The Brush Creek Ranch is more than just a vacation escape: it is a place of camaraderie, western tradition, environmental sustainability, personal growth, genuine hospitality, and philanthropy. This September 4-7, all of those forces came together for our 2nd annual Cowgirl Up for the Cure weekend. Fifty ‘cowgirls’ from all over the United States came together at the ranch to not only raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation but to also share the stories of how breast cancer has affected their lives. This year Brush Creek Ranch donated $750 from every cowgirl’s stay to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and the White family will matches every additional donation made. Here are some of our favorite moments from this year’s event…
We were honored to have Susan G. Komen Founder Nancy Brinker attend for the entire weekend. On the last day, Nancy gave a speech over breakfast in the Trailhead Lodge, speaking eloquently about how she founded the Komen Foundation as well as its exciting future. The day before that, Dr. Jennifer Pietenpol, Komen scholar and Director of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, spoke about her most recent discoveries and the importance of funding for young doctors today.
The cowgirls were treated to an inspiring performance by Grammy and ACM Award Winning country music singer Suzy Bogguss in the BCR Saloon on opening night. Suzy invited our own BCR wrangler and musician Caitie Taylor on stage to join her and goosebumps were felt all around!
No BCR weekend is complete without a cattle drive! It’s important to us that our guests experience some western traditions, and a cattle drive is the perfect way to do so.
We hosted our first 5K on the Brush Creek Ranch for this event, which featured a course that went up and around cattle and horse pastures, through our famous Swing Bridge over the Brush Creek, through our Creekside Dinner Camp, and ending at our Outfitters Barn. On the last quarter mile, there was a bald eagle flying over the trail—most likely the coolest way to ever finish a race! We had pink mimosas and watermelon awaiting us as for a congratulatory treat. The 7,500 foot altitude combined with the mountainous terrain definitely gave our cowgirls a challenge—it was no walk in the park!
Our team at the BCR is detail-oriented, and opportunity for a special touch never passes us by. Our Housekeeping team spent days dying our pillowcases, washcloths, and baseball caps pink! This is a photo of our Houseman Lee showing off his pink-dyed hands. Every night the cowgirls were treated to pink-inspired gifts during turndown service.
This weekend gave us a chance to meet new friends, reconnect with old ones, experience a new environment, and raise money for a disease that has touched us all in some way. Thank you to everyone who attended. To see more photos from this year’s event, visit our Facebook Photo Album.
Our third annual Cowgirl Up Weekend will take place September 27-30, 2015 and it will sell out fast! Click here for more details, and please give us a call at 307-327-5284 to book your own spot for next year’s event!