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Buy a pie to support Valley Center Students



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Kari Armstrong-Lamb, Jason Armstrong's sister, stands behind a lavish strawberry pie at the 4-H Pie Auction a few years ago.
February 10, 2014
Searching for a savory gift to share with that special someone this Valentine's Day? Then look no further than the annual Valley Center 4-H Pie Auction on Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m., with all proceeds going toward the Jason Armstrong Memorial Scholarship Fund. There will be pies and cakes for any price range, offering a great opportunity to take home a delicious treat while supporting students involved in 4-H or FFA.

"It benefits the kids and keeps Jason's memory alive," said Sue Armstrong, coordinator of the event. "There's something for everybody."

The Pie Auction has been held every year since Jason's death in 1995, and has awarded over $85,000 in scholarships since its creation. Last year's auction raised close to $5,000. One difference from previous years is that the event will be held in the Valley Center Primary School Multi-Purpose Room. In addition to pies, community members can bid on cakes, salsa, cookies, English toffee, and flowers. "All the pies and everything are donated from the club and our family," said Armstrong. "Stuff will sell for $5 and $500 and everything in between." Seniors currently enrolled in 4-H or FFA for the past two years are invited to apply for the scholarship. To learn more about the application process contact Becky Rumble at 760-751-5520. The winners of the scholarship are typically announced on the senior awards night in early June.

Valley Center resident Amy Archipov first attended the auction two years ago and has been hooked since. "I admit, we were intimidated at first, finding it hard to raise our hands, but that feeling quickly left and changed to determination to win the bid. It is addicting!" said Archipov in an email to the Valley Roadrunner. "I also brought the simplest treats, rice crispy treats, and we were so excited to see someone purchase them for the auction, knowing that those funds were supporting a great memory and great need."

When Jason was in 10th grade, he wrote, "You have to choose what's right; at a young age and let faith take its course." FFA and 4-H were both very important to Jason. The Armstrong and family and 4-H are both excited to continue honoring a cause that was dear to him. "We're very grateful for the continued generosity of the community," said Armstrong.

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