US (LA): LSU Tech poinsettia show, auction set scholarship fundraising record

Christmas came early for Louisiana Tech University’s Department of Agricultural Sciences as its annual Poinsettia Show and Auction this month at Squire Creek Country Club raised a record $16,175 which will be used to fund student scholarships. “The event went great,” said department head Gary Kennedy. “Auction proceeds were up from the $15,000 that we brought in last year, plus we had several other donations for as much as $500 and all of those helped bump the total proceeds from the event up to a little more than $18,000.”

Poinsettias are on sale at the Tech Farm Salesroom from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

“There are still all kinds of nice poinsettias available,” Kennedy said. “The proceeds we make from those are crucial, too, because that goes to the greenhouse fund to keep it maintained throughout the year. It’s these poinsettia sales that make the greenhouse pretty much self-supporting as far as finances go. We try not to use state money for that.”


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