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2023 Recipients

Amherst Public Schools – $2,500

Funding to help build a Kindergarten through 3rd grade playground.

Buffalo County Community Partners – $1,500

Funding to purchase medication safety lockboxes to prevent overdoses. 

Compass – $750

Funding to purchase a laptop for staff working with foster families and families in crisis.


Crane River Theater – $3,000

Funding to buy audio and video equipment to enhance their productions and marketing.

Families CARE, Inc. – $1,000

Funding to provide a work station for youth and adults to access needed services and supports.


Foster Care Closet – $2,000

Funding to help provide new clothes to youth in foster care.

Girls on the Run of Nebraska – $1,000

Funding to help cover event tuition for participants of the Kearney area 5K race.

K9 Freekz Rescue – $750

Funding to help purchase kennels for their local fosters.

Kearney/Buffalo County CASA – $2,900

Funding to help provide background checks for their volunteers.

Kearney Community Theatre – $965

Funding to help offer a production of “Stuart Little” to area 3rd-8th graders.

Kearney Creates – $965

Funding to support their website to chronicle and celebrate Kearney’s art.

Museum of Nebraska Art – $1,500

Funding to support a new interactive gallery that provides a safe and welcoming environment for learners of all abilities to engage and explore art related topics.

Nebraska Diaper Bank – $2,000

Funding to support their mission of providing supplemental diaper supplies for local families experiencing diaper need.

United Way of the Kearney Area – $800

Funding to help purchase an accounting computer and software for their offices.

2022 Recipients

Axtell Area Oratorio Society – $1,500

Funding to help compensate the orchestra, soloists, venue and miscellaneous expenses for a performance of Handel’s Messiah at the Merryman Performing Arts Center.

Buffalo County Historical Society/Trails & Rails Museum – $2,890

Funding to support the Advanced Odyssey Plan, which will provide online tools for the public to access Buffalo County records and images from anywhere.


Double R Horse Rescue – $1,000

Funding to help buy hay to feed the rescued horses under their care.

Friends Program of Kearney – $4,000

Funding to go toward their mentorship program, providing access to local activities and events for their participants.

Kearney Community Sustainable Housing – $5,000

Funding to help with organization startup costs and plans to provide up to 72 transitional housing units in the area.

Kearney Cultural Partners – $750

Funding to support a free Family Arts Festival at Harmon Park that will feature activities from more than twenty organizations.

Kearney Housing Development Corporation – $5,660

Funding to go toward their Meals on Wheels program to reach those with nutritional needs.


Kearney Noon Rotary Dolly Parton Imagination Library – $3,000

Funding to help provide more books to be given out to children in Kearney.

Kearney Rescue Cats – $2,000

Funding to help address the feral cat population in south-central Kearney through a Trap-Neuter-Return system.

Kearney Symphony Orchestra – $300

Funding to help cover participation fees for students involved in Concerto Day.

PAWS University (University of Nebraska at Kearney) – $5,000

PAWS University is a curriculum-based summer camp for elementary students on UNK’s campus. The camp is committed to making educational and engaging summer experiences accessible for all students.

Pleasanton Agriculture Department – $5,000

Funding for Operation GROW, which is intended to fulfill a community need of establishing an education component through Agriculture Education to construct a greenhouse and a community garden as part of the project.

Prairie Art Brothers – $500

Funding to help purchase podcast equipment associated with brining accomplished poets to Kearney for readings and writing workshops at the Kearney Public Library.

2021 Recipients

Buffalo County Community Health Partners: Be Well Collaborative – $5,000

Providing funding for the Farmers Market to expand access to locally grown produce, as well as nutrition education, for Buffalo County residents.

Classic Car Collection – $2,500

Providing funding for audio and video technology updates for the Classic Car Collection displays.


Crossroads Mission Avenue – $4,500

Providing funding to furnish the new transitional housing facility in Kearney with beds and mattresses that are sturdy and easy to clean.

East Lawn Food Bank – $3,000

Purchasing materials to install covered handicap ramps and a loading dock for access to their new food pantry.

HelpCare Clinic – $2,000

Funding to update HelpCare’s physical space, making work more effective and efficient for staff and volunteers.

Junior Achievement – $1,500

Providing funding for curriculum for financial literacy and workforce education programs for vie classrooms in Kearney.

Kearney Community Theatre – $1,000

Funding to offer a production opportunity of Charlotte’s Web to area 3rd-8th graders.


Kearney Creates – $2,000

Funding to design, develop, host, train, program and provide a website for the chronicle and celebration of all of Kearney’s arts.

Merryman Performing Arts – $2,000

Providing funding to present the Chicago Dance Crash Company to engage, inspire and include Kearney area students in the arts.

Nebraska 4-H Extension Buffalo County – $1,375

Funding to purchase equipment to establish Buffalo County 4-H as a Calibraska Arts Initiative satellite site offering animation education to local youth.

Tri City Youth Ice Hockey – $2,000

Providing funding for an aluminum rink divider to allow practice on the rink for multiple age groups.

2020 Recipients

Axtell Public Library – $1,000

Renovating the restrooms and lighting in the Axtell Public Library.

Buffalo County Community Partners – $1,000

Funding to go toward PhotoVoice, a program designed to help area youth develop a means of creative self-expression and constructive communication through photography.


Buffalo County Historical Society – $1,555

Purchasing 200 Buffalo Jr. Bags to provide interaction and education for youth to take home.

Compass – $2,000

Funding to help purchase a minivan for Family Specialists to be able to provide better transportation services to children.

Crane River Theater – $1,000

Purchasing education programs for 2020.

Friends Program of Kearney – $1,500

Purchasing passes to the Children’s Museum, The Archway, The Nebraska Firefighters Museum, movie tickets and Funtastic passes for the Big/Little Friends to use.

Girl Scouts of Nebraska – $500

Funding for Girl Scout Outreach to offer leadership programs for free or reduced cost to underserved girls.


Kearney Area Children's Museum – $2,500

Funding to update the Agriculture Exhibit.

Kearney/Buffalo County CASA – $2,000

Recruiting, screening and training 25 new volunteers to be Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

Kearney Catholic High School Foundation – $1,458

Purchasing two computers for KCHS teachers providing the opportunity for education advancement.

Kearney Family YMCA – $950

Funding to purchase 50 lifejackets for the Kearney YMCA Safety Program.

Kearney Housing Agency – $500

Funding for the Kearney Manor Walk-Fit Program.

Kearney Public Schools – $1,445

Purchasing four Virtual Reality (VR) sets to be available for all KPS elementary students and staff.

Kearney Public School Foundation – $2,500

Updating the equipment in the Multimedia Class at Sunrise and Horizon Middle Schools.

Kearney Symphony Orchestra – $1,250

Funding to compose new work for the Kearney Area Symphony Orchestra.

Museum of Nebraska Art – $2,250

Purchasing new equipment for virtual experiences.


Nebraska Shakespeare Festival – $2,250

Funding for the performance of “Macbeth” and interactive workshops for four Buffalo County schools in the Fall of 2020.

The S.A.F.E. Center – $2,000

Purchasing a vehicle for staff to provide transportation to clients.

The Salvation Army – $1,108

Purchasing a bar code scanner and computer to create a system that streamlines the process required for people to receive a pantry allotment.

2019 Recipients

BraveHearts – $500

Purchasing office materials to be able to run their program more efficiently and effectively.

Buffalo County Community Partners – $1,000

Purchasing new computers and software to be able to run their programs more efficiently and effectively.


Christian Heritage Children's Home – $1,528

Purchase CPR/First Aid Training supplies, train foster care families and Family Together volunteers.

Conservation Nebraska – $1,500

Support the Common Ground Program to address the emerging community needs for greater conservation practices, public health and greater community vitality in the Kearney Area.

Crossroads Center – $2,500

Purchase two desktop computers and one laptop to be able to run their programs more efficiently and effectively.

HelpCare Clinic – $1,500

The MAP Navigation project is a program that helps patients get necessary medications for free directly from pharmaceutical companies.

Humanities Nebraska – $1,000

Bring in national speakers for the 1950s themed Chautauqua in Kearney in Summer 2019.


Junior Achievement of Kearney – $1,750

Sponsor five classrooms at Bryant Elementary.

Kearney Area Animal Shelter – $1,500

Purchasing a new stainless-steel surgery table when spaying and neutering animals before adoption.

Kearney Area Arts Council – $1,000

Setting up a pop-up gallery for local artists to display their creative work.

Kearney Community Theatre – $550

Purchasing a portable quilted sound barrier blanket screen to use in the Tech Booth as a noise barrier for those in the booth.

Kearney Public Schools – $2,500

The #BeKind movement establishes kindness throughout Kearney Public Schools and the community.

Merrymakers Association – $2,500

Offer professional musical entertainment for residents at Mount Carmel Home, St. Luke and St. John.

Merryman Performing Arts Center – $1,700

Support Kerfuffle’s “A Caterpillar’s Footprint”.

PAWS University – $2,000

PAWS University, a four-week summer program for students entering 1st-6th grade, helps reduce the “summer slide” they experience between grades.

World Theatre – $2,000

Aid in the stage floor resurfacing project and match the Kearney Lottery Trust funds, used to add presentations and attract theater rentals.

2018 Recipients

Buffalo County Community Health Partners – $500

Provide funding in order to aid the Activate Buffalo County Coalition in development and implantation of a physical activity toolkit for Buffalo County businesses.

Boy Scouts of America, Overland Trails Council – $500

Provide funding in order to support a scouting unit chartered by the Kearney Community Learning Center (KCLC).


City of Kearney-Park and Recreation Dept. – $5,000

Provide funding for equipment for the Brad Bowman Accessible Sports Field.

Compass $1,500

Provide funding in order to purchase a sedan to reach families in remote locations.

Crane River Theater – $1,000

To assist with housing costs to bring in professional artists to the community during the summer.

Faith Christian Schools – $500

Provide funding in order to purchase the web based Accelerated Reader Program.

Fort Kearny Shooting Sports Association (FKSSA) – $500
Provide funding in order to pay for an Apple Ultimate Square POS Register.


Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska – $2,020

Provide funding in order to support the Girl Scouts' Outreach Program to provide leadership programs for free or reduced cost to underserved girls ages 5-18 in Kearney.

Great Platte River Road Memorial Foundation – $980

Provide funding in order to support five programs that will help to enlighten and inspire visitors with musical performances, storytelling and Native American dancing that reflect the cultural heritage of Nebraska.

Kearney Area Children's Museum – $2,500

Provide funding in order to update the HVAC system to a gas unit to save money each month.

Kearney Area Storytelling Festival – $2,100

Provide funding in order to bring in two National Professional Storytellers.

Kearney Family YMCA – $2,000

Provide funding in order to purchase a Pool Access Wheel Chari to provide independent accessibility for disabled people in and around the aquatic facilities.

Kearney Housing Development Corporation – $1,000

Provide funding in order to assist the Kearney Manor Walk-Fit Program to cover the cost of bringing in an instructor to teach Walk-Fit.

Kearney Housing Development Corporation/Meals on Wheels – $2,000

Provide funding in order to assist the Meals on WHeels program to continue to serve a noon meal Monday through Friday to people in Kearney.

Kearney Public Schools Foundation: Northeast Elementary School – $2,000

Provide funding to aid in updating the Northeast Elementary School's 40-year-old playground equipment.

Mount Carmel Home – $2,000

Provide funding in order to provide hospital grade furniture for the Memory Care Unit to improve care of the residents with dementia.

Prairie Art Brothers – $500

Provide funding in order to support two of the six schedule poetry readings in 2018.

Zion Lutheran School of Kearney – $1,000

Provide funding in order to assist in playground updates.

2017 Recipients

Buffalo County Community Partners – $1,000

Train mentors to facilitate and coordinate the planning stages of a community project “Rooted in Relationships” to implement evidence-based practices that enhance the social-emotional development of children birth through age 8.

Friends Program of Kearney – $1,510

Purchase museum passes and event tickets as rewards for the "friends."

Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation – $2,500

Create “Stop the Bleed” kits containing gloves, bleeding control dressing, and a tourniquet for first responders to have the ability to immediately respond to reduce trauma-related deaths. They will assemble the kits for large venues and train them on how to use it.

Junior Achievement District of Kearney – $1,000

Purchase curriculum materials for three classrooms.

Kearney/Buffalo County CASA – $900

Screen and train six CASA volunteers.

Kearney Catholic High School Foundation – $1,000

Upgrades on lighting system in the Performing Arts Department.

Kearney Community Theatre – $1,045

PUrchase microphone headsets and accompanying cables to enhance the theatre's sound quality. 

Kearney High Select Camerata – $1,000
Provide a free spring concert for the community at Kearney High School by advanced Kearney High orchestra players who will play with professional piano and wind players.

Make-A-Wish Nebraska – $500

Assist with furnishings and equipment for a larger office space. 

Merrymakers Association – $1,000

Provide live professional musical entertainment to Mount Carmel Home, Good Samaritan Society-St. Luke's and St. John's.

Museum of Nebraska Art – $1,000

Refurbish metal exterior signs.

SoulBeauty – $500

Support their first half-day, non-denominational spiritual encounter for women. The focus is on discovering your victorious secret: eternal beauty that radiates from a faithful and passionate heart for the Lord.

The S.A.F.E Center – $2,500

Establish and maintain a youth-led program to collaborate with a staff facilitator on violence prevention ideas and implementing them in their community.

The University of Nebraska at Kearney-Music, Theatre & Dance Dept. – $603

Purchase the musical score and royalties to Hansel and Gretel. 

2016 Recipients

BraveHearts Equine Assisted Psychotherapy - $500

Provide funding for children in Kindergarten through 6th grade in Buffalo County to attend a four week HorsePowered Math summer program.

Central Mediation Center - $1,000

Aid the Small Claims Mediation Program in Buffalo County to serve more people.

Compass - $1,000

Provide a family celebration basket with family fun activities to support parents’ hard work to reunite with their kids.

Crane River Theatre - $1,500

Assist with housing costs to bring in professional artists to the community during the summer.

G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture - $1,000

Provide proper archival storage materials to ensure collected artifacts are preserved.

Girl Scouts - Spirit of Nebraska - $500

Offer a 2016 summer program in Kearney to give girls the opportunity to experience the Olympic Games in their own state.

HelpCare Clinic - $2,200

Purchase an electrocardiograph machine and anoscope for those in need.

Kearney Concert Association - $1,000

Host three professional ensembles, two educational workshops, and a matinee.

Kearney Jubilee Center - $2,500

Assist with the construction and remodeling of the center to keep it safe and

open for customers and staff.

Kearney Public Schools Foundation - $1,000

Offer students and staff the opportunity to work with a composer.

Merryman Performing Arts Center - $2,000

Assist with the student matinee season and offering reduced-price admission to

kids and their families.

Nebraska AIDS Project - $1,300

Purchase a refrigerator and freezer to increase support services to clients.

United Way of the Kearney Area - $1,500

Assist with the “Shoes 4 Kids” event to provide shoes for kids in need.

2015 Recipients

American Legion Post #52 - $2,000

Purchase a new refrigerator to complete the kitchen remodel at the American Legion building.

Buffalo County Historical Society – $1,000

Acquiring acid-free archival boxes specifically designed for museum storage to preserve artifacts and ensure the most efficient storage and retrieval in the newly constructed museum.

Buffalo County Community Partners- Buffalo County Youth Advisory Board - $1,000

Support a youth leadership summit at the University of Nebraska - Kearney.

Double R Horse Rescue - $500

Provide feed for rescued, abused, and neglected horses.

Faith Christian School - $1,068

Provide startup kits to create a robotics club and offer a summer camp that is open to all area youth.

Good Samaritan Society- St. Luke’s – $1,500

Purchase equipment for a new noninvasive bladder scanner to identify urinary tract infections for elderly residents.


Grace Fellowship - $1,000

Support the "Big Igloo Freedom Fest" on July 4, 2016, free to the public.

Junior Achievement – $1,125

Offer curriculum to six elementary classes to educates students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy through the experiential hands-on programs.

Kearney Chautauqua Committee – $1,000

Provide entertainment and advertising for the Chautauqua series, Free Land? 1862 and the Shaping of Modern America. Audiences will enjoy first-person interpretations of important characters of the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Kearney Soccer Club – $1,000

Provided a portable soccer goal for the Kearney Soccer Club to enhance soccer programs in the community.

Kids & Dreams Foundation - $1,500

Assisted with their "Operation Shine" special needs camp, for children 7-12 with autism or related conditions.

Kiwanis Club of Kearney Golden K - $500

Sponsored the "Bring up Grades (BUG)" program at Bryant Elementary to give recognition to students who raise and maintain their grades.

Museum of Nebraska Art – $1,380

Aided in purchasing and installing new carpeting and ceiling inserts for the museum’s elevator, and new carpeting on the second floor for safety and greater quality of ambiance.

Nebraska Teachers of the Year & National Network of State Teachers of the Year - $250

Provided expenses for the speakers at the Kearney conference.

Pleasanton Lions Club - $2,500

Assisted in adding handicap bathrooms, heat, and running water to the concessions stand at the Pleasanton football field.

Rowe Sanctuary (National Audubon Society) - $1,533

Created and implemented an educational video set to enhance the visitor's experience and safety during crane season.

2014 Recipients


Alia Arram Children’s Museum – $1,347

Purchase new software and computers to replace obsolete software and computers.

American Legion Post #52 – $2,000

Provide a banquet in Washington DC for the 2nd Korean War Veterans’ Hero flight.

The Archway – $3,642

Purchase a new projector and lens for the Archway exhibit to provide a multimedia experience for visitors.

Buffalo County 4-H Council – $600

Acquire equipment shed to house the 4-H’s archery equipment at the Fort Kearny Shooting Sports range.

Buffalo County Community Partners – $1,526

Purchase cameras for PhotoVoice participants to teach positive ways to communicate.

Central Mediation Center – $2,250

Offer mediation services to income-eligible individuals appearing in small claims suit in Buffalo County Court twice per month for one year.

Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska – $1,976

Assist Kearney area residents seeking certification as Nursing Assistants and Medication Aides to increase their job skills through the Life Skills Program.

Compass – $2,000

Implement a new project which provides foster children with a bag filled with age-appropriate items to help them adjust to a new home.

Crane River Theatre Company – $2,250

Assist with quality housing for professional artists during the 2014 Summer Season productions of Shrek the Musical, Footloose, and Almost, Maine.

Dobytown Kiwanis of Kearney – Back-2-School Program – $1,000

Help provide backpacks filled with school supplies for children in need.

Economic Development Council Development Council of Buffalo County – $2,000

Support the “Connect the Dots” program to help Buffalo County high school students explore post-secondary education and careers relevant to the area job market.

Family Advocacy Network (FAN) – $2,500

Assist with a marketing campaign to educate the community about FAN and the services they provide.

Friend Program of Kearney – $925

Obtain educational and recreational supplies for mentors to use during weekly visits with their little friends.

Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska – $630

Provide a flag pole and daisy garden for Girl Scout flag ceremonies in order to instruct girls on the proper way to handle the flag.

HelpCare Clinic – $5,710

Purchase computer hardware/software to set up and operate a free clinic in Kearney.

Institute for Holocaust Education – $250

Provide funding for a Holocaust survivor to share his story at an educators’ conference in Kearney.

Kearney Area Animal Shelter – $1,000

Provide medical supplies for shelter animals so they can be brought up to a healthy state before being adopted.

Kearney Area Storytelling Festival – $500

Assist with the cost to bring two national storytellers to perform at the week-long Storytelling Festival.

Kearney Catholic High School Foundation – $1,000

Support the KCHS music department by providing music stands for band students.

Kearney Community Theatre – $2,000

Aid in remodeling the theatre with new paint and carpet.

Kearney Dawn Rotary Club – Dictionary Project – $1,000

Provide funding to purchase dictionaries for third graders in Buffalo County schools.

Kearney Housing Development Corp. – $1,100

Implement a new safety and wellness program to purchase cell phones for elderly and disabled residents for emergency situations.

Merryman Performing Arts Center – $1,000

Assist in providing four matinee performances for area students teaching art, music and culture.

Tasha Keiter Memorial Youth Golf Fund – $2,000

Purchase a kit for the “Starting New at Golf” (SNAG) program, offered to elementary schools in Kearney which introduces students to the game of golf.

UNK Modern Languages Department – $500

Support an international film series, “UNK@TheWorld”, to show seldom seen international films held at the World Theatre for students and public.

Autism Action Partnership – $500

Aid in teaching social skills to autistic children and provide autism education to staff and fellow students.

Christians for Christian Education – $500

Purchase a salad bar and other supplies to provide fresh and healthy meals.

Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society – St. John $1,500

Obtain new Welch-Allen vital signs monitor for the senior living facility that will enter data electronically into the patient’s file.

Kearney Concert Association – $1,300

Support a talented ensemble to teach an educational workshop for Kearney High School students.

Kearney Outdoor Fitness – $2,480

Purchase one piece of equipment for the outdoor fitness park to be located at Yanney Park.

Kearney Public Schools Foundation – $2,000

Provide the KHS Band with a wrap for their trailer for increased visibility and pride.

Kearney Women’s Club – $2,000

Assist with the kitchen remodel project which will help increase storage space, update work area equipment and repair the ceiling. The building is registered as a historic landmark in Kearney.

Legal Aid of Nebraska – $2,000

Provide civil legal services to six domestic violence victims living in the Kearney/Buffalo County area.

Nebraska Children’s Home Society – $2,040

Expand the Teen Chat program in the Kearney community to help teen girls access formal support systems in their community and increase their understanding of the importance of positive decision making and goal setting.

Skateboard Park for Kearney – $2,000

Support the construction costs for a skateboard park to be located at Apollo Park in Kearney.

2012 Recipients

The Central Health Center, Inc. – $1,350

Provide funding for the removal of entrance wallpaper and the purchase of materials to paint the entrance, hallway, and waiting room.


Community Action Partnership of Mid-NE, Senior Companion Volunteer Program – $1,000

Provide help with volunteer stipend.

Crane River Theater – $1,000

Assist with housing for professional artists for the productions of Two Rooms, A Year with Frog and Toad, and Into the Woods.

Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce – $1,500

Bring in a community training program “Bridges out of Poverty” to address key issues in the community.

Kearney/Buffalo County CASA – $1,200

Provide funding to recruit, screen, and train CASA volunteers to help wards of the state in Buffalo County.

The Kearney Family YMCA – $1,500

Partial funding to purchase a BrainBike to encourage youth to get involved in the exercise.

Kearney Praise Fest – $300

Assist with lighting and sound for an annual community-wide music festival.

Lincoln Highway Centennial Celebration Committee – $500

Support for local rentals and vocal groups for Kearney’s nostalgic downtown main street event.

Robert M. Merryman Performing Arts Center – $1,000

Aid to bring in the Imago “Zoo Zoo” show.

The Rowe Sanctuary – $1,500

Provide partial funding to reconstruct the strawbale blind to be used in the 2012 crane viewing season.

UNK – English Department – $500

Aid to cover partial costs of travel and honorariums for reading performers at the Sandhill Cranefest Retreat and Festival V.

World Theatre Foundation – $1,000

Assist in the purchase of a digital projection server.

2011 Recipients

American Red Cross – Fort Kearney Chapter – $1,000

Provide partial funding for The Scrubby Bear Story program that teaches children about germs and proper hand washing techniques.

Buffalo County Historical Society/Trails & Rails – $6,452

Aiding in the restoration of a log cabin donated to the museum.

CARE (Child Abuse and Resource Education) – $3,000

Providing training booklets about the prevention of sexual abuse of children to adults and organizations serving children in the Kearney Area.

Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska, Inc. – $1,008

Purchase of two iPads and two programs to use in an educational project for people with disabilities.

Great Plains Paralyzed Veterans of America – $2,500

Partial funding of the Sled Hockey Program for disabled people (not only veterans).

Guardian Angels Life Services – $1,800

Assistance in purchasing three CPU’s and purchase Office XP software.

Kearney Area Arts Council – $1,000

Supporting the funding for an artist/educator to teach pottery in Park, Emerson, and Bryant elementary schools in 2011/2012.

Kearney Area Children’s Museum – $1,000

Providing child-sized tables and chairs to support a new programming classroom.

Kearney Public Schools Foundation – $1,500

Assist in funding the artist fee and installation for a community-wide art competition for the new Kenwood Elementary mural.

Legal Aid of Nebraska – $1,500

Assisting costs to represent domestic violence victims living in Kearney/Buffalo County for low-income community members.

Main Street Kearney, Inc. – $1,000 

Assist in funding the Downtown Kearney Harvest Festival promoting producer-to-consumer marketing activity and agri-tourism.

Mid-America Arts Alliance – $2,826

Provide training through supplies, materials, workshop materials, website, and listserv to benefit the Frank House and Buffalo County Historical Society.

Museum of Nebraska Art – $500

Aid with funding for the annual Student Art Exhibition.

Pleasanton Volunteer Fire Department – $4,000

Assist in funding the purchase of community ambulance.

2010 Recipients

Christians for Christian Education – $500

Provide funding for playground equipment at the new Faith Christian School.

Crane River Theater – $587

Provide funding for scripts “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”

Kearney Area Storytelling Festival – $1,000

Assisting with the cost of bringing Bill Harley to the Merryman Performing Arts Center.

Nebraska Kidney Association – $870

Supporting early detection screening in Kearney for individuals at risk of developing kidney disease.

Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation – $2,000

Supporting a job coach position during the summer months to assist in community outreach to businesses and individual support for graduating students.

Robert M. Merryman Performing Arts Center – $284

Supporting two educational programs, “Many Moccasins” and “Bill Harley LIVE!”

World Theatre Foundation – $1,800

Provide a new, historically designed ticket booth.


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