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

Cathy McDaniel

Executive Director

Becky Horne

Membership &

Fund Coordinator

OTCF Staff

Shannon Crane

Financial Administrator

The OTCF Board of Directors


Rick Tuggle
Board President
First State Bank
John Massey
Board Vice President
JG Elliott Insurance Co
Joanne Krieg
Chairperson of the Board
OTCF Scholarship Chair
Barb Schlothauer
Vice Chairperson
Lonnie Miller
Board Treasurer
Dana F. Cole & Co.
Jim Reinhardt
OTCF Grants Committee Chairperson
B&C Steele Corp.
Judy Chaloupka
Board Executive Member Theatre West
Marilyn Rahmig
Midwest Theater Liaison
Bev Overman
Board Executive Member
John Selzer
Board Executive Member
Simmons Olsen Law Firm
Travis HIner
Hiner Foundation
Lee Glenn
Jack Baker
Baker & Assoc.
Tom Holyoke
Chaloupka, Holyoke, et al
Jeff Jones
Great Gardens, WY
Jane Kelley
Hod Kosman
Platte Valley Companies
Krystal Palm
Aulick StoreAul
Cricket Simmons
John Stinner
Nebraska State Senator
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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

Dedicated to improving the quality, vitality and safety of life in

Western Nebraska and Eastern Wyoming.

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P: 308.635.3393                                     Email: info@otcf.org 

Mail:  PO Box 1344, Scottsbluff, NE 69361

Tom Holyoke

Chaloupka, Holyoke, et al