Tyson donates $1,500 to Habitat for Humanity

Saturday, November 18, 2017
A $1,500 check has been presented by Tyson Foods in Monett to the Monett/Purdy Habitat for Humanity affiliate. Pictured, from left, are: Nathan Mertz, general production manager-evisceration; Marcus Puente, senior supervisor for hazard analysis and critical control points; Bill Vaneaton, Frank Washburn and Jerry Hudson, Habitat for Humanity; Brian Hirsch, complex general manager of food safety and quality assurance; Michelle Helton, environmental manager; and Kimmie Schroeder, procurement administrator. Contributed photo

Proceeds from successful competition at Poultry Fest

The Tyson Foods plant in Monett presented a $1,500 check to the Monett/Purdy Habitat for Humanity affiliate as an offshoot of success company representatives had in the 58th annual Poultry Festival in June.

The Tyson-Monett Poultry Festival team participated in the Poultry Festival in June. At that event, the Bone-In division took first place, as did the team skit. Monett representatives also won the grand cooking championship at the festival.

The Poultry Federation donates to the charitable organization of each team's choice if the team is chosen as a contest winner.

Each year teams from area poultry companies/complexes travel to Rogers, Ark., to compete in a theme chosen by their team and decorate their booth along with the option to put on a five-minute skit that ties into their chosen theme. They also cook a dish for entry in the Bone-In or boneless division. Each booth gives away items tied to their theme or company. There is also a scholarship auction that raises money for the Poultry Federation Scholarship.

In addition to the barbecue festival, there are fishing, trap shoot and golf tournaments. This year the festival had 43 barbecue teams registered, 54 boats in the fishing tournament, 75 trap shooters, 370 golfers, 5,207 tickets sold, 5,100 scoops of Yarnell’s ice cream served and a whopping $107,205 dollars raised at the Allied Industries Scholarship Auction.