AMES, Iowa- The Iowa 4-H Foundation will launch its first ever online auction in August 2007. The auction, which will be hosted through e-Bay’s Mission Fish Charity Auction site, will help raise money in support of the Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development Program.
The auction will go live at the start of the 2007 Iowa State Fair and will tentatively run through the Clay County Fair. Counties all across Iowa are eligible to participate and proceeds from the auction will be shared between the Foundation and participating counties.
The auction’s theme, Everything Iowa, includes items that are unique to the state. Some items include two NASCAR tickets to a 2008 race including an appearance by Jeff Gordon, a John Deere train set, a Clay County Fair Package, a painting by Ellen Wagener, a Clinton County 4-H Alum, a 30-bushel creep feeder from Bazooka, a John Deere pedal riding tractor and a fishing package in Northeast Iowa.
“We are still accepting donations of items for the auction,” said Albert Grunenwald, associate director of the Iowa 4-H Foundation. The retail value of the item must be greater than $100, items must be Iowa themed or have an Iowa connection.
“Support of the online auction will help to keep 4-H strong across the state for the 126,000 young people who participate in 4-H every year,” said Joe Leisz, executive director of the Iowa 4-H Foundation.
To make a donation or for additional information contact Jeremy Weiss or Albert Grunenwald at the foundation. Visit the Iowa 4-H Foundation online (www.iowa4hfoundation.org), or during the state fair stop by the foundation booth located just inside the front doors of the 4-H Exhibits Building.
Proceeds from the online auction will help provide 4-H members with college scholarships, attend state-and national recognition such as 4-H Congress and National Conference and participate in 4-H livestock programs and judging contests. Funds also support volunteer training programs, international exchange opportunities and improvements for the Iowa 4-H Center.
Iowa 4-H is a community of young people across the state who are learning leadership, citizenship and communication skills. The program is headquartered on the Iowa State University campus in Ames.