NMC To Be Featured on NET's "Nebraska Philanthropy" Program

  • Date: June 12, 2012

LINCOLN, Neb. --- The second season of "Nebraska Philanthropy: Investing In Our Future" premieres Friday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m. CT on NET1/HD with two stories of families that turned heartbreaking loss into a commitment to help others.

After losing their beloved Labrador Retrievers, the Nelson family of Tilden embarked on a journey that has resulted in a better quality of life for dogs and cats in shelters across the country. Encouraged by her seven-year-old son Stevie and nine-year-old daughter Ashleigh, Dawn Nelson used her social networking savvy to turn philanthropy into a family project that assists both animals and people in need.

Retired ConAgra CEO, Charles "Mike" Harper and his family lost their precious wife and mother, Josie Harper, to lung cancer in 1999. Since then, the Harper's have touched thousands of lives. Students at Nebraska Methodist College's Josie Harper Campus learn, live and gain clinical experience, all within the span of a few blocks. People undergoing treatment receive comprehensive health and social services in one location through Harper's Hope. The difficulties of end-stage cancer patients and their families are eased because of the Hospice House Josie Harper Residence.

"Nebraska Philanthropy" also visits the 350-resident town of Pleasanton, just north of Kearney, where the community brings truth to the expression "dynamite comes in small packages." Whether it's raising money for a new ambulance, or renovating the historic train depot that is a centerpiece of the city park, this is a community that looks within itself for accomplishment.

In a conversation with "Nebraska Philanthropy" host Jeff Beckman, Jeff Yost, executive director of the Nebraska Community Foundation, says "What we're doing is we're building local leadership. People give to people because they know and trust one another."

The program concludes with the People's City Mission Free Health Clinic in Lincoln, which provides a medical "home" to the uninsured and underinsured, with full range services including dental, medical, chiropractic and eye care, often at no charge. Those services are provided through a volunteer network of practicing and retired doctors and other medical professionals.

This "Nebraska Philanthropy: Investing in Our Future" episode will repeat Sunday, June 17, at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 19, at 11:30 p.m., and Friday, June 29, at 7:30 p.m. on NET1/HD. The program will repeat on NET2 World Saturday, June 16, at 9:30 p.m., Sunday, June 17, at 8:30 a.m., Friday, June 22, at 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 30, at 9:30 p.m. All times listed are in CT.

Current and previous episodes can be viewed online at netNebraska.org/givingback.

"Nebraska Philanthropy" is a production of NET Television. NET1, NET-HD and NET2 World are part of NET Television, a service of NET. For a complete television program schedule, visit NET's website (netNebraska.org/television).

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PROGRAM CONTACT: Penny Costello at pcostello@netnebraska.org or 402-470-6629

WRITTEN BY: Pamela Thompson at pthompson@netNebraska.org or 402-470-6694

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