Stockmen’s Memorial Foundation gets creative with fundraising

The charity is offering catered home meals and an online auction to raise funds during the pandemic

A snapshot of the poster for the Stockmen's Memorial Foundation annual dinner and auction.

An Alberta-based charity is side-stepping pandemic issues by turning its annual fundraising dinner and auction into a “chuckwagon edition” that will see supporters bid online and order a catered meal to eat in their own homes.

The Stockmen’s Memorial Foundation, based in Cochrane, Alta, documents the history of the livestock industry in Western Canada. This fall, the foundation is offering a pre-cooked beef supper, catered by Gourmet to Go, for $28. Supporters can pre-order meals through the foundation and pick them up at the Cochrane RancheHouse on November 6 (1pm to 4 pm) or November 7 (10 am to 3 pm). The foundation has also partnered with the Cochrane Activettes, allowing supporters to donate a meal to someone else “who would appreciate a great beef supper,” the media release notes.

The foundation has also organized an online auction, which starts November 5 and closes November 7. Auction items will include everything from Western art and clothing to household items such as a chain saw. Also up for bids is a horse brand V, along with a new brass free-brand iron. Starting November 3, supporters can view auction items in the Bert Sheppard Library at the Cochrane RancheHouse from 9 am to 3 pm. Auction items will also be displayed on the foundation’s website at

The Stockmen’s Memorial Foundation’s annual dinner and auction is the main fundraiser for the registered charity. Funds raised allow the foundation to maintain the Bert Sheppard Library, a reference library that houses everything from cancelled brand files to interviews about the West to thousands of books and magazines, as well as an extensive collection of artifacts.

To order a meal, call the foundation at 403-932-3782 or email [email protected].

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