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Sold out event early last month benefits roundup queen and mulitple organizations supported by roundup

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - People enjoy their time checking out everything the Crooked River Roundup gala had to offer. The sold-out event raised about $10,000.

A sold-out event to kick off the Crooked River Roundup last month has netted $10,000 for local nonprofit beneficiaries in Prineville. 

2020 marks the 75th running of the Crooked River Roundup in Prineville, which is scheduled for June 25-27 at the Crook County Fairgrounds. In addition to the rodeo, the Crooked River Roundup also includes pari-mutuel horse racing July 15-18. 

Held on Feb. 8, the Roundup's 75th Anniversary Kickoff Gala attracted 500 attendees. Money raised from the event will support Roundup Queen Emily McDaniel during her reign and be donated to the following Crook County High School programs: culinary arts, cheerleaders, FFA and National Junior ROTC. Additionally, a scholarship will be provided to an Oregon FFA member to attend a leadership conference in Washington, D.C., this year. 

During the last five years, the Roundup has raised and donated more than $75,000 to 35 local organizations. 

"The CRR is far more than just a professional rodeo in Prineville," said Jason Snider, president of the Crooked River Roundup. "It unites our community and allows us the tremendous privilege of coming together to invest in our youth."

The Feb. 8 Gala included dinner, live music by local artists Wayward Soul and Kristi Kinsey with lead guitar Kurt Waterman, an auction and entertainment by cowboy poets Jay Snider, Ross Knox, and Oklahoma troubadour Kevin Davis, storytelling by Warm Springs tribal elder Wilson Wewa, the introduction of the Roundup queen and 2020 Grand Marshals Mike and Donna Mohan.

"We're truly grateful to everyone who came out to support the 75th Anniversary Kickoff event," said Snider. "The enthusiasm and generosity we experienced went beyond our expectations and reminded us of the impact the Roundup has had on so many during its historic run."


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