Again this year the the Brownwood Cattle Auction barn will host the 2007 Round-Up for Rehab special sale benefiting West Texas Rehabilitation Center.

This year’s local event is Aug. 7, and includes the “usual” — a chuck wagon beans and cornbread lunch followed with an auction of goods ranging from ag-related items, to baked goods, crafts and general merchandise.

The Brownwood sale is one of nine special Round-Up for Rehab auctions, said Marjorie Cloud, a donor relations director with the West Texas Rehabilitation Center in Abilene.

“Every sale event provides a unique, fun experience for the people in the areas West Texas Rehab serves, and is a huge benefit to the center,” Cloud said.

“Local ranchers, ag-related and community businesses, along with Rehab friends come together to support the Center’s mission to improve the quality of life for those served regardless of financial circumstances.”

The beans, cornbread and cobbler lunch — prepared by the Rehab’s “own chuck wagon crew” — starts at 11:30 a.m. that Tuesday, Aug. 7, and Brownwood Round-Up for Rehab auction begins at noon at the Brownwood Cattle Auction barns on the Old May Road.

“Wherever we have these local auctions, the bidding is always lively and friendly,” Cloud said. Items that have already been donated and will be going on the block include livestock a portable ag sprayer; vet services for a calf delivery; range cubes; hand-crafted pottery; meal certificates from local restaurants; “Spatterware” dishes; sterling silver jewelry; an original Judith Kirksey painting, a framed tin Texas Flag wall hanging, a deer antler/rope candle holder, travel bags, western hand bags, a hand-crafted oak wood trunk, a hood guard and a 30-piece tool set. Several people have also contributed through cash donations, Cloud said.

Nelson and Cheryl Hogg of the Brownwood Cattle Auction are heading up the 2007 Brown County Round-Up program. This year, also, Scott Anderson, Seale Cutbirth, Calvin Fryar, Teresa Stephens Lee and Evy Winn, along with the Pecan Valley Kiwanis Club, are helping with the local auction. Cloud said others with key roles in this year’s program are general chairmen Mike Alexander and Randy Carson of Abilene, Jody Frey of San Angelo and Bob Helmers of Christoval.

“The commitment of our local chairmen and ranchers and the continuing support of our corporate sponsors helps make sure the services of the Rehab are available to all who need them regardless of their ability to pay,” said WTRC President Woody Gilliland.

According to Cloud, WTRC has provided services since 1953, and continues to serve over 20,000 children and adults each year with outpatient rehabilitative care. During the year, approximately 150 people from the Brownwood and surrounding area have been Rehab Center patients.

Corporate friends of Rehab that are major Round-Up sponsors are Central & West Texas Farm Credit Association, Patterson-UTI Energy, Strongpoint/Pied Piper Pet & Wildlife, Group IV-Member Owned Electric Cooperatives, Town & Country Food Stores and Wrangler. Heartland Alliance of America/Farm & Ranch Healthcare continues as the Rehab’s Chuck Wagon sponsor. Additional sponsor support has been provided by Airtricity, Lone Star Beef, Mueller Metals, Walco International, First AG Credit and A-B Distributing.

For more information about the Rehab Center or Round-Up sale dates call WTRC-Abilene at 325-793-3507. Brownwood area residents wishing to donate animals, merchandise, baked goods or needing information on the local sale, contact Nelson Hogg at 646-7591.