The benefit auction held during the banquet at the KLA Convention raised $35,325 for three organizations. More than 500 KLA members and guests attended the banquet and auction.
Items sold to benefit KLA PAC brought $30,125, with the money to be used to help elect candidates for the state Legislature who support the Kansas livestock industry. The high-selling item for KLA PAC was a stem cell treatment donated by Kansas Regenerative Medicine and purchased by Lee Borck of Manhattan for $7,750.
Donated items sold on behalf of Ranchland Trust of Kansas (RTK), a KLA affiliate, brought $3,500 in the live auction. Tom Moxley of Council Grove placed the winning bid of $1,300 on the high-selling lot, which was a grazing land consultation by Dale Kirkham. RTK’s mission is to preserve Kansas’ ranching heritage and open spaces for future generations through the conservation of working landscapes.
A total of $1,700 was generated for the Kansas Livestock Foundation, which solely operates for charitable, scientific and educational purposes. The high-selling lot was a Hay Monster Bale Feeder donated by GoBob Pipe & Steel and purchased by Brian Falk of Harveyville for $1,000.
The silent auction in the trade show raised $5,929 for the Kansas CattleWomen, $2,480 for RTK and $205 for the NCBA Political Action Committee.
Leaders of KLA and these affiliate organizations would like to thank all the donors and buyers for their generous contributions.