Cairo Community Foundation is all about the Cairo community, and this community has some volunteers to brag about.

Go Big Give started a new tradition with its Go Big Give kick off events. This year’s event was planned by Anna Rathke, Rozy Dibbern, and Barb Knopik. Cory and Kate Bohling were emcees for the Go Big Give Luau.

The Foundation has a pretty strong following for these kick off events. This year we saw several new donors and quite a few repeat donors make their Go Big Gift.

The Foundation doesn’t function without great volunteers. Please thank Anna, Rozy, Barb, Cory, and Kate for making the Go Big Luau a success this year for the Cairo Community Foundation!

Barb Knopik, Kate Bohling, Rozy Dibbern

Go Big Give is a wonderful day for people to plan their giving to the Cairo Community Foundation. Go Big Give provides a variety of ways to earn incentive dollars. One way is the Match Minute Prize. Donors who enter their donation from 6:50 am to 6:56 am get a chance at incentive dollars. This year we had five board members that had their fingers on the button and donated during the Match Minute campaign. Angie Meyer’s donation at 6:50 am earned the Cairo Community Foundation and incentive prize. Thank you Angie for making a gift during Go Big Give.

Thanks to the communities’ donors Cairo had a successful Go Big Give Day!

Cairo Community donors stepped up and put their money where their heart is by supporting their Cairo Community Foundations work to raise funds for the general fund, the veterans memorial fund and the fund to purchase a new Quick Response Team truck.  Donors generated $16,393 to support these causes. Roughly split evenly between the three funds. Do to the donors’ generosity Cairo will see its general endowment grow, the veterans memorial built and the QRT truck purchased in the near future.

In addition to Cairo Community Foundation, donors supported All Belong to Christ Daycare and Childcare center with $6,148.  The center provides area children with enriched childcare, after-school programming and summer youth programs. Quality daycare is so very important to so many parents, with the gifts provide All Belong to Christ Daycare Center can improve and expand quality youth programming opportunities for children in the Cairo area.

Centura Educational Foundation’s inaugural year in Go Big Give was extremely successful.  Centura Education Foundation is developing funding to improve and expand the welding program for Centura students.  Donors provide $27,691 in funding for Centura’s welding program.

New Hope School donors gave $22,705 towards the New Hope School Building Fund.  The number of students long ago expanded beyond the four walls of their current building.  Fortunately, they are able to accommodate additional students at New Hope North also know as Apfel Funeral Home.  While the funeral home provides an opportunity for education the set up is not ideal. New Hope is closing in on the dollars needed to build a new facility and the $22,705 was a definite step in the right direction.  They are determined to hit their goal as their enrollment continues to grow.

Cairo community received a total of $72,937 through these four nonprofits.  Cairo is grateful for such amazing community support and looks forward to putting those dollars to work to build a better community.  Thank you to everyone who supports Cairo during Go Big Give!

This just in from Go Big Give Headquarters. Any organization raising $10,000 or more qualifies for a random drawing for a $10,000 Endowment. This is a remarkable prize that the Cairo Community Foundation has an opportunity to win. During the last two Go Big Give campaigns the Cairo Community Foundation has received more than $10,000 in donations. Let’s do it again. Donations to the Veterans Memorial, General Fund or for the QRT Truck qualify during Go Big Give. If you have questions about Go Big Give visit with a Cairo Community Foundation Board Member or contact Charity Adams at 308-379-9119.


The Go Big GIVE Team is excited to announce a new prize for Go Big GIVE participants thanks to the Grand Island Community Foundation!

The Grand Island Community Foundation will offer the opportunity for any organization who raises $10,000 or more through Go Big GIVE to be in a random drawing for a $10,000 Endowment Fund* permanently held at the foundation.

This drawing will be held at the Go Big GIVE Wrap & Feedback meeting on Tuesday, June 18th at Tom Dinsdale Automotive. Organizations do not need to be present to win. 

Quoted from the Grand Island Community Foundation

Progressive Agriculture Safety Day is June 4th at the Cairo Community Center. Registration fee is $5. Fee includes a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day T-Shirt, goodie bag, lunch, and car safety kit. One car safety kit per family.

Please download and complete the release and consent form. One form for each child. Return forms and fees to Centura or your school’s office, Village of Cairo Office, or mail to Cairo Community Foundation, PO Box 603, Cairo, NE 68824. Deadline to return forms is May 1st. After May 1st cost to attend is $10. Contact Tara Janda at 402-853-1701 with questions.

Safety topics include:

  • Weather
  • Auger Safety presented by Green Line Equipment
  • Tractor Roll Over presented by Titan Machinery
  • School Bus Safety
  • Knife Safety
  • Semi Safety
  • Stress Management and Laughing Yoga
  • Hypothermia
  • Neck and Eye Safety
  • Hunting and Gun Safety
  • Road Safety
  • Food Safety
  • Vaping and Juuling Awareness

Get your brick ordered for your Veteran to be included in the first group of bricks to be installed on the veterans memorial brick wall.

The veterans committee met with the wall contractor. The contractor is ready to build the wall. Bricks will be for sale for many years into the future. If you want your engraved brick installed when the wall is built your brick order must be in by May 2nd. You can sponsor a brick during Go Big Give on May 2nd to be included in that event.

Bricks are engraved with your veterans name, branch served and the years served. For instance:
John Doe
Army
1945-1948

Brick forms are available in the Village Office. You can order online by clicking this link.

You can also sponsor a brick during Go Big Give and leave details in the honor section of that form.

Questions please contact Charity Adams 308-379-9119 or charity@cairocommunity.com.

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.