At the 90th Wisconsin FFA Convention last week in Madison, the Wisconsin FFA Foundation announced a record-breaking campaign year, raising $659,219 since June 2018. In last five years, the Foundation has raised more than $2.8 million dollars from over 1,100 donors and sponsors.
Hundreds of individual, industry and FFA-related donors have made the 2018-19 campaign the most successful in the Foundation’s 36-year history. Foundation Board President Ginger Braml made this announcement on Tuesday evening, June 11, at the Alliant Energy Center during the Convention’s Third Session. She shared the message that every member has a unique place in FFA and can learn valuable skills, regardless of whether or not they earn top awards.
During that same session, Wisconsin FFA Foundation Executive Director John Hromyak challenged students to take advantage of the opportunities available to them in FFA, adding that many are possible because of Foundation donors’ generous support. During Convention, the Wisconsin Association of FFA announced that there are more than 20,825 members enrolled in 251 chapters statewide.
“Our sponsors and donors impact our members each year and help create learning experiences that would not otherwise be possible,” says Hromyak. “Our organization is fortunate and grateful for the continued, loyal support and investment from our industry and individual partners. I know the agricultural education and FFA family joins me in expressing gratitude to all who support us.”
Three retiring board members were honored during the Foundation’s Tuesday afternoon board meeting and three additional agricultural leaders added to its roster.
The board said goodbye to board members Amber Vickers Keller (Town Bank), Jason Kollwelter (We Energies) and Luke Wiedenfeld (Lake Mills agricultural education instructor and FFA advisor). Keller served as the Foundation president from 2016-17.
Three new members were welcomed to fill those seats: Chad Brusveen, Katie Holewinski and Deb Ihm.
The highly anticipated 90th celebration of Wisconsin FFA also garnered a record attendance over its four-day run. A total of 3,738 members, advisors, parents, sponsors, past state officers and friends of Wisconsin FFA walked the halls of the Alliant Center last week. Detailed coverage of the 90th Wisconsin FFA Convention can be found online at http://www.wisconsinagconnection.com/FFA19/.