Roping in the money: Cowboy-themed fundraiser gives vets boost - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

Roping in the money: Cowboy-themed fundraiser gives vets boost

BENTON, LA (KSLA) -

Veterans and wounded soldiers got a leg up from a group of ArkLaTex cowboys this weekend.

It was all part of a four-day-long benefit that wrapped up Sunday, raising money for the Wounded Soldiers of North Louisiana.

Organizers said they didn't get as many spectators as they would have liked, but they did get plenty of participation for the rodeo events.

The group wrapped up the cowboy-themed event with "ranch sorting," a competition where horse riders separate cattle into pens. They took a short break from the sorting for cowboy church.  

All of the money raised will go directly to the Wounded Soldier project. The organization started just six months ago, and while similar to the national Wounded Warrior Project, the money stays local to North Louisiana.

"It's for a good cause. I mean those guys go over there and sacrifice their lives, their bodies, for us to be able to stay over here and do what we want to do, ride horses and cowboy way of life, that's what this is, cowboy week, just appreciation for them," said Donnie Leflett.

The group will have a meeting next week to begin planning the second annual event. 

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