Bill Broady Watches Oklahomans Raise $60K for All American Beef BattalionMon, 15 Dec 2014 19:28:54 CST
The All American Beef Battalion received its largest donation in the organization's history in Oklahoma City Monday. For the fifth straight year a special calf auction was held at the Oklahoma National Stockyards. All American Beef Battalion Founder Bill Broady of Ashland, Kansas watched as Oklahomans raised over $60-thousand dollars for the cause.
"It's phenomenal, its the largest amount ever raised in any single function for us," Broady said. "The generosity of Oklahoma Cattlemen is just, is just......I'm speechless, I'm speechless."
Radio Oklahoma Network Farm Director Ron Hays interviewed Broady at the Oklahoma National Stockyards. Click or tap on the LISTEN BAR below to listen to the full interview.
Each year the support of the National Livestock Credit Corporation, affiliated companies and cattlemen continue to show their support for the troops. National's involvement over the past four years has helped raise over $160 - thousand dollars from the annual auction of a calf each December. The 2015 calf was donated by 3C Cattle Feeders and the Clyde Runyan family of Mill Creek, Oklahoma. Broady said 100 percent of the money raised goes toward the mission of showing appreciation and respect for the Armed Forces Military Service members. Part of the Battalion's mission is to organize and sponsor steak feeds, entertainment, programs and projects for service members and their families.
The All American Beef Battalion was developed about six and half years ago by Broady, a Vietnam Veteran. One day he saw the mainstream media talking negatively about the nation's troops overseas. Broady said it was reminiscent of how he was treated when he came from Vietnam and decided he wanted to help. Being a lifelong cattlemen, he choose to provide steaks for troops.
"There's no better thing to feed a man than a good rib eye steak." Broady said.
In the past six years the All American Beef Battalion has fed more a quarter million service members in 21 states from Washington, California, Idaho, Virginia, Georgia, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico and Montana. Broad said they try to go where ever they are requested, but they get more calls than have resources. Earlier this month they have feed troops in Colorado, Texas and Missouri and on December 22nd they will cooking for troops in Fort Benning in Georgia. Broady said every where they travel the troops are very appreciative of the gesture.
"They are shocked that people care this much to do it for them," Broad said. "They're thanking us when we're trying to thank them."
Anyone may support this effort by calling 800-310-0220 and speaking with Debbie Wedel. You may also visit the All American Beef Battalion website by clicking here and make your donation by PayPal.
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