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News 2017-12-18T02:01:49+00:00

Annual Breast Cancer Event Returns for 5th Year to Tucson Rodeo

Chicks n Chaps™ Takes Guests Behind the Chutes to Buck Off Cancer

 TUCSON, AZ –Dec. 13, 2017 – Tucson Chapter of Chicks n Chaps™ Women’s Rodeo Clinic’s 5th  annual event will be held February 18, 2018 as part of the 93rd Annual Fiesta de los Vaqueros Tucson Rodeo. The event benefits the Arizona Oncology Foundation, which provides services and support to patients and their families in the local community dealing with breast and other cancers.

During the first four years, more than 500 participants have helped raise nearly $20,000 to help support grassroots research and services and support that directly benefits our Tucson neighbors. Two years ago, the Arizona Oncology Foundation was named the event beneficiary. Since then, funds raised have provided:

  • 2,885 wigs and head coverings
  • 555 breast prosthetics, specialty bras and camisoles
  • Helped 34 women attend the Look Good Feel Better hair and skin care sessions hosted at both resource centers

“This support makes a huge difference,” says Becky O’Hara, development director for the foundation. “Karin, a breast cancer survivor says this about the support she received:

What I got from my doctors is a physical healing, what I got from using the resources at the Arizona Oncology Foundation Resource Center is a whole body healing; physically, emotionally and spiritually’.

“Arizona Oncology Foundation is deeply grateful for this FUNdraiser and the whole Chicks n Chaps committee that believes with us that ‘Together is Always Better’.  Thank you so very much!”

The one-of-a-kind event provides guest with a behind-the-chutes look at the sport of rodeo, 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 attendees watch and relax during the rodeo in the VIP Vaquero Club all create a truly unforgettable rodeo experience. This year, a fashion show featuring breast cancer survivors has been added to the activities.

“We’ve really seen this event grow, beginning with 12 women in a living room talking about how to bring this event to our rodeo, to now seeing such tremendous support from our participants and our sponsors,” says Mary Davis, event chair. “We’re hoping to fill the Vaquero this year!”

Chicks n Chaps™ events are held at local rodeos in nearly a dozen states. Originally founded in Montana, clinics have raised over $2 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 2018 Tucson Chicks n Chaps event, or would like to learn more about how you can become a sponsor, visit us at http://chicksnchapsaz.org, or email us at tucsonchicksnchaps@gmail.com.

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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.