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Sandhills Area Foundation Grants Awarded in 2004-2005

2005

 
Donation made to Cherry County Ambulance Service

Grants awarded to Sparks Community Church

2004


Donation to Sandhills Area Foundation results in grant to Valentine Fire Department

Grants awarded to Wood Lake Games Committee
2005
Donation made to Cherry County Ambulance Service



Attending the ceremony are back row, L to R: Wynette Robinson, Gary Jackson, Steve Garwood, Doug Kroeger, Bill Sokol, Dave Sandoz, Mary Young, Dave Major, Sarah Major, Frank Sibert, and Gerald Keech. 

Front row, L to R: Matt Garwood, Helen Madison-Brock, Shirley Kroeger, John Hanzlicek, Wendy Hayes, Bob Stetter, Kate Major holding Lee, and Will Major.

A donation made by Dave and Kate Major on behalf of their daughter, Melissa Major, to the Sandhills Area Foundation will enable the Cherry County Ambulance Service to purchase three tablet PCs that will be used to enter, report and retrieve data from emergency runs that the service makes. 

The Nebraska Emergency Medical Services Program is implementing a statewide paperless electronic reporting system. 

The grant is being used to purchase one PC per ambulance to meet state requirements and be on-line with the state system. 

The benefits of using the PC in the ambulance is that the patient care information can be immediately entered on the scene leading to faster patient care and more accurate documentation of services rendered. 
The Sandhills Area Foundation is a non-profit corporation organized to accept, receive, manage and distribute contributions, devices, bequests and gifts to provide funding for scholarships and grants for the betterment of the community. 

Donations like the Major family donation are appreciated greatly.
Grants awarded to Sparks Community Church


The Sandhills Area Foundation has awarded a grant to the Sparks Community Church in the amount of $500. 
The goal of the Sparks Community Church Board of Directors is to repair the 1888 historic church to it’s original condition. Like many older structures, over the years it has become in need of repair. 

The Sparks community has been pursuing their goal of restoring the historic building for community use now and for future generations. It functions as a nondenominational church. The building is basically sound but is in need of roof repair, painting, etc.

The Sandhills Area Foundation is a non-profit corporation organized to receive, accept, manage and distribute contributions, devices, bequests and gifts to provide funding for scholarships and grants for community betterment. 

Pictured are from L to R: Bob Stetter, Gerald Keech, Mary Young, Ed Heinert, Sylvia Grooms, JD Ross, and George Grooms. 
2004
Donation to Sandhills Area Foundation results in grant to Valentine Fire Department


by Laura Vroman

Pictured L to R: Mary Young, Terry Engles, Dave Major, and Bob Stetter.

A recent donation to the Sandhills Area Foundation allowed the Valentine Fire Department to complete the purchase of some valuable new equipment. To help combat fires, they purchased a Scott Eagle Imager 160 TCS camera. 

“It’s going to give us three major advantages,” said Fire Chief Terry Engles. He named search and rescue as the number one benefit of the small handheld camera which can “see” in a smoke filled or blackened room. 

“The thermal imaging camera gives you the ability to find a small child hiding in a bedroom or a person overcome by smoke.”

Before the camera, firefighters would do a hand to hand search and sweep the room. “You did it all by feel when you searched.” Which also required a lot of man power. 

Another advantage of the camera is that it can detect unseen “hot spots” behind walls and ceilings. It will also allow personnel to get back to work much faster. 

The cross hairs in the screen show the temperature of the object it is pointed to and displays it on the bottom right hand corner to indicate the hot spots that can be smoldering in the wall and not visible to the naked eye.

The camera uses military technology and is built tough and can take quite a bit of heat, Chief Engles said. “You can have it around your neck, and it’s built to crawl with for search and rescue.” 

Engles said the camera will be mounted in truck five, their lead pumper, so it will be ready to go at all times. There are a total of three batteries, one in the camera, and two charging at all times. Each of the batteries is good for six hours. 

“This camera will help us out and will save money. We have to break things to find the hot spots. We have to rip out walls, and this will help tell you if we need to.” Chief Engles said, “It’s a great asset to the personnel in the department. We can be that much faster and can serve our community that much better.” 

The donation to the Sandhills Area Foundation was given in memory of Dave and Kate Major’s recently deceased daughter, Melissa, who’s life ended in October, 2003 in a one-car accident. Additional grant funds are available from the Sandhills Area Foundation to “assist local and area fire departments and ambulance crews in their recruiting, training and to reward their hard work and sacrifice.” 

Grants are available for the assistance of children and families active in foster care in the area for their special needs, and to enhance the lives of senior citizens, “folks that were served and endeared by Melissa.” 

Dave said, “Melissa’s life insurance policies were intended for later in her life. When that changed, we wanted to try and make good things come from her death. “We wanted to show our appreciation to the fire and ambulance crews and the Fire Department chose the camera as one way to do that.” 

President of the Sandhills Area Foundation, Bob Stetter said with a shake of his head and a smile, “It’s a tremendous gift...a very generous gift on Dave and Kate’s part, and it will be used for grants.” 

The Sandhills Area Foundation was formed by local people concerned about the long term well being of our community,” Stetter explained. “It is designed to gather funds in a tax advantaged or tax free way to endow scholarships and make grants possible to better the community.”
Grants awarded to Wood Lake Games Committee


The Sandhills Area Foundation has awarded a grant to the Wood Lake Games Committee in the amount of $500.

The grant will go toward the purchase of children's playground equipment to be constructed in the community park. The Wood Lake Games Committee consists of a group of friends that have children growing up in the Wood Lake area.
 
They have the responsibility of the kid's games at the annual Wood Lake BBQ. Children from throughout the area enjoy these games. All prizes are donated.

Pictured at the presentation are from L to R: Bob Stetter, Lacy Mundorf with son Holden, Sara Furguson, Mary Young, Shelia Osterman and Gerald Keech. Not pictured are Wood Lake Games Committee members Sara Wheeler and Margo Haskell.
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