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California Wine Country “Harvest” To Benefit Hereford Youth

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) invites Hereford breeders, enthusiasts and supporters to save the date and make plans to attend “The Harvest” fund-raiser event at Kunde Family Estate in Sonoma, Calif., Aug. 19-21, 2011. The Harvest will be hosted by the Jim and Marcia Mickelson family with all proceeds going to HYFA’s $5 million capital endowment campaign to benefit scholarships and education for Hereford youth across the nation.

           
“This is sure to be an unforgettable wine country experience for all who attend,” says Amy Cowan, HYFA director. The event will start in San Francisco, Calif., Aug. 19 with tours and sightseeing in and around the Bay Area on Thursday evening and Friday. On Friday afternoon the group will make its way to Kunde Family Estate for a casual barbecue and entertainment by Williams and Ree… The Indian and The White Guy. Saturday will include a ranch tour of Sonoma Mountain Herefords and local winery tours and tasting.
           
The highlight of the wine country weekend will be Saturday evening’s sale featuring some of the breed’s most elite genetics. The sale will be managed by Eddie and Ruth Sims of National Cattle Services and will take place on Kunde’s famous Boot Hill perched high above Sonoma Valley on the steps of the Mayacamas Mountains. Boot Hill boasts 360-degree views of Kunde’s 1,850-acre winegrowing estate and will be the perfect setting for the evening’s meal and entertainment. The auction will not only feature embryos from the breed’s most prominent donors, flushes and heifer calf pregnancies, but will offer some one-of-a-kind silent and live auction items including vacation get-aways, a 2012 National Finals Rodeo package, exquisite artwork and something special for everyone.
           
 
Hereford enthusiasts can choose from three travel packages:
No. 1 — San Francisco travel package
Come early to take in a day in the “City by the Bay” and enjoy Thursday night at the wonderful Hotel Nikko. On Friday enjoy breakfast and head out to explore the city. Maybe a cable car to Fisherman’s Wharf? Or take a look through Ghirardelli Square? After lunch we’ll transfer via coach bus to Santa Rosa. There you’ll enjoy two nights at the Hyatt Hotel. On Friday night it’s a real California-style tri-tip dinner with entertainment by Williams and Ree also known as “The Indian and the White Guy” at the beautiful Kunde Family Estate winery. Saturday will be local winery tours and tastings and a visit to the Sonoma Mountain Hereford operation. Your Saturday culminates with “The Harvest” event complete with a Certified Hereford Beef dinner and Embryo Auction. On Sunday we will offer two different departures via coach back to the San Francisco airport. All rates listed are per person. Double occupancy rate based on two people in room. Registration packages start at — Single: $890/person; Double: $600/person
 
No. 2 — Sonoma Valley travel package
Includes two nights (Friday & Saturday) at the Hyatt Hotel in Santa Rosa, the California-style tri-tip dinner with entertainment by Williams and Ree also known as “The Indian and the White Guy”dinner on Friday night at Kunde Family Estate. Saturday will start with a breakfast followed by tours of the area, local winery tours and tastings and a visit to the Sonoma Mountain Hereford operation. Your Saturday culiminates with “The Harvest” event complete with a Certified Hereford Beef steak dinner and Embryo Auction. All rates listed are per person. Double occupancy rate based on two people in room. Registration packages start at —
Single: $590/person; Double: $380/person
 
No. 3 — The Harvest travel package
If you are able to join us for the Saturday night Foundation event and need a hotel room in Santa Rosa, you can sign up for a ticket and hotel with this package. All rates listed are per person. Double occupancy rate based on two people in room. Single: $330/person; Double: $240/person

 

 
First deadline to receive early bird registration rates is June 15. To register visit: www.theharvest2011.com.
 
We are currently seeking consignments to the sale. If you are interested in being part of this history-making event in California’s wine country please contact Eddie or Ruth Sims at 580-492-4590, simsncs@aol.com or Amy Cowan at acowan@hereford.org, 816-842-3757.
 
The Hereford Youth Foundation of America is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit. Its mission is to support scholarship, education and leadership activities within the Hereford breed. For more information about the HYFA contact the AHA at 816-842-3757.
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