By JULIE CROTHERS for the Goshen News, July 26, 2014
GOSHEN — The shock on Lane Flowers’ face was obvious.
A few weeks prior, the 6-year Elkhart County 4-Her had made the decision to donate the money he earned during the auction of his Simmental steer to an organization that feeds the hungry in Elkhart County.
Flowers’ 1,340-pound steer Cornbelly received support from approximately 62 buyers during Friday’s auction at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair, bringing the total amount raised to $15,410, or $11.50 a pound.
The money raised will be donated to Seed to Feed, a program sponsored by Church Community Services, of Elkhart, that provides locally grown food to pantries and meal sites throughout Elkhart County.
Flowers, the son of Monte and Charlene Flowers, of Nappanee, received more than $7,000 during last year’s auction for his reserve grand champion Hereford steer. He put that money into a college fund and decided he would pay it forward.
“I just didn’t know it would have this much of an effect,” Flowers said. “I’m really happy. I just can’t believe it.”