Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Iowa 4-H Foundation Announces Winner of 2009 Toyota “Clover” Corolla

Craig Griffieon of Ankeny has won the 2009 Toyota "Clover" Corolla in the second annual Iowa 4-H Vehicle Raffle. The drawing was held October 9 over the noon hour on 1040 WHO Radio's The Big Show, to culminate National 4-H Week.

When asked how it feels to win, Griffieon responded, “It’s unbelievable. I never thought I might win. I’ve won a pie here and there, but not anything this big. With all of the people that bought tickets, I can’t believe I’m that lucky.”

Griffieon first found out about his winning when Phil Heckman, Polk County 4-H Youth Coordinator, called him. Within minutes everyone was calling him. Griffieon said, “I think everyone was listening but me! My phone hasn’t stopped ringing yet.”

“We’re proud to have Craig win the car. The Griffieon family has been very active in 4-H and are strong 4-H supporters,” said Heckman.

The Iowa 4-H Foundation partnered with Wilson Toyota of Ames to give away the “Clover Corolla,” which sported a special 4-H clover wrap from Sign Pro of Ames.

“Raising more than $40,000 for the Iowa 4-H program, this raffle has been a creative way to raise funds for 4-H, despite budget cuts that are impacting the 4-H program statewide,” said Shelly Greving, marketing coordinator for the Iowa 4-H Foundation.

The car had been on display and raffle tickets were available at more than 30 county fairs and events throughout the state since late June. Greving said 8,500 tickets had been sold. Griffieon had purchased the winning ticket at the Iowa State Fair.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Attention Counties: The stakes just got better!

Counties now have the chance to raise even more money for your 4-H program.

Here’s the deal: The three counties that raise the most money (gross sales) will be awarded with extra cash.

First place - $250

Second place - $100

Third place - $50

These prizes will even be awarded to counties without an established foundation. Counties with a foundation receive 50% of the net sales and counties without receive 25%. Even if your county hasn’t requested the Clover Corolla to come to your community, there is still time. We’re pretty well booked in July and August but September and October are somewhat open (see the schedule below). We encourage counties to sell tickets on their own, even if the car doesn’t travel to an event. Remember that ticket sales continue until the beginning of October.

Email us at 4hraffle@gmail.com if you would like to request the car to come to your community or to sell tickets on your own.

New Events Scheduled

A few more counties have agreed to host the Clover Corolla! Here's the updated schedule:

17 - Pocahontas
18 - Buena Vista
19 - Mills
20 - Grundy
22 - Humboldt
23 - Mahaska
24 - Jones
25 - West Pottawattamie
26 - Clarke
27 - Johnson
28 - Lucas
29 - Jackson
30 - Sac

1 - Blackhawk
12 - Iowa State Fair Parade
13 – 23 Iowa State Fair
27 - Iowa 4-H Foundation Eastern Iowa Golf Tourney, Riverside, Iowa

5 - Guthrie (pending)
12-20 - Clay County Fair
26 - Iowa 4-H Foundation Charity Shoot, New Pioneer Gun Club, Waukee, Iowa

9 - Drawing on WHO Radio

Monday, July 6, 2009

We are rolling!

The State 4-H Conference wrapped up last week with a few sightings of the Clover Corolla, hope all of the 4-Hers had a great time!

On July 8th we will be in Winneshiek County and then we will begin an 11 day excursion on the 10th!! We will be visiting Lee, Dallas, Wright, Sioux, Delaware, Madison, Wapello, Pocahontas, Buena Vista, Mills, and Grundy counties on our journey all over Iowa.

We also added a new video to the Iowa 4-H site showing the vehicle with and without the wrap. The wrap is just a cover we put on the car to help us advertise the raffle, the winner may choose to keep the wrap on or remove it when the raffle is over.

Here is a link to the video:

See you on the road!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Dates Announced and the Clover Corolla is Here!

We have picked up the Clover Corolla! The tickets are being printed and here are the tentative dates:

1 - Polk
8 - Winneshiek
10 - Lee
11 - Dallas
12 - Wright
13 - Sioux
14 - Delaware
15 - Madison
16 - Wapello
17 - Pocahontas
18 - Buena Vista
19 - Mills
22 - Humboldt
23 - Mahaska
24 - Jones
25 - West Pottawattamie
26 - Clarke
27 - Johnson
28 - Lucas
29 - Jackson

1 - Blackhawk
10 – 23 Iowa State Fair

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Corolla has been Clover-ized!

SignPro in Ames has finished putting the wrap on the Clover Corolla! The winner can choose to leave the wrap on or have it taken off before they drive it home! As soon as we get the tickets printed, we will be good to go! We will be announcing our route very soon and coordinating with counties to make the most of this year's raffle.

It is not too late to have the Clover Corolla come to an event in your area! Applications can be found on the right-hand column.

Don't forget to follow our Twitter, or go to the Iowa 4-H Foundation's website to see all the great opportunites we have to offer.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

We have the Clover Corolla!!

Members of the Iowa 4-H Foundation Board of Directors went to Wilson Toyota of Ames to see the 2009 Toyota Corolla. From left: Joe Leisz, Executive Director, Iowa 4-H Foundation, Dennis Goering, Iowa 4-H Foundation Board President, dhg productions, Barb Determan, Heartland Marketing Group, Dale Port, Struxture Architects, Rozanne King, Kelly Lane Farms, Pat Beck, University of Northern Iowa, Dr. Phil Gauger, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Bill Tomlinson, Iowa 4-H Foundation President Elect, Pioneer, Margaret Jensen Connet, Des Moines Public Schools, Lois Hunt, Iowa State University Extension.

Here is some information on the vehicle: Corolla Information
It is not too late to have the Clover Corolla come to your county! Sign up today or encourage your County Extension or County 4-H Foundation to apply now! In the right-hand column, under Information for Counties, select a form and schedule the Clover Corolla!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Introducing the '09 Iowa 4-H Clover Corolla Raffle!

The Iowa 4-H Foundation is very excited to announce the '09 Iowa 4-H Clover Corolla Raffle! The Iowa 4-H Clover Corolla will be coming to Iowa at the beginning of June and will travel across the entire state raising funds for Iowa 4-H and promoting the Iowa 4-H program. Your county can request the Clover Corolla to visit an event and receive up to 50% of the funds raised from tickets sold at that event and in the county. Story County raised $5,000 last year and received nearly $2,500 for their county endowment by holding two events and selling tickets in their office!

A 2009 Toyota Corolla, the number one car sold in the world, will be raffled off to raise money for 4-H programs across the state of Iowa. All funds raised will support county and statewide 4-H educational programs. Counties are encouraged to apply to have the Clover Corolla come to their County Fair and other local events. Counties may also choose to sell tickets in the county office with the help of their 4-H Foundation or 4-H volunteers. The 4-H Foundation will coordinate with County Extension offices and County 4-H Foundations to set up and execute a raffle along with a 4-H promotion. County volunteers (over the age of 18) may help sell raffle tickets for the Clover Corolla. An Iowa 4-H Foundation staff person will deliver the Clover Corolla and provide support as needed. The 4-H county hosting the Clover Corolla must pay all expenses for the vehicle to be displayed. (ex. gate admission, entry fees, etc.) All Iowa counties are eligible to apply.

Counties may participate in a variety of ways:
1. Have the Clover Corolla Visit your County
Read and understand all the rules and regulations which can be found on our website.
Fill out the attached application and return to the Iowa 4-H Foundation via fax, e-mail or mail.

2. Sell Tickets at your County Office
Counties may request a specific number of tickets to sell from their county office.
All ticket sales from county offices will be eligible to receive up to 50% of the ticket sales.

Fund Distribution
Tickets will be sold for $5 each, 5 for $20, or 30 for $100. (Please note the price has been lowered from last year!)
Counties with endowments established with the Iowa 4-H Foundation will receive 50% of the net ticket sales sold in their county if they provide volunteers to help sell the tickets.
Counties without endowments established with the Iowa 4-H Foundation will receive 25% of the net ticket sales sold in their county if they provide volunteers to help sell the tickets.
Money raised by the Iowa 4-H Foundation will be used for statewide 4-H programming and will be accounted for in unrestricted giving.
Money raised by the individual counties may be used however the county determines appropriate to support their 4-H programs.

Benefits to the 4-H Program
Money raised will help fund opportunities for Iowa’s youth.
This project will increase awareness of the 4-H Program throughout the state and assist with recruitment goals.

Applications are due to the Iowa 4-H Foundation by Monday, June 22nd. Applications will be reviewed on a first come, first serve basis and dates will fill up fast. So determine your county’s date preferences and submit your application as soon as possible. The truck will be available for events on June 22nd so apply today!

Maddi Sieck
4-H Foundation Raffle Intern

Monday, May 18, 2009

Meet the Raffle Interns

My name is Maddi Sieck and I am a senior at Iowa State University majoring in Advertising. This summer I will be serving as one of the vehicle raffle interns for the Iowa 4-H Foundation along with Silas Pippitt. I have worked at State 4-H Office since last summer and am very excited to continue working here! I grew up in Glenwood, Iowa and have been a member of the Mills County Lively Oaks 4-H Club since 4th grade. I have been involved with 4-H on many levels, and was even given the opportunity to serve as the Collegiate 4-H President my junior year at Iowa State. I am very excited to travel around the state working with different counties promoting and raising money for 4-H!

My name is Silas Pippitt and I am a senior at Iowa State and am studying public relations. I will be graduating at the end of the summer and am looking forward to finding a real job. I grew up in several places in southern Iowa including Keosaqua, Cantril, Essex, and Red Oak. This summer I will be working with Maddi Sieck as one of the vehicle raffle interns. I am very excited about attending the county fairs this summer and raising lots of money for 4-H.

We have several ideas we are excited about implementing for the vehicle raffle. We don’t want to give too much away but a good way to stay up to speed with our progress is to follow us on twitter at http://twitter.com/iowa4hraffle!