FFA member Molly Curry carries a necklace during the auction, while Bertie LaChance, of Imnaha raises her bid card. In addition to bidding, LaChance donated several items for the auction.

More than 100 alumni, friends and families gathered at the Cloverleaf Hall Thursday night to enjoy a tri-tip steak dinner and support the Joseph chapter of the Future Farmers of America.

“We usually raise between $8,000 and $12,000, depending upon how the county’s ag economy is doing,” said Joseph FFA advisor Toby Koehn. Koehn also teaches Agricultural Science at Joseph Charter School.

“The funds from the auction support student travel to FFA national and state conventions,” said Joseph FFA president Natalie Gorham. “They also support the senior student raft trip. A portion will also go to help build the new CTE (Career and Technical Education) building at Joseph.”

Live auction items included bookcases, coat racks, grills, cutting boards and picnic tables built by FFA members. A Redneck wine basket, 0.22 caliber pistol, and LOP Tag on RY Timber lands were some of the live auction items that proved popular with bidders.

The Joseph FFA chapter is one of 11 FFA chapters in the Eastern Oregon District. The organization’s motto is “Learning to Do. Doing to Learn. Learning to Live. Living to Serve.”

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