Tractors net $28,000 at auction

By Corene Brisendine

The pair of tractors put up for a charity auction last week raked in $28,050, officials have reported.

Purple Wave hosted the online auction that ended Aug. 29 with the proceeds of the sale going to the Republic County Historical Society Museum.

The 1965 and 1970 John Deere tractors were given to the museum though a trust established by Dorothy Fisher under the agreement that they would be sold to help to preserve the museum’s property. Also, Purple Wave has donated a portion of its commission to Future Farmers of America chapters chosen by the winners of the bids.

The 1965 tractor went to Greg Washmon of Hillsboro for $13,750. He chose the Hillsboro FFA as the local beneficiary of the Bid for Blue money. The 1970 tractor went to Don Martin of Clay Center for $14,300. He also chose his home-town FFA as the local recipient.

Auction officials did not disclose how much of the proceeds will actually go to the beneficiaries. But Sherri Lowry, marketing and administrative assistant for Purple Wave, said due to the strong ties to the agricultural community inside and outside the business, the FFA seemed the perfect choice. She said they wanted to pick a local charity, foundations or organization that had similar goals, ties, vision, etc as Purple Wave. Lowry also said many employees at Purple Wave were FFA members during high school. Purple Wave CEO and president Jerrod Westfahl said he and “a small group” came up with the idea,” adding that “FFA and education has been very near and dear to my heart.”

Westfahl said while they do not formally track who participates in the Bid for Blue program, they have received a large amount of positive feedback from everyone involved, including local FFA advisers and agriculture teachers at the high school levels.

“It’s the kind of program they enjoy being a part of,” Westfahl said. “

This year the program has raised $6,368; it raised $10,140.50 in 2011. Lowry said they often see the larger ticket items put in the Bid for Blue programs. She said that obviously meant more money donated to the local FFA chapters.

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