The Cairo Community Foundation Go Big Give Committee is planning a Luau on April 27th at the the Cairo Bowl and Watering Hole. They are working hard on making this a Luau you won’t forget. This is a Go Big Give Pre-Give event and everyone is invited.

The committee is working on some decorations. The committee specifically needs tiki torches. They also welcome anything Hawaiian that you will loan out for the night. Items can be left at the Village office or Centura Hills. Please notify charity@cairocommunity.com or call 308-379-9119 to let us know what you have. Please drop off items by April 20th.

Please mark your items if you would like them returned.

Thank you for helping to make a kupanaha night!

The Cairo Veterans Memorial is in its second phase of funding.  The second phase includes raising funds for five decorative pillars, engraved with a mural of our military branches in action.  Each pillar holds a bronze emblem representing a branch of service. Mike and Denise Lowry and Tom and Joey Falch made a $15,000 gift to the Cairo Community Foundation Veterans memorial fund to sponsor one of the five pillars.  Mike and Joey are the children of longtime Cairo residents Bob and Suzy Lowry.

Bob shared this story about him and his fellow Cairo residents answering the call of duty. His daughter Joey documented his thoughts and shared it with the Foundation for publication. 

December 7, 1941, found the Cairo boys at the gym, practicing basketball.  As they passed the Methodist church parsonage after practice, someone shared the news of the Pearl Harbor attack by the Japanese.  The war took a terrible toll on the Cairo community, as six were killed in action.  One Benny Schlund, was killed at Pearl Harbor in the initial hit on the USS Arizona.

Three members of Bob’s class left school as juniors to enter the service:  Lloyd Nunnenkamp, Don Stoeger and Richard Engle.  Engel was killed at Normandy.

After high school graduation in 1944, several Cairo boys entered the service:  Bob, Bruce Laughlin, Ralph Grabowski, Frank Perkins and Earl Brundage.  All returned safely after the war.

Bob enlisted in the Navy on July 5, 1944.  He then started college at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.  While waiting to be called up, he tried out for and made the football team.  Just before the team’s first game, against Minnesota, he was called to active duty.  The athletic department didn’t get the roster for the game changed in time, so Bob’s parents heard “Bob Lowry” go into the game over the radio,  when he was really in Farragut, Idaho in boot camp.

The Cairo Community is grateful for the sacrifices all our veterans made and are making today to keep us safe.  The Cairo Community Foundation and the Veterans committee is thankful for all gifts received to make the Veterans Memorial Park.  The committee is seeking $45,000 in funding to complete phase two of the Veterans Memorial Project.  Donations can be made and veterans memorial bricks can be purchased at the Village of Cairo Office.  You can also contact Charity Adams at 308-379-9119 or donate online by clicking this link.

The St. Francis Foundation granted the Cairo Community Foundation $4,680 towards the purchase of a new Cairo Quick Response Truck. The Cairo Community Foundation and the Cairo Quick Response Team is grateful for this gift.

The Cairo Quick Response Team responds to approximately fifty medical and firefighter team calls each year. The team responds to calls within 100 square miles of Cairo and supports other communities when the need arises. Over the years, 60 volunteers have stepped up to  serve, on the team established in 1983.

The Cairo Quick Response Team’s current vehicle is twenty years old. The truck transports only two crew members. The current truck is not designed to carry today’s modern medical equipment, like the Lucas Device. The truck creates a safety hazard for crew and patients because it lacks safety lights and reflective markings that meet today’s standards.
The Cairo QRT needs $150,000 to purchase a new truck. The new truck will transport more crew members to emergency locations. The new design will improve crew response times by making equipment more accessible. The truck will transport critical life-saving equipment.

The Cairo QRT is hosting Dueling Pianos on February 2nd at the Cairo Community Center. Tickets for this fundraiser are sold online at Eventbrite. Tickets are available for purchase from Cairo QRT members and Pathway Bank.

To contribute to the Cairo QRT Truck Fund contact Charity Adams with the Cairo Community Foundation. charity@cairocommunity.com or 308-379-9119.

The Cairo North Ball Field is pretty much home for young families during baseball and softball season.  Families spend a lot of time watching their player practicing and playing games on the fields.  So what do the siblings do while their player is on the field?

Back Row: Amy Price, Jennifer Barker, Randy Gleason, Rhonda Myers. Front Row: Melissa Delaet, Tara Janda, Charity Adams, Angela Meyer

One mom brought this question to the Cairo Community Foundation.  Tara Janda has three children, two are currently players and one is younger.  This means Tara and parents like her are happy to have family time at the ball park but need a place for their other children to play during the long hours as the park.  Tara discussed an idea to develop a small play space near the bleachers so she and other parents could see their players play on the field while also being able to see their other children play off the field.   

This idea was discussed with Brent McDonald, President of the Cairo Ball Association.  He thought the play space was a great idea.  Having six children himself, he recognized a the need to have a safe place to play but emphasized the need for netting over the playground to prevent pop flies from causing harm to kids playing in the park.

The Cairo Community Foundation wrote a grant to the Grand Island Community Foundation to fund this project.  The Grand Island Community Foundation awarded $25,000 towards the project.  The funds are provided in honor of Arthur E. Klinkacek.  The funds will insure a safe play space that is ADA compliant.

The Cairo Community Foundation is looking forward to working with the Cairo Ball Association to integrate this play space into the park improvement plans while adding a new feature that will make the park even more family friendly.

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 charity@cairocommunity.com

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:
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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.

farm credit service donation

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 charity@cairocommunity.com or review the project plans at http://cairocommunityfoundation.com

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!!!!