NEBRASKA CITY – Nebraska City Tourism and Commerce applauded community foundations and charitable organizations at its Hot Topics meeting Wednesday at Scooters.
Over 35 people attended the weekly meeting, where representatives of the Wirth Foundation, Kimmel Foundation, United Way, Community Foundation and Friends of Faith offered snapshots of their missions.
NCTC’s Pam Frana said the new CHI Health St. Mary’s hospital and aquatic center were made possible by the foundations, as well as numerous other community assets.
Frana: “Most of things here in Nebraska City wouldn’t be as great as they are and it wouldn’t be a great place to live without these foundations giving and helping. There’s just so many things in Nebraska City that we are blessed to have these foundations in.”
The Wirth Foundation has recently donated for the veterans mural at Memorial Way, lights at the softball complex and finishing the sea wall at Steinhart Pond.
The United Way collected $70,000 from major employers for projects including the veterans van and fire department.
The Kimmel Foundation supports the research center at the orchard, as well as the downtown art center.
The community foundation provides scholarships for non-traditional students and has contributed to various city projects including dance club, baseball, dog park, science fair and skate park.
Friends of Faith Thrift Shop returns profits to the city. Although no donations are planned this year, the store has returned $370,000 to the community since its inception in 2008.
City Administrator Grayson Path thanked the foundations for a new ambulance, as well as support of the new chaplain program and kiosk at Wyuka Cemetery.
Fire Chief Alan Viox also expressed his gratitude, saying the fire department would clearly not be where it is today without the gifts of foundations.
NCTC provided a list of foundations:
Kimmel Foundation, Kreifels Foundation, Kropp Foundation, Steinhart Foundation, Nelson Family Foundation and Wirth Family Foundation. Other sources of funding are United Way, Cargill Cares, Nebraska City Community Foundation and Friends of Faith.