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4-H Gala is April 22

March 28, 2008

Media Contact: Michael Martin, executive director, NC 4-H Development Fund, 919.513.8254 or

The North Carolina 4-H program will hold its 2008 North Carolina 4-H Lifetime Achievement Awards Gala April 22 in Raleigh.

The annual fund-raising event will be held at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh.

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. More than 204,000 young people across the state between the ages of 5 and 19 participate in North Carolina 4-H activities each year.

The cost of the event is $100 per person, while corporate sponsorships are available for from $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, NC 4-H Development Fund, at 919.513.8254 or In 2007, the gala raised $250,000 to support the program.

In its 13th year, the 2008 4-H Lifetime Achievement Awards Gala will honor Fred Wagoner, retired 4-H state camping specialist and a 2007 National 4-H Hall of Fame laureate; Hilda Pinnix-Ragland, regional vice president of Progress Energy; and John Hood, president and chairman of the John Locke Foundation. They will join notable former honorees such as retired U.S. Army General Hugh Shelton, North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, former Gov. Jim Hunt, former U.S. Ambassador to Barbados Jeanette Hyde and NASCAR driver Rick Hendrick.

The gala begins at 6 p.m. with exhibits featuring 4-H'ers and 4-H programs. Exhibits will feature topics such as low-water gardening and rain barrel installation and energy saving tips and tricks. 4-H'ers who attended the 4-H Medical Academy will demonstrate first-aid skills, while Person County 4-H'ers will highlight the Eat Smart and Move More program.

Other exhibits will focus on outreach to the Hispanic community, photography, GIS/GPS mapping and the 4-H Operation Military Kids program, which is designed to aid the children of North Carolina military personnel.

During the gala, current and former 4-H'ers will take the stage for the Dee-Dee and Cam Harris Talent Showcase. Singer-songwriter Kaine Riggan, a former Vance County 4-H'er, will be featured, while a chorus of 4-H'ers will sing the official North Carolina 4-H Centennial Song. The North Carolina 4-H program celebrates its 100th birthday in 2009.

Written by: Dave Caldwell, 919.513.3127 or

Posted by Dave at March 28, 2008 10:13 AM