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|Auction raises $14,390 for Jersey Research Foundation|
|News - Industry News|
|Monday, 13 August 2012 16:03|
The endowment of the AJCC Research Foundation increased by $14,390 from proceeds of a benefit auction held June 28.
The auction was hosted by William and Gwen Pearl at Pearlmont Farm in Barnet, Vermont. An audience of 400-plus participated in the fun, action-packed event that also included a silent auction.Lynn Lee of Smyrna, Tennessee, donated his services for the live auction.
The day’s top bid of $5,500 was for the #7 Eustis Jersey cow sculpture, donated by Frances S. McGinnis of Kinards, South Carolina, in memory of her husband, past AJCC president and Distinguished Service Award recipient W. Charles McGinnis.
C. A. Russell of Hilmar, California, was the successful bidder for the model created and hand-painted by Francis Eustis, who will be honored as a Pioneer of National Dairy Shrine in October. In immaculate condition, it was one of 200 commissioned in 1983 by the American Jersey Cattle Club and sold at the All American Sale that year.
Estimated at 120 years old and in extraordinary condition, it was donated by Sheldon Sawyer of Walpole, New Hampshire. Proceeds were split equally between the Research Foundation and the New England Jersey Breeders Association, host of the 2012 AJCA-NAJ Annual Meetings.
An exact size reproduction of the “Jersey Creamline” milkmaid – a watercolor painting used for advertising by the American Jersey Cattle Club – sold for $1,900 to David Endres of Lodi, Wisconsin.
The final bid of $1,000 was made by auctioneer Lynn Lee for the poster in its original oak frame. The 29-by-30-inch piece was distributed by the Club to ag experiment stations and other educational institutions.
The medal was accompanied by an extensive collection of pictures, newspaper clippings, and letters about the cow’s owner, David Storey. It was donated by Dennis Halladay, Western editor for Hoard’s Dairyman from Meridian, Idaho.
These were the 1921 leather-bound and marked catalog from the 1921 Meridale Farm Sale, donated by K. R. and J.A. Nunn of Kingaroy, Queensland, Australia; a framed Schreiber lithograph of Arawana Belle 3rd AJCC 6161, from Bryce Elliott and Heather Brigham; and two High Lawn Farm yearbooks, from 1952 and 1962.
Their selections included a framed Jersey milk ad donated by Paul Chittenden of Schodack Landing, New York, for $525, plus catalogs and books donated variously by Dr. David Weickert of West Bend, Wisconsin; Jim Staley of Shepherdstown, West Virginia; Thomas Benson of New Lebanon Center, New York; and the Nunns.
Established in 1967, the AJCC Research Foundation is a 501(c)(3) permanent trust operated exclusively to promote and sponsor scientific research in the dairy industry. Gifts assigned to the use of the Foundation are deductible for federal estate and gift purposes, and may be made at any time.
Current funding priorities are:
Next year’s benefit auction will be held in conjunction with the annual meetings of the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc. in Amarillo, Texas.