FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kicking Up Dust For Kids
Producer Benford Standley and his company Buffalo Benford Multimedia, LLC plan
to donate a percentage of the proceeds from the JR Projects LP and his Me and Merle Memoir to a non profit foundation that is now being set up to go online October of 2019. Kicking Up Dust For Kids, Inc. (KUD4KIDS) is to be a non-profit organized to distribute funds to several national and state programs presently working to help Runaway, Throwaway, Missing and Homeless Children and Youth in the streets of these
United States of America. We are happy to have the Roy Maas' Youth Alternatives
in San Antonio be the first recipient of a percentage of the proceeds from the Wild West
Runaway Train show at the Majestic and we are going to do all we can to send millions
of people to their website to volunteer or donate, and just know they are there on the
front lines helping children here in the city of San Antonio. RYMA is a model program
and San Antonio and the State of Texas should look for ideas to develop in your own
SOON WE WILL BE ADDING MORE NAMES FOR SOME OF OUR CHARITIES
that will be part of the WILD WEST RUNAWAY TRAIN MEDICINE SHOW AND
MOVING PICTURE PREVIEW NOVEMBER 17, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. If
you see their links just click and go to their sites and donate money or goods
November 16, 2019
Gunter Hotel in San Antonio
We are planning a Mini-Symposium on
the State and Fate of Children and Youth
and will stream live and virtually live
globally and online until April 6, 2020.
LOOKING FOR SPEAKERS AND
PEOPLE FOR PANELS
Be part of the Symposium
Attend the Symposium
email for more Information
Reason and tie-in to the JR Saga documentary is 1. Jimmie Rodgers was a runaway. He
ran away from home with a medicine show at 13 years old. 2. My friend and partner Merle
Haggard began hopping freights as a boy and first time to run away he was 11, then Merle
and a friend ran away to Texas when he was 14, then spent most of his teen years running
away and escaping, in fact he had 17 escapes from California Youth Authority Detention
Centers...all leading to his being placed at the age of 21 in San Quinton Prison.
3rd. Benford has written 3 books on the state and fate of children in the US, he co-wrote
the first legislation in the state of Texas to help Runaway Kids, and was part of the creation
and marketing of the Runaway Hotline run out of the Texas Governor's office and a National
800-number offering help to runaways in the streets of the Nation. Benford has worked with
a number of state and National organizations over the years, done countless benefits for
these kids in need, worked with some of the top people in the Nation on a Symposium he
produced on runaways and troubled youth. And he has worked with the Texas Rangers, U.S.
Justice Depart, the F.B.I., John Walsh founder of the National Ct. for Missing and Exploited
Children and is doing a rewrite on his 3rd book on the state and fate of children in the U.S.
Some Ran East...Some Ran West: They're All Running Around in the Cuckoo's Nest.
1983 Benford worked with Houston"s Senator Carlos Truan to write SCR 114, creating a
special interim committee to study the problem of homeless or runaway youths in Texas;
and directing the committee to make a complete report, including finding and recommend-
ations and drafts of any legislation deemed necessary, to the 69th Legislature and including
sexual abuse and child pornography, and helped with the Runaway Hotline back when
After Merle and Benford spent a few days filming Merle talking about the days as a troubled
and runaway youth, Benford went over and sat in the chair next to Merle's rocking chair in
his living room out on his ranch and told him about his many years working with the concerns
of these kids and working on many projects to help these kids, and how he thought it was
such an irony that me and Merle were connecting on this level. Merle got close to Benford
looking deep and hard at him and said, "This is why we met...we can help these kids."
November is National
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RMYA created brighter furthers for children
in crisis by promoting individual success
and healthy relationships in a safe, healing environment, giving children and families
the tools to end the cycle of abuse.
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TO MORE AREA YOUTH
Merle and Benford at the Greek in Hollywood
Merle and I had a strong conviction to
keep working on this great train story
until we hit gold, then we would load
it with the booty and ride the red
carpets while we help runaways.
If you are interested in
Sponsorship Info email
Also email us if you are interested
in being part of the
Symposium on the
State & Fate of Youth
at the Gunter Hotel
Ninety years ago in 1929 all seats for the grand opening of the new Majestic Theater were reserved
and ticket prices ranged from $2 to $10. Proceeds were donated to the Children’s Hospital Fund of the
San Antonio Junior League and to Ella Austin Orphans Home. In this same spirit we are working with
some entities in San Antonio that work with Runaway/Homeless/Missing Children and Youth and will
be announcing them very soon.
ALSO, IN THE SPIRIT OF GIVING THE STORY OF JIMMIE AND WILL RODGERS SAVING
THE RED CROSS FROM BANKRUPTCY IS A STORY TO BE TOLD... AND WE WILL...
Benford and a bunch of his friends
have done what they can do to try
and stem the tide of the Runaway,
Homeless, Missing, Throwaway
Children and Youth of the USA
that hurt and suffer in the streets.
We call on the Governments,
and you...to help.
Jimmie Rodgers and Will Rogers