An annual fundraising event chaired by Highland Village Police Chief Doug Reim returns more than a year and a half since its originally scheduled date.
The fourth annual Steak & Stetson event, Special Olympics Texas’ largest fundraiser, was slated for April 4, 2020. Just weeks before the event, the COVID-19 pandemic changed everyday life here and across. the country, and the event was postponed to the fall. Then until spring 2021. And then again until fall.
“We finally got the go-ahead this time,” Reim said of the 6pm event on Saturday, October 9 at the Circle R Ranch in West Flower Mound. “Let’s make our mark again for these amazing people. “
Steak & Stetson offers the chance to meet community leaders, great steak dinner, casino games, live music and entertainment, live silent auctions and dancing until midnight. Proceeds from the Boot Scooter Fun Night are used to support the training and competition of more than 15,000 Special Olympics Texas athletes, primarily in the North Texas region.
Tickets are still available. A seat for dinner costs $ 150, the same cost to sponsor an athlete for a year.
“These athletes have a lot of medical bills to pay, which helps alleviate some of the financial burden,” said Reim.
The three events of 2017-19 raised approximately $ 150,000 for the nonprofit organization. This year, organizers know that supporters have been affected by the pandemic and its effects.
“We know people have been under stress, with layoffs and illnesses and everything that has affected them, so we are paying attention to that,” Reim said. “Fundraising is down because of the pandemic. Every little bit counts. “
Special Olympics Texas athletes have been among those most affected by the risk of COVID-19 and the closures caused by it.
“They are part of the population at high risk for serious complications from COVID, so they have not been allowed to undergo any of these events that these children are living for,” Reim said. “The level of excitement they have in everything Special Olympics is incredible, and they’ve missed it for the past year and a half.”
Steak & Stetson is co-chaired by Flower Mound Police Chief Andy Kancel and Denton Police Chief Frank Dixon, as well as Honorary Chairs State Representative Tan Parker and two-time Super Bowl Champion Tony Casillas . Reim said he appreciates all of their support, as well as that of Circle R Ranch, Jody Smith of CornerStone Staffing (the main sponsor of the event) and all other sponsors and supporters.
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