$59,000 Raised to Help Wildfire Victims at Special Rollover Sale Hosted by OKC West LivestockWed, 09 May 2018 17:34:50 CDT
On Wednesday afternoon, OKC West Livestock Auction in El Reno, Okla. hosted a special roll-over sale benefitting farmers and ranchers in northwest Oklahoma that were affected by recent wildfires. The sale began at noon featuring three donated calves that were sold and resold multiple times to collect the charitable bids of buyers participating in Wednesday’s sale. All together, the three calves raised just under $59,000 - all of which was contributed to the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund. Through this fund, the OCF will distribute 100 percent of the donations back to producers in need, regardless of them being a member of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association or not.
Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays had the chance to speak with Blake Henrich (15), the eldest of three brothers from Okarche, Okla. who donated one of the three calves at Wednesday’s sale.
“Whenever the pictures and the numbers started rolling in from western Oklahoma, how much the cattlemen had lost, it really touched our hearts,” Blake said recalling the feelings that prompted he and his brothers’ generous actions. “I really felt like we need to do something for them, because as cattlemen, we work together and we take care of each other.”
Blake, along with his brothers, Jake (13) and Kade (9), helped to raise $18,000 with through donating their heifer.
“I was wowed with it,” Blake exclaimed, “because that was a lot of money she generated to go help people that need help and I was just very proud to be the donor and help out somebody in need.”
Michael Kelsey, executive vice president of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, also joined Hays on the interview, commending the generosity of the young men and the other donors as well as the rural community at large which he says stepped up without hesitation to help out. He offered special thanks to OKC West for its part in this fundraiser - a repeat of the one it hosted to help wildfire victims last year.
“Bill Barnhart and his crew are just so generous to extend a helping hand to their friends and neighbors out west,” he said. “It’s amazing to watch cattlemen jump in and seeing cattlemen helping cattlemen.”
Listen to Kelsey and Henrich’s complete conversation with Hays as they describe Wednesday’s special sale hosted by OKC West Livestock, by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below.
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