Charity steer show success
To the editor:
Jefferson County Cattlemen extend a big thank you for the support of all the businesses and individuals who contributed to the Iowa Governor’s Charity Steer Show. This year was the 34th annual event for the steer show and auction, which raised over $244,000 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Iowa.
This money raised benefits the Ronald McDonald Houses of Des Moines, Iowa City and Sioux City in the state of Iowa. All houses are located near hospitals and provide a “home away from home” for families of seriously ill children. The show is hosted by Gov. Branstad and sponsored by the Iowa Beef Industry Council and Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and this year took place Aug. 13 in the Pioneer Livestock Pavilion at the Iowa State Fair.
Five area county cattlemen associations which are identified as District 20 (Jefferson, Henry, Lee, Louisa, Des Moines) sponsored one of the 25 steers shown. All steers are shown by an Iowa celebrity and raised by a local youth. The steer was raised by Josh Darbyshire, of Morning Sun and shown by Dr. Steven Leath, President of Iowa State University. Our local steer was selected as the overall Grand Champion of the show which added even more excitement to the day for all involved. District 20 Cattlemen were then able to purchase the steer in the auction with money raised from all contributors for a grand total of $18,000. All of the money then is donated to the Ronald McDonald Houses of Iowa.
The Iowa Governor’s Charity Steer Show is a mainstay of the Iowa State Fair and all monies raised for the event support the three Ronald McDonald Houses with in the state of Iowa. Once again a big thank you to all businesses and individuals who contributed monies to this years’ event.
– Zoe Moritz, Jefferson County Cattlemen