Dr. Kim Baxter will receive Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation’s “Above and Beyond Award” at the Foundation’s “Red & Black” recognition event on Friday, Feb. 3.Community Foundation president Larry Stobbs praised the personal qualities of Baxter along with his long-time commitment to the Community Foundation and to many other community organizations.
“His volunteer service in the community is extraordinary,” Stobbs said.
Baxter served six years on the Community Foundation’s board of directors, including two years as president.
“He and his wife Nancy established a charitable fund that has helped many worthy community projects,” Stobbs said.
Baxter is a lifelong resident of North Platte. After earning a doctorate in Optometry, he returned to North Platte to practice at Compete Eyecare Associates.
Baxter has held leadership roles with Nebraskaland Days, the North Platte Rotary, the North Platte Chamber of Commerce, North Platte Planning Commission, Community Concert Series, United Way and TeamMates.
He was a founding member of the band “Chance” that entertained the community for 31 years.
Baxter has served the optometry profession in the Nebraska Optometric Association and the Nebraska Board of Optometry. He has volunteered his optometry skills to the poor in Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Kenya and Guatemala.
“The community and my profession have been tremendous to me and my family and also to my partners,” Baxter said, “and I believe in giving back. My parents, as well as my faith, instilled the practice of serving others.”
“Being involved with the Community Foundation is so very gratifying,” Baxter said. “It is such a positive thing and one of the best organizations with which I’ve been associated.”
“We are excited to honor Dr. Baxter for how he has supported our mission to help worthy causes,” said Eric Seacrest, Executive Director of the Community Foundation. “His voluntary service has been remarkable and has greatly benefited people in this area.”
On Friday evening, Feb. 3, Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation will hold its annual “Red & Black” buffet at the Holiday Inn Express. During the event, there will be recognitions and entertainment.
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The Community Foundation administers more than 270 charitable and scholarship funds, each with its own charitable purpose. Well over $1 million is paid each year in scholarships and grants to worthy causes, made possible by donor generosity and investment earnings.