2014 Shining Star Honoree – Jackson Family Wines

Jackson Family Wines is Recipient of 4-H Foundation’s Shining Star Award

Jackson Family Wines of Santa Rosa is the 2014 recipient of the 4-H Foundation of Sonoma County’s Shining Star Award in recognition of the wine company’s extraordinary support of the 4-H Club program.

The Shining Star Award annually recognizes an individual or business that has made significant and meaningful contributions to 4-H. The award will be presented at the 4-H Foundation Barbecue on Sept. 13 at the Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates & Gardens in Fulton.

Jackson Family Wines and the Jackson family have graciously donated the site as the venue for this year’s 4-H Foundation BBQ. Last year the Jackson Family hosted the 4-H Foundation BBQ at Richard’s Grove and Saralee’s Vineyard in Windsor. In addition to providing the site for the annual event, the Jackson Family is a major buyer at the 4-H Foundation’s auction.

Katie Jackson, daughter of winery founders Barbara Banke and the late Jess Jackson, said her family is dedicated to giving back to the community, particularly, to causes that support agriculture, education and youth.

“As a family owned agricultural business that started in Sonoma County, we really care about financially supporting groups like 4-H and FFA in Sonoma County and the other counties throughout California where we do business,” said Katie Jackson, director of government affairs, sustainability and community outreach for her family’s wine company.

2014 4H Alumni Honoree – Floyd Ridenhour

Congratulations to our 2014 4-H Alumni honoree Floyd Ridenhour!

Floyd Ridenhour, an executive with American AgCredit who has been involved with 4-H most of his life, first as a member and now as a leader and staunch supporter, is the 2014 recipient of the 4-H Alumni Award.

The 4-H Alumni Award, presented by the 4-H Foundation of Sonoma County, honors a former 4-H Club member who upholds the values of leadership, citizenship and community service, which are the hallmarks of the 4-H program. Ridenhour, who continues to give back to the community in the 4-H tradition, will be honored at the 4-H Foundation’s BBQ on Sept. 13.

Ridenhour credits 4-H for his work ethic, core values and the career path that lead him to a long and successful career with American AgCredit.

Ridenhour grew up in Solano County where he was a member of the Upper Suisun Valley 4-H Club for eight years. His 4-H projects were sheep, sugar beets, aviation and cooking. He was a junior leader for three different 4-H Clubs in Solano County.

Ridenhour has served as a sheep leader for the last 20 years in Sonoma County. He is a long-time director and treasurer of the 4-H Foundation.