Jewelers purchase gold for calves: benefit for rodeo team

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

This week Sturhahn Jewelers on the Marshall Square is purchasing scrap gold and silver to help purchase cattle and to maintain the rodeo grounds.

Net profits from the jewelry will go to the Missouri Valley College rodeo team, funds the team is in need of after Saturday's rodeo was nearly rained out.

"Attendance was down due to the weather," said Coach Ken Mason. "Saturday night it rained and that's our biggest fundraiser."

Al Sturhahn is the rodeo team's neighbor, literally. His home brushes up to the back of the team's property and he often sees them practicing. Sturhahn is pretty generous, Mason said, and is good to the kids.

"Ken has done a wonderful job. This is just a little show of appreciation. Anything the community can do for the college" is a good thing, Sturhahn continued.

The MVC rodeo team will soon be purchasing calves. This is a bi-annual activity as they have to purchase new cattle every semester. Mason said the cattle market is as high as it's been in some time, most likely due to a shortage.

Sturhahn's will look at jewelry all week, finishing the benefit at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15.

"If people are thinking of cashing in, now's the time to do it," Sturhahn said.

Not only would it benefit MVC, but gold is nearly at an all-time high, approximately $1,375 per ounce. The jewelers are also willing to help people understand what they have. Those who wish to sell their gold and silver will not be out any money because of the benefit as Sturhahn Jewelers will donate their portion to the college.

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  • That is really a nice gesture by Al Sturhahn and his store!! I hope that a lot of people take advantage of this deal in order to support the college. Marshall and the citizens could do so much more to show their appreciation to the college instead of complaining about it. The college, the students, their parents, and the staff spend a lot of money in this community. Given the economy, we should be more appreciative of the college.

    -- Posted by RedAngel on Tue, Jan 11, 2011, at 5:34 PM
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