EDMOND — There are many ways to invest in Edmond youth, including a Tuesday benefit for the FFA.
The group's largest benefit of the year, a chili supper and auction, starts at 5:30 p.m. at Santa Fe High School.
This year's chairman is Valerie Camp. She said the auction will be for the FFA parent group while the chili supper helps agriculture teachers of the district.
Camp expects about 200 people to attend. Should you come for just the supper, there is no ticket required.
“We're accepting donations for the meal,” she said.
The fundraising goal this year is $15,000. Those are funds the 175 students of the program from the three high schools need to continue the work they do throughout the year.
“A lot of that is for traveling,” Camp said. “For example, if some of the students qualify for the Indy nationals, we want to be able to send them there.”
Other funds go for programs such as the Halloween dance as well as scholarships.
There will be silent and live auctions during the evening.
Camp said auction items include Thunder tickets as well as admission to Silver Dollar City near Branson, Mo. There are also limo rides, a $1,000 scholarship to UCO and various restaurant cards.
And if you can't make the auction, but would still like to help the FFA, Camp invites the public to call her at 818-3847 to donate a prize or make some other kind of contribution. Gifts to the FFA are tax-deductible.
The effort is worthwhile, Camp said. She said she has seen quite a change in her daughter, Kalee, 16, a sophomore at Edmond North High School.
“Since joining FFA, her confidence has increased,” she said. “She's become a very good public speaker and hopes to run for a statewide FFA office.”