Enjoy a free meal and learn how philanthropic donations benefit the residents
of Perkins County.
By Jan Rahn
The public is invited to come together to eat, visit, and learn about the many charitable organizations serving our county’s communities.
Come enjoy a banquet on Thursday, Sept. 12, co-hosted by the Perkins County Community Foundation Fund and the Perkins County Health Services Foundation.
A meal of beef or chicken prepared by the county’s Youth Development Club will be provided. For the purpose of planning, those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by Tuesday, Sept. 5, to Michelle Ross, chair of the Perkins County Community Foundation Fund at 308-352-4131 or Jody Snogren, administrator of the Perkins County Health Services Foundation at 308-352-7285.
Showcased will be ways in which philanthropic giving can stay in Perkins County to serve its residents.
The featured speaker will be Karl Shaddock, Nebraska Community Foundation Affiliated Fund Development coordinator-Southwest Nebraska.
Enhancing the evening will be booths where those attending can become more familiar with the various charitable organizations in addition to the hospital and community foundation that serve the area, such as the Hastings Memorial Library, the Lions Club, the Perkins County Senior Center, the Perkins County Area Arts Council, and others.
The banquet will serve the purpose of combining the two large foundations and bringing exposure to the others.
“Perkins County has the most generous, hard-working people who support what they believe in,” said Snogren, “This banquet is a way for all the charitable organizations to be recognized and gives us the chance to thank our donors.”
These groups have needs the public may not be aware of and this is a chance to become familiar with how charitable giving can help.
Many people may not even think about naming a local entity in their will, for instance. Considering a local entity as a beneficiary in wills or for tax purposes will keep helping our county grow.
Both the community foundation and the hospital foundation hold annual banquets, however, each was declining in numbers. So this year, when an idea was born to hold the banquets together, it made sense, said Ross.