Manila FFA Alumni preparing for dinner/auction

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Manila Future Farmers of America (FFA) Alumni Association is making preparation for the 17th annual scholarship dinner/auction set for Saturday, Oct. 8. The event will be held at the Manila Airport Community Center with a barbecue dinner at 5:30 p.m. followed by the auction. The $10, pay at the door, meal will consist of barbecue pork steak, baked beans and potatoes.

Members of the Manila FFA Alumni Association display a few of the items to be auctioned Oct. 8 at the 2016 dinner/auction. Pictured are, from left: Kent Wagner, Manila FFA Adviser Grahm Agee, Ernie Malloy, James "Bull" Despain, Sammy Parker, Colby Stokes and Will Despain, Alumni president.

Local businesses and individuals have donated a large variety of items to be auctioned, which include a truck tool box, John Deere miniature collectibles, Marathon water heater, Yeti coolers, coolers filled with steaks and all of the fixings, mystery items, chemicals, deer rifle, muzzle loader, .22 rifle, prints, sod from Bells Sod Farm, and many more items. Manila FFA students are building two fire pits to auction. One fire pit has also been donated.

The auction will be kicked off with the popular "U Pick It." Tickets are sold and the winner will have the opportunity to pick any item from the list.

There will also be $1 tickets for drawings.

Proceeds from the event go toward scholarships. Thanks to the generosity of area businesses and individuals and the support from the community, the Alumni organization has been able to give over $125,000 in scholarships to help young people further their education.

It is a fun evening for a good cause.

Will Despain serves as president; Paul Scott Poag, vice president; and George Flagg, secretary/treasurer for the Manila FFA Alumni Association.

"We have helped several kids majoring in the agriculture field all the way through college," James "Bull" Despain said. "We do it for the kids."

Several of the Manila Alumni group were recipients of scholarships and enjoy giving back. The organization has been active for almost 20 years. It was started with a vision and a goal to raise money to assist graduating seniors with scholarships.

"We encourage people to come out and support our young people and help us continue to offer scholarships," Alumni member Ernie Malloy said.

Manila FFA advisor is Grahm Agee.

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