Angus Foundation Supporters 'Light the Way'
Supporter Recognition Event in Kansas City celebrates donors who have forged the way for Angus youth, education and research.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Nov. 3, 2014) — The Angus Foundation would like to thank those who attended its 2014 Supporter Recognition Event hosted Nov. 3 at the Hilton Hotel Kansas City Airport in conjunction with the first-ever Angus Means Business National Convention & Trade Show. Themed "Lighting the Way," the event honored Angus Foundation supporters who have contributed $250 or more during the past fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2013-Sept. 30, 2014).
“This wonderful event is our way of saying thank you to our supporters,” says Milford Jenkins, Angus Foundation president. “These are just a few who enable the Angus Foundation to be successful, and in turn, advance the Angus breed for years to come. Their giving allows us to invest in our mission of education, youth and research. They are shining a light for the Angus breed!”
More than 250 attendees listened to emcees Cory Watt, Iva, S.C., chairman of the National Junior Angus Board (NJAB); Will Fiske, Greenville, Va., foundation director of the NJAB; and Scott Foster, Niles, Mich., chairman of the Angus Foundation Board of Directors.
Highlights of the event included recognizing, posthumously, Thomas and Catherine Chambers of Chamber Angus, Ontario, Ore., as Angus Leaders who contributed $250,000 or more during the fiscal year. Wilma Minix of Black Witch Farm, Athens, Ga.; Robert Funk of Express Ranches, Yukon, Okla.; and Charles W. and Judy Herbster of Herbster Angus Farms, Falls City, Neb., were honoredas Angus Builders who contributed $100,000 or more during the fiscal year.
Additional highlights from the evening included a special presentation to the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) Steer Carcass Contest winners, and recognition of Chairman Foster for his service and leadership on the Angus Foundation Board of Directors.
Because of the generosity of its dedicated supporters, the Angus Foundation announced a new fiscal year total revenue record of more than $2.4 million.
Featured for the second year was the introduction of the Angus Foundation’s Lifetime Giving Recognition Program, recognizing supporters with accumulative giving of $25,000 or more since the organization’s inception in 1980.
Those recognized as Angus Platinum Benefactor were Robert and Hollyce Neumeyer of Jaynbee Ranch, Bonners Ferry, Idaho; American Live Stock Insurance, Geneva, Ill.; Texas Angus Auxiliary; and Sysco Newport Meat Co., Irvine, Calif. Recognized as Angus Patrons were Bill and Betty Werner of Werner Angus, Cordova, Ill.; and Trans Ova Genetics, Sioux Center, Iowa.
Angus Builders recognized were Wilma Minix of Black Witch Farms, Athens, Ga.; Tom and Lois Ames of Spruce Mountain Ranch LLC, Larkspur, Colo.; Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB), Wooster, Ohio; and Dwight “Kip” Palmer of Palmer Foods Service/G&C Foods, Syracuse, N.Y.
Angus Leader recognition included Robert Funk of Express Ranches, Yukon, Okla. Lastly, Thomas and Catherine Chambers of Chamber Angus, Ontario, Ore., were recognized posthumously at the Angus Visionary level.
In a special presentation through the Angus Foundation’s planned giving program, Angus Legacy Society, Joe and Susanne Bush of J&S Ranch, Gatesville, Texas, announced the Angus Foundation as their primary charitable beneficiary of their estate, formally bequeathing their ranch and other significant assets to the Angus Foundation. Proceeds will establish the Joseph and Susanne Bush/J&S Ranch Scholarship and Junior Activities Endowment Fund, supporting Angus youth undergraduate scholarships and junior activities.
To conclude the event, the Angus Foundation auctioned the Building an Angus Legacy final No. 4, limited-edition granite planter. Purchased for $32,000 by Dr. Curtis and Ann Long of Briarwood Angus Farms, Butler, Mo., the exquisite engraved planter is beautifully displayed at the entrance of the American Angus Association® headquarters building at Saint Joseph, Mo.
Doug and Sharon Stevenson of Basin Angus, Joliet, Mont., purchased the final wall paver for $8,000. It is also displayed at the entrance.
For more news from the Angus Means Business National Convention & Trade Show, visit www.angusconvention.com. Tune in to The Angus Report at 7:30 a.m. CDT Monday Nov. 17 for full coverage on RFD-TV.
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ABOUT THE ANGUS FOUNDATION. Established in 1980 as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization to support Angus education, youth and research. To learn more about the Angus Foundation and the programs it supports, call the Angus Foundation at 816-383-5100 or go to www.angusfoundation.org.
ANGUS MEANS BUSINESS. The American Angus Association is the nation’s largest beef breed organization, serving nearly 25,000 members across the United States and Canada. It provides programs and services to farmers, ranchers and others who rely on the power of Angus to produce quality genetics for the beef industry and quality beef for consumers. For more information about Angus cattle and the 2014 convention, visit www.angus.org.