September 16, 2008


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“That Old West Magic” Grosses More than $345,000 to Benefit the Angus Foundation


That Old West Magic Gala and Auction, hosted by Bob Funk of Express Ranches on Aug. 30, raised more than $345,000 in gross income to support the Angus Foundation’s education, youth and research activities.

Held at the prestigious National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Okla., the magical night drew more than 400 Angus supporters from across the country who gathered to partake in fine dining, western art and culture, and a live and silent auction.

“I’m honored to welcome you to this beautiful venue,” Funk said to event attendees. “With your support tonight, we will advance the future of the Angus breed by increasing the funds available to the Foundation’s education, youth and research programs.”

“The Angus Foundation will always owe a debt of gratitude to Mr. Funk for hosting this incredible event in the name of raising funds for our Angus Foundation,” said Angus Foundation President Milford Jenkins.  “We are humbled by his generosity and philanthropy, which will allow the Angus Foundation to achieve even greater levels of funding for programs benefiting the Angus industry.”

With donated auction items ranging from art to jewelry and from exclusive trips to Angus collectibles, the live and silent auctions raised a combined $259,000.

Limestone LLC, Perkins, Okla., purchased the top-selling item in the live auction for $35,000, a 6666 Ranch gelding sired by Tanquery Gin and donated by Burnett Ranches LLC (6666 Ranch), Guthrie, Texas.  Bob and Margaret Duprey of Cherry Knoll Farms, West Grove, Pa., purchased the second high-selling item for $16,000, an Express UU Bar Elk Hunt in Cimarron, N.M., and donated by Express Ranches.

“We’re extremely grateful to the various Angus breeders and friends from across the country who supported the auction and other aspects of the event,” Jenkins said.  “We also wish to express our appreciation to the dedicated team of volunteers who invested much of their personal time and efforts in making ‘That Old West Magic’ a success.”

The event steering committee was led by co-chairs Julie McMahon French, Beaverton, Mich., and Wynn Dalton Herbers, Lynchburg, Va., and included Sara Stevenson, Hobson, Mont.; Jenni Beck Winegarner, Amarillo, Texas; Betsie Michael, Staunton, Va.; Teresa Mrocka, Howell, Mich.; Lynn Hill,  Bidwell, Ohio; and Mark Squires, Yukon, Okla.

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