Mark your calendars! The ninth annual National 4‑H Council Legacy Awards will take place on March 20, 2018 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Save the Date - March 20, 2018

The Legacy Awards celebrates the life-changing impact of 4‑H – America’s largest youth development organization. On March 20, 2018, we will honor the 4‑H Youth in Action winners for their amazing work in science, healthy living, citizenship and agriculture. And 4‑H alumni will be recognized for their commitment to growing true leaders.

We need your support to help us grow 4‑H from six million to 10 million young people. Join us at the event and/or sponsor the 2018 Legacy Awards. There are many options and your contribution will make a difference.

For more information about becoming a sponsor or to purchase tickets, please contact Development Director Carolyn Cepek (ccepek@4-h.org) or by phone 301.961.2983 (office) or 301.755.7068 (cell).

Photo: 2018 Legacy Awards Honorary Chair Jennifer Nettles, Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter.

Sponsor Benefits

The chance to change a young person's life. Sponsoring the Legacy Awards is a tangible way to help develop tomorrow's workforce - the next generation of confident and successful leaders.
There are numerous sponsorship opportunities which will provide you with significant benefits and the chance to:

  • Give more young people access to the 4‑H experience
  • Network with Fortune 500 company leaders, elected officials and celebrities and youth
  • Increase your brand's visibility nationally with a media reach of 55 million impressions
  • Connect with the 4‑H alumni community.

For more information about becoming a sponsor or to purchase tickets, please contact Development Director Carolyn Cepek (ccepek@4-h.org) or by phone 301.961.2983 (office) or 301.755.7068 (cell).

2018 Alumni Honoree - Zippy Duvall

Congratulations to Zippy Duvall who will be honored at the 2018 Legacy Awards with the National Distinguished 4‑H Alumni Medallion. President of the American Farm Bureau Federation since January 2016, Duvall is a third-generation farmer from Georgia. In addition to a 400-head beef cow herd for which he grows his own hay, Duvall and his wife, Bonnie, also grow more than 750,000 broilers per year.

Prior to being elected AFBF president, Duvall served nine years as president of the Georgia Farm Bureau. Devall's long leadership history in his home state includes service on the Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmers Committee and Georgia Farm Bureau board of directors.

In 2017, the Georgia 4‑H alumnus was honored by National 4‑H Council as a founding Luminary, an exclusive group of accomplished and influential 4‑H alumni.

Exclusive Legacy Awards Dinner Sponsor ($100,000)

The exclusive dinner sponsor will join an esteemed group of leaders dedicated to growing the next generation of young people. Your sponsorship will provide significant brand visibility and recognition at the event as well as many other benefits, including premium seating for 10 guests at the Legacy Awards dinner, introductions and photos with celebrities and VIP guests, sponsor branding and logo inclusion on promotional materials, including 4‑H.org, social media, the event program and jumbo event screens.

For more information about becoming a sponsor or to purchase tickets, please contact Development Director Carolyn Cepek (ccepek@4-h.org) or by phone 301.961.2983 (office) or 301.755.7068 (cell).

Legacy Awards 4‑H Alumni Sponsors ($100,000)

The National Distinguished 4‑H Alumni Medallion sponsors will be recognized for honoring alumni who have embodied the 4‑H pledge through their significant accomplishments in professional life or in service to the nation. This is the highest honor that National 4‑H Council bestows upon its alumni. Your sponsorship will provide significant brand visibility and recognition at the event as well as many other benefits, including premium seating for 10 guests at the Legacy Awards dinner, introductions and photos with celebrities and VIP guests, sponsor branding and logo inclusion on promotional materials, including 4‑H.org, social media, the event program and jumbo event screens.

For more information about becoming a sponsor or to purchase tickets, please contact Development Director Carolyn Cepek (ccepek@4-h.org) or by phone 301.961.2983 (office) or 301.755.7068 (cell).

Photo to the right: Actor, producer Aubrey Plaza and Delaware 4‑H'er received the 2017 National 4‑H Distinguished Alumni Medallion.

Not a Sponsor but Want to Attend? Buy Tickets

Show your support for 4‑H by attending the Legacy Awards. You do not need to be a sponsor in order to purchase tickets - this is National 4‑H Council's largest annual fundraising event honoring and featuring young people, alumni, celebrities and special guests.

Tickets may be purchased online or by contacting Development Director Carolyn Cepek (ccepek@4-h.org) or by phone 301.961.2983 (office) or 301.755.7068 (cell).

2018 National Distinguished 4‑H Alumni Medallion

Zippy Duvall - American Farm Bureau Federation

President of the American Farm Bureau Federation since January 2016, Zippy Duvall is a third-generation farmer from Georgia. In addition to a 400-head beef cow herd for which he grows his own hay, Duvall and his wife, Bonnie, also grow more than 750,000 broilers per year. Prior to being elected...

2017 Sponsors

We are grateful to the many sponsors of the 8th annual Legacy Awards. Thank you for your belief in young people and support of National 4‑H Council’s mission to provide more kids with access to high-quality 4‑H programs and experiences.

For more information about becoming a sponsor or to purchase tickets, please contact Development Director Carolyn Cepek (ccepek@4-h.org) or by phone 301.961.2983 (office) or 301.755.7068 (cell).

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2017 National Distinguished 4‑H Alumni Medallion

Kent Bazemore

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2017 National Distinguished 4‑H Alumni Medallion

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2017 National Distinguished 4‑H Alumni Medallion

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2016

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4‑H Brand Champion Award

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2015

National Distinguished 4‑H Alumni Medallion

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2014

National Distinguished 4‑H Alumni Medallion

Andrew Bosworth

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National Distinguished 4‑H Alumni Medallion

Anne Burrell

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Andres Parra

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2013

National Distinguished 4‑H Alumni Medallion

Temple Grandin, Ph.D

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Corporate Leadership Award

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2012

National Distinguished 4‑H Alumni Medallion

Jennifer Nettles

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2011

National Distinguished 4‑H Alumni Medallion

Nancy Grace

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Abraham Lincoln Vision Award

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