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Now in its third year, the Rodeo for Research is quickly becoming a well-known event based in Harford County, Maryland. At the inaugural event nearly 300 people attended and over $56,000 was raised. The event supports the research teams of Dr. Benjamin Carson in Pediatric Neurosurgery and Dr. Jeffrey Rothstein in ALS at Johns Hopkins.
Organized by co-hosts Jackie Euler and Rosemary Hajek, they both have had personal experiences with ALS and Pediatric Neurosurgery.
Co-Chairs Jackie Euler & Rosemary Hajek
It all started when Jackie Euler approached someone from Johns Hopkins at luncheon. Jackie had been wanting to do something to support ALS research since her father, Barry Bernick, had passed away from the disease seven years ago. Shortly thereafter, Jackie became involved with thePackard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins. Impressed with the research done by the Packard Center, she knew this was the right fit.
As the story goes, Jackie recruited longtime friend, Rosemary Hajek to help her plan what would become one of the most successful fundraising events in Hartford County. Rosemary also had a tie to Johns Hopkins. A few years ago, her grandson required surgery and was operated on by Dr. Benjamin Carson, a world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins.
Although two very different but equally compelling causes, the pair set out to raise funds for pediatric neurosurgery and ALS research at Johns Hopkins. Nearly 300 guests attended the Inaugural Rodeo for Research at the Euler Farm in Fallston, Maryland, where they turned their indoor riding arena into one of the classiest barns.
Johns Hopkins was certainly lucky that night. There must have been a horseshoe or two laying around because they raised over $75,000 for Johns Hopkins Medicine. We hope you’ll join us for the 3rd Annual Rodeo for Research on Saturday, September 8, 2012.