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2004 Media Releases

January 29, 2004
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Lynn Johnson, Parks and Recreation Dept., 441-8265
Susan Larson Rodenburg, Lincoln Cares , 421-1401

"Lincoln Cares" Donations Can Now Be Made by Les Automatic Bank Billing Customers
Program organizers announce projects for 2004

Mayor Coleen Seng announced today that Lincoln Electric System (LES) customers will find it easier to donate to "Lincoln Cares, " the voluntary donation program that raises funds for special projects of the City Parks and Recreation Department. The program, which started a year ago, gives LES customers the opportunity to donate one dollar each month. Beginning February 1, LES customers who use automatic bank billing will be able to participate.

"This change is a great addition to this program and will further help improve our parks system in this community," said Mayor Seng. "I want to thank everyone who has played a part in making 'Lincoln Cares' a successful program."

To participate, LES customers who use automatic bank billing can call LES at 475-4211 or access the necessary authorization forms on its web site,

For the second consecutive year, "Lincoln Cares” will receive corporate matching funds from TierOne Bank Foundation and World’s Foremost Bank (Cabela's VISA Operation), which provide a 50-cent match for every dollar contributed - up to $30,000 each.

"We feel tremendous about this partnership to help the community’s parks system," said Roger Ludemann, Executive Vice President of TierOne Bank. "It’s one of Lincoln’s greatest assets, and the TierOne Bank Foundation is very happy to be a part of this program to help make Lincoln a better place for everyone."

"We hope that our continued support of this program will help it grow in the future," said Tom Boatman, Chief Operating Officer of World's Foremost Bank. "We've seen how our contribution has benefitted the lives of many young people in Lincoln, who’ve received the opportunity to participate in Parks and Recreation programs which they wouldn't have otherwise. It's a small step that everyone can take to strengthen our community," Boatman said.

The first year of the program provided funds for air conditioning at the Ager Indoor Playground facility and at the Bethany Shelter; the Sunken Gardens Restoration Project; restoration of the Four Wars Memorial in Antelope Park; and scholarships to more than 1,000 children for before- and after-school recreation programs, day camps, swimming and youth sports program.

Mayor Seng announced that five projects will receive funding from "Lincoln Cares" in 2004. Funding will continue for the Sunken Gardens and the children's scholarships, now called "Parker’s Pal" Scholarships. The other three projects are:

  • Acquisition of 228 acres of native prairie and grasslands at Pioneers Park Nature Center to provide educational opportunities to explore the native landscape and wildlife of eastern Nebraska.
  • Park Middle School Teen Center, a partnership with the Lincoln Public Schools to convert unfinished space into a before- and after-school activity center for teens.
  • Jamaica North Trail Bridge along a 6.5-mile abandoned rail corridor from 27th and Saltillo Road, connecting north to downtown Lincoln. This funding will convert an existing railroad bridge for trail use.

For more information on “Lincoln Cares,” contact the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department at 441-8264 or visit the City web site at

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