Nebraska State Fair Announces State Fair Cares Winners

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The Nebraska State Fair is pleased to announce that TeamMates Mentoring Program of Nebraska and the Plainsman Museum in Aurora as the top two winners respectively of the Nebraska State Fair Cares program.

The Nebraska State Fair Cares Statewide Non-Profit Program was set up in early 2014 to benefit bona fide non-profit organizations through the state. Winners are allowed premium access to the Nebraska State Fair visitors for solicitation of funds, item collection or program awareness.

As the non-profit receiving the most votes, TeamMates Mentoring Program will receive access to over 80,000 fairgoers on the second weekend of the fair on August 30, 31, and September 1, 2014. As the second selection, the Plainsman Museum will have access to 75,000 fairgoers on the fair’s first weekend, August 23 and 24, 2014.

According to State Fair executive director, Joseph McDermott, “We want to help these organizations thrive. Each will receive gate and parking passes to the fair and hotel accommodations. Both programs will be educating fairgoers about their programs and will receive $2,500 each from the Nebraska State Fair to further their missions.”

TeamMates Mentoring Program will attend the State Fair with the goal of recruiting at least 20 new mentors during the weekend and raise awareness of the scale of the TeamMates Mentoring Program, which benefits more than 6,000 youth across Nebraska.

The Plainsman Museum is known for their large and varied collection of artifacts that describe and illustrate how life was lived on the plains. They plan on using their time at the State Fair by creating a hands-on history display that would help increase the awareness of what the Plainsman has to offer.

Each entry applying for the Nebraska State Fair Cares Program has to operate within the State Fair’s Mission:

The Nebraska State Fair: The nation’s most innovative exhibition focusing on the interactive agriculture and educational experiences promoting families, fun and Nebraska pride.

McDermott said, “That is clearly the case with both the TeamMates Mentoring Program and the Plainsman Museum. On behalf of the Nebraska State Fair board of directors, and staff, I want to congratulate both organizations for a job well done.”