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Tractor featured as part of food drive

Published: Saturday, May 10, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
River Bend Foodbank staff accepted a donation April 23 from Birkey's stores. With the check are (from left) Denny Johnson, store manager of Birkey’s Annawan and Prophetstown locations; Jeff Melton, Birkey’s sales representative in Prophetstown; Caren Laughlin, River Bend marketing director; Liz Farmer, Birkey’s parts counter sales in Annawan; and Nici Baker, Birkey’s Galesburg, office manager.

ANNAWAN – Birkey’s Farm Store branches in Prophetstown and Polo were among the sites which took part in a fundraiser to benefit River Bend Foodbank.

Those who donated $10 or more for the food bank were entered into a drawing for a 60-year-old Farmall Super MTA tractor.

The tractor was displayed from Feb. 3 to April 4 at 12 Birkey’s stores as part of the company’s 60-Day Hunger Drive.

The drawing was April 10.

Ross Cluver of Buckley won the tractor. 

The tractor display raised $35,192 for River Bend, while the entire drive raised $167,000 for seven food banks.

Caren Laughlin, director of marketing at River Bend, accepted the donation April 23 at Birkey’s Annawan store.

River Bend Food Bank also received donations from other Birkey’s stores, including Annawan, Galesburg, Henry, and Macomb.

Proceeds from each Birkey’s location will be given to agencies in that store’s local community.

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