The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

November 23, 2013

Great big thumbs up for Enid Professional Bull Riders Challenge at Enid Event Center

ENID, Okla. — We’re feeling bullish about the success of the 2013 Enid Professional Bull Riders Challenge at the Enid Event Center.

The two-night PBR-sanctioned tour stop presented by Gungoll Jackson was exciting to watch in downtown Enid.

And it was for a good cause.

The event held by the Enid Event Center — with partners Enid AM AMBUCS and Enid Noon AMBUCS — raised more than $10,000 for the organizations.

“We were able to raise funds to impact the Greater Enid area individuals with disabilities,” said Ryan Jackson from the Noon Board.

Thumbs up for making a difference!

THUMBS UP

Thumbs up to Enid’s only not-for-profit hospice for celebrating its 30th anniversary.

Hospice Circle of Love depends on fundraisers, memorials and contributions to help defray the costs for patients that have no other pay source.

Oklahoma is one of three states in the country to not have a Medicaid hospice benefit.

“Whatever those final days are, we want to make sure that they are the best that they can be,” said Chad Caldwell, Hospice Circle of Love director. “We are not so much focused on the quantity of days, but the quality of days. It’s not about the dying process, it’s about the living process. It’s about making every day count.”

Thank you for making every day count.

THUMBS UP

More thumbs up to this year’s Grand National Quail Hunt.

For the past 47 years, the well-known local event has brought sports personalities, celebrities and business leaders to Enid.

A special guest shooter this year was Republican Gov. Matt Mead, of Wyoming.

Mead was a guest of Grand National President Brad Blankenship.

The Grand National Quail Hunt began in Enid in 1967.

Past shooters have included prominent names in American sports, entertainers, artists and private and corporate business people.

THUMBS UP

Since we’re in the word business, we’re partial to writers.

We’d like to give big-time thumbs up to area winners of a patriotic essay contest and an elementary school poster contest.

It was held in connection to the dedication of the Vietnam Memorial Wall at Enid Woodring Regional Airport.

Waller Middle School student Emma Ainsworth won the middle school contest with her essay “What Patriotism Means to Me.”

Oklahoma Bible Academy student Elise Hamann won the junior high and high school contest with her essay “The Bill of Rights and Me.”

Each of the winners received a $100 gift certificate to purchase a U.S. Savings Bond, a framed certificate and a medal.

Way to go, writers!

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