Mark your calendar for these Cairo events

Comedian Kris Covi is taking the stage at the Cairo Community Center on April 17th.  This event benefits the Cairo North Ballfield New Bathroom Build.  More details to follow.

Kinkaider Beer Flight Golf Tournament is slated for June 12th.  This tournament benefits the Cairo Community Foundation General Fund.  Play in the tournament and stay in town for Cornstalk Festival events.  Make it a great day in Cairo.

Things are heating up for the calendar raffle ticket buyers.  Two months of drawings down, ten more chances to win.  You can still buy calendars from Barb Knopik or Tara Janda.  Calendar purchases benefit the new bathroom build project.  

The February draw was sponsored by Astro Buildings, Village Fitness, and Troy’s Automotive. This month’s winner was Junior Shuneman.  Junior can choose the gun of the month or $500 cash.

The next drawing is 7:00 pm, March 3rd at Cairo Bowl and Watering Hole.  Watch the drawing in person or view it on Facebook.  Purchase calendars raffle tickets right up to the drawing.

First Baptist Church was awarded $500 toward the community food pantry project from the Cairo Community Foundation General Fund.  Currently, the food pantry is housed in the Baptist Church.  In an effort to make the Food Pantry more accessible the Baptist Church is leading the effort to convert an existing garage into a local food pantry.  To help fund this project please contact Pastor Jack.

The Cairo Fire Department was awarded $500 towards its project to convert the old QRT truck into a grass rig to replace a 30-year-old vehicle.  To help fund this project reach out to Nathan Knuth.

The Gathering Place in Cairo was awarded $500 towards its project to update the current kitchen.  In a time where other small community senior centers are dwindling in the number of meals served the Cairo Gathering place has nearly doubled its number.  The kitchen was never designed to serve the capacity and future needs of the Cairo Community.  A kitchen update is needed. To learn more or help fund this project reach out to Amanda Schweitzer or Marvin Roth.

Donations made to the Cairo Community Foundation General Fund make community grants possible.  Most of those donations are made during Go Big Give.  Go Big Give is May 6th.  

The Foundation received an additional grant request from the Cairo – Area Children’s Theater.  This volunteer-led group contracts with Missoula Children’s Theater to provide theater instruction and theater production classes for children in K-12th grade. This year’s class and production, Snow Queen, takes place June 14-19.  

The Cairo Community Foundation awarded $1500 to this project from the Children’s Fund.  The fund was created to provide funds for children’s summer programs.  It was supported by a significant grant.  Those funds are now depleted.  To keep children’s programming in Cairo consider a gift to the Children’s Fund during Go Big Give.


The Cairo Community Foundation received quite a few applications for its spring grant cycle.  It is amazing to see the Cairo Community in action.  There are some very dedicated volunteer committees working on some very worthy projects.  Thank you to all the volunteers that are putting projects and programs together to make Cairo a wonderful place to call home!

Gifts given to the Cairo Community Foundation – General Fund support community grants directed by the Foundation.  Thank you to all the donors to the Cairo Community Foundation that are supporting these volunteer efforts!

Community grant awards are announced on Facebook Live on Saturday, February 13th at 1:00 pm.  (The video will be available on the Cairo Community Facebook Page.)  To watch live, click on the Facebook Link.

Your chance to win the gun of the month or $500 in cash is coming up soon.  If you purchased a calendar you have a 11 more chance to win the drawing.   You can still purchase a calendar from Barb Knopik or Tara Janda.  The next drawing is on February 11th at 7:00 pm during the Building Improvements meeting.  The drawing is also streamed to the Cairo Community Foundation Facebook page.

If you have a  vision of what the North Ballfield area can be please plan on attending the visioning meeting on February 11th, at 7:00 pm at Centura Hills.   There is a plan to build a new building to house bathrooms.  What that building looks like is still a mystery.  A discussion on future use and need will take place at this meeting.  

CDC guidelines will be followed.  

The Committee to build new bathrooms at the North Ballfield live-streamed its January raffle drawing.  Raffle sponsors, Mark Johnson representing AG Consulting Group and Cory and Kate Bohling representing Bohling Detasseling attended.

Matt Bellamy from Astro Buildings won January’s drawing.  Matt wins January’s gun, a Wetherby Riffle, or the option of $500.  

Mark Johnson, Tara Janda, Cory Bohling, Barb Knopik, Kate Bohling

Calendar raffle tickets are still available. 

Your $50 raffle ticket supports the new bathroom build project and gives you 11 chances to win the gun of the month or $500 in cash.  Contact Barb Knopik or Tara Janda to purchase your raffle ticket.


The next drawing is live-streamed on the Cairo Community Foundation Facebook page on February 11th at 7:00 pm.  February’s drawing takes place during the Bathroom Build visioning meeting hosted by committee leaders at Centura Hills on February 11th at 7:00 pm.  If you have ideas for the new bathroom build and what other uses could be built into the project please attend this meeting.


The Committee Building New Bathrooms at the North Ballfield is drawing its January Calendar Raffle Winner on January 17th at 1 pm on Facebook Live.

There is still an opportunity to purchase a calendar to help fund the new bathroom build.  Each calendar purchased includes an opportunity to win a gun per month.  A drawing for a different gun is offered monthly.  Buy your calendar before January 17th and have 12 chances to win.  Every month you wait to purchase your calendar you lose one chance to win.  

Drawings are held monthly.

To purchase your calendar/raffle contact Tara Janda, or Barb Knopik, or stop by the Village Office.  Calendars are $50 each.

Bohling Detasseling and Land View Storage are January Calendar Raffle Sponsors.

To watch the raffle live visit the Cairo Community Foundation Facebook page.  The event is hosted live on January 17th at 1 pm.  

On behalf of the Cairo Community Foundation, thank you to all the home and business owners who decorated for the 1st Cairo Christmas Light Tour.  Also thank you to Santa and Mrs. Claus for meeting with all the visitors and making special visits to area homes.  Thank you to the Sautter’s who donated the use of their ATV as Santa’s sleigh.  Big thank you to the Watering Hole and the Vault for serving hot chocolate and making special to-go menus for the evening. Your participation gave a lot of people some much needed Christmas Cheer!!!

Thank you to everyone who came out and viewed the lights, shared some memories, had a conversation with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, sampled some hot chocolate, and enjoyed the Cairo Christmas Spirit.  There is no way to determine the number of people who visited but we can tell you over 200 cups of hot chocolate went out the door at the Vault.  A commercial coffee pot full of hot chocolate was emptied at the Watering Hole.

The contest winner for the evening was B&B Creative with 35% of the votes followed by The Griswold’s, aka Osburn Christmas Vacation and Rockin Newly Weds.

The Foundation Board received some great feedback and plans to host this event again next year.  Start planning your light shows for next year!!!

The Cairo Community Foundation received a grant of $10,780 from the Harold Dunlap fund managed by the Greater Grand Island Community Foundation.  This grant allows the Veterans Committee to order the materials for the granite mural.  Ordering now locks in 2020 pricing.  

This gift combined with brick orders, donations, and additional grant funds is making the Veterans Memorial park a reality.