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4-H Gala to spotlight Rick Hendrick, Dr. Carlton Blalock

June 07, 2007

Media Contact: Michael Martin, Executive Director of the 4-H Development Fund, 919-210-3781 or

From the racetrack to the classroom, motorsports will take center stage at the 4-H Gala on June 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Ballantyne Resort in Charlotte. Media are invited to attend.

At the gala, 4-H'ers will demonstrate how the new "On Track for Learning" curriculum uses motorsports to teach the fundamentals of science, technology, engineering and math. And, later in the evening, Rick Hendrick, chairman and CEO of Hendrick Motorsports, will receive the 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award. Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory will participate in the tribute to Hendrick, and Buz McKim, the official historian of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, will serve as the event's emcee.

During the gala reception from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., 4-H youth will present nearly a dozen interactive exhibits, including "On Track for Learning." For instance, in the mobile technology lab, 4-H'ers will work with gala guests to create cards and on-line photo albums for troops deployed overseas. This exhibit stems from a 4-H program that helps children of military families cope with parents who are away on active duty.

Other exhibits will focus on topics such as robotics, healthy lifestyles and entrepreneurship.

Hendrick, a former 4-H'er, will receive his award during the gala dinner, which takes place from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Dr. T. Carlton Blalock, former North Carolina State 4-H Leader, will be celebrated for being named the 2006 National 4-H Laureate. The dinner also will spotlight outstanding 4-H youth entertainers from across the state.

"The gala is a celebration of achievement, past, present and future," says Dr. Marshall Stewart, head of the Department of 4-H Youth Development and Family & Consumer Sciences at North Carolina State University. "These youth are lifetime achievement award winners in the making, and we're so pleased to showcase their broad range of talents and skills. This event also provides us an opportunity to thank our supporters, recognize the tremendous accomplishments of our alumni, and celebrate the future of our organization, now in its 98th year."

The event's lead sponsors are Bojangles, Hendrick Automotive Group, Hendrick Motorsports and Syngenta Crop Protection.

The 4-H program is conducted by North Carolina Cooperative Extension at North Carolina State and North Carolina A&T State universities. More than 208,000 young people between the ages of 5 and 19 participate in North Carolina 4-H activities each year with the help of 21,000 adult and youth volunteers.

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Suzanne Stanard, 919.513.3126 or

Posted by Suzanne at June 7, 2007 11:55 AM