The Oswegatchie FFA Camp has been a vital part of the New York FFA experience since 1946. Creating an opportunity for FFA members to get away from home, school, and the farm to "recreate" who they are has been an important developmental milestone for countless teens. The chance to socialize with new people has also be powerfully important. Originally, this was to get kids of the farm, but within the 21st century, socializing in person has become increasingly important.
Now a days there seems to be plenty of ways for youth to earn their way to camp. Some schools have grants or fundraisers. Some students have parents with more means. Certain FFA chapters use reward systems to help youth pay their way to camp. However, there are always those FFA members in-between the proverbial "rock and hard place'.
If you are interested in helping a student get to camp, follow this link "Send a Kid to Camp", and read the synopsis. In short, you can earmark a donation for summer camp, where you want it to go, and any other criteria you require. If you want to do a partial sponsorship, the opportunity is there as well.
We thank you for any contributions made. It is with your assistance that the New York FFA Foundation can do its est work, Investing in tomorrow's youth!
For Immediate Release:
New York FFA Raises $16,500 in Tractor Restoration Program
Syracuse NY- March 15, 2012- On Friday February 24, the New York FFA drew a winning ticket for a fully restored 1946 Ford 2N Tractor. The winner of the tractor was Kerry Bell of Fort Ann, NY. The FFA raised $16,500 to support agricultural education and state level FFA leadership programs. .
The 1946 Ford 2N was donated to the New York FFA by retired agricultural teacher Bob Robinson. The tractor was originally purchased by Bob’s father, Don Robinson who was also an agricultural teacher. The tractor was fully restored by members of the Pioneer FFA Chapter in Yorkshire, NY and then turned over to the New York FFA. Ticket sales were kicked off at the Empire Farm Days and concluded during the FFA Alumni Toy Auction held during the New York Farm Show on Friday February 24. Tickets were sold across the state by members of the New York FFA and countless supporters.
The Ford 2N is the fifth such restoration and raffle conducted by the FFA since 2003. Former restorations have included two Ford 8N’s, an Allis Chalmers WD, and John Deer BR. With the conclusion of the Ford 2N raffle, just shy of $75,000 has been raised to support the New York FFA. Todd Lighthall, Exec Dir of the NY FFA Foundation shares that the value of this program is much greater than the monetary benefit. “The tractor restoration program not only provides an opportunity to raise much needed funds, it also provides a meaningful project to students enrolled in high school agricultural mechanics. Students, guided by their advisors and community volunteers do the work; from tear down, to parts research, to seeing the project through to completion. It is truly a win/win for all involved.”
And the project has a future. Currently the FFA has three tractors being restored for future raffles. These include an Allis Chalmers by Southern Cayuga FFA, an American Fordson by Morrisville State College, and a Ford Ferguson by the Tully FFA. All eight tractors have been donated to the FFA. The nex raffle is slated to kick off at the Empire Farm Days this summer. If you have a tractor that you want to contribute to this program, contact Todd Lighthall at 315-346-1222.
The New York FFA would like to recognize the following businesses and individuals who went the extra mile to promote and implement this event. Bob Robinson and Family, the Pioneer FFA Chapter, Jon Clayson, Marty Krause, Marylou Genaway, Larry Romance & Sons, Conroy Motors, Tim Havens - Falls Farm & Garden, Atticus Communications, and the New York Farm Bureau and its many members who supported this raffle
The New York FFA and the New York FFA Foundation has always relied on its sponsors to make our efforts effective. We are very lucky to have high caliber corporate sponsors to assist FFA CDEs. Certain sponsors offer event sponsorships or help subsidize promotional materials. Thank you to all of our sponsors!
We would like to thank the New York Farm Bureau for their legislative and financial support. If you are not familiar with the New York Farm Bureau, this grassroots organization is tremendous in the resources made available to members. Anyone who is involved or interested in the big picture of agriculture in New York should become a member. I highly recommend it to young professionals whether you still be in high school, college, or just starting in the work force. Getting started is always the hard part, but with Farm Bureau on your side, it doesn't have to be.
Thank you to all of our sponsors. We are working hard everyday to make sure the investment you make in today's youth is returned in the form of great leaders for tomorrow.
The New York FFA Foundation
The NYSFFALTF, Inc., chartered in 1946 by the New York State Board of Regents, is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) charitable organization that provides businesses, associations, other foundations, and individuals the opportunity to contribute to the growth and success of our New York youth. Our mission is to build and maintain a financial base that will allow the New York FFA to generate well-educated and career focused productive citizens. Email our Director at firstname.lastname@example.org .