Jennifer Nettles has been named the honorary chair and host of the 2015 Georgia 4-H Gala. The Douglas, Ga., native says the 4-H state performing arts program was instrumental in helping her develop her own skills on stage.

"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 says. "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."

Nettles, who earned the title of Master 4-H'er, the highest award offered by 4-H, for her performing arts talents, also served as a 4-H camp counselor and as a district and state 4-H officer.

"We are honored Jennifer is hosting the gala," Arch Smith, state 4-H leader and director of Georgia 4-H, says. "Her dedication and commitment to the future of Georgia 4-H are 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," he adds. "To Georgia 4-H, she's family, and we are so proud of her success."

The event benefits 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. Find more information here.