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4-H brings back fundraiser dinner auction

April 27, 2017
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

After two decades, the Mahoning County 4-H this weekend will bring back a beloved fundraising event.

The organization will host the 4-H Endowment Dinner and Auction 5 p.m. Saturday at St. Michael's Family Life Center, 300 N. Broad St.

Proceeds from the dinner-auction will benefit the Mahoning County 4-H clubs, which include more than 1,000 members.

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Town Crier / J.T. Whitehouse
The mother-daughter team of Melissa Moliterno and Patty Moliterno handled the sweet station of the assembly line as they dished out the sugar to make the centerpieces for this year’s endowment dinner-auction. RIGHT: Making a cookie centerpiece takes an assembly line and that is just what members of the Mahoning County 4-H endowment committee did April 10. Pictured at the first station are 4-H committee members Sharen O’Brock and Jane Goddard.

"We will have a dinner and silent auction as well as a live auction," 4-H educator Beth Smith said. "Among some of our auction items are two Jim Tressel-signed footballs and two (Ohio State University) football tickets."

All the auction items, both silent and live, will help raise funds for the 4-H endowment. The endowment is an interest-bearing fund that is kept at OSU in Columbus.

The interest from the fund is sent back to the county 4-H to help with programs each year.

Smith said the fund presently is low and brings in roughly $1,000 per year. The hope is to build it up to bring in more. So, to help make that happen, the Mahoning County 4-H is resurrecting the dinner-auction.

"We had the last one in 1990," Smith said.

The funds from the endowment also help send youth to state and national camps, to train volunteers and for purchasing educational supplies.

In 2016, youth from Mahoning County were able to travel to Washington, D.C., Ohio 4-H Sea Camp, Ohio 4-H Leadership Camp and 4-H Camp Whitewood.

At present, the endowment committee is working hard to finalize details for the event. The committee members have met each week and held work sessions.

The committee recently met to assemble decorative centerpieces that included all the ingredients needed to bake chocolate chip cookies. The jars were decorated with the recipe and a cookie cutter.

As for the dinner auction, the tickets are presently being offered at the OSU Extension office across from the main gate of the Canfield Fairgrounds. Smith said they will also be available at the door as long as there are some left.



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