Auction Raises More than $11,000 for AJCC Research Foundation

The endowment of the AJCC Research Foundation added $11,115 from proceeds of its annual benefit auction held June 27 as part of the 2019 Annual Meetings of the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc. in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.


Duane and Roslyn Norman, Fulton, Md., donated the top-seller – an original 36 x 24 inch acrylic on canvas (pictured on far right above) by artist Thais Cassel. Susie Green, Elsie, Mich., took home the piece for a final bid of $1,050, outbidding Cari Wolfe, AJCA Director of Research and Genetic Program Development. “The Nursery” is a portrait featuring two endearing Jersey calves lying on a grassy bed.


The second high seller was the first choice of a new custom-made farm sign featuring “The Jersey” portrait (pictured above) by Bonnie Mohr, commissioned by the American Jersey Cattle Association (AJCA) in 2018. The weather-resistant metal sign will be customized with the farm name by TransWorld Services in Hillard, Ohio. The first choice was purchased by National All-Jersey Inc. (NAJ) president, John Kokoski, Hadley, Mass., with a final bid of $900. The contending bidder, NAJ Director John Marcoot, Greenville, Ill., purchased the second choice sign for $275. The two farms both own All-Jersey product plants and will use the signs to aid in their on-farm promotions.

Other High Sellers

A Simon Fieldings Crown Devon Souvenir Series biscuit saucer and cup sold for $530 to Donna Phillips, Newton, Wis. The pieces featured a Jersey cow on each. They were donated by Linda Peterson of Greenwich, Ohio.

Ted and Cheryl DeMent of Kenney, Ill., donated a very unique lot of a custom woodburnt silverware box. The artistry features a Jersey cow head backed by an American flag, a truly one-of-a-kind piece skillfully crafted by the DeMents themselves. The box sold for $480 to one of this year’s Master Breeder Award recipients, Roger Owens of Owens Farm Inc., Frederic, Wis.

Owens also purchased another unique item, a vintage Jersey creamer from the 1922 AJCC Annual Meeting, for $450. This beautiful piece of Limoges china was made to order by President E. A. Darling and imported from France and presented to guests at the AJCC banquet held on the eve of the annual meeting. This rare find was donated by Dawn Schirm, Wooster, Ohio.

A set of three unique Jersey Creamline advertising posters sold for $380 a piece. The originals circa 1930s and are in the AJCA’s permanent collection in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Two of them went to Dana Chamberlain, Wyoming, N.Y. And the third went to Ralph Frerichs, La Grange, Texas.


Canvas prints of Bonnie Mohr’s 2018 “The Jersey” portrait series were another donation of the AJCA. The front view went to David Norman, Liberty, Pa., with a bid of $400. The side and rear views were both purchased by AJCA Director Tom Sawyer, Walpole, N.H. for $375 each.

Other Items

The remaining items in the live auction were purchased by Paul Chittenden, Schodack Landing, N.Y., (framed portrait of “Prized Jerseys” by Edwin Douglass, donated by Brigham and Elliott Families, Barton, Vt.); J & Rachel Hodge, Norwich, Ohio, (vintage Jersey advertisement); Susie Green, Elise, Mich., (All-Jersey milk poster); Donna Phillips, Newton, Wis., (ceramic candy dish: Jersey pottery); Brad Barham, Hughson, Calif., (“Cow Trio”: Canvas print, donated by Amy and John Vanderstappen, Transfer, Pa.); Corrina Aldrich, Salem, N.Y., (leather bound program from 1920 Jersey Breeder Banquet, donated by Ray and Margaret Schooley, Mansfield, Mo.); Becky Phillips, Pattersonville, N.Y., (Isle of Jersey stamp set); Tom Sawyer, Walpole, N.H., (1973 National Heifer Sale Catalog, donated by Paul Chittenden, Schodack Landing, N.Y.); Ralph Frerichs, La Grange, Texas, (vintage Elsie set of ice cream bowls); Rob Klinkner, Viroqua, Wis., (Allflex tagging special A & B, donated by Allflex USA, Inc.); Joel Albright, Willard, Ohio, (Allflex tagging special C & D, donated by Allflex USA, Inc.); Dave McHanney, Lansing, Mi., (Allflex tagging special E, donated by Allflex USA, Inc.); Becky Ferry, Johnstown, N.Y., (planter in a surge milker, donated by the Vintage Cow – Katie Carpenter and Dana Chamberlain, Attica, N.Y.); and Roger Owens, Frederic, Wis., (New York gift basket, donated by New York Jersey Breeders).

Silent Auction

The evening had both a live and silent auction taking place, at the end of the live lots the silent items were offered up for any additional live bids. In all, these items contributed $1,550 to the sale’s grand total. The high seller of this portion of the sale was a printed portrait of a milk maid with her three Jersey cows and a calf. The 18.5 x 14.5 framed piece was purchased by Jacob Leum, Viroqua, Wis., for $440 and donated by the Brigham and Elliott Families, Barton, Vt.

Winning bids for the remaining 16 silent lots came from Linda Marcoot, Greenville, Ill.; Ella Chyle, Pleasant Mt., Pa.; Abigail Shaw, Oxford, Mass.; Jerry Emerich, Moores, N.Y.; Brad Barham, Hughson, Calif.; Jacob Leum, Viroqua, Wis.; Paul Chittenden, Schodack Landing, N.Y.; Michael Hurst, Waynesville, Ohio; Jennifer Bosley, Malone, N.Y.; and Sarah Boer, Dalhart, Texas.

Donors included Paul Chittenden, Schodack Landing, N.Y.; University of Tennessee-Lewisburg; Paula England, Columbus, Ohio; Estate of Laurence Gardiner, Memphis, Tenn.; Steve Bechtel, Fredericktown, Ohio; Brazil Jersey Breeders; Vickie White, Canal Winchester, Ohio; and Dawn Schirm, Wooster, Ohio.

Over 200 were in attendance as the sale was led by auctioneer Chris Hill, Thurmont, Md., and AJCA Executive Secretary & CEO, Neal Smith.

Next Year’s Auction

Next year’s benefit auction will be held in conjunction with the 152nd Annual Meeting of the American Jersey Cattle Association in Portland, Ore. Interested donors should contact the Communications Department before March 15, 2020.

 Established in 1967, the AJCC Research Foundation is a 501(c)(3) permanent trust operated exclusively to promote and sponsor scientific research in the dairy industry. Gifts assigned to the use of the Foundation are deductible for Federal estate and gift purposes, and may be made at any time.

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