A tricked-out skid steer is to thank for a donation of $77,000 split between three FFA organizations.
The National FFA Foundation, Ohio FFA Foundation and the Buckeye Valley FFA chapter were the recipients of a donation from Case IH after Evolution Ag placed a winning bid of $77,000 for “Red Power,” a one-of-a-kind skid steer.
The National FFA Foundation received 89 percent, Ohio State FFA Foundation received 10 percent and one percent will be given to the Buckeye Valley FFA chapter, which was selected by Evolution AG.
Kyle Russell, Senior Director of Marketing for CASE IH North American was on hand to make the presentation of $68,530 to the National FFA Foundation, $7,700 to the Ohio FFA Foundation and $770 to the Buckeye Valley FFA Chapter.
Doug Loudenslager is one of the owners of Evolution AG LLC (the official merger of the companies that comprise Evolution Ag takes place Jan. 1, 2013) and is thrilled to bring “Red Power” to Ohio. As a former FFA member and national officer, he knows the tremendous impact the organization has on members, as well as communities. He also served as Chief Operating Officer of the National FFA Foundation from 2004 to 2009.
Rob Cooper, executive director of the National FFA Foundation, was on hand to accept the check for the organization.
“With their support, we’re able to continue to invest in young people so they can be the leaders in the field of agriculture,” said Cooper.
“We are so honored the company who purchased this skid steer thought of our chapter,” said Alyssa Swinehart, student teacher at Buckeye Valley.
Swinehart said the chapter plans to use the money for scholarships to send members to FFA leadership events such as conventions and FFA camp.
“We need outstanding young people who are dedicated, who have leadership skills and who have the ability to help our company grow,” said Loudenslager. “We’re excited to have the opportunity to support the National FFA Foundation, the Ohio State FFA Foundation and our local FFA chapter, Buckeye Valley.”