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March 30, 2010

N.C. 4-H honors Sen. Dan Blue and Larry Stogner

The North Carolina 4-H Lifetime Achievement Awards Celebration will be held Tuesday, April 6, at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Durham, N.C. The annual fundraising event will honor the lifetime achievements of former 4-H members, families and supporters. Media are invited.

North Carolina Sen. Dan Blue and ABC-11 senior anchor Larry Stogner will receive 4-H Lifetime Achievement Awards. Dr. Chester Black, former state 4-H program leader, will be honored for his recent induction into the National 4-H Hall of Fame.

“We are thrilled to honor Senator Blue, Larry Stogner and Chester Black at the 4-H Lifetime Achievement Awards event,” said Dr. Marshall Stewart, state 4-H program leader. “These gentlemen epitomize the very best of North Carolina 4-H and set a tremendous example for our young people to follow.”

The event also will include a “Showcase of Excellence,” with 4-H’ers from across the state demonstrating 4-H science and technology, community service and leadership projects. Their interactive exhibits will feature topics such as technology, the environment, entrepreneurship and volunteerism.

“We’re very proud of our young people,” Stewart said. “This event highlights the wonderful work they’re doing in their communities and demonstrates the power of 4-H in their lives.”

The cost of the event is $100 per person, while corporate sponsorships are available for $500 to $25,000. Event support helps provide a strong foundation for 4-H, a program that helps young people become future community and business leaders. Ticket or sponsorship information is available from Dr. Michael Martin, executive director, N.C. 4-H Development Fund, at 919.513.8254 or mjmartin@ncsu.edu. In 2009, the Lifetime Achievement Awards event raised $182,815 to support the program.

The 4-H program is the youth education program of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, based at North Carolina State and North Carolina A&T State universities. It took root as corn and tomato clubs in Ahoskie, N.C., in 1909, and soon evolved from a rural youth program into a statewide organization with more than 241,000 active members and 21,000 volunteers and youth development professionals.

For more information about or to register for the North Carolina 4-H Lifetime Achievement Awards Celebration, please visit: www.nc4h.org/donors/nc4h-lifetime-achievement.html.

-S. Stanard

Posted by Natalie at March 30, 2010 10:46 AM