Wildfire Benefit Ranch Rodeo

Wildfire Benefit Ranch Rodeo

Tom Lee
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, TX- Hundreds of rodeo fans spent the day at the Area of Life.

The fun and games were all for a good cause.

The devastation from last month's wildfires is still on the minds of many in the Panhandle, including area cowboys.

Even though many people taking part in the Wildfire Benefit Ranch Rodeo weren't directly affected.

They wanted to do their part to help out.

Bill Climber says,"We've had a ranch burn down a couple times ourselves...not this year...but in past years. And anything I can do to help out the burn victims I sure like to."

Jimmy Howard said," I had a friend that lives out in Mesilla Park. It got real close to their place and I've seen some of those places that are totally gone. It makes you want to do whatever you can to kinda help out. "

Phyllis Payne added, "Well everyone's affected. When our neighbors are affected we're all affected."

Local sponsors helped make the event possible.

They donated $20,000 for wildfire victims and an additional $5,000 for competing cowboys.

Along with the rodeo, people attending also got a chance to bid on items at a silent and live auction.

The total from today's benefit is still be counted.

If you didn't get a chance to make it out to the event, you still have an opportunity to donate. The Wildfire Benefit Ranch Rodeo has set up a fund at Happy State Bank.