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Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, an avid community philanthropist since Justin and Jennifer Jones moved from Louisiana and opened Lincoln’s first Raising Cane’s, is partnering with the Lincoln Southeast Kiwanis Club for the club’s annual fundraising dinner.

After 10 years of preparing and serving spaghetti at several church locations, the service club is changing directions and joining forces with the popular restaurant that specializes in chicken fingers. Raising Cane’s will prepare meals of three chicken fingers, sauce, coleslaw, garlic toast, cookies and beverages, served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at Christ United Methodist Church, 4530 A St.

Jennifer Jones said when Raising Cane’s had a chance to partner with Southeast Kiwanis, it seized the opportunity.

“The Lincoln Southeast Kiwanis Club does so much to support our local students and children,” said Jones. “The funds raised at this event help so many great programs throughout the year. We’re excited to play a small part in helping raise funds to keep these programs alive and thriving.”

Where funds go

The event is one of the club’s primary annual fundraisers. Funds support agencies such as:

- CEDARS Youth Services, with back-to-school backpacks and supplies, and toiletry packs for transitory youth;

- Food Bank of Lincoln, with its backpack program for Lincoln students;

- Nebraska Girls State and Boys State, by sponsoring scholarships for two youth to attend each year;

- Camp OK, where scholarships send three fifth-graders to a first-time summer camp experience;

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- Key Club, assisting the high school-level service organization at Lincoln Pius X High School; and

- Several reading and motivational projects in Lincoln’s elementary schools.

Silent auction

The evening of fundraising will include a silent auction from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The 100-plus auction items will include jewelry, craft items, restaurant and recreation experiences, artwork, tickets for Husker football, volleyball and women’s basketball games, and a $100 gift basket from Raising Cane’s. Winners who have left before the auction closes will be notified after the event.

Tickets for the evening are $8 for adults and $5 for ages 4-12; children under age 4 eat free. Tickets may be purchased from any Lincoln Southeast Kiwanis Club member and at the door. Take-out orders will also be available.

For more information, visit the Lincoln Southeast Kiwanis Facebook page. Guests may also visit regular club meetings from noon to 1 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Egg & I restaurant in Clocktower Shopping Center, 70th and A streets.

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L Magazine editor

Mark Schwaninger is L magazine and Neighborhood Extra editor.

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