Each year a live benefit auction supporting three KLA affiliates is held during the Cattlemen’s Banquet at the convention. This year, the auction raised a total of $34,575. Nearly 500 KLA members and guests were in attendance for the banquet and auction.
Items sold to benefit the KLA Political Action Committee (PAC) brought $27,800, 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 therapy treatment donated by Kansas Regenerative Medicine and purchased by Lafe Wilson of Uniontown for $6,200.
Donated items sold on behalf of Ranchland Trust of Kansas (RTK) brought $3,850 in the live auction. A total of $2,925 was generated for the Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF). The high-selling item for both RTK and KLF were four box suite tickets to the Alabama-Beach Boys concert that will be held in Wichita next year. Tom and Carolyn Perrier of Eureka placed the winning bid of $2,900 on the tickets and chose to split the donation between the two entities, with each receiving $1,450.
The silent auction in the trade show raised $5,954 for the Kansas CattleWomen, $1,310 for RTK and $160 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.