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Letter To The Editor

Dear Editor: The communities of Wymore and Blue Springs should be very proud of the outpouring of support through the Big Give Gage Fundraiser. The generous contributions by current and former residents, plus outside contributors, show people believe in these two communities and what they are doing to make a positive influence for now and into the future.

The amount of money raised was beyond my expectations, especially during these challenging times we all are facing. As of Monday morning, the Wymore-Blue Springs Fund raised $24,724. Improving Blue Springs One Property At A Time raised $6,950 and Southern School District/Arbor State Park Track Construction $3,755. (These figures do not include the financial match which will be calculate after September 17).

The above totals are very impressive figures considering the size of our communities and the availability of financial resources. I was also impressed that Improving Blue Springs One Property At A Time and The Wymore-Blue Springs Fund were in the top 10 for most contributors and total contributions. This speaks highly of the caliber of our supporters who believe in our communities and are willing to make the financial investment.

The success of this fundraiser proves people truly care and want to support positive projects that will make our communities better. I am very thankful for those who contributed and all the hard-working individuals who helped make Big Give Gage a success. I especially want to thank the Gage County Foundation and the Beatrice Community Hospital Foundation for making the Big Give possible. The Big Give would not have been possible without the technical assistance of the Beatrice Community Hospital Foundation plus financial support of the Gage County Foundation and outside financial sponsors.

I will never forget my former University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Rural Sociology Professor Otto G. Hoiberg once said, “The future success of rural communities will be determined by how well they work together and support each other. They must form partnerships, continuously develop long range plans, goals, objectives and projects to keep the energy alive to survive.”

Again, I want to thank Big Give Gage Fundraiser, Gage County Foundation, the Beatrice Community Hospital Foundation and outside financial supporters for making Big Give Gage a success and providing the assistance for our Gage County communities to survive and thrive. I especially want to thank those at the local level who gave countless hours of their time and energy to make the Big Give Gage a success and prove why it is special to live in Wymore and Blue Springs.

Sincerely

Dean Cole,
Former Blue Springs Resident
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Good letter. Very true words were written

Our fund now stands at $6,950. Big Give Gage County informed me that they have extended contribution deadline to September 18 for contributions to be credited to participating none profits. The reason being the electronic contribution system was overloaded for three hours and about 40 individuals were unable to give. If you know of any of these individuals we are asked to contact them and have them send a check to: Gina Heckey, Big Give Gage, 4800 Hospital Parkway, P.O. Box 641, Beatrice, NE 68310-6906. They will also accept checks from other individuals who may have forgot to give on September 10. Check must be made out too Big Give Gage with a notation that the money goes to Improving Blue Springs One Property At A Time. Please contact me if you have questions. ... See MoreSee Less

We want to say thank you to everyone. No matter the size of a contribution small to large we appreciate all.
When you look at the donations toward our southern gage area. It’s very clear we have a community which supports improvement and change.
Our Communities didn’t change over night.
We slowly became complacent with accepting what they had become. But our communities have said enough is enough. If we won’t fight for change who will.
It’s very clear change for the future has been happening the last 2-3 years . Success with our organization is based on the people believing and supporting our goals.
Without support from those who grew up here and moved away and from those who still live here. And from those who just believe in what we are doing.
One Property At A Time sincerely thanks you
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We want to say thank you to everyone. No matter the size of a contribution small to large we appreciate all. 
When you look at the donations toward our southern gage area. It’s very clear we have a community which supports improvement and change.
Our Communities didn’t change over night.
We slowly became complacent with accepting what they had become. But our communities have said enough is enough. If we won’t fight for change who will. 
It’s very clear change for the future has been happening the last 2-3 years . Success with our organization is based on the people believing and supporting our goals. 
Without support from those who grew up here and moved away and from those who still live here. And from those who just believe in what we are doing.
One Property At A Time sincerely thanks you

We are very close to making our goal. If we meet our goal it is a 100% match.
Thank you to all who believe in our mission.
It is greatly appreciated
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We are very close to making our goal. If we meet our goal it is a 100% match. 
Thank you to all who believe in our mission.
It is greatly appreciated

Progress continues on the Blue Springs Park tennis court project. George Pinkerton seeded the landscape area of the tennis court in time take advantage of fall rain showers. ... See MoreSee Less

Progress continues on the Blue Springs Park tennis court project.  George Pinkerton seeded the landscape area of the tennis court in time take advantage of fall rain showers.