April 4, 2014

FFA event to aid Northern Adirondack alumna

By ELIZABETH REFF Contributing Writer

---- — ELLENBURG — Hanna Corral describes her mother, Becky, as an independent person who doesn’t often ask people for help.

“She is an all-round hardworking person who still has time for her family,” Hanna said.

Becky, nee Shutts, has lived with a disorder called autoimmune autonomic ganglionopathy for about five years.

“I travel to Boston monthly for treatments,” she said. “I have three wonderful doctors.”

Becky is an alumna of Northern Adirondack Central School, where Hanna is a sophomore and a member of FFA.

This Saturday, that organization and the NACS Alumni Association will put on a benefit dinner to raise money for Becky’s treatments.

A member of the Alumni Association, Becky was surprised to learn the benefit would be given for her.

FFA, she said, is a great program. 

“The whole community has taken part in it,” she said. “It’s been a great support system.” 

The fundraiser will include a spaghetti dinner followed by a Chinese auction, which is a combination of a raffle and auction. 

FFA adviser and agricultural technology teacher Karen Gilmore said the organization came up with the idea to help Becky because normally, each year, they put on an event where the proceeds go to someone in need.

“We hope to help raise enough money to cover the costs of all of (Becky’s treatments),” Gilmore said.


Hanna is chapter president of the FFA at Northern Adirondack, as well as one of Gilmore’s students in the district’s agriculture education program.

“She makes me proud,” Becky said.

Hanna is helping to organize the fundraising event. She will participate in deciding what each FFA member will be doing.

“We put together a committee of people to get together and set up the dinner and Chinese auction,” she said.

Gilmore said that finding kids to help out with the event was not difficult.

“Our program is over 100 kids,” she said. “We are the only agricultural program left in Clinton County.”

Becky said many people have been supportive and have helped out as she has struggled with her illness.

“I just want to thank everyone for what they’re doing for our family,” she said. “It’s a great community.”



WHAT: The NAC FFA Spaghetti Dinner and Auction.

WHEN: 2 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5.

WHERE: The American Legion in Lyon Mountain.

COST: $7 per person; donations also be accepted.