2016 banquet


Federal Judge Donovan Frank makes a point during his speech at the annual banquet April 16..

Judge describes role community 

played in providing his foundation

Donovan Frank admits he wasn’t exactly a model citizen while growing up in the Spring Valley area back in the 1960s.  However, the community subtly guided him to the right path, which eventually led him to his position as a federal judge.

Frank described the role the community played in his life journey Saturday evening in front of approximately 200 people attending the Spring Valley Area Community Foundation banquet at Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery.

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Foundation celebrates fifth anniversary


About 200 people came out to help the Spring Valley Community Area Foundation celebrate its fifth anniversary during an annual banquet Saturday at Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery.

President Sue Kolling thanked the communities of Spring Valley, Wykoff and Ostrander for their support. She noted that the founders, who first supported the foundation, were an important component in getting this activity started.

“Five years ago we were selling a dream — a dream of what we could accomplish — and here we are five years later,” said Kolling.

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2015 banquet


Guest speaker Chris Erichsen talks about success, using the Little Husker 1k kids run as an example, during the Spring Valley Area Community Foundation banquet Saturday.

Foundation fuels passion 

for community investment

When Spring Valley Area Community Foundation President Sue Kolling began her career many years ago, she asked the late John Osterud, who founded what is now Home Federal Savings Bank, for investment advice.

“I remember John looking at me and saying, ‘Sue, the best investment one can make is in their community’,” Kolling told the approximately 160 people at the foundation annual banquet Saturday at Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery.

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2014 banquet


Potential of DMC, review of projects focus of banquet

Jerry Williams started a conversation about the impact of Destination Medical Center on Spring Valley Saturday night at the annual banquet of the Spring Valley Area Community Foundation.

His challenge to the more than 100 guests present at the banquet is to continue the conversation.

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Foundation board members also reviewed the projects of the past year and gave a peek at what may be ahead.

Foundation review

2013 banquet


Future the focus of program at foundation  banquet 

A crowd of more than 100 people heard from the future and about the future at the annual banquet of the Spring Valley Area Community Foundation last Wednesday at the Root River Country Club.

The program at the banquet began with Kingsland Elementary School students Madison Himle and Luke Howard telling about their experiences in the Gateway Academy, a week-long academic summer camp offered last year at Kingsland funded by a donation from the foundation. The program ended with guest speaker Duane Benson telling about forces shaping the future that these two young people will enter, and, in many ways, is already here even if many of the adults in the room weren't aware of the changes that have escaped their notice.

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Photos from 2012