By Jan Rahn, Tribune Staff
The second annual banquet showcasing the county’s charitable organizations is set for Thursday, Sept. 11.
The public is invited to enjoy the banquet at the fairgrounds, co-hosted by the Perkins County Community Foundation Fund and the Perkins County Health Services Foundation. Social time starts at 5:30 p.m. and the meal is at 6 p.m.
The complimentary meal of beef or chicken will be prepared by the county’s Youth Development Club.
For the purpose of planning, those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by Tuesday, Sept. 2, to Michelle Ross, chair of the Perkins County Community Foundation Fund at 308-352-4131 or Jody Snogren, administrator of the Perkins County Health Services Foundation at 308-352-7285.
Attendees will learn ways in which philanthropic giving can stay in Perkins County to serve its residents.
The featured speaker will be R.P. Smith, humorist and cowboy poet from Nebraska.
Enhancing the evening will be booths of various charitable organizations in addition to the hospital and community foundation that serve the area. Some of the booths will include Rotary, the Backpack Program, Westview, the 4-H Foundation, as well as the library, the senior center, arts council, Lions Club, and others.
“Perkins County has the most generous, hard-working people who support what they believe in,” said Snogren, “This banquet is a way for all the charitable organizations to be recognized and gives us the chance to thank our donors.”
These groups have needs the public may not be aware of and this is a chance to become familiar with how charitable giving can help.
Many people may not even think about naming a local entity in their will, for instance. Considering a local entity as a beneficiary in wills or for tax purposes will keep helping our county grow.
There was widespread interest and many who attended last year’s banquet when the community foundation fund and the hospital foundation joined forces to bring together patrons of the county on one night in one location to exhibit and explain the county’s charitable entities.