Wayne Area Legacy Fund To Celebrate Five Years On August 4, Ticket Deadline Is Friday

WAYNE – As the Wayne Area Legacy Fund continues to grow their unrestricted endowment, the group will be hosting a five-year celebration in early August.

Emily Eilers was hired through the Nebraska Community Foundation and started the first week of June working as an intern on behalf of the Wayne Area Legacy Fund.

Eilers has focused on marketing, advertising and the community as well as sending out press releases. She is currently working on planning a five-year anniversary of the Wayne Area Legacy Fund scheduled for Thursday, August 4 at the Beaumont Event & Concert Hall.

“So, we’re going to start off at 5 p.m. with a ‘Happy Hour’ and then at 5:30 we’ll start serving dinner,” said Eilers. “We’re going to have sirloin and there’ll be drinks available. After that, we’re going to move into a program, we’ll have a brief presentation about what the Legacy Fund is all about and then we’ll move into a couple donor testimonials.”

Sarah Wibben will provide live music starting at 5 p.m. on August 4 as the keynote speaker will be Ray Welsh who is a philanthropist from the Pender community.

Tickets are $25 for an individual or $160 for a table with tickets available at the Wayne Area Economic Development office, any bank in Wayne or by reaching out to a Fund Advisory Committee member.

Wayne Area Legacy Fund Five Year Celebration 8-4-22

The deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, July 22.

The internship for Eilers lasts through the summer as she’ll return to Lincoln for another year of school at UNL going into her sophomore year.

The Wayne Area Legacy Fund is an affiliated fund with the Nebraska Community Foundation.

Wayne Area Legacy Fund board member Karen Longe said their goal for the Wayne Area Legacy Fund is to build an unrestricted endowment for the Wayne Area.

“With that endowment, our goals are to give back to the community,” said Longe. “In fact, the Wayne Area Legacy Fund has given back over $50,000 already since the inception of the fund to the Wayne Area.”

An end of year goal by the Wayne Area Legacy Fund is to grow their unrestricted endowment by $100,000.

Some of the grant recipients from the Wayne Area Legacy Fund include Wayne Kid’s Club and After School program at Wayne Elementary; freezer project at the Wayne Senior Center; Rainbow World for a technology grant; recycling project for Boy Scouts; Greenwood Cemetery technology grant; Majestic Theatre; playground equipment at Ike’s Lake; funding for tablets at the Wayne Public Library and Carroll Park project.

Grants are awarded once a year with the process beginning in January of each year where non-profits in the Wayne Area can fill out an application.

Find the grant application on waynearealegacyfund.org or reach out to a committee member.

The Fund Advisory Committee meets once a month and is made up of Bill Dickey, Stephanie Liska, Eric Knutson, Liz Onderstal, Karissa Hayes, Rusty Parker, Brandon Mainquist, Bill Claybaugh, Mike Carnes, Abby Schademann, Scot Saul and Karen Longe.

After the application is submitted, the committee will review it before reaching out to those who will receive the grants.

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

Here the complete ‘View from Wayne America’ with Karen Longe & Emily Eilers below.