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$284,000 Raised for Ronald McDonald Houses


Judge Brian Thill selected “Richard”, the steer raised by Makia Smith and shown by Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg, as this year’s “Judge’s Choice.” Richard was sponsored by the Crawford County Cattlemen’s Association and purchased by a coalition of Sioux County Businesses for $9,000, with an additional $1,000 support from the lieutenant governor and others. The market value of the steer was also donated, bringing the total donation to $11,498.72.

Iowa Cattlemen's Association - Since its inception in 1983, the Governor’s Charity Steer Show has raised over $3.8 million for the Ronald McDonald Houses of Iowa. This year’s event included 25 steers, the Iowa youth who raised them and celebrity show persons, including Governor Kim Reynolds.

Thill selected “Richard”, the steer raised by Makia Smith and shown by Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg, as this year’s “Judge’s Choice.” Richard was sponsored by the Crawford County Cattlemen’s Association and purchased by a coalition of Sioux County Businesses for $9,000, with an additional $1,000 support from the lieutenant governor and others. The market value of the steer was also donated, bringing the total donation to $11,498.72.

The steer shown by Brian Moore, Former District 58 State Representative, was chosen by the crowd as People’s Choice. “Straight Profit” was raised by Riley Miller, sponsored by the Jackson County Cattlemen, and purchased by Johnson Family Farms.

Justine Stevenson, representing the Seeds of Hope Foundation, earned the Showmanship Award from judge Terry Chapman of Tipton. Stevenson’s steer, “Seeds of Hope”, was raised by Brianna Wolfer of Albia and sponsored and purchased by the Monroe County Cattlemen and supporters, including the family of Chasen Stevenson.

Emcees for the event included Bob Quinn and Andy Peterson of WHO/WMT Radio and Michelle Rook of WNAX Radio. The auctioneers were Phil Schooley of Bloomfield, Will Epperly of Dunlap, Russele Sleep of Bedford, and Jared Miller of Leon. Catching bids in the ring were Tom Rooney of The Midwest Marketer; Mike Sorensen and Austin Brandt of Livestock Plus; and Jason Lekin from Tama Livestock Auction.


Kinley Lobberecht, daughter of Jeremy and Kiley Lobberecht of Oskaloosa, showed Buck in this year's Iowa Governor's Charity Steer Show. The youngest member of the Lobberecht family, Breckin (in the blue shirt) was diagnosed with viral meningitis as a newborn and spent time at Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines. The Lobberechts feel very fortunate that Breckin did not have bacterial meningitis, and were grateful that the Ronald McDonald House was available for them if they needed to use it. Donate online to help families like the Lobberechts: www.iowagovernorscharitysteershow.com/ Kinley's steer was sponsored by the Southern Iowa Merchants.

Brynn Nickle 2003; hospitalized at Blank Children's Hospital with pneumonia. Sixteen years ago, Brynn Nickle was a newborn with pneumonia. Today, she is a high school student from Clearfield who has been showing cattle for 7 years. Brynn was transferred from the Creston hospital, where she was born, directly to Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines. She spent a week in the NICU recovering, and during that time, her parents stayed at the Ronald McDonald House of Des Moines “It was a very comforting place to be during a scary time,” for her parents, Nathan and Stasia Nickle.

Brynn has had her eye on the Governor’s Charity Steer Show for the past few years. Brynn's steer, T-Bone, is sponsored by the Iowa Corn Promotion Board. Help Brynn and others support the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Iowa by donating here: www.iowagovernorscharitysteershow.com/

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