The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, Animals for Life Foundation and the Ohio Center on Agricultural Law, Inc. teamed up for the Eighth Annual Rural – Urban Community Auction in November, and bidders set a new record, raising $13,775 to support grants, public outreach and scholarship programs.
“This was a great year, setting a new record of funds from the support of our members and friends here in Ohio, as well as their family and friend networks across the U.S.,” said Dale Arnold, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) director of energy, utility and local government policy.
The auction began online Nov. 5, and concluded at the live finale during the OFBF Annual Meeting Harvest Banquet and Dessert Reception, Nov. 29.
Online auction participants bid on items such as get-away travel packages, home goods, sports memorabilia, collectibles and unique adventure items.The top online bidders submitted forms that would allow them to specify the maximum amount they were willing to pay for an item and OFBF staff updated bid sheets with their bids until the maximum bid amount was surpassed at the live event.
The online auction included 42 items, and a few more items donated by County Farm Bureaus and others were brought to the live event for a total of approximately 50 items.
“We have a nice following of supporters who donate items each year. Brown County always brings a basket of farm toys from the competing implement dealers there, Gallia County brings a basket themed around the Bob Evans Festival, and Muskingum County donates getaway packages, just to name a few examples,” Arnold said.
Visit the foundations’ websites to learn more