Eugene Pro Rodeo to hold 'Tough Enough to Wear Pink' night

They hold the event every year to raise funds for local families touched by cancer.

Posted: Jul 1, 2019 4:04 PM
Updated: Jul 1, 2019 6:42 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The 28th annual Eugene Pro Rodeo is set to begin Wednesday with an extra night of family fun for the community to come and enjoy this year.

The show runs from July 3 till July 6 with a different focus and fireworks show every night.

On Wednesday night they will have their "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" night with a fundraiser. The proceeds will go directly to the Oregon Cancer Foundation to help Lane County survivors and their families.

Katie Burke is a breast cancer survivor and works with the Oregon Cancer Foundation. She said this event is so special to her because bringing awareness to breast cancer is one of her life's passions. 

"I think cancer touches everybody," said Burke. "And it is such a local disease -- Why not make it a fun night at the rodeo? People get to learn about Oregon Cancer Foundation but also have a fun game that $5 comes to Oregon Cancer Foundation and helps somebody locally."

She said this is only her second year participating in the rodeo, but she said she will be back every year to help toward the cause.

Kristi McElhinney, the rodeo's media director, says this year the community will have the chance to get hands on with their support.

"We have pink balls that we will be selling that will raise funds for the Oregon Cancer Foundation," said McElhinney "You throw them in the arena and get the chance to win prizes."

If you can't make it to the rodeo, but would like to donate directly to the cause, you can here.

For more information about the Eugene Pro Rodeo, click here

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