West Nebraska All-Stars donate game proceeds to local organizations
     2014-11-13      By The Gering Citizen   
SCOTTSBLUFF—West Nebraska All Star Sports, Inc. on Monday made check presentations totaling $4,500 to three organizations from proceeds from this past summer’s West Nebraska All-Star contests.
The Scotts Bluff County Volunteer Center will receive $2,500. The Volunteer Center oversees several community programs including Meals on Wheels, Shopping for Seniors, and Thanksgiving in the Valley.

The Meals on Wheels program delivers approximately 21,000 meals to homebound, elderly or disabled individuals in the community. The Shopping for Seniors program helps homebound individuals with home grocery deliveries. The Scotts Bluff Volunteer Center also helps with the delivery of almost 400 meals for Thanksgiving in the Valley every year.

The Catpack/Puppack Program will receive $1,500. This food backpack program was started in 2009. It provides weekend backpacks to students experiencing a food insecurity. Students are referred by school staff, parents and other community entities. The only requirement is that families qualify for free or reduced lunch, although it is a case by case decision. The backpacks are filled with 15 items of food, with an average cost of $5.50 per backpack.

This year a donation of $500 will be presented to Team Ashtyn. The Team Ashtyn Foundation was founded by Tory and Jennifer Schwartz on behalf of their daughter Ashtyn, who was diagnosed with leukemia. The vision of the foundation is to benefit local families going through similar battles with childhood cancer by offering small magical moments for children.

This past summer’s games marked the 36th year for the football game and the 30th year for the volleyball game. The 2015 West Nebraska All Star Games will be played Saturday, June 13, 2015 in Scottsbluff.

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