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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the Lincoln Community Foundation

By: Stephanie Dumm News Messenger Reporter
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As Luck Would Have It What: St. Patrick’s Day celebration to benefit Lincoln nonprofits When: 5 to 11 p.m. on March 17 Where: McBean Park Pavilion, 65 McBean Park Drive Cost: $25 per person Info: Tickets are available at City Hall (660 6 th Street), call 424-2490 Get into the giving spirit with some corned beef, cabbage and green beer at this year’s Lincoln Community Foundation fundraiser. The foundation is holding As Luck Would Have It, a St. Patrick’s Day celebration to raise money for the organization’s cause. “The Lincoln Community Foundation is a nonprofit that raises funds to benefit our Lincoln not-for-profit groups,” Kris Wyatt, Lincoln Community Foundation president, said. “We only give once a year, and that’s why we have this one fundraiser.” This year, the foundation donated $21,000 to 15 Lincoln nonprofit organizations, according to Wyatt. Lincoln Community Foundation vice president Susan Cope said the Lincoln Community Foundation has granted nonprofit groups with “more than $221,779” since 2005. The March 17 fundraiser is the foundation’s primary fundraiser, according to Wyatt, and was originally scheduled to be held in August. It was postponed because of the tanker fire. “We had sold tickets, so we gave all of the money back, but some people said hang onto it or use it as a donation,” Wyatt said. “The biggest part was we didn’t have the money to give as much as we could have.” Wyatt said the foundation may continue having the fundraiser around St. Patrick’s Day, because “people are ready to get out and do some celebrating.” “We are going to have music and dancing, with some Irish music, and a silent auction and raffle,” Wyatt said. Most of the money raised by the Lincoln Community Foundation goes to nonprofits that benefit Lincoln’s youth, according to Wyatt. “It’s important to get them to be involved in their community, and people want to help them out and inspire and motivate them,” Wyatt said. “It is so exciting to see that organizations can take our money and complete a project from beginning to end.” Cope noted that the foundation “benefits only the Lincoln community,” and residents “will benefit in the future from the monies raised.” “This is the only fundraiser the Lincoln Community Fundraiser sponsors and the funds raised are returned back to the community to assist in providing services during these hard economic times,” Cope said.