Falls Church, Va. – US Apple Association NextGen Fellows today launched a silent auction to benefit USApple’s school nutrition grant program, Apples4Ed. The silent auction, open to all, is at: https://secure.qgiv.com/event/usappleauction/items/ or through the Givi App on mobile devices (you must first register on the auction site). The auction runs through August 18, with 100% of proceeds going to Apples4Ed School Grants.
There are a variety of everyday and unique items and experiences to bid on in all price ranges, from golf ball bundles to coolers, from fishing trips to sporting events. Some of the highlights include:
- Buffalo Bills vs. Green Bay Packers first seats near the 50-yard line
- Alaska Fishing Charter for Four
- One Day Workshop on Strategic Branding and Marketing for Business
- Private tour of Gettysburg National Park for six people followed by dinner at a local restaurant/cidery/winery
- National Parks Bundle, including an All Parks Annual Pass, North Face Backpack and essentials for a year of outdoor adventure
- Apple Watch Series 7
Other items include: a 2022 World Cup package; American flags flown above the United States Capitol at the request of Senator Debbie Stabenow and Representative Dan Newhouse; Yeti and KONG coolers; separate cans of Vidalia onions, cherries, applesauce, or a year’s worth of juice; a hard-to-find packet of rare bourbon; and Washington and Oregon wines, among many other items.
The 2022 NextGen Scholars created the Apples4Ed Auction as one of their service projects to help provide additional nutrition to students and expose students to a wider variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as teach children about students a healthy diet. Every year, USApple gives schools across the country grants to provide healthy food for students, but the demands from schools increasingly outstrip the funding. The lasting impact of COVID has made many students more dependent on school-provided meals.
“All USApple schools awarded Apples4Ed grants in 2022 were in communities where many families live below the poverty line,” said Tracy Grondine, USApple vice president of communications. “The NextGen Silent Auction will provide much-needed funding for additional grants to help students get through the school day with healthy snacks, while building a positive relationship with nutritious food.
“USApple and NextGen Fellows appreciate the many companies that have donated unique items and experiences to the silent auction,” Grondine continued. “Without their generosity and support of Apples4Ed and NextGen Fellowship, this auction would not be possible.”
The following companies donated items/experiments: A&M Farms, AgriMACS, Alaska Fishing Fever, CMI Orchards, Fielding Hills Winery, Hess Brothers Fruit, Holmes Mouthwatering, Hudson River Fruit, Kwik Lok, Mekanic, Michigan Pomesters, Midwest Apple Improvement Association, Old Orchard Brands, Rice Fruit Company, Sage Fruit, Sev-Rend, Stemilt, Sun Valley Shooting Park, Syngenta, Watermill Winery and Yes! Apples.
The NextGen Fellowship is an annual program for emerging leaders in the apple industry. This year, six fellows were chosen to participate in the fellowship, which emphasizes career development, one-on-one mentoring, advocacy, community service, and team building. 2022 NextGen Fellows include: Marcus Albinder, Hudson River Fruit; John Cary, Stemil; Tim Cote, AgriMACS; Ethan Holmes, mouth-watering Holmes; Syrah Linsley, Old Orchard brands; and James Nyssen, Sev-Rend.
Bid at: https://secure.qgiv.com/event/usappleauction/items/ or on the Givi app. Learn more about Apples4Ed at apples4ed.com; learn more about the NextGen program at usapple.org/nextgen-apple-fellowship.