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Arizona Oncology Foundation Beneficiary for 3rd Annual Chicks n Chaps Tucson Rodeo Fundraiser

 TUCSON, AZ – Feb. 1, 2016 – Tucson Chapter of Chicks n Chaps™ Women’s Rodeo Clinic’s 3rd annual event will be held February 21, 2015 as part of the 91st Annual Fiesta de los Vaqueros Tucson Rodeo, and seeks to benefit the Arizona Oncology Foundation which provides services and support to patients and their families dealing with cancer.

“Coupled with The Tucson Rodeo Pink-Day Performance, a day dedicated to highlighting breast cancer education, prevention and patient services, the Tucson Rodeo provides the perfect backdrop for this wholly unique event,” says Mary Davis, event chair.

During the first two years, more than 200 participants raised nearly $10,000, of which all proceeds remained in the Tucson community. The Clinics include a “VIP” tour behind the chutes with notable rodeo athletes, roping demonstrations, and detailed information about the seven events in a professional rodeo. A champagne breakfast, silent auction and a dedicated “Chick Pit” where our guests can watch and relax during the rodeo in the Vaquero VIP tent all create a truly unforgettable rodeo experience. “We are hoping to host more ladies than ever this year,” says Davis.

“The Arizona Oncology Foundation is honored to be selected as the recipient of the proceeds from this event,” said Becky O’Hara, Development Director for the foundation. “The proceeds will provide much needed services to breast cancer patients in Southern Arizona”

Chicks n Chaps™ events are held at local rodeos in 10 states. Originally founded in Montana, clinics have raised over $1 million for local community programs. Chicks n Chaps™ teaches thousands of participants about the sport of rodeo and allows them to get up close and personal with the contestants behind the chutes, all while raising money and providing support for breast cancer fighters and survivors.  If you are interested in participating in the 2017 Tucson Chicks n Chaps event, visit us at www.tucsonchicksnchaps.wordpress.com  to learn more, or email us at tucsonchicksnchaps@gmail.com.

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Chicks n Chaps™ Tucson Rodeo Fundraiser Names Arizona Oncology New Beneficiary

TUCSON, AZ – Oct. 8, 2015 – The Tucson Chapter of Chicks n Chaps™ Women’s Rodeo Clinic announced today that Arizona Oncology Foundation will be the new beneficiary for the event. The Chicks n Chaps™ Women’s Rodeo Clinic will be held Feb. 21, 2016, as part of the 91st Annual Fiesta de los Vaqueros Tucson Rodeo.

“The Arizona Oncology Foundation is honored to be selected as the recipient of the proceeds from the 2016 Tucson Rodeo’s Chicks and Chaps event,” said Becky O’Hara, development director for the foundation. “We are proud to work side by side with this year’s committee on the Chicks & Chaps program, which will not only provide patient education and peer support, but also a day of fun at the Tucson Rodeo learning about the life of a cowboy. The proceeds will provide much needed services to breast cancer patients in Southern Arizona”

Chicks n Chaps™ Women’s Rodeo Clinic is a 501(c)3 organization that raises money for breast cancer programs, support and resources for patients in local communities suffering from the disease, while teaching women about the sport of rodeo in a fun, ‘girls-day-out’ atmosphere. The clinic, held during Tucson Rodeo’s annual “Pink Day” performance on the first Sunday of the six-performance event, has hosted over 200 participants in its first two years, raising nearly $10,000 for the Tucson community. “Pink Day” highlights breast cancer education, prevention and patient services. The clinic includes a morning in the arena with cowboys and cowgirls presenting roping demonstrations and insider information about the seven events in a professional rodeo, followed by a breakfast, silent auction and a dedicated “Chick Pit” during the rodeo. An all-volunteer committee, chaired by Mary Davis, a local writer and volunteer for the Tucson Rodeo, hosts the Chicks N Chaps™ event. To learn more, visit tucsonchicksnchaps.wordpress.com, or on Facebook at Facebook/TucsonChicksnChaps.

About Chicks n Chaps
Chicks n Chaps™ events are held at local rodeos across the country. Last year, the organization donated nearly $1 million to community programs. All of the money raised in a host community remains in that community. These events bring together thousands of women from all different walks — many of whom have never seen a horse, a cowboy or felt the rush of watching someone ride a two thousand pound animal — learn about rodeo. Chicks n Chaps™ teaches women how to rope, ride, and have a great country time, all while raising money for breast cancer fighters and survivors. 

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2nd Annual Chicks n Chaps Rodeo Fundraiser Triples Gift to University of Arizona Cancer Center

TUCSON, AZ – May 20, 2015 – The Tucson Chapter of Chicks n Chaps™ Women’s Rodeo Clinic, held in February during the 90th Annual Fiesta de los Vaqueros Tucson Rodeo, raised $5.900 to benefit breast cancer research at the University of Arizona Cancer Center (UACC). This year’s event raised more than three times the amount raised last year, bringing the total donated to UACC over the two years to $8,000.

“We are so grateful to Chicks N Chaps™ Tucson for its generous donation. Every dollar contributed toward breast cancer research brings us closer to discovering cures and methods to prevent this disease,” said Pavani Chalasani, M.D., MPH, a physician-scientist with the University of Arizona Cancer Center and breast cancer oncologist. Donations such as these provide the foundation for Dr. Chalasani to translate her research findings from the lab into cutting-edge patient care.

Chicks n Chaps™ Women’s Rodeo Clinics is a 501(c)3 organization that raises money for breast cancer programs, research and patients in local communities, while teaching women about the sport of rodeo in a fun, ‘girls-day-out’ atmosphere. The clinic, held during Tucson Rodeo’s annual Pink Day performance, hosted about 60 participants. Pink Day highlights breast cancer research, prevention and patient services. The clinic included a morning in the arena with cowboys and cowgirls presenting roping demonstrations and insider information about the seven events in a professional rodeo, followed by a champagne brunch in the Rodeo’s historical museum.

An all-volunteer committee, chaired by Mary Davis, a local writer and volunteer for the Tucson Rodeo, hosted the Chicks N Chaps™ event.

“Our second year out was more than twice as successful,” said Davis. “Not only did participants turn out in record numbers, we raised more than double the funds for the Cancer Center. The support of the Rodeo Committee, our sponsors and the participants who helped us create a wonderful, memorable day are key ingredients to making the Clinic an annual event. We’re already have new ideas for an expanded event in 2016.”

2014 Event Sponsors:

  • Wrangler
  • Creative Catering (Brunch Host)
  • Sandra Abbey, LeaderDiscovery (Tucson)
  • GML PLLC
  • Speedpro Graphics (Banners and Signs)
  • Aztec Printing (Personalized Merchandise)

About Chicks n Chaps
Chicks n Chaps™ events are held at local rodeos across the country. Last year, the organization donated more than $500,000 to community programs. All of the money raised in a host community remains in that community. These events bring together thousands of women from all different walks — many of whom have never seen a horse, a cowboy or felt the rush of watching someone ride a two thousand pound animal — learn about rodeo. Chicks n Chaps™ teaches women how to rope, ride, and have a great country time, all while raising money for breast cancer fighters and survivors. The Tucson Chapter’s is planning its third annual event for 2016.

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2nd Annual Chicks n Chaps™ Rodeo Fundraiser  Benefits University of Arizona Cancer Center

Roping Chute

Guests get a pre-rodeo demo of releasing animals from the roping chutes.

TUCSON, AZ – Feb. 9, 2014 – The Tucson Chicks n Chaps™ will host its second Women’s Rodeo Clinic on Sunday, Feb. 22, in conjunction with the 90th annual Fiesta de los Vaqueros Tucson Rodeo. The event will raise funds to benefit breast cancer support and research at the University of Arizona Cancer Center (UACC).

Chicks n Chaps™ Women’s Rodeo Clinics is a 501(c)3 organization that raises money for breast cancer programs, research and patients in local communities, while teaching women about the sport of rodeo in a fun, ‘girls-day-out’ atmosphere. Tucson is an affiliate of the national group, run by local volunteers and raising funds that remain in the Tucson community.

The event will be held on the first Sunday of rodeo, designated as Pink Day each year to highlight breast cancer research, prevention and patient services. The event features a rodeo clinic in the morning with amateur and professional rodeo contestants presenting roping demonstrations and insider information about the seven events in a professional rodeo. The UA Rodeo Team also will support presentations.

An all-vounteer committee, chaired by Mary Davis, a local writer and volunteer board member for the Tucson Rodeo, is hosting the Chicks N Chaps™ event.

“The annual clinic is a unique way to bring people together for breast cancer support,” Davis said. “It’s a fun, low-stress way women can get together for a day of learning about the sport of rodeo, networking and enjoying one of Tucson’s cultural signature events, all while benefiting local programs that help our neighbors suffering from this horrible disease.

“We are proud that our 2014 event raised more than $2,000 that stayed right here in Tucson to support women and families facing breast cancer,” Davis concluded.

In addition to the clinic, the event includes a brunch hosted by Creative Catering and an auction featuring items donated by local businesses. Participants will receive a gift bag that includes items donated from Boot Barn and Wrangler, as well as other commemorative items.

Registration, which is $75, can be completed online at https://tucsonchicksnchaps.wordpress.com/2104-chicks-n-chaps-registration-form/ or via email to shoulderla@gmail.com. A partner registration is available for $50 and does not include a gift bag. Registrations after Feb. 13 and will be accepted but t-shirts cannot be guaranteed. http://www.Facebook.com/TucsonChicksnChaps.

Day of Event Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the east side arena gate, followed by the clinics beginning at 8:30 a.m. Brunch will be held in the “Chick Pit,” an area in the Rodeo Museum designated specifically for event participants. Participants will enjoy the rodeo and are invited to join the barn dance immediately following.

For more information on the Chicks n Chaps™ program, visit chicksnchaps.org. For more information on this year’s 90th annual Tucson rodeo, visit www.tucsonrodeo.com.

About Chicks n Chaps
Each year across the United States, Chicks N Chaps™ events are held at local rodeos across the west. Last year, the organization donated more than $500,000 to community programs. All of the money raised in a host community remains in that community. These events bring together thousands of women from all different walks, many of whom have never seen a horse, a cowboy or felt the rush of watching someone ride a two thousand pound animal, to learn about rodeo. Chicks N Chaps™ offers women a great country time, all while raising money for breast cancer fighters and survivors. This is the Tucson affiliate’s second year hosting an event.

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Chicks n Chaps Rodeo Fundraiser Benefits University of Arizona Cancer Center 

TUCSON, AZ – April 4, 2014 – The Tucson Chapter of Chicks n Chaps™ Women’s Rodeo Clinic, held in February during the 89th Annual Fiesta de los Vaqueros Tucson Rodeo, raised $2,100 to benefit breast cancer research at the University of Arizona Cancer Center (UACC). The check was presented today to Kim McDermott, Ph.D., and Pavani Chalasani, M.D., members of the Cancer Center’s breast cancer research program.

“We are so grateful for this gift from Chicks n Chaps™ Tucson that will aid in our quest to prevent and cure breast cancer,” Dr. McDermott said. The funds will augment the Cancer Center’s breast cancer research fund and will support pilot research programs or to acquire laboratory equipment, among other needs as determined by Center leadership.

Chicks n Chaps™ Women’s Rodeo Clinics is a 501(c)3 organization that raises money for breast cancer programs, research and patients in local communities, while teaching women about the sport of rodeo in a fun, ‘girls-day-out’ atmosphere. The clinic, held during Tucson Rodeo’s annual Pink Day performance, hosted about 60 participants. Pink Day highlights breast cancer research, prevention and patient services. The clinic included a morning in the arena with cowboys and cowgirls presenting roping demonstrations and insider information about the seven events in a professional rodeo, followed by a champagne brunch in the Rodeo’s historical museum.

An all-volunteer committee, co-chaired by Mary Davis, a local writer and volunteer for the Tucson Rodeo, and Eileen Geraghty, a Tucson Rodeo board member who is herself a breast cancer survivor, hosted the Chicks N Chaps™ event.

“We are delighted that so many Tucsonans stepped up to support this first-year initiative,” said Geraghty.
“The Tucson Rodeo Committee was a wonderful partner in this event that combines our love of rodeo and an issue that affects so many in our community “

“Our first year out was very successful,” Davis added. “The support of the Rodeo Committee, our sponsors and the participants who helped us create a wonderful, memorable day are key ingredients to making the Clinic an annual event. We’re already planning for next year!”

2014 Event Sponsors:

  • Creative Catering (Brunch Host)
  • Speedpro Graphics (Banners and Signs)
  • GML PLLC (Buckle)
  • Aztec Printing (Personalized Merchandise)
Chicks n Chaps Clinic participants rotated through stations to learn the basics of rodeo, including barrel racing, team roping, bareback and bronc, and steer wrestling.

Chicks n Chaps Clinic participants rotated through stations to learn the basics of rodeo, including barrel racing, team roping, bareback and bronc, and steer wrestling.

ChicksNChaps2015Brunch

Guests of the Chicks n Chaps events followed their morning of clinics with a champagne brunch hosted by Creative Catering. The brunch, hosted in the Tucson Rodeo Museum, featured goodie bags filled with t-shirts, hats and other special items, as well as a live auction.

After brunch, the Chicks n Chaps participants, decked out in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Day, spent the afternoon understanding rodeo events they were watching thanks to the morning’s clinics. More than 60 people participated in the first-year event.

After brunch, the Chicks n Chaps participants, decked out in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Day, spent the afternoon understanding rodeo events they were watching thanks to the morning’s clinics. More than 60 people participated in the first-year event.

 

 

L-R: Kim McDermott, Ph.D., and Pavani Chalasani, M.D., UA Cancer Center breast cancer research program members; Mary Davis and Eileen Geraghty, Chicks n ChapsTM Tucson Co-chairs; Debbie Barnett, Tucson Rodeo Committee Chair.

L-R: Kim McDermott, Ph.D., and Pavani Chalasani, M.D., UA Cancer Center breast cancer research program members; Mary Davis and Eileen Geraghty, Chicks n ChapsTM Tucson Co-chairs; Debbie Barnett, Tucson Rodeo Committee Chair.

 

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Chicks n Chaps Rodeo Fundraiser Benefits University of Arizona Cancer Center 

TUCSON, AZ – Jan. 14, 2013 – The Tucson Chapter of Chicks n Chaps™ will host a Women’s Rodeo Clinic on Sunday, Feb. 16 in conjunction with the 89th annual Fiesta de los Vaqueros Tucson Rodeo. The event will raise funds to benefit breast cancer research at the University of Arizona Cancer Center (UACC).

Chicks n Chaps™ Women’s Rodeo Clinics is a 501(c)3 organization that raises money for breast cancer programs, research and patients in local communities, while teaching women about the sport of rodeo in a fun, ‘girls-day-out’ atmosphere. The clinic is slated for the Rodeo’s annual Pink Day performance, which always falls on the first Sunday each year. Pink Day highlights breast cancer research, prevention and patient services. The clinic features a morning in the arena with cowboys and cowgirls presenting roping demonstrations and insider information about the seven events in a professional rodeo. The UA Rodeo Team also will support presentations.

An all-vounteer committee, co-chaired by Mary Davis, a local writer and volunteer for the Tucson Rodeo, and Eileen Geraghty, a Tucson Rodeo board member who is herself a breast cancer survivor, is hosting The Chicks N Chaps™ event.

“When we learned about the program, it just made natural sense to bring it to Tucson,” said Geraghty. “It combines our love of rodeo and an issue that is very important to the community and we were really excited when the Rodeo Committee said they thought it was a great idea.”

“It’s a unique way to bring people together for breast cancer support,” Davis added. “With the rodeo as the backdrop, women can get together without walks, or finding sponsors, and have a day of learning about the sport of rodeo, networking and enjoying one of Tucson’s cultural signature events.”

Joyce Schroeder, Ph.D., Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology, is one of UACC’s premier breast cancer researchers. She and her team, including former lab member Matt Hart, Ph.D. (at left), use a variety of molecular and cellular techniques to understand how cancer cells grow, invade and usurp the body’s normal mechanisms for keeping cells under control. In turn, this knowledge is used to develop therapeutics that block tumor-specific interactions without affecting the biology of normal tissues.

Joyce Schroeder, Ph.D., Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology, is one of UACC’s premier breast cancer researchers. She and her team, including former lab member Matt Hart, Ph.D. (at left), use a variety of molecular and cellular techniques to understand how cancer cells grow, invade and usurp the body’s normal mechanisms for keeping cells under control. In turn, this knowledge is used to develop therapeutics that block tumor-specific interactions without affecting the biology of normal tissues.

“We are pleased that Chicks N Chaps™ Tucson has selected the University of Arizona Cancer Center as the beneficiary of its inaugural program. Every dollar contributed to research puts us a step closer to finding cures and ways to prevent this disease,” said Alison Stopeck, M.D., Director of the UACC’s Clinical Breast Cancer Program.

In addition to the clinics, the event includes a brunch hosted by Creative Catering and an auction featuring items donated by local businesses. Participants will receive goodie bags and a Chicks n Chaps t-shirt. Registration, which is $65, can be completed online at http://www.chicksnchaps.org/Rodeo_Clinic_Tucson.aspx, or via email to shoulderla@gmail.com. A partner registration is available for $45, but does not include a t-shirt or goodie bag. Additional information is available at http://www.Facebook.com/TucsonChicksnChaps

Day of Event Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the arena gate, followed by the Clinics beginning at 8:30 a.m. Brunch will be held in the “Chick Pit,” an area in the Rodeo Museum designated specifically for event participants. Participants will enjoy the rodeo and are invited to join the dance immediately following.

For more information on the Chicks n Chaps™ program, visit chicksnchaps.org. For more information on this year’s 89th annual Tucson rodeo, visit www.tucsonrodeo.com.

About Chicks n Chaps
Each year across the United States, Chicks N Chaps™ events are held at local rodeos across the west. Last year, the organization donated more than $500,000 to community programs. All of the money raised in a host community remains in that community. These events bring together thousands of women from all different walks, many of whom have never seen a horse, a cowboy or felt the rush of watching someone ride a two thousand pound animal, to learn about rodeo. Chicks N Chaps™ teaches women how to rope, ride, and have a great country time, all while raising money for breast cancer fighters and survivors. This is the Tucson Chapter’s first year sponsoring an event.

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