4.21.13 Jan's Emma Dedicated At Jan Pitsch Green
Story from the McCook Daily Gazette
|Nebraska artist Sondra Jonson with Jan's Emma|
About 40 people gathered on Sunday afternoon, April 21, at the new "Jan Pitsch Green" in Lincoln for the dedication of a life-size bronze sculpture by Cambridge artist Sondra L. Jonson. The 4 ft. long, 100 pound bronze is a portrait of "Emma," the late Jan Pitsch's pedigree standard poodle. Ms. Pitsch was honored by the Lincoln Parks Foundation with this park named in her honor for the countless volunteer hours she gave in keeping Sheridan Avenue beautiful. The park is located on the south side of Sheridan near 37th St."Emma" now watches the eastbound traffic on Sheridan from her relaxed position by the new park bench and plantings on the Green. Jonson worked with the Lincoln Parks Foundation and the real "Emma" as a model. This is not the first time Jonson has sculpted a portrait honoring volunteers. Her bronze of Annie Morse graces McCook's Community Hospital, and her portrait of a Boston Terrier enhances Stransky Park in Lincoln.
4.19.13 Centennial Mall Campaign Announces Monumental Gift
Nebraska's Centennial Mall reached a milestone in a four-year fund-raising effort with the announcement of a historic $2 million gift from a Nebraska native. The donation from Glenn Korff of Boulder, Colorado is the largest amount ever given to the Lincoln parks system. The gift will allow final construction to begin this summer on the seven-block Mall that connects the State Capitol with the University of Nebraska. With the campaign reaching its $9.6 million initial goal, the project will be completed in spring 2015 in time for the Nebraska Sesquicentennial Celebration in 2017. The $9.6 million includes construction costs and a $1.5 million endowment.
|Nebraska native Glenn Korff|
Korff was raised in Hebron and graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1965 with a bachelor's degree in chemistry. After earning an MBA at the University of Pennsylvania, Korff worked for Salomon Brothers from 1969 to 1974 and for Goldman Sachs from 1974 to 1992 in New York City. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1967 to 1973 and was cited as a military honor graduate on completion of his active duty. Since 1992, Korff has been semi-retired, managing Korff Holdings, a personal investment company. He is a fourth-generation Nebraskan.
"I am very grateful to have the opportunity to make this gift," Korff said. "This is a project that sells itself. The renovation of the Centennial Mall will benefit the State of Nebraska, the City of Lincoln and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus for generations to come. I am happy to be a part of it."
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Campaign Reaches $9.6 Million Goal Omaha World Herald
$2 Million Gift Allows Mall to Move Forward Lincoln Journal Nebraska Native Donates $2 Million Channel 7 KETV
Nebraska Native Donates $2 Million to Lincoln Project Scottsbluff Star Herald
A Mall Gift To Remember Lincoln Journal Star Editorial
Event Photo Album
4.17.13 Sherman Field at Sampson Park Grand Opening & Dedication
Take Me Out To the Ballgame! Please join special guests, donors, supporters, and fans at historic Sherman Field (2nd & South Streets) to celebrate the completion of our $2.2 million capital campaign. Media event and dedication ceremonies commence at 4:00 pm, ceremonial first pitch by Mayor Beutler at 4:50 pm, and LPS Varsity game at 5:00 pm. Free admission! Light snacks provided by the Lincoln Parks Foundation. For more information please call 402-441-8258
Event Photo Album
Lincoln Journal Star Photo Gallery
Sherman Field Dedication-Lincoln Journal Star
10/11 Sports-Community Celebrates Sherman Field
3.14.13 Mayor Thanks Lincoln's Support For $2 for Trees & Lincoln Cares
Mayor Chris Beutler thanked Lincoln residents who donate $12 a year to help out an assortment of programs during a Thursday news conference.
Water customers add $2 to their bi-monthly water bills through the 2 for Trees program, which raised about $110,000 in its first year to help plant and maintain city trees.
Read the Full Story in the Lincoln Journal Star
Read Mayor Beutler's Media Release
3.1. 13 Lincoln Journal Star - Nebraska's Centennial Mall Will Be High Tech By 2017
|Renovation Plans for Nebraska's Centennial Mall|
Fourth-graders on field trips to the Capitol will get a new interactive, educational opportunity along the renovated Centennial Mall's "Spirit of Nebraska" pathway.
They'll be able to scan QR codes -- the square-shaped pixelated designs -- on plaques about industries, important figures and historical sites in Nebraska history that will line the mall, and more on the topics will pop up on their smartphones and tablets.
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9.13.12 Union Plaza Grand Opening Celebration News & Photos
Thank you Lincoln! On September 13, 2012 Lincoln turned out in force to celebrate the Grand Opening of Lincoln's newest destination attraction and the first of its kind six acre urban park-Union Plaza. Union Plaza is located north of "O" Street between 21st and 22nd Streets in the heart of central Lincoln. Union Plaza is named in honor of our generous lead donor, Union Bank.
|The community turns out to the official public Grand Opening Celebration for Union Plaza 9/13/12|
The City of Lincoln, Union Bank, and the Lincoln Parks Foundation joined with the community, 500+ generous donors, and local VIPs to celebrate the success of Union Plaza. The $4.75 million fundraising campaign was managed by the Lincoln Parks Foundation. A special thanks to our campaign co-chairs Beatrice Seacrest, Patty Pansing Brooks, TJ McDowell, and Roger Larson.
We hope you enjoy this sampling of the news coverage regarding this fun filled and historic day.
Hundreds Swarm Union Plaza Grand Opening-Lincoln Journal Star
Union Plaza Grand Opening (News Conference) - Channel 5 City TV
Mayor Thanks Union Bank & Other Park Donors-10/11 News
Union Plaza Grand Opening (Photo Album-Union Bank & Trust Facebook page)
Lincoln Dedicates Park- Omaha World Herald
Union Park Advertised as Lincoln's Central Park-Lincoln Journal Star
Festivities Planned For Union Plaza-Lincoln Journal Star
Antelope Valley Project Complete-10/11 News