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4-H Green Tie Affair fundraiser a success

March 31, 2016
Westfield Republican

Cornell Cooperative Extension Chautauqua County's 4-H Youth Development program would like to thank the community for their overwhelming support at the 2016 Have a Heart for 4-H Green Tie Affair. The Chautauqua Suites in Mayville was filled to the seams with 700 dinner guests. 4-H Clubs, Animal Project Advisory Committees, and community members donated 101 baskets to the raffle which was a near sellout. The 2nd annual pie auction sponsored by The Cakery boasted 35 pies baked by 4-H'ers and friends of 4-H sold for an average of $281 per pie. The most expensive pie, a pecan baked by friend of 4-H Shirley Ewer, was bought by H&H Enterprises for $1,050. Vic Richardson volunteered his auctioneering services for the evening.

Families and local businesses sponsored 71 out of a total of 100 tables. An additional 20 tables were sold for a grand total of 91 tables sold or sponsored. Overall, $27,000 was raised to ensure the continuation of 4-H in Chautauqua County into 2017 and beyond.

4-H youth and adult volunteers put in many hours before the dinner took place creating centerpieces for every table, compiling baskets for the raffle, baking pies, wrapping silverware, and telling their communities about the Green Tie Affair. 50 youth and adult volunteers helped on the day of the dinner preparing and serving the salad as well as serving water and providing cleanup.

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Members of the Patterson Players hang out and practice ahead of their April 9 debut performance.

How much food does it take to feed 700 people, you ask? Many local businesses and organizations donated food items and without their support the event would have been much less profitable. The 4-H Horse Advisory Committee donated half the cost of 275 pounds of chicken, the Stockton Panthers 4-H Club, Mary Dorman, Vince and Lana Baran, and Cassadaga Shur-Fine donated 60 pounds of stuffing, Chautauqua County Beef Producers Association donated 300 pounds of potatoes, and Flatsview Farm and Ashville General Store donated the canned mixed vegetables. The "Stow"-A-Way Kids 4-H Club, Ken and Helen Styers, and Beth Southworth donated sixteen gallons of salad dressing. Fieldbrook Foods donated 540 single-serve ice cream cups, Upstate Farms donated 10 cases of milk in pints, O-At-Ka Dairy and Valerie Moss-Deegan donated 50 pounds of butter, and Welch's donated canned juices for the event. Stedman Coffee Roasters donated coffee and serving staff for the evening. The Harmony Haystackers 4-H Club and A New Dawn's Daycare donated creamer and sugar. 3C's Catering, C.A. Curtze, and Maplevale Farms donated a large portion of the paper goods for the event.

Chautauqua County 4-H would like to thank all community sponsors for their efforts to support the continuation of 4-H programming in Chautauqua County. The following businesses supported 4-H and positive youth development by sponsoring a table at the 2016 Have a Heart for 4-H Green Tie Affair:

3 C's Catering, Abers Acres, Abstracts & Titles Unlimited, Inc.,Ahlstrom Schaeffer, Ashville Fire Department Auxiliary,Bemus Point Faculty Association, Big Tree Maple, Bingo B's Pack & Ship, Boyles Motor Sales, Busti Lime Service, Canadaway Alumni in Memory of George and Bonita Grant, Cargill, Cassadaga Farm Supply,Chautauqua County Agricultural & Fair Assn. Inc., Chautauqua County Farm Bureau, Chautauqua County Soil & Water Conservation District (two tables), Chautauqua Lake Central School, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Chris Keefe Builders, Inc.;

Coffaro's Custom Butchering Cottage Ceramics, Country Ayre Farms, Dave and Rochelle Edwards, Eckman Insurance, Family Orthodontics, Farm Credit East, Frame of Mind Timberwerks, Fredonia Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Gay-Mark Tire and Wheel, H&H Enterprises, Haff Acres Farms, Halocrest Holsteins (two tables), I-86 Club Lambs, J. Edwards Insurance Agency, Jamestown Macadam Incorporated, Joe and Linda Powell, Johnson Plumbing & Heating Inc., Julie's Auto Sales, Larry Romance & Son, Inc., Lesch Family;

Linda J. Harris, CPA, M.A.C Truck Parts & Equip. Co. Inc., Miraclean, Moonbrook Veterinary Hospital, North East Fruit Growers, Inc., NYP Ag Services, Occupational Therapy & Hand Rehab, Odell Farms, Painting Unlimited of Jamestown, Inc., Pfeffer Insurance Agency;

Reverie Creamery, Rocky Valley Suffolks & Tunis and Friends, Smart Edge, Smith Enterprises, South Ripley United Methodist Church, Southern Tier A.I. Service, Sunrise Melody and Shadowbrook Farms- The Covert Family, The Legend Group, Truck-Lite Co., Inc., Village Restaurant, Wall Street Dairy LLC (two tables), Whispering Creek Equestrian Stable, William M. Dorman, Inc. and Z&M Ag and Turf.

4-H could not continue without the generous support of our community. Thank you!



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