The Southern Colorado Livestock Association’s (SCLA) Stockman’s Ball is Saturday Nov. 2. Proceeds from this event are donated every year to charitable causes.

In 2018, the funds were donated to the Branson, Kim and Pritchett Volunteer Fire Departments. “The people in rural Las Animas County are served by these local, volunteer fire departments. Because of the dry conditions the fire danger the past couple of years has been high, and it is vital that we support these groups,” said spokesman and secretary of SCLA, Julie Sumpter.

In addition, each year, the SCLA allocates up to two, $500 scholarships to local, high school seniors furthering their education at a college or trade school. This year, the scholarship was given to Tori Goode, daughter of Shane and Brenda Goode of Kim, Colorado, who is attending Adams State University.

A portion of all proceeds is withheld for the organization’s crisis fund, to support rural families or individuals who have experienced hardship or other emergencies.  

This year, the SCLA will honor Cattleman and Cattlewoman of the Year, Billie Mack and Pat Adams, who both hail from local pioneering families. The Adams’ are life-long ranchers and supporters of the cattle industry in Las Animas County.

Also, Dr. Norman Kincaide of Rocky Ford will be recognized with the 2019 Friend of Agriculture Award.

Requests are being made for silent and live auction items in honor of Billie Mack and Pat Adams and in support of this charitable event.

Among the items to be auctioned this year is an Oscar Schmidt guitar donated by Ed Hunnicutt of La Junta. The guitar was autographed by Tracy Lawrence and others who performed at the 2015 Colorado State Fair.

The Stockman’s Banquet and Ball will be held at the El Rancho Restaurant starting at 5 p.m. with social hour, dinner, silent and live auction and dancing to the music of  “Country Gold.”

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