A reverse raffle raised more than $12,000 for college-bound seniors who are members of Future Farmers of America at South Johnston High School.
The South Johnston FFA Alumni sold more 300 tickets for the raffle. In all, the alumni group hopes to raise at $25,000 to endow a scholarship at South Johnston.
The raffle was held at the American Legion building in Benson. Each ticket included a meal for two catered by Barefoot’s Country Store. Among those on hand were Shelby Bireley, president of the N.C. FFA, and Jason Davis, state FFA coordinator. Bireley is a graduate of South Johnson.
The scholarship endowment got a $5,000 boost from Mule City Specialty Feeds. The Benson company made the donation in memory of Clarence Warren, who was an FFA adviser at South Johnston.
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The last five ticket holders agreed to split the $3,000 grand prize.
To learn more about the South Johnston FFA, call 919-902-0490, email SJHSFFAAlumni@gmail.com or send a message via the group’s Facebook page.