Boys & Girls Clubs of Weld County honor late ag voice Bill Jackson at annual calf auction
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Growing up, T.W. Jackson remembers his father rarely took any major highways when on a road trip. Instead, Bill Jackson opted to drive the back roads and highways.
He often pointed out farmers’ and ranchers’ houses he knew along the way, and sometimes he’d tell his family a story about the folks who lived inside them.
“He was always spending time with farmers and ranchers,” T.W. said, as a smile crept across his face. “He knew them all, I think.”
Bill Jackson was the honoree Nov. 5 at the 18th Annual Boys & Girls Clubs of Weld County’s Calf Auction, which took place at Producers Livestock Marketing Auditorium in Greeley, Colo.
Jackson was chosen for his lifelong contribution to the club’s youth and the agriculture community. Jackson was the Greeley Tribune’s agriculture reporter for more than 30 years before his death last October.
The auction is a yearly fundraiser with all proceeds benefiting children of the Boys & Girls Clubs through educational programs, club supervisors and other after-school services. The Weld County organization has been around since 1964 and serves more than 2,000 children each year.
“What we’re doing here is supporting kids in Weld County — some of who are underprivileged — by giving them a place to go after school, and giving them the educational resources they need to help them succeed and stay out of trouble,” said Mike Faulkner, calf auction committee co-chairman.
This year’s auction had about 100 people in attendance throughout the day and featured 71 items to auction away, including 20 donated beef calves and 10 dairy springers, according to Committee Co-Chairman Joaquin Gallegos.
Organizers did not say Saturday how much the event raised. However, in previous years it has taken in more than $100,000.
Almost every year the Calf Auction Committee tries to honor someone who was a strong advocate for the Boys and Girls Club, especially in Weld’s ag community, Gallegos said. Bill Jackson was an easy choice to put alongside other honorees, such as Bill Webster and Scott Houston.
“Bill was always involved and was a big supporter of agriculture, always writing ag articles in a positive light,” Faulkner said. “We thought he should be recognized for that support.”
T.W. said his father played an integral role in the auction since its inception year 18 years ago. When he found out his father was being honored this year, he said the Jackson family was excited, and more importantly, thankful.
They all miss Jackson, but knowing his father left such an influential mark in the community relieves some of that pain.
“This (auction) was something that was really important to him,” T.W. said. “He couldn’t go anywhere without seeing somebody that he knew — usually a farmer or a rancher. It means a lot to us that people want to remember him.” ❖
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