Students from 4-H programs throughout the area brought in a variety of items to sell including a wooden ice chest, peanut brittle and plants. Each one was sold to raise money for the purchase of two new ambulances for use by Driscoll Children’s Hospital.
Oftentimes even the buyers of the items would put their purchases back on the auction block.
Texana Feeders started this trend having just won the wooden ice chest for $250.
“You want to resell it? We are going to resell it,” the auctioneer called over the microphone.
The final numbers were not available Monday, but with several dozen youths bringing in items to sell, it is easy to estimate that more than $25,000 was raised.
“We are so thankful for the support we get from all the communities in our area,” said Martha Avery, Driscoll Children’s Hospital vice president of development. “Beeville and the surrounding areas have always been supportive of our efforts at the hospital, and because of their contributions they will help us purchase a new pedi-transport ambulance for the hospital.”
This is the 27th year for the South Texas Cattlemen’s Roundup held at the Beeville Livestock Commission.
Young 4-H members from Bee, Refugio, Goliad County and Karnes counties brought in the items.
Sponsored by Lyssy & Eckel Feeds, the South Texas Cattlemen’s RoundUp is a grass-roots fundraiser held every summer in cities throughout Driscoll’s 31-county service area.
Local 4-H clubs, Future Farmers of America chapters, county extension agents and businesses participate by donating goods and services that are auctioned off to benefit the hospital. Those items include homemade baked goods, agricultural and ranching products, arts and crafts, and other items.