Rain showers left organizers of the 4-H Foundation of Sonoma County’s BBQ and “Fun”draiser a bit bewildered for a time but miraculously the clouds parted and the sun came out, setting the stage for a fantastic event that raised more than $100,000 in net proceeds.
The event, built on the theme “Legacy of Leadership, Celebrating Our Youth” attracted more than 700 people and was held Sept. 21 at Richard’s Grove and Saralee’s Vineyard, now owned by Jackson Family Wines. The money raised at the annual event helps support 4-H young activities and the 4-H Center in Rohnert Park.
“The 4-H Foundation is thrilled with the turn-out and support at this year’s BBQ. It is so gratifying to see this event continue to grow: we have seen incredible growth in both attendance and income each year,” said Susan Hansen, executive director of the 4-H Foundation. “Sonoma County 4-H is blessed: we have very enthusiastic community support for our 4-H program, and leadership on many levels that is dedicated to seeing the 4-H program thrive and make a difference in the lives of our youth.“
The event honored Patrick Emery, a Santa Rosa attorney, community leader and staunch supporter of farm youth and the Sonoma County Fair, with the 2013 4-H Alumni Recognition Award.
Jim Famini, a director of the 4-H Foundation of Sonoma County, received the 4-H Foundation’s Shining Star Award, which recognizes a person who has made significant contributions to the foundation and 4-H Club work.