OTCF raises over $70K at inaugural Barn Party
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The Oregon Trail Community Foundation Barn Party and Agri-recognition Dinner successfully raised more than $70,000 during its event at the Cheyenne Ridge Signature Lodge Thursday, April 4.
“Our goal was to host an evening where folks could enjoy themselves, relax with friends and neighbors, plus have a good experience and I believe we met that goal,” announced John Stinner, CEO of Valley Bank & Trust Co. “The turnout was fantastic —- we had about 240 people come out for a great evening.” Stinner added that, thanks to the many corporate sponsors, there was a tremendous turnout for the fundraiser.
He added that another purpose in hosting the event was not only to raise funds, but to elevate the level of awareness regarding the work that the Oregon Trail Community Foundation does in the communities.
“I think people have a much clearer picture of the foundation and the money we put right back into our communities to improve education, wildlife preservation, the arts, historic buildings, schools and health care,” said Julie Marshall, membership director at OTCF.
During the evening, the Oregon Trail Community Foundation also recognized the members of the late Connie Lapaseotes and his family in honor of their contribution to the success of the agricultural industry in the valley.
“We felt it important to pay tribute to a family belonging to our valley who has contributed considerable time, resources and efforts to our communities’ agricultural success,” Stinner said. “They were very deserving of this award.”
Pete Lapaseotes, family spokesperson, presented the OTCF with a check for $1,000 to use for agricultural scholarships to assist graduating seniors who are pursuing careers in agriculture.
“Our family wanted to give back something that would both help students and honor the industry that our family was very proud of,” Lapaseotes said.
The winners of the two Agri-Business Scholarships were Tevyn Baldwin and Taylor Lackey.
David Haun had the winning raffle ticket for the John Deere Gator from 21st Century Equipment.
Read full article: OTCF Raises More Than $70,000 at Event (Star-Herald)