The Chautauqua County 4-H received $500 from the Go Further with Ford Campaign to benefit its recently established endowment fund at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.
Ed Shults Ford Lincoln Hyundai of Jamestown, along with Ford dealerships around the nation, hosted "Go Further with Ford Night" in November. For every person who visited a dealership on that day, dealers would donate $10, up to a possible $500, to a charity of their choice.
"I have been following the plight of 4-H and the funding cuts and thought it tied in nicely with our event," said Ed Shults III, general manager. "Ford Motor Company and its dealers have a strong link to the farming community."
Randy Sweeney, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation executive director; and Emily Kidd, 4-H issue leader, accept a check from Ed Shults III, general manager and Todd Glenn, new vehicle manager, for the Chautauqua County 4-H Endowment Fund.
As a young man, Shults was a member of the Warren County 4-H.
The 4-H Endowment Fund has a goal of raising $2 million in five years with the help of public and private donations. Emily Kidd, 4-H issue leader, said a $2 million endowment will generate an annual payout that will be enough to cover operating costs for future years and allow the club to focus on developing programming for the nearly 500 members across the county.
For more information on how to make a tax-deductible contribution to the 4-H Endowment Fund, contact the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation at 661-3390 or visit www.crcfonline.org.
For more information on 4-H Youth Programming, call Kidd at 664-9502, ext. 214.