About the Event

We are back to an in person event on Saturday, August 26, 2023 at the Cleburne Conference Center. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and dinner begins at 6:00 p.m.   Evening will feature silent auction, meal, show and live auction.  There will be the capability for those that cannot attend in person, to register on line to participate in the silent auction only.    All attendees can begin bidding on silent auction items up to two days before our actual event begins.  This includes the ability for them to lock in their beginning bid and a max bid if they are going to be away from their phone.  The app will bid for them each time they are outbid until they reach their max bid.   This will be a nice feature.   Guests can register online prior to the event.    We do not have that link yet, but should in the next couple of weeks.  I am also attaching the updated forms.

All proceeds from “Cowboys for Kids” go directly to providing services for victims of child abuse in Johnson County.

About the Children’s Advocacy Center

Before the Children’s Advocacy Center movement began, child victims of abuse were being further traumatized by the system set up to help them. Multiple agencies are involved in investigating allegations of child abuse. These include law enforcement, Child Protective Services, Cook Children’s Hospital Care Team, Juvenile Services and prosecutors who try the cases. As a result of the agencies working alone on individual cases, child victims were being interviewed multiple times about the most personal and tragic events of their lives. In addition, the agencies involved could unintentionally jeopardize each other’s cases with the multiple interviews and investigations. Today, Children’s Advocacy Centers across the nation provide a child friendly environment where all agencies involved in a case can come to the child victim. The child is interviewed once by a trained forensic interviewer. The interview is videotaped into an adjoining room where a representative of each agency involved is able to see, listen and communicate with the interviewer through a small ear piece. All agency partners work together as a team to coordinate the investigation and services provided for the child victim and his/her non-offending family members. The Children’s Advocacy Center provides the place for them to come together and facilitates future meetings in which they can share case information.

The Johnson County Children’s Advocacy Center serves child victims of sexual abuse, severe physical abuse and child witnesses to homicides and other violent crimes. Our Articles of Incorporation were put into place in July, 1996, and our doors were opened for services to the first child victim in February, 1998. The Center’s mission is to provide a safe place where children can tell their story and begin to reclaim their lives. Many services are in place for children and their families after the initial interview is done. They include individual, family and group counseling by trained, experienced therapists; play therapy; work with therapy dogs; youth self-esteem and goal setting programs; personal advocacy and mentoring programs; court school; special education and abuse prevention programs and field trips. The Center strives to meet the needs of the whole family group because they are all affected by the trauma of abuse.

All proceeds from “Cowboys for Kids” go directly to providing services for victims of child abuse in Johnson County.

2022 Live Auction Items

Autographed Cody Johnson Guitar

This package features a Jasmine Acoustic Guitar, signed by county music singer-songwriter, Cody Johnson. Johnson self-released six albums. Gotta Be Me debuted at number two on the Billboard’s Country Albums chart and then he released his first major label album, Ain’t Nothin’ to It, in January of 2019. He released his second major-label album, Human: The Double Album, in October 2021. Cody Johnson is a fan favorite that hails from Texas and has a huge following. This artist is going nowhere but up!
Donated by Milestone Ranch
Value: $3,500

Fishing Adventure Package

This package includes two fishing adventures for the winning bidder. The first includes a Spring-time private pond bass fishing adventure on Fun N’ Sun Ranch. A boat is provided for two anglers for exclusive half day of stocked bass catch and release, just west of Rio Vista. This package will also include combo bass rod and reel, shirts, hats and assorted tackle. Lunch and drinks will be provided at the covered dock. This package also includes a Kayak Crappie Fishing Adventure for two with your own guide. Kayaks are fully loaded with Bixpy Motor, Garmen Depth Finder and Livescope, rods, reels, tackle and life jackets. The winners of this package will even have their fish cleaned for them. Winners only need to bring their lunch with them.
Donated by: Fun N’ Sun and Kayak Crappie Adventures
Value: $1,000

“River Patrol Painting”

This package features a Native American depiction called “River Patrol”. It is an 18” x 14” original oil on canvass. Julie is a local artist that resides in Cleburne, Texas with her husband and fellow wildlife artist, Steven Lingham. She is represented by Crown Gallery in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, and The Saltbox Gallery in the UK.
Donated by: Julie Asher Lee
Value: $2,500

Angel Fire, New Mexico Package

This package includes a five-day, four night escape to a cozy mountain refuge nestled in gorgeous Aspen and Pine trees within the Angel Fire Country Club’s private community. The slopes are just minutes away and Taos and Red River are also in the area for snowboarding, skiing and snow-mobiling. You can also enjoy an abundance of wildlife. The house is a 4 bedroom, 2 bath, with a loft for the kids. Sleeps 12. Home has central heat, wood burning stove, washer & dryer, WIFI, internet, TV and DVD player in every bedroom, full kitchen, covered deck, fire pit, and lots of games and puzzles for the kids. There is no air conditioning due to the mountain location.
Donated by: Johnson County Chem-Dry
Value: $1,000

Nolan Ryan Package

This package includes Texas most famous and most loved baseball pitcher, Nolan Ryan’s, autographed “Texas Ranger’s” jersey and baseball.
Donated by: Nolan Ryan Foundation
Value: $1,500

Party Package

Whether you want to get friends and family together or host a corporate event, this is the package for you. This package includes venue rental for four hours at “The Barn at Watson Ranch”. This includes tables, chairs, and black table clothes. The barn has heat and air conditioning. Decorating can begin at 8:00 a.m. the day of event. This package also includes the Del Norte Food truck being on hand at this venue for your party package. The food truck can provide an extensive menu for up to 40 people.
Donated by: Barn at Watson Ranch & Del Norte Tacos
Value: $2,150

Shotgun Package

This package includes a Beretta A300 Ultima Semi-Auto Shotgun. Hunters will appreciate the upgrades to the latest addition to the Beretta® A300 lineup. The field-ready Beretta A300 Ultima Semi-Auto Shotgun has a larger bolt handle and release, and an improved low-profile receiver with oversized loading port for enhanced ease of use. Kick-Off recoil reduction system increases shooting stability, comfort, and control for fast target acquisition. Rely on the large 4mm fiber optic in the standard Beretta-thread-pitch housing for high visibility in low-light conditions. A 7x7mm stepped rib with included mid bead ensures quick and efficient sight alignment. The Beretta A300 Ultima semi-auto shotgun's MobilChoke® pattern barrel fits a wide variety of choke options to meet your shooting needs. 3" chamber. Made in USA. Additional items may be donated by Defender, but details are currently unavailable.
Donated by: Horton Truck & Equipment and Defender Outdoors
Value: $1,000

Orange Beach Alabama Condo Package

This package includes 4 nights and 5 days in an Orange Beach, Alabama condo. It is 5 miles from the Florida border near Destin. This is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath condo with a private balcony, with an awesome view of the Gulf of Mexico. You can literally go down the elevator and walk out onto the beach. Amenities feature indoor and outdoor pools, beautiful large patio and sitting area with multiple grills for cooking out. This condo provides easy access to shopping, dining, and other attractions. Additional days can be added to the package at the buyer’s expense. No Spring Break or Holidays. Expires December 2023.
Donated by: Horton Tree Service
Value: $2,150

Deluxe Grill Package

This package includes a the newly designed Weber Genesis E-325S grill, grill cover, $100 gift card from Burgundy Pasture Beef, two Zero Gravity Folding Lounge Rockers, Apron, and Meat Church BBQ Rub Gift Pack. The Weber Genesis Grill allows you to prep and serve everything outside, where the party is taking place. The grill features Weber’s largest and hottest sear zone, with expandable cooking grate, so that the main course and sides are served at the same time.
Donated by: Children’s Advocacy Center, Burgundy Pasture Beef and Joe and Eva Perrin
Value: $1,405

“Final Sort” Art Piece

Howard Halbert, Pencil Artist, has once again captured the spirit of the horse in this amazing original, “Final Sort”. This piece captures the feel of a hard-working cutting horse at the end of the day making his final sort. This piece measures 14” x 11” unframed and 24” x 21” framed. Howard is represented by the McLarry Fine Arts Studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Charles Morin Fine Art in Fredericksburg and San Antonio.
Donated by: Howard Halbert
Value: $3,250

Portofino Island Resort Package

This package includes an incredible 5-day, 4-night stay at Portofino Island Resort. This unit overlooks the vibrant blue waters and white sand beaches of the Pensacola Beach Coast. This is a Gulf Front elite view. There are 3 bdrm., 3 ½ bath, with 180 degree wrap around balcony with grill. This condo is 203 sq feet on the 16th floor, accommodates 8 people, fully equipped kitchen, and reserved parking. Several onsite restaurants, and Lifestyle Center with exercise options. Water sports rentals are available. They include fishing, Adventure Cove Water Park and other weekly resort activities.
Donated by: Hart Orthodontics
Value: $3,500

Maren Morris “Humble Quest Tour” Package

This package includes 2 VIP tickets that entitle winner to seats in the first 20 rows, exclusive access to “Good Friends Lounge”, which includes a cocktail reception (winner will have 2 drink tickets), access to view “Journey Along the Humble Quest” memorabilia, photo booth, an autographed poster, VIP Check-In and VIP Host and regular parking pass. This package also includes an autographed Rogue Acoustic Guitar and the Maren Morris “Hero” CD.
Donated by: Peter & Vicki Svendsen (table)
Value: $1,000

Springfield Armory SOCOM Rifle Package

This package includes the Springfield Armory SOCOM 16 Rifle w/case (Black Camouflage M1A Scout/Squad Rifle w/ (1) 10 Rd. Mag. Burris Optics Rifle Scope, Holosun HE507C-GR X2 Sight, Optics Factory Mount, Vortex Diamondback Binoculars, Midway USA Shooting Mat, Blue Force Vickers Rifle Sling, Checkmate Industries Magazines, Cold Steel Srk Knife/Sheath, and 400 Rds of Magtech 308A FMJ Boat Tail .308 Ammunition.
Donated by: John & Linda Phillabaum
Value: $4,450

Steamboat Springs Package

This package includes a 5 day, 4 night stay at this beautiful Steamboat Springs Condo. It is a luxurious top floor unit with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Features large, fully equipped kitchen w/granite countertops, stainless steel appliances & breakfast bar, 4 flat screen TV’s, gas fireplace, washer/dryer, heated parking, access to large pool, 3 hot tubs, fitness center, game room, outdoor fire pit, BBQ area, deluxe boot drying, access to Wild Horse Gondola which takes you from condo to Gondola Square and winter shuttle services can take you shopping and to other activities.
Donated by: David and Debbie MacDonald, III
Value: $4,000

Cowboy Companion Package

This package includes “Cruz”, a beautiful Mini Australian Shepherd, born on June 20, 2022. He is ASDR registered, tail is docked, and dew claws have been removed. “Cruz” is very calm and quite cuddly. He is looking for new family to love him. “Cruz” also has a vet package that includes 1st year vaccinations, multiple wormings and a vet check. It also includes neutering if you don’t plan on breeding.
Donated by: The Fojtasek Family (Brian, Tiffany and Lilly) and Northside Animal Clinic
Value: $1,850