Tuesday, February 22, 2011

FFA Fundraiser

First Statewide Tractor Raffle Underway to Benefit Idaho FFA Programs

Boise--The Idaho FFA Foundation is conducting its first ever statewide Tractor Raffle to benefit Idaho FFA members. Tickets are now being sold for $10 each for a chance at winning a beautifully restored, classic 1940 International Farmall H Tractor.

Idaho First Lady Lori Otter and Idaho State Department of Agriculture Director Celia Gould helped kick-off the campaign by purchasing the first two tickets during the Meridian FFA Community Appreciation Breakfast on February 18.

Canyon County farmer and Farm Bureau member Sid Freeman came up with the idea for the raffle to raise funds for the Idaho FFA Foundation and for scholarships for Idaho FFA students for post-secondary education. He and his wife Pam donated the tractor to begin the project and then he procured all of the donations for the restoration of the tractor, including new tires and a sprayer tank.

"It's been a dream of mine to do a project like this to help Idaho FFA members,” said Freeman, a former FFA member.“FFA has made such a difference in the lives of so many students and helped them go on to be strong leaders in our communities. I want to do my part to advance this outstanding organization and to help provide financial support to important FFA programs.”

“We have a goal of raising $50,000 with the raffle this year,” Freeman added. “Most of the funds raised will go toward scholarships and programs through the Idaho FFA Foundation that benefits students statewide, but the local FFA chapter designated on the winning ticket will also receive a portion of the ticket proceeds.”

"The success of this raffle will be determined by how many tickets the kids are able to get sold. Our hopes are that the citizens of Idaho can see how beneficial the FFA programs are for the communities of our state. And that they will see this effort as an opportunity for them to enhance their own communities."

Tickets may be purchased from any local Idaho FFA chapter or from the Idaho FFA Foundation by calling 208-861-2467 or emailing your ticket request to lwilder@idffafoundation.org until April 5. Tickets will be sold at the Idaho FFA State Leadership Conference in Twin Falls April 6-8, and the winning ticket will be drawn during the conference on April 8

The Idaho FFA Foundation would like to thank the following generous businesses and individuals who donated resources, materials and time to make the project possible: Sunny View Farms, Sid and Pam Freeman, Caldwell; Burks Tractor, Caldwell and Twin Falls; Campbell Tractor Co., Nampa, Glenns Ferry, Wendell, Homedale and Fruitland; Les Schwab Tires of Idaho; GSL Soda Blasting, Caldwell; Platt Farms, Caldwell; The Paint “Guy”, Adrian, OR; Hammond Land & Livestock, Doug Hammond, Middleton; J&J Machinery, Notus; G&R Ag Products, Inc., Caldwell; The Sign Shoppe, Caldwell; Homer Lott, Caldwell; John and Sam Malcom, Star; Brett Gould, Middleton; Wes Freeman, Middleton; and Tyler Simmons, Middleton.

FFA is a national organization preparing youth for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. FFA has been an integral part of agriculture programs in Idaho high schools since 1928, currently with 10,000 Idaho agricultural science and technology students, 85 active chartered Idaho FFA chapters, and 4,000 Idaho FFA members. The Idaho FFA Foundation was established in 1980 as a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation for the purpose of promoting the FFA in Idaho and providing strategic financial resources for Idaho FFA programs and activities that will benefit agricultural education students and help them develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success.

For more information, please contact Laura Wilder, Idaho FFA Foundation at 208-861-2467 or visit http://www.idffafoundation.org .

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