What began as a way for a group of 4-H moms spending a week together at the Cattaraugus County Fair to keep in touch throughout the year, has resulted in $5,730 being raised for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Tonya Studley said the mothers became friends after spending time together during the fair, while their children participated in 4-H events. Out of the week-long visits grew a friendship, with the mothers getting together once a month during the year.
"We soon thought it would be fun to do something positive for women at the same time," said Mrs. Studley, adding since they were involved in raising cattle, they decided to raise a beef steer and raffle it off to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Tonya Studley and the 4-H moms stand with “Komen.”
"It specifically benefits women," she said, adding there are a lot of people who do not have access to health care. The foundation makes breast cancer screenings available, according to Mrs. Studley.
According to its website, Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement.
Komen for the Cure is the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures, states its website.
The 4-H moms named the steer "Komen," and everything needed to raise it was donated - including feed, veterinary services, ticket printing for the giveaway and beef processing so 100 percent of the proceeds could be donated. Not only was $5,730 donated, but three area residents split the prize by spending a couple dollars on a ticket instead of the couple thousand that it would cost to stock the freezer, said Mrs. Studley.
The goodwill will not stop there, however, she said, adding the women that began the effort, "the La Moo Mamas" will show Komen at the fair Aug. 1 to 7, along with some showing a heifer. Komen will be in the jackpot class all week in hopes of raising awareness of breast cancer.
The fair features 21 amusement rides, games, 4-H animals and events, grounds entertainment and grandstand events. The midway opens at 4 p.m. Monday and 1 p.m. the other days. Grandstand events include Monday's 7:30 p.m. demolition derby, Tuesday's 7:30 p.m. figure-eight races, Wednesday's 7:30 p.m. East Coast Pullers, Thursday's 7:30 p.m. Rodney Atkins concert, Friday's 7:30 p.m. Monster Mash truck rally, Saturday's 7:30 p.m. Motorcross National Championship Series freestyle, and Sunday, Aug. 7's 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. demolition derby championships.
Gates open at 8 a.m. daily. General admission is $9, which includes rides, with youth day Wednesday and senior citizens day Thursday. An additional grandstand fee is required for some grandstand events including $5 for East Coast Pullers, monster trucks, motorcross and Sunday's demolition derby. Rodney Atkins tickets are $23 or $28 depending on seating location.