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Published August 21, 2009, 05:20 PM

NBC donates livestock to feed hungry

Approximately 694 pounds of beef was donated to the Damiano Center and Superior Salvation Army by National Bank of Commerce on Wednesday.

Approximately 694 pounds of beef was donated to the Damiano Center and Superior Salvation Army by National Bank of Commerce on Wednesday.

At the Douglas County Beef Improvement Association’s 42nd annual livestock auction in July, the bank purchased a cow. The animal’s price went over $2,700 before the gavel fell. Now, approximately three weeks later, the roasts, hamburger, steaks, short ribs, and stew meat are being picked up by the two community service organizations, which will use the meat to feed residents in need.

“We commend the youth participants of 4-H and FFA who hand raise these animals for the auction,” said Brad Roden, commercial loan officer at the bank. Roden, along with Troy Lambert, senior e-services officer, bid on behalf of the bank at this year’s auction.

“National Bank of Commerce strongly supports this program and the youths’ initiative,” said Roden. “It’s a pleasure to know that we are adding to the learning experiences of these kids. However, we don’t stop there. By donating our purchase, we pass the efforts of these kids along and provide food to those in need in our communities.”

National Bank of Commerce has been participating in the livestock auction for more than 30 years.

With offices in Superior, Duluth, Hermantown, Poplar and Solon Springs, National Bank of Commerce is the area’s largest, locally-owned bank. Its Web site is nbofc.com.

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