The 21st Annual Dinner and Auction for the Farmer’s Electric Cooperative’s Area Youth Benefit Fund was held Sunday and is heralded as another success.

The total money raised was just over $52,000. That included $6,000 from the monthly Operational Round-up by FEC members, $29,400 from the main auction and $5,900 from the combined silent auction.

Fundraising was also part of the golf tournament Monday at Green Hills Golf Course involving 54 three person teams.

The Area Youth Benefit Fund helps residents of Caldwell, Carroll, Chariton, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Linn, Livingston and Ray Counties pay medical expenses for an ill child 18-years-old or younger, when insurance or resources will not cover the cost. More than 550 families have been helped by over $566-thousand the last 21 years.

Press Release from Farmer’s Electric Cooperative

The twenty-first annual dinner-auction and golf tournament for the Farmers’ Electric Area Youth Benefit Fund (AYBF) raised just over $52,000 this year. The monies raised included $6,000 from over 1,100 Farmers’ Electric Cooperative members who participate in Operation Round Up each month.  The main auction raised $29,400. The highest bid item of the evening, two tickets for the 2014 Masters Tournament with hospitality passes, went for $3,200. Other main items that sold included two separate week-long stays at two Florida Condos for $1,500 each and the use of a Royals Suite for $2,650. The three levels of the silent auction raised a combined $5,900. Chillicothe’s Elks Lodge hosted the Sunday, August 4 dinner-auction.

  A special addition to this year’s events came about when Dr. Don Metry volunteered to have his renowned ponytail cut off within two weeks following the annual auction if $10,000 could be raised.  Donors rose to the challenge and the goal was met Sunday evening.  In addition to aiding AYBF, the hair will be donated to the Locks of Love program, so there will be multiple benefits from Dr. Metry’s generous donation.

  The fundraising continued Monday morning, August 5, at the Green Hills Golf Course. There were 54 three-member teams participating in the golf tournament sponsored for the fifteenth 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 $52,454.

  “This area has proven time and time again how generous it is,” said AYBF Coordinator Chasity Anderson.  We are overwhelmed with the fantastic support the community has given the Area Youth Benefit Fund for the twenty-first year in a row and offer a sincere thank you to all those that made this year’s events such a great success.”

  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, Davies, 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 21 years, over $566,000 has been distributed to 552 area families. Anyone wishing to make application for assistance should contact the Farmers’ Electric office at 660-646-4281 and ask for Jennie Tipton.