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FLEXO Magazine : January 2011
FTA TODAY The Education Donation FFTA Debuts FIRST Operator Certification Scholarship Fund Auction The Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association (FFTA) is set to take a timeless tradition and merge it with 21st century technology. Now, for the first time ever, FFTA announces the FIRST Operator Certification Scholar- ship Auction. Funds generated by this online auction will provide financial assistance to those individuals interested in pursuing FIRST Press or Prepress Operator Certification. The idea for an online auction came from FTA’s Supplier Leadership Council. FTA’s Scholarship Committee tasked the Council with brainstorming ideas to generate funds for people who would like to achieve FIRST Press or Prepress Operator Certification, but did not have the financial support for the coursework. “An online auction seemed a great approach to get every- one involved in making donations to help this worthy cause. The donations could be flexo -related or personal,” says Harry Bloom, leader of the SLC. In addition to the auction, scholar- ship funds are also being generated by admission fees to the periodic meetings of the FTA Great Lakes and Southeast Networking Groups. Donated items may be company or personal donations and can be flexo-related or personal items, such as press accessories, ancillary supplies, press time, ser- vices, vacation packages, collectables and electron- ics. Donors can specify terms and conditions, along with any additional details regarding items. Cash donations also are welcomed. As the Foundation is a 501© 3 organization, associated tax benefits may apply to the contributions. “T he Foundation has not had an auction to generate funds since the mid-late 1980s. Even then, when everything was done by snail mail, the program was highly successful,” notes FTA President Mark Cisternino. “ We’re looking forward to us- ing the 21st century system and the results it can achieve.” Donations can be made online anytime between now and March 25. The items already posted by early January have a total value of more than $40,000 . They include press time, anilox roll cleaning, anilox rollers, color consulting, plate mounting tape, end seals, doctor blades, photopolymer, a pump, proofing system, autographed books, vacation pack- ages and other services. Donors are featured on the auction website, along with their company information, photos and descriptive copy of the donated item. In addition, donors will receive publicity in future press releases, FLEXO Magazine, and FTA’s eNewsletters. Online bidding for these items will commence on April 1 and close on May 2 at 5 p.m. EDT, the second day of the INFO*FLEX Exhibition. Winners will be posted at FFTA’s An- nual Forum (May 1-4 , 2011; JW Marriott, Indianapolis, IN) and will be contacted by May 20. Current items offered for auction can be viewed on the auc- tion website at http://www.idonatetocharity.com/store/FFTA/. To donate an item and for information on applying for a FIRST Operator Certification Scholarship, visit FTA’s website at http://www.flexography.org Specific inquires about the auction can sent to Doreen Monteleone at firstname.lastname@example.org or 631-737-6020 ext. 30. n CURRENT DONORS (AS OF JANUARY 2011) • 3M Company • All Printing Resources • American Ultraviolet • Anderson & Vreeland • CTS Industries • Eaglewood Technologies/Sani-blast LLC • Graymills Corporation • Harper Corporation of America • Harper Graphic Solutions • HarperScientific • Max Daetwyler Corporation • PC Industries • Peak Focus • Wikoff Color 50 FLEXO JANUARY 2011 www.flexography.org • Bidding to begin April 1, closing May 2. • Winners to be announced May 20. • Donations may qualify for tax deduction.
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