California FFA News Summer 2017 - Page 10

FFA Week was extra special this year for the California FFA Foundation. Not only did we celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the FFA Center opening, but we hosted the Blue & Gold Gala. Over 500 agriculture industry leaders, alumni, current FFA members, teachers and others joined together at the FFA Center, to learn about the achievements of members, and more importantly, how they can support California FFA and the next generation of agricultural leaders. Oh yeah, Mike Rowe might have also come by to take part in the festivities! California FFA Foundation past chair, Louie Brown, served as the emcee for the evening, keeping everyone engaged and entertained. Current Foundation Chair, Dennis Albiani highlighted the ways the Foundation is enhancing and increasing opportunities for current FFA members, while Mike Rowe shared an illustrative story about how he learned about A.I….which those of us in agriculture know does not stand for Artifi cial Intelligence! From there former member, Jake Parnell and the team from Parnell Dickinson joined us and auctioned off some great items while reminding everyone of how they can support the California FFA. “It was a magical, entertaining and inspiring evening,” noted Toosje Koll, Blue & Gold Gala Chair. “We know everyone who attended believes in the power and impact of the blue and gold as much as we do, and many of the them expressed their support that evening through the auction and pledge process. The future of the California FFA is bright because of our support from alumni and industry leaders.” In addition to all our wonderful sponsors who made the evening possible, the California FFA Foundation would like to thank all the FFA members, teachers and chapters who created centerpieces, welded fl oral stands, volunteered for set-up and donated amazing one of a kind items for the auction. For more information about the Blue & Gold Gala or the California FFA Foundation, please visit: www. C a l A g Ed . o r g Top: Foundation Board members Louie Brown and Toosje Koll, joined State Offi cer Conner Vernon on-stage to offer Mike Rowe a small token of our appreciation. Bottom: Former FFA member, Richard Denier, and his wife, Kathy, graciously continued their long-term support of the California FFA during the Gala by purchasing the evening with Mike Rowe auction item. { Continued on page 11 } California FFANEWS • PAGE 10 • Summer 2017