Sale raises over $56K for National Junior Shorthorn Show
More than $56,000 was raised for the National Junior Shorthorn Show during the inaugural Leading a Legacy Fundraiser held at Sullivan Farms near Dunlap, Iowa, on Oct. 6. The evening festivities began with a prime rib dinner, followed by the item auction that started with a bid-off of the first Shorthorn Foundation Female, TSF Mona Lisa, donated by Terry Stade Farms, Inc. of Shakopee, Minn. A group of avid youth supporters purchased the female for $26,550, which they donated back for the auction and was purchased again by Steve Oler of Economy, Ind., for $7,000.
Lots following the Foundation Female continued to receive active bids. Other popular items from the sale included the Sullivan Supply/Stock Show University package offered by Sullivan Supply and purchased by Fred Ripberger, Sidell, Ill., for $2,100. The Great Shorthorn Revival Consignors, Beaverton, Mich., purchased a Live Auctions stream offered by Brad Fahrmeier also for $2,100. Sale lots offering packages to sporting events and certificates for show feed created a lot of interest for those in attendance as well.
Immediately following the auction, a "Casino Night" began that consisted of four blackjack tables along with tables for craps, roulette and Texas Hold'em. Juniors and adults could participate by purchasing a bag of chips from an AJSA Board Member to get started. After a couple hours of play, those who had earned chips could put those toward purchasing prizes at the conclusion of the evening.
Fundraising Chairman Joseph O'Sullivan is very appreciative of all the support the event received in its first year.
"I would like to thank everyone who made the inaugural Leading a Legacy Sale a phenomenal success," said O'Sullivan. "The rest of the junior board and I would like to particularly express our gratitude to John Sullivan for donating the facilities for us to use along with the meal, Terry Stade Farms for donating the first foundation heifer, Fred Ripberger for facilitating the syndicate that purchased her and each and every one of our sponsors who donated as well as our buyers who purchased the lots."
O'Sullivan added, "Also thanks to dad (Frank Sullivan) for donating your time and expertise as our auctioneer and the awesome ring assistance for their addition to the excitement of the event."
The 2013 National Junior Shorthorn Show & Youth Conference will be held June 24 to 29 in Des Moines, Iowa.
The mission of the ASA is to contribute to the profitability and quality of life of its members and their customers by maintaining, protecting the vulnerability and enhancing the value of the herd book and performance database for Shorthorn cattle. The ASA is headquartered in Omaha, Neb., and was founded in 1872 with herd book records going back to 1822. As one of the oldest American breed associations, the ASA provides services for more than 6,000 junior and senior members who register nearly 15,000 cattle annually. The American Junior Shorthorn Association promotes personal development through youth activities and educational events. The AJSA is dedicated to the betterment of its members, promotes valuable skills, and fosters friendships that will last a lifetime. To learn more, contact the ASA office or visit www.shorthorn.org.