At the 2015 All American while awarding the LMC and Friends ANIMO award to Megan Lambert, we promised to create The Brahman Foundation (TBF) to raise the bar to grow the Brahman breed with a special emphasis on creating new programs and growing present AJBA programs that will make better leaders and breeders of our AJBA members.
Our first goal was to create TBF, become a 501c3 organization and raise money to fund our programs . All have been accomplished. We THANK all of our original fund raiser donors, supporters and our TBF board for believing in our vision. We raised $85,000 last year all tax deductible for our donors with our 501c3 status starting 12-1-2015.
Some of our fund raiser donors and winners at Houston.
Our mission statement concentrates on Youth, Education, Leadership, Scholarships, Showmanship, Carcass Merit and Breed Research. We are proud that our efforts have come to fruition with the awarding of over $30,000 prior to and at the All American. All of our programs created lots of excitement and were the talk of the All American.
Our first investment was $2,550 to the winners of our first Annual TBF Essay contest open to all AJBA members. Contestants in the junior, intermediate and senior division were given industry related topics and the top 3 placing’s in each division were awarded cash prizes. CONGRATS to the following winners announced at the Houston International Brahman Show!
• 1st – Lane Berry
• 2nd – Aubrey Ellis
• 3rd – Blaine Allen
• 1st – Savannah Allen
• 2nd – Madison Pleasant
• 3rd – Gordie Simon
• 1st – Haley Herzog
• 2nd – Alex Jurica
• 3rd – Jordan Storey
We look for this contest to grow this next year.
TBF awarded cash prizes to the “All Around” winners at the Jr. Louisiana and Texas State Shows. Additionally, cash prizes were awarded to the champion showmen in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Deep South Association and Florida Jr. Brahman Shows. CONGRATS to these winners!
TBF teamed up with AJBA to bring in the first ever motivational speaker to kick off the All American at the Welcome Dinner. Olympic medalist Hollis Conway, a dedicated husband, father, ordained minister, book author and president of the non-profit motivational speaking company, Overcoming Obstacles, Inc. gave a great speech.
TBF awarded $5,400 to the showmanship winners at the All American with all 11 class winners winning $200, 2nd place $125 and 3rd place $75 with both Briley Richard, the overall champion and Peyton Herzog reserve overall champion winning an additional $500 each.
TBF also awarded $10,800 in educational scholarships to ten AJBA members in the names of the families of the original heifer donors.
• Arnold Saunders Scholarship: Brandalyn Bishop and DJ Wood
• Lanier H. Forgason Scholarship: Morgan Pounds and Kelly Salyer
• Watkins Cattle Co. Scholarship: Adam Barrilleaux and Haley Herzog
• England-Guerra Scholarship: Cyler Frost, Joseph Garcia, Keaton Schulte and Morgan Mason
• In addition, the first Vicente Lecuna TBF Travel Scholarship was awarded to Adelyn Allen in the amount of $2,700.
• In an effort to support every TBF Scholarship applicant, the Victor A. Guerra Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded $4,500 to Lena Darby, Molly Smith, Mary Kate Walters, Jared Barrilleaux and Wyatt Manuel.
TBF also awarded $5,000 at the banquet by having Megan Lambert and Lauren Locke draw 20 names and awarding them each $250. All American contestants names were added to the hat one time for every leadership contest entered in an effort to encourage more kids to participate in more or if not all of these character building contests.
Our next project is our upcoming TBF-AJBA Leadership Camp being held this week at Texas A&M with our newly elected AJBA board, our older Essay Contest winners and more of our older AJBA members selected from their applications. We have some great speakers lined up to visit with our juniors over a three day period .
A BIG HEARTY THANKS goes out to ABBA, Texas A&M, Texas FFA Foundation, the Texas Beef Council, Sexing Technologies/Genetic Development Center, Kallion Farms, HEB for allowing us to use their staff and or facilities. Follow our Facebook page during the week for updates www.facebook.com/brahmanfoundation
Board of Director Spring Meeting
Directors of The Brahman Foundation met April 26th, 2015. For detailed information and a record of the minutes please check out our website at thebrahmanfoundation.org.
Preparations are under for The Brahman Foundations 2016 Fundraiser. TBF will host an online sale format to raise funds that will directly impact youth in the organization. If you are interested in contributing to this year’s fundraiser please contact any TBF director. More information to follow in the coming weeks.
We are growing!
In just a year TBF has raised over $80K in donations and we are continuing to grow. We need your feedback on how we can improve communication, strengthen our impact and work closer with breeders, association affiliates and Brahman leadership. Your ideas and feedback are beneficial. We invite you to contact any of our board members with new ideas.
How can you help?
By spreading the good news of what The Brahman Foundation is doing to help our AJBA Members become better leaders and breeders. You and your friends can make a tax deductible contribution of any amount to The Brahman Foundation who is a 501c3 organization and mail to The Brahman Foundation, 1730 N. Richmond Rd., Wharton, TX 77488.