Championship Bull Riding Hosts Event In West Texas

 Championship Bull Riding (CBR) will host an event in West, Texas, June 1, 2013. The "First Responder's Memorial CBR Benefit" will benefit the West Volunteer Fire Department – Special Victims Fund which will assist the victims of a catastrophic explosion that occurred at a fertilizer facility in April.
CBR previously worked with the West Fair and Rodeo Committee to produce Bullfest in West, a tremendously popular Horizon Series event held annually for the last two years in June. Tragically, one of the directors responsible for Bullfest in West, William “Buck” Uptmor, was one of the first responders killed in the explosion. After hearing of the heartbreaking events, CBR management decided to take matters into their own hands and help the community of West by allowing the event to continue as a benefit.
“We are tremendously touched by the events that have transpired in West. These are our neighbors and our friends. We knew we could not stand by. We had to take action and help,” stated CBR Chairman, Benny Cude.
The entire production of the event will be donated, everything from stock to tickets, as well as all proceeds will benefit the West Volunteer Fire Department – Special Victims Fund.
In addition Cleo Franklin, Mahindra USA - Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Planning made a special announcement, “Mahindra is humbled and honored to partner with Championship Bull Riding for the ‘First Responder’s Memorial CBR Benefit’ to support the West Volunteer Fire Department and the West community.  Mahindra has been a long-time partner with the CBR and when they shared their plans to help West, we wanted to do our part as well to help the victims and their families of this tragedy in our home state of Texas.  Mahindra will donate our industry-redefining Mahindra Max 22 professional-grade tractor with all proceeds going to the West Volunteer Fire Department – Special Victims Fund.  The ‘First Responder’s Memorial CBR Benefit’ is an example of people and organizations coming together to help West recover, rebuild and RISE from this tragic event.”
 “What the CBR has offered to do for us is amazing, “stated Mark Cunningham, a West Fair and Rodeo Vice President. Cunningham, also the close friend of “Buck” continued, “These have been the longest two weeks of our lives. This gives us all something to look forward to, a little normalcy, which is what we are needing now. Hopefully, it will help us all to begin the healing process.”
Championship Bull Riding has also launched “Buy a Ticket for West”- a fundraising campaign on the CBR Website,,that gives everyone the opportunity to make a donation. All the money donated to the “Buy a Ticket for West” will go towards the purchase of tickets for the community of West. Proceeds raised by "First Responder's Memorial CBR Benefit" will be donated to the West Volunteer Fire Department- Special Victims Fund. Special thanks to the CBR Corporate Sponsors who are helping to make this possible. Mahindra USA, CINCH, Evan Williams, Smokey Mountain Snuff.
Who: "First Responder's Memorial CBR Benefit"-Benefits The West Volunteer Fire Department – Special Victims Fund
When: Saturday June 1st, 2013
Where: West Rodeo Grounds
Time: 7:00PM
Tickets: All tickets just $10- BUY A TICKET FOR WEST donations can be made at