Inaugural OTCF event raises $70,000

The inaugural Oregon Trail Community Foundation Barn Party and Agri-recognition Dinner successfully raised over $70,000 during their April 4th event at the Cheyenne Ridge Signature lodge. John Stinner, CEO of Valley Bank and Trust says 240 people attended the event.

The money was raised through ticket and corporate sponsorships, silent and live auctions and a raffle for a John Deere Gator from 21st Century Equipment. Membership Director Julie Marshall said the event helped raise awareness of the Foundation and provided money that will be put back into our communities to improve education, wildlife preservation, the arts, historic buildings, schools and healthcare."

During the evening, the Oregon Trail Community Foundation also recognized the members of the late Connie Lapaseotes and his family in honor of their contribution to the success of the agricultural industry in the valley. Pete Lapaseotes, family spokesperson, presented the OTCF with a check for $1,000 to use for agricultural scholarships to assist graduating seniors who are pursuing careers in agriculture.

The winners of the two Agri-Business Scholarships were Tevyn Baldwin and Taylor Lackey and David Haun had the winning raffle ticket for the Gator.

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