ARNOLDS PARK, Iowa — It’s fun with a greater purpose. When golf teams in northwest Iowa gather at Emerald Hills Golf Course in Arnolds Park on June 16, 2017, it’s a given that they will have a great time. The ‘greater good’ is that they will also help raise thousands of dollars to support Iowa 4-H scholarships, programs, awards and events. The sponsors of this tournament, hosted by the Iowa 4-H Foundation, are providing essential resources that will allow youth to develop their communication, citizenship and leadership skills through 4-H. Bob Butcher, President of Community Bank in Holstein, a cattleman in Ida County and former President of the Iowa 4-H Foundation, is organizing the sixth annual golf benefit with his wife, Connie. “The business leaders in northwest Iowa and beyond know that 4-H helps youth become their best, and that makes for stronger families, better communities and a brighter future,” Butcher said. “Supporting the Iowa 4-H Foundation through this golf tournament provides a great opportunity for businesses to express their appreciation for 4-H and enjoy a day of networking on a beautiful golf course. We’re excited to welcome a couple of celebrity golfers this year. Bill Northey, a NW Iowa 4-H Alumni and current Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, will join us for the day. Chuck Long, a former Hawkeye quarterback, NFL player and College Football Hall of Fame inductee, will also bring his best game to Emerald Hills.”
The “Going for the Green” sponsors for 2017 come from many different counties in the northwest quadrant of the state. DuPont Pioneer and Syngenta are the Presenting Sponsors for this year’s golf benefit tournament. These outstanding companies will be represented by a number of their local dealers and affiliates in northwest Iowa. Event Sponsors include Curry Seeds, Wyffels Hybrids, Availa Bank and Community Bank. Hospitality Sponsors areQuad County Corn Processors, Monsanto (Matt Otto Seed), Cornelius Seed, Nor-Am Cold Storage, Northwest Bank and Producers Livestock. The contributions of these sponsors help underwrite the major costs of hosting the benefit and enhance the opportunity to raise significant funding for 4-H. Because of this golf tournament’s financial support, the Iowa 4-H Foundation has started offering $1000 college scholarships to two outstanding 4-H members from northwest Iowa. The 2017 recipients of these scholarships are Jill Berkland from Osceola County and Evan Hansen from Clay County. Both recipients will pursue agriculture degrees from Iowa State University. The tournament also helps make 4-H participation possible for all Iowa youth by offsetting the cost of program fees; providing incentive and award opportunities for 4-H members on local, state and national levels; providing learning opportunities through special programs, camps and conferences for youth and adult volunteers; recognizing Iowa 4-H youth and volunteers for their excellence in projects and service; making improvements to the Iowa 4-H camping center, and for many other worthy programs that benefit Iowa youth and families.
The event is filled with team sponsorships; 32+ teams have reserved their places for the golf benefit Golfers will enjoy a lunch buffet; best ball, putting and hole contests throughout the afternoon; and a celebratory dinner and auction in the evening. The evening events begin around 5:00 with a social time, a brief program, auction and a dinner featuring ribeye steaks and all the trimmings. Golfers and their guests will also have an opportunity to bid on some valuable auction items, including ISU basketball tickets, seed corn or soybeans from sponsoring companies, athletic memorabilia, athletic ticket packages, and many other items donated by supporters of 4-H. 4-H supporters who will not be golfing are welcome to participate in the evening activities by contacting Butcher at 712 830-7372.
4-H is the largest youth organization in Iowa, providing 105,000 rural and urban youth with opportunities to learn and grow. 4-H alumni frequently credit their project experiences with helping them identify interests for higher education and career paths. Bob Butcher said, “By supporting the Iowa 4-H Foundation and this Northwest Iowa 4-H Golf Benefit, our sponsors truly are partnering with ISU Extension and Outreach and our county Extension offices to make sure that quality youth programs continue to be available in the future. We are thankful for their support and welcome all donations at any level.”
— Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
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