October 8, 2015 - 1:21pm -- sherman.1473@osu.edu

You can help ensure the survival of the Jackson County 4-H Youth Development Program for its current 600-plus membership, as well as future generations of young people, by attending and participating in a special fundraising event.

The Jackson County Friends of 4-H is holding a dinner and auction Saturday, October 10 at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp. The annual event is crucial in helping to raise sufficient funds to operate the 4-H program in Jackson County.

The exciting evening — filled with delicious food, valuable prizes, and a live auction — will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a social hour and musical entertainment by local artist Jason “Pudge” Gillum. A dinner consisting of roast beef, chicken, mashed potatoes, salad, green beans, rolls, dessert and coffee or tea will be served at 5:30 p.m. followed by the live auction at 7 p.m.

There will be over $4,000 worth of guns to either raffle or auction. Some of those available include a Henry Big Boy 357, Henry Carbine 22 LR, Smith & Wesson Body Guard 380 Auto, Glock 42 380 Auto, Savage 11 30-06 Rifle, Smith & Wesson 642 Lady Smith 38, Mossberg 500 Combo Camo 20 Gauge, Remington 870 Compact 20 Gauge and Camo/Purple Camo Crickett 22LR’s. All winners must complete the appropriate background check and paperwork before the guns will be awarded. 

There will also be a wide variety of other items available through raffles, games, silent or the live auction. Those include: Ohio State-Minnesota football tickets, unique gift baskets prepared by local 4-H clubs, Marilyn Beatty Pies, Ohio State memorabilia, a prime camping spot in the barn area at the Jackson County Fair, a fair golf cart permit, various gift certificates/gift cards, and many other valuable items. There will also be a ladies table at the event including special prizes that might be of interest to the ladies in attendance.

Money raised during the event will be used toward fulfilling the county portion required for state and federal funding matches in order to maintain local 4-H activities; this money has been raised through fundraising for the past several years through the hard work of volunteers, parents and community members.

This past year, the Jackson County 4-H Youth Development program involved 615 4-H members through 36 community clubs.  Through these experiences, youth learned leadership, citizenship and life skills, as well as specific subject matter knowledge through more than 200 different 4-H projects. Overall, the Jackson County 4-H program reached more than 3,000 youth through school, club and community programs.

Tickets are still available from Friends of 4-H Committee members. To obtain tickets, please call Lissa Warrens (740-395-6991) or Elsie Rouse (740-415-8525). Tickets are $35 for individuals, $50 per couple and $250 for a table sponsor with seating for 10 guests. You can also be a Super Table Sponsor for $650 and someone at your table is guaranteed to win a hand gun. Every ticket holder is automatically entered for a chance to win a special prize.

There are also still a number of opportunities for sponsorship, and room for more auction items and/or door prizes.  If you would like to find out more about possible sponsorships or have an item you would like to donate, contact Warrens at 740-395-6991.

The Jackson County 4-H community is extremely grateful for all of its wonderful supporters, and invites everyone in the community to attend this year’s dinner and auction.