Michael Hirschi 2017-04-27 02:05:19
Double donation makes a difference, twice over When you win the bid on an item in a silent auction, you usually make a single- purchase donation to the charity or foundation holding the sale. However last summer, a unique item in the Foundation Silent Auction at the 2016 Annual International Meeting in Orlando gave doubly. The item was a load of fresh potatoes, offered by Walther Farms of Three Rivers, Michigan, as a Bid to Give donation. The winning bidders, rather than hauling home literally a ton of high-quality produce, specified a food bank of their choice, and Walther Farms provided delivery—free of charge. The ASABE Foundation got a major donation via the Silent Auction, and two food banks each received 2,000 pounds of potatoes to help feed families in need. That’s right, two tons of potatoes were sold at the Silent Auction: one ton to ASABE member Mike Hirschi and his wife Debbie, and another ton to ASABE Fellow, Past President, and Foundation President Bob Gustafson and his wife Yvonne. The Hirschi’s potatoes were donated to the Eastern Illinois Food Bank (EIFB) in Urbana, Illinois, and the Gustafson’s potatoes were donated to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank in Grove City, Ohio. Mike Hirschi was on hand for the delivery to EIFB on November 14, 2016. The 2,000 pounds of potatoes filled two pallets, and the staff at EIFB unloaded the spuds with a lift truck. Because the potatoes were already packaged in ten-pound bags (thanks again to Walther Farms!), they could be readily distributed, and 200 families in east-central Illinois received a special Thanksgiving dinner staple. Another 200 families in central Ohio received similar ten-pound bags—all because of a generous Silent Auction donation. The Silent Auction is a wonderful way to support your Foundation while helping others. Please consider how you can contribute to the auction in Spokane this July. If you are interested in donating, including Bid to Give items, contact Sarah or Joann at firstname.lastname@example.org or 269-429- 0300 for more information. When you attend the AIM, be sure to stop by the auction display and bid on the many donations—handcrafted items, custom jewelry, educational toys, weekend getaways, and Bids to Give that can multiply the impact. Last year, the Silent Auction and various raffles raised over $7,000 for the Foundation KEYS Fund. And that’s not small potatoes! ASABE Member and Foundation Trustee Michael Hirschi, Academic Advisor, former Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs, and Professor Emeritus of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, USA, email@example.com. ASABE Member, Foundation Trustee, and Development Committee Chair Sylvia Schonauer, Principal Engineer (retired), W.K. Kellogg Institute, Bellaire, Mich., USA, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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