Buck Autism Weekend Raises $16,000 for the National Autism Association during Exclusive Genetics Bucking Bull Games in Las Vegas, NV
Bucking Bull Owners and Fans, as well as Corporate Sponsors Support Awareness and Fundraising Campaign to Help Those Affected by Autism
December 19, 2014 (Orchard, TX) – Exclusive Genetics, a leader in the bucking bull industry completed a very successful week while in Las Vegas, Nevada for its fourth consecutive year featuring its Bucking Bull Games.
Held parallel to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, Bucking Bull Games also featured a special event – Buck Autism Weekend. Along with sponsor Branded Cities Network and Harmon Corner, the campaign aimed to raise funds and awareness to support families who have children diagnosed with autism.
Buck Autism, founded by Billy Jaynes, CEO of Exclusive Genetics Bucking Bull Games (far right), was inspired by Jayci Mead (second from right), a young woman who has autism. Since Jayci became involved in bull ownership, she has been able to communicate and express herself in ways that she was previously unable to. Motivated by Jayci’s improvements and response to this unlikely creature, Jaynes set out to bring attention to this disorder through the Buck Autism campaign.
Teaming up with the National Autism Association, Jaynes said, “In addition to raising a significant amount of money for NAA through our Buck Autism campaign it was equally important to get the message out about people with autism. I was pleased that I was able to speak to thousands of rodeo fans prior to each of our performances about the need for public awareness.” He added, “We were also very grateful to our corporate sponsors, Branded Cities Network and Harmon Corner, who not only created a very impactful Buck Autism Public Service Announcement, but also ran the PSA continuously throughout the duration of Bucking Bull Games for millions of visitors and residents to see.”
Wendy Fournier of the National Autism Association (second from left) was beyond enthusiastic when it was announced that the final number raised was $16,000 for the not-for-profit organization, “We are incredibly grateful for the generosity and compassion of bucking bull and rodeo fans. The funds and awareness generated continues to grow each time we hold a Buck Autism event. Witnessing the significant change in Jayci’s interaction with others through her connection to bucking bulls, has inspired people to support NAA’s programs and provide meaningful help for individuals with autism and their families.”