Recently reactivated Willard FFA Booster Club holding chili supper/labor auction fundraiser

The Willard FFA Booster Club will hold a chili and potato supper fundraiser on Friday, March 1 at 6 p.m. in the Willard High School Ag Build- ing to raise funds for the Willard FFA. The meal includes chili, a baked potato bar, dessert and drink for $7. There will also be a labor auction, where guests can bid on having members of the Willard FFA come and work for them. All funds raised will go to benefit the Willard FFA.
This is the first fundraiser being held by the booster club since it was reactivated at the begin- ning of the school year. Chad Stills, club report- er, said while the event will be a fundraiser for the Willard FFA chapter, it is also a chance for members of the public who would like to join the booster club to come check it out.
“The upcoming event is going to be our first fundraiser as a club,” Stills said. “It will let the community participate and get to know us as a club and meet the members. We’re serving a meal,
(where the) food items have been donated, and the student members are holding a labor auction where they will put themselves up on the auction block to provide manual labor for anyone who wants to bid. We want this to be a fun and interactive event. Graduates of the program have told us this type of event used to be a big benefit for the program and the community, so we want to bring that back.”
Stills said community support at the fundraiser is important, as it will allow members to have a more meaningful FFA experience while in high school.
“The expenses these kids can incur just to participate in FFA can be pretty taxing on some families; (they can) range from $125 for a uniform to over $1,000 for national convention,” he said. “We don’t want that to become a deterrent for a student to participate.”
Additionally, the Booster Club funds scholarships for members.
“We also have helped financially support two scholarships for graduating seniors that were
previously established,” Stills said. “One was for $250, and one was for $500. We certainly would like to see this amount grow through future fundraising activities.”
Besides the meal and labor auction, Stills said the Booster Club is also looking to raise funds by selling T-shirts and hats, and also hope to sell food at future football games.
The FFA Booster Club went dormant for a number of years, but since it’s been reactivated, Stills said the club meets once a month at the Willard High School Ag Building on the first Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m., and membership has grown from eight parents to 15. Stills said anyone who would like to join should just come to a meeting.
“At this time there are no fees or dues to join,” he said. “There isn’t a for- mal joining process right now either; you can just show up to our monthly meetings and contribute and/or be updated on what’s happening.”
For more information, go online to visit the “Willard Mo FFA Boosters” Facebook page.

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