The following is a press release from the Angus Foundation:
Commitment to youth development is important to Montana rancher, Camron “Cam” Cooper, owner of Talon Ranch, Twin Bridges, Mont. Because of her generosity to Angus youth and the Angus Foundation, the organization inducted Cooper to the Honorary Angus Foundation July 15 during the 2011 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) in Harrisburg, Pa.
The National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) selects inductees based on their profound dedication to Angus youth and support of the NJAA.
Cooper was honored for her continued support of the Angus Foundation and creation of the Angus/Talon Youth Educational Learning Program Endowment Fund. Through the program, Angus youth majoring in animal science and/or range management are awarded scholarships for educational use.
“One can only be humbled by Cam’s generous bequest commitment to the Angus Foundation,” says Milford Jenkins, Angus Foundation president. “This gift will serve as an inspiration to all of us involved in the Angus breed to search our own hearts and souls to determine what we can do financially in support of the campaign.”
One recipient of the endowment fund, Hannah Wright, Spring City, Tenn., says Cooper has helped change her life. Wright attends the University of Tennessee, majoring in animal science with a minor in agribusiness.
“Thank you has never seemed to be enough for what she has done for me and many others,” Wright says.
Through the Angus Foundation’s visionary planned giving program, the Angus Legacy Society, Cooper named the Angus Foundation the charitable beneficiary of the 2,200-acre Talon Ranch in its entirety. The ranch’s hard assets will eventually be liquidated to fund the permanent endowment.
“Cam is an amazing woman and an inspiration to me,” Wright says. “Her gift empowers youth to become leaders in the Angus breed so we can help others tomorrow.”
Cooper also chose a heifer to represent the Talon Ranch and support the Angus Foundation by donating it as the 2011 Angus Foundation Heifer last January.
In 1985 the National Junior Angus Association initiated the Honorary Angus Foundation to recognize and show appreciation to those who have shown extraordinary interest and support for young members of the American Angus Association®. In 1985, the NJAA Board of Directors honored seven Angus breeders as the first inductees of the Honorary Angus Foundation. Three inductees are honored annually. Any member of the American Angus Association is eligible to nominate individuals or organizations for the Honorary Angus Foundation.
Visit www.angus.org to learn more or to nominate next year’s Honorary Angus Foundation inductees.
The Angus Foundation was established in 1980 as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization to support Angus education, youth and research. To learn more about the Angus Foundation and the programs it supports, call the American Angus Association® at 816-383-5100 or go to www.angusfoundation.org.
Source: Angus Foundation
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