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Arizona Oncology Foundation Beneficiary for 3rdAnnual Chicks n Chaps Tucson Rodeo Fundraiser

 TUCSON, AZ – Feb. 1, 2016 – Tucson Chapter of Chicks n Chaps™ Women’s Rodeo Clinic’s 3rd annual event will be held February 21, 2015 as part of the 91st Annual Fiesta de los Vaqueros Tucson Rodeo, and seeks to benefit the Arizona Oncology Foundation which provides services and support to patients and their families dealing with cancer.

“Coupled with The Tucson Rodeo Pink-Day Performance, a day dedicated to highlighting breast cancer education, prevention and patient services, the Tucson Rodeo provides the perfect backdrop for this wholly unique event,” says Mary Davis, event chair.

During the first two years, more than 200 participants raised nearly $10,000, of which all proceeds remained in the Tucson community. The Clinics include a “VIP” tour behind the chutes with notable rodeo athletes, roping demonstrations, and detailed information about the seven events in a professional rodeo. A champagne breakfast, silent auction and a dedicated “Chick Pit” where our guests can watch and relax during the rodeo in the Vaquero VIP tent all create a truly unforgettable rodeo experience. “We are hoping to host more ladies than ever this year,” says Davis.

“The Arizona Oncology Foundation is honored to be selected as the recipient of the proceeds from this event,” said Becky O’Hara, Development Director for the foundation. “The proceeds will provide much needed services to breast cancer patients in Southern Arizona”

Chicks n Chaps™ events are held at local rodeos in 10 states. Originally founded in Montana, clinics have raised over $1 million for local community programs. Chicks n Chaps™ teaches thousands of participants about the sport of rodeo and allows them to get up close and personal with the contestants behind the chutes, all while raising money and providing support for breast cancer fighters and survivors.  If you are interested in participating in the 2017 Tucson Chicks n Chaps event, visit us at www.tucsonchicksnchaps.wordpress.com  to learn more, or email us at tucsonchicksnchaps@gmail.com.

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About Chicks n Chaps
Chicks n Chaps™ events are held at local rodeos across the country. Last year, the organization donated more than $500,000 to community programs. All of the money raised in a host community remains in that community. These events bring together thousands of women from all different walks — many of whom have never seen a horse, a cowboy or felt the rush of watching someone ride a two thousand pound animal — learn about rodeo. Chicks n Chaps™ teaches women how to rope, ride, and have a great country time, all while raising money for breast cancer fighters and survivors. The Tucson Chapter’s is planning its third annual event for 2016.

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Chicks n Chaps Clinic participants rotated through stations to learn the basics of rodeo, including barrel racing, team roping, bareback and bronc, and steer wrestling.

Chicks n Chaps Clinic participants rotated through stations to learn the basics of rodeo, including barrel racing, team roping, bareback and bronc, and steer wrestling.

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Guests of the Chicks n Chaps events followed their morning of clinics with a champagne brunch hosted by Creative Catering. The brunch, hosted in the Tucson Rodeo Museum, featured goodie bags filled with t-shirts, hats and other special items, as well as a live auction.

Guests of the Chicks n Chaps events followed their morning of clinics with a champagne brunch hosted by Creative Catering. The brunch, hosted in the Tucson Rodeo Museum, featured goodie bags filled with t-shirts, hats and other special items, as well as a live auction.

After brunch, the Chicks n Chaps participants, decked out in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Day, spent the afternoon understanding rodeo events they were watching thanks to the morning’s clinics. More than 60 people participated in the first-year event.

After brunch, the Chicks n Chaps participants, decked out in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Day, spent the afternoon understanding rodeo events they were watching thanks to the morning’s clinics. More than 60 people participated in the first-year event.

L-R: Kim McDermott, Ph.D., and Pavani Chalasani, M.D., UA Cancer Center breast cancer research program members; Mary Davis and Eileen Geraghty, Chicks n ChapsTM Tucson Co-chairs; Debbie Barnett, Tucson Rodeo Committee Chair.

L-R: Kim McDermott, Ph.D., and Pavani Chalasani, M.D., UA Cancer Center breast cancer research program members; Mary Davis and Eileen Geraghty, Chicks n ChapsTM Tucson Co-chairs; Debbie Barnett, Tucson Rodeo Committee Chair.

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About Chicks n Chaps
Each year across the United States, Chicks N Chaps™ events are held at local rodeos across the west. Last year, the organization donated more than $500,000 to community programs. All of the money raised in a host community remains in that community. These events bring together thousands of women from all different walks, many of whom have never seen a horse, a cowboy or felt the rush of watching someone ride a two thousand pound animal, to learn about rodeo. Chicks N Chaps™ teaches women how to rope, ride, and have a great country time, all while raising money for breast cancer fighters and survivors. This is the Tucson Chapter’s first year sponsoring an event.