Agriculture Leadership Award honored to Conrad and Lydia Kercher
The Laramie Chamber Business Alliance held their Ag Appreciation Banquet on Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center. The evening consisted of a dinner with entertainment by Michael Martin Murphey, a silent and live auction, and the presentation of the Agriculture Leadership Award sponsored by First Interstate Bank.
The Agricultural Leadership Award was presented by Sharleen Castle, to Conrad “Connie” and Lydia Kercher. The Kercher's were selected as the recipients because of their contributions to the agriculture community in numerous ways. They have not only spread their knowledge, but their time and money throughout the community. They have worked to host various events, advocate and financially support the Wyoming Territorial Park. They also are active in volunteering and donating in other organizations such as hospice, Welcome Wagon, Cowboy Joe Club, Wyoming State Historical Society, United Fund, Cathedral Home, Heart to Heart, the Pregnancy Resource Center, and Laramie Plains Museum, the Cliff and Martha Hansen Livestock Teaching Arena, the Farm House, the Little International Show, judging teams, Cowboy Joe handlers, experimental classes held at the old University Stock Farm, and in the construction of the new Animal Livestock Center facility. Through all of their various contributions, the Kerchers including their daughters and their families have established scholarships and endowments through the University of Wyoming.
“Their dedication to public service is an inspiration to all including the agricultural community. For years, they have provided leadership by making volunteerism easy to participate in for many. While they do not look for recognition, it is well deserved. We join with others in celebrating their achievements,” LCBA Agri-Business Committee Member, Kathy Guffey, said.
The Ag Appreciation Banquet is held every year to show appreciation from the community to the agricultural industry and create networking opportunities. The banquet is intended to increase understanding between the rural and city segments of our community regarding the challenges and opportunities faced by each other. The banquet is hosted not only to show appreciation to those in the agriculture industry, but to also raise funds for Albany County 4-H, Rock Creek FFA, Snowy Range FFA, and a University of Wyoming College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Scholarship.
The LCBA Agri-Business Committee works to put the event together year after year. They secure sponsorships, collect live and silent auction items, sell tables and tickets, and help run the night of the event.
For more information about the Ag Appreciation Banquet or other Laramie Chamber Business Alliance events, please visit our “Membership” Tab on our website for “events & programs”.