MANHATTAN, Kan. — Purple Wave Inc., the largest no-reserve Internet auction firm in the country, has pledged $10,000 to the Kansas FFA Foundation through the Bid for Blue program. This partnership ensures full sponsorship of the Kansas FFA Agricultural Mechanics Career Development Event and provides funding to develop new initiatives during the 2011-12 fiscal year.
“As a former FFA member, I’ve personally realized the benefit members receive from involvement in the FFA. Purple Wave is dedicated to helping other students experience the same personal growth through their FFA experiences,” said Jerrod Westfahl, CEO of Purple Wave. “The future of the agricultural industry is vital to the success of Purple Wave, and supporting the Kansas FFA and its members is one way we can position the industry for continued growth.”
Launched statewide in June, the Bid for Blue program has provided financial support for 15 Kansas FFA chapters and the Kansas FFA Foundation. Through Bid for Blue, Purple Wave donates a portion of its commission earned on certain asset auctions back to the FFA on both the state and local levels.
“The Kansas FFA family and our Foundation Board of Trustees are thrilled to welcome Purple Wave as a Five Star sponsor. We have worked closely over the past several months developing a program that addresses the needs of both of our organizations. Bid for Blue is a shining example of what can happen when business and industry and the Kansas FFA collaborate,” said Kansas FFA Foundation Executive Director Kerry Wefald. “We look forward to growing this program and increasing support for our agricultural education programs.”