A special cattle sale Thursday, Sept. 18 at Producers Livestock Auction is the first in a series of eight regional Round-Up for Rehab fall sales to benefit West Texas Rehabilitation Center. Scheduled at 1 p.m. in conjunction with Producers’ regular weekly cattle sale, the event has already attracted pledges of quality animals from San Angelo, Sterling City, Balllinger, Paint Rock, Christoval and Eldorado. “We’re encouraging Rehab friends in the agriculture industry to donate an animal or two, write a check’or be a buyer,” said Bob Helmers, Concho Valley area Round-Up co- chairman. “Producers will be selling animals for Rehab all next week’sheep and goats on Tuesday during the regular sale and cattle on Thursday during the special Rehab sale, ” added Jody Frey, who serves with Helmers as volunteer co-chairmen. “Also, the Center’s chuckwagon will be on hand Thursday serving sausage, beans and cornbread prior to the Rehab sale courtesy of A-B Distributing Company and we invite WTRC supporters to come out, join us for lunch and help us ‘bid ’em up’ during the auction,” Frey continued. Tom Green County volunteers assisting Frey and Helmers include Stephen Brown, Carter Behrens, Andrew Lewis, Stan Newsom, Jim and Chad Thomas and Bud Upton, all of San Angelo and Jimmy Watson of Miles. Joining local chairmen in seeking Round- Up donations of livestock and cash is well- known cowboy singer/poet Red Steagall, who is this year’s new honorary chairman for Round-Up for Rehab. “It’s just so right that Red, who’s also a respected rancher and horseman, is joining Rehab as a spokesman on the occasion of the Center’s 50th anniversary year,” said Rehab Center President Woody Gilliland. “Truly it couldn’t be a better match or come at a better time.” Corporate underwriters “partnering” with WTRC by supporting Round-Up 2003 include Federal Land Bank Association, First Ag Credit, Heartland Alliance of America, Patterson’UTI Energy and Strongpoint/Pied Piper Pet and Wildlife. Other Round-up for Rehab sales are scheduled Sept. 23 at Abilene auction and Sept. 29 at Junction stockyards. October sales will be conducted in Coleman, Dublin, Olden, Sweetwater and Stephenville. “We’re also reminding ranchers if this is an inconvenient time for them to cut out livestock, Producers and other auction houses will gladly cut a check to Rehab for the proceeds of one or more animals anytime during the year when they are going to market,” Helmers added. For additional information or to arrange for animals to be picked up, contact a volunteer chairman or WTRC-San Angelo at 325-223- 6300.