Longtime Lincoln resident Ethel S. Abbott left a legacy of selfless giving that spans nearly 50 years. On this month’s cover, Ethel S. Abbott Charitable Foundation trustees (from left) Del Lienemann Jr., Denise Scholz (treasurer), Doug Lienemann and Dorothy Pflug (president), and University of Nebraska Foundation President Brian Hastings gather in front of the 240,000-square-foot Howard L. Hawks Hall building, home of UNL’s College of Business. The Abbott Foundation committed $375,000 to the Hawks Hall project when it was dedicated three years ago.
“Far-reaching” and “comprehensive” describe the foundation’s ongoing giving over the past 48 years, with over $27 million distributed just since 1992. Learn more about Ethel S. Abbott, her foundation’s history and the organizations that have benefited in Jodi Fuson’s cover story on this website. We thank Gwyneth Roberts, Journal Star photographer, for shooting our April cover photo.
In this issue, you’ll find other heartwarming examples of community giving. Also in this issue and on this site, you can see that the Friends of Lied nonprofit membership organization has introduced a new “Support Our Stages” campaign to help support the Lied Center for Performing Arts during the pandemic. The campaign enables patrons to share their passion for the performing arts by virtually filling the Lied Center’s seats with customized “paper patron” cutouts.
In addition, Make-A-Wish Nebraska hosted its annual Wish Ball via Zoom on Saturday, Feb. 20, with the theme “Hope is Essential.” Thanks to generous sponsors and viewers, this event raised over $108,000, which will be used to grant the wishes of children battling critical illnesses right here in Nebraska. See the details and photos on this site.
The Helping Hands Auction, an annual fundraiser coordinated by United Way Women in Philanthropy, also went virtual this year due to the pandemic. The 14th annual event raised $44,000 to provide diapers and winter clothing for children and families in need right here in Lincoln and Lancaster County. See the details on this site.
Nearly 700 donors came together to raise over $1 million for early childhood education during the third annual Lincoln Littles Giving Day on Feb. 12, Abraham Lincoln's birthday. See that article on this site as well.
Need some new ideas for family-sized take-out meals? See what Billy’s, Florio’s and Parker’s Smokehouse offer in Larry Kubert’s restaurants feature story on this site.
You’ll find these and many more stories about local leaders, art, photography, gardening, golf and more in this issue of L Magazine. Thanks for reading!
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