The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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July 31, 2013

College student exits 4-H program with unique gift

Medina Journal-Register — KNOWLESVILLE — For the second consecutive year — and in her final year as a 4-H’er — Mandy Armer made a special presentation at the Orleans County Fair: a giant check to Hospice of Orleans.

As a college student, most of Armer’s own money goes directly to tuition, books, and room and board at Alfred University. But what the Knowlesville teen could offer was one of the animals she raised at her father’s farm. And that is just what she did at this year’s 4-H Market Auction on Sunday.

Panek Farms bought the lamb, named “Coal” for its black coat, and then donated the animal back to be re-auctioned for the cause. Auctioneer Robert Bannister of Castlewood, South Dakota (formerly of Excelsior Farms in Kent), bought the lamb a second time and also donated the animal for a third and final auction, the proceeds of which went toward the 4-H program.

In all, Armer and her lamb raised $531.30 for Hospice of Orleans. In addition to the Hospice gift, Armer was busy earning her stripes as Dairy Goat Master Showman and Sheep Reserve Master Showman. 

Armer thanked her sponsors, Bentley Brothers and A.L. Bennett and Sons, both of Albion, Tractor Supply of Medina, and Domoy Farms of Oakfield. Hospice of Orleans expressed its gratitude toward Armer, Panek Farms, and Bannister for their contributions.

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