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Area teen, sponsor sell steer for charity at state fair

A local family’s steer was part of raising over $225,000 for the Ronald McDonald House of Iowa on Aug. 9 at the Iowa State Fair.

Kole Kimberley, 18, of Maxwell, a rising senior at Bondurant-Farrar, and his steer McLovin, were sponsored by Dee Zee Running Boards. His steer was shown by Sandy Hatfield-Clubb, director of athletics at Drake University. Steers from around the state were shown by Iowa celebrities, including Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds. McLovin was purchased for $15,950 by Friends of Dee Zee and will be appearing at more cattle shows in the future.

On Aug. 8, about 25 participants from across Iowa were trained on how they could be better representatives and advocates for the beef industry. Later, they volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House in Des Moines.

”Hats off to the close to 90 friends and family members that volunteered at the DM Ronald McDonald House this morning. The group did yardwork, built a bike, fixed bricks, made gift bags and did lots and lots of cleaning,” stated the Facebook page of the Iowa Beef Industry Council.

Records were broken for the third consecutive year as the 32nd annual Governor’s Charity Steer Show raised $225,850, the highest selling auction to date. Since its inception in 1983, the Governor’s Charity Steer Show has raised over $2.5 million for the Ronald McDonald Houses of Des Moines, Ronald McDonald House Charities-Sioux City, and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois.

In addition to showing a steer, Gov. Terry Branstad also hosted the charity steer show; Ben Von Glan of Vail and “Chasin Jason,” shown by Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, took overall grand champion honors.

Ronald McDonald House Charities provide a ‘home away from home’ for families with children undergoing hospital care. The entire show raised $225,800 for the charity, with this year setting a new record for money raised by the Iowa Beef Industry Council. This was the 32nd year the event was held; matching sponsors and celebrities with the state’s youth and their livestock to raise funds for families of seriously ill children in Iowa. Participants and their families were provided a tour of a Ronald McDonald House in Des Moines by the Iowa Beef Industry Council.

“It couldn’t be a better function,” said Kimberley’s father Kevin, 58, owner of Kimberley Ag Consulting, about raising money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities. “A guy doesn’t realize how good he has it until he sees something like that.”

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