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Welcome to the House that Beef Built

08/17/2013 @ 7:07am

“The power of love is a curious thing,” croons musician Huey Lewis.  “It makes one man weep, another man sing.”  And in Iowa, love helps build Ronald McDonald Houses. 

Welcome to the House that Love Built. Ronald McDonald Houses rely on the love, sharing and caring of generous donors to accomplish its mission.  More than $2 million has been raised for Ronald McDonald Houses of Iowa since 1983 when Gov. Terry E. Branstad first joined forces with the Iowa Beef Industry Council to sponsor the Governor's Charity Steer Show

“What a fun event!” said 4-H and FFA member Cory Sampson of Nevada, Iowa, who participated in the charity show for the first time this year.  “We helped raise money for an awesome cause.” 

Cory teamed up last Saturday with Coach Cecil Rhoads in memory of Brayton Shill, who would have turned 8 on July 29.  Brayton lost his battle with cancer last November, and his family stayed in a Ronald McDonald house while he underwent treatment.  

The team spirit exhibited by Cyclone the steer, Coach Rhoads and Cory made them the People’s Choice Award Winner. Teamwork is second nature to Cory, 19, who was raised on a family farm near Nevada. His family raises corn and soybeans.  They also have a 25-head cow/calf herd of Maine-Anjou cattle and farrow 60 head of sows mainly to be sold as show pigs.  

To promote the quality meat products they help produce, today the Sampsons are sharing a family-favorite recipe for meatballs.  

Meat Balls:

  • 1¼ lb ground ham
  • ½ lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 C milk
  • 1½ C graham crackers

Mix together the above ingredients and form into meat balls. Then top with sauce:

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