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October 10, 2012

Go Texan set for Jan. 19 at IOOF

Event part of HLSR commitment to education

Corsicana — Go Texan is coming home to Navarro County.

The event, long held in Ennis, is scheduled for Jan. 19 at the IOOF Center here in Corsicana. Tickets will be available from Navarro County Go Texan members beginning this week.

“We’re proud of the fact we gave out $48,725 in scholarships last year,” said Pat Reed with the local Go Texan organization. “Plus, we gave out two $16,000 scholarships in Houston.

“Everything we make goes back into scholarships. We’d like to break $50,000 this year (at the local event).”

This will mark the 11th year Go Texan will raffle off a Harley Davidson, and it will be a limited edition, numbered 110th anniversary Fat Boy Lo, Reed said.

Tickets are $125, and include a steak dinner for two, as well as one chance at the Harley. The organization does a reverse raffle for the bike. Second place is $2,500.

Go Texan is part of the overall Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo that announced Oct. 1 the organization has surpassed the $330 million mark in educational commitment to Texas students since its beginning in 1932.

“The Show’s founders could never have imagined this phenomenal level of support for the youth of our state,” said Skip Wagner, president of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. “It is a testament to the devotion and big hearts of our volunteers, now 27,000-plus strong, our generous auction buyers and scholarship underwriters, and our great corporate sponsors.”

Record financial results driven by record attendance have allowed the Show to give a record of $24.6 million in support for the 2013 Show season.

The commitment is comprised of:

• Scholarships to high school seniors, and college juniors and seniors (current Show scholars, to be used for the 2013–14 school year)

• Graduate assistantships for students at 11 different Texas universities

• Educational program grants for a variety of organizations

• Support for 2013 Houston Livestock Show junior show exhibitors.

The new educational commitment adds 108 scholarships, and increases four-year scholarships from $16,000 each to $18,000. The additional scholarships include five $18,000 scholarships for dependents of military personnel; five $8,000 technical scholarships; and 100 bonus scholarships for incoming college juniors, 50 at $16,000 each, and incoming seniors, 50 at $8,000 each, who are current Show scholars.

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