Million-dollar men: Charity to hit milestone with J.W. Hart PBR Challenge

By Racey Burden | Published Saturday, May 27, 2017

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Celebrating a Million

CELEBRATING A MILLION – WC Challenger Charities, founded by (from left) Andrew Rottner, Calvin Jackson, Wendell Berry, Alan Sessions and the late Roy Young, is on track to have donated over $1 million following this year’s J.W. Hart PBR Challenge. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

WC Challenger Charities is on track to pass the $1 million mark this year.

Through their highly successful J.W. Hart PBR Challenge, the charity has donated $957,100 directly to 50 organizations, most of them local, over the last 13 years.

“It’s kind of hard to fathom,” WCCC President Andrew Rottner said. “It’s a significant number, and it’s done a lot of good in the community.”

Last year the PBR Challenge alone raised $50,000, and the Eighter from Decatur BBQ Challenge raised $22,000. WCCC will again host both events Saturday, June 3, but there are more activities planned throughout the week.

Warriors and Rodeo (WAR) has partnered with WCCC to create a week of activities for military, EMS and firefighters, starting with a dinner Tuesday, May 30, and fitness and rodeo clinics Wednesday, May 31. Those interested in participating can sign up at

The charity 1,000 Miles Till Home will hold a benefit dinner 6 p.m. Thursday, June 1, at the Decatur Civic Center. There will be a live auction and a presentation from Patriot Paws. Those interested in a table at the dinner may contact Angie Uselton, 940-389-5986. Tables are $500, and all proceeds will go toward the home the organization will give to a veteran Saturday night. It’s the 15th house 1,000 Miles Till Home has bought.

On Friday, June 2, the Dr Pepper Fan Zone opens at 3 p.m. at the Wise County Fairgrounds, with the first mutton busting kids’ competition at 6 p.m., followed by the Bullfighters Only freestyle bull fight at 8 p.m. Tickets for that event are available for $15 at

Judges are still needed for the Eighter from Decatur BBQ Challenge on Saturday. Interested parties can sign up at

Saturday, June 3, is the main event. Gates to the PBR Challenge open 5:30 p.m. at the Wise County Fairgrounds, and the bull riding starts at 8. Tickets are between $15 and $35 and are available at The website also has a full schedule of events for the weekend.

The WCCC event organizers hope to raise as much money as possible for their charities this year, not just to pass that $1 million mark, but also to honor Roy Young, the co-founder who passed away five years ago.

“When Roy passed, it gave us more of mission,” WCCC co-founder Wendell Berry said. “We’ve really stepped it up.”

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