Friday, February 20, 2009

Celebrate 100 Years of 4-H Making Communities Stronger

A century ago in Florida, boys learned about planting corn and girls discovered how to grow tomatoes in 4-H clubs. Today in Pinellas County, thousands of youth and adults grow and work together for positive change through dozens of projects in 4-H Youth Development. And, while growing vegetables still takes place in some 4-H clubs, learning leadership, citizenship and life skills are the true missions of the program facilitated by Pinellas County Extension.

This year marks the 100-year anniversary of 4-H in Florida, and the Pinellas County chapter is hosting a celebration. Volunteers, alumni, youth and their families are welcome to join in the event. The Pinellas County 4-H Foundation Centennial Celebration and Fundraising Dinner is planned for Friday, March 13, at 6:30 p.m. It will be held at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd. N., in Pinellas Park.

The donation for the celebration is $50 for each adult and $25 for each youth. The celebration includes dinner, guest speakers and dancing entertainment before and after dinner. Reservations are requested by Monday, March 2. Those who cannot attend the celebration but would still like to donate are welcome to send a contribution to the Pinellas County 4-H Foundation, P.O. Box 66595, St. Pete Beach, FL 33736.

All proceeds from the fundraiser support the 4-H Foundation that fosters new and innovative youth programs. When you donate, you support scholarships to camps and other 4-H events. You also fund operating expenses for clubs and programs for schools, after school and families. Through these programs, youth ages 5 through 18 learn by doing, set goals, solve problems, make new friends, give back to the community and build connections with others.

For more information about the Pinellas County 4-H Foundation Centennial Celebration or to purchase tickets, please email or call (727) 641-8344 or view the following link

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