With increased budget cuts throughout the Iowa State University 4-H Youth Development program, the Iowa 4-H Foundation hopes to continue showcasing 4-H and raising financial support for the organization during its 60th Anniversary Gala titled “Keeping it Green.”
The inaugural event will be held Saturday, Feb. 20 at the Science Center of Iowa in Des Moines. A youth robotics competition will be held from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., and the gala will begin at 6:30 p.m. with live music, interactive 4-H exhibits, silent and live auctions, a selection of Iowa hors d’oeuvres and a special performance by the 4-H Green Man Group.
“It’s exciting to have a gala for 4-H and to have this opportunity to tell the 4-H story,” said Shelly Greving, marketing coordinator for the Iowa 4-H Foundation. “Prior to the start of the gala, attendees will be able to interact with 4-H’ers and see them demonstrate their robots in the robotics competition as well as showcase their 4-H club and interest areas.”
The business-formal event hopes to attract current and potential business supporters, top 4-H donors and past trustees while offering attendees a chance to learn more about the ways 4-H continues to help Iowa youth develop life-long skills. Auctions will include a wide selection of items and trips including two week-long vacations to Colorado, several wine tastings, tickets to the Iowa Speedway, a P. Buckley Moss Iowa State Fair print and an instant wine cellar made up of various donated bottles of wine with personal stories attached.
“Iowa’s outstanding 4-H youth are learning skills that will position them to become the next generation of leaders in our state. They have interests in science, communication, photography, nutrition, education and much, much more,” the invitation reads. “We hope that you’ll join us as we celebrate our 60th anniversary of funding opportunities for Iowa’s youth!”
Singles, couples or table sponsors can make reservations for the event at http://bit.ly/74DC8c or by calling (515) 294-1537. Additionally, if attendees register by Feb. 1, each person in their party will receive a $25 certificate that can be used toward an auction item.