National Finals Rodeo, Las Vegas hosts an informal citywide country-music and comedy festival, with a variety of artists performing at venues large and small. These performances draw nearly as many people to Las Vegas as it does for championship competition, and this year’s lineup includes some of the biggest stars from the ’60s to now.
The hesitance was probably temporary, but as some rodeo fans were buying their tickets for the Thomas and Mack Center, they probably weren’t reserving rooms at Mandalay Bay.
One woman decided she wouldn’t be fearful, anxious or angry. Instead she would be helpful. She would be joyful, she would focus on those who need a hand up. And she would do it at Mandalay Bay.
Cowboy Cachet and Artisans, Help Thy Neighbor, Cowboy Christian Connection, the Giving Back Foundation and many other people and entities plan to join forces to raise funds to help farmers and ranchers in need via the Roper Cowboy Marketplace at Mandalay Bay from Dec. 7–16, 2017.
According to Colorado Springs, Colo., businesswoman Donna Evanoika, Cowboy Christian Connection is a nonprofit that established a fund called Help Thy Neighbor, in order to have funds at the ready when a farmer or a rancher is in need.
The march was organized by the culinary union. It began at Caesars Palace and ended in front of the New York-New York hotel-casino.
“Nevada is a place where working men and women have a real opportunity to provide for their families and achieve the American Dream. Nevada is our home, we are Vegas Strong, and we will not live in fear. Workers serve our country and our community every day, and we stand united and together, today and always,” said Geoconda Arguello-Kline, Secretary-Treasurer for the Culinary Union
Evanoika hopes cowboy churches across the country will register with them, to help them carry out their mission. She said eventually the site will give those churches a place to advertise — for free — their own local events like camps, trail rides, etc. The churches can also register to provide prayer help.
Both donations and requests for help will be kept confidential unless the individual gives permission to the organization to share names — so that thank yous can be shared appropriately.
Evanoika said her goal is “to bring people, businesses and organizations together, to be able to give of oneself for the benefit of others, and in turn glorify Jesus Christ.”
The fellowshipping event gives opportunity and exposure to those not full-time in the industry, possibly holding jobs outside of their passion for the cowboy and western lifestyle. With the support of sponsors and partners the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, Chamley Financial LLC, Cowboy Cachet and Artisans, High Plains Travel, Giving Back Foundation and Art of the Cowboy Makers the Roundup Stage will provide a place to hear cowboy poets and more during the WNFR.