Register Now for Iowa 4-H Foundation Gala Feb. 19



AMES, Iowa – There’s still time to register for the Second Annual Iowa 4-H Foundation Gala Feb. 19 at the Sheraton Hotel in West Des Moines.

The event runs from 6 to 11 p.m. and includes cocktails, a plated dinner at 6:45 p.m., silent and live auctions, live entertainment by the band Freestyle and a special program.

“The theme this year is ‘My 4-H, My Commitment,’ recognizing the foundation’s alumni fundraising and 4-H story-collecting campaigns,” said Shelly Greving, Iowa 4-H Foundation marketing director.

Registration is preferred by Feb. 15, but will be accepted until Feb. 19, Greving said. Register online at http://www.iowa4hfoundation.org/gala/.

Rooms are available at the Sheraton to those wanting an overnight stay, Greving added. Call 888-627-8043 to make reservations.

“Attending the gala is a great way to beat those winter blues,” Greving said. “Dress up in your best attire and enjoy an evening out with wonderful entertainment and fine dining.”

Former 4-H’ers and WHO-TV Channel 13 news anchors Erin Kiernan and Sonya Heitshusen will emcee the event.

Throughout the evening, attendees will have the opportunity to bid on auction items such as one-of-a-kind jewelry, date night packages, romantic vacations for two, dream vacations for the whole family and a custom-designed Iowa 4-H vintage Coke machine and stereo system.

“You’ll also have the opportunity to meet four granddaughters of Jessie Field Shambaugh, the founding mother of 4-H. Piper (Watkins) Hobbs, Heather Field Zenk and Cinda Shambaugh, and Heidi (Watkins) Hess will be a few of our special guests,” Greving said.

Funds from the gala benefit the Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development program.

4-H state council alumni will be recognized for their contributions to the “My 4-H. My Commitment.” fundraising campaign at a private reception prior to the gala.

About the Iowa 4-H Youth Development Program

4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization, serving more than 6 million young people across America with programs in leadership, citizenship, communication and life skills. One in five Iowa school-age youth participates in 4-H. In Iowa, 4-H Youth Development is headquartered at the Iowa State University campus in Ames. 4-H is supported by federal, state and county funding, private grants and donations, and fees. For more information about joining 4-H, contact an Iowa State University Extension county office at www.extension.iastate.edu/content/county-offices or visit www.extension.iastate.edu/4H.

About the Iowa 4-H Foundation

The Iowa 4-H Foundation, www.iowa4hfoundation.org, provides the financial resources to develop and deliver quality 4-H youth programs throughout the state of Iowa. The opportunities provided by the Foundation help young people enhance their ability to use critical thinking, leadership, communication and social skills – tools that will give them a competitive edge in their future endeavors. The Iowa 4-H Foundation is a charitable 501 (c) 3 organization with a governing board of 35 trustees.

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