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Homer's Backyard Ball hopes to set record despite bad weather

The largest fundraiser for the Texas Plains chapter of Make-A-Wish will last until Midnight Saturday.

Each Wish granted costs the organization about $6,200 and that is why thousands braved the off-and-on rain and cold temperatures to help local kids with cancer at Homer's Backyard Ball.

It all started when Travis Homer brought a group of friends together in his backyard.

The annual event grew to thousands and joined forces with the Texas Plains Make-A-Wish foundation in 2000 and has benefited significantly ever since.

"It's a tremendous event, and it's really the highlight of our event season," said Susan Scheffe, Make-A-Wish Regional Director.  "Its' our biggest and largest annual event to raise wish money."

Last year, the event raised $97,000, and Homer hopes to break $100,000 during this year's event.

That could grant up to twenty wishes.

He says well-known bands are the biggest reason the event keeps growing.

"We've been able to get the bigger named bands, [and this year that's by] bringing Shooter on [to the line-up]," said Founder Travis Homer.  "We are just kind of trying to step it up every year."

The event sends 100% of it's proceeds to the local Make-A-Wish chapter.

Some gift recipients even volunteer at the event each year.

"The kids are gold, for what the have to go through, they have the biggest heart they always have a big smile," said Homer.  "They are enjoying life."

"I just think that's critical that anyone can come out and help support the community and do great things and see the joy in those kids faces and that this helps us with is great," said Scheffe

If you couldn't make it out to the event and are interested in donating to the Texas High Plains Make-A-Wish Foundation, you can donate at http://texasplains.wish.org/

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