Parks Youth Ranch Announces Cowboy Up 2015

Shannon Bloesch, Dick Hogan, Holly Kaminga and Mary Favre, Bob and Carole Brown and Shanna Wozny.

Shannon Bloesch, Dick Hogan, Holly Kaminga and Mary Favre, Bob and Carole Brown and Shanna Wozny.

The Parks Youth Ranch (PYR) Board of Directors is once again saddling up for success! Cowboy Up, PYR’s annual fundraiser, will be held on Saturday, October 3rd at The George Ranch Historical Park Arena. Since the inaugural event in 2012, Cowboy Up event supporters have donated more than $500,000 to fund operations at the emergency shelter for at-risk and homeless children.

The Fred and Mabel R. Parks Youth Ranch opened its doors in March 2011 to address a gap in services for abused, at-risk and homeless youth. PYR is a 20 bed emergency shelter located in Fort Bend County that is able to accommodate 10 boys and 10 girls ages seven to 17. PYR’s mission is to provide emergency shelter, counseling and life-changing services to these children. 2015 has been a very important year for PYR’s mission! The organization is extremely pleased to have provided over 28,000 nights of peace and security to our most vulnerable population.

“Strapping on their spurs” as Honorary Chairs for 2015 Cowboy Up are Carole and Robert C. Brown, III. Longtime Sugar Land residents, Bob and Carole have deep roots in Fort Bend County. Both have donated countless hours for various charitable organizations in their 60 plus years together, and Bob has served on the PYR Board of Directors since 2009. Joining Bob and Carole at the event are local radio personality Michele Fisher as event emcee and Ray Aguilar as the event auctioneer. New features this year include live music by The Rankin Twins, a spirit pull and bourbon tasting, plus exclusive handcrafted PYR pottery. There will be lots of great food and fun, boot-worthy dancing for all to enjoy!

Here’s your chance to put on your boots and hat and party with a purpose. A variety of sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available from $250 to $15,000. General admission tickets are also available for $75 each. Join PYR for a very special evening benefiting the future of at-risk and homeless youth. PYR is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization providing a “home for today” and “hope for tomorrow.”

For more information on sponsorship or general admission tickets, visit the PYR website at or contact Parks Youth Ranch Executive Director Shannon Bloesch at