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First National Bank of Omaha Announces Finalists for 2019 Community First Awards

First National Bank of Omaha Announces Finalists for 2019 Community First Awards

First National Bank of Omaha, which also operates as First National Bank North Platte, has announced the finalists for its 2019 Community First Awards, said Alec Gorynski, Vice President, Community Development and Corporate Philanthropy. The Community First Awards recognize and reward nonprofit organizations who are working to strengthen communities across the bank’s service area. The top organization will receive $25,000 to support a project that will make a significant and tangible community impact. 

Nonprofit organizations were invited to nominate their community project during a two-week period ending on August 16. Qualifying nominations were then presented to First National Bank employees, who voted to select the following 20 finalists:


  • Alliance Recreation Center (Alliance)
  • Crossroads Mission Avenue (Kearney)
  • First Responders Foundation (Omaha)
  • Food Bank of Lincoln (Lincoln)
  • Friends of the Fremont Area Parks (Fremont)
  • Habitat for Humanity of Columbus (Columbus)
  • Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy (Omaha)
  • Imagine Inclusion (Papillion)
  • Lane Thomas Foundation (Omaha)
  • Madonna School and Community Based Services (Omaha)
  • Magdalene Omaha (Omaha)
  • Nebraska Humane Society (Omaha)


  • Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic (Fort Collins)
  • Hearts & Horses (Loveland)
  • Life Stories Child and Family Advocacy Center (Greeley)
  • Sexual Assault Victim Advocacy Center (Greeley)


  • Open Door Rehabilitation Center (Sandwich)
  • Paddle the Kish (fiscal agent Natural Land Institute, Rockford, IL) (Marengo)


  • Veterans Community Project (Kansas City)

South Dakota

  • Pathways Shelter for the Homeless (Yankton)

The public is now invited to vote between September 23 and September 27 via for the nonprofit organization whose community project they believe will make a significant contribution to the growth and strength of their community. Individuals are allowed one vote per day. The winning nonprofit organization will receive a $25,000 cash donation to support its project. One second-place winner will receive $10,000 and one third-place winner will receive $5,000. The winners will be announced in early October.

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