WALLA WALLA — A girl’s unexpected act of selflessness sent comfort — and funds — the way of a local nonprofit.
When 12-year-old Taylor Garbe learned Sept. 6 at the Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days that her hog was over the weight limit for auctioning, the process was put in motion.
Taylor’s pig weighed more than 280 pounds, exceeding the fair’s maximum weight to qualify for auction. After receiving the news that the hog was ineligible, Otis Garbe, Taylor’s father, came up with the idea to donate the pig to a good cause. Taylor chose Walla Walla Community Hospice.
"We didn’t know where to go from there, but we know a lot of people who have had hospice. It just seemed right, and Taylor was really excited about it," he explained.
The Garbes had to wait for approval from the Cattlemen’s Association, the supervisor of pigs and fair officials, but eventually everyone was on board, he said.
After the hog was purchased, the fair’s auctioneers asked additional bidders to add $1 per pound as a donation to hospice. At the end of the bidding, the hog, which had a probable market value of $700-$800, went for over $4,000, and additional donations are still coming in. All of the money raised will go directly to hospice.
"It’s amazing, especially in this day and age, given the economy, to have so much support for a 12-year-old’s cause," Taylor’s father said. "We’re so thankful to everyone who came out and supported her. I never thought it would go as far as this."
Lara Goodrich can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.