$12.8 Million Raised Through Growing Kansas Leaders Campaign

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Thanks to statewide support of the Growing Kansas Leaders campaign, $12.8 million in cash, pledges, in-kind and planned gifts were designated to enhance the future of the Kansas 4-H program. Projects benefitting from the effort include the 4-H program areas, Clovia Scholarship House and Rock Springs 4-H Center.

According to Gordon Hibbard, president of the Kansas 4-H Foundation, what started out as a $10 million goal was exceeded by nearly $3 million in recent months.

"Thanks to the Kansas 4-H Foundation's trustees, campaign committee members, extension professionals, 4-H clubs, volunteers and staff, we have accomplished a great deal during the last three years," he said.

The Growing Leaders Fund is already providing additional scholarships and internship support for outstanding 4-H'ers, outreach programs for new populations, alumni and volunteer recruitment programs and programming support.

A special thank you to the many KSU Research and Extension professionals who supported the various aspects of the campaign. This includes the 94 current and retired professionals that provided $22,175 in support for the enhancement of the previously endowed Extension Step Ahead Scholarships.

The "Cool Pool" effort was led by members of the State 4-H Youth Council. A total of 144 4-H Clubs and local 4-H councils provided $30,615.33 in support of the complete renovation of the W.S. & E.C. Jones Swimming Pool at Rock Springs 4-H Center.

Completed projects at Clovia Scholarship House include the renovations of the bathrooms and kitchen. In addition, more than $200,000 has been raised for future improvements.

Capital improvement and renovation projects that are completed or in progress at Rock Springs include the W.S. & E.C. Jones Swimming Pool, Williams Dining Hall and the Indoor Activity Building, Heritage Hall, Meditation Chapel, Hansen Cottage and the Spring Plaza area.

"The campaign's success stands on the shoulders of those who built and sustained the Kansas 4-H Foundation throughout its 62 years," Hibbard said.

"The success we are celebrating today should commemorate our rich history, in addition to our vibrant future."

Thank You

Thank You!

To meet and exceed the Growing Kansas Leaders capital campaign goal took an exceptional commitment from many. This included the Honorary Campaign Chair, Nancy Kassebaum Baker along with the outstanding members of the Clovia, Extension Professionals, Public Relations, Special Gifts and Steering Committees listed below.

Brenda Pomeroy Austenfeld, Kansas City
John Beckman, Scott City
Jodi Besthorn, Wichita
Lee Borck, Manhattan
Lana Clawson, Satanta
Kelli Cox, Woodbine
Glennys Doane, Downs
Ann Domsch, Manhattan
Bev Dunning, Wichita
Steve Fisher, Manhattan
Marilyn Pence Galle, Manhattan
John George, Lebanon
Barb Grecian, Palco
Carolyn Harms, Derby
Leslie Hess, Hays
Nancy Honig, Hugoton
Susan Johnson, Lawrence
Connie Pelton Kays, Weir
Bill Keller, Pratt
Gary Kilgore, Chanute
Ann Koch, Wichita
Lindy Lindquist, Manhattan
Lynn Marcinkowski Woolf, Milton
Mike Matson, Manhattan
Janae McNally, Quenemo
Molly McVicker, Hutchinson
Chuck Otte, Junction City
Nancy Peterson, Manhattan
Mark Ploger, Pratt
Ray Purdy, Garden City
Dick Reinhardt, Erie
Linda Reinhardt, Erie
Ellen Samuelson, Hesston
Susan Schlichting, Hays
Dolph Simons III, Lawrence
Brian Swisher, Independence
Melissa Thompson, Topeka
Marjorie Warta, Newton
Carol Weibert, Manhattan
Kurt Werth, Cimarron
Sandra Wick, Smith Center

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