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Cooper Foundation Grants Awarded for 2019

Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Cooper Foundation Grants Awarded for 2019

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 over $935,000 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 2019:

In Creighton:  $1,500 to the Creighton Community Schools for KidZone; $750 to the Creighton Softball Association for batting cage updates; and $750 to Creighton Baseball Association for a tractor. In addition to the check from the foundation, the Kidzone also received a personal check for $500 written and donated by Lu Schell, president of the Jim B. & Lillian F. Cooper foundation.

In Deshler: $1,300 to Deshler Public Schools for an electronic drum set and $1,000 to the Deshler Swimming Pool towards a new pool.

In Lincoln: $2,000 to the Lincoln Children's Zoo for free memberships.

In Norfolk: $2,000 to the Norfolk Arts Center for their 5th Grade Passport to Art program and $1,000 to Lutheran High Northeast for stage renovations.

In Pierce: $2,000 to the Pierce Lied Public Library for their Full Steam Ahead program; $1,000 to the Pierce High School for cameras; $1,000 to Pierce Volunteer Fire Department for an air boat; and $510 to Pierce Jr. Sr. High School for stand up desks.

In Plainview: $1,500 to Plainview Public Schools for their robotics class; $1,400 Plainview Manor for a mobile vital signs machine; $500 Plainview Park Board for a sandbox; $500 to Plainview Senior Service Center for their Mid Winter Sunday Fling; and $500 Plainview Ball Backers for equipment.

In Pilger: $1,255 to the Cooper Family Community Center for fitness equipment and $500 to Pilger Senior Citizens, Inc. for fitness equipment.

In Wisner: $2,000 to Elkhorn Logan Valley Health Department for Smile In Style and $1,000 to Wisner Community Senior Citizens Center for their remodel. 

In York: $1,200 to CASA for training; $1,000 to Friends of Kilgore Library for book clubs; and $750 to York Public Schools for their after school program and summer program.