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Building a legacy and honoring a friend of K-State

Stout Center

Stanley Stout could sell anything — and he often did so for a good cause. The famed auctioneer, who passed away in 2006, will be honored March 1 when Kansas State University dedicates the new Stanley Stout Center as part of the 100th Cattlemen’s Day celebration.

The center will be home to the university’s annual Legacy Sale, which also occurs March 1 this year in conjunction with Cattlemen’s Day. In addition to housing the sale, the center provides an all-weather location for hands-on courses involving animal evaluation, handling and management. Video capabilities will allow off-site speakers to address an on-site audience or broadcast an event from campus to audiences around the world.

All of the funding for the building came from donors, mostly friends of Stanley. Rich Porter, an agricultural producer near Emporia, Kan., and a K-State alumnus, contributed more than half of the funding. “I thought it would be great to fund a building at K-State when I retired or died,” he said. “When I heard about the desire to build a multi-use building in honor of Stanley Stout, I decided this was it. Sure, I hadn’t retired or died yet, but I thought there would probably never be a better and more cost-effective building than this.”

Not only will this building benefit K-State, but it will be a great facility for the various livestock industries and agricultural organizations in the state. It provides a venue for sales, events, livestock judging contests and 4-H and FFA activities. 

While the building is complete, funding needs still remain for furnishings, technology purchases and upkeep of the building. If you’d like to contribute, please contact Emilie Fink at emilief@found.ksu.edu or 785-532-7571 or make a gift online.

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