September 2012

THIS BENEFIT HAS ENDED

Below:

Benefit

C.O.W. Radio Stay-at-Home benefit

Bennett Custom Spurs auction


photo courtesy of Nika Nordbrock, from a report here
Three generations of cowboy poets; the McCall Family at the 2012 Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering

 

Friends,

For several years now, fourth-generation rancher and cowboy poet Rusty McCall has been challenged with Neurofibromatosis type 2. He has faced multiple surgeries and treatments. Despite treatment, he has lost his hearing and has tumors that are now untreatable. If you've been fortunate to be around Rusty recently, for example, at the Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering, you know that his spirit is strong and that he enjoys communicating with people.

Rusty is blessed with a wonderful family and while it took some urging on our part for them to let us, we're pleased to be able to try and help Rusty accomplish some things he'd like to do. He cares most about spending time with family and friends, and would like to visit his friends in Nevada and Idaho. His parents Dave and Deanna McCall have been saving vacation and sick time with plans to make the trip this fall.

Texas writer and poet Linda Kirkpatrick has agreed to collect donations. Those donations will be pooled, and then sent to Rusty, along with the names of those who have donated (except those who prefer to remain anonymous). All donations, of any value, can make a difference.

Individual amounts will not be recorded or transmitted, and those who wish to remain anonymous to the McCalls may request that. Only Linda will have the detailed information, which she will keep confidential, even from the rest of those involved with the benefit. Linda has generously offered this service in previous benefits, which have been accomplished with quiet success and sensitive confidentiality.

THIS BENEFIT HAS ENDED


You can also contact Rusty directly at PO Box 376, Timberon, NM 88350-0376.

Please act today. We'll keep the donation page active through October 10, 2012.

Thanks for keeping Rusty and the family in your thoughts and prayers and for spreading the word.

Award-winning deejays Andy Nelson and Jim Nelson of the popular syndicated Clear Out West (C.O.W.) Radio are creating a special "stay-at-home" benefit show for Rusty McCall.

The show is available here.

The playlist includes:

Dave Stamey's "Sweet Grass County Line"
Gail Steiger's "The Romance of Western Life"
Dan Roberts' (www.oldbootsmusic.com) "Viva La Cowboy"
Joel Nelson's "Breaker in the Pen"
Mike Beck's "Before the Moon Fell Down"
Frank Ifield's A Mother's Faith ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6r3M52hucu0)

Show co-hosts Andy and Jim write:

We have been introduced to a new concept of helping those around us and we would like to share it with you. We all at some point in our lives deal with tragedy and adversity and the major factor that pulls us through is good family and good friends. Thus began the Stay-at Home Benefit event and this is how it works: The C.O.W. boys have recorded a special radio show including top-shelf Western musicians and poets and you, the listener, can stay at home and enjoy the wonderful entertainment. The money you would have normally spent on tickets, travel, food and lodging is now available to donate to the folks who need it most at this time.

Pete and Virginia Bennett of Bennett Custom Spurs (bennettspurs.com) have a special auction benefit for Rusty McCall, with custom-made spurs and other items. Find the latest here on Facebook.

The successful auction ended September 17, 2012.

From Virginia Bennett's message:

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!! PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH EVERYONE ON YOUR LIST! A PAIR OF CUSTOM MADE BENNETT SPURS ARE NOW BEING OFFERED IN AN ONLINE AUCTION WITH EVERY PENNY RAISED GOING TO THE RUSTY McCALL FUND. We are raising funds for this great young cowboy who has faced far too many of life's challenges.

Now, this pair of spurs was handmade in the shop of cowboy spurmaker, Pete Bennett, in Goldendale, WA. They feature 1+1/4" wide heel bands and are made in the old Ed Blanchard style. Pete is a big fan of Ed Blanchard, who built working-cowboy spurs in the middle years of the last century. Ed was the first to set his swinging spur-strap buttons at an angle and in such a way that the button hardware doesn't rub into your boot. Pete loves common sense and the "punchy" look of these spurs, (as well as all of the designs he's made for our spur buyers), and we've sold them to working cowboys all over the Southwest, and to the rest of the country, as well. These spurs will fit any size man's boots (we can give them a custom fit when we work with the auction winner) OR any woman's boots who are size 8 and up.

They would sell for $350-425.00, depending on additional ornamentation. Please email me with your bid or questions. You can also go to Facebook and you can post a bid in the comments section below the pic, or personal message me if you want to remain anonymous. Going onto Facebook should show you the highest bid at the time. Winning bidder will get to design all ornamentation on these spurs, your brand, your initials, whatever! Get the rowels you want, too. These would also make a great Christmas gift!

This auction will last for ten days, through September 17, 2012 midnight.


Rusty made his first appearance at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering at age 3, in 1989. He has performed there and at other events, including the Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering, many times since. He sometimes performs along with other the other poets and reciters in his ranching family, including his parents, Dave and Deanna McCall, his sisters Terri and Katie, and the next generation.


photo by Paulette Tcherkassky
Bimbo Cheney and Deanna, Dave, and Rusty McCall, Prescott, 2007


2009 photo by Lori Faith Merritt, www.photographybyfaith.com
Rusty McCall

 

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