SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - Over 750 rancheros from 37 states and six countries will parade on horseback and carriages in Solvang on Saturday, May 4.
They will present a check for $1 million to the Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara. The rancheros have worked with Wrangler Jeans and the Tough Enough to Wear Pink Foundation to raise the money, accoding to a press release.
The parade will begin in downtown Solvang and move along Alisal Road to Old Mission Santa Ines.
The funds will help local breast cancer programs at the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center at Sansum Clinic. The programs include clinical research trials, wellness classes, support programs, hereditary cancer risk counseling and nurse navigation. These services are available to all breast cancer patients who reside in Santa Barbara County.
“The Rancheros have been returning to Santa Barbara County and the Santa Ynez Valley for 87 years. Though our members come from far and wide, this is the Rancheros’ home, and we have found a cause we believe in. We understand it is important to give back to the community we return to year after year,” Ranchero Steve Beneto said.
The Ridley-Tree Cancer Center’s Solvang office is within a mile of the Rancheros' parade route. It provides Santa Ynez residents with access to physicians who have studied, worked and taught in cancer centers around the world.