Event will benefit RiteCare speech clinics

"Race for the Kids," a weekend of barrel racing, will be held at the MAC, with the proceeds benefiting the RiteCare Speech, Hearing and Literacy Clinic.

The inaugural race, which is sponsored by the Monroe Valley Scottish Rites, is approved by both the Better Barrel Races (BBR) and the Women's Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA). It is expected to bring 500 to 600 entries for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday races.

"This is a $10,000 added money 5D barrel race and we are excited to be able to hold it here in Bastrop at the MAC," Carol Bryant, event organizer said.

"It's a busy time for the MAC," Jimmy Christmas, MAC board member said. "We have several big events coming up such as the Second Annual High School Rodeo, which will be held the weekend of Feb. 12, the Margie Worley Memorial Ride as well as a $7,500 barrel run this month and a $5,000 run in March."

RiteCare clinics began after the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States initiated a program to help children with speech and language disorders in the early 1950's. The purpose of the clinics are to provide diagnostic evaluation and treatment of speech and language disorders, as well as learning disabilities.

There are 178 RiteCare clinics, centers and special programs throughout the United States. Each facility is staffed by speech-language pathologists or other trained personnel. Through the support of Scottish Rite members, these clinics, centers, and programs continue to increase. The value of this philanthropy has long been apparent. Tens of thousands of youngsters across the United States have been helped significantly.

The Monroe clinic is sponsored by the Monroe Valley Scottish Rites, which also provides three full scholarships a year to speech and hearing therapy students attending the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

The event is free to the public and more information and entry forms may be obtained by visiting www.raceforthekids.webs.com. Vendors wishing to participate may also visit the website or contact Bryant at 372.1763.