ABEF Activities Raise Money for Student Program

Written by NAMA on Thursday, May 15, 2008 , 8:21 am

The ABEF hosted its annual Golf Outing during the 2008 Agri-Marketing Conference to help raise money for the Student NAMA Careers Program.

The ABEF Golf Outing took place on Tuesday, April 15 at Falcon Lakes Golf Course in Basehor, KS. This year’s golf outing was the most successful golf outing yet!

Golfers were blown away by a beautiful (and windy) day of golf, but also raised nearly $5,000 for the ABEF. Several contests were held during the golf outing, the results of those are as follows:

Longest Drive: Mick Sibbel, Ayres Kahler
Straightest Drive: Dennis Bryant, D.F. Bryant & Company
Closest to the Pin: Jason Weil, Kansas Agriculture Network
Longest Putt-Female: Heidi Nelson, Harvest PR & Marketing
Longest Putt-Male: Jeff Jackson, Farm Progress Companies

Taking third place in the golf outing was Jeff Jackson and Sandy Creighton, Farm Progress Companies; along with Doug Newman, VML; and Chet Slump, iNet Solutions Group. Second place went to Lyle Orwig and Mike Opperman, Charleston/Orwig; along with Gary Vorpahl, Hoard’s Dairyman; and Bill Pool, Farm Market iD. First place winners were Jessica Lamker and David Lundquist, CHS – Land O’Lakes; along with Roger Reierson, AdFarm; and Bob Brunker, J.L. Farmakis.

Special thanks also to the sponsors of the ABEF Golf Outing: Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Blasdel Cleaver Schwalbe Communications, Ayres Kahler, Charleston/Orwig, Iowa Farmer Today, John Deere, LEE Agri-MEDIA, J.L. Farmakis, Bock & Associates, Two Rivers Marketing, High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal and DTN/The Progressive Farmer. We look forward to another successful Golf Outing next year in Atlanta!

The ABEF Century Club, which was launched at the 2004 Agri-Marketing Conference in Kansas City, raised $3,800 at the 2008 Agri-Marketing Conference. Investing in the club provides the opportunity to step forward and help advance the future of agribusiness. Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders and the Century Club support is totally dedicated for investing in scholarships for tomorrow’s leaders.

The Century Club’s goal is to have today’s agribusiness leaders contribute $100 for today’s youth. You can be a part of this select group of individuals committed to enhancing the opportunity for tomorrow’s leaders. The list below contains professionals who joined the Century Club by the end of the 2008 conference. Don’t be left out, sign yourself up now! Visit http://www.payment.nama.org/centuryclub.htm.

Carol Anderson
Allen Barkve
Kyle Bauer
Vernon Benes
Stanley Bird
Mark Bjorgo
Dennis Bryant
Beth Burgy
Leigh Ann Cleaver
Kathy Cornett
Jean DeLong Custer
Jim Emanuel
Jan Ford
Mike Gustafson
H&P Company, Inc.
Vicki Henrickson
Larry Hertz
Bill Howard
Phil Johnson
Bret Kealy
Dave Knau
Stan Koenigsfeld
Joe McWilliams
Steve Mercer
Lyle Orwig
Darrah Parker
Russ Parker
Roger Reierson
Steve Rhea
John Riley
Duane Ross
Tom Smull
Tom Taylor
Rick Tolman
Don Tourte
John Volk
Gary Vorpahl
Marjory Walker
Richard Wright
Chuck Zimmerman

The ABEF Silent Auction and Online Media Auction raised over $27,000 for the Student Careers Program. Items in the auctions ranged from wine to media packages to iPods.

Attendees had a chance to win a Dell 50″ High Def Plasma TV courtesy of Penton Media at the 2008 Agri-Marketing Conference. NAMA Student chapters sold tickets in advance as well as at the conference for a chance to win the TV. The winning raffle ticket was sold by Kenny Druckenmiller, Penn State, who sold the ticket to his grandmother, Mary Druckenmiller. Congratulations on the new TV!

Over $7,300 was raised from the Student Raffle and schools received $5.00 for each ticket sold, meaning $3,680 of that money will be returned to the student chapters to help cover expenses to next year’s conference. The school that sold the most raffle tickets received $100 and the second place school received $50. In addition, the student who sold the most tickets received an additional cash prize of $100. This year’s top selling school was the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and second place honors go to Virginia Tech. The student selling the most raffle tickets was Jessica Jarrell, University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

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