Second annual barbecue dinner to benefit the Wayne Proffitt Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Wayne Proffitt Memorial Scholarship will hold its second annual barbecue dinner at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center on 441 South Saturday, May 7, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Two Proffitt scholarships will be given to Macon County public school seniors whose studies have focused on agricultural education. “It’s to further the education of Macon County youth,” said event organizer Marcia Jones, who added that the amount of the scholarships are contingent upon the funds available. Last year, two $500 awards were given.
“We still have a long ways to go to grow the scholarship fund, and hopefully in the future we can increase it,” said Jones. “That’s our dream.”
While recipients of the scholarship will be named at the event, there will also be a silent auction, a barbecue dinner and quilt raffle.
Last year’s Proffitt scholarship winners were Derek Conley and Dalton Drinnon. Both scholarship recipients continued their education at Haywood Community College.
Drinnon’s major was in forest resource management and Conley planned to major in fish and wildlife management technology.
For those attending, a $10 donation will purchase a plate of barbecue, while a $1 donation will buy a raffle ticket for a quilt specially made in honor of Proffitt’s Hardscrabble Farm in Yancey County. Proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund.
The quilt was made by close friends and family of Proffitt, who taught Future Farmers of America classes in Franklin for more than 40 years. The log cabin quilt reflects the area in which Proffitt was reared. The quilt, titled “Star Over Hardscrabble Barn,” was finished on Aug. 28 of last year.
The quilt was made by Proffitt’s daughter, Janet Proffitt Waddell; his sister, Wilma King Harris; his niece, Christine Harris Howell; and Proffitt family friends, Gwyndola Thompkins, Laura Thompkins Goebel and Marcia Estes Jones.
“I would love to see the scholarship go on for many, many years to keep Mr. Proffitt’s legacy going,” said Jones.