When Rebecca Emery first attended the Junior Livestock Show in 2000, she recalls being overwhelmed by the frenzied bidding over goats, pigs and steer. She noticed, though, that lambs lacked any formal buying support. “I really wanted to do something about it, but I didn’t have the money,” said Emery.
On the eve of the 2001 sale nearly a year later, she crossed paths with then Syndicate Chairman Gary Ray, to whom she relayed her hope that lambs would see more financial support. His immediate response shocked her.
“This needs to happen tomorrow,” he said. “You go to the sale and buy the Grand and Reserve Champion lambs. Don’t worry about how much it costs. The money will be there.”
Six thousand dollars later, Emery had purchased the two lambs at the Junior Stock Show, doubling the prior year’s bids of $1,500. Carrying that momentum, she involved local businesswomen and entrepreneurs to found Ladies on the Lamb, a 501(c)3 with 36 members and a devoted committee that fundraises year-round.
In 2015, the total combined funds reached $157,000, divided among 10 lambs. For Emery, the goal is not to always buy the Grand Champion lamb. “It doesn’t matter who buys what, as long as the kids get more money every year,” she explained.
One hundred percent of the money Ladies on the Lamb spends on the day of the sale goes directly to the winners, making college that much more accessible to the young men and women they benefit. “It’s so much fun to get to know these kids, when they are graduating and where they are going to college,” said Emery.
Look for the Ladies on the Lamb at this year’s sale. They’ll be wearing pink. To donate to Ladies on the Lamb and the college scholarships they fund, visit ladiesonthelamb.org.
President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake.