FORT WORTH, Texas (Jan. 30, 2018) – Each of the past four years, the Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate has raised more than $3 million for youth exhibitors at the annual Junior Sale of Champions, and this year looks like it will be no different.
“These young men and women deserve our best efforts,” Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate chairman Doug Cassidy said. “Our mission is to work tirelessly on their behalf.”
And that’s exactly what the organization has done over the past nearly four decades. Since its inception in 1980, the Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate has purchased more than 8,200 animals at a total price in excess of $52.7 million. Every dollar goes to the youth who raised the award-winning animals.
Last year’s sale raised over $3.2 million, giving the organization a total of more than $13.7 million since 2014. The Syndicate’s leadership has its sights set high once again this year, but as always, the organization doesn’t put an emphasis on a specific number goal, but rather focuses on knowing that whatever the final number is, the impact on the lives of the youth exhibitors will be meaningful and lasting.
The excitement for the annual Sale of Champions ramps up Friday during the final judging inside Watt Arena. The Grand Champion Steer of the Show and Reserve Grand Champion are typically selected in the early afternoon.
The anticipation continues Saturday morning when the Syndicate hosts an early-morning breakfast for its sponsors at Casa Manana. The culmination of a year’s worth of hard work from the Syndicate’s 100-plus members follows at 9 a.m. in the West Arena with the Sale of Champions.
The Grand Champion will be the first animal up for auction, followed by the Reserve Champion. Each year since 2012, the Grand Champion has sold for at least $200,000, including a record-tying total of $240,000 last year.
However, the Syndicate’s mission revolves around more than just the top steer. It is about ensuring the highest dollar figures possible for all of the exhibitors all morning long by securing more than 400 sponsors and donors.
“Our sponsors and donors are incredibly generous, and we are so grateful for them,” Cassidy said. “Year in and year out they are dedicated to the cause, and they do so much for so many.”
In addition to the sale prices, the Syndicate has helped children pursue their educational and agricultural goals over the past nearly four decades. This year, the organization will award two dozen $10,000 scholarships to FFA and 4-H students as part of the James M. “Jim Bob” Norman Scholarship Fund. Over its history, the scholarship fund has distributed more than $1.8 million.
For more information, contact the Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate at (817) 764-6060.
FORT WORTH, Texas (March 3, 2017) – The Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate’s Executive Committee has once again approved an allocation of funds to support this weekend’s Tarrant County Junior Livestock Show.
This commitment comes following the Syndicate’s work in providing contributions of more than $3.2 million at the Fort Worth Stock Show last month.
The 2017 Tarrant County Junior Livestock Show will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Will Rogers Memorial Center’s Swine Barn. The show has been held annually since 1950.
“This is always an important commitment for our organization to make,” FWSSS Chairman Doug Cassidy said. “Supporting our local youth as they continue to maintain Tarrant County’s proud tradition in the agricultural industry is at the heart of our mission.”
Since its founding in 1980, the Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate has raised more than $52.7 million for youth exhibitors and has helped more than 8,000 children pursue their agricultural goals.
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.”