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About Us

The Oregon Trail Community Foundation is dedicated to supporting projects that improve education, our schools, wildlife preservation, historical landmarks, the arts, healthcare and scientific research.

The Foundation offers grants, scholarships and other services to organizations and individuals through funds provided by donations, memberships, bequests, trusts and other financial vehicles.  The Oregon Trail Community Foundation helps you contribute to the betterment of your community.

Since its establishment in 1977

Cricket Simmons, Board member of OTCF, recounts the vision and success of OTCF and the projects we have proudly been a part of for nearly 40 years.

 

With our visionary founders, the Foundation has donated almost 1.5 million dollars.

Celebrating 44 Years
of Commitment
& Support

to the Community

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Cathy McDaniel

Executive Director

OTCF Staff
 

The OTCF Board of Directors

 

Rick Tuggle
Rick Tuggle

Board President First State Bank

John Massey
John Massey

Board Vice President JG Elliott Insurance Co

Joanne Krieg
Joanne Krieg

Chairperson of the Board OTCF Scholarship Chair

Barb Schlothauer
Barb Schlothauer

Vice Chairperson

Lonnie Miller
Lonnie Miller

Board Treasurer Dana F. Cole & Co.

Jim Reinhardt
Jim Reinhardt

OTCF Grants Committee Chairperson B&C Steele Corp.

Judy Chaloupka
Judy Chaloupka

Board Executive Member Theatre West

Marilyn Rahmig
Marilyn Rahmig

Midwest Theater Liaison

Bev Overman
Bev Overman

Board Executive Member

John Selzer
John Selzer

Board Executive Member Simmons Olsen Law Firm

Travis HIner
Travis HIner

Hiner Foundation

Lee Glenn
Lee Glenn
Jack Baker
Jack Baker

Baker & Assoc.

Tom Holyoke
Tom Holyoke

Chaloupka, Holyoke, et al

Jeff Jones
Jeff Jones

Great Gardens, WY

Jane Kelley
Jane Kelley
Hod Kosman
Hod Kosman

Platte Valley Companies

Krystal Palm
Krystal Palm

Aulick StoreAul

Cricket Simmons
Cricket Simmons
John Stinner
John Stinner

Nebraska State Senator

Shannon Crane

Financial Administrator

This statue was placed at the Gering Civic Center in July 1994, and pays tribute to the historic Oregon Trail. The 9-feet tall sculpture depicts a family of settlers who are on the Oregon Trail. The parents are looking toward the Oregon Trail and a little boy is looking East toward home. It stands as a reminder of the pioneer life that is celebrated with the Oregon Trail Days.

"Trails Home" was created by artist Herb Mignery of Estes Park, Colorado. Mignery is a Nebraska native.

Over $100,000 was raised for the project, which was due in part to the support of New Horizon’s members, the City of Gering, business donors who donated over $5,000, and proceeds from the sale of 30 smaller replicas of the statue, which were priced at $2,500 each. Oregon Trail Community Foundation also helped to make donations tax-deductible.

"Trails Home" is proudly owned by the Oregon Trail Community Foundation.

Trails Home