DES MOINES, Iowa -- The “Keeping it Green” gala brought in the green financially for Iowa 4-H in February. The first-of-its-kind event raised more than $20,000 for the Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development program.
More than 150 4-H supporters gathered on Saturday, Feb. 20 at the Science Center of Iowa in Des Moines to raise funds for 4-H and honor the Iowa 4-H Foundation’s 60th anniversary.
“It’s exciting to have a first-ever gala for Iowa 4-H and to have this opportunity to tell our 4-H story,” said Shelly Greving, marketing coordinator for the Iowa 4-H Foundation. “We appreciate the support we received from the attendees that evening and their continued support throughout the year.”
Monsanto, dhg Productions, Heartland Marketing, Latham Hybrid Seeds, Mass Mutual, Pioneer, Farmer’s Cooperative and Iowa 4-H Foundation Executive Director Joe Leisz were table sponsors for the inaugural event, providing key support to ensure the event’s success, Greving said. The business-formal event attracted current and potential business supporters, top 4-H donors and past trustees.
Throughout the afternoon, the Iowa 4-H E-SET program (Extension Science, Engineering and Technology) held a robotics challenge featuring five 4-H clubs from across the state.
“The energy was high, youth were engaged and the challenges were solved,” said Greving. “Science Center patrons enjoyed watching the youth build their robots and compete in the challenges. When awards were presented, a high-five line congratulated each of the participants — not your traditional handshake!”
The gala officially began at 6:30 p.m. with live music featured by the variety band, Freestyle. Three silent auction tables included wine tasting packages, theatre tickets, Iowa stay-cations and more. The live auction portion of the evening included a wide selection of items. Decadent desserts, trips to Colorado, hand-made jewelry and private helicopter rides over the Des Moines area were some of the attendees’ favorites. The night concluded with a special performance by the 4-H Green Man Group, the 4-H rendition of the popular Blue Man Group, Greving explained.
“Iowa’s outstanding 4-H youth are learning skills that will position them to become the next generation of leaders in our state,” Greving said. “They have interests in science, communication, photography, nutrition, education and much, much more. This event supported these areas, and the future of 4-H youth.”
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.
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 are involved 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 your Iowa State University Extension county office at www.extension.iastate.edu/content/county-offices/ or visit www.extension.iastate.edu/4H.
Check these photos from 4-H’s Keeping It Green Gala.
Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0775, firstname.lastname@example.org