Eric Woita wins Nebraska 4-H Foundation truck |

Eric Woita wins Nebraska 4-H Foundation truck

LINCOLN, Neb. – A former 11-year 4-H member from Atkinson, Neb., was the winner of the Nebraska 4-H Foundation’s Truck Raffle fundraiser this summer.

Eric Woita, a freshman ag business major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, saw the Ford F-150 at the Holt County Fair. He thought it was pretty nice, but never imagined he would win it.

Woita purchased four raffle tickets. He was awarded the truck Sept. 16.

“I was excited to win the truck,” Woita said.

In addition, he was happy he could donate to 4-H.

“4-H is a great program and any money they get, they appreciate a lot,” he said.

The Nebraska 4-H Foundation traveled along “the road to excellence” all over Nebraska this summer in the 4-H truck donated by the Midwest Ford Dealers Association.

The 4-H Foundation had two summer interns Reese Bettin, a UNL senior agricultural journalism major from Leon, Iowa, and Molly Trausch, a UNL junior horticulture-entrepreneurship major from Minden, Neb., who attended 42 county fairs, spent 10 days at the Nebraska State Fair and three days at Husker Harvest Days selling raffle tickets for the truck at $10 each. The amount raised was $45,580.

“We thought it was pretty awesome to raise over $45,000, but then to know it was a UNL student who won and he was also involved in 4-H, we just thought that was neat,” said Nebraska 4-H Foundation Director Stuart Shepherd.

This year’s 4-H Truck Raffle marked the second year of the foundation’s fundraiser, Shepherd said. The total amount raised last year was nearly $47,000. Funds raised support 4-H programming throughout Nebraska and also provide scholarships for 4-H’ers interested in attending any one of three 4-H camps.

“We hope to do it again next year because it’s a terrific fundraiser for 4-H,” Shepherd said.

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