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Heifer International's seventh annual Feast in the Field, held at Heifer's headquarters, was not just a fundraiser; it was also a celebration of the agency's 75th anniversary.

On June 7 -- the night after Heifer's sister-fundraiser, Urban Farm Fest -- attendees of the sold-out feast turned out in white attire for what has been billed as a "farm-to-fork" dinner, produced by local farmers in Heifer-supported cooperatives. The event supports Heifer USA, which "helps bring farmers together to build rural ... cooperatives in communities that need them most," as revealed online.

A rainy forecast turned out not to hold much water, thank goodness. The on-lawn, pre-dinner reception, which suffered from only a few sprinkles, featured a few nibbles; specialty drinks; some "animal ambassadors" and a chance to make donations.

For the feast, guests proceeded to the on-campus pavilion. Dinner, prepared by the Little Rock Marriott and Heritage Grille Steak & Fin, featured mojo-marinated bone-in grilled chicken and fruitwood-smoked beef brisket with bloody Mary barbecue sauce. The meats were provided by New South Produce Cooperative and Grass Roots Farmers' Cooperative.

David Bazzel from KABZ-FM "The Buzz" 103.7 teamed up with KARK, Channel 4, news anchor Mallory Brooks to once again host a program that included a film featuring a couple of the farms that work with Heifer and a live auction whose goodies included a Heifer field visit to Guatemala, a garden dinner party and children's birthday party at the Heifer Urban Farm; and a Sissy's Log Cabin diamond bracelet. Proceeds, which included on-the-spot donations, came to more than $300,000 ... exceeding the $250,000 goal.

Guests finished out the evening by dancing to the tunes of the band Rip Van Shizzle.

Gallery: Heifer Village

High Profile on 06/16/2019

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