To continue offering its programs that reach one in every four Iowa students, 4-H is launching a fundraiser this year to help meet its rising expenses. The 4-H Foundation is also marking its 60th anniversary with the event in two weeks.

Spokeswoman Shelly Greving says the day-long gala will be held at the Science Center of Iowa in Des Moines. The event will include a youth science competition during the day and a formal social event in the evening.

Greving says the 4-H youth will be taking part in a robotics competition where they’ll have to build a Lego robot during the afternoon and have it complete an assigned task. There will be both live and silent auctions to raise money for the foundation, in addition to live music and entertainment from The Green Man Group.

She says they’re similar to the Blue Man Group but are painted green to honor 4-H. Members of the group don’t speak and create an unusual type of percussion music by pounding on plastic tubes. Greving says tickets can be purchased for the 4-H Gala online.

Visit the website: “” for more information. The event is scheduled for Saturday, February 20th. Individual tickets are $100, tickets for a couple are $150, and a table sponsor, for 8 people, runs $1000. The 4-H website says, “The opportunities we help provide to young people enhance their ability to use critical thinking, leadership, communication, and social skills – tools that will give them a competitive edge in their future endeavors.”

By Pat Powers, KQWC, Webster City