Dave Stamey, seven times Entertainer of the Year by Western Music Association , will perform October 10 to benefit Crown Valley Youth Ranch. Stamey, who is a “story teller in song” has won numerous awards and performed around the world.
Crown Valley Youth Ranch is a non profit facility located north of Woodlake and is a faith based organization mentoring childern throughout Tulare County. In it’s fifth, year CVYR works with children and families to mentor, encourage and empower.
The benefit evening begins with open house and auctions (including several vacation home stays) at 5:30 PM and concert at 7:30 PM. Coffee and homemade cobbler will be served at intermission. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased by calling 289-7467. Safety social distancing will be encouraged.
Crown Valley Youth Ranch, located five miles north of Woodlake, is a nonprofit that works with children ages 6-18 by providing one on one mentoring sessions. CVYR was started 5 years ago by 6th generation Tulare County rancher, Scott Johnson. Johnson has long loved children and horses and had a concept for a facility that would bring both together in a positive , and hopefully, life changing way. The location of CVYR was started originally by the founders of Hume Lake Christian Camp and later by an organization working with missionaries. When acquired by CVYR the property was overgrown and neglected. Many work days by volunteers, many from Parkside Church in Visalia, resulted in a wonderful facility both in the buildings and in the expansive outdoors.
Many children attending have never been outdoors on a ranch setting or around many animals.
At CVY they get an up close and personal friendship with everything from chickens, alpacas, horses and pot belly pigs. Johnson has a long history of working with and training horses and uses the horses as a tool to reach the children. There are also classes in horticulture, arts and crafts, outdoor survival, music, fishing, woodworking, indoor and outdoor games and horsemanship.
Each participating child has a one on one mentor assigned when they start the program and come for a two hour session every other week. During a session, the child can choose an activity but there is always some form of “work” done on the ranch – usually feeding the animals or pulling weeds in the garden. Children and parents go through an assessment process to determine the needs of the child and then an appropriate mentor is assigned. The goal is to establish a relationship in which the mentor can help them to learn how to make good decisions based on a Christ centered faith. CVYR tries to reach all children including those with moderate special needs, at risk youth and those experiencing the hardships of grief and abandonment.
There is no cost for anything at Crown Valley Youth Ranch – all services are free. To help continue the programs, a benefit is planned for October 10 at the ranch. Dave Stamey will give a concert and there will be an open house showing many of the children’s projects, a live auction with several vacation home stays up for bid, silent auction and homemade cobbler at intermission.
Dave Stamey is seven times Entertainer of the Year be the Western Music Association, Best Living Western Solo Musician by True West Magazine and has performed nationwide and abroad. He is a “story teller in song” and uses many everyday activities as the bases of his songwriting. He is a resident of Tulare County and can be seen at many cattle ranches helping out with the roping and working of the cattle.
The benefit is October 10, open house and auctions at 5:30 PM, concert at 7:30 PM. and tickets are $50 each and may be prchased by calling 559 289-7464.