Grand Island philanthropists Kim and Tom Dinsdale were honored with the “Andra Franklin Service Award” by the Nebraska Greats Foundation at the 2020 Millard Roofing Celebrity Sports Night presented by 1st State Bank Thurs Feb 13, 2020 at the LaVista Convention Center.
“There are no two people in the world who care more about their community, state, country and the people in it than Kim and Tom. Their support of the NGF mission has been transformational and speaks to the innate care and concern they, as Nebraskans have for each of us.” Says Jim Rose, Executive Director of the Nebraska Greats Foundation.
Recognized as two of Nebraska’s most generous philanthropists Kim a native Texan and Tom, who grew up in Palmer, NE have led major development efforts at Hastings College, The Duck Derby, the United Way of the Heartland, The Stuhr Museum, Heartland Events Center, the Grand Island Community Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, and the University of Nebraska. Their commitments range from the Arts to Athletics to Education.
The Award, named after the former Husker football standout is the inspiration for the NGF. Franklin, an All Big 8 running back and 2nd round NFL draft choice, passed away in 2006 unable to access life saving medical care due to financial difficulties
In addition to the Franklin Award, the 2020 event highlights included a public reunion of the 1983 Husker Football “Scoring Explosion” backfield combination of Turner Gill, Mike Rozier, Irving Fryar and Mark Schellen reminiscing about their record setting days on and off the field.
The Nebraska Greats Foundation provides life-saving emergency support to any former letter winner from any of the 15 Nebraska based colleges and universities who qualify financially and medically. The NGF is a 501C-3 non profit. All cash donations are tax deductible and can be made online at www.negreats.org