Debra Brooks has been hired as fair manager of the Douglas County Fair. Brooks brings more than 20 years of marketing, graphic design and event planning to the role. The fair, now in its 161st consecutive year, is hosted by the Friends of Extension Foundation and includes educational exhibits, live music, a parade and livestock shows.
Douglas County Fair festivities kick off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, July 11 and run through Sunday, July 14, 2019. In keeping with the theme "Where Urban Meets Rural" for the second year the fair will be have a presence at two locations: Village Pointe which showcases interactive exhibits, displays and contests and Chance Ridge Event Center which showcases livestock and small animal events along with a petting zoo. Metro Community College's Elkhorn Campus will provide shuttle pick-up/drop off and free parking. For a complete schedule and list of activities, please visit: https://www.douglascountyfair.org/ .
In addition to her current role, Brooks also serves as the communications director and executive assistant at the Happy Hollow Club.
A huge thanks to the 32 generous donors who are helping support Nebraska Extension educational programs and services in Douglas and Sarpy counties as part of Omaha Gives! The 24-hour charitable day of giving, now in its seventh year, raised a total of $6.7 million to support community nonprofits including Friends of Foundation Extension. Thanks to you, we raised $2,855 to help in the following areas:
Please consider making a donation to Friends of Extension Foundation during Omaha Gives! Day, a 24-hour, online giving event organized annually by the Omaha Community Foundation to grow philanthropy in the metro area (Douglas, Sarpy, and Pottawattamie Counties). The minimum donation is $10 and there is no maximum. The goal is to inspire the community to come together for 24 hours to contribute as many charitable dollars as possible to support the work of local nonprofit organizations. Omaha Gives! is based on other successful giving days hosted by community foundations across the country.
Nearly 70 friends were on hand for the Awards Recognition luncheon presented by Midwest Laboratories, Inc. The event, now in its second year, is sponsored by Friends of Extension Foundation and took place March 22 at Happy Hollow Country Club. Honorees included local organizations, non-profits and community members who give of their time and talents in support of Extension efforts in Douglas and Sarpy counties. Foundation President Mike Pallas kicked off the luncheon and introduced the 2019 honorees. Here's some photos and information about them:
We're joining in on Omaha's largest and longest Earth Day festivities at Elmwood Park on Saturday, April 13. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. come join us to learn more about who we are and what we do. There will be hands on activities including:
Master Gardeners will also be on hand to answer questions about plants and vegetables. Plus we will have some information about the foundation which includes information about the Douglas County Fair taking place in July. Rain or shine! Learn more!
The 2019 Spring Grant Cycle is now open, please access the RFP and submit by April 30. Click here to access the RPF.
The Foundation invites grant proposals from Douglas and Sarpy County Extension and 4-H Staff (both paid and volunteer) and program participants, as well as from third parties who are directly partnered with Douglas and Sarpy County Extension and 4-H programs.
Grant proposals will be considered via the competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) process. Grants will be awarded according to criteria that the application activity strengthens the capacity of Douglas and Sarpy Extension and 4-H to meet local community-based needs. Criteria details are listed under the section RFP Requirements, below.
Grants will be awarded in the following areas:
Grow a green thumb when you learn the secrets to growing vegetables in containers and small spaces. John Porter, Urban Agriculture program coordinator with the Nebraska Extension, will share his tips and tips during The Ultimate Urban Container Workshop taking place on Saturday, April 6. The workshop takes place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Nebraska Extension Office at 8015 West Center Road. The cost to attend is a non-perishable food item or cash donation to Food Bank for the Heartland.
The seminar is sponsored by the Friends of Extension Foundation. The Master Gardeners annually host a horticulture seminar as part of their raffle efforts. Consider joining us at the extension office April 6.
Eight worthy projects benefitting Douglas/Sarpy counties will receive $9,000 in seed money through Friends of Extension Foundation fall grant cycle.
Grants are awarded based on the relationship the individual/group has with extension and that it makes an impact on the environment, food, nutrition and health, youth development/family or other.
The following is the list of recipients and the amounts awarded:
1. Learning with Nature encourages children of preschool age to be active outside through outdoor learning environments and also nature play days which encourages family involvement in outdoor activities. Amount awarded, $1,200.
2. Urban Ag – Plant Propagation Program – This project, in conjunction with the Omaha Home for Boys, creates a plant propagation to create workshops and other sites that cooperate with extension. Amount awarded, $2,500.
3. Douglas/Sarpy 4-H Ambassador Teen Program enhances the current program and provide a more solid structure for teens. Amount awarded, $750.
4. Nebraska Extension Marketing Efforts provides for updated collateral promoting the rich resources and efforts Nebraska Extension in Douglas/Sarpy counties. Amount awarded, $1,500.
5. Enhancing the Master Gardener Program through partial scholarship funds for new master gardeners, helping to offset initiation costs. Amount awarded, $1,000.
6. MyPI – My Preparedness Initiative Nebraska - assists in the creation of backpack filled with emergency supplies for Bellevue East and West High School students. Amount awarded, $500.
7. 4-H Horse Bowl Team supports the 4-H Horse Bowl team and its four members going to competition in January 2019. Amount awarded, $1,000.
8. Stephen Center Project supports food growth and education about the importance of gardening. Amount awarded, $500.
Please visit grant funding guidelines for more information on the grant process, deadlines and to submit an application.
Lorraine Henry has been named the 2018 4-H Volunteer of the Year. For 29 years, Lorraine has poured her time and energy into "making the best better." The award is given to recognize the continued devotion of the individual's time and talents to the Douglas-Sarpy 4-H Program by helping deliver and advance 4-H educational programming.
Lorraine is a well-known and well-loved member of the 4-H volunteer community. If you have spent any time in the livestock barn during the Sarpy County Fair, you have benefited from her service. While many folks are busy watching the show, or youth are busy preparing to enter the ring, Lorraine steadily works to make sure the shows happen! She spends work vacations creating show programming and entering names of winners and ribbon placements into data management system. She shows up on entry day and works for hours alongside staff to enter the hundreds upon hundreds of entries that show up that day. She does so all with a gracious smile and loving spirit. In addition, she serves as a 4-H club leader. Her club now contains the children of club alums that she proudly calls “legacies."
She has served as a Friends of Extension Foundation board member for 12 years including serving as president and as treasurer for the past six years. Beginning in 2019 she will serve as the organization's finance committee chair and transition the new treasurer as well as maintain transparency's commitment.
Congratulations, Lorraine Henry.