Hevelone Foundation Grant Deadline Approaches


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The Hevelone Foundation is now accepting grant applications for events and projects held in 2020 to support arts activities sponsored by local and regional organizations. Grant application forms are available by writing to The Hevelone Foundation, 609 Elk Street, Beatrice, Nebraska, 68310 or by e-mailing Rich Hovendick at The applications are to be completed and returned to the Foundation by December 1, 2019 for arts-related projects to be calendared in the year 2019. It is anticipated that grants awarded this year will total about $48,000.

The Hevelone Foundation is a tax-exempt charitable foundation funded through the generosity of Maurice S. and Dorothy G. Hevelone. The Hevelones resided in Beatrice, Nebraska after their marriage in 1934 and were active in civic affairs and generously promoted arts-related activities. A generous gift to the Beatrice Educational Foundation by Mrs. Hevelone in memory of her husband Maurice resulted in the construction of the Hevelone Center for Performing Arts, a state-of-the-art, acoustically perfect performance auditorium located at the Beatrice Senior High School. Mrs. Hevelone passed away in 2002 having established The Hevelone Foundation before her death. The foundation was funded with a $750,000 bequest from her estate.

The purpose of the Hevelone Foundation is to:

  • Provide funds for local and regional performances and presentations of the visual and performing arts.
  • To help bring performers and presenters to the Hevelone Center For Performing Arts located at the Beatrice High School.
  • To assist in the funding of arts programs for the youth for which there is no or limited funding available.
  • To assist local and regional civic arts programs for which there is no or limited public funding available.

For the purpose of the Hevelone Foundation’s grant application, visual and performing arts is defined as, but not limited to instrumental and vocal music, theater, dance, painting, sculpture, and film.

If you have any questions, you may contact the members of the Hevelone Foundation including Judi Knowles, Jeff Davis, and Rich Hovendick.

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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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