Washington County Community Foundation To Host ‘Match Madness’


By Bruce Dierking – KNDY News

The Washington County Community foundation will host a county wide giving day, match madness on Tuesday May 7th. Any donations received that day will be matched at a fifty percent rate, from a $2,500 pool. Donations may be sent online at anytime May 7th, postmarked and mailed May 7th to the foundation at P.O. Box 24 in Washington, or may be given to board members Donna Frye, Stephen Hendrickson, Chad Hiltgen, Steven Jonas, Doris Nanninga, Clarice Ohlde, Mary Spence, or Steve Wieters. Contributions are tax deductible.

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Over $13,000 was recently awarded to a dozen charitable organizations, including Hanover for a handicapped accessible sidewalk at Vets Park, new chairs at the Morrowville Community Center and Washington County Fairgrounds, park restroom upgrades at Greenleaf, an AED at the Washington County Courthouse, as well as KSDS, St. John’s School and Church, Hanover, and USD 223.

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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