The 13th annual Curly’s Cowboy Christmas dinner and show was held on December 13 at the Ambassador Hotel in Victorville.
The event is a tribute to the memory of singer/songwriter Jim “Curly” Musgrave who passed away in 2009. The Academy of Western Artists (AWA) gave Curly the Will Rogers award for Male Vocalist of the Year and Entertainer in 2003.
Belinda Gail, a long-time singing partner of Curly’s, performed, along with cowboy singer Michael Fleming and cowboy poet Chris Issacs.
Some local characters on hand included members of the Double R Bar Regulators from Lucerne Valley, plus “Frankie Flash” Fiore, 85, of Victorville and “Gabby” of Oro Grande, who worked for the Roy Rogers’ family.
The event is held annually to raise funds for the Happy Trails Children’s Foundation, one of the charities supported by Roy Rogers, who lived by the same high standards and moral code he portrayed on screen where he had a more positive influence on the lives of boys and girls growing up in America in the 40’s and 50’s than any other single individual.
The Happy Trails Children’s Foundation houses up to 44 severely abused boys at the Cooper Home in Apple Valley.
If you would like to help the Happy Trails foundation, call (760) 240-3330 or visit the website www.happytrails.org. Donations payable to: Happy Trails Children’s Foundation may be mailed to: 10755 Apple Valley Road, Apple Valley, CA 92308.
To see more photos from this event go to: www.facebook.com/DesertNewsPost, click on “Photos” then on “Albums” and select “Curly’s Cowboy Christmas 2014”