The president of the Gage County Foundation, John Dando, has announced that the annual membership drive of the Foundation is currently underway. Last year, the membership drive resulted in contributions totaling approximately $10,475 The Foundation is in need of funds from private individuals. It takes concerned Gage County citizens and their donations to support the Foundation’s efforts to make Gage County a better place to live. Contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible and should be sent to the Gage County Foundation, P.O. box 493, Beatrice, NE 28310. The regular annual minimum dues are $50 per family or business.

In its 36-year history, the Gage County Foundation has given over $662,000 in grants and scholarships to deserving individuals, projects and organizations in Gage County. More than a hundred different agencies have received funding from the Foundation. In recent years, some of the grants from the Foundation were awarded to the Beatrice Humane Society, Blue Valley Community Action, Community Possibilities, Inc., Southern Public Schools, Wymore Food Pantry, Community Players, Breast Cancer Awareness, Gage County 4-H Council, Beatrice Community Hospital Foundation, Ready-Set-Go Back to School Program, Beatrice Mary Family YMCA, Beatrice Senior Center, Keep Beatrice Beautiful, Pregnancy Resource Center and the Beatrice Education Association for the BHS Sports Complex. In addition, the Foundation has served as a conduit for several tens of thousands of dollars in donations to specified projects in Gage County that did not have tax-exempt status of their own.

If you have any questions regarding the organization or are interested in making a contribution, you may contact any of the following directors: Bev Acton, W.W. Cook, Jr., John Dando, Terry Doyle, Roger Harris, Larry Kesler, Marilyn McMahon, Margaret Michaelis, Dr. Ken Pinkerton, Jim Stanoscheck, J.T. Thornburg, Robert Tiemann, Brandont Vetrovsky, Don Vetrovsky, Kathryn wells or legal counsel, Stephanie Clark.

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