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Release Date: October 8, 2019
First National Bank of Omaha Announces Winners for 2019 Community First Awards
–Winning Nonprofit Organizations to Receive $25,000, $10,000 and $5,000 Cash Donations–OMAHA, Neb. October 8, 2019. – First National Bank of Omaha has announced the winners of its 2019 Community First Awards, said Alec Gorynski, Vice President, Community Development and Corporate Philanthropy. The Community First Awards recognize and reward nonprofit organizations who are working to strengthen communities across the bank’s service area. The top organization will receive $25,000 to support a project that will make a significant and tangible community impact. One second-place winner will receive $10,000 and one third-place winner will receive $5,000.
The first place winner is The Lane Thomas Foundation, located in Omaha. They will use the $25,000 donation to create an educational and promotional campaign to encourage organ donation, so no child dies while waiting for an organ transplant.
The second place winner is the Nebraska Humane Society, located in Omaha. They will use the $10,000 donation to purchase equipment needed for Animal Control Officers to rescue injured and stranded animals.
The third place winner is Pathways Shelter for the Homeless, located in Yankton, South Dakota. They will use the $5,000 donation to remodel shelter rooms.
First National Bank of Omaha kicked off the 2019 Community First Awards on August 1, inviting nonprofit organizations to nominate their community project during a two-week period. Qualifying nominations were presented to First National Bank of Omaha employees, who voted to select 20 finalists. The public was then invited to vote between September 23 and September 27 for the nonprofit organization whose community project they believe will make a significant contribution to the growth and strength of their community. Overall, a total of 150 nominations were received from nonprofit organizations, more than 2,100 employee votes were received and more than 25,500 public votes were cast.