Redline Equipment donated $15,850 to local FFA members in the counties they serve. The money will go to fund scholarships for 54 Ohio and Indiana FFA members to attend the Washington Leadership Conference, Leadership Conferences and FFA Camp. In Michigan the funds will go to support the Michigan FFA region II leadership camp that 120 members will benefit from.
“The redliners are extremely proud to be able to pay it forward. Most of our customers and many of our staff are former FFA members,” Heather Hetterick, director of marketing communication at Redline Equipment said. “This is not a donation. We consider this an investment in youth in our communities to ensure they have opportunities for personal growth and leadership development.”
The money was raised through Redline Equipment’s annual Parts Days sale. When customers purchased $1,000 or more in parts, the dealership committed to donating $50 to FFA.
“We are very thankful for Redline Equipment and their customers,” Jessica Parrish, executive director of the Ohio FFA Foundation said. “This money will help provide transformational experiences for students that otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to attend life-changing leadership conferences.”
One of Redline Equipment’s core value’s is to be a supporter of agriculture youth development to ensure the communities they do business in continue to thrive.
“Indiana FFA is focused on providing support for leadership programs that are essential to the success of our organization in developing our members,” Lisa Chaudion, executive director, Indiana FFA Foundation said. “Partnerships with organizations like Redline Equipment help us prepare students for a variety of careers in agriculture, including business, science, food safety and security, and production. Thank you to Redline Equipment for investing in the future of agriculture and the Indiana FFA!”
Redline Equipment does more than just support the FFA financially. Redliners use their time and talents to help FFA members. They serve as judges for contest and mentor students who are participating in contests. The dealership also allows use of their facilities and equipment as learning tools.
“We’re grateful for the support of our customers in this endeavor and have no doubt we’ll both see a return on our investment,” Hetterick said.
The fifth installment of Farm Equipment’s Dealership Minds series, 9 staff members traveled to Kentucky to experience first-hand how a successful dealership — H&R Agri-Power — headquartered in the No. 1 ag county in Kentucky operates.