THANK YOU for supporting the 2022 4-H Legacy Dinner!

On behalf of the 4-H Endowment Board, thank you to all 4-H alumni, parents, and donors who helped make the 2022 4-H Legacy Dinner possible! With over 175 individuals in attendance, we enjoyed fellowship and shared continue support of one of Ohio’s largest 4-H programs in the state. Over $9200 was raised that evening of the even to support the Fairfield County 4-H Endowments.

Were you unable to attend but wish to support the 4-H Endowment Funds? Contact Leslie Cooksey at cooksey.25@osu.edu to discuss options. We recognize that this year’s dinner looked a bit different compared to our last dinner in 2019 – feel free to send any feedback for future 4-H fundraising events to Leslie as well and she will share this with the 4-H Endowment Board as they make future decisions.

Thanks again to our live auction donors:

  • Buckeye Ready Mix donated ten yards of concrete.
  • Four (4) 2022 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Tickets, being held on Monday, December 5 in the Thomas and Mack Arena on the campus of UNLV in Las Vegas. These tickets are the generous donation of the Michael Family.
  • Again this year Auman Landscape donated TWO 6-7 foot trees.
  • Back, yet again, by popular demand . . . Lancaster’s oldest independent grocery – Bay Food Market along with Bay Packing donated half a processed hog, times 2 of them!
  • McGuire’s Distinctive Truck and Ruff & Associates donated a Husqvarna leaf blower and pressure washer.
  • OSU football tickets with parking pass has been donated by Buckeye Ready Mix.

Additionally, we were excited to feature a few of our 4-H members who have taken 4-H projects where they have mastered various talents and creativity. Items donated by Fairfield County 4-H members:

  • 4-H member, Kendall Wild, donated two homemade pies with cinnamon minis!
  • 4-H’er Destiny McCray painted two beautiful art pieces representing 4-H including a bald eagle and a peacock.

Photos from the event have been shared on the Ohio State-Fairfield County 4-H Facebook Page

Fairfield County 4-H Endowment Board to Host Annual Legacy Dinner June 9, 2022

Event Reservations Due May 25, 2022

LANCASTER, Ohio – 4-H supporters can enjoy a night out to at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds on June 9. A social hour will begin at 5 p.m., followed by dinner catered by Bob’s Backyard BBQ at 6 p.m. The program and live auction will commence at 7 p.m.

Event tickets are $50 per person, and table sponsorships that seat eight are available for $500.

“I was a 4-H member in Fairfield County for 10 years,” said Fairfield County 4-H Endowment Board President Heather Wilson. “As an alum, I want to see the program continue to grow and support our youth. It’s been amazing to see local businesses, community members and 4-H families generously support the endowment throughout the last decade. We’re excited to be bringing the community together again to support this mission and allow attendees to enjoy a night of fun and socialization.”

Although planning for the endowment was started in 2000, it became fully endowed in 2006. The first Legacy Dinner was held in 2010 and has grown to more than 350 attendees supporting the youth in the Fairfield County 4-H program. The goal of the board is to generate funds sufficient to endow at 4-H position in Fairfield County and support the 4-H youth development program, allowing the 4-H tradition to continue for generations to come.

“Our county’s 4-H program serves over 2200 youth each year through traditional club and school enrichment programming,” said Fairfield County 4-H Extension Educator Leslie Cooksey. “Leaving a legacy is what the endowment is intended to do. Whether you’re a local business, 4-H family or community member, we’d love for you to join us and support the future of the program in our county.”

Additional sponsorships are available for the Legacy Dinner as follows:

  • Platinum: $3,000 (two sponsorships available) – Receive two dinner tickets
  • Gold: $1,000 (five sponsorships available) – Receive two dinner tickets
  • Silver: $500 – Receive two dinner tickets
  • Bronze: $250

Sponsorship and reservation forms can be found on u.osu.edu/4hlegacy. Checks can be made payable to one of two funds:

  • 4-H Fairfield County Foundation Fund (Money stays in Fairfield County. No Ohio State University gift credit given)
  • Fairfield County 4-H Endowment. On the check memo line designate: Fund #642082** (Earn Ohio State University gift credit and receive a giving receipt from The Ohio State University)

The event is held at Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building located at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds: 157 East Fair Avenue, Lancaster, OH 43130. Reservations and payment should be mailed to: Fairfield County 4-H Endowment, P.O. Box 564, Lancaster, Ohio 43130

To subscribe to updates, visit the Fairfield County 4-H Endowment blog at u.osu.edu/4hlegacy and follow the event on Facebook at facebook.com/events/1866721206856119

About the Fairfield County 4-H Endowment
The endowment was created in 2006 to raise funds to support the future of the 4-H program in Fairfield County and endow a position of a 4-H Educator if other funding sources dwindle. The 4-H Endowment is comprised of two permanent funds made possible through individual donations, business contributions and fundraising events. The 4-H Fairfield County Foundation Fund allows the money to be housed in Fairfield County. (No OSU gift credit given) and the Fairfield County 4-H Endowment is operated by the Ohio State University (Fund #642082). Visit fairfield.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/endowment to learn more.

About the Fairfield County 4-H Program
4-H is a non-formal educational, youth development program offered to individuals age 5 and in kindergarten to age 19. The Fairfield County 4-H program was founded in 1920. The program currently reaches more than 2200 youth each year through traditional club and school enrichment programming – helping kids “learn by doing” through hands-on activities. For more information, visit fairfield.osu.edu.

There’s an opportunity for everyone to help “leave a legacy!”

The 2019 4-H Endowment Dinner is less than 1 month away!! Please mark your calendar for Thursday, June 13 and plan to join us at the Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building on the Historic Fairfield County Fairgrounds for our Annual Legacy Dinner & Auction.

Can you believe this will be the 10th Anniversary of Legacy Dinner celebrations that have been held for the benefit the 4-H Youth of Fairfield County? The goal of the Endowment Committee remains to raise funds to permanently endow a position for the Fairfield County 4-H program in Fairfield County. This dinner is the major fundraising event hosted by the Fairfield County 4-H Endowment Board.

We hope you will consider attending the dinner. The cost is $40.00 per ticket or bring a groups of friends and sponsor a table of 8 for $400.00.

Another way to show your support is to Continue reading

Generous Sponsors Make Legacy Dinner Possible

The Fairfield County 4-H Endowment Dinner might be six week’s away, but the Endowment Board is already busy making plans to be sure the 10th Anniversary Celebration is the best one yet.

The Legacy Dinner and Auction is slated for Thursday, June 13 at the historic Fairfield County Fairgrounds in the Ed Sands/Farm Bureau building. We invite you to mark your calendars now and make plans to attend. This is the only fund-raiser hosted by the 4-H Endowment Committee, which is dedicated to ensuring a bright future for Fairfield County’s 4-H Youth Development program.

Regardless if you can attend the June 13 event, if you would like to assist with our efforts, check out the opportunities to help sponsor the dinner and all that is associated with it posted under the Legacy Dinner event tab linked above.

A special thanks goes out to the folks listed below who have already committed their financial and in-kind support to this year’s Fairfield County 4-H Endowment Legacy Dinner & Auction:

  • Krile Communications for designing and printing the Legacy Dinner invites (to be in your mailbox very soon!!)
  • Beef entrée sponsors: Majors Farm and The Insurance Advisor Group; Taylor Justice and Justin Bachman
  • Pork entrée sponsor: Eversole Builders
  • Lamb entrée sponsors: Leigh and Toni Miller, Kris and Denny Doyle Club Lambs
  • Water and drink station sponsor: Eversole Angus.

Make plans now to join us on June 13 and enjoy an evening of fellowship, while reliving your 4-H memories so that our youth can continue to make their memories!

2019 4-H Endowment Dinner & Auction coming on June 13

Dear Friends of the Fairfield County 4-H Endowment . . . mark the date – June 13th – on your calendar for the 2019 Legacy Dinner and Auction.

Join us for the 10th anniversary celebration of the Fairfield County 4-H Endowment Dinner and Auction, held this year in the Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building on the Fairfield County Fairgrounds. We’re excited about this new location that offers ample parking, no need for portable restrooms, and an opportunity for lots of reflection back on the great traditions of years gone by.

Mark the date – June 13th – and plan to bring a friend and join us to celebrate Fairfield County 4-H.

You’re Invited . . . to Help Leave a Legacy!

Make your reservation today, and plan to join us for an evening of fun, food and giving at the 2018 Fairfield County 4-H Legacy Dinner and Auction! This year’s event is being held in the Miller Farm shop on Thursday, June 14, and tickets are now on sale.

The Fairfield County 4-H Youth Development program strives to teach leadership, citizenship and life skills to the 1342 4-H club members who have enrolled in 3197 projects this year. While most young people are participating in traditional 4-H club experiences, children who are not yet 4-H age can participate in a non-competing, activity based curriculum known as the Cloverbud program. Beyond that, nearly 800 additional youth are exposed to 4-H work through school enrichment programs. In addition, the 4-H Youth Development program also offers Continue reading

Meet Adam Sharp, Featured Speaker for the 2018 Legacy Dinner

“Fun learning, friends and instilling good citizenship principles are top of mind when I recall my days in 4-H”

We’re proud to welcome Fairfield County’s own Adam Sharp to the 2018 Legacy Dinner & Auction. During the evening Adam will share insight into what it’s meant to him to have grown up participating as a local 4-H member. He’ll expand on what it means when he says, “We learn through 4-H how groups can properly organize, operate and are governed, we elect our leaders, we learn to compete respectfully and how to volunteer and help others.  All of these skills are needed now more than ever in society and 4-H provides them.”

Today Adam Sharp serves as the Executive Vice President of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Inc. As executive vice president, Sharp serves as the chief executive of the statewide organization and leads efforts to advance its mission of working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities.

Sharp has over 20 years of experience developing and implementing farm policy at the state and national levels and has Continue reading

Everyone Plays a Vital Role in Leaving a 4-H Legacy!

Eight years ago the 4-H Legacy Dinner & Auction was begun in an effort to create a formal annual event where local 4-H alumni and supporters could come together for an evening of fun and fellowship benefiting the Fairfield County 4-H Endowment. To conduct such an event each year, it takes the cooperation and support of many different individuals and businesses. One of those groups of supporters are the contributing sponsors that generously donate funding and services that allow for the comfortable evening everyone enjoys when they come together in celebration of 4-H Youth Development.

This year is no different as several have already committed to contributing sponsorships for 2018. Included among those are Continue reading

Thanks for Another Great Legacy Dinner & Auction!

While we don’t have all of the final details or numbers just yet, judging from all the smiles, handshakes and kind remarks, the 2017 Legacy Dinner & Auction was a great success.  Over 280 individuals were registered for the event and with all of the helpers and Junior Leaders attending we estimate over 300 individuals were served.

A great meal featured Leg of Lamb – expertly prepared by Kris Doyle and Frank Cox, Pork Tenderloins – cooked to perfection by Doug and Aaron Leith, and some awesome Beef Loins – prepared by Cheryl Majors. Special thanks to Bower and Sons Meats & Sausages for some of the biggest baked potatoes ever, to Maradore Farms for providing the Swiss cheese, and to Ruffwing Farms for sharing their newly created Tuemma (Sheep) Cheese for great additions to the appetizer table.  Not to mention some Continue reading