Frankfort Gives Donation Drive Breaks $75,000


Donations of 619 gifts toward local nonprofits in the Frankfort community totaled $52,900 Tuesday during the annual Giving Day, plus any mail-in contributions. $24,000 in matching funds will be applied, bringing the grand total to well over $75,000, topping last year’s number which was nearly $75,000.

The Frankfort Development Trust grade school restoration project topped donations, with $6,785, while the scout troop and Frankfort Wildcat Boosters each raised more than $5,000. Tops in number of contributions were the Wildcat Boosters with 80, and the school restoration project with 48. The leaderboard is posted on the organization website,

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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