John Patterson has been elected president of Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation for the new fiscal year, succeeding Bob Spady. Other officers recently elected by the Foundation’s board of directors are: vice president J. Patrick Keenan, and secretary-treasurer Jim McClymont.The Community Foundation currently administers 250 separate charitable and scholarship funds.
“It’s amazing how the funds of the Community Foundation have benefited so many in this entire area,” Patterson said. “I’m thrilled to be part of it.”
Patterson is a lifelong resident of Lincoln County, growing up near Gothenburg and moving to North Platte in 1961 after attending UNL and serving three years in the U.S. Army.
John was employed by BlueCross BlueShield of Nebraska for 36 years. He then directed marketing for First National Bank North Platte. His wife Edy and he owned Pro Printing and Graphics until they sold it in 2010.
John Patterson has served many community organizations. John currently serves on the board of directors of Great Plains Regional Medical Center and the Lake Maloney Property Owners Association.
He previously served three terms on the North Platte city council. He served as president of the local chapter of the Red Cross, North Platte Ambassadors, North Platte Rotary and United Way. He also served on the Buffalo Bill Rodeo Committee and the Development Corporation (DEVCO) board. He has been a TeamMates mentor and coached youth sports teams for over 20 years.
Patterson has served four years on the Community Foundation’s board of directors, including two years as vice president.
“The Community Foundation carries on the legacy of donors for generations,” Patterson said. “This is a great way to benefit communities over a long time period.”
Newly-elected directors to the board of directors of the community foundation are Diana Diffendaffer, Dr. Mark Nielsen, Margene Phares and Kim Steger.
In the last 12 months, the funds of the Mid-Nebraka Community Foundation paid out more than $1 million in scholarships and grants to non-profit organizations, according to Executive Director Eric Seacrest.
The Community Foundation primarily serves North Platte, Lincoln County and the eight bordering counties.
“There are many advantages to donors and their advisors in working with the Community Foundation.” Seacrest said. “The funds administered by the Community Foundation are lasting legacies for donors that support specified charitable causes in a tax-advantaged manner.” The Community Foundation also administers charitable funds for many other non-profit organizations.
For more information about Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation, contact Eric Seacrest, executive director, 120 N. Dewey, North Platte, 308-534-3315.