Showard’s Support Grows 2017 Donation!

With the support of Showard Law Firm, we were able to increase our donation to Arizona Oncology from the $5,500 check presented at the event, to $7,000. This is the largest donation yet, and we couldn’t have done it without our partnership with Showard. This brings our total raised in just four years to over $20,000!

Showard sponsored our 2017 Chick Pit in the Vaquero Club. This amazing, all-women law firm has been fighting for women and men who have been injured or lost loved ones due to defective drugs and medical devices for more than 10 years. Some of the toughest cases include:

The firm also handles cases involving motor vehicle accidents, premises liability and product liability.

But what we love best about Showard is the firm’s commitment to giving back to the community. As Sarah Showard says, “At Showard Law Firm, it’s our job to help those in need. We feel strongly about supporting community organizations and maintaining a high level of community involvement.”

Tucson Chicks n Chaps is proud to join the long list of organizations that with whom Showard partners in Tucson. Here is just a sample:

  • Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona
  • Sonoita Rodeo and Fairgrounds
  • Gregory’s School
  • Gila Monsters USA Youth Sports
  • Season 4 Hope
  • Toys For Tots
  • Community Food Bank
  • TIHAN- Tucson Interfaith HIV and AIDS Network
  • Wingspan
  • Sho Ryders
  • Arizona School for Deaf and Blind
  • Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra
  • Sewell Elementary
  • The Sunnyside Foundation
  • Tucson Magic Basketball
  • Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation
  • Jim Himelic Memorial (ALS)
  • University of Arizona Women’s Club Volleyball
  • The Centurions of Tucson
  • American Little League
  • SafeKids Tucson
  • Emerge Center Against Domestic Abuse
  • National Center for Victims of Crime
  • Mountain View Baseball Booster Club
  • Child & Family Resources
  • Tucson Magic Basketball
  • Tucson Soccer Association
  • Augustine Catholic High School
  • American Heart Association (Heart Ball)

“We’re so grateful for the Chicks n Chaps and their support of our programs,” says Beck O’Hara, development director for the AZ Oncology Foundation. “We love working with this group. Their passion, their commitment to helping breast cancer patients and their families fight this awful disease is heartwarming, and they keep growing every year. Tucson is fortunate to have this group.”

Next year’s Chicks n Chaps event will be held February 18 at the Tucson Rodeo. Mark your calendars now!

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The Many Shades of Pink

When we say, “your support stays in Tucson,” what does that mean? We thought we’d check in with Becky O’Hara, development director for the Arizona Oncology az-oncology-foundation-wigsFoundation, and ask her if she could break down what our first year’s donation of $4,800 really meant for people dealing with breast cancer. We were amazed–and frankly so proud–to hear how much it helped!

“Last year, the $4,800 donated from this event helped us provide 1,673 wigs and head coverings; 146 breast prosthetics; and 217 bras and camisoles to breast cancer patients,” O’Hara said. “All of this, while providing semi-monthly breast cancer support groups and hosting the “Look Good Feel Better” hair and skin care sessions to 13 women fighting breast cancer! This support makes a huge difference for those battling breast cancer because together is always better when it comes to fighting cancer.”

Perhaps you know one of these women who received these services in the past year, or you just want to help those in need. Whatever your motivation, please join us February 19 as we help the Many Shades of Pink in our community!

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lThe 2017 annual Chicks n Chaps event is on sale now! Join us at the 92nd annual Fiesta de los Vaqueros Tucson Rodeo on Feb. 19 for a day of cowboys, great rodeo and lots of fun in the fabulous Vaquero VIP Club. The event benefits the Arizona Oncology Foundation. Support friends, family and loved ones who are fighting breast cancer. All funds raised stay in your community!

Early Bird registrations are on sale now through December 31st. Grab your friends and come join us for one of Tucson’s most unique and iconic events. Proceeds help cancer patients and their families with personal services, chemotherapy, radiation and personal supplies while they go through life-saving treatment. Click on the link below to complete your registration! For more information, email us at

We’ll see YOU at the rodeo!


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Leader Discovery Sponsors 2nd Annual Chicks N Chaps™ Rodeo Event


For Sandra Abbey, President and CEO of Leader Discovery, facilitating dreams is a given. So it’s not surprising that in its first year as a new Tucson business, Sandra and Leader Discovery are helping Tucson Chicks N Chaps ™ realize its dream of becoming an ongoing source of funding and support for women in our community facing a breast cancer diagnosis.

As a major sponsor this year, Leader Discovery is an underwriter of the 2nd Annual Chicks N Chaps ™ Rodeo Event, which raises breast cancer research and support funding that goes directly to the University of Arizona Cancer Center (UACC).

Sandra Abbey

Sandra Abbey, Leader Discovery CEO

“Leader Discovery chose to support the Chicks N Chaps event for two reasons,” explained Sandra. “First, everyone has been affected by breast cancer either personally or through family or friends who have been diagnosed with this devastating and all too prevalent disease.  We support the research that leads to better outcomes and an eventual cure.

“Second, the Chicks N Chaps program itself is a fun, educational, and empowering all-day event for women that we expect to gain momentum and provide great opportunities for those who participate.”

Leader Discovery provides leadership training and development to supervisors, managers, teams, nonprofit organizations, students, and individuals who want to discover their unique leadership strengths and develop strategies to achieve the best outcome in any situation. Its services include:

Leadership Assessments

The company provides a variety of leadership assessments to help individuals and teams first gain self-awareness, a first step in understanding the behaviors and preferences of colleagues, employees, friends and family members.  Self-awareness boosts emotional intelligence and helps a leader develop relationships, inspire and motivate others, and achieve lasting results.


Coaching is available for supervisors, mid-level managers, and executives who would benefit from an objective, experienced consultant to help leaders become successful in the workplace and in their interpersonal relationships.

Sometimes it takes an outside, supportive-yet-objective professional to provide goal-setting and accountability guidance. A management coach works with individuals one-on-one or in a small group setting to develop and attain higher leadership levels.  Whether the goal is a more disciplined and systematic goal setting, improving relationships with employees, executives, or colleagues, becoming more inspiring to the team or achieving results never before possible, coaching can be the key ingredient to propelling a leader to the next level.


MasterMindFacilitation services include leading “mastermind groups,” where like-minded individuals form peer-advisory boards to help each other set goals, brainstorm solutions, establish accountability, and achieve results above and beyond what each individual would otherwise be able to accomplish.  Executives, business owners, entrepreneurs, and great thinkers have used mastermind groups for decades. Learning Discovery brings the structure and success of masterminding to all levels so participants can harness the camaraderie, proven process, inspiration and results of these powerful associations.

Leader Discovery also provides meeting facilitation for:

  • Interdepartmental groups and teams
  • Process improvement teams
  • Executive planning teams for strategic planning updates,
  • Brainstorming and group problem solving,
  • Decision-making groups,
  • Meetings where outside facilitation adds structure needed to move into actions and results

LDGroupWorkshops and Training Courses

Leader Discovery offers a variety of courses focusing on supervisory skills, management and leadership training and development.

Courses can be presented as:

  • Half- or full-day workshops
  • Multiple-module short courses (six-to-eight one-hour sessions, in person or via webinar)
  • Semester-style courses (such as the 12-week leadership academy program delivered on-site as 12, two-hour courses similar to a college course)

Additionally, a series of workshops have been developed as keynote presentations (normally 50-75 minutes), but can be adapted as a speaking event or breakout session.

Some of Leader Discovery’s most popular topics are:

  • Business Communications
  • Employee Relations for Supervisors and Managers
  • Motivating and Inspiring Employees to New Levels of Achievement
  • Courageous Leadership
  • Leadership Academy

Upcoming Event – Mastermind Group

A new Mastermind Group will begin in April, 2015. The six-month program includes:

  • Personal goal setting and achievement program.
  • Peer advisory and accountability board to help examine your challenges, brainstorm solutions, and hold you accountable for making progress toward achieving your goals
  • Professional facilitation
  • Private LinkedIn or Facebook group for between-meeting sharing
  • Members take turns hosting in-person meetings at their workplaces
  • Cost is $500 total for six months. Early-Bird members who sign up by March 1, 2015 receive a 15 percent discount. Payment plans are available

February Presentations

  • IPMA-HR Institute Professional Development Series Best Practices in Workforce Development and Succession Planning – Panelist, Friday, February 20, 2015 – Marana Municipal Complex
  • Discovering Your Passion and Developing Your Personal Brand, Tuesday, February 24, 2015 – Community Partners Expo
  • Help! I Just Received Notice from the EEOC – Now What?
    Wednesday, February 25, 2015 – AZ SHRM State Legislative Conference

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Tucson Chicks n Chaps Rodeo Clinic Event supports neighbors right here in Tucson

Eileen Geraghty,  Tucson Chicks n Chaps Volunteer Chair and Cancer Survivor, shows off last year's event t-shirt.

Eileen Geraghty, Tucson Chicks n Chaps Volunteer Committee Chair and Cancer Survivor, shows off last year’s event t-shirt.

By Theresa Venet Grant

If you live in a cul-de-sac with eight other families, chances are one of your neighbors will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. That’s because statistically, about 12 percent of U.S. women will develop breast cancer, second only to lung cancer among women diagnosed with cancer.

And, if a woman has a first-degree relative – mother, sister, daughter — who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, her risk nearly doubles.

So the next time you are having coffee with a group of PTO moms, or attending an after-work happy hour, you might consider inviting those friends, neighbors and coworkers to join you at the 2nd Annual Tucson Chicks N Chaps Rodeo Clinic, scheduled for Sunday, February 22.

All of the funds raised at the event stay right here in Tucson, supporting research and patients at the University of Arizona Cancer Center. That means every dollar directly supports the people you care about in your day-to-day life.

All funds raised at the Tucson Chicks n Chaps Event stay in Tucson to support research and patients at the UACC.

All funds raised at the Tucson Chicks n Chaps Event stay in Tucson to support research and patients at the UACC.

In addition to conducting breakthrough research, like Ambry Genetics’ new data on hereditary cancer published in collaboration with UA physicians this month in Gynecologic Oncology, the Cancer Center offers a multi-faceted Breast Health Program, which covers diagnosing and treating breast cancer. For example, in October, the UACC introduced a new procedure for breast cancer patients that reduces the number of radiation therapy visits. Among the services provided by UACC’s Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic are:

  • Screening and diagnostics exclusively related to breast health
  • Patient-unique treatment plans in collaboration with radiologists, oncologists and reconstructive surgeons
  • Research-proven treatments, including radiation, chemotherapy, surgery or a combination
  • Clinical trials for patients in all stages of breast cancer, including relapse
  • Reconstructive surgery

And beyond the medical components of diagnosing and treating breast cancer, the UA’s Breast Health Program offers a wide variety of services through a Supportive Care Healing Team, which works closely with the Treatment Team, to provide strategies and tools to navigate the patient’s journey. The team includes specialists in psychiatry, pain and palliative care and integrative medicine, along with a nurse, nutritionist and therapists, social workers and financial counselors trained to work with breast cancer patients and their families. Additionally, there are support groups, touch therapies and movement classes available to patients.

All women are at risk for breast cancer, and the risk increases as you get older. Most breast cancer diagnoses and deaths occur in women aged 50 or older.

1975053_508566702600085_447517646_nThis year’s Chicks n Chaps TM Clinic is set for the Tucson Rodeo’s annual Pink Day, highlighting 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.

Registration is $75 and includes the Clinics, a champagne brunch hosted by Creative Catering, a day at the 90th Fiesta de Los Vaqueros, and a barn dance after the rodeo, Goodie Bag with T-Shirt, and a contribution to the University of Arizona Cancer Center. Registrations after Feb. 13 will be accepted but t-shirts cannot be guaranteed. Registrants also may add a “Partner Registration” for $50, which does not include a gift bag.

Visit our Registration Page to register, or contact Lori Shoulders at Lori Shoulders (520) 300-1089 or

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Chicks n Chaps Provides Insider’s Look at Historic Tucson Rodeo

By Samantha Bivens

Samantha Bivens

Samantha Bivens, Tucson Chicks N Chaps Decorations Chair

I’m an old country gal. I’m not new to horses, ranching, roping and I even chased a barrel a time or two once upon a time. I even won me a fancy silver and gold buckle. Third place and a dinged knee I’ll never forget.   So, when I heard about this event called, “Tucson Chicks n’ Chaps”, where you pay a little cash to raise funds for Breast Cancer research at the University of Arizona Cancer Center, and in turn get an insider’s look at La Fiesta De Los Vaqueros Tucson Rodeo, I was thrilled. It’d been a long time since I’ve been behind the chutes, and this sort of event was right up my alley.

Lori Shoulders (left) and Samantha Bivens at 2014 Chicks n Chaps Registration.

Lori Shoulders (left) and Samantha Bivens at 2014 Chicks n Chaps Registration.

These days, I spend long, easy rides on my fat old gelding JoJo, watching the sun rise.  It would be nice to get a little nostalgic for a day back at one of my old stomping grounds. I signed right on board without spitting twice and dove into my closet to find something colored pink.

I was not disappointed. In fact, I was rather surprised.

Chicks N Chaps Clinics

Roping Chute

When I arrived that early morning, the gate attendants, a pair of young cowboys, were polite and cordial. I parked in clearly marked areas for the folks participating in CnC. I walked in to find a delightful light breakfast set out, coffee, juice, water and bagels, perfect for a cool February morning.   Once all the attendees arrived, we were rounded up to start the day. Notable Cowboys came forth to explain how rodeo works and scoring, breeding logistics of stock and just how carefully the animals in the rodeo are prized and used. We then got to see the broncos let out for their morning run in the arena…Strong, healthy horses, bay and blacks, dapples and paints and grey shiny coats, weaving and bucking, graceful as a flock of birds. Beautiful sight.

Roping Clinic

It was so neat to see behind the chutes again, and see how participants cued up to ride. Then we were off for our Rodeo Clinics. Here we saw how Cowboys and gals had to adhere to rope lines, and how they cut out after a steer to either rope or wrestle. We learned about the new protective gear they have for steers and the participants, to ensure that neither Cowperson or animal gets hurt during the sport.

A Calf-Roping demo was included in the Clinic.

Other clinics included learning how to rope, and learning about the equipment a Cowboy or Cowgirl uses for the various events, like Bull or Bronc saddle and bareback riding, or barrel racing. Even though I myself already knew a lot of this stuff, what was really fun was learning some stuff I didn’t know, and looking around at the faces of the other people in the group whose only brush with the wild west was something they had seen in a movie or on T.V. Fun, informative and laid back, the clinics were a blast!

buffetlineThe Chick Pit

Then it was off to cool down in “The Chick Pit”, where we were treated to goodie bags, a silent auction, a fabulous champagne brunch and entertainment. It wasn’t even over even then!

Chick Pit Goody Bags

If you wanted, after brunch, you were welcome to stay and watch the Rodeo finals from the Chick-Pit bleachers and attend the Barn Dance after the Rodeo itself!  All in all, a great day, for a great cause! I look forward to this year’s event; and you can bet your best pair of boots that I’m bringing people with me!

University of Arizona Cancer Center Breast Cancer Research

NatlLogoRibbonIt was informative, action-packed and a lot of fun. Making new friends, and marveling at some of the new technology Rodeo folks use to protect themselves and their charges was beyond interesting. For me, not only did I get to help support research for Breast Cancer that stays right here in Tucson, but I learned some new things too!   I may be an old country gal – but events like this prove you’re never too old to learn some new tricks, and you are definitely never too old to help fight for the Cure.

Samantha Bivens, 2015 Chicks N Chaps Deocrations Chair.

Samantha Bivens, 2015 Chicks N Chaps Deocrations Chair.

Samantha Bivens is a Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Outreach Specialist for the American Red Cross, Southern Arizona Chapter. After attending last year’s Chicks N ChapsTM event, she volunteered to be the 2015 Decorations Chair.

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Tucson’s Creative Catering Makes Cowgirl Dreams Come True

Creative Catering LogoIt’s “Cowgirl Up” time for Chicks N Chaps– and Tucson’s Creative Catering knows just how to make it happen. This year, the company is a major sponsor of Chicks N Chaps’ first-time rodeo clinic, which will raise funds for patients and research at the University of Arizona Cancer Center (UACC).  Creative Catering is a family owned and operated business, with husband and wife team of Bill and M.J. Essenmacher, assisted by their three children, Keri, Billy and Tasha.

The company has been in the off-premise catering business since 1985, so it has orchestrated every kind of event imaginable (and some that aren’t!) in Southern Arizona.

CreativeCAteringPrep“Because we live in this community, Creative Catering is stepping up to the plate to assist the Chicks N Chaps’ fundraising effort to benefit The University of Arizona Cancer Center,” said M.J. “We are proud to be a part of this effort, especially since all the funds raised  will stay right here in Tucson. So, we plan and organize, knowing our efforts will benefit so many that need help. And just so you all know – we are having a blast putting our part together for this worthy cause.”

According to M.J., the planning started in January when the company was first contacted to be a sponsor for the event.  And shortly after the first meeting, she and her staff were out buying décor items. Next came the brain storming sessions, menu design, and logistics..

“Buying some of the decor first got our creative juices started, and then – everything just fell into place,” explained M.J.  “Putting events together like this is so much fun – we are so blessed to love what we do.CreativeCateringCosgirlInspiration

We have all done everything in this business from sweeping and mopping floors, to schlepping equipment around and planning, planning and more planning. Oh yeah – taste testing too!  This is the kind of event we we can put our hearts into.”

What does Creative Catering have planned for the Chicks N Chaps event?  “It will be a wonderful experience in the ‘Chick Pit’ that includes a rodeo-themed atmosphere, fabulous food, marvelous company and, of course, a Mimosa Bar,” said Mary Davis, Chicks N Chaps event Co Chair.  “There couldn’t be a more perfect sponsor for this event.  We are so blessed that the Essenmachers have agreed to be part of the Chicks N Chaps family.”

About Creative Catering:

Bill & M.J. EssenmacherCreative Catering’s committed staff has decades of experience creating exceptional events with extraordinary food as well as unparalleled personalized service, including exceptional creativity and attention to detail. Its teams deliver memorable presentations that consistently exceed clients’ expectations — whether it is a grand opening, groundbreaking event, VIP Gala, civic extravaganza, employee meetings or an intimate soiree.

“Creative Catering offers high-quality, individualized catering services, and we are proud to say that we are known for our innovative new and cutting edge theme ideas,” said M.J.  “We design and carry concepts through to individualized menus, specialized decor, entertainment, rentals and every detail, large or small.”

Creative Catering applies its years of experience and amazing healthy food to a broad range of events, including:creativeCateringSWFare

    • Corporate breakfasts, luncheons, dinners, parties and receptions
    • Company picnics and BBQs
    • Fundraisers and Non Profits
    • Grand Openings and Open Houses
    • Movie Set and photo shoot catering
    • Box Lunches
    •  Reunions
    • Theme Parties
    • Cocktail Parties
    • Dinner Parties
    • Wedding Receptions and Rehearsal dinners
    • Pharmaceutical Luncheons
    • Anniversaries & Birthdays
    • Holiday Parties
    • Sorority & Fraternity Events

In addition, the company’s experienced staff can assist in the planning of all non-food related details for complete event planning, including venue selection, décor, lighting and props, bartending services, ice sculptures, entertainment and music selection and booking,  teambuilding and game activities for corporate events, and rental of  tables, chairs, linens, china, glassware, flatware, tents, and canopies,

If you can dream it, Creative Catering can help make your vision come true.

About Chicks N Chaps
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.  Last year, the national 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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