Rodeo show raises money for children fighting cancer and various other health conditions

Published: May. 1, 2021 at 11:27 PM CDT|Updated: May. 4, 2021 at 6:24 PM CDT
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VERNON PARISH, La. (KALB) - Money raised at a local rodeo show on May 1st will go towards helping children fight cancer and other health problems.

The rodeo took place at the Vernon Parish Fairgrounds. Family members of the late Tommy Poe, a detective for the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office (VPSO), held the roping event in his memory.

Poe passed away in May of 2020 after a horseback riding accident.

“We were married 45 years, and he was a kind, compassionate, pretty easy-going man,” Virginia Poe, (Tommy) Poe’s wife, said. “He loved life. He loved children [and] he wanted to do a lot of things for children.”

A portion of the money collected from the rodeo will go towards St. Jude Children’s Hospital to help children fight cancer. The family plans to distribute the rest of the proceeds to other local organizations that are committed to helping the youth.

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