2023 Benefit in the Barn

2023 Benefit in the BarnBenefit in the Barn returned for its 9th year on Aug. 19 at Lee Farms in Union County. The Lee Family opened their farm to what has become a signature late-summer occasion bringing consumers and farmers together for food, entertainment, fun and a purpose.

The main objectives of the Benefit in the Barn are to spotlight the hunger issues in our community, raise funding to help address the issue while also providing opportunities for dialogue between consumers and farmers.

Thank you to our 2023 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor $10,000 +: Delaware County Foundation 

Major Sponsors $5,000 +: Chesrown Chevy, Buick, GMC; Union County Foundation; North Main Motors

Contributing Sponsors: Payne & Brown Insurance|Ohio Mutual Insurance Group; Rockford Homes; Union County Farm Bureau; Delaware County Farm Bureau; Shelly Materials; Trillium Farms

Supporting Sponsors: Ag Credit; Pioneer Seeds; Memorial Health; Union Rural Electric; kapi; America’s Trusted Insurance Group; Barrett Easterday, Cunningham, & Eselgroth LLP.; Holbrook & Manter; Heritage Cooperative

Participating Sponsors: Farm Credit Mid-America; Law offices of Schulze, Cox and Will; Edwards Jones Dusty Hostutler; Delaware County Commissioners; POET; Serenity Pools; Maloney & Novotny; Bane Welker; Epcon Communities; Henmick Brewery; Consolidated Cooperative; Fidelity Federal; Ag Pro; Nationwide Sponsor Relations; V&P; Cashman’s; Traction Ag; First Federal; Millholland Financial 

In Kind Sponsors: Restoration Brew Worx; Oak and Brazen Winery; Dalton Union Winery & Brewery; City Barbeque; Sunbelt Rentals; Eda’s Italian Ice; Kenwel Printers; Richwood Bank; Millers Porta-Jon Rental & Septic; Screen Printing Showhouse Inc.

Friends of Farm Bureau: Brian & Connie Skinner, Kristen & Darren Skinner, Union County Chamber, Dean Cook & Associates | Union Propane, Nestle, John & Becky Bolt, Barb & Doug Loudenslager, John & Jill Davis, Gary & Carol Davis, Glenn & Kelly Harsh

2023 Benefit in the BarnWe’re proud to announce this year’s Benefit in the Barn raised $83,436.04 for our local hunger relief agencies! $49,319.02 will be donated to the Delaware County Hunger Alliance, and The Hope Center – Marysville, Ohio will receive $34,144.02.

Organization Director Melinda Lee said, “It is an honor and privilege to work with such a dedicated group of people to work towards the goal of ending hunger in our communities. Having Delaware & Union County Farm Bureaus collaborate on this mission is wonderful. We could not do it without the support of all of our event sponsors, so thank you for your partnership & for making 2023 a record breaking year.”

The mission of the Ohio Farm Bureau is working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities.  

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