WASHINGTON, March 22, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 250 business leaders, philanthropists and dignitaries joined National 4-H Council at the Four Seasons in Washington, D.C., to recognize the accomplishments of our nation's youth and those individuals that make it possible for millions of young people to learn important life and leadership skills through 4-H youth development programs.
At the eighth annual National 4-H Council Legacy Awards, two accomplished 4-H alumni received the Distinguished 4-H Alumni Medallion – actress and producer, Aubrey Plaza, and co-founder of the Molina Foundation, Dr. Faustino Bernadett. During the event, both alumni shared personal reflections on the life-changing impact of 4-H. Plaza and Bernadett join a prestigious group of 4-H Distinguished Alumni Medallion recipients, including such 4-H alumni as Facebook "News Feed" inventor Andrew Bosworth, president and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Javier Palomarez, songwriter and musician Jennifer Nettles, and professor and best-selling author Temple Grandin, Ph.D.
In addition, Amelia Day, of Fort Valley, Ga., was named the 2017 national Youth in Action winner and will receive a $10,000 scholarship, sponsored by U.S. Cellular. Masters of Ceremonies and 4‑H alumni Anne Burrell - chef, TV personality and Food Network host - and Lazarus Lynch - chef and multimedia personality for the Son of a Southern Chef brand – led the evening telling the story of 4‑H and its impact growing true leaders today.
Thanks in part to the support of Legacy Leader sponsor Molina Healthcare. Monsanto Company was another key sponsor of the evening. The event serves as National 4-H Council's premier fundraising event honoring those who make life-changing experiences possible for millions of kids.
To view more photos from the 2017 National 4-H Council Legacy Awards, visit www.4-H.org/gala.
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SOURCE National 4-H Council