Fundraiser Continues to Gain Support for All American Beef BattalionTue, 16 Dec 2014 12:14:09 CST
It's a concept that is done from time to time, taking something and auctioning it. Then basically giving it back so it can be auctioned again, again and sometimes again. It's been successful through the years, but perhaps Robert York with National Livestock Credit Corporation has actually perfected the art of a donated calf being auctioned and re-auctioned. They have done it five years now each December at the Oklahoma National Stockyards. This year's event was held Monday with great success raising over 61 - thousand dollars for the All American Beef Battalion. This was largest single donation to the cause. Radio Oklahoma Network Farm Director Ron Hays interviewed York on the Beef Buzz feature. Click or tap on the LISTEN BAR below to listen to today's Beef Buzz.
The fundraiser for the All American Beef Battalion began five years ago when Founder Bill Broady approached York. Several livestock sale barns had held similar auctions across the country. Broady thought Oklahoma City would be ideal location to hold a fundraiser. York said everyone at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and commission firms were supportive of the idea and the first auction was held. The first Oklahoma City fundraiser raised almost $30 - thousand dollars, more than double what York expected the auction would raise. Since its inception the local event has raised over $200 - thousand dollars for the All American Beef Battalion. York said each year the fundraiser continues to gain momentum and this year is been a wonderful year for everybody and everyone was feeling very generous.
The funds raised in through the auction will go toward the All American Beef Battalion's mission of showing appreciation and respect for the Armed Forces Military Service members. In the past six years the Beef Battalion has fed more than 250 - thousand service members in 21 states. York commended the effort to support service members and their families.
"Their heart is in the right place and they work tirelessly and take their own time and do it on a volunteer basis," York said. "I have meet with several of them at feeds that we have been to and they are just the most genuine, caring people that there are."
York himself has participated in some of these steak feeds. He has found the soldiers to be very gracious and they often thank the Beef Battalion, thank those that served and he has even been thanked. He said its really the soldiers that need to be thanked. While York didn't serve in the military himself, he has family members who have served.
"I just have great respect for people in law enforcement, for our soldiers, for those people who go out and put their lives on the line everyday," York said. "All of the sacrifices that they make and sacrifices actually that I have never been asked to make, so it just means a lot to me."
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