South Dakota FFA Foundation establishes Gary Grey Memorial Endowment

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Bath, SD – The South Dakota FFA Foundation is proud to have established the Gary Grey Memorial Endowment, in honor of the past State FFA Advisor who passed away in late 2015.

“Gary had a heart devoted to educating others. He was always looking for ways to help young people become passionate about agriculture. He believed in the Agriculture Education/FFA program and the skills it teaches, preparing young people to lead their communities and agriculture in the future,” says Gerri Ann Eide, executive director of the South Dakota FFA Foundation. “He always worked to provide new, fun experiences for students, and was willing to help in any way to make it possible. It is our hope that this fund will carry on his efforts of making a difference in the lives of others.”

The State FFA Advisor from 1994-2006, Gary was instrumental in building the Ag Learning Center & Animal Nursery at the SD State Fair in 1997, building curriculum for ag programs and securing funding for ag programs. He traveled internationally, taking FFA members with, to learn about agriculture’s diversity. He also previously served as an adult Farm Business Management instructor and FFA advisor for the Miller FFA. He was originally from Miller, SD.

Throughout his life, Gary was involved in numerous service organizations. He served as President of the Pierre Lions, SD Ag Teachers Association, and the SD Association of Career & Technical Educators in addition to his leadership of the SD FFA, where he touched the lives of countless South Dakota FFA members, agricultural educators and alumni.

All contributions given to the Gary Grey Memorial Endowment will support South Dakota FFA members. The South Dakota FFA Foundation will designate funds annually to the area of most need, such as WLC scholarships, jackets for members, team travel scholarships, or other identified needs.

“Gary put so much fun into everything he did. He was blessed with a heart for serving others and used that gift to the fullest,” says Gary’s family. “It is a great honor to have an endowment in his memory that addresses FFA member needs. We hope that FFA members will be inspired to continue Gary’s legacy by being passionate about agriculture and advocating for the need of agriculture education programs in all schools. It will bring us joy to know that Gary’s still impacting the students he loved through this endowment.”

Those wishing to join the South Dakota FFA Foundation in honoring Gary may send donations to the South Dakota FFA Foundation at 39393 133rd St., Bath, SD 57427 or make a contribution online at http://www.sdffafoundation.org/. For additional information, please contact Gerri Ann Eide at 605-765-4865.