Cowboys from across the country will saddle up for the eighth annual Cross Family Benefit for OMRF on May 6 in Kingfisher.
The event honors the life of Floyd Cross, who battled and defeated recurring bouts of liver and colon cancer for 12 years before passing away in 2016. The Cross family launched the event in 2011 to celebrate Floyd and to support cancer research at OMRF.
This year’s event will also honor the memory of Jenni Spray, a beloved cousin of the Cross family, who passed away in 2017 after fighting cerebral palsy for her entire life. Event organizers will present the Floyd Cross Memorial Steer Wrestling Jackpot in her honor.
All profits will go to research for cancer and childhood diseases at the Oklahoma City-based nonprofit research institute.
“The Cross family’s steer wrestling competition shows exactly how Oklahomans can band together to do something meaningful to help combat disease and to have some fun doing it,” said OMRF Vice President of Development Penny Voss. “We are grateful for the hard work that goes into this event. It’s a real grassroots effort that brings the community together for a cause we can all get behind: fighting cancer.”
In addition to the steer wrestling competition and event t-shirt sales, raffle tickets will be sold for $1 each or six for $5. They will also be accepting donations. There will also be concessions featuring pulled pork, with all proceeds going to the benefit.
The event will begin at 1 p.m. at the Kingfisher Rodeo Roundup Club Arena. Books are open for entry from 10 a.m. until noon. Admission is free. To enter or for more information, call Sherrie Cross at (405) 313-1776.