The memory of Claremore’s former Chief of Police and Mayor Mickey Perry will being honored at the upcoming Mickey Perry’s Bucking for Kids/Claremore Extreme Roughstock 2017.

Presented by the Kubota Center of Oklahoma, this first-time event will be Saturday, Nov. 4, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Claremore Expo Center. Doors open at 6 p.m.

A portion of the ticket sale proceeds will be donated to Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma (CANO), a CASA agency.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) are community volunteers who are trained to work with foster children in juvenile-deprived cases.

As friends of the court, CASA volunteers work to ensure that the children’s needs are recognized and that their best interests are considered both in the courtroom and in the community.

Perry, who died in 2013 while serving as Claremore’s mayor, dedicated his life to law enforcement services, both as a law enforcement professional with the city police department and as an undercover narcotics agent for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.

During his 41-year career, Perry saw first-hand the impact that the CASA volunteers had on helping abused and neglected children navigate through the judicial system.

In addition to being a public servant, Perry was a well-respected friend to his community and served on numerous boards and committees both at the State and local levels, including Tri-County CASA (now CANO).

Angela Henderson, CANO Executive Director, remembers Perry fondly.

“Mickey Perry was a good friend to so many worthwhile organizations in town,” Henderson said, “and CASA was no exception. I could call Mickey anytime and he would always help me or introduce me to somebody who could help me. He absolutely loved children and he’d do anything to keep them safe.

“When I’d run into him in town, he always had that infectious smile on his face and he’d stop what he was doing to chat,” she said. “It never failed that he’d ask about my kids, my husband, and CASA. I’m so happy that he is being honored in this way. I like to think he’s smiling in heaven.”

The rodeo event, Mickey Perry’s Bucking for Kids/Claremore Extreme Roughstock 2017, has been organized by David Petty, a friend of Perry’s. On several occasions, Perry had asked Petty to do something to help raise funds for CASA and this is Petty’s way of paying it forward by honoring his long-time friend.

“Mickey was a good friend. He was involved in many activities around the area and was always a supporter of our annual Will Rogers Stampede Rodeo,” Petty said. “This event is just a way for me to show respect and honor one of our great Rogers County citizens and a Claremore leader. I am happy to help support CASA in honor of Mickey Perry.”

Mickey Perry’s Bucking for Kids / Claremore Extreme Roughstock 2017 will feature 50 of the top rodeo bull riders and saddle bronc riders.

The action-packed event will provide great fun for young cowboys and cowgirls as well as their moms and dads.

Advance ticket prices are $15 for adults and $8 for youth. Children 10 and under are admitted for free.

These discounted tickets are available at the CANO office (2nd floor Rogers County Courthouse), Stillwater Milling, and BancFirst. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.buy.ticketforce.com.

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