On Feb. 27, NRCA contractor member Oklahoma Roofing and Sheet Metal was awarded the 2014 CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award for its work with “Horseback Heroes” an annual event honoring nearly 100 children of deployed Oklahoma solders. The event provided them the rare opportunity to spend the day on a working farm, taking part in activities including horseback riding, cattle roping and tack and grooming.
The company received a $5,000 donation from CNA for the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation, who co-sponsors the program.
Because of the success of the 2013 event, the 2014 Horseback Heroes, which takes place on Oct. 18, is expected to draw nearly 200 attendees.
In a message to NRCA, Oklahoma Roofing and Sheet Metal president Gerry Shepherd stated that because of the monetary donation that was received as part of their CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award, they will be able to stick to their goal to never turn a child away from participating in Horseback Heroes.
“Although it requires us to buy and add another bucking dummy, find 20 more horses and two more buggies with teams to pull them, it also requires many more volunteers, more breakfast foods, more drinks and more lunch items,” he says. “Because of the award we received, we will be able to serve every one of these kids.”
Shepherd hopes to see the Horseback Heroes event expand to other states in the coming years.
The CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award recognizes the good deeds of the roofing industry by honoring charitable works by NRCA contractor members. Submissions are being accepted for the 2015 award, which will be presented at NRCA’s Award Ceremony and Cocktail Reception held during NRCA’s 128th Annual Convention held during the 2015 International Roofing Expo® in New Orleans.