Business Reports: Railside honored with Nebraska Main Street Network awards

Business Reports: Railside honored with Nebraska Main Street Network awards

The Nebraska Main Street program has recognized the Grand Island Business Improvement District in its awards for the best downtown revitalization projects of 2017-2018.

“The Nebraska Main Street Network celebrates the communities, people, projects and activities that make the Main Street program thrive,” said Elizabeth Chase, executive director of the Nebraska Main Street Network. “There are 21 competitive award categories and all member communities are eligible to submit nominations. We are always excited to see what communities nominate each year. These are projects, activities and people that have significant meaning to their local downtown economic development efforts.”

The Grand Island Railside BID Rental Assistance Program received the Business Recruitment, Retention & Support Program award.

Also, Brent Lindner and Sharena Anson of Railside Grand Island received Volunteer of the Year awards.

Kinkaider Railside & Prairie Pride Brewing of Grand Island received a Business of the Year award.

Grand Island Railside was one of three downtowns recognized with more than 1,000 volunteer hours for the year, with a total of 1,736 volunteer hours at Railside.

Grand Island was one of six communities recognized for achieving Main Street America accreditation. These communities were recognized at the National Main Streets Conference in March in Kansas City.

Sunheat Open Golf Tournament planned for Aug. 3

Sunheat International will host its 11th annual Sunheat Open Golf Tournament on Aug. 3 at Centura Hills Golf Club in Cairo, with proceeds donated to a former employee and family friend, Zach Hill, as he awaits a liver transplant.

The money raised by the golf tournament will help Hill and his wife, Falisha, and son, Ben, pay medical bills.

Sunheat has given proceeds of previous tournaments to many causes over the years, including Central Nebraska Humane Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Tom and Nancy Osborne’s TeamMates mentoring program and individuals in need.

The Sunheat Open features games such as Wheel of Fortune, the Marshmallow Drive, and a returning favorite, Golf Pong. Many awards are handed out, including a Sportsmanship Award.

The cost to participate is $65 per person or $260 per foursome. This price includes 18 holes of golf, a riding cart, hamburger dinner, drink coupon, putting contest and a chance for one of many flag prizes. There will be a brief awards presentation and dinner directly after golf in the clubhouse.

For more information on participating as a golfer or a sponsor, contact Danielle Shenk at Sunheat International at (308) 382-8137 or email

Sunheat International manufactures infrared heaters and is the proprietary manufacturer for many other home and patio products, such as patio heaters, massage chairs and misting fans.

New Beginnings Family Services opening new facility

New Beginnings Family Services will host a grand opening and ribbon cutting for its new facility June 22 at 620 N. Webb Road.

The event will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with lunch served and staff providing tours of the facility.

Von Lutz is chief executive officer of the company.

For more information, call (308) 675-0060.

Runza recognizes G.I. store on Webb Road

The Runza Restaurant on Webb Road in Grand Island was honored at the company’s recent awards celebration.

The store received the Outstanding Store Culture honor. To earn this award, a store must have attained high scores on the employee satisfaction survey, achieved a turnover rate at or below company average, promoted employees, and held an employee social event. Miguel Sandoval, general manager, accepted the award on behalf of the store team.

Sandoval also received the Runza Rock Star award. This recognition is given to management team members who are loyal and consistently go above and beyond the call of duty.

“Having the vision to create an amazing culture is one of the most important things management team members can do for their store,” said Donald Everett Jr., president of Runza National.

First National Bank seeks grant applications for educated workforce initiatives

First National Bank is accepting applications for its upcoming community development grant cycle, focused on programs related to educated workforce initiatives.

“First National Bank’s Community Development Grant Program is designed to help our partners achieve maximum impacts that help strengthen our communities,” said Alec Gorynski, vice president of community development and corporate philanthropy.

The second 2018 grant cycle opened on June 4 for educated workforce programs, which are dedicated to strengthening individual core competencies that will improve personal economic self-sufficiency, including adult basic education and vocational and employability training. Programs must be implemented for the benefit of low- or moderate-income individuals, families and/or communities within the First National Bank footprint. The bank operates in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas.

First National Bank will accept applications from eligible nonprofit community organizations through July 6. For more information and to apply, visit: and click on Request Support.

In the first grant cycle of 2018, First National Bank awarded $904,000 to 47 organizations in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas. The grants supported programs focused on increasing access to stable housing, revitalizing neighborhoods and building strong local economies.

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