FFA Alumni auction set for Feb. 24

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

The Manila Future Farmers of America (FFA) Alumni Association will host their ninth annual dinner and auction Friday, Feb. 24. The event will be held at the Manila Community Center.

The dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by the auction at 7 p.m.

Dinner will be catered by Ed's Country Catfish. The menu will consist of fish, shrimp, and chicken strips with all the trimmings. Tickets are $7.50 at the door. No take outs.

"There will be plenty of food," Scott Townsend, FFA Alumni vice president, said.

Paul Robbins, auctioneer, will kick off the auction and will be joined by several other area auctioneers who volunteer to help with the project.

All proceeds from the event go to scholarships to help Manila graduates continue their education.

"The annual auction is the only fundraiser we have," Townsend said. "Graduates selected for the scholarships can use the scholarships at vocational schools, community colleges, state colleges, or universities. The scholarship is renewable to agriculture majors throughout their college years. Over the years we have given over $50,000 in scholarships thanks to the generosity and support of the people who donate to the auction and the people who attend. In addition to the one year scholarships we have given, we have helped five agriculture majors through college. The bottom line is all about helping the kids."

Ernie Malloy serves as president for the association.

"We appreciate the support from the community and businesses," Malloy said. "It would not be possible if it were not for them."

Members of the FFA Alumni Association have been meeting for several months planning the 2006 event.

Over a hundred items including framed prints, guns, quilts, treasure boxes with surprises, collectible miniature tractors, chemicals, barbecue pits, tools, restaurant gift certificates, and lots more will be auctioned. Raffles will also be held with several guns including a Bennelli Nova shotgun, a 20 gauge single shot, muzzle loader, and deer rifle with scope. Drawings will be held throughout the evening. Again, this year there will be several items for children only to bid on and items for only women to bid on.

The grand prize to be given away is a 52" big screen television from Robertson's Brothers in Leachville. Tickets for the television is $1 each and can be purchased from any FFA Alumni member or at the auction. Tickets are also available for the shotgun.

"Our local businesses have been very generous through the years and we appreciate all of hem," Malloy said.

A new scholarship will be given this year in memory of Perry Gray. Townsend said the scholarship is from the Class of 1971.

"His classmates have asked us to take care of awarding the scholarship," Townsend said. "This will be in addition to the scholarships given by the FFA Alumni."

"We also have an item donated in memory of Roe Jackson, pioneer farmer of the area," Malloy said.

Townsend said the auction will also include a "Pick it ticket."

"Before the auction starts, tickets will be available for $20," Townsend said. "The winner of the drawing will be able to pick out his/her choice from the items to be auctioned."

Malloy and Townsend expressed their appreciation to Dale Poag, MHS FFA Adviser, for the support.

"He helps bring it all together," Townsend said.

Members of the MHS FFA assist at the auction. Through the years they have built items for the auction including barbecue grills and deer stands,

"Our organization is not affiliated with the school but they allow us to have our meetings at the agriculture building and are very supportive," Townsend said. "It takes a lot of help and team work to make the event successful. We are looking forward to having a successful 2006 event."

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