The University of Missouri Extension was in a celebratory mood on Saturday, March 22. This year not only marks the 100th Anniversary of Extension, it also was the Pettis County Extensions’ Third Annual Dinner and Auction.
The 1914 Smith – Lever Act established the Cooperative Agricultural Extension Service, allowing universities to share their knowledge and programs with all the people in the communities, not just their students. Today, the University of Missouri Extension continues to provide quality educational services and programs throughout the state of Missouri such as 4-H youth programs, Master Gardener classes, free educational advice and guides from local Ag experts and programs geared toward individuals of all ages on staying healthy and active.
Previously scheduled for Feb. 1, the inclement weather that weekend merely postponed the celebration for a bit. The Extension dinner and auction was held at Our Savior Lutheran in Sedalia with items ranging from wooden handicrafts to plant arrangements to a Pandora bracelet all donated by area merchants and citizens.
This year about 140 guests attended the event at Our Savior Lutheran where Matt Kahrs acted as MC with area specialists Brent Carpenter, Kay Sparks, Megan Webb, Lori Gerke and Jane Henderson speaking about their programs and what the event and community mean to Extension. Attendees were served a quality dinner and placed several bids during both the silent and live auctions throughout the night. Overall, the event managed to garner the Extension center around $5,800 with these funds going towards supporting all of the local Pettis County Extension Center’s programs and activities.
We would like to extend a special thanks to Bings East and West for the food donation, to Don Weaver for cooking the meat and to Tom Miller for auctioneering.
If you are interested in getting involved with Extension or making a donation, please contact the Pettis County Extension Office at (660) 827-0591 or by email at email@example.com. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia Weekly Observer.