Scottsdale’s Rockin’ West Fest to benefit Joe Niekro Foundation

R & R Ranch Productions has announced plans for the Scottsdale Rockin’ West Fest Western Show & Concert to be held 10 a.m.-10 p.m. March 28 at the Pinnacle Peak Patio Steakhouse & Microbrewery in Scottsdale.

A portion of the proceeds from the event, sponsored by Rex and Robin Hardin, will be donated to the Joe Niekro Foundation to help fund Arizona aftercare programs for aneurysm, stroke, and AVM patients.

The event will feature entertainment for the entire family at one of Scottsdale’s most iconic western venues, including Western music, Western film and television celebrities, cowboy poetry, action-packed events, and exhibitors selling unique Western merchandise.

Both live and silent auctions will also be featured.

A special salute to actor Peter Brown will be held at the event. Among the celebrities in attendance will be actors Bruce Boxleitner and Martin Kove, Golden Boot and Western Heritage Award Winner Lincoln Lageson, actor and voice-over artist Paul Pape, and western writer and historian Phil Spangenberger.

“December 15, 2007, was the day that changed my life,” says Robin Hardin, who suffered a brain aneurysm on that day.

“When I arrived at the hospital, the prognosis was grave and the doctors suggested that my family come immediately to say good bye.”

Despite that, thanks to excellent medical care at St. Joseph’s Barrow Neurological Institute, her will to fight, and the determination of her husband Rex, Robin survived.

“Thanks to the doctors at Barrows and excellent aftercare, Robin has recovered many of the skills lost as a result of the aneurysm,” says Rex Hardin, explaining that aftercare Robin received was a critical part of her road to success.

Today, the couple’s goal is to raise funds to help aneurysm and AVM (Arteriovenous Malformation) survivors with that aftercare in Arizona through the Joe Niekro Foundation.

Sponsorships for the event are available by contacting Rex Hardin. Tickets to the event will be available at the door or can be purchased in advance through the Foundation at

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