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Annual benefit dinner planned for Saturday, Oct. 12, at Persimmon Country Club

PMG FILE PHOTO - The beneift dinner will help fund travel and other expenses for the Sandy FFA teams. Sandy Future Farmers of America Alumni have delighted in past years in the success of their younger counterparts at Sandy High. However, with that success comes need for travel and other expenses.

"We're fortunate enough the students have done so well (that) we have two national teams – an agricultural communications team and an agricultural sales team," said Sandy FFA Alumni secretary Cole Pritchard.

At 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Persimmon Country Club, 500 S.E. Butler Road, Gresham, the alumni group will host its annual benefit dinner to raise funds for the current FFA team and chapter. The event will feature a Wild West theme.

The menu will include a dinner of chicken or steak, and there will be a full bar with drinks available for purchase. The event will also feature both a silent and live auction, a raffle and other activities.

Last year the event netted $20,000, which was doled out in the form of four $5,000 scholarships.

"The event's really about just making sure these kids have opportunities to be exposed to a plethora of (experiences)," Pritchard said. "It's not just cows and plows or farm kids like it used to be. (The FFA) program is for everybody. I think FFA is important because it provides a different perspective and opportunities to get hands-on (skills and knowledge) application. The opportunity for leadership and public speaking is immense. Those individuals, no matter what they do in life, FFA is going to help them be more successful."

Tickets for the dinner are $45 per person, or $400 for a table of eight, and can be purchased online at

The group is still accepting donations for its auctions, but would rather those interested in giving attend the event to show support.

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