Published on 11/20/14

Jennifer Nettles named honorary chair, host for 2015 Georgia 4-H Gala

By Josh Paine

Jennifer Nettles, the Grammy-award-winning singer songwriter and Georgia 4-H alumna, will serve as honorary chair and host of the 2015 Georgia 4-H Gala.

The gala will benefit Georgia 4-H, which is University of Georgia Extension’s statewide youth development program. The black-tie event will be held Aug. 8 at the Loews Atlanta Hotel.

Native of Douglas, Georgia

Nettles has a rich history with Georgia 4-H. The Douglas native honed her talent and learned how to make the stage her home through 4-H’s state performing arts programs. For seven years, she was a member of Clovers and Company—the Georgia 4-H youth performing arts group—an experience to which she attributes her performance skills. She also achieved the title of Master 4-H’er, the highest award offered by 4-H, for her performing arts talents.

“I credit 4-H with not only life skills but, definitely in Clovers and Company, the skills of performing—the amount of time I got to perform, performing in an ensemble, being able to perform with different voices and really learn about being on the stage in a different way than I ever had,” Nettles said. “I’m thrilled to celebrate this incredibly diverse program that continues to shape the lives of thousands of young people in this state and abroad.”

Counselor, officer and Master 4-H'er, too

Her involvement and leadership in Georgia 4-H did not end on the stage. Nettles served as a camp counselor at Rock Eagle 4-H Center and as a district and state 4-H officer.

“We are honored Jennifer is hosting the gala,” said Arch Smith, the state 4-H leader and director of Georgia 4-H. “Her dedication and commitment to the future of Georgia 4-H is incredible. 4-H continues to be an organization where youth can grow, thrive and learn. It’s our alumni like Jennifer who continue to shout our praises and offer support so that the 4-H program can continue for future generations.

“To others, Jennifer is a superstar. To Georgia 4-H, she’s family, and we are so proud of her success.”

The Georgia 4-H Foundation hosted its first gala in 2001 as a way to honor the winner of Georgia 4-H’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The event features a dinner, auctions and optional after-party.

For sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets, see or call the Georgia 4-H Foundation at (706) 542-8914.

Josh Paine is a marketing specialist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

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