The 24th Annual Farmers’ Electric Cooperative Area Youth Benefit Fund dinner/auction and the golf tournament is quickly approaching. The dinner & auction will be at the Chillicothe Elks Lodge on Saturday, August 27. A reception will begin that evening at 5 p.m. with dinner to follow at 6 p.m. A silent auction will be held throughout the reception and the dinner. Just after 7 p.m., the main auction will be called by Col. Mike Miller. Those in attendance will have a chance to enter a reverse raffle (winner will be the last number drawn) with a fabulous prize awarded at the end of the dinner.
A wide variety of items will be sold in the silent auction. There will be multiple tables, each grouped with a different minimum bid ($1, $25, $50). Some of the many main auction items this year include: a week-long stay at a Condo in Florida, Colorado, or California (top bidder’s choice of destination); a week-long stay at a Florida Condo; two tickets to the 2017 Masters Golf Tournament; a Kansas City Royals Suite (20 tickets, 5 parking passes), September 30 vs. the Cleveland Indians and much more! The list continues to grow every day.
To make a tax-deductible donation to the charity, just call Farmers’ Electric Cooperative at 660-646-4281. Committee members will gladly pick up any donation. Tickets for the dinner are also currently being sold by AYBF committee members through August 12.
The golf tournament will be held Monday, August 29, at the Green Hills Golf Course. For the 18th consecutive year, Pepsi-Cola Bottling of Chillicothe will be co-sponsoring the AYBF golf tournament. Every golfer who plays in the tournament will receive a registration gift, a sleeve of golf balls, and more! The entry fees cover cart rental, green fees, mulligans, skirts, lunch, prizes and registration gifts. Corporate sponsor golf teams also receive three banquet tickets, plus recognition at the dinner/auction, golf tournament and on the Cooperative’s website.
There is now also an option to register and pay online! You can register a golf team, become a hole sponsor, or buy banquet tickets–all with just a few clicks of your mouse. Simply go to www.fec-co.com, click on “community”, then click on “sponsorship opportunities”, located under “Area Youth Benefit Fund”. Just call the Cooperative if you have any questions.
In 1993, Farmers’ Electric Cooperative established the AYBF for the purpose of providing 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 and, as a result, the parents are experiencing financial hardships due to high medical expenses or deductible.
To date, the AYBF has donated $665,086.92 to 611 area families. The fund primarily operates in the counties of Caldwell, Carroll, Chariton, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb Linn, Livingston, and Ray. A family does not have to be a Member of the Cooperative in order to apply for financial assistance.
For more information on the Area Youth Benefit Fund or its fundraising events, just call the office at 660-646-4281 or 1-800-279-0496.