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186 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 1 9 Terry Pershall has pledged proceeds of his 2nd Annual Encuentro de Vaqueros trail ride in April 2019 to Sean Tucker's Bob Hoover Academy. "I'm as big a supporter of Sean as I can be," he says. Photo: Kelli Uldall hurts before you spend other people's." The program costs roughly $250,000 annually. "But what's a life worth?" Tucker asks. "How much does it cost to keep a kid incarcerated? Alternatively, we're helping create motivated, proud, productive citizens." To aid in fundraising, Tucker has been lucky enough to have friends who believe in his mission. His friend, actor and avid pilot Harrison Ford came to Salinas recently to address the students. "He was overwhelmed with emotion," recalls Tucker. "As a result of his experience with the kids, he's really helped in fundraising." Predictably, aid has come from another buddy, Terry Pershall. Pershall recently resurrected a decades-long tradition: a men's trail ride that benefitted Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, naming it Encuentro de Vaqueros ("meeting of cowboys"). This past April marked the ride's 30th year and the second under its new banner. "We get guys from all over," Pershall says. "Ranchers, businessmen, pro- fessionals. We have a great time, chase cattle around the corral and just have fun for the weekend. And it's all for a good cause." This year, one of the beneficiaries is the Bob Hoover Academy. "Sean and I both have a calling to give back and help the community," Pershall says. "There's a lot of trust between us. He can call me from anywhere and I'd be there to help him if he needs it." Clearly, Pershall has answered Tucker's call. "At the Academy, they're sav- ing lives one kid at a time," he says. Tucker adds, "I'm convinced that this is some of the most important work I'll do in my life." For a man of his accomplishments, that's saying quite a lot. For more information on both organizations, visit bobhooveracademy.org and encuentrodevaqueros.com. The program costs roughly $250,000 annually. "But what's a life worth?" Tucker asks. "How much does it cost to keep a kid incarcerated? Alternatively, we're helping create motivated, proud, productive citizens."

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