On Nov. 2, the Nipomo FFA chapter hosted its annual drive-through barbecue fundraiser. It was held at Nipomo High School and more than 40 students volunteered to help work the fundraiser.

The barbecue helps support Nipomo FFA by raising money for the trips the members take throughout the school year. The students sold approximately 470 tickets and raised a total of $18,800. The chapter greatly appreciates all the donations and support that was raised for the FFA members, including McLintocks donation of 20 gallons of beans, and Central City Cooling for their 400 bags of lettuce.

The event wouldn’t have been successful without the willing participation from the Nipomo FFA members. The students had to exert a huge amount of effort to be able to run such a demanding fundraiser. With the money that was raised, Nipomo FFA will be able to fund future competitions, conferences, and meetings that will be held throughout the school year.

After asking Ms. Paulisich, the new Nipomo FFA advisor, what she thought of the fundraiser since this was her first experience, she replied, “I was overall very impressed, since I have never participated in a drive-through barbecue at my past high schools. The community support was astounding. It was very shocking to me that we had so many people that wanted to help out and I’m glad that everything went smoothly. I am so proud of our Nipomo FFA members for their hard work and dedication of getting so many tickets sold!”

This drive-through barbecue fundraiser wouldn’t have been possible without the generous support from the Nipomo community for cooking the tri-tips, the thoughtful businesses for donating food, and the countless hours the Nipomo FFA members spent planning and working the event. The fundraiser was a huge success, and will help benefit the Nipomo FFA members as they conquer their dreams in the FFA organization throughout the year.