Angus Foundation: Champions Youth, Education & Research
By Sarah Hill
For more than 35 years, the Angus Foundation, the not-for-profit arm of the American Angus Association, has championed the causes of youth, education and research for the Angus breed and beef industry as a whole.
The Angus Foundation celebrated its many generous donors and accomplishments for 2016 at the annual Supporter Recognition Event, hosted Nov. 4 at the Marriott in Indianapolis, Ind., prior to the start of the 2016 Angus Convention.
The evening event honored Angus Foundation supporters who have contributed $250 or more during the past fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2015 – Sept. 30, 2016).
“We have made great strides in advancing the Angus breed thanks to those who have served as champions for our organization,” says Milford Jenkins, Angus Foundation president. “We’re truly grateful for those champions’ continued support over the past 36 years.”
More than 300 attendees enjoyed a delicious meal featuring the Certified Angus Beef® (CAB®) brand, while the following emcees led the evening’s festivities: National Junior Angus Board (NJAB) Chairman Macy Perry, Prather, Calif.; NJAB Foundation Director Braden Henricks, Anadarko, Okla.; and Angus Foundation Board Chairman Leo McDonnell, Jr., Columbus, Mont.
“Looking back at the numerous champions the Angus Foundation has involved since its inception is a testament to our members and their will to give back and ability to look to the future,” McDonnell says. “The champions of the Angus Foundation are evident throughout our Angus membership: the junior who excels in scholastics, the breeder who benefits from our progressive research programs and the member who becomes more active by taking part in one of the Association’s many educational programs.”
During the event, tribute was given to the late David McMahon, one of the first champions of the Angus Foundation.
“David McMahon, Sr., was truly a champion of the Angus breed, the Angus Foundation and especially Angus youth — a cause that inspired him to give of his time, talents and treasure,” Jenkins says. “It’s impossible to measure the philanthropic impact McMahon has had on the Angus Foundation’s progress over the years.”
Honoring Angus Champions
The Angus Foundation auctioned the original artwork, “Concerned Mothers” by nationally renowned Western artist Brian Asher, Snyder, Texas. The final bid of $12,000 went to Whitestone Farm, Aldie, Va. The funds will benefit the Angus Foundation’s education, youth and research initiatives.
The Angus Foundation was also proud to honor Lifetime Giving Supporters for their continued investment in the Angus breed. The individuals and families recognized have, over the lifetime of the Angus Foundation, contributed an accumulative $25,000 or more.
One distinguished Angus breeder has reached the level of Angus Visionary, having contributed an accumulative $500,000-$999,000: Charles W. and Judy Herbster, Herbster Angus Farms, Falls City, Neb.
Angus Builders, who contributed $100,000 or more during the fiscal year, were: Lawson and Debbie Hembree, Sugar Hill Farms, Inc., Fort Smith, Ark.; and Kelly and Martie Jo Schaff, Schaff Angus Valley, St. Anthony, N.D.
Honored as Angus Patrons for donations more than $50,000, were Howard and JoAnne Hillman, Sioux Falls, S.D., and Sysco Corporation, Houston, Texas.
Roy and Karen Jones, Jones & Gilliam Angus, L.P., Gainesville, Mo., were also recognized as Angus Patrons. In 2006, the Jones had anonymously donated $50,000 to the Missouri Angus Association Scholarship Endowment Fund contingent on the Missouri Angus Association raising $50,000 by December 31, 2006 — a goal that Missouri Angus breeders met. Today, this scholarship fund stands at more than $225,000. Earlier this year, the Jones’ decided to publicly endorse the Angus Foundation, looking to inspire other Angus breeders to give to the Angus Foundation.
The lifetime Angus Benefactors, reaching $25,000, were: John Ames, Whispering Pines Cattle Co., LLC, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Terry Bailey and James Butler, High Roller Angus, Center, Texas; Ronald Hansen and Thomas Hansen, Oliver A. Hansen Family, Durant, Iowa; Milford and Peggy Jenkins, St. Joseph, Mo.; Dave and Phyllis Nichols, Nichols Farms, Ltd., Bridgewater, Iowa; Barry and Roxanne Pollard, Pollard Farms, LLC, Enid, Okla.; Allan and Cecelia Teixeira, John and Heather Texeira, Texeira Cattle Company, Pismo Beach, Calif.; Bob and Cathy Watkins, Beaver Ridge Farm, Middletown, Ind.; Dan and Staci Wilks and Farris and JoAnn Wilks, Wilks Ranch, Cisco, Texas; and Zoetis, Parsippany, N.J.
“We sincerely thank our generous supporters for being champions for the causes of Angus youth, education and research,” Jenkins says. “Because of these champions, the Angus Foundation can make a lasting positive impact on the Angus and beef industries.”
Additional highlights from the evening included a special presentation to the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) Steer Carcass Contest winners and recognition of Chairman McDonnell for his service and leadership on the Angus Foundation Board of Directors.
For more news from the Angus Convention, tune in for The Angus Report the week of Nov. 21 on RFD-TV. The 30-minute news program airs at 7:30 a.m. CST Monday and 1:30 p.m. CST each Saturday on RFD-TV.
Online summaries, speaker presentations, photos, videos and much more can be found online at www.angus.media.
About the Angus Foundation
Established as a 501(c)(3) organization in 1980, the Angus Foundation remains focused on its mission to support Angus education, youth and research. The organization has presented more than $2.4 million in youth scholarships since 1998, and has also invested more than $1 million in beef cattle research throughout the past decade.
For more information, contact the Angus Foundation at 816-383-5100 or visit www.angusfoundation.org.
ANGUS MEANS BUSINESS. The American Angus Association is the nation’s largest beef breed organization, serving more than 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 American Angus Association’s programs and services, visit www.angus.org.