The twenty-second annual dinner-auction and golf tournament for the Farmersâ€™ Electric Area Youth Benefit Fund (AYBF) resulted in nearly $42,000 this year.
The monies raised included $6,000 from over 1,100 Farmersâ€™ Electric Cooperative members who participate in Operation Round Up each month. The main auction raised $11,885. The highest bid item of the evening, two tickets for the 2015 Masters Tournament with hospitality passes, went for $2,200. Other main items that sold included separate week-long stays at two Condos for $1,300 and $1,400, respectively, and the use of a Royals Suite for $1,400. The three levels of the silent auction raised a combined $5,300. Chillicothe's Elks Lodge hosted the Sunday, August 3 dinner-auction.
Mike Arbuckle, Kansas City Royals Senior Advisor to the General Manager/Scouting & Player Development, offered insights into Major League Baseball and spoke about the current season and goals for the future of the club. Arbuckle is a graduate of Trenton High School and attended North Central Missouri College before continuing his education at Northwest Missouri State University and the University of South Alabama.
The fundraising continued Monday morning, August 4, at the Green Hills Golf Course. There were 58 three-member teams participating in the golf tournament sponsored for the sixteenth consecutive year by Pepsi Cola Bottling of Chillicothe. The groups were split into morning and afternoon flights. Thus far, including money raised from the golf tournament, the annual benefit has generated $41,785.
â€śThis area has proven time and time again how generous it is,â€ť said AYBF Coordinator Chasity Anderson. â€śWe are overwhelmed with the fantastic support the community has given the Area Youth Benefit Fund for the twenty-second year in a row and offer a sincere thank you to all those that made this yearâ€™s events such a great success.â€ť
In 1993, Farmers' Electric established the Area Youth Benefit Fund, a 501(c)3 charity to provide 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 resources or health insurance to cover the medical costs.
The fund primarily operates in the counties of Caldwell, Carroll, Chariton, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Linn, Livingston and Ray. A family who is a member of the Cooperative, but resides in a county not listed above, is also eligible 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. In the last 22 years, over $607,000 has been distributed to 578 area families. Anyone wishing to make application for assistance should contact the Farmersâ€™ Electric office at 660-646-4281 and ask for Jennie Tipton.