The Nebraska FFA Foundation was excited to present the Gary Scharf Helping Hand award to Jeff Moore at the Nebraska FFA Convention in Lincoln this April.
Moore, nominated by Tony and Jane Badertscher, was selected to receive this award because of his passion for his family, students and the FFA chapter and his commitment to his students and the Holdrege community.
When the Badertschers’ son Braden was diagnosed with cancer, Moore organized a benefit for the family and provided mentoring and coaching to Braden during his cancer treatments. The Badertschers’ said that their son “was an active member of the Holdrege FFA Chapter, but the time and effort Jeff donated to this cause was more than anyone could ask of their advisor.” Braden was not able to travel to Washington Leadership Conference last summer and Moore made a special effort to stop by the hospital where Braden was receiving treatment with the group of students before they went to the airport. When they arrived at the conference and heard that Braden had passed, Moore quickly made travel arrangements for every member on the trip. He was there to support the kids during a difficult time.
The Gary Scharf Helping Hand Award recognizes a Nebraska agriculture teacher and FFA advisor for what he or she has done in helping others, specifically in the school and community, outside of agricultural education and FFA. Moore was presented a plaque and a $500 cash award at the 2014 Nebraska FFA Convention.
The annual award is named for Gary Scharf, who was a victim of an Omaha mall shooting in December 2007. Scharf grew up on a family farm outside of Curtis, Neb., and worked in the agricultural chemical industry. He made significant contributions to Nebraska’s agricultural and FFA community through his years of service on the Nebraska FFA Foundation Board, including a year as Board President.