Mayor Don Wesely will present Nebco with the Mayor's Community Conscience Award for 2002 at a breakfast ceremony beginning at 7 a.m. Thursday, January 17 at the Grand Ballroom of the Cornhusker, 333 S. 13th. Mayor Wesely established the award in 2000 to honor a local business for its generosity, civic spirit and community leadership.
Nebco is a Lincoln-based company founded by George P. Abel in 1908. With 825 employees, Nebco is one of Nebraska's largest privately owned firms. The company's interests include paving, concrete production, trucking, agriculture, warehousing, insurance and real estate. Nebco also owns the Lincoln Saltdogs baseball team, which played its first season in 2001. Accepting the award for Nebco will be President Jim Abel, grandson of the founder.
"Certainly, bringing professional baseball back to Lincoln is Nebco's most recent visible contribution to the community," said Mayor Wesely. "But since its beginnings, Nebco and its employees have contributed their time and resources to countless local organizations and projects. It's important to recognize these civic minded companies who contribute so much to the high quality of life in our city."
The award winner was chosen by a select committee of local business leaders. Previous winners were Pfizer Animal Health in 2000 and Ameritas in 2001.
The featured speaker at the awards breakfast will be retired administrator Phil Heckman. A frequent actor on local stages, Heckman has been referred to as "Lincoln's resident grumpy old man." Heckman's comments are titled "Because It's Fun." Reservations are available by calling CenterPointe at 475-5161. Breakfast sponsors include Embassy Suites, Goodyear, Peoples Natural Gas and Union Bank & Trust Company.
The breakfast presentation will be taped by 5 CITY-TV and will run on cable channel 5, the government access channel.