On Friday evening, Feb. 6, the Moriarty FFA Alumni Group hosted their annual pie auction at the Lions Club of Moriarty. The event raises money for students in Moriarty FFA to travel and compete in the various competitions FFA has to offer.
Students made and presented pies that were sold to community members. Alongside it was a prepared dinner and a silent auction including gift cards, certificates, and gift baskets. In all, about $8,000 was raised.
Before the auction, all pies were judged on presentation and creativity by long-time FFA supporter Tooter Davis, Moriarty High School Vice Principal Amanda Wilson, Edgewood Middle School Principal Todd Bibiano, Torrance County Sheriff Heath White, and Moriarty Mayor Ted Hart.
In third place was 8th-grader Paige Brandon; in second, freshman Ashlee Murray, and first place went to 8th-grader Cheyenne Ellis.
In a favorite tradition of the members, a special “benefit pie” was made and sold where all profits were given, instead, to a family in need. $1,840 was raised for former Moriarty FFA and Alumni members, the Bullen family.
With junior Malorie McAllister’s peach pie bringing in the most money at $410, it is evident that the support of the community goes much farther than buying a homemade pie, and extends into supporting youth development and agriculture education.
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