The annual event is a fundraiser for the St. George Branch of AAUW’s College Scholarship Fund, one of the many educational programs AAUW supports throughout the year. During the luncheon guests are welcome to join in the Opportunity Drawing and Silent Auction for fabulous prizes! All proceeds from this spectacular event will benefit the AAUW College Scholarship Fund.
Ms. Rogers-Barnet will highlight one of her favorite books that she authored, Cowboy Princess. The book details her childhood experiences when her father was the King of the Cowboys and her mother was the Queen of the West. They were the idols of boys and girls everywhere who thrilled to their exploits in the movies or on TV and who grew up humming their theme son, "Happy Trails." The book looks back fondly on her life with her parents, whom she also idolized.
Cheryl Rogers Barnett is the adopted daughter of Roy Rogers and his first wife, Arline, who died of complications following childbirth when Cheryl was six years old. While on a personal appearance tour in Texas, Roy stopped off in Dallas and visited the babies at Hope Cottage. As Roy told it, all the babies in the nursery would cry whenever he leaned over their cribs and tickled them under the chin. All, that is, except Cheryl, who grasped his finger, smiled and cooed. He said it was love at first sight and he couldn't wait to take her home to Arline. A year following Arline's death, Roy married his co-star Dale Evans on New Year's Eve of 1947 and, as they say, the rest is history.
Rogers-Barnett has also contributed her time and talent to many worthwhile charitable groups. Along with Dale, Cheryl was a charter member of the parent organization of Childhelp USA, which after thirty years still leads the national battle against child abuse. Cheryl and her husband, Larry, live in Washington, Utah. They have seven grown children and 14 grandchildren.
Today, Cheryl keeps busy promoting her recently released book, The All-American Cowboy Grill, which she wrote with Ken Beck and Jim Clark. It contains new pictures and grilling recipes from “reel and real” cowboys, along with interesting facts about the old West. She also promotes her autobiography Cowboy Princess; Life with my Parents Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. She served on the Executive Committee of the Golden Boot Awards benefiting the Motion Picture and Television Foundation, and is on the board of directors of the Beverly and Jim Rogers Museum of Lone Pine Film History which opened June, 2006 in Lone Pine, California.