Original article published on ToughEnoughToWearPink.com
A milestone was reached Monday night at the 15th Annual Wrangler® Tough Enough to Wear Pink™ (TETWP) Night at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. The grassroots cowboy campaign has exceeded the $32 million fundraising mark!
The campaign was created in 2004 by Wheatley, wine industry executive and matriarch of a professional rodeo cowboy family and Karl Stressman, former director of special events for Wrangler and former Commissioner of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). The idea was to raise money and awareness for breast cancer by challenging rodeo competitors and fans alike to wear pink. Wrangler is the title sponsor of TETWP and a portion of proceeds from merchandise sold within the Wrangler Tough Enough to Wear Pink merchandise collection goes back to the campaign fund.
Along with the generous support of western businesses such as Wrangler, Montana Silversmiths, Las Vegas Events, Twisted X Boots, Cinch and Purple Cowboy Wines, Wrangler TETWP relies on the hard work of regional rodeos and western events across the country. The strength of the Wrangler TETWP campaign is funds raised remain within the community, benefitting local breast cancer charities. It is the dedication of volunteers on the ground at local events that drives the campaign.
“When we started the Wrangler Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign in 2004, we were overwhelmed by the support from the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, businesses, rodeo athletes, rodeo committees and western communities across the country. What seemed like an impossible dream to raise $50 million by our 20th anniversary in 2024 is well on the way to becoming a reality,” commented Wheatley, herself a breast cancer survivor.
A notable example of the grassroots efforts is #1 PRCA rodeo fundraiser, Cattlemen’s Days Rodeo in Gunnison, Colo. A long-time Top Five Wrangler TETWP fundraiser, the Gunnison community has raised more than $3.2 million through the TETWP campaign to support the fight against breast cancer in their hometown.
Founded 120 years ago in Gunnison Valley, Colo., Cattlemen’s Days Rodeo is considered the “Granddaddy of Colorado Rodeos.” Through the Cattlemen’s Days Rodeo, the community has shown its steadfast commitment to providing local funding for breast cancer awareness, prevention, education, support, breast screenings and equipment.
Lacey Wheatley, Terry Wheatley’s daughter-in-law, is the Director of Wrangler TETWP and coordinates with rodeos and other non-rodeo organizations to create the pink-themed fundraisers.
Hats Off to the Top Five Wrangler TETWP PRCA Rodeo Fundraisers 2019
- Gunnison Cattlemen’s Days Rodeo – Gunnison, Colorado
- Crosby Fair & Rodeo – Crosby, Texas
- Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo – Rapid City, South
- Magic Valley Stampede – Filer, Idaho
- Red Bluff Round Up – Red Bluff, California
And, the Top Five TETWP Special Events 2019
- Cowboys for Cancer Research
- Rancheros Visitadores TETWP
- TETWP of Montana
- TETWP Central Montana
- TETWP Horse Show