(Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)
The FFA Alumni Association have been instrumental in raising scholarship funds that are distributed to Manila seniors each year. Over the last six years they have raised approximately $75,000 and helped young students furthering their education. The almost $50,000 in scholarships have been given to students attending vo-educational schools or college students enrolled in agriculture studies.
The catfish dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and will be prepared by the Manila Lions Club members. Tickets for the dinner will be $7. Advance tickets will be available from committee members or can be purchased at the door. The auction will begin at approximately 7 p.m. Every one is invited to join in the dinner and auction.
Alumni member Scott Misner has donated a Browning 3", 12 gauge shotgun that is the 60th Anniversary Gold Edition from Ducks' Unlimited to be given away. A limited number of $1 donations will be taken on the DU Gold Edition and it will be given away at the auction. Tickets will be available from committee members.
In addition to the special edition DU shotgun, other items that will be auctioned will include DU framed prints, miniature tractors, a muzzle loader, a youth shotgun, farm chemicals, gift certificates, rugs, throws, quilts, tools, and deer stands made by the Manila FFA boys.
Committee members are meeting on a weekly basis making plans for the auction. Officers for the FFA Alumni Association are Ernie Malloy, president; Scott Townsend, vice president; and George Flagg, secretary/treasurer. Committee members include Scott Misner, Don Brumley, Ricky Jackson, Michael Minton, Terry Carr, William Despain, Bill Hill, Brian Cole, Steve Shelton, James Despain, and Johnny McCain.
Dale Poag serves as FFA Adviser for the Manila FFA.
"We appreciate the work the alumni association does providing scholarships for our young people," Poag said. "Last year we had the auction scheduled for the fall but because of the weather, the farmers were so busy we cold not get the event scheduled. This event involves the alumni members and the FFA members alike. We all work together to make the auction/dinner successful."
They pointed out that the event would not be possible without the generosity of the area businesses and individuals.
At the last event Paul Robbins, Scott Gifford, Mike Adams, and Kyle Sanders volunteered to serve as auctioneers and ringmen were Greg Adams and Dwight Whittenburg. The committee hopes the men will be available for the 2003 auction.
Poag reminds everyone to put the date on their calendar. Anyone that would like to donate items for the auction may contact any of the committee members.