Tuesday, December 15, 2015

35th Annual MVCTC FFA Charity Auction Raises over $6,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities

MVCTC FFA Officers working at the 35th Annual FFA Charity Auction to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Dayton. In the past 35 years, the MVCTC FFA Chapter has raised over $140,000 for the local Ronald McDonald House. Pictured left to right – Olivia Mt. Castle (Veterinary Science senior from Tri-Village), Nick Wheeler (Natural Resource Management senior from Milton-Union), and Abigail Nealeigh (Natural Resource Management senior from Arcanum).
Englewood, Ohio – This year marked the 35th Annual Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) FFA Charity Auction for the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Dayton. The auction, planned by the MVCTC FFA chapter, is made possible by the dedication and hard work of the FFA members, the MVCTC Employees Association, MVCTC retirees, and the wonderful alumni that return each year to support this great cause.

Retired MVCTC Ag Educator, Waid Lyons, started the event in 1980. The original auction was a hat auction, making $250. This year the students were able to raise over $6,000, bringing the grand total of money raised over the last 35 years to over $140,000.

The proceeds from the event go directly to the local Ronald McDonald
House on Valley Street in Dayton, Ohio so that families of hospitalized children have a place to rest, sustain their strength and be better able to support the healing of their child. RMHC is a modern, 14-room house offering all of the comforts of home to our guest families. They are open 7-days-a-week, 24-hours-a-day, and 365 days a year.

The MVCTC charity event would not be possible without the support of several staff and alumni of the school. MVCTC Ag Livestock and Production instructor, Bill Hershberger, organizes the event with the assistance of the FFA members and MVCTC staff members, Christy Blauvelt, Tami Bruner, Christa Nealeigh, Teannae Miller, Mike Mullen, Dave Peltz, Larry Seibel, and Eva Wiley. MVCTC retirees, Waid and Pat Lyons are back to help each year with the event they so lovingly started 35 years ago. MVCTC Ag Technology alumni Rick Bair (1985 graduate), and B.J. Joseph (1993 graduate) volunteer their auctioneer talents every year for the event.

For more information about MVCTC and the Agriculture Education programs offered for high school students, please visit www.mvctc.com

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