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Nemaha County Gives Back fundraiser set for Saturday, Nov. 16 at Peru State


(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College’s Club Council, in partnership with Southeast Nebraska Community Action (SENCA), will host a fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 in the Peru State Student Center to raise money for Nemaha County Gives Back 2013.

The evening will include a formal dinner, provided by the Peru State Creative Dining, as well as musical entertainment from local groups and a live auction featuring items from local businesses and decorated Christmas trees. The auction, which is open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m.

The event is being held to raise money to benefit those less fortunate during the holiday season. All proceeds from the dinner and auction, as well as other donations, will be distributed to qualifying individuals/families in the form of gift cards to assist with holiday meal and gift expenses.

Cost to attend the dinner is $30 per person. Cost to purchase a table (8 seats) is $200. Space is limited. RSVP by Friday, Nov. 8 to reserve a seat. Complete the reservation form, print and return it to Peru State College c/o Nemaha County Gives Back, P.O. Box 10, Peru, NE 68421. Please note any special dietary needs. Area businesses, churches, non-profit organizations and individuals who wish to contribute to the effort but cannot attend the benefit dinner can make donations by the same means.

Non-perishable food items and cold weather clothing will also be collected at the event. Distribution of the donations will occur Dec. 4-6.

Peru State First Lady and Nemaha County Gives Back Committee Member Elaine Hanson said, “It has been an inspiration to watch the passion of Peru State students as they work to make the holidays a bit brighter for their neighbors in Nemaha County through planning Nemaha County Gives Back. It comes as no surprise to me because I have the privilege of experiencing this kind of genuine care and compassion for others on a daily basis around campus.”

Campus Activities Board President Jessica Merrill, a business administration/marketing major from Murray, said, “The ultimate goal of Nemaha County Gives Back is to bring the community together and help those in need. Being a part of this project not only gives perspective on being thankful for what you have, it gives a certain sense of fulfillment that you can help your fellow community members. Words cannot describe how amazing it is to be a part of this project.”
Peru State Student Activities Coordinator Chelsea Allgood said, “Having the opportunity to organize this annual event is something I am very enthusiastic and passionate about. As a life-long resident of Nemaha County, I fully understand the sense of community and giving nature of our neighbors. I am very proud of the students at Peru State who are really taking this cause to heart and giving back to this community. Seeing everyone come together every year has brought hope to so many residents of Nemaha County and we look forward to continuing the spirit of giving during this holiday season.”

Nemaha County residents in need of financial assistance can contact the SENCA Nemaha County Outreach Office at 1908 O St. in Auburn or 402-274-4666 or visit Applications will be accepted Oct. 14 through Nov. 1.

For more information on how to get involved or to reserve a Christmas tree for your business or organization, contact Allgood at 402-872-2252 or

SENCA has been serving low-income families in local and area communities through a variety of programs and services to help them achieve self-sufficiency since May 1966.