Over $114,000 raised for Iowa 4-H!

Over $114,000 raised for Iowa 4-H!


Supporters gather to raise funds to support Iowa 4-H at the 2018 Iowa 4-H Foundation Legacy Awards Gala

March 20, 2018


2018 Iowa 4-H Foundation Legacy Awards Gala Raises Funds for Iowa 4-H

Supporters gather to raise funds to support Iowa 4-H

AMES, Iowa – Iowa 4-H supporters gathered on February 23 to celebrate and honor four 4-H promoters at the 2018 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 $114,000 was raised to support Iowa 4-H.

Iowa 4-H alums showed their presence with KCCI Anchor Eric Hanson as Master of Ceremonies and local Des Moines artist Ben Schuh live painting. Schuh donated the work of art to the Foundation to sell for additional funds. Presenting sponsors of the event were Iowa Farm Bureau and Nationwide. The Legacy Awards honored:

Contributing Youth: Eric Keller

Eric has taken his 4-H leadership to the next level by becoming a national shooting sports ambassador as well as creating a swine project grant for Tama County 4-H’ers to have an opportunity to show pigs for the first time.

Outstanding Alum: Rachel Wall

Rachel uses her knowledge and skills to educate others about health as a Dietitian with Iowa State University & Outreach as well as encourages young people’s interest in healthy living.

Individual Supporter: Florine & Ron Swanson

Through their work as 4-H parents and volunteers as well as Florine’s 18 years as Executive Director of the Iowa 4-H Foundation, the Swanson’s have a dedicated history to 4-H and the program continues to feel their influence.

Corporate Partner: DuPont Pioneer

Long time contributors to the Iowa 4-H program, DuPont Pioneer has supported a variety of initiatives including the creation of the Pioneer Seed Grants which provide funds for local 4-H clubs to conduct community service projects.

“It is always a fun event to bring together those who care about Iowa 4-H and see how the positive impact from the program continues,” said Emily Saveraid, Executive Director of the Iowa 4-H Foundation. “We are excited about the amount of funds raised to help support Iowa 4-H’ers and continue to provide financial resources to the Iowa 4-H Youth Program.”

The evening connected 4-H supporters with current 4-H’ers from across the state providing entertainment and interactive exhibits. STORY/BOONE COUNTY: Natalie Bretey & Kylene Harold; BREMER COUNTY: Lexi & Becca Mohlis; MARSHALL COUNTY: Lauren & Leah Mosher; MADISON COUNTY: Emma Deppe; POLK COUNTY: Addis Geletta; TAMA COUNTY: Eric Keller; STORY COUNTY: Team Nuetrino: Moriah Conner, Anne Dohmen, Aravind Narayanabhatla, and Sayre Satterwhite; BOONE COUNTY: Katie & Erin Barnes; JASPER COUNTY: Caleb Ness; DALLAS COUNTY: Ashleigh White.

Event photos 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. More information is available at www.iowa4hfoundation.org

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