Angus Foundation Wraps Up 2013 Donor Recognition Event

Nov. 17, 2013




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Angus Foundation Wraps Up 2013 Donor Recognition Event

The annual event held Nov. 16, featured gift announcements and donor recognition.


The Angus Foundation would like to thank all who attended its 2013 Donor Recognition Event. Themed, “Rooted in the Future,” the event honored all Angus Foundation supporters who have contributed $250 or more during the past fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2012 – Sept. 30, 2013). The event was hosted Nov. 16 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, Ky., in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE).

“It’s our pleasure to offer this wonderful event that enables us to convey our heartfelt gratitude to our generous financial supporters,” says Milford Jenkins, Angus Foundation president. “Through their charitable gifts, these benefactors and hundreds of others, are making an immeasurable difference in the lives of Angus breeders and our youth across the country. We believe this year’s theme, “Rooted in the Future,” appropriately captures the spirit of our organization’s tireless efforts to help our members advance their Angus herds, the Angus breed, and the beef cattle industry that is our livelihood!”

Nearly 300 attendees listened to emcees Jacy Alsup, Gravette, Ark., chairman of the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) Board of Directors; Lucas Nord, Wolverton, Minn., foundation director of the NJAA Board of Directors; and Angus Foundation Board of Directors Chairman John Elbert Harrell of Opelika, Ala.

Highlights of the event included recognizing Camron “Cam” Cooper of The Talon Ranch, Twin Bridges, Mont.; Jerry and Sharon Connealy of Connealy Angus, Whitman, Neb.; Charles and Judy Herbster of Herbster Angus Farms, Falls City, Neb.; and the 2012 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS). These honorees are considered “Angus Builder” donors with contributions of cash, gifts-in-kind, etc., totaling more than $100,000 during the fiscal year. Other  highlights included a special presentation to NJAS Steer Carcass Contest winners and recognition of Harrell for his service and leadership on the Angus Foundation Board of Directors during the past year.

In addition, the Angus Foundation announced a new fiscal year total revenue record of $2,316,079!

Jenkins also announced the Thomas and Catherine Chambers Estate of Ontario, Ore.,  gift of more than $700,000 to the Angus Foundation in support of Angus youth activities and scholarships through the Thomas and Catherine Chambers Endowment Fund.

A new feature of this year’s event was the introduction of the Angus Foundation’s Lifetime Giving Recognition Program recognizing supporters with accumulative giving of $25,000 or more in outright cash gifts, sale proceeds of gift-in-kind and planned giving commitments since the organization’s inception in 1980. A complete list of these special VIP supporters can be found in the Angus Foundation’s 2013 Annual Report on the organization’s website, 

To conclude the event, the Angus Foundation auctioned the “Building an Angus Legacy” Limited Edition No. 3 granite planter. Purchased for $19,500 by Bob and Cathy Watkins of Watertown, Ind., the exquisite engraved planter will be placed at the entrance of the American Angus Association headquarters building at St. Joseph, Mo.


About the Angus Foundation

The Angus Foundation was 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 American Angus Association® at 816-383-5100 or go to


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, Canada and several other countries. It’s home to an extensive breed registry that grows by nearly 300,000 animals each year. The Association also provides programs and services to farmers, ranchers and others who rely on Angus to produce quality genetics for the beef industry and quality beef for consumers.

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