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      Homer's Backyard Ball works to carry on tradition

      It may have been 99 degrees outside, but hundreds of people were eager to attend the 16 annual Homer's Backyard Ball.

      "Homer's Backyard got started in 1997, in my backyard," said Ball Founder Travis Homer. "It was just a few friends getting together and over the years it kept getting bigger and bigger. We started our own foundation last year to give more to the community and to kids' organizations."

      Homer's has transformed from a backyard party into a fundraiser.

      The Make-A-Wish foundation has been the recipient of thousands of dollars generated by Homer's. The event continues to grow, and is now a foundation that can help multiple child organizations.

      "The community reaction to homers is phenomenal," said Homer. "They love coming out, and enjoying it. They love giving to Homer's. They see our vision and want to be part of it."

      Near 100 community sponsors donated money and resources to support that vision, making the Backyard Ball the, place to be.

      "It's the only thing Amarillo has like this," said Backyard Ball Performer Buster Bledsoe. "They can get 10 or 12 bands together, and hear some new music, hear different music and hear different genres within the texas country scene. The money does to a great cause."

      60 acres of land, live music and great food will be waiting for you year after year.

      "It's just a fun place to be in absolutely something we should all be proud of hear in the Texas panhandle," said Budweiser Cooking Team Member Randy Whipple. "We've got such a big event that does great things for people all around the panhandle, it's that panhandle spirit!"

      After last year's event, a 50,000 dollar check was donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation,

      This year, they're hoping to raise enough money to donate to Shriners Hospital for Children, as well as other organizations.