Ohio 4-H members were the stars of the 23rd annual Celebration of Youth held earlier this month, with more than 140 guests joining the virtual event. Their heartfelt stories of perseverance and resilience this year resonated with viewers. The result – more than $107,000 was contributed through donations and an online auction that will benefit Ohio 4-H programming and operations.
The evening also featured guest speakers who expressed their appreciation for 4-H. Ohio Governor Mike and Mrs. Fran DeWine; Jennifer Sirangelo, National 4-H Council CEO; Dr. Cathann A. Kress, vice president and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; and Dr. Kirk Bloir, state 4-H leader shared their thoughts about the importance of youth development programming.
A special appeal during the hour-long program to grow 4-H across Ohio raised more than $2,500 that will provide starter kits for new clubs, increase volunteer recruitment, and provide county programs with marketing resources.
The success of this year’s event was possible thanks to the generous support of many sponsors and individuals. Visit the Ohio 4-H Foundation Celebration of Youth page for a list of contributors and to view the program video.