We have started our capital campaign for new North Field Bathrooms and Concessions. We have had a few small fundraisers so far this year and have a great opportunity for our families to help continue to raise funds. 

The North Ball Field Committee has created  2021 calendars to sell for $50 a calendar. Each month a lucky winner (someone who bought a calendar)  will have the opportunity to win a new gun or $500 cash. 

If you would like a calendar or know of any one who would like one, please contact Barb Knopik or Tara Janda to buy one. They can also be purchased at the Village Office.

Hurry Fast because we only have 300 calendars!!!  -Tara & Barb, committee chairs


Barb Knopik 308-391-1176

Tara Janda 402-853-1701

The Cairo Veterans Memorial Park is really taking shape.  Numerous volunteers led by Gordy Sorensen spent the last week installing sprinklers, installing lights, planting, and laying sod.

Over then next week or two watch the for the installation of the ribbon garden.

The granite donor wall is on order.  This piece is expected to arrive in 8 to 12 weeks.  Like everything else these days timelines are effected by the pandemic.

The Cairo Community Foundation will continue to take orders for veteran memorial bricks.  To order a brick download the order form here or stop by the Village Office to pick one up.

Bricks are $150 each.  The Foundation intends to place its next brick order by November 15th.

Download Brick Order Form


A group of volunteers, led by Gordy Sorensen are installing sprinklers at the Cairo Veteran Memorial Park on Saturday, September 26th starting at 9 am.  Pulling the pipe and installing the sprinklers requires a little bit of elbow grease.  If you have any to lend or better yet you have teenagers with a little elbow grease to spare please contact Charity Adams at 308-390-9119.  Walk-ons are welcome too.


The Cairo Ball Association requested $3000 in a grant application towards the modification of the dugouts on the North Ball Field.

The Cairo Community Foundation awarded the grant to Cairo Ball Association volunteers who plan to acquire additional funding and supplies and utilize volunteer effort to move and shade the dugouts.

The dugouts will feature new permanent roofing and a new location outside of the fence. 

Several board members could relate to this grant request, being coaches or having had children participate in summer ball.  Board members empathized with issues related to playing ball in the Nebraska heat and long days spent at the park.  Board members remember sitting through many a game with soaring temperatures and sweat drenched kids.  Someone steps in to provide ad hock shade, finagling a tarp to cover the dugouts which inevitably flaps in the Nebraska wind or sails across the field.  The lack of shade will soon be solved with permanent roofing and a relocation of the dugout benches funded by the Cairo Community Foundation grant.

Cairo community ball players and visiting teams can shelter in the dugouts, avoiding fly balls and summer sun while having fun playing great games.

If you have a great project like this requiring funding consider applying for a Cairo Community Foundation grant.  The next opportunity for grant funding is February 1st.

What does a taco Truck and a Softball Tournament Have In Common?

They are both in Cairo on August 23rd.

The the New Bathroom committee is hosting a Co-Ed softball tournament on August 23rd.  This is for people who are young and those of you who are young at heart.  If you don’t have the capacity to play, no one but maybe your team will complain if you provide supervisory services from the bench.  Put a team together for a great cause.  This is good old fashion fun with a little cut throat competitiveness thrown in if you are so inclined.  

Don’t let Barb Knopik, our volunteer extraordinaire down, get your team into the line up today!  Barb is waiting for your call  308-391-1176

If you are just a big fan of tacos and not a fan of cooking on the weekend Mexcellent Taco truck is on site during the tournament.  They are a proven conveyer of food, supplying literally good taste where ever they go.  Mexcellent has been here before and received the Cairo Community thumbs up for great food.  A portion of food sales help fund the new bathroom project. If you can’t toss a ball, eat a taco!

The North Ballfield Playground volunteers along with Cairo Community Foundation and Greater Grand Island Community Foundation representatives gathered to dedicate the North Ballfield Playground.

A simple conversation on a set of bleachers created a project that provides a safe place space, enriches the look and feel of the ballfield and shows what true collaboration can create.

A team of volunteers led by Tara Janda and supported by the Cairo Community Foundation created a play space that includes rubber mulch, full playscape, nets that prevent fly ball injury and a sun shade to protect children and equipment.  The playground is located just north of the bleachers, a safe distance from the railroad tracks and the parking lot.  The playground is within the sightlines of parents dividing focus to keep children entertained off the field and players supported on the field.

Adam Becker led the construction team which included Tara and Jim Janda, Kody Knopik, Nate Fries, Michael  Anderson, Adam Bierhaus, Judson Bonsack, Mekhi Melgoza, and volunteers from Farm Credit.  This team went above and beyond to put the playground together.  When you visit the playground you will recognize that this is a substantial set up that required significant talent and effort to construct.  Be sure to thank these volunteers for their time and dedication to the children who will enjoy this play space for many years to come.

BR: Adam Becker, Jen Barker, Kevin Dvorak, Jim Janda, Sara Bierhaus, Adam Becker, Mike Gloor FR: Brooke Fries, Kayla Becker, Shannon Dvorak, Tara Janda, Charity Adams, Denise Myers, Lisa Thayer

Cairo Community Foundation served the Cairo Community by supporting a volunteer team with a vision.  The Foundation provides the charitable corporate structure needed to acquire donations and grants.  This project was funded through a grant written by the Foundation to the Greater Grand Island Community Foundation .  The Arthur Klinkacek Fund administered by the board of the Greater Grand Island Community Foundation fulfilled the grant, providing $25,000 towards this project.

The Cairo Community Foundation looks forward to supporting the New Bathroom Project for the North Ballfield.  Tara Janda and Barb Knopik are leading this project.  The project seeks $60,000 to fund the construction of a new building that will initially house new bathrooms but eventually be the starting point for additional amenities for the North Ballfield area.  Donations can be directed to the Cairo Community Foundation – New Bathroom Fund.

The committee is currently selling calendars to raise funds for this project, hosting a co-ed softball tournament on August 23rd and hosting a North Ballfield vision meeting on September 13th. The public is invited to participate in the meeting as well as gather a team for the tournament. If you are not a softball player and want to support the project stop at the ballfield and buy a taco from the Mexcellent Food Truck on August 23rd.  Proceeds from food purchases benefit the project.

The New Bathroom Committee is hosting a dreaming and planning meeting on September 13, 2020 at 7 pm.  Location to be determined.  Follow the event details on Facebook.


Tara Janda and Barb Knopik are committee chairs for this project.

There is a basic idea for the bathrooms but having input from the community will help with the design, planning and identify future needs in the North Ball Field location.

This meeting will be held following Covid – 19 protocols.

Dedicating the North Ball Field Playground.

Event takes place August 4th, at 6 pm and the North Ball Field Playground.

This is a volunteer committee driven project supported by the Cairo Community Foundation with funds provided by the Arthur Klinkacek Fund managed by the Greater Grand Island Community Foundation. Please stop out to see the playground. Visit with the playground committee, Cairo Community Foundation Board and Greater Grand Island Community Foundation Guests.  Most importantly visit with the volunteers that organized and completed the build and thank them for their effort.

We would love to see friends and family stop over for the dedication picture.

 Do you have a Cairo Community project or service that needs financial support? If so apply for a Cairo Community Foundation grant.  Grants are dues August 1st.

Click here to download a grant application or contact Charity Adams at 308-379-9119 or charity@cairocommunity.com

Grant applications can be dropped off at the Village of Cairo office or emailed to charity@cairocommunity.com

Applications must be submitted by August 1st.

We asked former Go Big Give donors why they give.

Donating to the Cairo Community Foundation was an easy decision for me to make as I reflected on what this community has meant to our family. Norm and I moved to Cairo 25 years ago and I can’t imagine raising our daughters anywhere else.  Our family has been blessed by this small town in so many ways.  The Foundation is just one example of how Cairo strives to provide for others. 
Sandra Krolikowski

Join Sandra and become a Go Big Give Donor.  Make a BIG difference in your community with you gift to the Cairo Community Foundation during Go Big Give on July 7th.

Make your donation online on July 7th or visit the Cairo Community Foundation board at the Vault on July 7th to make your donation in person.