GRAND RAPIDS — The spirit of giving prompted attendees of the 98th Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) State Annual Meeting at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids to contribute more than $24,000 to benefit the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture.
A live auction of premium items following the annual MFB Awards Banquet on Wednesday night generated $7,000, including a winning bid of $3,300 by Jackson County dairy farmer Hank Choate for a handmade quilt.
Another $7,100 was raised through a silent auction that took place during the 2017 MFB State Annual Meeting.
A western-themed “Foundation Night Out” Tuesday evening resulted in another $9,600 raised.
“Thank you to our generous members for their continued support of the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture,” MFB Center for Education and Leadership Development Director Deb Schmucker said. “With these donations, our members show their dedication to the mission of the foundation to help grow the future of Michigan agriculture through leadership and educational programming.”
The proceeds from Foundation Night Out will help fund the Michigan FARM (Food, Agriculture and Resources in Motion) Science Lab. Other funds raised will support all Foundation programming.
The Foundation also announced $85,001 has been pledged from Kent, Macomb and Oakland County Farm Bureaus to construct the second mobile classroom designed to teach use agriculture as a tool for teaching math and science lessons to elementary school students around the state.
If you’d like to contribute to the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture or have questions about its programs, please contact Schmucker at 517-679-5440.