An evening of fun raffle games and a live auction helped raise more than $20,000 for a new Logan County Farm Bureau scholarship and grant fund for local youths and agriculture enrichment.
County Farm Bureau members, community businesses and Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation worked together on the April 7 event, the Logan County Agriculture Impact Fund Reverse Raffle. County Farm Bureau staff and board members spent several months planning, organizing and soliciting donations from local businesses for the event held in a hangar at the Bellefontaine Municipal Airport.
The highlight of the evening was the reverse raffle, with the biggest prizes being awarded to the last tickets drawn. The top cash prizes were $5,000, $2,000 and $1,000. In addition, throughout the evening five losing tickets drawn received $100 and those who didn’t win a prize had a chance for $500 in the “losers drawing.” Tickets to the event cost $100 for up to two people and 254 were sold tickets. The evening also included a live auction and other types of games such as a 50-50 drawing and Chinese auction (bidding on an item by ticket).
Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation is starting to work with county Farm Bureaus to support their charitable events and scholarships. Having a charitable partner for an event like Logan County’s can help draw more support for events and programs because donations can be tax deductible.
“I was blown away by the generosity in the community. I’ve got a thank you list of more than 40 businesses that donated products or discounts. The community was super generous and supportive,” said Jill Smith, organization director for Auglaize, Logan, Mercer and Shelby counties.
The Logan County Impact Fund of the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation will support local agriculture students, whether it’s supporting college tuition, agriculture education efforts or 4H/FFA activities. Plans are to have applications ready this summer and the first scholarship or grant money distributed in the fall.