The weather out side was cold, but the response to the Chautauqua County 4-H "Have a Heart for 4-H" fundraiser event on Sunday, Feb. 17 proved to be a very warm response from over 1,000 supporters of 4-H.
The event featured spaghetti and meatballs and pork dinner, over 150 basket raffles, silent auctions and other raffles. They were a perfect fit for a 4-H event. One special raffle included two piglets and an upcoming raffle for a horse.
The whole event proved to be a success financially for the funding for county 4-H project for the coming year, but also a success in showing the strength of character of the many 4-H youth and volunteers who not only put on the event, but supported it, donated and worked to make it a great community event.
Proceeds from this event will be placed in an endowment through the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation toward a goal of $2 million. This endowment would provide the financial viability of the 4-H program throughout the future regardless of county and state support. Although a vital program to the county youth development and future citizens, the program has lost the majority of its funding over the last few years.
Whether teaching children how to be responsible citizens through hundreds of 4-H projects, through the friendships of another 4-H gathering, or by volunteers giving back to their community, 4H never fails to provide fun and positive life experiences for the youth, families and the whole community. With over 500 youth members and 150 volunteers, one full time staff and one part time staff, there is no shortage of work, fun and great role models for our community.
At this event, the community response warms the heart of every 4-Her in Chautauqua County. Hundreds of local businesses supported the event with donations, supplies, prizes and sharing their presence with the youth of Chautauqua County 4-H. Their commitment to the future of 4-H is greatly appreciated. For more information about joining 4-H or the endowment fund, contact the 4-H office at 664-9502.