This is the summer of dreams for so many kids that we serve in Calgary! Amazing events are happening every day, and this one was particularly exciting for a group of kids that got to meet some of our biggest Stampede heroes!

Thank you to ATB Agriculture for this amazing opportunity, to Ranchman’s for hosting our kids in VIP style, and to all of the amazing volunteers and celebrities! Terry Andryo (ATB) you are a champion for Kids Up Front and we so appreciate it. Huge thanks to Rhonda Snyder for pulling it all together, we appreciate everything you did to make this happen.

Our kids got to meet Jord Hansen, Ty Pozzoban, Rhonda and Cody Snyder, and Scott Schiffner to talk about bull riding and bull fighting, ask questions, receive autographs and photos, and learn about rodeo life in real time! Appreciate Sheldon Kennedy stopping by as well!

Author Kelley Byrne presented the kids with a coloring book called “A Day of Bull Riding” and a copy of her children’s book, “Bull Fighter Billy”, inspired by Kelley’s sons who are in the industry.  Each child left the event with a bag of cool swag, including the books, riding gloves, hats and bandannas.

Thank you to Rayn, a wonderful community supporter, for all your hard work organizing the kids, picking them up, and making sure that they had an experience of a lifetime!  This takes a lot of coordinating, and we appreciate your dedication, your passion for your work, and your belief in the value of these types of experiences for the kids.

So many smiles were captured, so many minds inspired, and so many interesting stories were shared with deserving kids in our community. How many people get this up close and personal with the stars of Stampede? We are so grateful for the wonderful day with our rodeo partners.

A big shout out also goes to Kennedy, Tara, Katy and Zenon for being such welcoming hosts, and helping out at the event! More photos here.

Just another day at the office making dreams come true! Thank you donors and supporters!