The Cairo Community Foundation Veterans Committee is holding a groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday, November 3rd to mark the construction of a Veterans Memorial Park.  The park will be located in the empty lot directly east of the Cairo Fire Department.  Groundbreaking is at 11:00 am.  AseraCare is providing hot chocolate at the ceremony.  The ceremony includes a pinning dedication to honor any veteran in attendance that day.  A light lunch will follow at The Medina Street Vault. 

In 2013 the Cairo Steering Committee designated a Veterans Memorial as a community priority.  The Edward VanWinkle Family started the development of the park by setting up a veterans memorial fund with the Cairo Community Foundation.  A committee of dedicated volunteers soon began developing plans for a park to includes granite pillars, representing each branch of the military, a veterans memorial brick wall, granite memorial benches, and memory ribbon garden filled with pollinator plants. 

The project received grants and private donations to complete the initial landscaping, build the veterans wall, install five memorial granite benches and the pollinator ribbon garden.  The committee is continuing to raise funds for phase 2 which includes the granite pillars and the star walkway.  If you have questions about this event or would like more information on how to honor a veteran by purchasing a brick for the wall, please contact Charity Adams at 308-379-9119 or

The Cairo Community Foundation is participating in the Non-Profit Excellence Institute course offered by the Grand Island Community Foundation.  The Non-Profit Excellence Insitute provides executive director monthly training and board member quarterly training.  The Cairo Community Foundation board members and the executive director committed their time to complete the one-year training program.

The Non-Profit Excellence program is benefiting the Cairo Community Foundation by providing education on non-profit policy, strategic planning, marketing and developing sustainability.  Cairo Community Foundation is eligible for a $5000 capacity building grant upon completion.

As part of the continued development of the Cairo Community Foundation and its participation in the class, please take this simple survey.  Your opinion matters for planning.  The people who care about Cairo can use their finances and skills through the Cairo Community Foundation to make sure Cairo thrives for its residents and visitors well into the future.

Please click here to take the online survey at:

New Hope Christian School is the recipient of a community grant from the Cairo Community Foundation.  The school is working with Northwest High School to purchase a smart board for use in their class room.

Smart boards are replacing the overhead projector.  Smart boards are utilized to turn typical lessons into interactive lessons.  Smart boards are adaptive to learning styles.  If a child is a visual learner the lesson is on the board.  If the child is an interactive learner the board allows touch input.

Smart boards allow teaches to operate and display lesson directly on the board making lessons easier to navigate for student and teacher.  Smart boards enhance class rooms by allowing students to access resources that are located outside of the classroom.

The Cairo Community Foundation received and honored a grant request for $300 to purchase and install a smart board in New Hope School.  The foundation looks forward to seeing this smart board in action very soon.

Community grant deadlines are February 1st and August 1st.  If you have a project or idea please consider Cairo Community Foundation for funding.  Applications are available online or at the Village Office.

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Progressive Agriculture Safety Day is now a tradition in Cairo, Nebraska.  This program over the last four years has provided critical safety training to children in ten communities.  On average 110 children attended this event annually.  Children have received safety training to be safe around pto shafts, farm equipment, atvs, law mowers, severe weather, insects, animals, electricity, guns and more.

Children attend safety day and go home with a safety tools, that in the past, have included bicycle helmets, fire extinguishers, life jackets and flashlights.

The day is operated by volunteers and volunteer trainers from companies such as Titan Machinery, Pathway Bank, Farm Credit Services, Greenline, State Patrol and Southern Power to name a few.

The program is funded though a fund at the Cairo Community Foundation.  This fund is supported by generous donors and grants from companies like Cargill.

Farm Credit Services is also a strong financial supporter of Progressive Farm Safety Day.  Farm Credit Services recently made a $1,000 grant to the Safety Day fund to continue the mission to keep children safe through education.

Mark your calendar for Progressive Agriculture Safety Day June 4th, 2019.

Cairo is establishing a Veterans Memorial Park to honor those that have served in our military forces. The park is under development east of the fire hall on High Street in a currently vacant lot and contain several features to both honor veterans and beautify our town.

A major element of the park is a Veterans Memorial Wall. This wall borders the park on the south side of the lot. The wall is red brick. Veterans names are engraved in the bricks. To fund the park, individuals and groups are sponsoring bricks. A sponsored brick contains a veteran’s name, years served, and branch of service.

Cairo Community Foundation recently submitted a grant to the Grand Island Community Foundation Dunlap Fund. The Grand Island Community Foundation awarded $15,000 from the Dunlap Fund towards the building of this wall. The Veterans Memorial Committee is thrilled with this gift. This gift, donations received for the butterfly memorial garden, and brick sponsorships are moving this project closer to a ground-breaking date.

Committee members are Don and Judy Shuda, Kim Wells, Becky Grabowski, LaTonna Brand, Josh and Kayla Blomstedt, Brandon and Marissa Robinson, Kirby VanWinkle, Judy VanWinkle and Charity Adams. For more information on this project contact Charity Adams at or review the project plans at

Ultimate Bull Riding takes place this Saturday, August 11th in Cairo, Nebraska in the north ball field.

Tickets are going fast.  Pick yours up at Cairo or Grand Island Pump & Pantry locations.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the gate.  Children five and under get in free.

Gates open at 6:00 pm.  Two gates this year, one located on the west and the other on the north by the SOS building.

No coolers or lawn chairs please.

The Watering Hole is sponsoring the beer garden.

Pig In a Bag is providing a full concession stand.  Grab a snack or get a full meal from Pig in a Bag.

Country Road Revival will provide live music starting after bull riding at approximately 9:00 pm.

Thank our sponsors.

Headline:  Bosselman Pump & Pantry

Chute Sponsors:  Gregg Young Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep & Ram
Graham Tire

Banner Sponsors:  Planter Paradise, Farm Credit Services, Murphy Tractor, Almquist, Maltzahn, Galloway & Luth P.C., Baasch and Sons, Grand Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, Olsson Associates, Pathway Bank and Titan Machinery

We still have a few bull sponsorships available.

We sell 30 bulls.  Bull sponsors receive 2 tickets, advertising in the program, in social media and in Cairo Community Foundation publications.  If the bull sponsor’s bull performs the best, the bull sponsor wins $500.  Contact the village office to sponsor a bull.

The Veterans Committee is hosting a split the pot raffle at the event.  Must be present to win.  Proceeds benefit the future Cairo Veterans Memorial.

Proceeds from the bull riding event benefit the Cairo Community Foundation.

We hope to see you at Ultimate Bull Riding 2018!!!!


Entrepreneurs are everywhere, especially in small towns.  Take a look around at the businesses in the Centura District.  They are hometown businesses making our community great not giant conglomerations.  Why not teach our children to be entrepreneurs so they can graduate, develop and operate a successful business right in their hometown?

Lemonade Business Days is a class that is doing just that.  Introducing children to the steps it takes to develop a new business.  Today they are building lemonade stands, tomorrow the sky is the limit.

Coordinated by Abby Hargens of Pathway Bank with Rozy Dibbern and Jen Trumler of Centura, children learned how to develop a business plan, arrange financing, develop a product and implement a marketing strategy.  The students visited and learned from the owners of the Medina Street Vault and Stretch Powersports, two new Cairo businesses.  They met with account representatives and loan officers at Pathway bank to open checking accounts and acquire a loan.  They designed and built their lemonade stands and did a Facebook live interview to market them.

The students are setting up their stands in Hulett Park on Sunday, July 15th from 11:30pm to 1:30pm.  Customers receive a free Sunday pass to swim at they pool when they buy lemonade.  Sunday dinner is served at the Senior Center that same day starting at 11:00 am featuring pork chops with all the fixings.

This program is made possible by Pathway Bank and a grant from Beyond School Bells.  This program and other summer programs are possible with donations directed to the Childrens Fund at the Cairo Community Foundation.

Cairo Community Foundation Golf Tournament Committee has 100 Raffle Tickets to sell.

Win a 55 Quart Tiaga Cooler donated by Reynolds Construction. Cooler includes 35 pounds of ground beef from Myers & Sons Livestock
Total prize package worth $450.

Please stop by Centura Hills to purchase a ticket or reach out to Scott Sorensen, Rhonda Myers, Brandon Robinson, Rick Leth, Craig Welty, Jen Barker, Charity Adams, Anna Roth or Garrett Rathke to purchase your ticket.
Raffle drawn on July 20th at the Cairo Community Foundation Golf Tournament. Need not be present to win.

Pathway Bank presents the Cairo Community Foundation Annual Golf Tournament.

July 20th, Centura Hills

This is a 4 person scramble.  $300 per team.

Includes 18 holes of golf at Centura Hills, steak dinner, raffle, silent auction, a putting contest and 3 opportunity holes.

This is a fun day of golf raising funds for the Cairo Community Foundation General Fund.

Click here to download a registration form.