The 20th Annual Ag Unlimited Banquet and Auction filled the the Holiday Inn Expo Center Feb. 14 with all the feathers, flappers and fun of the ‘Roaring 20s.’
With 800 CAFNR alumni, faculty and friends in attendance, the night was much different than the first alumni event in 1995.
Wayne Yokley, Mizzou alumnus, was the president of the Ag Alumni Association when the idea of a scholarship foundation was first developed. The team of alumni were a young, driven crew who wanted students following in their footsteps to have the same amazing experience CAFNR provided each of them. Over the past 20 years, the idea has expanded into something that Yokley says is “beyond all dreams.”
Dana Brown-Haynes opened the event by welcoming all attending to the “premier MU alumni event in the nation.”
The night included a banquet, silent auction, live raffles, entertainment and the chance for alumni to reunite.
“Its just like homecoming, only better!” according to CAFNR Alumni Board member Mike Johanning.
CAFNR supporters donated a wide range of items for the auction from Mizzou basketball tickets to toy tractors.
Thanks to the $90,000 raised at the 2014 event, 25 scholarships were awarded to CAFNR students.
Kendra Stinson, sophomore, is a 2014 recipient of a scholarship from the foundation. As dual major in Animal Science and Agribusiness Management she has plans of managing a large beef or swine operation but is still exploring her options. The alumni association scholarship has helped take Kendra one step further in achieving her academic career goals.
“The banquet is a great networking opportunity that allows young professionals to get their name out to businesses as well as alumni.” Stinson said.