Sort 4 the Cause raises $102k for charity

A rider chases down cattle to make sure they go into the next pen in numerical order. The Sort 4 the Cause event raised $102,000 for 3 local charities: Heartlinks, Wellness House and Children’s Wishes & Dreams. Each charity will receive $34,000.

The tenth annual Sort 4 the Cause drew a record number of entries this year with more than 800 two-man ranch sorting teams over the course of the three-day event.

Riders came to participate in the Sunnyside cancer fundraiser from all over the country.

In addition to sorting cattle there was also a moment of silence for those that have been lost to cancer.

The event raised a total of $102,000 to benefit three Lower Yakima Valley charities on June 18-20 at Specks Arena.

Last year’s event was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but still raised $15,000 bringing the grand total to $540,000.

This year’s beneficiaries include Heartlinks Hospice & Palliative Care, Children’s Wishes & Dreams and Wellness House. Each group received a check for $34,000.

The ranch sorting sport evolved from general cattle farm work. Separating or cutting cows and driving them into pens that pits a team of two riders on horseback against the clock, while keeping the wrong numbered cattle back.

Job Wise can be contacted at 509-837-4500, ext. 116 or email

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