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3/27/2014 -
You Could be One Paycheck Away from Being Hungry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

As food insecurity rises in our communities, the 2014 Scouting for Food Drive, sponsored by ConAgra Foods Foundation, aims to collect food for those who are in need. Many families are just one paycheck away from needing the Food Bank’s services. Scouts will be delivering door hangers in local neighborhoods on April 5 and will come back to collect the donated food on doorsteps on April 12.

Residents are encouraged to place non-perishable goods in a bag on their door step by 8 a.m. Saturday, April 12 to be picked up by the Scouts. Additional drop-off locations include all local Hy-Vee supermarkets.

Food can be dropped off all week at area Hy-Vee locations. Additionally, Hy-Vee will be selling $5.00 and $10.00 Scouting for Food bags to help provide more food for those in need. On April 12, Scouts will load donations from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. into Werner Enterprise trucks at 144th and Stoneybrook, 156th and Maple, 180th and Pacific Street, and 50th and Center and for transportation to the Food Bank for the Heartland. Scouts will also load a Food Bank van at 90th and Center Street at the Hy-Vee.

ConAgra Foods Foundation is proud to partner with the Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council for the 20th year in a row to lead the way in doing service for the community and help end hunger. The food and cash donations are directed to Food Bank for the Heartland, the Food Bank of Siouxland, and other local food pantries.

This year marks the 5th year that Hy-Vee has partnered with the Scouts for this food drive. Hy-Vee is dedicated to doing good deeds in our community.

Many people in our own community report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities, according to a Hunger in America study. Food from this drive directly benefits those who need it most in our communities. Scouts participate in Scouting for Food to fulfill their oath to "help other people at all times." Scouting promotes community involvement and emphasizes youth helping other youth.

For more information, visit www.mac-bsa.org/ScoutingForFood.

Background Information | Hunger Fact Sheet | Timeline

2/11/2014 -
Investment in Character Leadership Team to Fund Boy Scouts

(Omaha, NE) – February 10, 2014 – Bob Dalrymple, Executive Vice President of Bank of the West, will lead the Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council in their annual investment in character campaign efforts to raise more than $1.2 million.

The campaign has four divisions. Each division chair is in the process of recruiting teams to help them reach their campaign goals. The campaign will kick-off on Thursday, February 27 at 5:15 p.m. at Quality Brands of Omaha Anheuser-Busch, 13255 Centech Road, Omaha, NE 68138.

In addition to leading the entire campaign, Dalrymple will also lead one of four divisions. He has been on the board of directors for the council for seven years. Professionally, he serves as Executive Vice President of the West Midwest Division at Bank of the West. Dalrymple leads the division's retail and commercial banking, acquired in 2005 with the purchase of Commercial Federal Corp. of Omaha. He joined Bank of the West when it acquired United California Bank in 2002 and served as its Manager of Los Angeles County division.

Jeff Sharp, Principal at Silverstone Group, will lead another division of the fundraising campaign. Sharp has more than 27 years of experience, providing wealth management and retirement planning solutions. In 2011 and 2010, Sharp was identified as a Top Wealth Manager in Nebraska by receiving the Premium Advisor Award which is awarded by the National Association of Board-Certified Practices.

Additionally, Mike Mapes, President and CEO of the Alliance Group, will lead a third division. Mapes achieved the rank of Life Scout as a youth in Troop 120 from Norfolk, NE.

Finally, Michael Myer, Operating Partner with McCarthy Capital, will lead the fourth division. He also achieved the rank of Life Scout as a youth in Troop 390 from Omaha. Prior to joining McCarthy Capital in 2013, Meyer spent 20 years at Tenaska, Inc., most recently as Vice President of Asset Management for the Operations Group. His prior experience includes many years of financial and operations management experience in the banking and energy industries.

The Mid-America Council is making a change to their annual fundraising campaign. The Friends of Scouting campaign has been re-named the Investment in Character campaign. Investing in Scouting helps to provide more youth with unparalleled experiences. The Mid-America Council is able to offer more activities and reach more youth when funding is available to support the program. Investing in character is more than being a friend. Investors have a share or a stake in the program. Belief in the benefits of the Scouting program is what makes investing in Scouting a worthwhile cause.

For more information, contact Melissa Stricherz, Director of Development, at 402.431.9272 x 209


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