Restoring Lives will be hosting its First Annual Patriot Fundraising Rodeo this Saturday evening. The event will include 11 different events with categories for men, women and children. Shenita Jones, founder and board president, said a rodeo is a perfect fit for the organization because it incorporates all the different groups the organization serves.
“Someone on the board suggested we do a rodeo because a rodeo would encompass all ethnic and socioeconomic groups. Our mission at Restoring Lives takes care of the whole family and this lets you see the full gamut,” Jones said. “It’s going to be a great opportunity for the people that we serve to help us out because they could come out and participate or come just to watch.”
Jones said that there has already been a fantastic response from different groups who want to come and compete.
“There’s been an outpouring of people from all over Oklahoma — not only in Ardmore — to participate,” Jones said, adding it’s already been so successful next year’s event might be more than one day. “The desire is to see this event grow into a three-day rodeo, that would really help us sustain ourselves and also some of our programs.”
Jones said anyone looking to sign up to compete can contact Big L Rodeo Company between 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9  at 580-276-7151. To see a full list of the categories available and the entry fees visit www.facebook.com/restoringlivesnow. The Facebook event page also includes a link to purchase tickets and Jones encourages everyone to buy their tickets in advance.
“If you get your tickets in advance it’s less expensive than at the door, so everyone needs to get their tickets early and save a little money,” Jones said. “We’re looking forward to everyone coming out and seeing everything the rodeo has to offer. Please come out and help as as we’re trying to help other people. We want to make this such a fantastic event that Ardmore wants to do it again.
The First Annual Patriot Rodeo benefitting Restoring lives will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum. Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children ages four to 17. The cost at the door will be $12 and $8, respectively. Children ages three and under get in for free.