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Sandhills Area Foundation, Year in Review

Bryant family designates memorials for scholarships

If there's a will, there's a way

Become a part of the future of the Sandhills

Mullin and Bryant Families designate Sandhills Area Foundation for memorials

Charitable Gift Annuity

Pension Protection Act of 2006

Ron Brown to speak at 2006 Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting to be held January 30th, 2006

2006 Grants and Donations

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Sanhills Area Foundation, Year in Review

The Sandhills Area Foundation held its annual meeting on January 30, 2006. Over 100 members and guests attended the annual affair. Featured speaker was Ron Brown, former University of Nebraska Football coach. 
Outgoing president, Bob Stetter, introduced Gerald Keech as the incoming president of the Sandhills Area Foundation. It was announced that Susan Beel will serve as secretary and Mary Young will serve as treasurer. Four director positions were up for election. To fill the four director positions, the nominating committee proposed: Bob Gustafson, Susan Beel, Steve Moreland and Cheryl Ravenscroft. The proposed members of the board of directors were approved unanimously to three-year terms ending in January, 2009. Board members retaining their positions were: Ralph Eatinger, Dave Major, Phyllis Rothleutner, Dave Sandoz and Frank Sibert. Bob Stetter moved to a board position.

In the spring, 30 graduating seniors from Valentine, Cody-Kilgore and Thedford applied for and were awarded college scholarships; 20 college students applied for scholarships and were awarded scholarships and four applied for and received scholarships for continuing education. Scholarships in the amount of $500 were awarded to each applicant for a total of $27,000. The scholarships were presented at the 2006 Sandhills Area Foundation Summer Celebration held at the Cherry County Fairgrounds in the 4-H building on July 31.

Thirteen new members joined the Sandhills Area Foundation for a total membership of 186 at year end. Five members have received the classification of Special Benefactor, having donated $10,000 or more to the Sandhills Area Foundation; 38 members have received the classification of Lifetime Members, having donated $2,000 or more. The remaining members are Foundation Members, having donated $100 or more on an annual basis.

Grants in the amount of $6,500 were awarded during the year. The Valentine Fire Department was awarded a grant in the amount of $5,000 to go towards a “Jaws of Life”. A grant for $1,000 was awarded to the Big Rock Fire Fund and the Cub Scouts were awarded a grant in the amount of $500 to help fund a trip to the Black Hills.

Assets increased from $799,585.86 to $858,738.76, an increase of $59,152.90.
Bryant family designates memorials for scholarships

The family of Floyd Bryant is pleased to announce the establishment of the Floyd Bryant Memorial Scholarship through the Sandhills Area Foundation. An amount of $12,000 has been donated to this fund through the support of the Sandhills community and matching funds. 

Floyd Bryant's love of young people and his enjoyment of their accomplishments, in all aspects of their lives, are some of the reasons his family decided to place his memorial money in the Sandhills Area Foundation for scholarships.

Floyd helped shape many young peoples work ethic and a pride in a job well done in his years managing the Box Tee Ranch.
If there's a will, there's a way

Only about 40% of Americans have a current will. An outdated will can be as bad or worse than having no will at all. If you die without a will, the State will decide how your assets will be divided based on a legal formula. Wills provide an avenue for charitable giving.

A bequest, a gift in your will, is an opportunity to make a difference in the quality of life and the economic growth of your community. Many people discover that a bequest is a satisfying way for them to provide future resources for their community. Your bequest can be a stated dollar amount or a percentage of your estate. You can make a difference. Getting your will up to date may be the first step in getting the job done.
Become a part of the future of the Sandhills

The past two years Marian and I have been seeking an event or organization to lend hands-on support. After studying and reviewing many worth-while projects, we decided to put our efforts into something we both deeply believe in-the education of our Cherry County youths and philanthropy for various area non-profit organizations. It is our opinion, the Sandhills Area Foundation best represents both entities. Through the efforts of a dedicated, generous, and hard working Board of Directors, generous benefactors and members, the Foundation has over $800,000 that bears interest, which in turn is awarded in educational scholarships and grants to area entities.

We invite you, our friends, associates, and neighbors to join this worth-while Foundation and become a part of the Future of our Sandhills.

We wish each of you, a healthy, prosperous, and philanthropic New Year.

                                                                                                               John T. Davenport
Mullin and Bryant Families designate Sandhills Area Foundation for memorials

The families of Floyd Bryant and Margaret and Archie Mullin have designated the Sandhills Area Foundation as the recipient of the memorial money received following the death of their loved ones. The money received will be placed in the endowment. The income from the endowment will be used for grants and scholarships.
Charitable Gif Annuity

A charitable gift annuity is a contract between you and a charitable foundation or other charitable group. You make an irrevocable gift to a charity of your choice. A portion of the gift is tax deductible. The designated beneficiary will pay to you a fixed amount for life based on the terms of the contract. If you have investments that are returning a small percent or no percent, a gift annuity might be worth looking at. The quarterly or annual pay-out is based on a persons age and the rate that is set by the IRS. If you are 75 years old, the return could be as much as 10 percent. If you are younger, the return will be less. If you are interested in finding out more about gift annuities, contact any board member of the Sandhills Foundation.
Pension Protection
Act of 2006

Transfer up to $100,000 from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) to the Sandhills Area Foundation tax free. This new law allows you to give more to your community and favorite charitable organizations and pay less in taxes.
How it works: you must be 70 1/2 years old to do this tax-free rollover of an IRA.
In 2006 and 2007, you can gift up to $100,000 by instructing the custodian of your IRA to transfer IRA assets to the Sandhills Area Foundation for the benefit of our community.
Consult with your tax advisor to learn how this new charitable giving option may apply in your situation.

Ron Brown to speak at 2006 Annual Meeting

Born in New York City, NY, and raised in the state of Massachusetts, Brown was a standout defensive back at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, in the late 1970's where he is a member of the school's Sports Hall of Fame and the All Century Team.

Brown began his college-coaching career at Brown University. He spent one season as the head freshman coach moving up to the varsity staff and then tutored the defensive backs for 3 seasons. While at Brown he also served as assistant to the athletic director in 1986. He then joined the University of Nebraska Football coaching staff where he remained for 17 years.

In March 2004 Brown became the Nebraska State Director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Brown has served as the national spokesman for FCA and is a regular columnist for the FCA magazine "Sharing the Victory".

A person of diverse talents, Brown hosts two Christian radio shows in Nebraska and is a frequent guest on "Sports Spectrum", an internationally syndicated Christian sports radio show. In addition, Brown hosts a statewide cable TV show called "Truth Vision". He has authored several books on Christian character and growth. 

Brown and former Husker Stan Parker are co-founders and co-directors of a statewide Christian ministry called Mission Nebraska. Among many of their endeavors Mission Nebraska has been involved in, the most recent has been the purchase of a Christian radio station in central Nebraska.

Brown is an outspoken advocate on many issues, including adoption, abstinence, drug and alcohol education. He serves on the Board of Trustees at Grace University and Nebraska Children's Home.Brown and his wife Molvina live in Lincoln NE with their daughters Sojourner Elaine and Bronwyn Pearl.

Annual Meeting to be held January 30th, 2006

The annual meeting of the Sandhills Area Foundation will be held at the Peppermill Restaurant on Monday, January 30.

The speaker will be Ron Brown. Mr. Brown served 17 years on the University of Nebraska Football coaching staff and is presently a Nebraska State Director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes as well as being involved in other Christian endeavors.

The social will begin at 5:30 p.m. CST and the prime rib dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. A short business meeting will follow the prime rib dinner. 

The dinner meeting will adjourn at 7:30 p.m. to the VRHS auditorium where Mr. Brown will speak at 8:00 p.m. 

Tickets for both the Prime Rib dinner and Mr. Brown's speech are $20 and can be purchased at Young's Western Wear or First National Bank. Tickets can also be purchased from any of the officers or members of the Board of Directors.

Tickets for Mr. Brown's speech only are $5 and can be purchased as set forth above or will be available at area schools as well as at the door of the auditorium the night of the speech. Tickets for school children will be complementary due to donations from area businesses and individuals.

Seating is limited so tickets should be reserved and/or picked up ahead of time. Tickets for the Prime Rib dinner should be purchased on or before January 26.

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