It was another unforgettable night as thousands packed into the Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum Friday for the Annual Careity Celebrity Cutting event and concert.
Before the event began, Jerry and Vicki Durant stunned organizers with a generous $20,000 donation to the Careity Foundation.
Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price kicked off the night, riding into the coliseum on horseback, and welcomed guests who attended the event.
“The Careity group does incredible work; they fill a niche that no one else is filling,” she said. “[Co-founders Lyn Walsh and Beverly Branch] and their group do a wonderful job.”
Several celebrities were on hand to celebrate the 21st event and to display their riding skills. But more than an evening of just entertainment, participants reflected on why they were riding.
“It’s such a great charity that has been around for a long time,” said Jay Novacek, former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver. “Riding the horses is awesome, but to do it in conjunction with an organization like Careity is really great.”
Shelly Mowery, National Cowgirl Hall of Fame Museum inductee in 2001, echoed similar sentiments.
“I’ve been involved with the Careity Foundation for more than 20 years,” Mowery said. “I think that speaks for itself, that an organization, a charity that has lasted as long, doing the good work they do, is remarkable.”
She said she is very “respectful for all [Careity] has done and continues to do.
Matt Blevins, who starred in A&E’s hit series “Storage Wars” said Careity “steps in” where others won’t.
“It’s amazing to see what the Careity Foundation services provide for those uninsured or under-insured, man or woman, it doesn’t matter,” Blevins said. “They help those in need, and when you see that...you’ve got to appreciate everything they do.”
Blevins said there wasn’t anyone in the building that hadn’t been affected by cancer in one form or another.
“Cancer doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t care what color your skin is, creed or religion,” he said. “So when your insurance runs out, or you don’t have insurance, God bless the Careity Foundation for stepping in.”
Since the early ’90s, the Careity Foundation’s Celebrity Cutting Horse event has brought together celebrities from all walks of life for an evening of “fun, thrills and philanthropy.” Sports figures, physicians, “outstanding” performing artists and more come to try their hand at the fast-growing sport of cutting. Walsh said she feels blessed to continue with their efforts in raising funds to provide early detection and support services for cancer patients.
“These celebrities are just so gracious and easy going,” Walsh said. “They are just awesome to be out here to help other people, we’re very blessed.”
▪ Careity Foundation is dedicated to providing on site cancer support services in an oncology setting for economically challenged cancer patients, as well as early cancer detection in North Texas. The pediatric palliative care program is directed at providing relief to children with devastating diseases and life threatening illnesses at Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth. Since its inception, Careity Foundation has set the platinum standard in the nonprofit community to help with cancer care management and financial aid. Careity Foundation was first in the nation to offer oncology massage in the chemotherapy room, in order to relieve the side effects of drug therapy in cancer patients.
Established events like Celebrity Cutting and Careity Rocks continue to sustain innovative cancer treatment and programs, along with numerous supporting events. Careity Foundation is an active participant in the care and treatment process. Strong oversight of funded programs and support assures that the vision and strategies outlined in the collaborative process are effectively realized. The Careity founders meet several times a month with its collaborators and physicians, and receive regular reports from their professional staff to ensure appropriate levels and propriety of care.
Lance Winter, 817-594-9902, Ext. 102