2016 Iowa 4-H Foundation Legacy Awards Gala Raises More Than $110,000

2016 Iowa 4-H Foundation Legacy Awards Gala Raises More Than $110,000


AMES, Iowa – Over 200 4-H supporters gathered to celebrate and honor four 4-H supporters at the 2016 4-H Legacy Awards Gala. The event not only raised significant funds to support the work of the Iowa 4-H Foundation but also acknowledged those who have impacted the Iowa 4-H Program and showcased the talents of 4-H’ers from across the state. Presenting sponsors of the event were Iowa Farm Bureau, Nationwide and U.S. Cellular. Iowa 4-H Alum and KCCI Anchor Eric Hanson was the evening’s Master of Ceremonies. At the end of the evening, over $110,000 was raised to support Iowa 4-H.

The Legacy Awards honored:

Corporate Partner: Iowa Farm Bureau, West Des Moines
For over 100 years, the Iowa Farm Bureau has supported Iowa 4-H. Rooted in agriculture, Iowa Farm Bureau recognizes the benefits that 4-H provides young people in our state. In 1999, Iowa Farm Bureau made a significant contribution to help complete the construction of the Extension 4-H Youth Building in Ames. In addition, they have provided support for National 4-H Congress, ag and health based curriculum and the State 4-H Youth Conference among many other things.

Individual Supporters: Glen & Mary Jo Mente, Ames
Glen & Mary Jo are outstanding examples of what it means to be a 4-H supporter. Glen served on the Iowa 4-H Foundation and was President in 2000-2001. In 2004, Glen and Mary Jo made a major contribution to endow the State Project Awards. In addition to their financial support, Glen & Mary Jo are active volunteers and advocates for Iowa 4-H and the Iowa 4-H Foundation.

Outstanding Alum: Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey
Bill Northey is a second generation 4-H’er originally from Spirit Lake, Iowa. In 2006, Bill was elected as Iowa Secretary of Agriculture. Bill’s family has a rich 4-H history and remain strong advocates and supporters of the Iowa 4-H Program. Bill has served on numerous boards and organizations including the Iowa 4-H Foundation Board.

Contributing Youth: Morgan Border, Fort Dodge.
A Webster County 4-H’er, Morgan is making a positive impact on her community. Combining her love of swimming with a desire to give back, Morgan created and organized “Stay A-Breast Swim-A-Thon” as a breast cancer fundraiser. In two years, Morgan has raised nearly $20,000 to support research and services.

“We were thrilled with the success of this event,” said Albert Grunenwald, Executive Director of the Iowa 4-H Foundation. “It was a great night to focus on the positive impact that 4-H has on the lives of Iowa’s youth and to honor those who have shown their commitment to the future of 4-H in Iowa. Funds raised from this event will help support Iowa 4-H’ers and provide financial resources to the Iowa 4-H Youth Program.”

The ever-popular dessert auction was combined with the Fund-A-Need appeal and raised nearly $25,000. Donors were able to designate their support to the 4-H program area of their choice; STEM, Healthy Living, Communication & the Arts, or Citizenship & Leadership. These dollars will go directly to help fund those program priority areas.

The evening featured entertainment and interactive exhibits from 4-H’ers from across the state. BOONE COUNTY: Madeleine Bretey; MARSHALL COUNTY: Lauren & Leah Mosher; MAHASKA COUNTY: Tyler & Lane Bayliss, Ephraim & Emmet Van Zante; POLK COUNTY: Addis Geletta, Aly & Isabelle Ramer; STORY COUNTY: Tifany Chu, Rucha Kelkar, Hallie Lartius, Logan Peters, Rebekah Stammer and Evan Williams. UNION COUNTY: Clarissa Hoffman and Sarah King.

Event photos available here, video available here.

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 over 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. In 2015, the Iowa 4-H Foundation provided over $1.2 million in support to Iowa 4-H’ers and the Iowa 4-H Youth Program.  More information is available at www.iowa4hfoundation.org




Webster County 4-H'er Morgan Border receives the 2016 Contributing Youth Award from Craig Hill, President of Iowa Farm Bureau, who was the sponsor of the award.

President Craig Hill accepts the 2016 Outstanding Corporate Partner Award on behalf of Iowa Farm Bureau. Doug Den Adel, President-Elect of the Iowa 4-H Foundation, makes the presentation.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey receives the 2016 Outstanding 4-H Alum Award. Iowa 4-H Foundation Trustee Eric Johnson of Nationwide, the sponsor of the award, makes the presentation.

Glen & Mary Jo Mente accept the 2016 Outstanding Individual Supporters Award at the Legacy Awards Gala.

Lauren & Leah Mosher of Marshall County present their interactive exhibit "What Comes from a Steer?" during the 2016 Iowa 4-H Legacy Awards Gala.

Members of Team Neutrino of Story County showcase the robot they built for competition during the 2016 Iowa 4-H Legacy Awards Gala.

Aly & Isabelle Ramer of Polk County present their interactive exhibit "Digital Record Books" during the 2016 Iowa 4-H Legacy Awards Gala.

Emmet Van Zante, Lane Bayliss, Tyler Bayliss and Ephraim Van Zante of Mahaska County present their interactive exhibit "Sole Hope" during the 2016 Iowa 4-H Legacy Awards Gala.

Sarah King & Clarissa Hoffman of Union County present their interactive exhibit "Stress is Less" during the 2016 Iowa 4-H Legacy Awards Gala.

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