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

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 or visit

About the Iowa 4-H Foundation

The Iowa 4-H Foundation,, 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.