Ropers and collectors of National Finals Rodeo memorabilia can now buy a raffle ticket for a chance to own the go-round winning steer from Round 5 of the 2019 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, with all proceeds benefiting 50-year-old Julie Jordan's fight against Stage 3 breast cancer.
Bobby Joe Hill, who again will supply the NFR team roping cattle, will announce the winner via a live drawing on Facebook the morning after the fifth round—annually the go-round during which all competitors wear pink to support the Tough Enough to Wear Pink breast cancer awareness campaign.
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"Julie was our neighbor across the street for about 20 years," Hill explained. "They're hard working people. This is our way to help her out. Her diagnosis was a shock to her and a shock to me. She took care of my mom's horse and dogs while she was having treatments even."
Hill's own mother suffered from breast cancer six years ago, and while she beat the disease, the cause remains close to his heart. Without question, 100% of the funds raised will go straight to Jordan.
"People can message Hill Rodeo Cattle on Facebook or call me any time at 903-388-0308 to purchase tickets. The winner can pick up the steer in Las Vegas or I can haul it back to Texas or anywhere along the way for pick up. You can also Venmo my wife Tara Hill @tshephill or PayPal to Friends and Family at firstname.lastname@example.org."
Tickets are $10, and will be on sale until Monday, December 9 at 9 p.m., and the drawing will be around 10 a.m. Pacific time live from the Thomas & Mack. TRJ