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That’s the number of dollars raised over the last decade by the Completely KIDS Guild. That number is also a pretty good estimate of the number of smiles put on the faces of kids over those same years.

In addition to raising funds to support Completely KIDS’ community-based programs, the guild gives of their time and efforts to volunteer for both the CF26 and weekend foods programs and organizes other efforts throughout the year to ensure that programs have the materials they need to capture both the minds and hearts of all in Completely KIDS.

“The Guild is so much more than just a money-raising body,” said Completely KIDS executive director Penny Parker. “They have also done so much in raising our visibility in the community and, after all, isn’t that what a great guild does?”

“We are a working group, one that doesn’t shy away from jump-in-and-get-your-hands-dirty jobs,” explained Guild President Cindy Leiferman.

“You won’t find a lot of honorary titles around here,” said the woman who founded the guild and now works for Completely KIDS. “For us the honor comes from working hard to make Omaha a better community for all of our neighbors.”

This roll-up-your-sleeves attitude doesn’t mean that the group doesn’t know how to have a good time.

Chants of “Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!” echoed at the organization’s annual Author Luncheon in April when motivational writer Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger took the stage to relay the story that inspired the blockbuster 1993 movie that chronicled his briefest of glory with Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish football team.

Up next for the guild is the October 7th Big Red Tailgate, the scarlet-and-cream-splattered event where you get to carry the pigskin in support of programs which make a difference in the lives of thousands of kids every year.

Last year’s Big Red Tail Gate raised a record$174,000.

“Our guild has always had great leadership,” Leiferman added, “something that will continue when our current president, Dawn Dinsdale, passes the gavel to Brenda Christensen in January. We are fortunate to have so many people who care about the children in our community and making their lives better.”

Visit completelykids.org for more information on how to join or support the guild.


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