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Homer's Backyard Ball - road to becoming a foundation

Amarillo, TX - Homer's Backyard Ball brought in an estimated $200 thousand-dollars in this weekend's annual event.

Money raised has helped hundreds of children in our area and they have plans to help even more.

The event started out in a backyard, with just 30 people.

It has now grown to attract nearly 5,000 people.

In 2000, they partnered with the area's Make-A-Wish foundation.

Now they are on their way to becoming a foundation of their own.

In September, they submitted an application to the IRS to become a non-profit foundation, which is currently pending.

They hope to have everything approved by this summer.

This will open doors for them to provide services to any organizations that deal with disease research, life opportunities and physical or personal development in children.

"In order to figure out how to make it fair for everyone, we will have a grant application where these children's foundations or charities apply for monies from us and then we'll decide where all the money goes," says Travis Homer, founder of Homer's Backyard Ball.

In the upcoming years, a percentage of the money raised from the event will continue going toward the Make-A-Wish foundation.

This year they hope to grant anywhere between five to eight wishes.

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