Norton County Community Foundation Awards $2,160 in March Grant Cycle


Norton, Kansas, March 2022 – Norton County Community Foundation (NCCF) awarded $2,160 in the March grant cycle. Funds were part of the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund, which offers financial support to qualifying and deserving projects and programs in Northwest Kansas. Grant funds supported the following project:
  • Norton Booster Club received $2,160 for their Banner Project.
The Norton Booster Club is an all-volunteer organization that is committed to supporting Norton Community High School coaches, athletes, and school programs in a positive way both on and off the field. Through various efforts, they help to boost the Bluejay spirit and pride throughout our community. Additionally, they raise funds throughout the year to help provide equipment and items to benefit the athletic programs at NCHS.
Through their Banner Project, the Booster Club sells 5×3 canvas banners to businesses and individuals, which are then displayed along the chain link fence at Travis Field. Businesses have the opportunity to renew their sponsorship each year, providing residual income for the Club. Grant funds are used to help cover the cost of printing the banners, so that income can go directly to supporting the athletic programs.
The guidelines and application for the Hansen Community Grant can be found on NCCF’s website at Applications are due the last day of the month to be considered for the next month’s funding. For more information, please contact Bethany Shirk at 785.874.5106,, or visit the NCCF office at the Heaton Building in Downtown Norton, KS, located at 112 S. Kansas Street.
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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