By Jan Rahn
The Perkins County Community Foundation (PCCF) is closer to their year-end goal following a recent donation that leaves $57,000 to be raised for the Hunt Challenge.
The remaining amount would secure an additional donation to create a $200,000 endowment for Perkins County—because once $175,000 is reached a Hunt Challenge grant of $25,000 will bring the total endowment to $200,000.
Interest proceeds from the endowment will be put back into the county through various projects.
“The pressure is on, though, with only a couple of months left to raise $57,000,” said foundation treasurer Ashley Colglazier.
Even though the foundation hasn’t completely reached the goal set back in 2004, communities in Perkins County have already begun reaping the benefits of the fund proceeds being reinvested in projects throughout the county.
The PCCF members who represent each community in the county would be delighted to receive any donations in any amount to help reach this important goal by year’s end.
The PCCF has held numerous fundraisers to achieve the Hunt Challenge goal while at the same time funding betterment projects in the county.
Some of those include:
• The foundation’s first successfully assisted project was the Eagle Scout project of Gil Russell in 2004 with the acquisition of a drug dog in Perkins County.
• Two more successful Eagle Scout projects have come to fruition by assisting Todd Ford, Jr. with a military memorial in Grant City Park and supporting the landscaping/water feature project of Max Jones at Golden Ours Convalescent Home.
• PCCF members co-hosted a soup and potato bar supper with Westview to help raise money for their landscaping project and also donated funds toward the project.
• The Perkins County Youth Center and the Perkins County Senior Center have been recipients of funds from the PCCF.
• Support for Venango Day, purchase of a generator in Madrid, and new Christmas lights in Elsie.
• The foundation has pledged money in support of a newsletter called the “Perkins County Boomerang” for all of the alumni of schools in the county.
Some of the other fundraising activities of the Perkins County Community Foundation where members have assisted include:
“A John on Your Lawn” fundraiser, “Dining on the Hi-Line” dinner, annual Fourth of July community barbecue, annual Madrid Day supper, semi-annual PCCF golf tournament, and a “Kiss the Pig” contest at the Perkins County Fair.
Watch for activities of the foundation in the future that seek donations to the Hunt Challenge.
What Is The Hunt Challenge?
The Perkins County Community Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization affiliated with the Nebraska Community Foundation.
The fundraising goal is part of a two-step challenge grant, the Hunt Challenge, offered by the Hunt family, owners of Great Plains Communications.
Once the PCCF raised the initial $75,000, the Hunt family donated $25,000 to the PCCF endowment fund in March 2008.
Upon completion of the entire grant challenge, a total of $200,000 will have been raised for Perkins County.
These funds will compose an endowment with annual proceeds of approximately $10,000 to be reinvested in the county.