Manila FFA Alumni hosts auction/dinner

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Manila FFA Alumni members held the dinner/auction on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Manila Community Center with an estimated 200 attending.

Guests look over items to be auctioned at the Manila FFA Alumni dinner/auction.

The dinner, a catfish and chicken meal with all the trimmings, was catered by Big Butts in Leachville.

Over 100 items were auctioned, including several "kids' only" items.

President of the FFA Alumni Association is Will Despain.

Auctioneer Greg Stallings assisted by auctioneer Rodney McClellan and other helpers including FFA Advisers from Buffalo Island Central and Rector, along with McClellan's son, served as ring men keeping the bidding lively.

The dinner/auction event was started 14 years ago by the late Dale Poag, longtime Manila FFA Adviser, and former members of the FFA and FFA friends, in an effort to provide scholarships to local graduates.

The event has helped many young men and women further their education providing over $100,000 in scholarships.

Manila High School FFA members, under the direction of Dwight Booth, Adviser, built picnic tables, deer stands, Cajun cookers, a large barbecue pit, and a yard swing to be auctioned.

Several of the high school officers and members worked throughout the event.

A drawing was held just for the high school members who volunteered their time to work the auction. Winners were Tyler Lewis winning $100; and J.R. Dehart and Chelsea Carter winning a $50 gift certificate each.

Manila Mayor Wayne Wagner talked briefly about the future swimming pool and on behalf of the city council they offered the first season ticket to be auctioned. A certificate of the first season pass owner will be framed

The season pass went for over $250.

Many of the items and prizes were donated through area businesses and individuals. Chances on a muzzle loader were sold with Heath Murray winning. The Mosseburg 12 gauge was won by Ernie Malloy, and a youth model 22 was won by Jackie Hill.

"We appreciate everyone who helped with the auction, donated, and attended," Booth said. "Thanks to their efforts many young men and women are able to receive scholarships to help in their college education."

The U-Pick-It drawing kicked off the auction with Gerald Bebout winning his choice of items.

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