2020 Iowa 4-H Foundation Legacy Awards Gala Raises Record Funds for Iowa 4-H

Bryson Smith, Dallas County 4-H'er with interactive exhibit

2020 Iowa 4-H Foundation Legacy Awards Gala Raises Record Funds for Iowa 4-H
Supporters gather to celebrate the Iowa 4-H Program
 
AMES, Iowa –  Iowa 4-H supporters gathered on February 28 to celebrate and honor four recipients at the 2020 Iowa 4-H Legacy Awards Gala. The event not only raised significant funds to support the work of the Iowa 4-H Foundation, it acknowledged those who have impacted the Iowa 4-H Program and showcased the talents of 4-H’ers from across the state. At the end of the evening, over $158,000 was raised to support Iowa 4-H.
 
“Every year, attendees, honorees and 4-H’ers raise the bar on the success of this event. We are grateful for their support,” said Emily Saveraid, Executive Director of the Iowa 4-H Foundation. “The stories told by the honorees truly showcase the impact of the Iowa 4-H Program and the future is bright!”
 
Over the past five years of the Iowa 4-H Legacy Awards, more than a half a million dollars has been raised to support 4-H across the state. That means financial aid for nearly 8,000 4-H’ers, scholarships for 565 students, and 653 young people recognized and rewarded for their leadership, communication and citizenship skills. All made possible by people who have come together and decided the 4-H Program is worth investing in.
 
Presenting sponsors of the event were Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Kemin Industries, and Nationwide. Iowa 4-H alum and co-host of the “Big Show” on WHO radio, Andy Petersen was Master of Ceremonies. The Legacy Awards honored:
 
Contributing Youth: Kristina Goth,
Kristina Goth, a Cherokee County 4-H’er has taken the idea of service to another level. What started as making a toiletry roll-up bundle for the homeless turned into Kristina inspiring many others to sew, start their own service projects, and join in on her mission.
 
Outstanding Alum: Eric Hanson
Eric is known for his morning anchor role at KCCI Channel 8 and his work telling stories of Iowans on his “This is Iowa” segment. Not only is Eric an excellent representation of Iowa 4-H, he continues to use his platform to share about and promote the 4-H Program.
 
Individual Supporter: Chuck & Mary Morris
4-H has been a way of life for Chuck & Mary Morris. Both participated and excelled in 4-H as youth and even met at State 4-H Conference. Chuck has served the 4-H Program in almost every role possible for 37 years, including director of the 4-H program.
 
Corporate Partner: Nationwide
The partnership with Nationwide began over 10 years ago when they began sponsoring ways for 4-H youth to showcase their projects. 2020 marks the fifth year Nationwide has been a Presenting Sponsor of the Legacy Awards, specifically sponsoring the Outstanding Alumni Award.
 
The evening connected 4-H supporters with current 4-H’ers from across the state providing interactive exhibits CARROLL COUNTY: Annie Ankenbauer; CASS COUNTY: Josie Millikan; DALLAS COUNTY: Bryson Smith; IOWA COUNTY: Inga Dovre, Kendra Eichhorn, Megan Lamparek; MADISON COUNTY: Emma Deppe, Carissa Gerwig, Caitlin Hornback; POLK COUNTY: Abigail Kelly; PLYMOUTH COUNTY: Alyson Ball, Miranda Ball, Andrea Penning, Audra Penning; SHELBY COUNTY: Madison Rivera.
 
See a video about Bryson Smith’s Automated Rain Barrel Irrigation System.
 
Event photos available on Iowa 4-H Foundation Flickr here.
Honoree Videos available at: www.iowa4hfoundation.org/honorees.
 
The Iowa 4-H Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides the private financial resources to develop and deliver quality 4-H youth programs to nearly 100,000 young people throughout the state of Iowa. These opportunities help enhance 4-H’ers’ ability to use critical thinking, leadership, communication, and social skills. More information is available at www.iowa4hfoundation.org

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