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Pat Boone: A passion for giving - and for gourmet steaks

BILL RADFORD Updated: March 7, 2011 at 12:00 am

Yes, he WAS wearing white buck shoes.

Legendary entertainer Pat Boone was in Colorado Springs on Monday for Accredited Members’ Small/Micro Cap Investment Research Conference at the Antlers Hilton. Accredited Members is a Springs-based investment research firm. More than 400 investors are attending the two-day conference, which ends Tuesday.

Boone was there to spread the word about Pat Boone All-American Meats (patboonemeats.com), designed as a legacy brand in the tradition of Jimmy Dean Sausage and Newman’s Own. The mail-order line of gourmet-quality steaks launched in November; the brand was created by Boone and Accredited Members CEO J.W. Roth of Colorado Springs.

The 76-year-old Boone is a singer, actor and writer known for, among other things, chart-topping records in the ‘50s and ‘60s — and an affinity for those white buck shoes. (“I’ve worn them, well, my whole career,” he notes.) He also is known for his outspoken conservative views; last month, he received the Conservative Political Action Conference’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Boone sat down with The Gazette on Monday morning for a quick chat before lunch at the conference, which was hosted by Pat Boone All-American Meats. (Yes, steak was served.)

On sales of Pat Boone All-American Meats: “It took off like a rocket ....  Everyone resonates quickly and favorably to the idea of my name and reputation (linked) with good steaks. Somehow, there seems to be a harmony there, a synergy, and so I’m loving it.”

On his spirit of giving (5 percent of sales from Pat Boone’s All-American Meats go to the Pat Boone Foundation in support of organizations addressing hunger): “The Bible says God loves a cheerful giver. Shirley (Boone’s wife) and I are cheerful givers. We give. We always have.”

On ordering steaks from Pat Boone All-American Meats himself: “I called the number and got a young man on the phone. He admitted in the course of taking the order that this was his first day, so he was just a little bit unsure of doing it just right, getting my order right. And so I ordered the steaks. I don’t know if he ever connected the name of the person who was ordering the meats. He didn’t say, ‘are you the Pat Boone of this meat company?’"

On the quality of the steaks: “The comments that are coming back to us is that these are just the best. And they are. The upper 10 percent of all steaks produced, that’s what we draw from. We don’t take a lesser grade.”

On Pat Boone All-American Meats expanding: “We’re adding other products and people are coming to us wanting to add their food products to our line with our name on it. Of course, they have to meet our standards and we won’t accept everything, but there will be an expanding product line; it’ll be Pat Boone All-American Foods, not just meats.”

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