Fundraisers Planned For Nexus Groundbreaking

Published on: August 27, 2020 ,

Two fundraising activities are planned in conjunction with groundbreaking ceremonies for the new ag facilities at Northeast Community College.

Ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10 near the Chuck M. Pohlman Ag Complex on East Benjamin Avenue in Norfolk. A live event is planned, along with virtual ceremonies and livestreaming.  Those attending will be encouraged to text a donation of any amount to the Nexus campaign.

The text-to-give option will be available for a limited time, beginning on Sept. 3. To take part, text the word “ag” to 402-383-FARM (3276). Donations will also be accepted by voice phone at 402-844-7653.

“Every gift is needed and sincerely appreciated,” said Dr. Tracy Kruse, associate vice president of development and external affairs and executive director of the Northeast Foundation. “All gifts of $500 or more will be recognized on the formal donor wall,” she continued, “but we also want those who contribute a smaller amount to be remembered by the generations of students who will learn in these buildings.”

To provide recognition for gifts of $50 or more, a farmscape wall has been designed and will be located in one of the new buildings. Small, medium and large animal silhouettes to fill the farmscape will be on sale for donations of $50, $100 or $250 respectively. Donors will be able to choose a chicken, pig, cow or horse for their donation, and each silhouette will be engraved with the donor’s name, up to 20 characters.

Animal silhouettes can also be ordered online at agwaternexus.com or by texting “animal” to 402-383-FARM (3276). For information on multiple purchases or family groupings, call 402-844-7240. Space on the farmscape is limited, so those wishing to be recognized in this way are urged to order their animals as soon as possible.

 “Agriculture is the lifeblood of our area,” Kruse said, “and these two ways to give allow everyone the chance to support the next generation of farmers and ranchers and of agribusiness employees.”

“Students in these programs tend to stay in this area,” Kruse added, “helping keep our rural communities vital and growing.”

The initial phase of construction on the Nexus project includes a new veterinary technology clinic and classrooms, a new farm site with a large animal handling facility and other farm structures for livestock operations, a farm office and storage. The new facilities will be located near the Chuck M. Pohlman Agriculture Complex on E. Benjamin Ave. in Norfolk. Construction should be completed by the Fall of 2021.

The funding for the $22.3 million improvement to the agriculture facilities will come from the College’s commitment of $10 million, as well as external fundraising to fill the gap. The College has raised enough funds to begin construction; however, fundraising for the Nexus campaign will continue, as more is needed for equipment, technology and furnishings.

In August 2019, the Acklie Charitable Foundation (ACF) announced a $5 million lead gift to the Nexus project. ACF was founded by the late Duane Acklie and Phyllis Acklie, both Madison County natives and graduates of Norfolk Junior College, a predecessor institution of Northeast Community College.

For more information on the Nexus Campaign, contact Kruse, at tracyk@northeast.edu, or call (402) 844-7056. Online donations may be made through agwaternexus.com. Checks may also be mailed to Nexus Campaign, Northeast Community College Foundation, P.O. Box 469, Norfolk, NE 68702-0469.