‘Tons’ of gifts and other items on the docket for the 29th annual Vale FFA Foundation auction

VALE – More stuff just keeps showing up in Teri Doran’s car.
First it was a few boxes. Then came the gift baskets. And precisely carved plats of wood. Then a Pendleton package blanket.
Pretty soon her car was full of items, all destined for the 29th annual Vale Future Farmers of America Foundation Harvest Scholarship Auction on Saturday, Oct. 15.
The annual autumn event begins at 10 a.m. at the Vale School District bus barn off South Cottage Street and behind the elementary school.
“We are still getting tons of stuff,” said Doran.
Doran, a member of the FFA Scholarship Foundation, said the event will showcase a multitude of items. The foundation sponsors the auction.
“This year we’ve got a lot of good donations,” said Doran.
Doran said key items for auction will include a Browning 7mm-08 rifle with a scope and a Mossberg .243 Patriot Predator with a scope.
There will be a saddle, gift baskets, horse tack, jugs of Roundup, a plow, a canoe and “tons of gift certificates,” said Doran.
The Vale event raises money for scholarships for students who graduate and participated in FFA programs. Funds also help cover costs of the Vale FFA chapter’s travel expenses when it attends competitions.
Other items on the auction block include an aluminum pickup toolbox, a diamond heart necklace, two rounds of 18-hole golf at Country View Golf Course, flower pots, a load of road mix and a variety of baked goods.
Nearly 60 people and businesses from across the valley donated items for the auction.
Since its inception the auction propelled funding for more than 200 scholarships. The first FFA scholarship was awarded in 1992. Through 2022 the foundation awarded more than $200,000 in scholarships.
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