Mavericks 4-H event boosts funding for starving children

Members of Buena Vista Mavericks 4-H Club, based at the Buena Vista Ranchos neighborhood in south Tempe, are on the fundraising trail again for a cause they’ve long supported.

The group is selling tickets to Macy’s seventh annual one-day Shop for a Cause charity shopping event, scheduled Aug. 25.

BV members are selling passes for $5 each, with the club keeping 100 percent of every ticket it sells. The more tickets sold by the Mavericks, the more money the group will raise for its community service projects, said spokeswoman Hannah Schaefer.

Putting to work the same kind of community spirit, the Mavericks have invited 4-H horse-project clubs throughout Maricopa County to attend a food packing session this fall for Feed My Starving Children, an organization which provides special food packages for undernourished children in 70 countries throughout the world.

“This year we are planning to pack 10 million meals from our Tempe site, which will be enough to feed more than 27,000 children,” said Janine Skinner, who represents the food program. Proceeds from the Macy’s ticket sales will be donated to FMSC to cover the cost of the food packed during that community service event.

By purchasing a shopping pass to the Macy’s event from any Mavericks member, shoppers get a day of discounts, entertainment and special events, at the same time contributing to “helping kids help kids.”

“I am grateful that the Mavericks could be a part of this Macy’s event,” said Schaefer. “This is an amazing opportunity and I look forward to working with both organizations to help others.”

The fundraiser, along with the Mavericks’ community service event, are examples of opportunities for youth leadership and citizenship provided through 4-H.

The organization participates  in projects ranging from horses to livestock to robotics—and lots in between. It recently began its enrollment campaign for the 2012/13 year, with information available at .

Tickets also are available online, at .


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