Fundraiser for 17-year-old includes dinner, auction, used tack sale, roping, barrel racing, gymkhanas
Special to the Review
The Five-M Ranch, 764 W. Road 1 South, will be the hosts of a benefit weekend for Kalen Earle a 17-year-old Chino Valley High School student who is undergoing treatment for cancer. He was diagnosed with a malignant tumor on his shoulder in April.
The dinner and auction will be on Oct. 19. Delbert Applebee and Ariel Zambrano are also playing host to a roping event on Oct. 20. Jolynn Kring and Heather Narvesen will be the hosts of a barrel race and gymkhana on Oct. 21. The local 4-H group is having a used tack and western apparel sale on Saturday, as well as a 50/50 raffle.
The dinner on Oct. 19 will be served from 4-7 p.m. at $10 per plate and the auction will start at 7 p.m., which will include items, such as two registered black, breed heffers, a yearling pony, bronze sculptures, English saddle, Western-style pictures, sculptures, antique saddle, spurs, tool set, chinks chaps, moccasins, machined hood picks, hand-made items by local blacksmiths, camp lantern, computer, Western wear and more coming in all the time. A lunch place of tri-tip sandwich will also be available during the ropings.
To donate tack or western wear, people can contact Susie at 636-7502. For more information on all events, people can contact Lydia Powell at 636-1245.
Also people can drop off auction and tack donations at the National Bank of Arizona in Chino Valley to Linda Brislane. And people can make monetary donations at National Bank to the Kalen Earle Benefit Account # 0513029861 or mailed to National Bank of Arizona, 1299 N. Highway 89, Chino Valley, AZ 86323 to the attention of Angela Ingrao.
Kalen, a senior, and his sister Kate, a sophomore, are both active in Student Council at Chino Valley High School. Kalen is a member of the Art Honors Society, Varsity Track team, and has played varsity soccer for the high school for the past three years.
With help from his girlfriend, Asha Rusling, Kalen has been keeping up with his school work from home. His friends visit often and keep him up to date on school "happenings." They recently videotaped several homecoming activities and came to the house for an impromptu get-together. Kalen's friends bring him great joy and his parents say there is no greater sound than a room full of laughing teenagers.
The Earles have been residents of Chino Valley for 10 years. Dad, Bob Earle, is the Girls Varsity Soccer Coach at the high school and also a Horseshoer. Moom, Pat Earle, owns Four Shoes Horse and Farrier Supply Store in Chino Valley. Bob and Pat have been juggling work schedules to stay home with Kalen and get him to his therapy appointments.