Ohio Cattlemen’s Association youth raise $13,000 and counting to benefit Make-A-Wish

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association BEST Program for youth ages 8-21 years, along with generous donors, raised more than $13,000, surpassing the $8,000 goal, to benefit local youth through Make-A-Wish. Fifty youth led their decorated show calves before a panel of judges at the BEST Celebrity Showdown at the Clark County Cattle Battle on February 8, 2013, in Springfield.

The showdown kicked off with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Honorary Wish Child Alexis. Judging the show were NFL players and Ohio natives Justin Boren, offensive lineman for the Denver Broncos; Jim Cordle, offensive lineman for the New York Giants; and former OSU Buckeye linebacker, Zach Boren. Participants were encouraged to dress up their calves for the judges who had never attended a cattle show. The winner was awarded a special Seth Rogers Memorial Trophy, in memory of a local young man who was granted a wish and enjoyed working with cattle alongside his family.

Participants in the Celebrity Showdown were encouraged to decorate their calves for the celebrity judges who had never attended a cattle show. Photo by Linde’s Livestock Photos.

Through donations from family, friends, the community and members of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, youth participating in the Celebrity Showdown nearly doubled the goal in money raised to help grant the wishes of local children battling life-threatening medical conditions.

“We are excited to partner with the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and are honored to be chosen as the charitable recipient this year for the BEST program,” said Development Officer Cathy DeLuca. “It is inspiring to see children in the community join together to help bring smiles to the faces of local Wish Children.”

Incentive prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers at the OCA BEST Program Banquet on May 11, 2013.  Donations to Make-A-Wish are still being accepted until the awards banquet. All sponsors will be recognized at the banquet, and those donating more than $100 will receive special recognition. To donate, contact Stephanie Sindel, BEST Coordinator, at ssindel@ohiobeef.org or call 614-873-6736.

The BEST Program would like to recognize its sponsoring partners for their support of Ohio’s youth: Bob Evans Farms, Farm Credit Mid-America, Green Oak Farms, Eby Trailer, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Burroughs Frazier Farms and Weaver Livestock.

To learn more about the BEST Program, visit www.ohiocattle.org. For more information about Make-A-Wish, please visit www.makeawishohio.org, call (877) 206-9474 or Like Us on Facebook at mawohkyin.

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