Auction raises $260K for farm safety research
For Hub City Times
MARSHFIELD – It was a fairy tale evening as over 300 people attended “Once Upon an Auction” on Sept. 20 at RiverEdge Golf Course in Marshfield to support farmer health and safety.
Since its inception in 1982, the annual Auction of Champions event, hosted by Marshfield Clinic Health System Foundation, has raised more than $4 million for agricultural health and safety research at Marshfield Clinic Research Institute’s National Farm Medicine Center. Funds raised at Auction of Champions support important programs at Farm Medicine, including the Wisconsin Rollover Protective Structure rebate program, a gas monitor rebate program, skin cancer screenings, youth agricultural safety, and other programs.
This year’s event raised more than $260,000 for farm medicine, including a record $55,200 for the Fund-a-Need auction supporting a Mental Health First Aid program for local farmers.
Mental Health First Aid through Farm Medicine will offer training for farm communities to recognize, react to, and prevent mental health emergencies. This program will provide education on risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health issues, as well as a five-step action plan to help people in crisis connect with appropriate professional help.
Brad Guse, Auction of Champions committee chair, and Josie Rudolphi, associate research scientist at Farm Medicine, shared the impact the Mental Health First Aid program will have in Central and Northern Wisconsin communities and beyond during the Fund-a-Need presentation.
“We believe the power in this program is bringing the community together,” Rudolphi said. “Farmers are in crisis, and training the community in mental health first aid will see that our farmers and our friends get the support they need.”