The 21st Annual Farmers’ Electric Area Youth Benefit Fund dinner/auction and golf tournament was held Sunday and Monday, Aug. 4 and 5. The fundraiser brought in nearly $50,000 for families in need to help pay their children’s medical bills.
The dinner-auction was held Sunday evening at the Chillicothe Elks Lodge. Dinner was served at 6 p.m., and silent auctions were held throughout the dinner. Once those auctions closed, Col. Mike Miller called a live auction at approximately 7:30 p.m. During this auction, bigger items were sold.
Overall, around 200 items were auctioned, 27 of them being big-ticket items sold during the live auction. NW Electric donated a Royals suite, including 20 tickets and five parking passes to a game later this month. This was sold for $2,600. Two VIP passes to the 2014 Masters golf tournament plus hospitality tickets were also donated, which sold for $3,000.
Another top auction item was a one-week stay at a Florida condo. Two of these were sold for $1500 apiece. Also this year, Dr. Don Metry volunteered to has his renowned ponytail cut off within two weeks following the auction if $10,000 was raised by Sunday. With $11,000 raised, the goal was exceeded, and Dr. Metry is scheduled to have his hair cut within the next two weeks. The hair will be donated to the Locks of Love program.
Combining the dinner, auction, golf tournament and the Dr. Metry ponytail removal fund, nearly $50,000 was raised. Sunday’s activities reached just over $29,000 and the golf tournament today (Monday) brought in nearly $21,000.
The golf tournament was held at the Green Hills Golf Course, where 55 three-member teams participated. For the 15th consecutive year, Pepsi-Cola Bottling of Chillicothe co-sponsored the tournament. Tee-off times were 7:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m.
AYBF Coordinator Chasity Anderson said she was pleased with the support the fund received this year.
“This area has proven time and time again how generous it is,” Anderson said. “We are overwhelmed with the fantastic support the community has given the Area Youth Benefit Fund for the twenty-first year in a row.”
To date, the AYBF has donated $564,049.27 to 551 area families, not including the funds raised from this event. The fund primarily operates in the counties of Caldwell, Carroll, Chariton, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Linn, Livingston and Ray. Families who receive electricity from Farmer’s Electric Cooperative but do not reside in a county listed above are still eligible for AYBF assistance.
AYBF was established in 1993 for the purpose of providing financial assistance toward the payment of medical bills for children 18 years of age or younger. The fund is designed to assist families with children who have been ill or injured and are in situations in which the parents do not have the means to cover the child’s medical costs.