Beck's Hybrids, Atlanta, Indiana, is celebrating 75 years as a family owned seed business. Last summer the company unveiled two Orange County Choppers motorcycles built especially to help commemorate the anniversary. At the suggestion of an employee the company decided to announce the We Care for Orphans Adoption Fund Sweepstakes.
"There are 143 million orphans worldwide," says Tim Newcomb, Beck's education director. "Average cost to adopt is around $30,000. We wanted to do something to help as many families as possible adopt a child."
So since July farmers and others have had the opportunity to enter the sweepstakes. "More than 48,000 tickets were sold," says Newcomb. The winning ticket was purchased by Greg Lundquist from Wabash, Indiana.
Lundquist has been in sales at Agro-Chem, a distributor of ag chemicals for 37 years. He registered for the OCC chopper at the IN-IL Farm and Outdoor Power Equipment Show in December. The chopper he receives features a unique, custom paint job. An American flag with the saying "God Bless the American Farmer," flies on the gas tank, along with an image of a two-row horse drawn planter, which is how the first Beck's Superior Hybrids seeds were planted.
"We couldn't be more excited to award Greg with one of the most unique custom choppers," says Scott Beck, vice president of Beck's Hybrids. "With the help of farmers, bike enthusiasts and the agricultural community, we've raised a total of $80,043. From the beginning of the sweepstakes, it has been our desire to help provide as many families with the resources to make their adoption a reality. More than 20 families will benefit from the funds raised."
At the presentation in Nashville, Lundquist offered to match $2,500 if Beck's employees raised a matching $2,500.