Giving back

Sometimes good causes are right at our doorstep and we often ask ourselves, “How can we help?” By supporting the Eagle Rodeo you are helping, and we’d like to thank you.

Through the money generated by ticket sales, Eagle Rodeo is able to donate money each year to local organizations and charities that directly benefit our community. Some are geared toward education and healing, some toward youth, while others provide much needed monetary support to our returning veterans. Past recipients are honored for their dedication in serving our community through the outreach programs they run.

Established in 1912 the 4-H program continues to flourish offering a vast variety of educational programs to local youth. Their motto is, “To Make the Best Better”. Funded in part by the University of Idaho and run predominantly by volunteers, the program still requires funds to provide scholarships to state and national competitions to deserving youth. The skills these kids learn while in 4-H they will carry with them into adulthood and into the workplace. Supporting these kinds of programs is smart.

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The programs supported by the fund are not reimbursable by any government agency. Money raised is used for lodging families to be close to wounded loved ones; assisting financially needy families with living expenses during a spouse’s deployment; helping provide educational and job reintegration to returning soldiers; and, aiding wounded or disabled veterans while they wait for the, often long and tenuous, benefit payments to begin. Bridging the gap and targeting immediate needs for local families is the ultimate goal. This is just the beginning of a much needed program launched to honor a fallen son. The fund’s namesake, Joshua Tillery, was a patriotic man. He served his country because he loved it. He believed in our freedoms and the need to protect them. He gave everything, and in return left everything behind – a loving wife and four young sons. Stephen Tillery, Joshua’s father, repeatedly heard over, and over, the same, thoughtful question from family, friends, and neighbors, “How can we help?” These words – offered with sincerity and backed with much needed assistance – showed how a community can truly make a significant difference in a veteran’s life. Creating the fund answered that simple question and gained the attention of the Eagle Rodeo Board. “This type of program is exactly what the Eagle Rodeo was looking for,” says Allen Puckett, of the Eagle Rodeo Board. “It fits well with our community and goes hand-in-hand with what the Eagle Rodeo believes in.” Celebrating its eleventh year in 2012, the Eagle Rodeo’s ongoing mission to support the community through charitable donations is made possible through ticket sales and sponsorships. Nurturing that sense of community resonates with each member of the rodeo board and the army of volunteers that put on the Eagle Rodeo each year. Programs such as the CW2 Joshua M.Tillery Memorial Fund make all the hard work worthwhile. “We know there is a huge need for this kind of program. Having been at war for the last ten years, there are just a lot of families who have been affected,” Puckett adds. “These men and women take the time to serve our country. We [the Eagle Rodeo Board] feel it’s our duty to give back and help as much as we can – especially local families.” Join the Eagle Rodeo in honoring our veterans. By supporting the Eagle Rodeo you support local charities and programs. While you’re at it, you get to enjoy a really great rodeo!

Mini Joys, Inc.
Founded on March 13, 2009, Mini Joys is a charitable organization (501c3) whose purpose is to promote joy, hope, and healing through visits by compassionate miniature horses to those facing physical, mental, or emotional challenges. Outreach programs include:

  • Special Education Settings: often focusing on children on the Autism Spectrum
  • At-Risk Youth and Teens: using the minis to teach about TRUST, and friendship
  • Seniors: visits to Assisted Living and Memory Care Centers to spread JOY
  • Physical Disabilities: Bringing the joy of interaction with tiny horses
  • Supporting other Non-Profit Outreach programs in the Treasure Valley such as The Ronald McDonald House, The Hays Shelter Home, The Women's and Children's Alliance, City Light, St. Luke's Children's Hospital, Boys and Girls Club of Garden City, and many more.
Click here to learn more or make a donation, Contact Laurie Bell: 208-830-3227, or follow them on Facebook.

Founded in 2002 by Donnis Mager, the Personal Ponies of Idaho program places companion ponies with disabled or terminally ill people at NO charge. Their mission is to make MAGIC in children’s lives by providing them a small equine companion to love and care for. The non-profit program receives no State or Federal funding and is dependent on the generous support of the community

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The Bullcatcher Summer Wrestling program has been a recipient of funds donated by the Eagle Rodeo each year. These funds help support a camp in Garden Valley, Idaho where kids camp out for a week during summer break, learning everything from a full nelson head lock, to proper dining etiquette. There are many aspects of the program that help kids learn about social skills, responsibility, discipline and behavior. It’s a program meant to build on the skills kids have, develop a few they may not have, and helps to serve kids in outlying areas that don’t have as many opportunities.

Bullcatcher Folkstyle Wrestling Camp – 208-724-0584

A horse, by the name “No Name”, was the catalyst for a program that would ultimately benefit children with special needs. Started by Tom Boyd, he began giving rides to a neighbor child with cerebral palsy and was amazed at the transformation it made. The child experienced relaxed muscle tone, had improved speech, and was having fun! This was the beginning of the Ride for Joy Therapeutic Riding Program. As a non-profit organization they depend on tax deductible contributions to pay for the substantial expense of providing such a service. Every dollar donated ensures that they can continue to bring these therapeutic benefits to children with special needs.

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Meeting the needs of the poor is a top priority for churches in Boise, Idaho. A network of about 40 congregations is crossing denominational lines to help those trapped in poverty. An organization called “Love INC Boise” (Love, in the Name of Christ) is helping them do that by providing the basics like food, clothing and a host of other essential items. “A lot of times they’re needing help with making the rent, paying the electric bills. In fall, we see a lot of school supplies and clothes for kids,” Kimbra Shaw, outreach director of Love INC, said. “In late fall we’ll see coats and blankets become a heavy, heavy need,” she explained. People looking for assistance call a hotline, and operators at Love INC Boise direct them to a member church. Unifying the Body of Christ There are more than 100 Love INC chapters across the country. While the mission of Love INC is to help churches needs in local communities, it also focuses on unifying the Body of Christ for the purpose of transforming lives. “One of Jesus’ prayers was that we’d be one and there’s nothing better that demonstrates the reality and the truthfulness of the Gospel than when the Church comes together and doesn’t see themself in competition,” Pastor Rod Enos of Southside Christian Center said. Shaw agreed, saying, “… Each church individually can’t do it all. But when they work together every church brings a little bit. They each bring their part together and we can funnel that through Love INC and we can do it all.” Breaking the Cycle Shaw said their work isn’t just about meeting the physical needs of participants. As a follow up to the initial request for help, the group offers a six month program called “Abundant Living.” It’s a hands-on approach that requires effort on the part of those needing help. It teaches participants skills, such as healthy cooking or balancing a budget. “Just giving stuff – that handout – isn’t breaking the cycle of living in need,” Shaw said. “It is investing relationally with people, walking with them — not doing to them, not doing for them — but doing with them the things that glorify God and brings them into first relationship with us and then by model into relationship with Christ,” she added. Beyond Church Walls The impact of Love INC is reaching well beyond the walls of the churches. “What we see is that the community is taking notice and we see communities seeking us out…the city and the county and the state are all realizing that charity in itself doesn’t work,” Shaw added Pastor Brenn Angelos of Revolution 22 Church is part of the Boise Love network. Angelos and his church members often help home owners with building projects they can’t afford on their own. “It’s not just ‘Here, serve someone. Here’s some money, go away,’ but it’s we’re going to enter relationally and show Christ through not just tangible things but also through bringing the spirit of God to those in need,” Angelos said. This Love INC strategy is an effective model and method for mobilizing church congregations to live out two of the Bible’s greatest commands: to love God and to love their neighbor.