Thursday, March 1, 2012

Summary of Current Events - Week Ending Mar. 3

More than 200,000 turned out to watch the 87th annual Tucson Rodeo Parade. I want to thank Herb Wagner, Bob Stewart and the rest of the parade committee for their wonderful work and for KOLD Channel 13, for broadcasting this year’s parade live.

60,000 people attended the rodeo over nine days - this included six full performance, and three "slack" days. Based on previous surveys, about 35-40% of attendees are visitors from outside our state.

The rodeo also had 4,000 school children attend our REACh program (Rodeo Education and Children) on Monday & Tuesday, Feb. 20-21. This is a free program offered to area schools.

635 contestants competed in the Tucson Rodeo; the total purse was $430,000.

Excellent weather helped our attendance this year; the previous two years saw wind, rain and even snow.

The Tucson Urban League cordially invite you to their 41st Annual Gala & Silent Auction on Saturday, March 3rd at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa. The legendary singer, actor, humanitarian and civil rights activist, Harry Belafonte, will be our Keynote Speaker. Join the Tucson Urban League, for an evening of inspiration and fun! For more information, go online to

Congressman Raul M. Grijalva is holding a Foreclosure Prevention Workshop on Saturday, March 10, from 9:00 a.m - 3:00p.m at Desert View High School. Several financial institutions, HUD approved housing counselors, and local attorneys will be present to provide assistance. RSVP is requested, can be done online or by calling our Tucson Office. For more information, contact Christina Partida at 622-6788

The 2012 Desert Diamond Cup, featuring the L.A. Galaxy, the New England Revolution, Real Salt Lake and New York Red Bulls, will take at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, located in Ward 5. For tickets or more information, go online to or call 334-1115.