Join the Ohio 4-H Foundation for the 13th annual Celebration of Youth on Friday, Sept. 24. The Celebration of Youth is the major charitable event for raising funds to benefit Ohio 4-H Youth Development and to commemorate distinguished 4-H Alumni.
Ohio 4-H, the youth development arm of Ohio State University Extension, uniquely qualifies young people to step up to the challenges of our changing society. Last year, more than 336,000 urban and rural Ohio youth participated in Ohio 4-H and over 25,000 volunteers generously gave their time and talent. The Ohio 4-H Endowment Fund is the critical resource to supplement state and county funding of 4-H programs, which help promising young Ohioans reach their fullest potential. Program areas that benefit include science and technology, health and safety, animal and agricultural areas, family and consumer sciences, personal development, natural resources and global understanding. A portion of the proceeds will also benefit the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center Endowment Fund.
The Ohio 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees has selected Tiney McComb, founder and chairman of Heartland BancCorp, as this year’s featured honoree. McComb credits his personal and professional success to the skills and values he gained from a humble start as a 4-H member in West Virginia. The gift of a cow from an uncle in combination with programming available through 4-H enabled him to become successful in raising and selling high-grade cattle. This opportunity grew into a means to help pay for his college education, but more importantly, provided firsthand understanding of the importance of community and in building strong relationships. Heartland Bank is a member of the Community Bankers Association of Ohio. A former Ohio 4-H Foundation board member, McComb provided significant leadership to the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center building project and established the McComb Family scholarship for 4-H’ers to attend The Ohio State University.
Sponsored by Heartland Bank, Bob Evans, Nationwide, and others, the event takes place at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on the Columbus campus of The Ohio State University. The 4-H Center will be transformed into a Hall of Historic Memories featuring displays from the past and demonstrations of current, innovative programs. A reception, silent auction, and building tours begin at 5 p.m. A live auction will be held prior to dinner. The honoree program recognizing the visionary leadership of Tiney McComb completes the evening.
Current and former 4-H members, alumni, volunteers and supporters are all encouraged to attend the celebration and support the 4-H Youth Development program. The auctions will offer opportunities to purchase tickets to OSU-Michigan football and OSU basketball, plus Columbus Blue Jackets and golf packages; other items include Wedgwood, Hummels, John Deere, Longaberger collectibles; and more. Visitors are encouraged to stay in Columbus the following day when the Ohio State Buckeye football team takes on the Eastern Michigan Eagles.
Tickets are on sale now through Sept. 10 ($100 per adult or $35 for university enrollees and minors). Tax deductible sponsorships remain available until the end of August. Contact the Ohio 4-H Foundation (614-292-6943; firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit http://www.ohio4h.org/foundation to make reservations.