Laird benefit overwhelming success

Forty-one riders, one runner and three walkers paved the way to the success of the first annual Brendon Laird Memorial Benefit held May 30.

Thirty-five of the riders finished the 11-1/2-mile ride that started at the McFadden Ranch, and ended at the rodeo grounds north of Greybull.

That evening an estimated 275 people gathered at the Greybull Elks Lodge for a dinner, silent/live auctions and dance that netted approximately $25,000, all of which will go to provide scholarships to Greybull and Riverside high school seniors.

“Financially, it was way over what we expected,” said Brendon’s father, Mike. “The money will stay right here; it is our way of giving back to this community.”

Mike added, “It was a great turnout considering everything else that was going on.” He mentioned the annual three-on-three basketball tournament in Thermopolis, big auctions in Shell and Worland and a large branding in Burlington.

“Andrea and I are at a loss for words on how grateful and thankful we are to this community; it shows the impact that the young man had on it.”

The Lairds are already looking forward to next year’s ride.