FFA Alumni preparing for auction/dinner night

Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Members of Manila FFA Alumni Association gather items for the annual auction. Pictured are, from left: Kent Wagner, Will DeSpain, Danny Stutts, Ernie Malloy, Paul Scott Poag, and Thomas Jaco. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

Town Crier News Staff

The Manila Future Farmers of America Alumni Association will host the 11th annual dinner/auction event Friday night at the Manila Community Center. The fish and chicken dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. It will be catered by Ed's Catfish House. No advance tickets will be sold.

The auction will begin at 7 p.m. Alumni members have been gathering items for the auction and, as always, there will be lots of merchandise.

"We appreciate all of our area businesses and individuals who donate," President Will DeSpain said.

This year's items include a remote control John Deere tractor, Remington slug gun, muzzle loader, recliner, chemicals, prints, gift certificates, tools, and hydraulic lift table. The Manila FFA members have made two barbecue grills, car hauler, heavy-duty swing, and portable building to be auctioned.

Tickets will also be available for a $500 shopping spree at the Turtle Creek Mall.

"We try to add something new each year," Scott Townsend, alumni member, said. "You will have to be there to win."

The auction has been successful because it is a community effort.

"We want to invite everyone to come out and join us," Townsend said. "We will have plenty of food and a lot of good items. We get a lot of support from the surrounding towns and we want everyone to feel welcome to attend."

Other officers include Paul Scott Poag, vice president, and George Flagg, treasurer.

All of the proceeds from the event go toward scholarships. Over the years the association has presented thousands of dollars in scholarships assisting over 35 young people in college or vocational technical schools.

"We welcome new members who would like to be a part of the Manila FFA Alumni Association," Townsend said. "You don't have to be a former Manila FFA member. You just need a desire to help young people further their education."

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