The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Ag Alumni Association hosted the 22nd annual Ag Unlimited Banquet on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, Mo.
The annual banquet is designed as a networking event that helps to raise funds for student scholarships through a live and silent auction. The money raised supports CAFNR students in some form, whether it be through one of 25 scholarships, teaching enhancement funds for faculty and staff or the Ag 100 Endowment, which helps members of student organizations afford the costs of participating in professional development events.
Wayne Yokley was chairman of the Alumni Association at the time the live auction banquet was presented as an idea to raise funds for students. Members of the Alumni Association wanted to be able to assist the students with things they didn’t have the funding for.
“I think the reason this event is such a success is because it allows past and current students the opportunity to network,” said Dana Brown-Haynes, coordinator of CAFNR alumni relations and events.
With nearly 700 people attending this year’s event, it was once again marked as the largest, most recognizable annual event that happens within CAFNR that the Ag Alumni Association hosts. Attendees this year ranged from potential students all the way up to alumni of the college.
“This event is a chance for people to come back and see old friends, and make new ones,” Brown-Haynes said. “Everyone that has had a positive experience with this college enjoys coming back and having the opportunity to catch up with old classmates and learning what new things are happening at CAFNR.”
Although the numbers have not been finalized yet, the Ag Alumni Association believes this year’s event will have raised from $60,000 to $80,000.