block and sponsored by Richmond Transport of Stony Plain. Caleb donated his prize money back to STARS.
• Reserve Champion was Craig Grove of Cochrane, AB, sponsored by Total Orthotics of Camrose, AB
• 3rd place was Herbert Fox Sr. of Bashaw, AB, sponsored by Lammles Western Wear in Camrose, AB
• 4th place was John Pouliot of Kingman, AB, sponsored by Foster’s Covered Wagons in Devon, AB
• 5th Place was taken by Cynda Didier of Alder Flats, AB, and sponsored by Summit Outfitter Supplies in Millet, AB.

YOUTH COMPETITION RESULTS:
• Youth competitors are able to ride through the entire course and complete the obstacles of their choice. Wild Deuce wants to promote riding, safety and fun so ALL Youth take home
prizes. The Youth Competition was sponsored by Total Orthotics and Red Lodge Guest Ranch of Bowden, AB.

Friday wrapped up with a new event for the Sale Horse Challenge. A timed relay race based on life in the mountains. With side-splitting laughter the crowd watched on as Consignors competed for the fastest time. A delicious free BBQ, sponsored by Curty’s Oilfield, followed the Relay Race, and the day wound down around the campfire.
Saturday was greeted with a Pancake Breakfast, sponsored by the caterer, Food With Flaire. The Sale Horses competed letting potential buyers have a chance to view the horses as they are put through their paces.

CONSIGNOR HORSE COMPETITION RESULTS:
• Champion was Clay Braithwaite from Bonnyville, AB , riding Lot #17, Ace, sponsored by Northernhorse.com
• Reserve Champion was Brenda Miller from Alder Flats, AB, riding Lot #11, Fritz, sponsored by Riverview Vet Clinic of Devon.
• 3rd Place was Cynda Didier from Alder Flats, AB, riding Lot #14, Macs Scotch Pine, sponsored by Dogspaw of Edmonton.

Saturday evening there was a catered BBQ with a dance and slideshow that closed the evening.

The sale of AQHA filly Topline Dandy, was donated to STARS

Sunday morning was  viewing of the Sale Horses. Informed buyers had a chance to ride mounts of their choice before the sale. Of the 15 horses sold, top three sellers were:
1. RDH One Tuff Zip
Consigned by Wild Deuce
$11, 000
2. WH Hitman Warrior Consigned by Wild Deuce
$ 7, 500
3. Ace
Consigned by Clay Braithwaite
$ 5, 250

Sale average was $4260. This does not include the STARS horse that sold for $6100.