With a 10-year history of generosity under its belt, WC Challenger Charities continues to raise the bar.
The group, founded in 2004 by Roy Young, Andrew Rottner, Calvin Jackson and Wendell Berry Jr. to produce the J.W. Hart PBR Challenge bull riding event, has raised almost $400,000 for local charities in its first decade.
To celebrate the organization’s 10th anniversary – and in memory of Young, who died last September – WCCC formed an alliance with Military Warriors Support Foundation with the goal of giving a home to a wounded war veteran.
What started as a simple spark of an idea has turned into a fundraising wildfire, and Rottner said the group’s goal has grown from one home to five. Keys to the homes will be presented to veterans at the PBR event June 8.
The foundation’s Homes 4 Wounded Heroes program provides mortgage-free, remodeled homes to veterans wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan. When the group first discussed making this part of the 10-year celebration, they planned to give away one home, which requires $20,000 in donations.
But they quickly raised the goal to three homes, and they’re just $8,000 shy of having the required $60,000. Rottner believes they’ll be able to raise enough money to give away five homes.
He said $20,000 was initially donated by North Texas Bank and its board of directors, funding the first home. A second home has been funded by the James Wood Motors family, and another $12,000 has been raised through a donation from Stephens Bastian Cartwright Insurance Agency and pledges on 1000milestillhome.com – a website set up by Wendell Berry Jr. He is running 1,000 miles to raise funds as well as to raise awareness of the event.
Another fundraiser is on the horizon to help the organization achieve its goal. Ken May, pastor of First Baptist Church of Decatur, has volunteered to host a dinner Saturday, April 27. May, who also serves as chaplain for local law enforcement, feels it’s important for churches to be active in this way.
“I just feel like we ought to care for those that care for us,” he said.
The free barbecue dinner will be held in the church’s Family Life Center, 1200 W. Preskitt Rd. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6.
Lt. Gen. Leroy Sisco, founder and chief executive officer of Military Warriors Support Foundation, will be present, and Rottner will also give a presentation on WCCC’s efforts. There will be an opportunity to donate at the end of the program.
May is asking folks to RSVP by emailing Bree at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 940-627-3235.
Andrea Dellinger, senior director of Military Warriors Support Foundation, said it is unprecedented for a group this size to raise enough money for five homes.
“It’s truly phenomenal,” she said.
For more information on the efforts of WC Challenger Charities, email Rottner at email@example.com or call 940-627-8767.
You can donate to the charity via PayPal at www.1000milestillhome.com or mail donations to WC Challenger Charities, P.O. Box 1238, Decatur, TX 76234.
- Saturday, April 27
- 5:30 p.m.
- First Baptist Church of Decatur
- RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org, 940-627-3235