The 22nd annual 4-H Celebration of Youth was a special evening, bringing in $104,548 for Ohio 4-H Youth Development programs, a 20 percent increase in proceeds from 2018. More than 250 guests at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center enjoyed food, auction bidding, and guest speaker Katie Smith. The Hocking County 4-H alumna and coach of the WNBA New York Liberty, shared the impact 4-H made in her life. Smith, a former OSU basketball standout and member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, also focused on the importance of the fourth “H” – health.
Health was also in the spotlight when this year’s Celebration of Youth auction concluded with auctioneer Johnny Regula, asking for $1,000 sponsorships to send Ohio 4-H teens to the National 4-H Healthy Living Summit in Maryland. $18,000 in pledges were received to send the largest group in Ohio 4-H history to the Summit.
All proceeds from the event go to the Ohio 4-H Foundation Endowment fund to support new and existing Ohio 4-H programs at the county and state levels, and to build the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center endowment. It helps ensure 4-H programs and activities continue to meet the needs and interests of Ohio youth.
A special thanks to this year’s sponsors for their continued support and dedication. Visit our Celebration of Youth page for a list of sponsors and photos of the evening.