Auction day is big for Elkhart County 4-H members, and yesterday’s auction was a milestone for an Elkhart County charity as well.
Church Community Services received a donation of more than $15,000 from the sale of Nappanee 4-H’er Lane Flowers’ steer Friday at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair beef auction.
The money will go to fund CCS food pantry Seed to Feed, and meat from the steer will be processed and served to Elkhart County residents in need.
CCS executive director Rod Roberson said Flowers’ donation will create momentum for Seed to Feed and show others how they can help.
“You know, we all try to teach leadership to our youth,” Roberson said, adding that Flowers’ donation is a great example of young leadership. “It means volumes to others.”
The steer was worth about $2,000 at market, according to the 4-H auction booklet. A group of buyers pooled their money to pay $15,400 for the steer, about $11.50 per pound.
“It’s people who live in Elkhart County serving people in need who live in Elkhart County,” Roberson said.
Seed to Feed volunteer Keith Lambright said most other animals are resold after they’re donated, and the money from that sale is passed on to CCS. Sheep, goats and feeder calves will all be resold instead of processed. Hogs donated will be butchered and the meat given to Seed to Feed.
Fair board members said other animals were donated to Seed to Feed, but they won't have a tally of how many were donated until next week.
“I can’t wait to be able to put together a tally of all that the fair has done for Elkhart County,” Roberson said.