Seagoing Cowboys will be honored Oct. 25

By on October 15, 2014

In 1938 Dan West, a relief worker, peace advocate and Church of the Brethren leader, decided to help starving people by rounding up cowboys across the country to ship dairy cattle to war-devastated countries. Today, the nonprofit Heifer International he founded has helped more than 18.5 million families in more than 125 countries, including the United States.

More than 20 of these original “Seagoing Cowboys,” now in their 80s and 90s, will be special guests at the Heifer International’s “Beyond Hunger: Communities of Change” 70th anniversary celebration on Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Manheim Farm Show grounds, 502 E. Adele Avenue, Manheim, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The public is invited to the free event, hosted by the Southeast Pennsylvania Volunteer Heifer Committee and Heifer International, which includes lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:20 p.m.

 Luke Bomberger (top left) on the SS Norwalk Victory traveling to Italy in  February 1946. He will be one of the "Seagoing Cowboys" to be honored during the Heifer International "Beyond Hunger: Communities of Change" 70th anniversary celebration on Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Manheim Farm Show. (Photo courtesy of Peggy Reiff Miller/Elmer Bowers)

Luke Bomberger (top left) on the SS Norwalk Victory traveling to Italy in February 1946. He will be one of the “Seagoing Cowboys” to be honored during the Heifer International “Beyond Hunger: Communities of Change” 70th anniversary celebration on Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Manheim Farm Show. (Photo courtesy of Peggy Reiff Miller/Elmer Bowers)

Activities throughout the day include a Living Gift Market where individuals can contribute toward purchase of animals; live animals; Heifer program displays; youth activities and crafts, including a scavenger hunt; Heifer storybook readings; and music by the local Manheim award-winning bluegrass group, EMazing GRACE.

Manheim farmer, Mark Nestleroth, an organizer of the Beyond Hunger event, is a long-time supporter of the Heifer Project in Lancaster County. He remembers his neighbor, Milt Hershey, helped Dan West gather cattle in the 1940s.

“Lancaster County played an important role in Heifer’s early days of gathering and shipping livestock, and we are honored to have Heifer International President and CEO Pierre Ferrari come to our celebration,” noted Nestleroth.

Ferrari speak at 11 a.m.

Visit heifer.org for more information. To learn more, call Mark Nestleroth at 664-2159

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