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Olympia High School FFA Alumni auction and dinner Feb. 5

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[January 29, 2010]  STANFORD -- The Olympia High School FFA Alumni Chapter will host its annual silent auction, social time and barbecue pork chop dinner at Olympia High School on Feb. 5.

The festivities will be in conjunction with sophomore and varsity boys basketball games versus Olympia's Corn Belt Conference rival University High School of Normal. The dinner will start at about 5 p.m. and will stop at the end of the first quarter of the varsity game.

The silent auction will be going on in about the same time frame as the dinner and will have many new items, such as tools, sports memorabilia, gift cards to local shopping centers and restaurants, soybean and corn gift cards from local dealers, and other items of interest that FFA chapter members have solicited from people in the area of the Olympia school district.


For a small fee per person, people can enjoy a pork chop sandwich, chips, dessert and a drink while watching two boys basketball games and viewing the many different silent auction items.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Olympia High School FFA Alumni and FFA chapters.

Members of the alumni chapter are past FFA members, current parents or community members from parts of Logan, Tazewell, DeWitt, Woodford and McLean counties with an interest in promoting and enhancing the quality of the vocational agriculture programs at Olympia High School.

According to Kyle Haning, reporter for the alumni chapter, this is the organization's main fundraiser for the year. The money from the event benefits the alumni chapter, which in turn gives back a portion of the money to the Olympia High School FFA.

The alumni group works closely with the student chapter and the vocational agriculture program at Olympia High School as members advise the vo-ag instructor on ways to enhance, promote or maintain the quality of the ag program at the school and in the area.

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The alumni chapter also gets its rewards as members assist the student chapter and high school ag teacher Matt Nordstrom by helping cook pork chop and rib-eye sandwiches during the home football games, being judges at FFA contests and chaperones on field trips.

The alumni chapter helps pay for a portion of the cost of the jackets for first-year FFA members. The alumni group also provides funds for special awards and scholarships given to student members at their FFA chapter banquet. In addition, the alumni chapter issues a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating senior at Olympia High School in the spring, with various stipulations and guidelines.

For more information about the auction and dinner, call 309-379-5911 or 309-449-3259.

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