|The Post & Mail September 19,
CCHS FFA Alumni hosts successful
Zartman Romano, Community Editor
Serving breakfast, from left, were Anna Waldeck, Beth McCoy,
Loren Decker, Kala Wiegman and Cody Lamle.
A benefit breakfast for the Columbia City High
School FFA Chapter hosted by the CCHS FFA Alumni Association Saturday
morning went well...in fact, very, very well.
Over 250 people attended the breakfast, many of whom
were still enjoying the all-you-could-eat meal long after the event's 10:30
a.m. end time.
"We completely sold out of 132 pounds of sausage
and ran out of pancakes entirely at one point," said FFA Alumni Association
steering committee member Annette Lamle. The alumni had to quickly purchase
another 30 pounds of sausage and more pancake mix to keep up with the
Several members of the CCHS FFA Chapter arrived early
and volunteered to help at the event, serving meals, assisting with the
silent auction, serving coffee and juice and a variety of other tasks
alongside the FFA alumni members.
Greg Rupert, coach of the FFA's livestock judging
team, was pleased with the event. A portion of the funds raised at the event
will be donated to the CCHS FFA to assist Rupert's team with travel and
other expenses related to attending the national livestock judging
competition later this year. Other funds will be designated to help other
activities of the CCHS FFA. Rupert spent much of the morning wiping down
tables and helping with the event.
"I think the breakfast was so well attended and it was
a lot of fun too," said CCHS FFA Alumni steering committee secretary Karen
"We were very fortunate to have so many people come
out to help us support our local FFA chapter," Lamle added.
The CCHS FFA Alumni Assocation is scheduled to present
a check to the chapter later this week.
The event was made possible with donations from Krider
Meat Processing, 3-D Stock Farms, Creighton Bros. Farms, Whitley County 4-H,
Crossroads Inn, Richards Restaurant, STAR Financial Bank, Hardee's
Restaurant, Whitley County Pioneer Seed - Jason Holzinger and Wally Trabert
Jr., Ag Plus, Carolyn Shaffer, Ryan Shearer and CCHS FFA Chapter members.