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N.C. 4-H commemorates centennial with Lifetime Achievement Awards Celebration

April 20, 2009

Media Contact: Dr. Michael Martin, executive director of the North Carolina 4-H Development Fund, at 919-513-8254 (office) or 919-210-3781 (mobile)

The North Carolina Centennial 4-H Lifetime Achievement Awards Celebration will be held Thursday, April 23, at the Embassy Suites Hotel Resort and Conference Center in Concord, N.C. The annual fundraising event will honor the lifetime achievements of former 4-H members, families and supporters.

North Carolina State University basketball legend Tommy Burleson will receive the 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award, and Family Legacy Awards will be presented to the Teeter and Vanderbilt/Cecil families for their support of North Carolina 4-H.

"This event provides an outstanding venue to highlight today's 4-H youth development program and the excellent job it does helping young people become competent, caring and contributing members of society," said Dr. Marshall Stewart, state 4-H program leader. "We're especially glad to honor Tommy Burleson, the Teeter family and the Vanderbilt/Cecil family. Their generosity and dedication have helped propel 4-H through its first 100 years, and without a doubt, will continue to strengthen our organization in the next century."

The celebration 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 healthy lifestyles, technology, 4-H history and animal agriculture.

Also during the celebration, current and former 4-H'ers will take the stage for the Dee-Dee and Cam Harris Talent Showcase.

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, NC 4-H Development Fund, at 919-513-8254 or In 2008, the event raised $206,000 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 evolved from a rural youth program into a statewide organization with more than 239,000 active members and 23,000 volunteers and youth development professionals.

For more information about or to register for the North Carolina Centennial 4-H Lifetime Achievement Awards Celebration, click here.

Written by:
Suzanne Stanard, 919-513-3126 or

Posted by Suzanne at April 20, 2009 11:06 AM