Marysville Community Foundation Celebrates Pony Up Marysville Campaign


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The Marysville Community Foundation celebrated the recent success of the Pony Up Marysville campaign, and the occasion of the groups third anniversary on Wednesday evening with a dinner, and recognition program.

The foundation has grown nearly 200% this past year, to a total of $440,000 in donated funds. The boost was in large part due to the success of the recent Pony Up Marysville campaign, which surpassed expectations totaling $160,000 from local donors, contributed toward local causes. Representatives from a number of those benefit groups were on hand to thank the foundation, and donors, as well as the community for support.

President Jeff Christ challenged those in attendance to pass the word of the community foundation, and urged all to consider leaving just 5% of their estates back to the community for the future. He added that local banks, financial planners, and attorneys have information on the program. The date was also announced for Pony Up 2018, which will be May 4th.

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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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