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Ball, Keilty Families Contribute $100,000 to Hereford Youth

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Ed and Virginia Ball Foundation donated $50,000 to the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA), and their daughter Nancy and her husband, Tim Keilty, have matched the donation in honor of the Balls to create a total contribution of $100,000.

“This generous gift brings us one step closer to reaching the $5 million dollar goal set by the HYFA,” says Amy Cowan, American Hereford Association director of youth activities and foundation.
The original donation was made from the Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Foundation, Muncie, Ind., of which Nancy is the director, and Tim and Nancy Keilty made their matching contribution in the name of their operation, Cottonwood Springs Farm, Cedar, Mich. Because of these generous donations, an annual $2,500 scholarship will be presented by HYFA as the Ball Foundation/Cottonwood Springs Farm scholarship.
Visit for more information or contact Amy Cowan at or 816-842-3757.
The American Hereford Association, with headquarters in Kansas City, Mo., is one of the largest U.S. beef breed associations. The not-for-profit organization along with its subsidiaries — Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC, Hereford Publications Inc. (HPI) and American Beef Records Association (ABRA) — provides programs and services for its members and their customers, while promoting the Hereford breed and supporting education, youth and research. For more information about the Association, visit
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