Wednesday, October 2, 2013

25 Years and Counting!

The evening of September 21st marked the closing of the 25th Roundup for Autism weekend.  The Roundup for Autism has been raising awareness and funds for the Autism Treatment Centers of Texas for 25 years!  That's a long time, but event founder, Bobby Norris, has no intention of slowing down.  Over the past two and a half decades the Roundup has raised millions, and has helped ATC open and renovate new residential homes, open a therapy clinic in Fort Worth, and expand essential services.

The Roundup weekend kicked off with a parade through the stockyards.  Though it literally rained on the parade, that didn't stop participants and onlookers from enjoying the festivities!  From riders on horseback to costumed saloon girls, and even Mayor of Fort Worth Betsy Price as Grand Marshall, the parade was great fun for all.

The family fun continued with the Celebrity Rodeo where the audience watched their favorite cowboys and cowgirls compete in a professional bull-riding competition, team roping, team penning and a crowd favorite - mutton bustin'.  The Cowtown Coliseum was packed with supporters having a great time helping to raise funds for ATC.

ATC Students and Staff enjoying the Pegasus Ball
The weekend came to a close Saturday night at the Fairmont Hotel in downtown Dallas.  The Pegasus Ball is the Roundup for Autism's signature black-tie event; complete with seated dinner, live and silent auctions, dancing, casino, and more!  There were several surprises in celebration of the Silver Anniversary event, including a large 25 ice sculpture where guests could order the "Silver Anni-tini" served by being poured through the sculpture and into their glass.  Friends and celebrities gathered from near and far to show their support at this great event.  There were a few special guests to present custom auction items there as well.  Three of the students from ATC got all dressed up and attended the Ball.  Lucky bidders won Lunch with the Tiger Cafe - ATC's Culinary Class.  Another bidder went home with a one of a kind painting from a very talented artist in the ATC Art Class.

We look forward to posting photos to our facebook page as soon as we can!  Everyone had a great time, and we can't wait to do it again next year.  Mark your calendars now for the weekend of September 27, 2014!

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