ESCANABA - After raising steers for the 2012 U.P. State Fair's beef cattle junior show, Dayton Miron and his brother Denham, both of Escanaba, have opted to give back to the community in a big way.
Both Dayton, 10, who raised the fair's 2012 grand champion steer, and Denham, 14, have agreed to take a portion of their earnings from their involvement in the beef cattle junior show to donate to some local charities of their choice, beginning with a $500 donation to the Delta Animal Shelter.
According to the boys' father Dennis, each of the boys have selected two charities to donate to and are in the process of finalizing details with the remaining charity organizations.
Brothers Dayton, left, and Denham Miron sit with Daisy, a dog available for adoption at the Delta Animal Shelter. The boys have chosen to donate $500 of their earnings from the beef cattle junior show at the U.P. State Fair to the shelter and three other local charities. (Daily Press photo by Jason Raiche)
The boys drew inspiration to donate from a Colorado boy they read about named Cody Huwa, who made a large donation of his own following his steer being named grand champion a year ago.
"We got this complimentary magazine at a livestock show we went to and when me and Dayton were looking through, we came across an article of a kid whose sister had Down syndrome, and he was at the Colorado State Fair and he won grand champion with his steer," explained Denham.
The boy's sister was involved in a special needs cheer team that wanted to go on to nationals, however, it wasn't affordable for all members of the team to attend. After Cody's steer was bought for $53,000, he chose to donate $10,000 to his sister's cheer team. This led to both Dayton and Denham wanting to make a difference locally.
"They were reading this story and it actually gave me chills," recalled Dennis. "They made a pact right then and there that if they'd ever won in Escanaba, they would do the same."
The Miron brothers were originally going to solicit local business people to match their $500 donations to each charity, much like in the story of Cody Huwa, who had a business man match his $10,000 donation. They ultimately have chosen to put a challenge out to inspire others to match their donation and give these organizations a boost.
"We're hoping that we could spike an interest and inspire people, especially before the holidays," said Dennis.
He said none of the boys' donations would be possible without Carol Kolinsky and U.P. Opthalmology, who paid the premium price for Dayton's grand-champion steer.
Dennis also noted that Dayton selected the Delta Animal Shelter as one of his charities because he has always had a "big, warm heart" for the animals there. Shelter Manager Sue Gartland expressed her thanks to the boys for their donation during their recent visit to the shelter.
"All these animals are homeless," Gartland said. "They have nobody to be their voice - different than a person who needs help where they can ask for help. These animals have nobody, so they need people. They need great kids like you guys being their voice and thinking of them and wanting to help them out, so we really appreciate it."
For those interested in matching the Miron's donation to the Delta Animal Shelter, monies may be sent to the Delta Animal Shelter, 6685 N.75 Drive, Escanaba, Mich. 49829. Please make donations to the attention of "Matching the Miron Brothers Fund." Donations can also be made via PayPal on the shelter's website, www.deltaanimal.org. For more information, contact the shelter at 789-0230.