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July 27, 2005   Email to Friend 

JEFFERSON COUNTY FARMERS FEDERATION DONATES $25,000 TO 4-H CENTER
Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686
July 27, 2005

From left, Jefferson County Farmers Federation President Randy Gilmore discusses the organization's donation with Assistant to the Director for Development for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System Beth Lawrence and Fox 6 news anchor Bill Bolen during a recent broadcast.
The Alabama 4-H Club Foundation, Inc. recently received a $25,000 gift from the Jefferson County Farmers Federation. The contribution will help fund the construction of the new Alabama 4-H Environmental Science Education Center to be built at the 4-H Youth Development Center on Lay Lake in Columbiana.

The new building will allow Alabama 4-H to expand its natural resources and environmental education program, the state's only year-round educational experience for youngsters to explore the environment.

Randy Gilmore, president of the Jefferson County Farmer's Federation, said educating young people about the environment is crucial.

"Our organization is proud to support such a worthy effort of the Alabama 4-H program to make this state-of-the-art facility available to young people and to promote ways for protecting our environment and natural resources," said Gilmore.

Jackie Ramsey, coordinator of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System's Jefferson County office, is not surprised by the generosity of the county farmers group.

"Over the years, we have worked closely with the Jefferson County Farmers Federation, and they have always been supportive of our 4-H'ers. We are excited about their strong support of this special project," said Ramsey.

The new facility will provide a place where citizens of Alabama can learn how to serve their communities as custodians and protectors of the environment. Others interested in contributing to the Alabama 4-H Environmental Science Education Center can contact any local County Extension Office for more information.


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