Foundation making plans for celebration of Imperial
Advisory committee members of the Imperial Community Foundation Fund say it’s time for a community celebration and they’ve made plans for Saturday, May 4, according to Tanna Hanna, one of the organizers.
Thanks to generous donors investing in the community, the foundation has made grants exceeding $436,000 and committee members are interested in the public’s dreams for Imperial as well as what it is they like, said Doug Gaswick, foundation treasurer.
The celebration will include the return of Imperial’s own Talbott Brothers (Nick and Tyler) for an evening concert from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Chase County Fairgrounds 4-H Building. Tickets at $25 for the evening activities will support the foundation and can be purchased in advance at Allo Communications, the Imperial Republican or at the door.
The day will kick off with free coffee and rolls from 9 to 10 a.m. at 509 Broadway, with coffee being donated by 509 and rolls by the community foundation.
An 18-hole golf tournament starts at the Imperial Country Club at 11 a.m. The $200 per four-person team will benefit the community foundation. Those interested should call 308-882-4697 to sign up.
Appetizers will be provided from 3 to 5 p.m. at Broken Arrow Cellars with $5 and $10 sangria, beer and wine tastings, in addition to conversation to celebrate Imperial.
Other activities at the 4-H Building start at 5 p.m. with a History of Chase County presentation by Charley Colton, president of the county’s historical society. A taco/nacho bar opens at 6 p.m., followed by the concert.
Extensive grants by ICFF have supported projects already in place including the Smokin’ On Broadway activities, Mid-Plains Community College agriculture conference, the Imperial Rotary’s project to purchase equipment for the Imperial Volunteer Fire Department, the Lions Club park restroom project, kickoff for the Little Readers program by volunteers at the Lied Imperial Public Library, the Bike Ride Across Nebraska stop in Imperial, the 2019 Cattlemen’s Ball history tent, S.C.O.R.E. science camp, 4-H Ag Safety Days and Chase County Freedoms Foundation student trips.
More grants involving students at the school include the Bank-in-School program, FFA, TeamMates mentoring program, 9th Street Singers, the music program, art enhancement, athletic programs, emergency clothing and snacks, CCS graduate mailbox project and more.
Other grants over the years have supported improvements and support for the Champion Community Center and Champion Lake, Chase County Hospital doctor recruitment and equipment, Emergency Medical Services, City of Imperial housing study, Chamber downtown banners, Rainbow Promise Preschool scholarships, Imperial Community Center, Jaycees, the Imperial skatepark, soccer, baseball, softball programs, ball fields, swimming pool, golf course and more.