Wayne Area Legacy Fund Celebrates Five Years, $100,000 Capital Campaign Underway


WAYNE – A five-year milestone was highlighted during a weeknight event featuring several guests.

From the Beaumont Event & Concert Hall just north of Wayne, the Wayne Area Legacy Fund celebrated five years in the community with their Thrive to 5 Banquet.

Completing a ‘Hometown Internship’ through the Nebraska Community Foundation, Emily Eilers organized Thursday night’s banquet. She said the internship was huge for her.

“It was a great way to work on skills to use for my future while still making a big positive impact on my community,” said Eilers . “I really enjoyed working for a non-profit.

Eilers stated Thursday evening’s event, which had 160 in attendance, went better than expected and great words of wisdom were shared by speakers.

Music was provided during the evening social by Sarah Wibben before dinner.

Within the program, Eilers provided the Wayne Area Legacy Fund overview followed by a testimonial from Wayne Elementary principal, Russ Plager from the After School Program as well as Dick and Becky Keidel, who are strong supporters of the Legacy Fund. Guest speaker Ray Welsh, who is a philanthropist from the Pender Community presented followed by Gift Planning Advisor with the Nebraska Community Foundation, Jim Gustafson.

Eilers added it was a great opportunity to connect with the community and beyond during her internship.

“But also across the state of Nebraska,” Eilers added. “I had several opportunities to work on different skills I can use in my future with Ag Communications and different marketing strategies and advertising.”

Among the presentation from Eilers , the Wayne Area Legacy Fund has set a goal of raising $100,000 by the end of 2022 during their Capital Campaign Drive. Early donations include State Nebraska Bank & Trust pledging $25,000 while both William J Claybaugh and Julie A Claybaugh pledged $15,000 each towards the capital campaign.

“So you can talk to an FAC (Fund Advisory Community) member and get a pledge written out,” Eilers mentioned. “Or you can also visit our website or the Nebraska Community Foundation’s website and through that it will have directions for ways to give.”

Eilers will be entering her sophomore year of college at the University of Nebraska Lincoln pursing a degree in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communications.

Again, for those interested in being on the Wayne Area Legacy Fund or wishing to donate, reach out to any of the current members. Also, email waynearealegacyfund@gmail.com.

More information can be found on waynearealegacyfund.org.