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Cooper Foundation Grants Awarded for 2018

Posted on Monday, January 14, 2019
Cooper Foundation Grants Awarded for 2018

The Jim B. and Lillian F. Cooper Foundation, along with Midwest Bank, has announced the grants given this past year to very deserving organizations in local communities.  The Jim B. and Lillian F. Cooper Foundation began as a way for the Cooper family to give back to the communities in which Midwest Banks are located.  The family felt it was important to show appreciation for and foster new relationships within those communities and has been doing so for many years.  The Foundation’s purpose is to support health, education and recreation in the communities that Midwest Bank serves. 

Over the years, the Jim B. and Lillian F. Cooper Foundation has been honored to give nearly $900,000 to local organizations.  The Cooper Foundation appreciates the opportunity to make these contributions and looks forward to continuing the long standing tradition. 

The following grants were awarded in 2018:

In Creighton:  $2,000 to the Creighton Volunteer Fire Department for a jaws of life; $1,000 to the Creighton Park Board for Friendship Park playground; and $600 to Creighton Public Library for their lego club.

In Deshler: $1,000 to Deshler Lutheran School for their athletic program; $1,000 to the Thayer County Health Services Foundation for an exam table; $1,500 to the Deshler Swimming Pool for a poolside basketball system.

In Lincoln: $1,000 to the Lincoln Youth Baseball Association for equipment and $1,500 to the Food Bank of Lincoln for rural mobile food distribution.

In Norfolk: $1,000 to the Norfolk Arts Council for their Second Saturday art exploration program; $1,000 to Lutheran High Northeast's Clay Target program; and $1,600 to Lutheran High Northeast's science program for microscopes.

In Pierce: $500 to the FCCLA Chapter for conference expenses; $1,500 to the Pierce Baseball Backers for batting cages; and $1,500 to Pierce Rescue for a Zoll machine.

In Plainview: $1,350 to Plainview Manor for iPads and $1,000 to Zion Lutheran School for their playground.

In Pilger: $500 to the Pilger Pool for lifeguard CPR training and $1,000 to Pilger Fire & Rescue for CPR manikins.

In York: $800 to York College Women's Soccer Team for their kids soccer camp; $1,000 to P.L.A.Y. at York Elementary School for preschool equipment; $1,000 to CASA for volunteer training; $1,000 to York Parks & Recreation for Minicks Park swing set; and $400 to York General Hospital for baby books.