Paper Clover proceeds to help fund memorial

Jesse Don Gorbet

By Traci Chapman

Some of this year’s proceeds from a national 4-H fundraising campaign will go toward the memorial of an area teen killed earlier this year.

The 4-H Paper Clover Campaign is in its fourth year of partnership between National 4-H Council and Tractor Supply Company. The two have combined forces to raise funds for 4-H in communities where Tractor Supply has a store.

This year, fundraising will be different, after 4-H’ers lost one of their own, officials said. Fifty percent of all funds raised from bake sales held as part of the event will be donated to the Jesse Gorbet Memorial. Gorbet and fellow El Reno High School student Karson Baker were killed in a March 2 automobile accident.

County 4-H teen leaders will hold two bake sales – one from 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28 in El Reno and the other in Mustang on Saturday, May 3 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Both sales will be held at the community’s respective Tractor Supply stores.

The other 50 percent of funds raised will be used to purchase Paper Clovers.

The Paper Clover Campaign runs through May 4. Shoppers at El Reno and Mustang Tractor Supply stores may purchase paper clovers for $1 or more at checkout. Funds go to benefit local 4-H programs and fund everything from camps and after-school programs, to scholarships and other activities, officials said.

Gorbet, an El Reno High School sophomore, was a member of Extreme 4-H Club from 2006 to 2011. He showed sheep at the Canadian County Livestock Fair, as well as junior livestock show and jackpot shows. He also participated in Farmhand Olympics, Share-the-Fun and several bake sales to raise funds for the Oklahoma City Ronald McDonald House.

The Paper Clover Campaign nationwide has raised more than $3.3 million, national 4-H officials said. Seventy percent of funds go back into state and local programs, officials said.

“Our Paper Clover efforts are one of the key ways our stores can give back to the community,” said John Wendler, Tractor Supply senior vice president of marketing. “By providing essential funding for hundreds of thousands of 4-H young people, we are able to support local organizations that are important to both our customers and our team members.

“We’re proud to help improve the many communities in which we have stores through our partnership with 4-H,” he said. “That is what Tractor Supply is all about.”

Mustang teen leader Brandy DeVous said the Tractor Supply Clover Campaign is a great way to support county 4-H programs.

“This year the Teen Leaders wanted to give back to the community, a bake sale is a great way for us to be able to give back to a cause that was a part of our 4-H family,” she said. “4-H teaches us so much about helping others and we are honored to be able help by giving back in the name of Jesse Gorbet.”

Donated funds will be tracked online and recorded by state and individual stores, Wendler said. For more information or to view the donation tracker, go online to www.tractorsupply.com/4-H.

Donated funds will be tracked online and recorded by state and individual stores, Wendler said. For more information or to view the donation tracker, go online to www.tractorsupply.com/4-H.

 

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