Oskaloosa.com

March 18, 2013

Gala’s silent auction benefits local youth

By ANDY GOODELL
The Oskaloosa Herald

OSKALOOSA — The ISU Extension Office, 212 N. I St., played host to the annual 4-H and FFA Gala Friday night.

Amy Ver Meer-Brainard, county youth coordinator with the ISU Extension Office, said there were a lot more silent auction items at the gala this year than in the past. The variety of silent auction items was evident Friday night. They included everything from homemade baked goods to University of Iowa and Iowa State University items, as well as autographed Tyler Sash cleats.

“It’s just a whole mix of things,” said Ver Meer-Brainard.

So, who benefits from the sale of these silent auction items?

Ver Meer-Brainard said local youth involved in 4-H and FFA will see the benefit of this auction and other fund-raisers during the Southern Iowa Fair this summer. It will help cover the cost of Southern Iowa Fair judges, trophies and awards, explained Ver Meer-Brainard.

4-H is a “positive youth organization,” said Ver Meer Brainard, adding that it provides them with skills they will use throughout the rest of their lives.

On Friday afternoon, Ver Meer-Brainard said she appreciates the community’s support of FFA and 4-H. She said they were able to meet their fund raising goal in 2012 and she’s positive they will again this year.

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Herald City Editor Andy Goodell can be reached at news2@oskyherald.com.