Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Anheuser-Busch Donates Clydesdale

Reno, Nev. — According to Businessweek, a Budweiser Clydesdale filly went for $20,000 at a fund-raising auction staged by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in Reno. Rodger Fleming of Butler, Pa., a member of the foundation's board of directors, submitted the winning bid Saturday for the 8-month-old horse named Kindred.

Plans call for the animal to be housed at the foundation's Elk Mountain Homestead in Benezette, Pa., which draws about 75,000 visitors a year. Funds raised from the auction will help support restoration of elk habitat, foundation spokesman Mark Armstrong said.

St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch Companies Inc., a foundation corporate sponsor, donated the horse for the auction. The brewing company owns about 300 Clydesdales, most of which are stabled at the company's 218-acre farm in Missouri. The iconic horses are a Budweiser tradition, promoting the beer in parades and other events as well as in television ads.

"(The foundation) continues to be a great partner with Budweiser, and this is just another opportunity to show our support for the foundation and their excellent work," said Paul Simmons, Budweiser branch manager. The foundation's four-day annual convention ended Sunday in Reno.

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