Special to the E-T

On Friday, April 8, the Dublin Livestock auction barn will host the first of the 2011 Round-Up for Rehab special sales and events benefiting the West Texas Rehabilitation Center.

Helping with this year’s special sale are J. T. and Cayce Pratt of Dublin Livestock Auction, along with Dale and Marla McKinney of Stephenville and Anthony Brinson from DeLeon. Others with key roles in this year’s program are general chairmen Mike Alexander and Randy Carson of Abilene, Jody Frey of San Angelo and Bob Helmers of Christoval. World-renowned cowboy musician and poet, Red Steagall continues to support the Rehab Center as Round-Up honorary chairman.

They all join other volunteers to ask for help so the rehab can meet the needs of all who turn to the center for assistance in overcoming the disabling effects of an illness or injury.

Ways to help include donating livestock, merchandise or other auction items to the sale, attending the sales and bidding or making a cash gift.

Whether you are a long-time supporter or have never been to one of the Rehab’s auctions, the Dublin sale promises to provide a fun experience.

Starting at noon on April 8, a chuckwagon will offer a meal of beans, cornbread and cobbler. The auction will then kick off at 1 p.m. with items of interest for all. Livestock, ag-related and general merchandise, crafts and baked goods will be offered with a round of lively, friendly bidding.

For more information, call 325-793-3507. For Dublin area residents wishing to donate animals, merchandise, baked goods or needing information on the local sale, contact Cayce Pratt at 254-445-3250.