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
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.