CANADIAN PROFESSIONAL RODEO ASSOCIATION
223-2116 27 Avenue NE
Calgary, Alberta T2E 7A6
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 12, 2008
Canadian Professional Rodeo Association
Contact: Vicki Allen (403) 250-7292 email@example.com
FUNDRAISER SET TO BENEFIT TOM REARDON
CALGARY, AB - An auction will be held on Friday, February 22, 2008 in
Maple Creek, Sask. to raise funds for Tom Reardon. His Meyronne, Sask.
home burned to the ground on Wednesday after the furnace exploded while
he was lighting it. Reardon escaped with burns to his hands, wrists and
face, and was treated at the Regina General Hospital.
The auction will be held at the Maple Creek Community Arena after the
Battle of the Little Big Puck hockey game which starts at 7:30 pm. In
its 26th year, the event has become quite legendary, both for it’s
entertainment value, and as a local fund raiser. During the game,
members of the Nekaneet Band face off against cowboys who have a rodeo
membership, whether it be past or present. The first two periods of the
game are played in true hockey fashion. Before the third period, both
teams retire to their dressing rooms and return to the ice to play out
the final period dressed in their team’s traditional costume. This year
a portion of the proceeds raised at the game will go to Tom, along with
funds raised at the auction.
Reardon is a well known figure in the world of rodeo. He has a
reputation as a rodeo historian, storyteller and writer. He is the
chairman of the Maple Creek Rodeo committee, and was involved in
organizing the first Battle of the Little Big Puck game over 25 years ago.
With only two weeks to organize the auction, donations and volunteers to
work the auction, catch bids and help set up prior to the event are
needed. Joe Braniff is coordinating these efforts, and can be reached at