In the year Hunt for the Cure has been in Texas, they've reached numerous families and touched countless lives. Now, with the help of local hunters, Hunt for the Cure is shooting for more.
On Saturday, Sept. 21, Hunt for the Cure will host its first annual benefit dove hunt at Nolan Ranch in Erath County. Event organizers said check-in will begin at 5 a.m. and spots are granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is $60 per hunter and can be paid on the day of the event or pre-register online at www.texashuntforthecure.com.
Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be served throughout the day - and not just for hunters Event organizers are inviting anyone interested in learning about the organization or in helping out, to join them at the ranch. Shirts, hats, visors and more will be available for purchase. Nolan Ranch is located at 755 County Road 230 in Stephenville.
While the organization continues to grow its participation numbers, director Stacy Stanberry said the group's funds are continuing to match thanks to a core group of sponsors and volunteers who keep the charity running. Fundraisers like the hunt and a golf tournament held in March, help to add more children to the list.
Stanberry said all the funds donated and raised go directly to helping take kids on hunts and fishing trips. He said the organization pays for all the meals, overnight stays and even provides vouchers for gas and other travel costs generated by the trips. The locations, hunts, guides and all other hunt or fishing trip expenses are donated and volunteer provided.
"We've just been going about a year now," said Stanberry. "And in that year we've taken a number of kids hunting and fishing all across the state. It's really been a moving experience, you don't ever come away with a dry eye."
Stanberry and other volunteers have been working closely with ranches and hunting reserves to schedule more hunts and events. This month alone, they will almost double the number of hunts they are taking kids on.
The organization's goal is to add fun to children's lives who have a life-threatening or terminal illness. Stanberry said he "wants to allow children who normally wouldn't, to have the opportunity to experience nature, the outdoors and the joy of hunting and fishing while surrounding them with positive understanding support."
For more information on Hunt for the Cure or how to register visit www.texashuntforthecure.com or call Stanberry at (972) 750-8631 or (214) 329-5144.