Mayor Chris Beutler today cut the ribbon for a new parking lot at the Northeast Senior Center that was built with a gift from the late Alfred Steyer, a former participant. The Mayor also recognized the work of other local social service agencies as well as the generosity of the residents and organization who support them.
"Lincoln is a very caring community, and Mr. Steyer is another great example of the generosity of our residents," said Mayor Beutler.
Northeast Senior Center Manager Dave Chappelle said the center, which opened in 1987 at 6310 Platte, had a gravel and dirt parking lot. He said Mr. Steyer, who passed away in January at the age of 97, drove his tractor to the center to smooth the lot after rain or snow. His gift of $140,000 was used to pave the 18-space parking lot and to provide new furnishings, which will arrive at the center in January. Mr. Steyer frequently played his accordion at the center, and today's event included accordian music as well as a visit from Mr. Steyer's sister-in-law, Delores "Dee" Steyer.
Mayor Beutler encouraged residents to follow the example of Mr. Steyer and remember the importance of supporting the local agencies who provide essential services to so many.
"While we see great philanthropy all year, it is during this season of giving that Lincoln really shines," Mayor Beutler said. "Through their donations to our local agencies, the people of Lincoln help make the holidays brighter for many families who can't afford gifts for the children or a special holiday meal."
Many local agencies are still in need of donations for their holiday efforts. Today's event was attended by representatives of the Center for People in Need, City Impact, the Food Bank, the People's City Mission, the Salvation Army and Santa Cop.