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District fun results in charitable contributions

—By Andy Dietrick
Public Relations Team

Who knew that a fun afternoon of corn hole would turn into a couple of unexpected but much-needed charitable contributions? Indiana Farm Bureau District 7 Director Jeff Gormong didn’t see it coming, but he’s not surprised.

“Whenever we get a group of Farm Bureau folks together good things generally happen,” he said, referring to the District 7 Family Fun Day on Sept. 15 in Sandborn, Ind. More than 65 Farm Bureau members gathered to share food and fun, and to play in the district’s annual corn hole tournament.

“It’s sponsored by our young farmers, and we encourage each of our counties to have a team,” said Gormong. “It’s a friendly rivalry and IFB Insurance puts up a $100 cash prize for the winner.” That winner turned out to be two winners – IFB insurance agents John Miller and David Henry, who agreed to split the prize. What happened next is typical Farm Bureau. When IFB Insurance District Sales Manager Jeff Huelson saw that two of his agents had won, he doubled the prize so each would walk away with $100.

But Miller and Henry didn’t pocket their winnings. The agents took their split, added their own funds to double the amount and donated to two local charities. Miller chose Our Father’s Arms, a Sullivan County community outreach organization. Henry directed his winnings to the food pantry at the Carbon Baptist Church.

“It makes me proud to be part of an organization whose members and employees give back to their communities without a second thought,” Gormong commented after learning of the agent’s contributions. “And I’m not surprised at all, just thankful to be working with such good people.”

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