Stock Show Syndicate’s focus, dollars go to youth

FORT WORTH, Texas (Feb. 1, 2017) – With the Sale of Champions at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo just days away, the Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate is looking forward to another banner year in 2017.

Last year’s sale raised in excess of $3.4 million for youth exhibitors, which marked the third straight year that the group topped the $3 million plateau. The Syndicate’s leadership has its sights set high once again this year, but as always, the organization doesn’t focus on a number, but rather on the kids.

“We never put a dollar figure out there when we talk goals,” Chairman Blair Norman said. “Since the Syndicate was founded, the goal has simply been to impact kids’ lives. Our members have always done a tremendous job focusing on that mission, which is why we’ve enjoyed a sustained level of success.”

Since its inception in 1980, the Syndicate has purchased more than 850 animals at a total price topping $49 million. In the last 16 years, the group has raised $35.7 million, with more than $10.4 million coming since 2014. Every dollar goes to the youth who raised the award-winning animals.

“It’s just remarkable the impact that the Syndicate has made in our community since 1980,” Norman said. “Our sponsors and donors believe that hard work needs to be rewarded, and every year they prove it with their generosity and dedication to the cause. We’re extremely grateful for our sponsor and donor base.”

In addition to the sale prices, the FWSSS, which has helped more than 8,000 children pursue their educational and agricultural goals over the past three-plus decades, will award 24 $10,000 scholarships as part of the James M. “Jim Bob” Norman Scholarship Fund.

“We are living up to our mission of funding dreams, and at the same time, protecting the traditions and heritage of this state,” the second-year chairman said. “The young men and women who exhibit are the future of the agricultural industry, and we are so proud to be associated with them. They are such an integral part of the fabric of Fort Worth, the state of Texas and the nation as a whole.”

The culmination of a year’s worth of hard work from the Syndicate’s 100-plus members will take place Saturday at 9 a.m. in the West Arena.

The excitement for the annual Sale of Champions will begin Friday afternoon when the Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion are selected inside Watt Arena. The anticipation continues Saturday morning when the Syndicate hosts an early-morning breakfast for its sponsors at Casa Manana prior to the start of the auction.

“It’s always a thrilling experience for everyone involved,” Norman said. “There’s truly nothing like it, and we are all so proud to be a part of the tradition.”