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Record-breaking rodeo attendance helps cancer center

Published 9:29am Thursday, September 5, 2013 Updated 11:31am Thursday, September 5, 2013

Rodeo fans proved in record numbers they are indeed “tough enough to wear pink” at the PRCA Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night at Red Horse Ranch near Fergus Falls on Saturday, Aug. 10.

Red Horse Ranch donated $2 from every ticket sold for that night to the Lake Region Healthcare (LRH) Cancer Care and Research Center and recently presented the check for $9, 633 to Dr. Paul Etzell and Echo Breen at the Cancer Center.

“We are overwhelmed with the support shown by the incredible attendance on Saturday night,” said Nicole Rostad, business manager at Red Horse Ranch.

“With over 5,500 people in attendance, and $2 from each ticket sold that night going to the Lake Region Healthcare Foundation, we were thrilled to be able to present this check for almost $10,000, that will go toward the advancement of cancer care and research in Fergus Falls and the surrounding area,” she said.

“We continue to be amazed at the community support for keeping world-class cancer care close to home,” said Medical Director, Dr. Paul Etzell.

“We’re honored to be entrusted with these gifts to make a difference in the lives of our cancer patients and their families,” he said.

The Lake Region Healthcare Foundation hosted several additional activities and fundraisers in conjunction with the rodeo including Underwood Lions pork chops, Tough Enough to Wear Pink merchandise and a special billboard-signing event sponsored by Mortenson Sign Company. Together with the ticket sale proceeds, these events raised a grand total of nearly $20,000.

The 10th anniversary of the PRCA Rodeo will be held at Red Horse Ranch on Aug. 8-9, 2014.

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