The Fayette County Cattlemen’s Association recently organized a fundraiser with several businesses and individuals in Fayette County for a local member in the community.
On the evening of July 27, Augustus (Gus) Bonham suffered a massive barn fire on his farm outside of Good Hope. The fire destroyed a building structure and several trucks and trailers that were used in his day-to-day operation hauling grain, fertilizer and feed for local farmers and elevators.
In order to help Gus recover from the fire, the Fayette County Cattlemen’s Association organized a dinner and silent auction on his behalf the evening of Aug. 15 at Pine Lodge. Gus and his family have been long-time members of the Fayette County Cattlemen’s Association.
Cattlemen’s vice president Rick Harmon said at the dinner, “The Fayette County Cattlemen have been a fixture in this community forever. It is our responsibility to help people, that is our mission. Our members and many local businesses helped with this tremendous event. We would like to thank all the members and the community for pitching in and helping Gus get back on his feet especially during these very trying times.”
Gus added, “I’m very overwhelmed by the support from the community. I am really at a loss for words, but we are going to collect all the pieces and get back on our feet. I really want to thank all my friends and the community for believing in me and supporting me through this very difficult time. The love and support everyone have shown me, my girlfriend Tiffany and her daughter Bella is beyond amazing. I would also like to thank my parents, grandparents, siblings and family members for being there for me and pitching in with this event.”
The event was a huge success due to the generosity of the many sponsors and supportive community. The Fayette County Cattlemen’s Association and Gus would like to thank everyone in making this event so successful.