Cowgirls Unite for Education
By Ellie Leeper
Photography By Greg Harrison
“Let’s Rodeo, San Antonio!” is a phrase you will often hear in the Spring. This rodeo season, in celebration of “agriculture and education to develop the youth of Texas,” we also heard ‘Cowgirls Live Forever.’ The seventh annual Cowgirls Live Forever luncheon was hosted this winter at The Pearl Brewery in downtown San Antonio, honoring Olive Anne Kleberg.
A San Antonio native and an enthusiast for all things Texan, Kleberg has been, and continues to be, extremely involved in the community. She was honored at the luncheon for her involvement and dedication to several organizations and educational institutions in San Antonio. A few among them include The Battle of Flowers Association, The Junior League of San Antonio, The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, The Daughters of the American Revolution, and Saint Mary’s Hall school. She’s one busy lady.
Chairs of the event were Sara Stumberg Walker, Lee Evans Lee, Ashley Weaver and Heather Kraft. Included in the luncheon was a cowgirl-chic fashion show provided by Julian Gold of San Antonio that highlighted fashions for cowgirls not just in Texas, but around the world. Proceeds from the Cowgirls Live Forever luncheon are donated to the San Antonio Livestock Exposition Scholarship Fund, for over ten scholarships in 2012 to send young cowgirls to college. To date, the fund exceeds $113 million.
Awards and scholarships from this year will add more than 540 new scholars to the program. Currently, there are more than 1,300 active scholarship recipients represented by students in 90 Colleges and Universities throughout Texas. The Cowgirls Live Forever Luncheon has awarded over $620,000 in scholarships since its beginnings. Now that’s making a difference.