In the swing of things
Since it’s formation in 1997, Beef Bucks, Inc. has moved thousands of pounds of beef through their VISA debit cards. These cards are a dollar-for-dollar exchange that are used to help promote beef, educate consumers and increase beef demand. Beef Bucks are accepted anywhere beef is sold – restaurants, grocery stores and even ball games!
To help support this program, which has reached consumers in more than 40 states across the country, the board of directors hosts an annual golf tournament at the Brandon Municipal Golf Course in Brandon, SD. This year, the event was held on Aug. 20, 2010, and it was a day filled with friendly competition, fellowship, community support and exciting auction items. Executive Secretary for Beef Bucks, Inc., Nancy Montross, a beef producer from De Smet, SD, talked about the day and how it helps to boost the program throughout the year.
“The receipts from this event are used for maintaining the Beef Bucks program and scholarship fund,” said Montross, who helped to establish this program with her husband, Bob. “Each year the program offers a $1,000 scholarship to any young person who is the son or daughter of anyone who is actively involved in the South Dakota beef cattle industry.”
Community support came far and wide for the annual golf outing this year, with Fenske Cattle Company, owned and operated by Randy and John Fenske of Woonsocket, SD, sponsoring a $250 Beef Bucks VISA card for the putting contest winner. Tim Paauw, with the Avera McKennan team, took top honors in that contest.
Additional support came from Prostrollo All-American Auto Mall of Madison, SD. The company sponsored the hole-in-one contest for the golfers. Peanuts from Texas Roadhouse of Sioux Falls were offered throughout the course by mascot, “Andy Armadillo.”
“Col. Jon Phillips broadcasted his Price Discovery Report live from the tournament, as well as being the auctioneer for the live auction after the evening meal,” added Montross. “Nearly 200 steaks for the night’s festivities were furnished by National Beef, a U.S. Premium Beef Company. “
Auction items offered at the evening event included: a Minnesota Vikings jersey personally donated by Brett Favre; two John Deere bikes, pedal tractor and child’s Gator all given by the John Deere company; a printed frame donated by Five Rivers Feedlot of Colorado; a Minnesota Vikings’ football signed by Adrian Peterson and donated by the team; a signed Minnesota Twins commemorative print donated by the team and signed by Scott Baker; two DVDs entitled, “Last Draft, Last Bid,” celebrating 92 years at the Sioux Falls Stockyards donated by Jim Woster; two beef bundles donated by the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Auxiliary; two passes for the SDSU Beef Bowl barbecue and football game given by the SDSU Agriculture and Biological Sciences department; and an authentic Jack Daniel’s whiskey keg.
“Although the event was put on by the Beef Bucks team, who are all involved in the beef cattle industry, the folks who participated in the event came from all walks of life,” said Montross. “In attendance, we had farmers, ranchers, bankers, lawyers, insurance salesmen, restaurant owners, animal health companies, feed and seed dealers, medical personnel and educators. It was a great turn out.”
Montross said fun was had by all as participants enjoyed the game of golf, a delicious steak meal and the fellowship of community members all supporting the Beef Bucks program. Next year’s tournament is set for Aug. 19, 2011, again at the Brandon Municipal Golf Course.
editor’s note: beef bucks is a non-profit organization poised to promote the beef industry as well as educate the general public about all of the great things about america’s finest food, beef. the “beef buck” itself comes in two forms; a pre-paid check or a visa debit card that can be redeemed at a wide variety of locations across the country. for more information on the program and how to get a hold of these certificates or visa cards to use as stocking stuffers and gifts, check out http://www.beefbucks.org.
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