Auction of past National FFA officer jacket raises funds for agricultural education
Fort Dodge Animal Health extended its sponsorship of the Kansas FFA Foundation at the 81st Kansas FFA Convention by bidding $2,000 at a live auction and winning the blue and gold jacket of Becky Sullivan, past National and Kansas FFA Officer.
Sullivan donated the jacket to the Kansas FFA Foundation for auction as a way to raise more funds to support the Kansas FFA Association and agricultural education programs in the state. The auction, which was managed by Purple Wave Auction, took place online for nearly three weeks and finished as a live auction before the final session of the 81st Kansas FFA Convention in Manhattan, Kan.
The jacket entered the live auction with a bid of $500. It proceeded to be bid up by Fort Dodge and Doug and Nancy Hofbauer before the winning bid of $2,000 was reached. Both parties already provide significant support to the Kansas FFA Foundation.
Fort Dodge first met Sullivan when she visited the company as a Kansas FFA officer. That connection led to an internship for Sullivan with Fort Dodge the summer before she was a national officer.
"The support of the auction provided a way for Fort Dodge Animal Health to recognize the contributions of Becky Sullivan as a Kansas FFA and National FFA officer while continuing our support of the Kansas FFA Foundation," said Scott Bormann, vice president livestock sales, Fort Dodge Animal Health.
The jacket Sullivan donated was worn during a range of invaluable, life-changing experiences throughout her National FFA Officer term. She wore the jacket during her 10-day trip to Japan and while presenting at numerous state FFA conventions. During her time as a National FFA Officer, Sullivan traveled more than 100,000 miles; met with the President of the United States and Secretary of Agriculture; presented more than 100 workshops and 90 motivational speeches; and trained 400 state FFA officers in team leadership, agricultural issues and presentation skills.
Fort Dodge Animal Health is a five-star sponsor of the Kansas FFA Foundation providing more than $10,000 in support to the organization. The company sponsors the Livestock Evaluation Career Development Event, Dairy Production-Placement Proficiency Award, and various scholarships, as well as giving to the general fund.
The Kansas FFA Foundation supports the quality of agricultural education programs, rewards FFA members and advisors, and builds support from FFA alumni, parents, and friends. By developing and sustaining collaborative relationships that result in financial support and service opportunities, the foundation has established a vision to serve a purpose, give with passion, and grow the legacy. More information about the foundation is available at www.ksffa.org.