Chillicothe’s Dr. Don Metry involved in fun, unique fundraiser

The 21st Annual Farmers’ Electric Area Youth Benefit Fund dinner/auction and golf tournament will be held Aug. 4-5. The dinner-auction will be held at the Chillicothe Elks Lodge on Sunday, Aug. 4. A reception will begin that evening at 5 p.m. with dinner to follow at 6 p.m. A number of silent auctions will be held throughout the reception and the dinner. At approximately 7:15 p.m. the main auction will be called by Col. Mike Miller.
A wide variety of items will be sold in the silent auctions. There will be a regular Silent Auction, Super Silent auction and a Super Duper silent auction, each with a different minimum bid. Main auction items this year include: a week-long stay at a Florida Condo; two tickets to the Thursday or Saturday round of the 2014 Masters Golf Tournament; a Kansas City Royals Suite (20 tickets, 5 parking passes), Aug. 23, vs. the Washington Nationals; a Basketball signed by Louisville Cardinals Coach Rick Pitino; limited edition art prints, and more
“The list continues to grow every day,” said FEC spokeswoman Chasity Anderson.”
To make a tax deductible donation to the charity event, just call Farmers’ Electric. Committee members will gladly pick up any donations. Tickets for the dinner are currently being sold by AYBF committee members, as well as tickets for a contest being conducted by the AYBF in which the lucky winner will receive $2,500.  
The golf tournament will be held Monday, Aug. 5, at the Green Hills Golf Course. For the 15th consecutive year, Pepsi-Cola Bottling of Chillicothe will be co-sponsoring the AYBF golf tournament. Every golfer who plays in the tournament will receive a free polo shirt, a sleeve of golf balls, and more. Golfers are automatically entered at no extra cost with mulligans and a chance to win “skins.” Corporate sponsor golf teams also receive three banquet tickets, plus recognition at the dinner-auction, golf tournament and on the Cooperative web site.
A special addition to this year’s events came about when Dr. Don Metry volunteered to have his renowned ponytail cut off within two weeks following the annual auction, if $10,000 can be raised by Aug. 4.
“Dr. Metry's ponytail is around 10 years old, so this is a perfect opportunity to have a little fun and raise a little money for our charity,” Anderson said.
In addition to aiding AYBF, the hair will be donated to the Locks of Love program, so there will be multiple benefits from Dr. Metry’s generous donation.”
In 1993, Farmers’ Electric established the AYBF for the purpose of providing financial assistance toward the payment of medical bills for children 18 years of age and under. The fund is designed to assist families with children who have been ill or injured in which the parents do not have enough money or health insurance to cover the medical costs.
To date, the AYBF has donated $564,049.27 to 551 area families. The fund primarily operates in the counties of Caldwell, Carroll, Chariton, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Linn, Livingston and Ray. A family who receives electricity from Farmers’ Electric Cooperative, but resides in a county not listed above also qualifies for AYBF assistance. A family that resides in the counties listed above does not have to be a member of the Cooperative to receive financial assistance.
For more information on the Area Youth Benefit Fund or its fundraising events just call the office at 660-646-4281 or 1-800-279-0496.
Committee members for this year’s events are: Gina Truesdell, Tony Clark, Mary Bryan, Dan Bryan, Stan Hayward, Todd Rodenberg, Jennie Tipton, Jennifer Lovell, Staci Baker, Scott Gardner, Natalie Leamer, Gary Constant, Dan Leatherman, Cheri Kincade, Carrie Almond, Steve Shoot, Sherry Parks, Paula Grozinger, Kathy Rinehart, Mike Sanders, and Chasity Anderson.
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