My name is Mike MacDonald. I am a sergeant with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office in Santa Cruz California. I am also the founder and President of our Deputy Sheriff’s Association’s 501(c)(3) non-profit, “Stars of Justice Inc.” Our non-profit was created to help fundraise and subsidize other local organization that were geared toward the education of our youth in the aspects of family values, sportsmanship , honor, hard work, courtesy and other core values this country was built and founded on.
In my experience, many of these values were taught to me first by my parents and family but re-instilled by those I worked with in the rodeo industry. As a means of paying for college, I worked as a grunt for several rodeo companies throughout North California at various events. The people I worked with in this industry reminded me of these values and their importance every day in the way they worked and treated people. In fact, nowhere else had I ever felt so welcomed and appreciated for my efforts than with those people I worked rodeo with. Many of those people have become my life-long friends a result. Thus the reason I thought, what better event than a rodeo to raise money for our cause while teaching our youth these same values.
In 2010 we began our plans for our first PRCA Charity Rodeo to be hosted here in Santa Cruz County. Unfortunately we were met with great opposition from a local animal extremist who attempted to stop our event by petitioning the local fairgrounds to not allow our event to be hosted there. His efforts were defeated as the fairgrounds allowed our event to take place. However, the activist decided to sue both our organization and the fairgrounds for alleged violations of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). His efforts were once again defeated as a judge ruled in our favor however the damage was done. The activist, with his endless financial backing, and his team of attorneys had tactfully delayed the court proceedings until only 3 days before our event, thus making marketing of our event impossible. As a result only 900 people attended the two day event.
The cost of the lawsuit coupled with the continued appeal process, plus the cost of rodeo event itself has all but destroyed our non-profit and significantly crippled our ability to keep rodeo alive here in our small county. I am reaching out to you, rodeo fans and supporters in the hopes that you may be willing and able to help our organization recover from this “negligent use of our justice system” and help us to once again host a charity rodeo here in Santa Cruz County.
If you’d like to help, please visit our “GoFundme” page http://www.gofundme.com/a3hz68 where you can read more about our efforts and possibly even help support our cause. Your donation is tax deductible as we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit. No matter the donation, it all helps. I thank you in advance for your time and support and hope to possibly meet many of you, if possible at this year’s NFR.
Being that I realize today we can all be skeptical of solicitations like this, here are some other related articles you may wish to review to verify our authenticity. In additon you can find me at www.scsheriff.com
http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/news/c ... rodeo-case
http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/copsan ... -from-2011
http://article.wn.com/view/2014/04/23/W ... ed_State_/
http://www.register-pajaronian.com/v2_n ... 88&page=72