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Foundation Gives Back

Weld County 4-H Foundation has spent over $1 million for Youth Programs

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Foundation Gives Back

In Weld County, agriculture is a way of life for many residents, and Weld County 4-H programs actively support agricultural educational opportunities for Weld County kids through financial assistance of the 4-H Foundation. This year, the 4-H Foundation reached a major milestone by reaching the $1 million mark in funds spent on 4-H programming since 1980.

“This milestone is impressive,” said Weld County Commissioner Chair Julie Cozad. “Investing that kind of money for Weld County kids is amazing and a testament to the hard work the 4-H Foundation puts in to the program year after year!”

Perhaps what is even more amazing, is that the group has only one true fundraiser a year, Mardi Gras – a family-oriented event that draws attendees from across the county. “Events like Mardi Gras are not only a fun way for families to spend time together, but they go a long way in preserving unique 4-H events and opportunities,” Weld County Commissioner Mike Freeman said.
All proceeds from the event go to the 4-H Foundation and are used to provide many unique educational opportunities to the kids of 4-H including traveling to state competitions and conferences and sending delegates to the National 4-H Conference in Washington D.C. At the conference, kids from 4-H programs around the county have an opportunity to draft a 4-H presentation and present it to legislators. Camp Cloverbud, a summer camp for children ranging from age five to seven, and a 4-H scholarship fund are also made possible in large part because of proceeds raised by the Mardi Gras event.

Anyone wanting more information on the 4-H Foundation can contact Keith Maxey at (970) 400-2075, or at kmaxey@weldgov.com.