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Eagle Cares - Over $16,000 raised for American Red Cross after Nebraska Floods

Posted 04/17/2019 by Eagle Communications

April 16, 2019


CENTRAL CITY, Neb. — When catastrophic flooding hit central Nebraska this spring, Eagle Communications employee-owners went into action — both in the field during recovery efforts and over the airwaves collecting money for the American Red Cross.

Eagle operates broadband, television and telephone systems in 29 Nebraska communities, as well as radio stations and broadband services in Kansas, Missouri, and Colorado.


As part of the fundraising effort, Eagle's Kansas radio stations kicked off Eagle Cares, a cash drive that will result in $ 16,515.12 being donated to the American Red Cross to aid recovery efforts in the Midwest. The donation also includes a generous contribution from the Robert E. and Patricia Schmidt Foundation.


"Eagle Cares really started as soon as our broadband field teams in Nebraska set out to work to ensure our communities stayed connected in the midst of the flooding" said Travis Kohlrus, Vice President of Broadband. "Those teams inspired our employee-owners, company-wide, to come together to give back to our friends and neighbors in the communities, we serve” continued Kohlrus.


As part of a check presentation at Eagle's Central City location Tuesday, Rachelle Lipker, executive director for the American Red Cross Central and Western Nebraska area expressed her gratitude.


"We are certainly proud of the work the Eagle staff has done to rally Kansas communities to help those affected by the recent flooding. Donations of time and money are vital in ensuring the Red Cross is able to mobilize quickly and help those during times of need" said Lipker.


Besides the cash donation, Eagle employee-owners put in countless hours working to restore critical broadband services in the flooded region. Crews quickly restored services to the community of Silver Creek, where a washed-out bridge cut the fiber-optic network.


"We worked at fast as we could, constantly assessing the safety of our teams, to ensure we could get our communities back up and running” said Kelly Bandt, System Maintenance Technician. “We are thankful for your patience and hopeful our communities will recover quickly. We are proud to be Nebraska Strong" said Bandt.


Photo (left to right): Gary Shorman, Tony Caroll, Charlotte Johnson, (holding check): Kelly Bandt and Rachelle Lipker, (left to right): Dan Staack, David Maron, Amanda Bolling