2 corporate sponsors, 2 families reach 25-year milestone of financially supporting FFA through National FFA Foundation

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Duane Brodt
Marketing and Communications
National FFA Organization

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, Nov. 1, 2013/National FFA Foundation) – Two corporate sponsors and two families have reached 25 years of financially supporting FFA through the National FFA Foundation.
Since 1988, Penton Farm Progress, a division of New York City-headquartered Penton Media, has provided a $1,000 college scholarship for a deserving FFA member. The company has received a Distinguished Service Citation from the National FFA Organization and has also supported FFA through previous capital campaign contributions. Penton Farm Progress specializes in publications, live events, digital products and marketing services for the agriculture industry.
The Fox Foundation in Newfield, N.J., has also reached the 25-year milestone of supporting FFA. The private foundation has annually contributed to the National FFA Leadership Fund through the foundation.
Wisconsin residents Neil and Patty Jo Christenson have financially supported numerous FFA programs that focus on student leadership and teacher development over the last 25 years. Neil Christenson has served as a member of the foundation’s Sponsors’ Board and as an executive sponsor.
Illinois resident Mark Rumbold, who earned an Honorary American FFA degree in 1992, has served as an executive sponsor and has supported the organization by giving to the foundation’s Leadership Fund.
“Through their financial support and service, these valued corporate sponsors and individual donors have demonstrated incredible commitment to the development of our students and their future success,” said National FFA Foundation President Molly Ball. “Their dedication to supporting FFA and agricultural education over more than two decades is remarkable and has made a difference in young lives preparing for tomorrow's challenges.”
Penton Farm Progress, the Fox Foundation, Neil and Patty Jo Christenson and Mark Rumbold will be honored for their 25-year commitment to FFA at the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 30-Nov. 2 in Louisville, Ky.
The National FFA Foundation is the fundraising arm of the National FFA Organization, which provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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About National FFA Foundation
The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agriculture education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees comprised of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA alumni, the foundation is a separately-registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of all sponsorship dollars received by the foundation support FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit the National FFA Foundation at http://www.FFA.org/Give.

About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 579,678 student members as part of 7,570 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at www.FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.