ST. CHARLES – The Kane County 4-H Foundation will host its 12th annual pork chop dinner and auction fundraiser from 4:30 to 7 p.m. March 28 in St. Charles.
“In past years, the event has raised about $20,000 for University of Illinois Extension programming in Kane County and the goal this year is to match that,” said Bill Collins, treasurer of the Kane County 4-H Foundation and event co-chairperson, in a news release. “This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and it helps support 4-H Youth Development programs in our communities, as well as other valuable University of Illinois Extension programs.”
The dinner will be held in the Prairie Events Center at the Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road. Attendees have the choice of a 2-chop dinner for $14, a 1-chop dinner for $12, or a pulled pork sandwich dinner for $8, according to the release.
The pork chops will be prepared by the Elburn Lions Club and served by Kane County 4-H members and Extension volunteers. Throughout the evening, there will be a silent auction of items and themed baskets donated by Kane County 4-H Clubs, Master Gardener volunteers, local Home and Community Education groups and other area supporters.
At 7 p.m., silent auction bidding ends and the live auction begins. This year’s line-up features an Amish quilt.
Tickets for the dinner are available through 4-H families or at the University of Illinois Extension office at 535 S. Randall Road in St. Charles through March 11, or by contacting the dinner co-chairs Bill Collins at 630-484-6852 and Karen Sunderlage at 815-766-2955. A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase at the door for an additional $1 per meal.
Proceeds from the dinner and auctions will benefit University of Illinois Extension programs in Kane County including: 4H Youth Development, Home and Community Education Association, Horticulture, Master Gardener, and Nutrition and Wellness Programs.
In addition, sponsorship opportunities are available at the bronze, silver and gold levels. According to Collins, sponsors help ensure the event’s success and are a vital part of the support needed to continue Extension programming.
“We are grateful for the community support we receive each year and are proud to give back to Extension,” Collins said. “As state funding becomes less available, local support through fundraisers such as this one is vital to maintain the quality of Extension programs offered to the entire county.”
Sponsors may request a set number of complimentary tickets, and all donations are tax deductible. All donors and sponsors will receive recognition at the event. To sponsor or donate, contact Bill Collins at 630-484-6852 and Karen Sunderlage at 815-766-2955.
To learn more about University of Illinois Extension in Kane County, visit extension.illinois.edu/dkk.