County 76 Fundraising, Past and Present
Mimi Cox describes the County 76 Fundraising Project that has come a long way from the spontaneous silent auctions at the early meetings of the group. Then, we enjoyed bidding on the homemade jams, preserves, plants and whatever the members could bring to share to provide some funds for a bank account yet to be established!
Today’s Fundraising Project is a major event at the state MG Conference, Leadership PNG, Advanced Trainings, and seminars across the state. The Silent Auction at our state conference successfully subsidizes the cost for county Master Gardeners to attend the annual Plant Nurture Grow Leadership Development activities. Recently, the generosity of Master Gardeners in bidding also added funds to the Janet B. Carson Scholarship and enabled County 76 to increase our awards last year from one to three scholarships to outstanding seniors in our state.
Proceeds from the fundraising efforts support the projects and programs of County 76 by awarding members with pins and certificates for recognition in Advanced Training, length of service, and outstanding achievement by individuals and counties.
The mainstay products of Fundraising are the long-handled and short-handled Rogue hoes.
These hoes are made in the USA, using the steel of recycled agricultural disc blades. The garden hoe comes in several styles, including an onion hoe to get into tight places and three sizes of scuffle hoes which are triangular and ready to cut weeds by pushing and pulling. The comparable short-handled hoes are great for planting or weeding. All are very sharp and sturdy, and with minimal care will last for many seasons of gardening.
Another favorite County 76 product is the best garden glove on the market – the Atlas nitrile glove in sizes small to extra-large in a variety of colors. They are washable and durable and made of breathable fabric that is comfortable to wear.
These two products are available at each fundraising event, with additional items on an as-available basis. At this time, we have large insulated Master Gardener totes and small insulated lunch bags, plant labels, and books. We are always on the lookout for new ideas.
We appreciate your contributions to the Silent Auction and your purchases at each Master Gardener event. Thank you for your support of the County 76 Fundraising opportunities available to Master Gardeners and friends.
Mimi Cox and the County 76 Fund Raising Project Committee