Thanks for sup­port­ing farm­ers, ranch­ers at fundraiser

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

I can­not ex­press how proud I am to be a life­long res­i­dent of South­ern Mary­land. This past Satur­day I had the priv­i­lege of wit­ness­ing the great­est act of hu­man kind­ness I have ever seen. Farm­ers from all over South­ern Mary­land came to­gether to put on an ex­tremely suc­cess­ful ben­e­fit auc­tion for the farm­ers and ranch­ers of Clark County, Kansas, who lost ev­ery­thing they had in wild­fires that took place in early March.

We packed the largest build­ing on the fair­grounds with hun­dreds of peo­ple, and I can proudly say we raised well over $83,000 that night. Ev­ery sin­gle penny of that money will be sent di­rectly to the Ash­land Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion lo­cated in Clark County, Kansas. The funds will then be sent to farm­ers and ranch­ers who are in des­per­ate need of re­sources.

Clark County was scorched by the fires in up­wards of 85 per­cent of the county. Half a mil­lion acres of pas­ture land were burned, 10,000 head of cat­tle were killed, 25 homes were de­stroyed and count­less farm­ing op­er­a­tions were com­pletely de­stroyed.

I can­not thank our com­mu­nity enough. We had so many peo­ple put forth count­less hours of hard work in this event. We had won­der­ful do­na­tions to bid on. Ev­ery­thing from wed­ding venues, fish­ing trips, paint­ings, shot guns and even lo­cal meats. I want to thank ev­ery­one who worked to put this on, ev­ery­one who do­nated items and ev­ery­one who showed up to pur­chase items. I want to also thank Sen. Thomas “Mac” Mid­dle­ton (D), the only elected of­fi­cial to show up, for com­ing to the auc­tion, and do­nat­ing to this won­der­ful cause.

For ev­ery­one that helped in any way, I say thank you. South­ern Mary­land truly is the great­est place in the world, and we have the great­est peo­ple in the world. I am proud to know ev­ery last one of you.

David Han­cock Jr., Bel Al­ton The writer is the pres­i­dent of the Charles County Farm Bureau.

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