The third annual Maypearl FFA auction was a hit on Saturday with a record amount of money raised.
A total of $33,782 worth of items were purchased to benefit Maypearl ISD FFA students.
The money goes toward college scholarships for seniors and also helps purchase livestock for students to show. Teachers are also allotted amounts for necessary supplies, and covers travel to the convention competition.
This year, the Maypearl FFA boosters sponsored six students and purchased two pigs ($500 each), two lambs ($700 each) and two shop projects ($500 each).
Last year, $1,5000 scholarships were awarded to six seniors.
Stacey Williams, the Maypearl FFA booster treasurer, said, "it was a good turn out this year even after the rain."
She also mentioned Steve Massey, a Maypearl local, who donated a heifer that sold for $15,000. She then thanked Maypearl resident Rick Gibson for the bid and all he does for the FFA kids. Williams shared that Gibson does have three kids in the Maypearl ISD system and none are involved in the FFA. Gibson is a Maypearl FFA booster board member.
“That was a huge, huge thing. He was definitely our top buyer this year,” Williams recognized. “The last two years actually, he’s been a top buyer for the FFA auction, and he also bought a lot of Maypearl animals during the sale, and he got top buyer at the Ellis County Expo Center.”
“We appreciate everyone coming out and giving us support,” Williams emphasized. "Every dime goes toward the kids or buying materials or machinery. We will have another fundraiser, our Winter Slideshow in December.”