Quarterly Newsletter| Fall 2019
Fall 2019 Newsletter
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2019 Annual BBQ
Our 2019 Annual BBQ occurred on August 24th at the beautiful Richard's Grove & Saralee's Vineyard in Windsor. Over 450 guests enjoyed a wonderful evening of craft beer from the Lagunitas Brewery, wine from La Crema, Ballettos and Francis Coppola, dinner by Lombardi’s, and dessert by Screaming Mimi’s.

The proceeds from ticket sales as well as a silent, and live auction will help support the Youth Ag Center in Rohnert Park, and provide scholarships and project grants to youth organizations like 4-H and FFA.

During the evening, Adrienne Uboldi, the Board President of the YAL Foundation, and Felicia Rush, the Executive Director, thanked all of the event sponsors, everyone who generously donated items to the silent and live auctions, event committee members and volunteers, and the attendees for their support.

Uboldi told the crowd that the evening also paid tribute to our 4-H Alumni Award winner Tony Ghisla, after Director and MC, Fred Frey, recognized our Shinning Star, American Ag Credit.

As the evening celebrated Sonoma County’s Youth, participants enjoyed delicious local food and beverages, music by Court 'N Disaster, a wine pull, heads or tails 50/50 game and took part in the silent auction and live auctions. During the live auction, many raised their hands making pledges that ranged from $100 to $10,000 to fund the future of Youth Ag & Leadership.

The event was extremely successful raising over $175,000 to support Sonoma County Youth! We sincerely thank all our sponsors, donors and attendees for supporting the Youth Ag & Leadership Foundation of
Sonoma County!

Fall 4-H Project Grants
Project grants are due right around the corner. On November 15th clubs will be feverishly submitting requests to the foundation to fund items like food preservers, wood carving supplies and so much more. Each fall we award thousands of dollars to groups to fund projects that would otherwise struggle to continue.

We’ve been receiving thank you’s from our Spring 2019 grants.Two Rock 4-H Leather-craft Project is very grateful to have new tools to add to a great assortment of equipment. Many of the members were able to enter and exhibit their work
into the Sonoma County Fair to win prizes. The Sonoma County Dairy Goat project used their grant money for equipment to participate in National Dairy Goat Show in Redmond Oregon where they took 3rd place!

A committee of board members review and rank the proposals, we hope to increase our budget for grants in the next year, if you want to support us in this effort follow the link below to make a donation!

Ways to Support Us
Giving Tuesday

Did you know more than $380 million dollars was raised online on Giving Tuesday in 2018?! The Youth Ag & Leadership Foundation wants to be a apart of that! Our goal is to raise $10,000 to increase our scholarship funds available for 2020! We need your help, share our link and encourage friends and family to donate, every little bit will help!

Online Auction

Buffalo Trace has donated 400 bottles from it's 6 millionth barrel to charities all over the country, the Youth Ag & Leadership Foundation was lucky enough to be selected to receive one of these bottles! On November 1st, we will launch an online auction that will close on December 24th to win this historic bottle of whiskey! Make sure you're on our mailing list to get more information about bidding when the time comes!

Want to learn more about Buffalo Trace's 6 Millionth Barrel, check out this article !
Rent the Center
Are you searching for an auditorium to rent that is suitable to host your wedding reception, anniversary party, birthday party, graduation party, business meeting, conference or other special event?

Whether you are planning a bridal shower or baby shower, family reunion, class reunion or any other special event in your life, the Youth Ag Center and staff are here for you. Our spacious 60′ by 60′ air-conditioned auditorium can provide you a comfortable, clean location for your occasion with dining space for up to 200 guests.

For seminars or meetings our auditorium in the Youth Ag Center can comfortably hold 350 participants. If you find that you need a smaller space for your gathering, our auditorium can be split into a four 30′ x 30′ rooms or two 30′ x 60′ rooms. A perfect size for every occasion!

Contact us today for more information! Call (707) 584-9284 or email Kristi at office.youthagleadership@gmail.com.