John Deere party offers chance for fundraising

A birthday bash for the John Deere company is in the works, and a call for volunteers has been made.

The farm machinery and implement company, which dates back to 1837, is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year that includes a city-wide celebration on Saturday, May 19.

To ensure the success of the event, the company is looking to entice volunteers through donations to their respective volunteer groups, including the local school districts.

“For the work the students, teachers athletes and/or parents do, we will provide the school with a donation check,” Alyssa Eason of Incredible Events, a St. Louis-based event planning company that’s coordinating the celebration, said in an email.

“The donation amount will depend on the amount of volunteers you have and the number of hours they work.”

Fourteen volunteers are needed from 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 18, to help set up for the next day’s event, which will need 15 volunteers from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. There is $280 set aside for Friday’s volunteers and $900 will be given to Saturday’s workers.

“The only restriction we have on the volunteers is that we like them to be at least the age of 15 or older.

“We ask for 25 percent of the volunteers to be adults,” Eason said.
On Tuesday, Stephanie Mayfield, the executive vice president of the Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce, said she has already heard some local interest from prospective volunteers.

“Someone just called me this morning about it,” said Mayfield on Tuesday morning. “That’s a nice contribution to any fundraising group.”
Those interested in volunteering can contact Eason at or call (618) 659-0262.