(KTIV)- Since 1983 the Iowa Beef Industry Council and Iowa Cattlemen’s Association has held the Governor’s Charity Steer Show at the Iowa State Fair.
The funds benefit the three Ronald McDonald Houses across Iowa including the one in Sioux City.
This year, the steer show raised more than $284,000 for the Ronald McDonald Houses.
Two Siouxlanders showed their steers in the steer show: Sami Noteboom and Katie Van Den Top.
Van Den Top’s steer brought in $15,000.
Noteboom’s steer brought in $3,200.
A big congratulations to the two of them!
(KTIV) – Since 1983 the Iowa Beef Industry Council and Iowa Cattlemen’s Association has held the Governor’s Charity Steer Show at the Iowa State Fair.
The funds benefit the Ronald McDonald Houses throughout Iowa. Christy Batien, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Siouxland, said the area is well-represented at the Governor’s charity steer show this year.
“We have two different young ladies from our area who will be showing their steers in the steer show,” said Batien. “The first is Sami Noteboom, who is from Sheldon, Iowa. She and her steer are representing our house at the Ronald McDonald House of Siouxland. We’ve lovingly named him “Micky-D.” Ms. Rodeo Iowa Rachael Ostrem will be escorting that steer in. Katie Van Den Top is showing her steer Wilson. Wilson will actually be the steer that Gov. Kim Reynolds, will be walking into the ring.
“How important is that money that’s raised during the Governor’s Charity steer show to the Ronald McDonald House Charities?” asked KTIV’s Matt Breen.
“It’s huge. It’s one of the biggest fundraisers that we benefit from during the year,” said Batien. “All of the money that’s raised is split between the three houses; Sioux City, Des Moines, and Iowa City. Those are the three Ronald McDonald Houses in the state of Iowa. The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association has put out this year that their goal is to raise $300,000. If they could do that we would get a good chunk of that. It’s really a good portion of our operating budget and helps us get through to the next year.”
“I kind of alluded to it, but be specific as to what that money helps you to do?” asked Breen.
“Right, so the families can stay with us at our house or they can benefit from our lunch program, where we take the lunches over to the hospital to every family who’s there with a child,” said Batien. “We have taken close to three-thousand lunches already this year over to the hospital. it’s that comfort, that help, getting through with the resources they need so they can focus on their child and getting their child better.”
“What do those families say when they check out of the Ronald McDonald House and go back home?” asked Breen.
“They’re so grateful. When they come, they’re in this turmoil, they’re in a tough spot, where they don’t know what’s going to happen. They don’t know how their child is going to do,” said Batien. “They can’t imagine spending all this extra money, and then they find the Ronald McDonald House and they go home and they say all the time ‘We don’t know what we would have done without this. We wouldn’t have survived. Our bills would be huge. We are so grateful that we were able to have this place.'”