Tractor donation supports Hall
Stock contractor John Growney found his hand itching to inch upward at the Wrangler Gold Buckle Gala’s live auction, held Dec. 3 in Las Vegas. Fortunately, he needed a tractor. Growney clinched the winning bid for a Hesston by Massey Ferguson 1600 series compact tractor at $24,000.
The suggested retail price of the donated machine: $25,000.
“I believe so much in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame because that’s really where our rewards are later in life, so this worked both ways – I got to make a donation and still get something I needed anyway,” said Growney, a member of the Hall’s board of trustees. He’s using his purchase as a maintenance machine around his Red Bluff, Calif., ranch.
“I encourage all rodeo committees, stock contractors and as many cowboys as can afford it to support the Hall,” Growney said.
The live and silent auctions from the Gala raised a total of $42,000, which will be used for Hall operations.
“We are very appreciative of Massey Ferguson’s support – it’s a huge donation that helps us reach our fundraising goals,” said Kent Sturman, director of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy.
Hesston by Massey Ferguson renewed its long-time support of rodeo by becoming the Official Farm Equipment sponsor of the PRCA. The donation of a tractor, which the company also made in 2011 to the Gala, “is one way for us to assist the Hall in its efforts to preserve the history of rodeo and the American cowboy and show how much we value our shared history,” said Laura Lines, senior brand marketing specialist for Hesston by Massey Ferguson. “Over the last two years, Hesston is proud to have donated a total value of more than $50,000 to this great cause, and we look forward to many more years of rodeo support.”