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Local 4-H youth support Shaw Regional Cancer Center with live auction Friday

Contact: Jenny Leonetti, 4-H/Youth Development Agent, 970-328-8631 or jenny.leonetti@eaglecounty.us

July 20, 2016 –Two local 4-H participants will sell their livestock to the highest bidder in the rodeo arena as part of Friday’s “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” performance at the Eagle County Fair & Rodeo. All proceeds will benefit the Shaw Regional Cancer Center.

Two members of the Sweetwater Bandits 4-H Club in Gypsum are donating animals. A lamb is being donated by 9-year-old Sean Keefe and 11-year-old Logan Trujillo is donating his pig.

“I’m donating a pig this year to the Shaw Cancer Center because family members and family friends of mine have been affected by different forms of cancer,” said Trujillo. “I believe if we keep trying, we will find a cure for this disease and families will no longer have to struggle from the pain and suffering that it brings.”

“I wanted to donate my market lamb to the Shaw Cancer Center auction because I know my friend’s mom went there for treatment which let her be here with her daughter a little longer,” said Keefe. “Let’s raise as much money as we can to help someone else!”

Typically 4-H participants invest countless hours throughout the year with daily feeding, cleaning and handling of their animals in preparation for exhibition at the fair and sale at the Junior Livestock Auction.  Most of the money raised from the Junior Livestock Auction goes directly to the 4-H members for next year's animals, college funds and savings accounts.

“We are grateful to these generous 4-Hers, whose donations will directly benefit cancer patients in our region,” says Vail Valley Medical Center President and CEO Doris Kirchner. “VVMC is a proud sponsor of the rodeo, and our Shaw Regional Cancer Center is a grateful beneficiary.”

Friday’s rodeo attendees will have the opportunity to bid on either animal in support of Keefe’s and Trujillo’s donations to the Shaw Cancer Center. The highest bidders will have the opportunity to either give the processed animal to a worthy cause for a tax-deductible donation or take it home for personal consumption. Buyers are responsible for processing costs and will be provided with options upon placing the highest bid. Packaged and frozen meat is expected to be delivered back to Eagle on Aug. 10.

For more information, visit www.eaglecountyfairandrodeo.com.