Manila FFA Alumni hosts dinner and auction
The Manila Future Farmers of America (FFA) Alumni Association held the annual dinner/auction for scholarships on Saturday, July 18, at the Manila Airport Center.
Tony Crowell, FFA adviser at Manila High School, welcomed everyone expressing his appreciation to the businesses and individuals who donated, all who participated, and the community support for the young people.
"This is for the kids," he said. "All of the money raised goes for scholarships to help young people continue their education. Over the last 10 years the Alumni Association has raised over $100,000 for scholarships and that money has gone to our kids."
Crowell introduced the new agri teacher, Graham Agee. Crowell is moving to the position of Dean of Students at MHS.
A fish dinner, catered by Terry Carr of TC's Restaurant, was served prior to the auction.
Over 100 items were auctioned ranging from Yeti coolers, Roundup, miniature tractor collectables, art, sod, lawn mowing, Marathon water heater, tools, ground blind, 8'x12' storage building built by the FFA, muzzle loaders, round trip airplane ride to Mountain Home for a fish dinner, and much more.
Robert Morris served as the auctioneer keeping the bidding going with the help of ring men Homer Lenderman and Graham Agee, FFA members, and other volunteers.
The auction was kicked off with a "U Pick It." Tickets were sold and the winner was drawn and had the opportunity to pick any item from the list. The winner was Rex and Lucy Farmer and they chose the fire pit.
Tickets were drawn for door prizes throughout the evening, and 10 chances with duck calls were auctioned for a muzzle loader. Also, cards from a full deck were sold with the winner winning a muzzle loader. Winning the guns were Savannah Agree, Wanda Gamble and Jeff Byrd.
Tickets for a $500 gift cash card and a $200 cash card were available with Michelle Veach winning the $500 and Jerry Hitchcock winning the $200.