• Questions

    If you have questions about the event or would like to discuss corporate sponsorships, please contact Carolyn Fernandez or call 301-961-2983.


2016 Honorees

Legacy Awards honorees demonstrate a passion for helping their communities and building a solid foundation for future youth success. 4-H recognizes and honors these individuals and corporations that have devoted time, financial support, ideas, and energy to enrich the lives of young people.

Distinguished Alumni Medallion

Craig Melvin

Craig Melvin

MSNBC Anchor and NBC News Correspondent

Craig Melvin is a two-time Emmy Award-winning MSNBC news anchor and NBC anchor and correspondent. He currently anchors NBC Weekend Today. Prior to joining MSNBC in July 2011, Melvin was a weekend anchor for WRC-TV, NBC’s owned-and-operated station in Washington, DC. Before that, he earned acclaim as an evening news anchor for WIS-TV in Columbia, South Carolina.

Mr. Melvin is also serving as the Master of Ceremonies for this year's Legacy Awards.

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Terri Sewell

Terri Sewell

U.S. Representative, Alabama’s 7th Congressional District

Congresswoman Terri Sewell is serving her third term as the U.S. Representative of Alabama’s 7th Congressional District. She is one of the first women elected to Congress from Alabama and is the first black woman to serve in the Alabama Congressional delegation. She sits on the House Committee on Financial Services and Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

While serving in Congress, Congresswoman Sewell has held several leadership positions including Freshman Class President in the 112th Congress. She was selected by Democratic leadership to serve as a Chief Deputy Whip and sits on the Steering and Policy Committee.

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Brand Champion Award

Tom Lehr

Tom Lehr

President & CEO, Dailey Advertising

Tom Lehr is President and CEO of Dailey, a renowned full-service ad agency based in West Hollywood, California. His 32-year career began in the Foote Cone & Belding media department, soon transitioning to account management work on blue-chip accounts across categories at Della Femina MacNamee and DDB.

Lehr joined Dailey Advertising in 1996, with management responsibilities for the Nestlé, ConocoPhillips, Weyerhaeuser, Dole and Honda Powersports accounts. He assumed his present leadership role as chief executive in 2010.

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Corporate Leadership Award

Accepted by: Lorraine Martin

Deputy Executive Vice President, Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin, one of the world’s largest aerospace and technologies company, is committed to investing in and growing young people through its partnership with National 4-H Council. Since 2010, Lockheed Martin has been a transformative partner as the lead supporter of 4-H Robotics and Engineering.

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Youth In Action Awards


2016 Youth In Action Award Winner & Healthy Living Pillar Winner

Ruwanthi "Ru" Ekanayake

Ruwanthi “Ru” Ekanayake launched the first-ever 4-H Healthy Living blog, allowing 4-H’ers to share their stories, build bridges and create national discussions about health. She also organized a successful Healthy Living Summit across nine counties in California through the University of California Cooperative Extension, which led to more youth starting local healthy living programs including farm-to-table gardening and cyber-safety programs.

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Agriculture &
Animal Sciences

Sponsored by Bayer


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Sponsored by HughesNet


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Alexandria "Lexie"

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  • Thank You to Our 2016 Sponsors

    Presenting Sponsor

    Lockheed Martin

    Youth In Action Pillar Sponsors

    HughesNet Logo
    Molina Healthcare
    Bayer CropScience

    Legacy Leader

    Altria Logo
    Coca-Cola Foundation

    Legacy Advocate

    Michelle Munson & Serban Simu Family

    Johnson and Johnson

    Legacy Patron

    US Cellular logo
    United Healthcare
    New York Life
    BAE Systems
    Credit Suisse
    j3 IPG
    FirstPic gif
    Farm Credit 100
    Mosser Lee
    Compass Group
    API Source
    Baker Hostetler
    J Walter Thompson Logo
    CME Group

    Jim & Marcia Borel


    Ken & Lucy Hicks


    Mr. & Mrs. William A. Linnenbringer


    Legacy Duo


    Landel & Chris Hobbs


    Legacy Tribute