A heartfelt thank you goes out to everyone who helped make AITC's 14th Fall Harvest Dinner and Auction a success. Whether you were a donor, volunteer or guest – it couldn't happen without your participation and support.
This year nearly 300 people attended our fall celebration. Together, we raised over $38,000! These funds will go to support the work and mission of AITC - to educate Oregon students in grades K-12 about agriculture, the environment and natural resources.
A large part of evening's financial success came from the auction items that were generously donated by local businesses, artists, fellow agriculture groups and supporters. In total there were 113 items in the silent and oral auctions this year. The variety of this year's stunning auction items included artwork, local food and spirits, vacation getaways, clothing, jewelry and so much more.
The auction also recognized AITC's Teacher of the Year, Sadie Mooney. Mooney is a second grade teacher from Philomath Elementary School. When she began teaching seven years ago, she inherited a month-long agriculture unit. Since then she has spent every year improving upon the lessons, making them more engaging and hands-on for students. "This year, I have worked to turn the month-long Grown in Oregon unit into a year's worth of mini-units. Each month we will focus on one Oregon agricultural commodity, incorporating the commodity into literature, writing, math, science, art, hands-on activities, guest speakers and field trips," said Mooney.
Another tradition of AITC's annual event is the auctioning of Get Oregonized books, when guests bid on books that will be donated to Oregon schools. This year over 300 textbooks were purchased on behalf of schools in our state. Again, thank you to the generous supporters of AITC and agriculture education!
Nearly 300 people attended the Fall Harvest Dinner and Auction to support AITC and its mission.
OSU Collegiate FFA members are a vital part of the volunteer team and helped make the evening a success. Thank you!
Food for the evening featured delicious Oregon grown meats, vegetables, fruits, cheeses, milk, as well as local spirits whenever possible.
The Fall Harvest Dinner and Auction is a great place to visit with friends and support agriculture education in Oregon. Dinner guests, Dennis Roth, Larry Ferguson and Beverly Ferguson chat it up.
This U.S. flag table was just one of over 100 amazing auctions items at the event. Thank you to all the local businesses, artists and supporters for their donations!
This year the auction added Apples for Education. Guests purchased an apple tagged with a number. Each number was a guaranteed winner. Sigma Alpha members volunteered to help us out. They sold all the apples and raised $600 for the program. Left to right: Elaine Jordan, Liz Fitzgerald, Jessica Arndt and Alexis Cain.
Second grade teacher Sadie Mooney from Philomath Elementary School was awarded AITC’s Teacher of the Year Award.
Over 300 Get Oregonized books were purchased by guests. These texts will be donated to Oregon schools statewide. Here collegiate FFA volunteer, Mikayla Unger, shows off the latest addition, published in 2013.
This popcorn and movie basket is just one of the inspired auction items. A Sigma Alpha volunteer, Heather Harelson Nutick, helped pass out items to winning bidders.
Photos by Darcy Kirk