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"For Good Reasons" Fund-raiser Oct. 26 To Benefit NMSU Judging Teams

LAS CRUCES - A dinner, auction and dance Oct. 26 at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces will raise funds for animal science judging teams at New Mexico State University.

"We want to create an endowed fund that will provide judging scholarships for students from New Mexico to keep them in state," said Mark Wise, head of NMSU's animal and range sciences department. "Our second goal is to provide funding for team travel, practice stock or workout trips."

The fund-raiser will benefit NMSU's livestock, horse, and wool and mohair judging teams.

"Judging helps students develop communication and leadership skills that they typically don't get in the classroom," Wise said. "They have to evaluate the classes, organize their thoughts and then present a rationale as they give oral reasons for their placings."

The event begins at 6 p.m. with a social hour, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The Desperados, a country swing band, will provide dance music following the meal. A live auction will feature items from across the state, including pronghorn and black buck antelope hunts, mohair blankets and artwork from area artists. A silent auction will feature donated items from local merchants.

To reserve tickets for $25 each or $45 per couple, contact Marilyn Hallford at (505) 646-5090 or mhallfor@nmsu.edu.