By Caroline Weihl, National FFA Convention & Expo Newsroom Intern
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The agriculture industry is the foundation of FFA. Many contributors from the industry help increase this success with involvements like sponsorships. One sponsor helped paint a masterpiece for organization scholarships.
Case IH sponsored speed painter Dan Dunn to create canvas paintings commemorating the 80th birthday of the blue corduroy FFA jacket at the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Ky.
FFA wanted to share the passion the members have for their official dress. Case IH became involved as a large sponsor already working with Dunn for a new product launch.
“If you saw the performance you saw how everyone reacted to it,” Case IH Public Relations and Sponsorship Manager Dan Danford said. “People were thanking us for bringing him in here. It was a great tribute to the blue jacket.”
Six paintings were created during the first sessions of convention. Each is being purchased at $1,000 that will go toward a scholarship endowment for annual FFA scholarships.
“We have worked with FFA for more than 60 years,” Danford said. “The vast majority of our customers started out with FFA. It gives the young farmers a great start in education, networking and resources.”
Caroline Weihl is a senior at The Ohio State University studying agricultural communication. Originally growing up on a beef and grain farm in Bowling Green, Ohio, she is an alumna of Otsego FFA Chapter, a 2010 National FFA Band participant and 2011-12 state FFA officer. Find Caroline’s social media sites at about.me/CarolineWeihl.