Congratulations Faith DeBrum, 2020 Elks Rodeo Queen!! $245,945 raised!
My name is Faith DeBrum, and I am pleased to announce I am the 2020 Santa Maria Elks Rodeo Queen Candidate representing VTC Enterprises. I am honored to stand for this organization that shares my values of doing all I can to bring strength, health and empowerment to ALL members of our community.
I am a 16-year-old sophomore at Orcutt Academy High School where I am currently involved with the volleyball team and California Scholarship Foundation Club (CSF). I enjoy the physical activity and teamwork of playing volleyball, and I appreciate the academic and community focused work of CSF for which I maintain a minimum 3.75 GPA. After graduating from high school, I plan to attend a four-year university such as Texas Tech, Georgia State University or University of San Diego to earn my Bachelor of Science in Nursing. From there I will pursue a career as a Pediatric Oncology Nurse. I have a huge passion for community service and helping others who are vulnerable such as people with disabilities, those struggling to get or pay for medical care, and children with cancer.
I was diagnosed with cancer almost 6 years ago and have been cancer free for 5 years. And though that experience is not all that defines me, the journey has helped shape me into the young lady standing here today. I understand compassion, encouragement, generosity, persistence and hard work. My family and I have raised over $200,000 to fight childhood cancer and support other families going through the same battle we did. Knowing how the money we raised helped them warms my heart and fuels my desire to do more. I want to give back to the community and organizations that gave everything to me and my family.
One of my other passions is riding horses and tending to their welfare. I started riding a couple years ago and have found it makes me the happiest version of myself when I am around horses, whether working with them or in the saddle. My family always went to the Santa Maria Elks Rodeo, and I grew up dreaming of becoming the Rodeo Queen. I would see the Queen Candidates walking around in their outfits, friendly and welcoming, presenting themselves with so much grace, and as a little girl that always caught my attention. Now here I am, beyond excited to be given this opportunity of a lifetime and honored to be representing VTC! I am blessed to have amazing support from my parents, Ronnie and Laura DeBrum, my older brother Landon and my incredible “friend group” who will cheer me on until the end.
I am extremely excited and hopeful for new fundraising opportunities this year with VTC Enterprises. I look forward to helping them in their work assisting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to achieve their life goals. I will work my hardest to help them succeed, to grow as an individual myself and to be a light to the community. Thank you to everyone for supporting me and thank you again to VTC for choosing me and believing in me.
Congratulations Nerissa Arellano, 2019 Elks Rodeo Queen!!
My name is Nerissa Arellano and it is my privilege to be the Candidate representing VTC Enterprises in the 2019 Santa Maria Elks Rodeo Queen Competition. I am truly excited for this opportunity to get involved with the community, get the community involved with VTC, and to raise funds for such a great organization!
I am 18 years old and a senior at Ernest Righetti High School. Aside from my academic studies, I am an active member in both the Future Farmers of America organization and 4-H. Showing animals competitively is something I am passionate about and have been participating in for 7 years, showing pigs specifically for the past six. After high school I plan to attend Allan Hancock College for my Business Administration Transfer Degree, then move on to a 4-year college in Northern California (preferably Sacramento State University, UC Santa Cruz, or Chico State) where I will study English and Liberal Studies to reach my goal of becoming an English teacher.
VTC Enterprises, whose mission is to assist individuals with disabilities to achieve their life goals, has a solid home in my heart. My mother has worked there for 20 years, and during that time I have gotten to know and interact with most of the individuals at the organization. Additionally, I have had the pleasure of volunteering for all of VTC’s Rodeo Queen Campaigns. These past 5 years as I watched each candidate work, grow and stretch herself beyond what she thought possible, I dreamed of running for Rodeo Queen one day too.
Now my dream is becoming real, and I am eager to pour myself into this endeavor with a passion to support the work of VTC, strengthen our Central Coast community, and further my own development as a young woman who will make a positive difference today and in the future. I am very thankful for the amazing support of my parents, Jose and Brenda Arellano, and from my younger brother Noah. My family is a continual inspiration to me of community involvement, generosity, persistence and dedication.
I am forever grateful to have this opportunity to run for Santa Maria Elks Rodeo Queen and honored to be serving our community and the people of VTC Enterprises. Thank you!
Hi my name is Kate Compton, and it is my privilege to be the 2018 Elks Rodeo Queen Candidate representing VTC Enterprises. I am currently a junior at Nipomo High School; I am 16 years old and have dreamed of being a Rodeo Queen since childhood. Each year I ride my horse in the Elks Rodeo Parade and have been a flag girl for the Elks Rodeo for the past two years and am now excited to be a part of the Elks Rodeo in a new and different way. While in high school I have been involved in agriculture where I enjoy the Future Farmers of America program and being in activities with my horses.
After graduating from high school, I plan to attend a four-year university, preferably an agricultural school such as Cal Poly SLO, Fresno State, or University of Las Vegas (UNLV). For my future career, I plan to be a Veterinary Pharmaceutical Representative because of my love for horses and their welfare.
Supporting me, are my parents, Peter and Lynn Compton, my grandparents and my twin sister, Kristin. John Glines (campaign chair) and Erika Weber (co-chair), and all the rest of VTC will be a major driving force behind my campaign, along with my parents.
I expect that running for Elks Rodeo Queen will hold many opportunities. I hope to learn how to manage my time and money in an efficient way, all while growing as an individual. I am honored to be helping my community and the people of VTC. I am excited to make new friends and a difference at VTC, because they do so much for others in our community.
Again, thank you to my family, friends and the community for giving me this opportunity to make an impact in our small part of the world.
Congratulations Madison Hall, 2017 Elks Rodeo Queen!!
My name is Madison Hall and I am honored to be the 2017 Elks Rodeo Queen Candidate representing VTC Enterprises. I am 17 years old and currently a junior at St. Joseph High School. At St. Joseph’s I am Junior Class Vice President, President of the Interact Club (sponsored by Rotary to help students develop leadership skills and learn effective ways to take action for making a difference locally and internationally), and a member of the Make-A-Wish Club (which fundraises for and spreads awareness about the Make-A-Wish Foundation). I am also a student athletic trainer and a varsity cheerleader (I have been cheering competitively since I was five years old).
After being injured while participating in sports and going through months of physical therapy, I wanted to help other people in the same position and became interested in safe sports conditioning and physical therapy. I initiated an arrangement at St. Joseph’s where I was able to shadow the school’s athletic trainer, and I have since developed that arrangement into a program that can be followed by other students.
Setting goals and seeing progress and results gives me a lot of satisfaction. I love sports and am especially passionate about football, and though I know I won’t play professionally I would like to make a career associated with the game. After high school my goal is to attend the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) to major in athletic training and hopefully serve as a student trainer on their football team. From there my plans are to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy at Baylor University in Texas. After completing my academic studies, my dream job would be to work as an athletic trainer for the Dallas Cowboys Football Team.
Ten years ago at the Elks Rodeo auction my family purchased and gifted me with an experience called Rodeo Princess for a Day. And so I was able to accompany all of the queen candidates for what was supposed to be one day but turned out to be for the entire Elks Rodeo week-end! I knew then that I wanted to run for the Rodeo Queen title when I was old enough, and when that week-end was over John Glines told me that one day he would run my campaign too!
I feel honored to have been chosen by VTC Enterprises to represent them in the 74th Annual Santa Maria Elks Rodeo Queen Contest. VTC does so much for our community, working alongside individuals with disabilities to assist them in reaching their personal and work-related goals. For decades my grandparents Jim and Teresa Diani have been friends and supporters of VTC, sometimes visibly and often quietly. And now I am so happy to also be a part of this organization. I would like to especially thank my Mom, Melissa Diani-Parker, for her unwavering encouragement and support. I am also grateful to my sister Emily Parker, all of my wonderful family and friends, John Glines for being true to his word ten years later, and the entire VTC staff and individuals for their support and warm welcome into the VTC family.
The Dream Began 2007
In 2007, Madison’s parents bought her an opportunity to be “Princess for a Day”, with the Elks Rodeo Queen Candidates. She loved it so much that she dreamed of running for Elks Rodeo Queen someday and asked John Glines to promise to run her campaign. Promises were kept and dreams came true for Madison 10 years later as she became the 2017 Elks Rodeo Queen.
On behalf of the staff and clients of VTC and the entire Diani family we are honored to announce that with your overwhelming and generous support Madison Hall, on behalf of VTC, was crowned the 2017 Elks Rodeo Queen. Together we raised $290,000, the largest amount ever raised by a single organization during a Queen campaign.
VTC’s mission is “To assist youth and adults with disabilities or other limitations in choosing and achieving their life goals” and we have been so blessed to have experienced firsthand the generosity of so many with their time, effort and money to help VTC make a difference in the lives of those they serve.
Words escape us on how to express our sincere gratitude to everyone as we hope you are as blessed as much as we have been to be a part of such a giving community. A simple THANK YOU just doesn’t seem enough but please know that it comes from a sincerely grateful VTC and Diani family.
Congratulations Ashley Singh, 2016 Elks Rodeo Queen!!
My name is Ashley Singh and I am honored to be the 2016 rodeo queen candidate representing VTC Enterprises. I am 17 years old and am currently a junior at St. Joseph High School. I have prayed a lot for a chance like this to help make a difference in our world and my first step is making a difference in my community. VTC is a great organization that provides training in areas related to employment and daily living for adults with disabilities. I honestly couldn’t be more delighted to participate in this amazing opportunity to raise money for a great cause.
At age five I started riding horses and since then continued to grow more deeply in love with them. From English showing to western riding I have enjoyed all that I have learned. Recently I started teaching younger children how to care for and ride horses. As long as I could remember I enjoyed the Elks rodeo and always hoped and prayed that one day I would be a part of it. In 2013 my wonderful horse, Tahira Mar, and I had the amazing opportunity to be a sponsor flag carrier for the PCRA Pro Rodeo and again the following year carrying Mega 97.1.
I am beyond excited for this year’s campaign and I have so many friends and family to help back me up. My number one supporters are my parents John and Laura Singh. I have two younger sisters Chelsea (15) and Delanie (10). John Glines (Chairman), and the entire staff at VTC is my new extended family which I will always be grateful for. I sure couldn’t forget my amazing faithful friends from my youth group at Calvary Chapel Santa Maria. Their continued prayers are so encouraging.
Since my freshman year in high school, I have worked at Trattoria Uliveto in Orcutt and have grown so close to everyone who works there and they couldn’t me more excited to root me on!
After High School I plan to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and major in veterinarian science, specializing in Horse Chiropractic care. I will keep my faith and trust in God throughout this whole experience and I hope to be a great Christian role model to everyone around me. I couldn’t be more blessed to be chosen to represent VTC, so let’s get this “show on the road”.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Congratulations Taylor Glines, 2015 Elks Rodeo Queen!!
What an incredible campaign this young woman ran! In just under 2 months, Taylor raised $200,870 for VTC Enterprises! Wow!
Taylor is a seventh generation Santa Marian and dreamed of becoming the Elks Rodeo Queen since the age of five. She was thrilled to have VTC Enterprises as her sponsor and so grateful to have such a supportive family behind her, including her parents, John and Karrie Glines, grandparents, Jim and Kathy Glines, and her Aunt Anne.
Taylor currently attends Orcutt Academy High School where she maintains a 4.25 GPA and plays for the volleyball team. After high school, she plans to attend the University of Oregon where she hopes to earn her BA in business. Afterward, she plans on transferring to the University of Miami to earn her MS in ichthyology. She has been involved in 4-H for seven years, has raised six sheep and last year raised a heifer named Princess (how coincidental.) 4-H has taught her the value of hard work as well as leadership.
Taylor said, “I feel honored to have been chosen by VTC Enterprises to represent them in the 72nd Annual Elks Rodeo Queen Contest. VTC does so much for the community and I am looking forward to helping them raise money. They make such a difference in individuals’ lives, and I am so happy to be a part of their organization.
My wonderfully supportive family has been involved with the Elks Rodeo Queen Contest for years. My grandfather, Jim, was Elks Rodeo Queen Chairman for many years, and my dad was a campaign chairman for several campaigns, including mine this year. I remember how much fun I had as a little girl running around with my dad and past queen candidates in my little pink cowgirl boots and pink cowgirl hat with a tiara. People would always ask me what year I would eventually be running for Rodeo Queen, to which I cheerfully replied, “Two thousand and six-TEEN!” I am a year ahead of schedule; I just couldn’t wait any longer!”
Congratulations Johna Emerick 2014 Candidate!!
What an amazing young woman with an amazing heart. We are so proud of you. In 6 short weeks you raised $74,000 for VTC Enterprises!! Johna Emerick, 17, is a senior at Righetti High School and a lifelong resident of the Santa Maria Valley. Having a passion for large livestock, she has participated in 4-H working with sheep and cattle. Having been a teen leader and president of Los Amigos, Johna recently achieved Supreme Grand Champion with her replacement heifer and bull. Johna hopes to pursue her dream of becoming a large animal chiropractor.
“My family has always taught me that giving is better than receiving. Taking part in this event allows me to pay it forward,” she said.
Johna has an amazing team of family, friends, community, and corporate sponsors that backed her as she supported VTC Enterprises. Thank you to Johna Emerick and her amazing “Team Johna”. VTC is proud of OUR Queen and The Elks Rodeo First Runner Up, Johna Emerick.