Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

October 10, 2012

Go Texan set for Jan. 19 at IOOF

Event part of HLSR commitment to education

From Staff Reports
Corsicana Daily Sun

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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Navarro County Go Texan

The annual Harley Davidson raffle will take place Jan. 19, 2013 at the IOOF Center as Go Texan announces its newest scholarship winners. Tickets are $125, and include a steak dinner for two and one chance at a limited edition 2013 Fat Boy Lo. For more information, contact Pat Reed at (903) 654-3943.

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Also new for 2013, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is contributing to the American Festival for the Arts, Children’s Museum of Houston, Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory, Memorial Park Conservancy, The Center for Hearing and Speech, The Health Museum, and more. Additionally, the Show will continue its support of the Alley Theatre, Baylor Research Advocates for Student Scientists, Brookwood Community, Houston Independent School District — Apollo 20 Program, Holocaust Museum Houston, Houston Community College Public Safety Institute, Houston Grand Opera, Teach for America – Houston, Theatre Under the Stars, and other local and statewide educational programs.

“College scholarships are a major part of the Show’s educational commitment, but we also have identified a number of local and statewide organizations which concentrate on the development of youth at a younger age,” Wagner said. “It is rewarding to see the results of these educational programs, which share in the same vision of molding the lives of our future generations.”

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a Section 501(c)(3) charity that benefits youth, supports education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. The 2013 Show runs Monday, Feb. 25, through Sunday, March 17.

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On the Net:

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