To recognize women of courage, resilience and independence, Fort Worth’s own National Cowgirl Museum will induct five women into its Hall of Fame on Nov. 21.
Honorees at the 42nd annual luncheon will be country-music legend Reba McEntire and her mother and public education advocate, Jacqueline Smith McEntire; world champion barrel-racer Mary Burger; contemporary painter and advocate for women and children around the world, Ashley Collins; and Margaret McGinley Dickens, a co-founder of Wings of Hope Equitherapy who pioneered the use of horses to heal people with disabilities.
Additionally, the group will award the Gloria Lupton Tennison Pioneer Award to Ann Romney, wife of former Massachusetts Governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The award recognizes individuals who have pioneered new approaches to public service. An accomplished equestrienne, Romney has been a strong advocate for fundraising and awareness of multiple sclerosis, including the therapeutic use of horseback riding to treat the disease. (She was diagnosed with MS in 1998.) As a global ambassador for the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, she represents research that inspires hope in over 50 million people who suffer from MS, Alzheimer’s, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and brain tumors.
The luncheon starts at 11 a.m. at Will Rogers Memorial Center and will also feature the opportunity to shop for Western clothing, accessories and gifts. More information on the museum, the honorees and the event can be found at www.cowgirl.net.