East Lansing, Michigan, March 1, 2022 – Michigan FFA, a student organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership, will launch its 2022 funding campaign on March 6, 2022.

This year, the organization, which currently has 123 local chapters and more than 7,500 student members located across the state of Michigan, is getting a special “boost” from Crystal Flash, Inc., to increase donations.

The 2022 Michigan FFA Matching Gift Campaign derives its name from a commitment made by Grand Rapids-based energy distribution company Crystal Flash to match all donations collected via the campaign’s website on a dollar-for-dollar basis, up to $10,000. The campaign concludes on March 31, 2022, with a goal to raise $20,000, in total, for the Michigan FFA Glassbrook Endowment Fund.

Funds raised during the campaign, also timed to coincide with the Michigan FFA State Convention on March 9-11, 2022, will provide students with opportunities to invest in  themselves through leadership programs, real-world experiences, career development events and the State FFA Convention. Donations also subsidize achievement awards and scholarships, ensuring that students can further their education.

Michigan FFA is dedicated to closing skills gaps by equipping students with agricultural/business skills and leadership abilities necessary to succeed. The organization notes that 81% of agricultural jobs require more than a high school degree, but only 3% of college students are pursuing a degree in agriculture.

“The Michigan FFA Association is excited to partner with Crystal Flash for this special campaign,” said Amara Jackson, State FFA President. “We are grateful for their generous support of Michigan FFA members and the Michigan FFA Foundation which will ensure that our students and programs continue to succeed.”

“Each year, the employee owners of Crystal Flash proudly support over one hundred organizations and events across the Michigan communities we serve,” Chief Customer Experience Officer/VP Brad Morrill said. “As a long-time supporter of Michigan FFA and Michigan’s entire ag community, our Team feels strongly about this partnership in particular, it’s truly a special relationship.”

The 2022 Michigan FFA Matching Gift Campaign is a collaborative effort between several partners, including the Michigan FFA Association, Michigan FFA Foundation, Michigan State University, Michigan Farm Bureau and Crystal Flash. The partners are encouraging all supporters of agriculture, education and leadership to visit the campaign website between March 6 and March 31 to make a donation — big or small — which would then be matched, effectively doubling its impact. The campaign website can be accessed at bit.ly/FFAmatch or crystalflash.com/ffa.

ABOUT MICHIGAN FFA FFA is a student organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership. Michigan FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Funding of Michigan FFA supports the organization’s vision to help young people find their passion in life. For more information, visit michiganffa.org.

ABOUT CRYSTAL FLASH, INC. Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Crystal Flash, Inc., is a 100% employee-owned energy distribution company serving residential, commercial and agricultural customers across Michigan and other Midwestern states. Established in 1932, Crystal Flash specializes in the sale and distribution of propane, diesel, gasoline, and lubricants. The company currently has more than 300 employee-owners and is one of the largest independently owned energy suppliers in the state of Michigan. For more information, visit crystalflash.com.

For more information, contact:

Tiffany Rogers-Randolph, Ph.D.
State Executive Secretary, Michigan FFA
roger187@msu.edu, 517.353.9221

Brad Morrill
Chief Customer Experience Officer/VP, Crystal Flash
bradm@crystalflash.com, 616.365.3252