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Pay it Forward: Cowboy Ball adopts rodeo theme, moves to Mizner Park

Committee members and sponsors of the George Snow Scholarship Fund Cowboy Ball include (l-r, in front) Logan Rae, Kimmie Hruda, Katherine Regna, Richard Murdoch, Elizabeth Murdoch Titcomb, Jackie Reeves, Brenda Husinka, (middle) Lisa Valko, Tim Snow, Sherry Winter, Melanie Deyo, Michelle Adams, Jayne Scala, (in back) Joe Valko, Lewis Fogel, Samir Changela, Jamie Hagen and Frank Feiler. Photo provided

By Amy Woods
    
Bull riding, line dancing and whiskey tasting will have guests scootin’ in their boots at this year’s George Snow Scholarship Fund’s Cowboy Ball. The event kicks up its heels Feb. 25 with a new theme and a new location: country-Western at Mizner Park Amphitheater.
    “We wanted to change things up a bit, which will bring a new dynamic to the ball itself,” event Co-Chairwoman Katherine Regna said. “We wanted to keep the event fresh.”
    Billed as the All New Cowboy Ball, the fundraiser will feature games such as cornhole and ring toss, live music by a fiddle player, rustic décor that includes haystacks and wooden fences and a replica of an old saloon. There will be a photo booth with props that make event-goers look like characters from Bonanza.
    “It will have more of a rodeo feel to it,” Regna said.
    In the past, the event had a Caribbean theme and took place at Red Reef Park. The live auction remains, featuring everything from jewelry to travel to an overnight experience at Camp Deliverance, a cabin in the Everglades owned by George Snow Scholarship Fund President Tim Snow.
    “Ticket sales have already gotten off to a great start,” Regna said. “My goal is to have a sold-out, fun, entertaining evening with Boca’s finest supporters.”
    Proceeds from the Cowboy Ball will help provide high-school graduates in financial need with college grants. Since 1982, more than $8 million has been awarded to 1,600 scholars.
    “It’s an incredible organization that we’ve been close to for quite some time,” said Regna, whose father, Richard Murdoch, serves as board chairman. “It’s not just about the scholarships themselves, it’s about the students and their future.”
    In addition to the scholarships, the nonprofit offers several support programs aimed at ensuring students’ academic success. The Monday Morning Motivational Message is weekly communication consisting of inspirational stories and quotes. The College Supply Program is a gift bag of products scholars receive to use throughout their college careers. The Summer Jobs Program is designed to help young adults enter the workplace.
    “We provide a support system that many of our scholars are lacking at home,” spokeswoman Debi Feiler said.

If You Go
What: Cowboy Ball
When: 6 to 11 p.m. Feb. 25
Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 595 Plaza Real, Boca Raton
Cost: $175
Information: Call 347-6799 or visit scholarship.org

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