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Golden Boot Awards honors Westerners

Event dedicated to Moore

Tom Berenger, Robert Stack, Melissa Gilbert, L.Q. Jones, Donna Hall and Howard W. Koch lassoed Golden Boot Awards at the 18th annual ceremony Saturday night at the BevHilton. Event honors those involved in making film and TV Westerns.

Dale Evans received the Founder’s Award for her important professional and humanitarian contributions. The cowboy and cowgirl-studded affair, which also included a live and silent auction, dinner and performances of Western film songs, was dedicated to Clayton Moore, who died in December.

Berenger said that he “likes Westerns because you can ride horses and there are no scenes with telephones or television sets.” He ranked “Shane” and “Hud” as his favorite films of the genre.

Ernest Borgnine, a presenter at the festivities and past Golden Boot recipient, said, “It is a shame no one’s making cowboy pictures anymore. They’re good, moral pictures.”

Stack agreed. “I grew up on Westerns. I’m a traditionalist. Westerns are a wish to go back to a simpler time.”

Hall, a stuntwoman for gunslinging cowgirls like Debbie Reynolds, happily said, “I feel very fortunate. It has been a wonderful life.”

Since 1982, these awards have contributed more than $2.5 million dollars to the Motion Picture & Television Fund. Ken Scherer, CEO of the Fund, smiled and explained that “each year, we give charitable contributions because we love the Western genre and believe that old cowboys never die.”

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