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Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 1:47 pm

A new community organization with a rugged name is showing a soft heart by helping a famous children’s charity.

The newly formed Bandera Wranglers are holding a fundraiser event for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on Oct. 20 at the Red Horse Saloon, the organization’s home base at 2440 State Highway 16 North. 

All the funds raised at the event will go to the hospital in Memphis, Tennessee founded by entertainer Danny Thomas in 1962 that never charges families for treating children.

“The Bandera Wranglers were established in 2018.

We are a volunteer, nonprofit, community organization dedicated to helping those in need. We host events and fundraisers to support the local community and national charities,’’ the organization’s website says.

"I joined Bandera Wranglers for multiple reasons, including because we are able to give back to our local community and also support great charities like St. Jude Children’s Hospital and A Soldier’s Child Foundation,” said Bandera Wranglers Vice President Brandon Nicholson.

“It’s a very humbling experience to help lead the members and the folks who are willing to donate time and financial support for the events we hold. ​And we are proud members of the Bandera County Chamber of Commerce since 2018,” he said.

"I spent a long time in the Marine Corps, and this is my time to give back to community,” said Bandera Wranglers President Nick Barron. “The wranglers are my chance to help those in need and that's our purpose. We also try and bring the community together through the events that we host."

"The Bandera Wranglers are bringing a new sense of community and volunteerism to Bandera. While they are practicing the Cowboy Way, they are also helping the elderly and improving this community as well,” said Silver Sage Executive Director Art Crawford. “Silver Sage and the Meals on Wheels program have been blessed with all their help."

The Oct. 20 event includes a live auction, a drawing for a gun, 50/50 raffle, live music, a fish fry and cornhole tournament for money.

The wranglers are still accepting sponsors and additional donations for the event.

The organization also invites individuals who are interested in joining the group to attend one of its monthly meetings.

New members are put up for a vote of the current membership, the group’s website says.  Those who are accepted into the organization are asked to pay a $25 annual membership fee. Those fees help the wranglers raise money for the charities they support.

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