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On April 24 and 25, the second annual SortPink ranch sorting was held at the Diamond A Arena in Corvallis. It was a gathering of good friends and good horses for a much-needed cause.

SortPink helps raise funds for local women and men who need help with medical costs for mammograms and/or breast cancer treatment. SortPink falls under the umbrella of Tough Enough to Wear Pink of Montana, which has raised more than $100,000 over the past three years.

Once again, the generosity of the Missoula and Bitterroot communities shines through and $20,000 was raised for a great cause. We are especially grateful to our Celebrity Calcutta sponsors: Neptune Aviation, Washington Corp., Hospice of Missoula, Kathryn Markette, Rollett Pruyn, Stephen Fisher, Hole-in-the-Wall Ranch, Bitterroot Team Penning and Sorting Association, St. Patrick's Hospital, Lakeland Feed and Supply, Karl Tyler Chevrolet, Bozeman Brick, Block and Tile, Flying D Ranch and Debbie Barcus. We would also like to thank all our other sponsors and volunteers, for without you, this event would not have come together. And to all who donated the wonderful items for the silent auction, a big thank you.

Many of us rode in memory of our loved ones who ride in greener pastures now, and all of us rode for those who are currently struggling with breast cancer.

If you or anyone you know needs medical assistance with a mammogram or treatment for breast cancer, please go to www.toughpinkmontana.org for more information. Thank you to all who contributed to the SortPink event; you make a difference. And that's what life is all about.

Sandy Meyers, Deb Hall, Jim Brown, Elarian Nichols and Nancy Condit, SortPink committee members

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