The “8 Seconds to Glory” gala is more than a reunion for the 1992 movie “8 Seconds.”
The celebration is a benefit to Western Wishes, which was founded in 1994 by Donnalyn Quintana. The gala will take place at the Little America Event Center Grand Ballroom on July 21 in Cheyenne, Wyo., coinciding with the Cheyenne Frontier Days.
Guest speakers will be actors Luke Perry and Stephen Baldwin – Perry played the movie’s lead character, world champion bull rider Lane Frost, while Baldwin played Tuff Hedeman, now a three-time world champion. They will be red-carpet arrivals along with other cast members, accompanying Western Wishes recipients and families.
The gala will feature children and their families who are part of the Western Wishes Wyoming Chapter. Guests from other Western Wishes chapters will also be part of the festivities.
Western Wishes reaches out to children suffering illness or injury as well as the families representing children who have died.
“Western Wishes celebrates the lives of these children, in remembrance and celebration of their fighting spirits,” Quintana indicated in news release about the gala.
The Championship Bull Riding finale is taking place during Frontier Days. The CBR has partnered with Western Wishes and is promoting the charitable organization during live telecasts.
Part of the entertainment package for the gala includes Christian contemporary artists Susie McEntire and Rhonda Gunn, “American Idol” finalist John Wayne Schultz and Susie Dobss from RFD-TV’s “Beyond Rodeo.” Rodeo announcer Justin McKee will be the master of ceremonies.