Kansas farmers and ranchers groups have enlisted actor and comedian Eric Stonestreet, star of "Modern Family," to help raise money to rebuild after this spring’s devastating wildfires. (Courtesy of Kansas Farm Bureau, Kansas Livestock Association and New Boston Creative Group)
Kansas farmers and ranchers groups have enlisted actor and comedian Eric Stonestreet, star of "Modern Family," to help raise money to rebuild after this spring’s devastating wildfires. (Courtesy of Kansas Farm Bureau, Kansas Livestock Association and New Boston Creative Group)

Agriculture

Eric Stonestreet helps Kansas wildfire fundraiser

May 26, 2017 11:00 AM

UPDATED May 26, 2017 11:32 AM

Kansas farmers and ranchers groups enlisted TV actor and comedian Eric Stonestreet to help raise money to rebuild after this spring’s wildfires.

The wildfires burned more than 651,000 acres across southwestern Kansas and caused more than $38 million in losses, according to the Kansas Livestock Association.

“This fire was devastating,” Matt Teagarden, KLA CEO, said, in a statement. “It’s going to take millions of dollars and a number of years to rebuild.”

Kansas Farm Bureau, Kansas Livestock Association and New Boston Creative Group have produced a public service announcement that encourages people to donate to a fund established by KLA that will help those impacted by the fire rebuild.

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“As many people know, Eric was born in Kansas City and is a huge supporter of our great state,” Meagan Cramer, director of communications at KFB, says. “When we asked him to help with the project, he was kind enough to say yes. We are grateful to Eric for helping us.”

For more information, go to kansasfires.com. A shareable copy of the video is also available by e-mailing Laton Dowling at dowlingl@kfb.org.