City of Lincoln
2006 Media Releases
TierOne Bank Foundation, World’s Foremost Bank to match contributions for fourth consecutive year
Mayor Coleen J. Seng announced today that the Lincoln Cares program will help fund eight projects across the community in 2006, including an addition to the Nature Center Prairie Building in Pioneers Park. Lincoln Cares is a community donation program that gives Lincoln Electric System (LES) customers an opportunity to voluntarily add one dollar to their bill payments each month for projects not included in the City budget.
“The Nature Center is a City treasure that has served the community, including thousands of school children, for more than a decade,” said Mayor Seng. “The Prairie Building addition project will provide more classroom and exhibit space to further expand the Nature Center’s ability to teach visitors about Nebraska’s natural environment, its creatures, plants and their habitats.”
Donations to Lincoln Cares will provide $25,000 to strengthen the $398,000 grant application to the Nebraska Environmental Trust for the addition. Other funding partners of the Prairie Building project include the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District, the Lincoln Public Schools Foundation, the Friends of the Pioneers Park Nature Center, the Lincoln Parks Foundation and LES.
In addition to the Prairie Building project, Lincoln Cares will help fund a Sherman Field Baseball Plaza, a shelter at Woods Park, renovation of the historic Rose Garden in Antelope Park, the North 27th Street MoPac Trail Bridge, swimming and recreation program scholarships, a new outdoor adventures program for youth and the Green Team youth employment program. A complete listing of the projects is attached.
For the fourth consecutive year, Lincoln Cares will receive matching funds from TierOne Bank Foundation and World’s Foremost Bank (Cabela’s VISA credit card operation). From its inception in February 2003 through December 31, 2005, LES customers have donated $232,671 to the Lincoln Cares program. About 6,563 LES customers donate to the program every month.
TierOne Bank Foundation and World’s Foremost Bank have provided a 50-cent match for every dollar contributed, up to $30,000 each. The total corporate contribution to Lincoln Cares, from February 2003 through December. 31, 2005 equals $180,000. Total individual and corporate donations to Lincoln Cares since February 2003 is $412,671.
“Lincoln Cares is a wonderful example of a public-private partnership that is making our community a better place to live,” said Mayor Seng. “I want to thank TierOne Bank Foundation and World’s Foremost Bank for contributing to this program since its inception. Their participation means that every dollar donated by our citizens essentially doubles.”
Since 2003, Lincoln Cares has provided funds for the recently completed Nebraska State Liberty Bell Shelter in Antelope Park; restoration of the Four Wars Memorial and Pioneer Woman sculptures; the Sunken Gardens renovation; the acquisition of prairie and grasslands at Pioneers Park Nature Center; the Park Middle School Teen Center; air conditioning at the Ager Play Center and the Bethany Park Shelter; the Green Team youth employment program; and Parker’s Pals swim and recreation program scholarships for low-income youth.
“TierOne is very proud to be one of the original sponsors of the Lincoln Cares program,” said Roger Ludemann, Executive Vice President of TierOne Bank. This will be our fourth year of involvement through our TierOne Bank Foundation, and we are very committed to the long-term success of the program.”
“The World’s Foremost Bank is pleased to once again be a corporate sponsor for Lincoln Cares,” said Tom Boatman, Chief Operating Officer and Interim President of World’s Foremost Bank. “The many projects and programs that have been completed would most likely not have occurred without Lincoln Cares. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Cabela’s, we are especially excited to be a part of the 2006 scholarship program to promote outdoor activities. The success of Lincoln Cares shows that Lincoln truly does care.”
“We are very thankful for everyone who supports this program,” said Lynn Johnson, Director of the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department. “With our tight budget, this program allows us to go the extra mile to keep the parks system one of the jewels of Lincoln.”
To donate to Lincoln Cares, LES customers can add one dollar to their bill payments each month. Those who pay LES through automatic bank billing can add Lincoln Cares to their payments each month by calling LES at 475-4211. Automatic bank bill customers may discontinue their voluntary contributions to Lincoln Cares at anytime by notifying LES.
For more information on Lincoln Cares, contact the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department at 441-8264 or see the City’s Web site at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: cares).
Addition to the Nature Center Prairie Building at Pioneers Park - $25,000.
Parker’s Pals Swim Program Scholarships - $10,000.
Parker’s Pals Recreation Program Scholarships - $10,000.
Outdoor Adventures Program for Youth (new) - $30,000.
Green Team - $6,000.
Woods Park Shelter - $15,000.
Sherman Field Baseball Plaza - $25,000.
Renovation of the Antelope Park Rose Garden - $10,000.
Parks and Recreation staff also are proposing to establish a collection of hardy landscape roses in the strolling garden northeast of the existing rose display garden. This garden will provide visitors with an opportunity to view hardy landscape roses well suited for growing in the typical home landscape. Groups of roses will be planted with complementary ornamental grasses and flowering perennial plants. The initial planting of hardy landscape roses was funded in 2005 by a generous donation from HWS Consulting Group.
North 27th Street MoPac Trail Bridge - $6,000.