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Our cover features Rhonda and Tom Peed, whose charitable giving has benefited Lincoln families and the community for years. They are pictured in front of Sandhills Publishing, one of their three companies now headed up by their three sons. The couple’s community stewardship has grown for three decades along with their business ventures.

Since 1985, when the Peeds moved their publishing business to Lincoln, they have hosted charity events and teamed up with community organizations like the YMCA of Lincoln, Lincoln Children’s Museum, Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital and Lincoln Community Playhouse. The couple also sponsors Junior Achievement of Lincoln, the Great Plains Trails Network, Habitat for Humanity, Friendship Home and the Special Olympics.

The Peeds’ charitable giving is faith-driven, says Rhonda. Of the millions of dollars they invest in the Lincoln community annually, the Lincoln Diocese is their No. 1 benefactor. In addition, the Pius X Foundation honored the Peeds in 2014 with its Distinguished Stewardship award.

Another cause the Peeds value greatly is the Food Bank of Lincoln. They’ve not only given financially, but donate several thousand pounds of beef annually. See much more in Jodi Fuson’s cover story, "Couple's charitable giving benefits Lincoln families, community," posted on this website. We thank Zach Tuttle for contributing this month’s cover photo and photos that accompany the story.

Around town …

I and members of my family enjoyed getting into the Christmas spirit early by attending fundraising events around town for L Magazine. It began with the Starry Nights Christmas tree festival and gala, which took place Nov. 23-25 to raise funds for People’s City Mission. The event moved to Speedway Village this year due to a scheduling conflict with a basketball game at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Although winter weather hampered attendance, the event still raised a little over $100,000 to provide food and shelter for the homeless this winter. See our coverage in the Starry Nights article on this website.

Next we attended Heritage League’s annual Holiday of Trees event at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Part of the proceeds benefited the OVER (Operation Veterans Encouraging Recovery) House. In 46 years, Heritage League has donated $275,000 to local organizations. See my article and photos titled "46th Heritage League Holiday of Trees event benefits OVER," posted on this website.

A timely snow provided an early white Christmas for the Dec. 2 Christmas at Wilderness Ridge Tour of Homes, which benefited St. Michael Catholic School and Parish. The homeowners opened their homes and hearts to the tour guests, sharing many cherished Christmas memories. See our coverage in the "Christmas at Wilderness Ridge tour of homes" article on this website.

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