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.

Legacy Awards

The 8th annual National 4‑H Council Legacy Awards took place on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 and celebrated the tremendous achievements of the 4‑H community. Sponsorship of the Legacy Awards is an excellent opportunity for your organization to support 4‑H's life changing work as we grow from empowering six million youth to 10 million youth.

For more information about becoming a 2018 Legacy Awards sponsor, please contact Carolyn Fernandez (, Development Director, Individual Giving (phone 301.961.2983 or 301.755.7068).

Sponsor Benefits

Sponsoring the Legacy Awards is an opportunity to share your passion for helping young people reach their full potential and to be a part of a distinguished group of corporate and civic leaders and institutions.

  • Network with leaders from Fortune 500 companies, elected officials, celebrities and distinguished guests.
  • Increase brand visibility in urban, rural and global markets.
  • Give back by empowering more young people with the 4‑H experience.
  • Connect with the 25 million strong 4‑H alumni community.

For more information about becoming a 2018 Legacy Awards sponsor, please contact Carolyn Fernandez (, Development Director, Individual Giving (phone 301.961.2983 or 301.755.7068).

Your Hosts

The Legacy Awards are 4‑H's national event to celebrate the youth, adults and alumni who are making positive changes in communities every day.

Masters of Ceremonies and 4‑H alumni Anne Burrell - chef, TV personality and Food Network host - and Lazarus Lynch - chef, multimedia host and face behind the brand, Son of a Southern Chef - led the evening as we told the story of 4‑H and its impact growing true leaders today.

National Anthem and 4‑H Pledge

Watch Louisiana 4‑H'er Samyra Miller sing the National Anthem followed by 4‑H alum Jennifer Nettles and the 4‑H Youth in Action winners lead the room in the 4‑H pledge.

Grow True Leaders Corporate Honoree - $200,000

As the exclusive $200,000 Grow True Leaders Corporate Honoree of the Legacy Awards, you will enjoy prime visibility as the event co-chair in a place of distinction and prominence among our VIP guests, including leaders from Fortune 500 companies, celebrities and individual influencers.

The $200,000 Grow True Leaders Corporate Honoree carries the special distinction of our official sponsor of the 4‑H Luminaries Reception before the event, an exclusive invitation-only opportunity to connect and be photographed with some of 4‑H’s most distinguished alumni.

If you’re interested in being the Grow True Leaders Corporate Honoree, please contact Carolyn Fernandez (, Development Director, Individual Giving (phone 301.961.2983 or 301.755.7068).

Legacy Champion Sponsor - $100,000

The $100,000 Legacy Champion Sponsor will join an esteemed cadre of leaders dedicated to growing the next generation of kids. Supporters at this level will enjoy significant recognition on site at the event, as well as through national media surrounding the event connected to the 4‑H Grows True Leaders brand.

Sponsors at the $100,000 Legacy Champion level will enjoy significant recognition, as well as the honor of serving as the entertainment sponsor of the event to introduce performer(s) on stage and participate in the performer(s) meet and greet and photo opportunity at the 4‑H Luminaries Reception, an invitation-only gathering of 4‑H’s most influential and distinguished alumni.

If you’re interested in being the Legacy Champion Sponsor, please contact Carolyn Fernandez (, Development Director, Individual Giving (phone 301.961.2983 or 301.755.7068).

2017 National Distinguished 4‑H Alumni Medallion

Kent Bazemore

Kent Bazemore is a shooting guard for the Atlanta Hawks, where he is currently in his fifth NBA season. Raised in Kelford, North Carolina, a town of less than 300 residents, Kent earned a scholarship to Old Dominion University. It was here that he received the Lefty Driesell Award, which...

Dr. Faustino Bernadett

Selling eggs door to door in his red wagon was how this 4‑H alumnus from Chico, California, got his start. Dr. Faustino Bernadett later graduated from the University of California, Davis, before obtaining his Doctor of Medicine from the University of California, San Francisco, and his Masters of Business Administration...

Aubrey Plaza

Aubrey Plaza is an actress and producer who currently stars in FX’s new show Legion, a Marvel Comics science fiction series. Aubrey also stood out in the Emmy nominated comedy series, Parks and Recreation, earning nominations for an American Comedy Award for ‘Best Comedy Supporting Actress’ in 2014, and an...

2017 Brand Champion Award

Osborn Barr

With offices in St. Louis, Kansas City and Nashville, Osborn Barr is an integrated advertising and communications agency that specializes in building connections between brands and rural audiences. Rural isn’t a zip code to Osborn Barr. It’s an attitude and belief system where hard work, honesty and respect for nature...

2017 Youth In Action Pillar Awards

National 4‑H Youth in Action Winner and Citizenship Pillar Winner

Amelia Day

Sponsored by U.S. Cellular When Amelia Day escorted her father to an appointment at a veteran’s hospital in 2012, she didn’t know that the visit would spark an idea for a 4‑H service project that would reach far beyond her hometown. A 4‑H’er since elementary school, Amelia knew first-hand the...


Samuel Sugarman

Sponsored by Bayer Growing up on a farm, Samuel Sugarman realized in his teen years that youth in his San Diego suburb didn’t experience many opportunities to be outdoors. These youth were glued to cell phones, computers and television screens...

Healthy Living

Bryanne Sanchez

Sponsored by Molina Healthcare Bryanne Sanchez became an advocate for healthy living in her community as her 4‑H club’s first Healthy Living Officer. Using this platform, Bryanne sought to bring initiatives promoting a healthy lifestyle to her Club and community....


Ava Lonneman

Sponsored by HughesNet Ava Lonneman, a 17-year-old 4‑H’er through Ohio State University Extension, doesn’t let gender stereotypes get in her way when it comes to pursuing her dreams. Though told in elementary school that STEM “isn’t for girls”, Ava relentlessly...


MSNBC Anchor & NBC News Correspondent

Craig Melvin

Craig Melvin is a two-time Emmy Award-winning MSNBC news anchor and NBC anchor and correspondent. He currently anchors NBC TODAY Weekend. Melvin is widely recognized for covering a wide range of events. He currently reports on the 2016 presidential campaign....


Terri Sewell

Congresswoman Terri Sewell is serving her second term as the U.S. Representative of Alabama’s 7th Congressional District. She is one of the first women elected to Congress from Alabama and is the first black woman to serve in the Alabama...

Youth in Action National Winner

Ruwanthi "Ru" Ekanayake

Ruwanthi “Ru” Ekanayake launched the first-ever 4‑H Healthy Living blog, allowing 4‑H’ers to share their stories, build bridges and create national discussions about health. She also organized a successful Healthy Living Summit across nine counties in California through the University...

4‑H Brand Champion Award

Tom Lehr

Tom Lehr is President and CEO of Dailey, a renowned full-service ad agency based in West Hollywood, California. His 32-year career began in the Foote Cone & Belding media department, soon transitioning to account management work on blue-chip accounts across...

Corporate Award

Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin, one of the world’s largest aerospace and technologies company, is committed to investing in and growing young people through its partnership with National 4‑H Council. Since 2010, Lockheed Martin has been a transformative partner as the lead supporter...


National Distinguished 4‑H Alumni Medallion

Javier Palomarez

Javier Palomarez is the President and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), America’s largest Hispanic business association. The USHCC actively promotes the economic growth, development and interests of more than 3.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that combined,...

Youth In Action Award

Nosa Akol

National 4‑H Council is pleased to announce the winner of the 2015 Youth In Action Award is Nosa Akol. Nosa is a 17 year old senior at Binghamton High School in New York. Her 4‑H experience began when she joined...


National Distinguished 4‑H Alumni Medallion

Andrew Bosworth

Andrew ‘Boz’ Bosworth is vice president of advertising at Facebook and inventor of the social networking site’s popular News Feed, the feature that broadcasts what your friends are doing on Facebook. He is an alumnus of the El Sereno 4‑H...

National Distinguished 4‑H Alumni Medallion

Anne Burrell

A renowned chef, author and TV personality, Anne Burrell is a proud alumna of 4‑H New York. She is host of the popular Food Network series Secrets of a Restaurant Chef and co-host of Worst Cooks in America. With her...

Youth In Action Award

Andres Parra

Andres Parra is a remarkable Arizona 4‑H’er who credits 4‑H for putting him on a path to success, and empowering him to have a similarly positive impact on his peers and community. Growing up as part of a Mexican immigrant...


National Distinguished 4‑H Alumni Medallion

Temple Grandin, Ph.D

Dr. Grandin is a New Hampshire 4‑H alumna, where she was involved with the 4‑H horse project. Horses and the 4‑H horse project were a refuge from the teasing and bullying she experienced as an autistic child. Her first research...

Youth In Action Award

Elisabeth D. Willis

Elisabeth D. Willis is a junior in high school student, born and raised in Pittsburg County,Oklahoma. She has been an Oklahoma 4‑H’er since the age of five. In 2009, she applied and was selected to serve as a Oklahoma State...

Corporate Leadership Award

Tractor Supply Co.

TSC stores have been investing in 4‑H locally for many years, but in 2010, a national partnership with National 4‑H Council was launched that has already surpassed raising more than $2,000,000 for local 4‑H programs in more than 1,000-plus unique...


National Distinguished 4‑H Alumni Medallion

Jennifer Nettles

Jennifer Nettles, lead vocalist for international super duo Sugarland, has become one of the most popular singer-songwriters in music today. Since Sugarland exploded onto the music scene in ’04 they have sold over nine million records, achieved eight No. 1...

Youth In Action Award

Nate Seese

Nate Seese is an active 15-year-old who found a way to make a difference in his East Lansing, Michigan, community through 4‑H. When he joined the organization five years ago, he was able to combine his passion for raising livestock...

Corporate Leadership Award


DuPont and 4‑H share the belief that the power of the work we do today, will transform tomorrow. In 1990, 4‑H’s heritage of hands-on, agricultural science programming led to a strong partnership with Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. The alliance with...


National Distinguished 4‑H Alumni Medallion

Nancy Grace

A Georgia 4‑H alumna, Nancy Grace is the powerful force behind CNN Headline News’ (HLN) top-rated Nancy Grace. A former prosecutor with an unparalleled record of success, she has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, The Today Show,...

Youth In Action Award

Morgan Billingslea-Walker

The 2011 4‑H Youth in Action Award was given to Morgan Billingslea-Walker. While overcoming personal health issues, Morgan led the effort to make health and nutrition programs available to those in her neighborhood. She has offered them the opportunity for...

Corporate Leadership Award


The 4‑H Corporate Leadership Award was presented to Coca-Cola for their work supporting the efforts of young people like Morgan making a difference in their communities. For 42 years, Coca-Cola has provided leadership to the organization, and funded grants that...


Abraham Lincoln Vision Award

Dan Glickman

The Abraham Lincoln Vision Award was presented to Dan Glickman, former president of Refugees International and former Chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. Throughout his expansive career in political, legal and government positions, Mr. Glickman has always...

Youth In Action Award

Samantha Jo Ridley

The 2010 4‑H Youth in Action Award was given to 4‑H’er Samantha Jo Riddley, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota, and the first to attend college. Through 4‑H, she has helped her community in many...

Corporate Leadership Award


The 4‑H Corporate Leadership Award was presented to JCPenney in honor of its generous support and ongoing dedication to youth. For more than 50 years, JCPenney’s strategic partnership with 4‑H has impacted millions of youth all across the nation who...