Kane County 4-H hosts 11th annual dinner auction

Submitted by University of Illinois Extension

The Kane County 4-H Foundation will host its 11th annual pork chop dinner and auction fundraiser from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 13, in St. Charles.

"Last year, the event raised over $20,000 for University of Illinois Extension programming in Kane County, and the goal this year is to match that," said Bill Collins, treasurer of the Kane County 4-H Foundation and event co-chairperson. "This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and it helps support 4-H Youth Development programs in our communities, as well as other valuable University of Illinois Extension programs."

The dinner will be held in the Prairie Events Center at the Kane County Fairgrounds on Randall Road in St. Charles. Attendees have the choice of a two-chop dinner for $14, a one-chop dinner for $12, or a pulled pork sandwich dinner for $8. The pork chops will be prepared by the Elburn Lions Club, and served by Kane County 4-H members and Extension volunteers.

Throughout the evening, there will be a silent auction of items and themed baskets donated by Kane County 4-H Clubs, Master Gardener volunteers, local Home and Community Education groups and other area supporters. At 7 p.m., silent auction bidding ends and the live auction begins. This year's lineup features an Amish quilt.

Tickets for the dinner are available through 4-H families or at the University of Illinois Extension office at 535 S. Randall Road in St. Charles through March 27, or call the dinner co-chairs Bill Collins at (630) 484-6852 and Karen Sunderlage at (815) 766-2955.

A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase at the door for an additional $1 per meal.

Proceeds from the dinner and auctions will benefit University of Illinois Extension programs in Kane County including: 4‑H Youth Development, Home and Community Education Association, Horticulture, Master Gardener, and Nutrition and Wellness Programs.

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In addition, sponsorship opportunities are available at the bronze, silver and gold levels. According to Collins, sponsors help ensure the event's success and are a vital part of the support needed to continue Extension programming.

"We are grateful for the community support we receive each year and are proud to give back to Extension," said Collins. "As state funding becomes less available, local support through fundraisers such as this one is vital to maintain the quality of Extension programs offered to the entire county."

Sponsors may request a set number of complimentary tickets, and all donations are tax deductible. All donors and sponsors will receive recognition at the event. To sponsor or donate, call Bill Collins at (630) 484-6852 and Karen Sunderlage at (815) 766-2955.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, call the Kane County Extension office at (630) 584-6166. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs. To learn more about University of Illinois Extension in Kane County and all the programs they offer, visit go.illinois.edu/extensiondkk.


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