Wrangling for the disabled

Emily Sides

The Texas Wranglers were joined by more than 400 volunteers for the 13th annual City Wide Hold Up on Saturday where they panhandled on about 25 street corners in Austin. The event is the largest single-day service project in Austin.

University Federal Credit Union is still counting the estimated $4,000 in coins and $11,000 in cash. While the final total will probably not be released until Tuesday, event organizer finance and business honors junior Frank Eldredge said he expected the groups’ efforts to raise about $25,000. All of the proceeds will be donated to Easter Seals Central Texas, which uses most of the money to care for more than 3,000 children and adults with disabilities in Central Texas.

“I’m ecstatic,” said Eldredge. “It’s always nerve-racking when you have this big event and you don’t know if Austin is going to respond, and they did.”

Texas Lassos, Kappa Delta and Orange Jackets also participated.