ENGLEWOOD – This year marked the 37th Annual Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Future Farmers of America (FFA) Charity Auction for the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), of Dayton.
The auction, planned by the MVCTC FFA chapter, is made possible by the dedication and hard work of the FFA members, the MVCTC Employees Association, MVCTC retirees, and the alumni who return each year to support this cause, according to a school representative.
Retired MVCTC Ag Educator Waid Lyons started the event in 1980, the same year the Dayton Ronald McDonald House was built. MVCTC FFA has been supporting the Dayton Area Ronald McDonald House since its inception. The original FFA Auction, organized by Lyons, was a hat auction that raised $250. This year, students were able to raise $9,000, bringing the grand total donated over the last 37 years to more than $150,000.
Proceeds from the event go directly to the local Ronald McDonald House on Valley Street, in Dayton, giving families of hospitalized children a place to rest, sustain their strength and be better able to support the healing of their children, according to a representative. RMHC is a modern, 14-room house, offering all of the comforts of home to guest families. They are open seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The MVCTC charity event would not be possible without the support of several staff and alumni of the school, according to a school representative. MVCTC Ag Livestock and Production instructor Bill Hershberger organizes the event, with the assistance of his wife Jane, the FFA members and MVCTC staff members Christy Blauvelt, Tami Bruner, Christa Nealeigh, Joe Beringer, Dave Peltz, Larry Seibel and Eva Wiley. In addition, MVCTC retirees Waid and Pat Lyons help each year. MVCTC Ag program alumnus John Carr (1979 graduate) volunteers his auctioneer talents every year for the event.
For more information about MVCTC and the Agriculture Education programs offered for high school students, please visit www.mvctc.com.