Mark O’Neill, Media and Strategic Communications Director
510 S. 31st Street , Camp Hill, PA 17001 • 717.761.2740 • Email • @pfbmediaone
For Immediate Release: May 21, 2016
(Hershey) – Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) raised $45,000 to help support agricultural education and awareness programs during the 24th Annual Richard Prether Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Golf Classic in Hershey.
Since 1993, the fundraising event has generated more than $779,000 in total contributions to the Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation (PFAF), which is a charitable organization supported by PFB. The Foundation funds a variety of projects, including six Mobile Agriculture Education Science Labs, the “Ag on the Go” program and the weeklong AITC Educator’s Ag Institute for teachers working with youth in Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade.
“Pennsylvania farmers want children across the state to have the opportunity to learn about farming, the environment and where their food comes from. Money raised from the golf tournament helps the foundation achieve those goals,” said PFB President Rick Ebert, who also serves as PFAF Chairman. “The foundation also helps train teachers about agriculture practices and encourages them to include accurate information about food and farming in their classroom curriculum.”
Farm Bureau and PFAF expressed thanks to the 128 golfers who participated in the event and dozens of Golf Classic sponsors. Special recognition went to two platinum sponsors, including a $15,000 donation from Nationwide Insurance and a $5,000 contribution from Firestone Farm Tires.
“Our six mobile agriculture education science labs are universally popular, but they require a tremendous amount of financial support to keep them on the road and properly supplied. Fundraising events such as the golf classic help us bring these labs to schools across the Commonwealth and fund addition education outreach programs spearheaded by our foundation,” concluded Ebert.
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is the state’s largest farm organization with a volunteer membership of more than 61,400 farm and rural families, representing farms of every size and commodity across Pennsylvania.