Since its inception, the Fremont Area Community Foundation (FACF) has been a community leader in improving quality of life across the Fremont area through a variety of philanthropic endeavors.
Since 1980, FACF has connected donor interests with community needs to provide over $20 million in grants focused on five interest areas including arts and culture, civic improvements, education, health, recreation and social services throughout the community.
Each year the FACF celebrates their philanthropic work throughout the year and honors individuals who have shown commitment to improving quality of life at the Fremont Area Community Foundation Annual Dinner.
“It is just an opportunity for us to celebrate philanthropy and thank the many friends of the foundation,” Melissa Diers, executive director of FACF, said.
Next week, the Foundation will once again celebrate philanthropy as they host this year’s annual dinner at the Fremont Golf Club on Tuesday, November 21st at 6 p.m.
The dinner will include a keynote address from Senator Ben Sasse, who will return to Fremont as the Senate breaks for Thanksgiving recess.
“We are happy to welcome Ben back home for his Thanksgiving break,” Diers said. “We are looking forward to his message because he has all kinds of experience and insights when it comes to how philanthropy is an important part of a healthy community, having served as past president of Midland and being philanthropic himself.”
Along with looking back at the work done by the Foundation over the past year, the event will also recognize several individuals who have gone above and beyond their call of duty in regard to making Fremont a better place for everybody.
One of those individuals is Loren Nothwehr, who will be honored with the Betsy Mulliken Award for Philanthropy for his many years of service to the community.
“He is a retiree who basically has made volunteering his primary pastime since he retired,” Diers said. “He does work as a non-profit volunteer, and he also helped organize and start Fremont Area Habitat for Humanity, Care Corps Family Services, and Rebuilding Together so he is just well deserving of the honor.”
The annual dinner also provides an opportunity for FACF to recognize an individual with the Professional Advisor of the Year Award.
This year, that honor will be given Paul Johnson.
“He is a past president of the foundation board and he has been a professional advisor in the Fremont area for many years,” Diers said. “Just again a wonderful commitment to community, he served on our board for many years and various committees even after his term on our board. He is one of the many individuals who really connect clients with opportunities to provide for charity through their annual giving and estate plans.”
The dinner also affords FACF with the opportunity to honor retiring board members and recognize incoming board members.
Retiring board members that will be honored at the dinner include Barbara Christensen, Todd Hansen, Christine Leech, and Ron Kortan while new members include The Rev. Scott Jensen, Cheryl Lamme, Donna Meismer, and Mark Prince.
Those interested in attending the dinner can register for the event until November 16th and can do so by either calling FACF at 402-721-4252 or by visiting their website at facfoundation.org. The cost to attend the event is $35 per person, or $300 to reserve a table for eight people.
The dinner will include a combination meal of pot roast and chicken Kiev provided by the Fremont Golf Club. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a social hour, with dinner served at 6:45 pm. followed shortly by speakers and award ceremonies.