Angus Foundation Honors Generous Supporters
By Kate Ryan
American Angus Association
Generous donors and supporters of the Angus Foundation were honored Nov. 2 at the annual Supporter Recognition Event hosted at the 2018 Angus Convention in Columbus, Ohio.
The Angus Foundation, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm of the American Angus Association®, has an extensive history of support for Angus education, youth and research for the Angus breed and the beef industry. The annual Supporter Recognition Event honored Angus Foundation supporters who have contributed $250 or more during the 2018 fiscal year.
“Angus Foundation-sponsored events, scholarships and programs have an impact on so many lives, and it wouldn’t be possible without the support from our generous donors,” said Milford Jenkins, Angus Foundation president. “I hope they feel a sense of reward being a part of something bigger than ourselves.”
The event, which was hosted by agricultural broadcasting legend Max Armstrong of “This Week in Agribusiness”, drew a crowd of more than 275 people. Those attendees enjoyed a delicious meal featuring the Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand.
Speakers included Angus Foundation Board Chairman James Coffey; Angus Foundation Director of Development Rod Schoenbine; Angus Foundation President Milford Jenkins; National Junior Angus Board (NJAB) Chairman Sydnee Gerken; and NJAB Angus Foundation Director Dawson Dal Porto.
The live auction, hosted by Col. Kevin Wendt, grossed an impressive $36,000 in general support for the Angus Foundation. The nine lots included: the 19,000,000th American Angus Association registration number, four granite pavers, a Lathrop Livestock Transportation package, a Henry “Big Boy” rifle, a Dorchester Plantation quail hunt and a Jorgensen Land & Cattle pheasant hunt package.
The Angus Foundation was 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 in outright cash gifts and gift-in-kind. Those individuals and families are:
Lifetime Angus Visionary - $500,000 - $999,999
Belle Point Ranch | McMahon Family | Lavaca, Arkansas
Lifetime Angus Leader - $250,000 - $499,999
Black Witch Farm | Wilma Minix | Athens, Georgia
Vintage Angus Ranch | Jim and Sue Coleman | Modesto, California
Lifetime Angus Builder - $100,000 - $249,999
Lylester Ranch, LLC | Dan and Patricia Vergith | Martell, Nebraska
Lifetime Angus Patron - $50,000 - $99,000
Iowa Angus Association
Oklahoma Angus Association
Missouri Angus Youth Development Committee
Lifetime Angus Platinum Benefactor - $25,000 - $49,999
American Angus Hall of Fame | Tom Burke | Smithville, Missouri
Ingram Angus, Orrin Ingram, Jason Upchurch and David Cagle, Pulaski, Tennessee
Lake View Angus | Rick Smith and Tari Hoagland | Mead, Colorado
Legacy Livestock Imaging | Charles and Heidi Anderson | Topeka, Kansas
Lazy F Ranch | Lance Fenton | Tyler, Texas
Macedon Farms | Gregg and Lile Blythe | Decatur, Alabama
To round out the evening’s festivities, two generous donations were made to the Angus Foundation. Curtis and Ann Long of Briarwood Angus Farms, Butler, Missouri, announced an outright unrestricted cash gift of $40,000, and the Ohio Junior Angus Association announced a $80,000 gift to the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) Endowment Fund.
“We had another successful Supporter Recognition Event at this year’s Angus Convention,” Coffey said. “It was a great event all the way around and really provided a great opportunity to recognize those people who have made substantial contributions to the Foundation.”