SD Stockgrowers raise over $10,000 for Rapid City Club for Boys
During their 2007 Convention, the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association hosted the Beef for Boys banquet and auction on Sept. 6 at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn in Rapid City, SD. Held in conjunction with the beef supper, a rollover calf auction raised over $10,000 for the Club. Stockgrowers Bob, Bette, Clay and Nicole Johnson of the Johnson Ranch from Porcupine, SD donated the calf. Stockgrower Johnny Smith of Ft. Pierre Livestock Auction presided over the auction.
According to Bob Johnson, the Stockgrowers have held this benefit auction for the Club beginning in the mid-1960s.
“We started this back when Tom Costello was president,” said Johnson. “We started out auctioning the calves off in the street down by the Alex Johnson Hotel.”
Over 40 years later, the relationship between the organizations is still going strong.
The mission of the Club for Boys is to provide positive experiences that develop self-esteem and character in a caring, safe and fun environment for all boys. The Club is committed to meeting boys’ present needs in order to fulfill their potential in the future. The Club offers homework help, physical fitness activities, sports leagues, nutritious meals and snacks, arts, crafts and woodworking, field trips and outdoor programs. All boys ages six through 17 can join for an annual membership of $7. The Club buses from Valley View, Rapid Valley and Robbinsdale schools.
“Stockgrowers members are real willing to support an organization like that,” said Johnson.
Twenty-four boys were guests at the banquet, which gave them the opportunity to talk with the Stockgrowers about their experiences at the Club, as well as enjoy a delicious beef dinner. The funds raised at the auction will be put into the Stockgrowers Club for Boys Education Investment Account. When earnings allow, scholarships are awarded to Club for Boys members.
“We think there’s a group of boys in Rapid City who need a place to go,” said Johnson. “They also get meals while they’re there and tutoring if they need it. They’re better citizens than they would have been if they hadn’t been able to go to the club.”