November 21, 2007


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Kelli Armbruster at or 816-383-5175



Angus Foundation Recognizes Supporters at Louisville Event


The Angus Foundation has announced that with $4,075,000 received in out-right cash gifts, pledges and planned giving commitments, it is steadily progressing toward its $11 million Vision of Value: Campaign for Angus fundraising goal.  The new amount, unveiled Nov. 10 at the Angus Foundation’s Supporter Recognition Event in Louisville, Ky., is the result of generous Angus breeders, allied industry interests and friends of the Angus breed wanting to help the Angus Foundation advance its mission of supporting the education, youth and research activities of the Angus industry.

Paul Hill, chairman of the Angus Foundation board of directors, and John Crouch, executive vice president, of the American Angus Association® welcomed supporters to the event.  Angus Foundation President Milford Jenkins introduced and recognized special guests and donors.

Jim and Sue Coleman of Vintage Angus Ranch, John and Margaret Downs of Southern Cattle Company, Frank and Belinda VanderSloot of Riverbend Ranch, Klaus and Bonnie Birkel of Camp Cooley Ranch and Bob Norton, President of BioZyme, Inc., were presented plaques for their respective gifts and pledges of $100,000 or more to the Angus Foundation this year.

Andrew Foster, vice chairman of the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA), thanked the Angus Foundation for its support of NJAA programs and encouraged those in attendance to continue to support the Angus Foundation in its fund raising efforts.  Foster noted that numerous NJAA activities are funded by the Angus Foundation.

Chairman of the campaign leadership cabinet, Howard Hillman updated the Angus Foundation supporters on the progress of Vision of Value: Campaign for Angus.  He highlighted the exciting growth the campaign has undergone this year as well as emphasizing the need to continually give and encouraged others to join in this effort.

“With your ongoing support, the Vision of Value: Campaign for Angus will continue to benefit everyone in the Angus industry, including breeders and commercial producers, friends of the breed and allied industry partners,” Hillman said.  “It is vital to the Angus breed to have the support that enables us to fund life-long education, exciting youth programs and cutting-edge research.”

The evening’s festivities ended with the auctioning of the Association’s 16 millionth registration number by auctioneer Col. Steve Dorran.  The number was purchased for $28,000 by Lawson Hembree, IV, of Sugar Hill Farms Inc., Fort Smith, Ark.  Before making his closing remarks, Paul Hill was recognized with a plaque for his four years of service as chairman of the Angus Foundation Board of Directors.

For more information about the Angus Foundation or ways you can contribute to the Vision of Value: Campaign for Angus, contact Milford Jenkins, president of the Angus Foundation, at 816-383-5100, or log on to