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Concert scheduled to fundraise for child care center

Stick Creek Kids nearing goal, beginning demolition
Published: Sep. 11, 2020 at 6:58 AM CDT
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WOOD RIVER, Neb. (KSNB) - Stick Creek Kids Child Development Center is nearly to its capital campaign goal of $2 million and hoping a benefit concert will help. The center is teaming up with Celebrate Wood River to bring in Rave On! with Billy McGuigan.

The concert is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sep. 13 at Wood River High School. Vehicles cost $20 and can bring up to six people.

Stick Creek will take over the old Good Samaritan Society, bringing a necessary service to Wood River.

“When we think about our community it’s not just Wood River, we think of it kind of regionally, because it’s a regional problem. Actually, it’s a state problem," Elizabeth Troyer-Miller, the board chair for Stick Creek, said. "We’re hoping that what we can offer here, which will be a facility that can have 80 kids at a time, will be able to meet a need for a lot of working parents.”

The center is $250,000 short of its goal and hoping the concert will help near the mark.

“This last bit I think is going to be the hardest to fundraise. We’ve had a lot of community support, we even had some regional support with different foundations and now we’re just looking for extra push to get across that finish line so we can get ourselves open in February.”

Wood River conducted a survey in 2013 that showed Wood River was lacking day care services. Five years later the same survey was conducted and the same result came up. The project for Stick Creek officially began in 2018 and is hoping to be open by February of 2021.

Stick Creek is teaming up with both Rowe Sanctuary and UNL Extension to bring outdoor, interactive learning areas to the center. On top of the outdoor areas the center will have creative curriculum and educational opportunities for children birth through 11 years old.

There will also be a Pre-K program that complements Wood River Elementary’s program.

Stick Creek will accept donations at Sunday’s concert for anyone who attends. Donations can also be made on Stick Creek’s website or in-person at Heritage Bank in Wood River.

More information on the project, including construction updates and fundraising information can also be found on the center’s Facebook page.

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