Bar­row for sale Aug. 19 ben­e­fits Ethan Kunkel

Kemp­ton fa­ther of five is bat­tling leukemia

Northern Berks Patriot Item - - FRONT PAGE - By Lisa Mitchell lmitchell@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @kutz­town­pa­triot 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 led 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. The Kunkel fam­ily was rec­og­nized by Read­ing Fair and Berks County Grange as the 2015 Berks County Out­stand­ing Farm Fam­ily.

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

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.


Read­ing Fair awarded the Kunkel fam­ily from Kemp­ton as the Fair’s 2015 Out­stand­ing Farm Fam­ily. Jen and Ethan Kunkel with their chil­dren, El­lissa and Mor­gan who are seated in front of Lan­don, Dalton and Hal­lie.

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