4-H teen will donate steer sale proceeds to charity

One Elkhart County 4-H Fair participant is intent on practicing what his organization preaches.

Lane Flowers, an incoming freshman at Northwood High School will make a charitable donation out of the money that his steer Cornbelly brings in at the beef auction Friday night. “All the money that we’re selling this calf for is going to go to Seed to Feed so they can help people less fortunate.”

Truth be told, Flowers did pretty good for himself at last year’s beef auction, which is why he’s focused on doing good things for others—this time around.

Last year, Flowers had the Reserve Grand Champion steer—the number two steer overall.

“We just got so much money (last year) we thought it’s only fair to let this steer here be donated so we can give some back, give some of the kindness back to people I guess,” said Flowers.

Lane’s dad, Monte Flowers says his son has always had a soft heart. “He said, ‘dad, why don’t we give back to somebody, we just take for granted we sit down every day we don’t have to worry about this food that we eat you know, you have a job, mom has a job, we’re doing OK, there’s some people that worry day to day.’”

Flower’s chosen charity—Seed to Feed—is an organization that formed about three years ago, “By some local people were concerned with the fact that there is not a lot of healthy options in food pantries,” said Katie Jantzen with Seed to Feed. “There are a lot of canned soups and boxed dinners, which are important, but maybe not the best good, the healthiest food for people who really need it.”

Seed to Feed now tends to ten Elkhart area gardens that provide fresh vegetables to 44 separate hot meal and food bank sites.

Lane Flowers has inspired others to try to make his good deed—even better.

They’re seeking public donations to bid it up when Cornbelly hits the auction block in Friday night’s cattle call.

“We’re putting together a buyers group so anybody can participate in that before he runs through the auction and hope for big numbers said Shelly Steury, a 4-H Board of Directors member.

The public can donate on the 4-H Fair website, at:

Cornbelly is expected to hit the auction block at about 6:30 p.m.

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