Wounded Warrior Project Benefit Held
Top team roping talent from across the region was in action Saturday in the Clay County fairgrounds arena in Piggott, as more than 150 teams took part in the first annual SPC Steven Tyler Redmon Memorial Roping event. The local event was planned as a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project, and was held in memory of the PHS graduate who died last year from injuries sustained in a traffic accident.
The roping event was organized by Steven's mother, Pam Moore, along with her husband Darrin, one of the key organizers of the Clay County Rodeo. The effort was planned to help raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project in memory of Redmon, who returned from service in the Middle East with PTSD--which in turn likely led to the accident which eventually claimed his life.
The goal of helping other soldiers from the possibility of such a fate was the driving force for the Moore's in planning the event. "If we can raise awareness, maybe we can help some other solider," Pam Moore noted. "We also wanted to support and draw attention to the work of the Wounded Warrior Project, and we look forward to this becoming an annual event for many years to come."
With a total of 160 teams registered, with riders from several states, the event got underway just before 10 a.m. in the arena. With members of Redmon's National Guard brigade in attendance as volunteers, the colors were presented with Brandee Moore carrying the American flag and Shelby Morgan the Arkansas flag. Bailey Haney then gave a stirring rendition of the National Anthem, and the event was officially opened.
Serving as the public address announcer, and helping keep the entrants lined-up throughout the event from the box was Regina Gossett.
Throughout the day the competition continued, and although a mid-afternoon thundershower slowed the schedule down a bit--the majority of the riders remained and the roping continued until late in the day.
During the course of the event Pam Moore and other volunteers distributed information about the Wounded Warrior Project, and distributed information for making a tax-deductible donation to the effort. The National Guard personnel also had several vehicles on display, and passed out information to those with an interest.
At the conclusion of the event Marty Conley, President of the Clay County Fair Association, refunded the rental fee on the arena back to the Moore's in support of the fundraising project.
The Moore's also noted donations may still be made to the Wounded Warrior Project in Redmon's name, and those wanting more information may call them at 870 598-4995 or 870 634-6081.