Paper Clover campaign a success

brandy devous

By Traci Chapman

Local 4-H and FFA students were part of a partnership with Tractor Supply Company that raised $787,769 nationally to help those programs.

The 12-day in-store fundraiser’s grand total was a record-breaker for the event, said John Wendler, Tractor Supply senior vice president of marketing. At the conclusion of the annual event, the company had raised almost $4 million for 4-H programs across the country, Wendler said.

Locally, some of this year’s Paper Clover Campaign proceeds were allocated to the memorial of an area teen killed earlier this year. The decision to dedicate those funds to the Jesse Gorbet Memorial was made by local 4-H and FFA members. Fifty percent of all funds raised from bake sales were donated to the memorial. Mustang teen leader Brandy DeVous said $143 was raised for the Gorbet fund during two bake sales, one in Mustang and the other in El Reno, held in late April and early May.

“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.”

Gorbet and fellow El Reno High School student Karson Baker were killed in a March 2 automobile accident. 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.

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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