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The Kearney Area Community Foundation enhances the quality of life in the Kearney Area by promoting the spirit of charitable giving and effectively responding to the community's needs.


The Kearney Area Community Foundation vision is to maintain a philanthropic culture to assure that donors and the community are served in an atmosphere of trust and professionalism which will, in turn, allow the Kearney Area Community Foundation to make a meaningful and positive impact on the residents of our community, now and in the future.

The Community Foundation Takes the Nebraska Wine & Jazz Festival to a New Location for Year Seven

KEARNEY – The Nebraska Wine & Jazz Festival will be held in Kearney on May 9 and 10, 2014.  This statewide celebration is coming back for the seventh time to showcase wines from a number of Nebraska wineries and beers from a sampling of Nebraska microbreweries and will feature live music performed by Nebraska musicians.


This year, the Festival will be held at the Exposition Center at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds. “We have been fighting Mother Nature the last six out of six years.  The Expo Center provides more space for more seating, more parking and more vendors.  It also provides Festival goers indoor restrooms, shelter from inclement weather and better climate control,” said Laurel Rosado, Festival Coordinator.  “We have a committee working on creating a great ambiance for the event.”


Attendees will pay an admission fee of $25 and receive a souvenir glass to sample Nebraska wines and microbrews and to hear outstanding Nebraska musicians.  Patrons will also have the opportunity to purchase their favorite bottles of wine from Nebraska’s premier vineyards, as well as delicious food from a local restaurant serving at the Festival.  Must be 21 years old with a valid ID to attend.


The Kearney Area Community Foundation will be coordinating the event.  This Festival will give recognition to Nebraska wineries, vineyards and tasting rooms, a value added segment of the Nebraska agri-tourism industry, as well as highlight talented musicians from across our great state.  Proceeds from the event will go to the Foundation’s general fund used for operating the organization, as well as giving grants back to the community.


More information will be coming in the weeks ahead.  For more information, call Laurel Rosado at the Kearney Area Community Foundation at 308-237-3114 or check out the website www.WineAndJazzFest.org. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by visiting the website.



Nebraska Wines, Brews, Live Music and More!

Nebraska Wine and Jazz Festival

Friday, May 9 5pm-11pm

Saturday, May 10 5pm-11pm

Buffalo County Fairgrounds, EXPOSITION BUILDING


$25 per day

Purchase tickets at the door or get your tickets online at www.WineandJazzFest.org

Ages 21 or older will be admitted with I.D.

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Friends of The Archway Fund Established

The Archway
3060 East 1st Street – Kearney, NE 68847 – 308.237.1000


The Board of Directors for The Archway and the Kearney Area Community Foundation are pleased to announce the establishment of the “Friends of The Archway Fund”.

Archway Board President Phil Jossi stated “We are pleased to partner with an outstanding and credible foundation while ensuring efficient and easy opportunities for donors to support The Archway.”

The purpose of the Friends of The Archway Fund is to provide resources for special educational and cultural programs as well as operating and capital needs of the facility.

To donate, please send a check to the Friends of The Archway Fund, c/o Kearney Area Community Foundation, 412 W. 48th Street, #12, Kearney, Nebraska 68845. Please contact the foundation office if you would like to donate with a credit card or other non-cash gift.

CONTACT: Sharmond Loeffler, Business Manager, (308) 237-1000     

About The Archway: The Archway is a tribute to American heroes and their amazing journeys as they travel across the United States. Enjoy spectacular interactive exhibits of pioneers, wagons, trains, stampeding buffalo, and much more that followed The Great Platte River Road. As an entertaining educational experience, The Archway is located at the very center of the United States near where the California, Mormon, and Oregon Trails crossed paths and moved West.

About the Kearney Area Community Foundation: The Kearney Area Community Foundation is a 19-year-old tax-exempt public charity, which recently reported assets of $10.85 million. Since 1995, the KACF has granted more than $30.1 million dollars in grants, scholarships and program support to the community.

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