QUINCY -- Quincy High School junior Alexis Wolf hopes to be a veterinarian, and she's getting a start in that direction thanks to membership in the FFA.
"It gives me a lot of hands-on learning and experience," Wolf said. "With FFA we go to different competitions, and those competitions are going to prepare me for the future."
To cover the cost of competing, the QHS FFA chapter raises money, primarily through an auction. "It is the main fundraiser that we do yearly," said Wolf, the chapter's secretary.
The third annual auction will take place Thursday, Feb. 21, in the QHS cafeteria. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner for a free will donation is available at 6 p.m., and the auction begins at 7 p.m.
Area businesses donate items for the live and silent auction, with this year's selection including a leaf blower, tractor, picnic tables and a wide variety of gift certificates.
"They are pretty familiar with FFA, what we do and what this is going toward -- and they're pretty generous," Wolf said. "It is going to be very fun."
All proceeds benefit the FFA members through funding career development, leadership activities and scholarships.
"It's important to the chapter," Wolf said. "Whatever donations we get from our auction go to help us with national convention, state convention and different contests FFA goes to throughout the year."
Updates on auction items and chapter activities are available by following Quincy Ag Department and FFA on Facebook. For more information on the auction and how to make donations, contact Quincy FFA Advisor Kelly Weiman at 217-440-9721 or firstname.lastname@example.org.