4-H Bar­row ben­e­fits Ethan Kunkel fam­ily

Kemp­ton Fire Co. Deputy Chief is bat­tling leukemia

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - FRONT PAGE - By Lisa Mitchell lmitchell@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @kutz­town­pa­triot and ham­bur­gitem on Twit­ter

The sec­ond an­nual Berks County 4-H Club Ben­e­fit Bar­row will help a Kemp­ton fa­ther of five who is bat­tling leukemia.

Ethan Kunkel, who is Kemp­ton Fire Com­pany Deputy Chief and in­volved in Berks County 4-H Dairy and Live­stock clubs, was re­cently di­ag­nosed with leukemia. A mi­nor 4-wheeler ac­ci­dent on his Kemp­ton farm lead

to the dis­cov­ery of his ill­ness.

“The sec­ond an­nual Ben­e­fit Bar­row is be­ing raised this year to show our sup­port for the Ethan Kunkel fam­ily of Kemp­ton. We’re all pulling for Ethan,” said Michele Brown, As­sis­tant Swine Club Leader of the Berks County 4-H Swine Club. “Just a well or­ga­nized, hard work­ing fam­ily that con­trib­utes to the agri­cul­tural com­mu­nity. We wish them the best of luck.”

Kunkel is a mem­ber of Vir­ginville Grange, Kemp­ton and Kutz­town Rod and Gun clubs and New Bethel Church in Kemp­ton. He is also in­volved in the Kemp­ton Com­mu­nity Cen­ter and served as Dairy Su­per­in­ten­dent at the 2017 Kemp­ton Fair.

Brown said the idea for the Berks County 4-H Club Ben­e­fit Bar­row was in­spired by the Erie County Char­ity Hog.

“They’ve been do­ing it for at least the last 15 years. Ev­ery year the Erie kids pick a char­ity,” said Brown, ex­plain­ing that the hog, feed, ve­teri­nary cer­tifi­cate and processing are all do­nated. “I read about it on Face­book. A class­mate of mine does a char­ity that ben­e­fits fam­i­lies of can­cer pa­tients and they raised over $10,000. I thought it would be a good idea to bring it to Berks.”

Last year’s Ben­e­fit Bar­row raised more than $14,000 for the fam­ily of Bret Hans­ley Jr. who was killed in a mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent in April 2016.

“I think last year’s bar­row, be­cause of the na­ture of the ben­e­fi­ciary and the ac­ci­dent and the fam­ily was one of our own, just tugged at ev­ery­body’s heart­strings,” said Brown. “There were a lot in the agri­cul­tural com­mu­nity that re­ally reached out and pitched in.”

Brown said the 4-H Swine Club felt it is im­por­tant to reach out and help some­one in the com­mu­nity so they de­cided to con­tinue the Ben­e­fit Bar­row for a sec­ond year.

“This year we wanted to re­peat the pro­gram. It’s a great com­mu­nity ser­vice op­por­tu­nity for the (4-H) kids and it cre­ates a lot of aware­ness for the (4-H) pro­gram in gen­eral,” said Brown. “The venue in which we auc­tion off the hog is part of the reg­u­lar 4-H Round-Up so it cre­ates some pub­lic­ity and aware­ness for the reg­u­lar 4-H pro­gram as well as the Ben­e­fit Bar­row pro­gram.”

The Swine Club voted to make the Ethan Kunkel fam­ily of Kemp­ton the ben­e­fi­ciary for this year’s Ben­e­fit Bar­row. Brown noted that the old­est Kunkel daugh­ter is a mem­ber of the Swine Club.

“The bar­row, all feed, ve­teri­nary cer­tifi­cate, and processing fees are all be­ing do­nated by var­i­ous mem­bers of the com­mu­nity,” said Brown.

The bar­row will be raised by Fleet­wood res­i­dent Zaren Ker­per, an FFA mem­ber who grad­u­ated from Oley Val­ley High School.

The bar­row was do­nated by Carl Rabenold and fam­ily in Kutz­town. The feed is be­ing do­nated by K&K Feeds in Richland and Reif­s­ny­der’s Ag Cen­ter in Bernville.

The bar­row will be on dis­play at the Kutz­town Fair the week of Aug. 14 and will sell dur­ing the Round-Up Sale, fol­low­ing the Cham­pion and Re­serves, on Satur­day, Aug. 19 at the Kutz­town Fair­grounds. Shares are avail­able in $25 in­cre­ments for those who would like to par­tic­i­pate but not bid in the auc­tion.

Also dur­ing the 2017 Kutz­town Fair is this year’s Celebrity Swine Show­man­ship Con­test, held Mon­day, Aug. 14 at the Kutz­town Fair­grounds. The Celebrity Swine Show­man­ship Con­test will fea­ture su­per­in­ten­dents and prin­ci­pals from lo­cal Berks County school dis­tricts.

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