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Golf scramble offers chance to help 4-H, win $10,000

LAS CRUCES - A $10,000 putting contest highlights the annual Jesse Holloway Memorial 4-H Golf Scramble April 18 at the New Mexico State University golf course.

ter, retired executive vice president of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau and a former Aggie basketball player, is this year's honorary chairperson.

All proceeds from the scramble will go to the New Mexico 4-H Youth Development Foundation and will be used to help send deserving New Mexico 4-H youth to national and regional competitions, including the National 4-H Congress held each year in Atlanta, Ga.

"Without the 4-H Foundation's support, many youngsters would be unable to afford the expenses despite completing rigorous project work and winning state competitions," Porter said.

Sponsorship opportunities include teams ($400), half-teams ($200), holes ($100) and tees ($50). Prize donations and memorial contributions also will be accepted. Special contest holes can be sponsored for $300. The entry fee of $100 per player includes green fees, cart and dinner.

Registration is from 11 a.m. to noon. The putting contest starts at 11:30. The scramble begins at 12:30 p.m.

For more information on the scramble, contact Mary Liesner at (505) 524-4929 or (505) 640-6934; Dan Liesner at (505) 640-0023; Bobby Ann Dictson at (505) 644-1368; or Billy Dictson at (505) 647-3908 or (505) 644-7403.

Across New Mexico, 4-H youth compete in county, district and state contests and events. The New Mexico State 4-H Conference is held each July on the NMSU campus. The 4-H Foundation pays for the awards given in the various competitions and hosts the annual reception at the State 4-H Conference. The top 15 4-H project record book winners receive a paid trip to the National 4-H Congress. The foundation also supports 18 state contests for teams, awarding each winning team travel dollars for their national contest. At the State 4-H Conference awards program, the foundation provides seven scholarships to senior level 4-H'ers. These scholarships range from $250 to $2,000.

Last year, 87,519 New Mexico youth were involved in 4-H through 1,805 clubs and special interest and school enrichment groups, making 4-H the largest youth development program in the state. More than 6,000 volunteer adult leaders are involved in a variety of leadership roles. The mission of 4-H is to "Make the Best Better" by stressing the importance of life values and teaching a variety of skills, including public speaking, responsibility, citizenship, leadership and teamwork.

The 4-H Foundation's primary function is providing financial support for the New Mexico 4-H program. The foundation is separate from NMSU and the Cooperative Extension Service. The foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, and support of the golf scramble is tax deductible.

Darrell J. Pehr
Feb. 28, 2006