Annual 4-H/FFA Golf Classic June 23 in Omaha

April 23, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. — The 20th annual 4-H/FFA Golf Classic will be June 23 at the Indian Creek Golf Course in Omaha.

This year participants will not only celebrate 4-H and FFA, but also the 20th year anniversary of the event, said Stuart Shepherd, executive director of the Nebraska 4-H Foundation.

"We're celebrating 20 years of support to two of Nebraska's most largest and successful youth programs," Shepherd said. "We are most grateful for the financial support over the 20 years from our gold, silver, tee and green sponsors; their financial support reaches over 149,000 kids annually in Nebraska."

Registration and lunch begin at 11 a.m., followed by the shotgun start at noon. Participants will enjoy an 18-hole round of golf with cart and dinner. Registration deadline is June 1.

The golf classic is for men and women of all ages who are advocates for 4-H and FFA.

The Golf Classic is a major fundraiser for both organizations.

"We have had many participants and companies in the past and a fair number have been very loyal to the fundraiser," said Rich Hickman, chairman of the 4-H/FFA Golf Planning Committee. "A number of agribusinesses are aware of the impact that 4-H and FFA have on the education of rural and urban children. Many of the resumes that we receive almost always include one or both of the organizations. Employers recognize the need for accomplished future employees. Both organizations help a great deal. It takes a community to raise and educate a child."

In Nebraska, more than 143,000 youth ages 8 to 19 participate in 4-H and 6,000 high school students are members of FFA. Many high school-aged youth participate in both organizations, Stuart said.

In addition to golfing, silent and live auctions of donated items and a dinner are a part of the event. Typically, about $40,000 is raised with 4-H and FFA each receiving $20,000.

2014 Golf Classic confirmed sponsors as of April 21 include: Gold Sponsor: Dupont Pioneer, Farmers National Company; Silver Sponsor: Hertz Farm Management, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, NAU Country Insurance Company; Tee Sponsors: Ag and Food Associates, LLC, Bank of the West, DLR Group, Print Solutions, Lindsay Corporation, Rain and Hail Agricultural Insurance, Reinke Manufacturing Company, Inc., Ward Laboratories, Inc., Wiles Brothers Fertilizer, Hudson Crop Insurance Services, Inc., Valley Irrigation; Hole-in-One Car Sponsor: Copple Chevrolet, GMC; and Drinks Sponsor: Midwest Farmers Cooperative.

For more information or to register, visit http://ne4hfoundation.org/events/4-hffa-golf-classic/ or contact Desirae TePoel with the Nebraska 4-H Foundation at 402-472-7688, dtepoel2@unl.edu.

Stuart Shepherd
Executive Director
Nebraska 4-H Foundation
402-472-9019
ssheperd3@unl.edu

Sandi Alswager Karstens
IANR News Service
402-472-3030
skarstens2@unl.edu


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