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Kermit Karns’ legacy supports health care education, more PDF Print E-mail

An $8,500 grant to the Chase County Hospital Foundation was presented to Steve Lewis this week to help support education opportunities for medical staff who desire to serve in Chase County.
Despite his death in November, Kermit Karns’ generosity to the community continues due to five endowments established with the Imperial Community Foundation Fund (ICFF).
Partnering with the Chase County Community Hospital to utilize the Kermit and Lottie Karns Health Care Education Endowment is a good fit, said Lori Pankonin, ICFF secretary. Cooperation is also underway with Mid Plains Community College to utilize other established education funds.
Karns’ original gift came in 2000 after the death of his wife, Lottie. He appreciated the nurses at the Imperial Manor where she received care and wanted to help others to pursue nursing careers so the local health service would continue.
More than $33,000 in payout has been granted to various students and projects during Karns’ lifetime and the support will continue for years to come.
Endowments in place in addition to the two education funds provide annual payout for the Chase County Museum through the Chase County Historical Society, for Champion Lake and community center through the Champion Community Center Endowment and to the Lied Imperial Public Library.
The Imperial Community Foundation Fund is an affiliated fund of the Nebraska Community Foundation.
Serving on its fund advisory committee are Chairman Elna Johnson, Vice Chairman Elizabeth Haarberg, Treasurer Doug Gaswick, Secretary Lori Pankonin, Jane Moreland, Dillon Harchelroad, Tyler Pribbeno and Brenda Ledall.


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