Solomon Valley Community Foundation Announces Grant Awards


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The Solomon Valley Community Foundation is pleased to announce the recent awarding of grants totaling $50,000 to local projects in Mitchell County. Funding of the Grants was made possible from the generosity of The Dane G. Hansen Foundation and the Founding Donors of Solomon Valley Community Foundation through its Community Impact Fund.

The following projects received funding from the Solomon Valley Community Foundation:

 Beloit Area Concert Association for additional chairs for Concerts
 Beloit Arts Center Ltd. for Studio Equipment
 Beloit Blaze Softball Club for Softball / Baseball Field
 Beloit Elementary School for Classroom Interactive Whiteboards
 Beloit Jr. Sr. High School for UAV/Drone Program & Library Media Center 3D Station
 Beloit Parents as Teachers for Hearing Test Equipment
 City of Hunter for City Beautification
 Glen Elder Friends Church for Handicap Accessibility
 Lakeside Elementary School for Chrome-books
 Leadership Mitchell County for Trojan Stadium Speaker System & Tour Guide Systems
 Mitchell County Rescue Squad for Rescue Jaws High Pressure Pump
 Post Rock District, K-State Research & Extension for Soil Testing Equipment
 St. John’s Catholic High School for Media Lab Station
 Tipton Catholic High School for Chrome-books
 Tipton Christian School for Classroom Laptops
 Veterans 4 Veterans Outdoor Adventures Inc. for Office Equipment

“The Board of Directors of Solomon Valley Community Foundation is very pleased to be able to award these grants due to the generous support of individuals, companies and the Dane G. Hansen Foundation,” said John Yeary, Board Member. “There were so many worthy applications, which made it difficult through the selection process. These awards will have a very positive impact on our area.”

Solomon Valley Community Foundation was established in 2013 to allow our communities to plan long term for our families and friends.

The Foundation will accept the next round of grant applications online beginning June 1 with a due date of August 1. For more information, visit Solomon Valley Community Foundation’s website at, call 785-534-1126, or contact any Foundation board member.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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