The weather outside was cold, but the response to the Chautauqua County 4-H Have a Heart for 4H fundraiser event on Sunday, Feb. 17, proved to be warm from more than 1,000 supporters of 4-H.
The event featured a spaghetti and meatballs and then pork dinner, more than 150 basket giveaways, silent auctions and other giveaways that were a perfect fit for a 4-H event - one special giveaway included two piglets and an upcoming giveaway 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.
4-H youth members pause while serving at the Chautauqua County 4-H Have a Heart for 4-H fundraising 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, 4-H never fails to provide fun and positive life experiences for the youth, families and the whole community. With more than 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, please contact the 4-H office at 664-9502.