CALGARY, AB -- Next weekend, Calgary Flames winger Curtis Glencross will host the inaugural Glencross Invitational Charity Roughstock Event in Red Deer and Innisfail, AB in support of the Ronald McDonald House in Red Deer and minor hockey programming across Alberta.
Glencross has hosted charitable golf tournaments in years past but felt a strong pull to put on a roughstock event. The 29 year-old has been involved in rodeos for years and has become known for his work at the chuckwagon races at the Calgary Stampede.
Last month, he was a part of the Flames float in the Stampede Parade and helped out friends participating in the rodeo and chuckwagon races.
"This event, it's personal," he said. "It's something I have ties to and I'm very excited about it."
The event kicks off on Thursday, Aug. 23 in Red Deer with a poker tournament at the Jackpot Casino that is similar to the Flames annual Texas Hold 'Em tournament. The poker tournament will also have auction items up for sale.
"By the end of the summer, there's lots of companies that are done with golf tournaments and they want something different. With the Flames event, the last four years I've been in Calgary, I've realized the success they've had with that and I wanted to combine the poker tournament with the rodeo."
On the morning of Friday, Aug. 24, Glencross and his wife Tanya will hosting a mini-rodeo of sorts at the Ronald McDonald House in Red Deer. The pair, along with several cowboys competing in the rodeo, will host several events with with the kids at the Ronald McDonald House.
Later on that evening, the roughstock rodeo event will take place in Innisfail at the Daines Rodeo Grounds. It features bull, bronc and bareback riding with some of North America’s most accomplished riders. After the rodeo concludes, attendees can head to the beer gardens for some live music.
"It's turned out to be a pretty good success so far," Glencross said of the process of putting it all together.
Glencross has been very hands-on with organizing the event, going so far as to go door-to-door selling sponsorships. He has been able to build relationships with sponsors and get very valuable feedback from those supporting the event in hopes of making the event even stronger next year.
"I like going myself ... give them the spiel on what is going, what they're going to get in their packages and all that stuff. It's more personal.
"It's been really successful that way."