October 31, 2016 - 10:38am -- sherman.1473@osu.edu

You can help ensure the survival and success 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 Committee is holding a dinner and auction Saturday, November 5 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 5 p.m. with a social hour. A dinner consisting of roast beef, chicken, mashed potatoes, salad, green beans, rolls and dessert, with soft drinks/coffee/water/tea, will be served at 6 p.m. followed by the live auction at 7 p.m.

There will be numerous guns to either raffle or auction. Some of those available include Smith and Wesson Shield 9mm, Bodyguard Laser 380, Model 637 .38 Special, and Model 686 Performance Center .357 Magnum; a Henry Golden Boy .22 Magnum; Marlin 1895; Beretta ARX 160 Rifle; and a Mossberg Patriot. 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. Some of those include: 2017 Ohio State football tickets, unique gift baskets prepared by local 4-H clubs, an autographed photograph of Donald Trump (with certificate of authenticity), 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 654 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 nearly 4,500 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 $600 and someone at your table is guaranteed to win a gun. Every ticket holder is automatically entered for a chance to win a Kindle Fire tablet.

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.