The first Eagle Point FFA auction and raffle certainly set a record for one-event fund raising at Eagle Point High School with $17,000 raised. This included $4,500 that will go directly to scholarships for FFA members and $3,500 from the silent auction. The attendance numbered 300.
“This is the first event I can recalled where no one left early,” commented Mel Morris, who manned the computers and tallied the revenue.
“This community is so supportive of its ag program. That’s one reason I really wanted to come to Eagle Point, said Curtis North, who along with Keith Frost, head up the FFA program.
“We were just amazed and so gratified. Our kids really work hard and this means a great deal to them,” said North.
The funds will enable the students to not only go on the planned judging trips, but they will have opportunity to visit a stockyard to see how cattle are judged in a natural state. This type of training will make the students more competitive, said North.
Eagle Point FFA has been exceptionally busy this year. They sold wreaths and poinsettias prior to the auction.
On Dec. 17, they placed wreaths at the veterans memorial rocks at the covered bridge. From there they went to Rogue Valley Memorial Hospital where they took a decorated Christmas tree and stuffed animals to the pediatrics department. The tree was donated by Stan Deupree who was the high bidder on it at the FFA auction. And later that afternoon, the students returned to Eagle Point where they visited Wal-Mart and shopped for the family they adopted for whom they are filling their Christmas list.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent