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Wauneta med clinic, senior center put to the ‘challenge’ PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 18 November 2010 19:22

By Josh Sumner

The Wauneta Breeze

 

Money that could have otherwise disappeared due to taxation will instead be infused into the Wauneta community, thanks to BWTelcom and the Raile Family Community Foundation.

The Raile Family Community Foundation recently issued a pair of grant-matching challenges to the Wauneta Senior Center and the Wauneta branch of the Chase County Clinic. The foundation has pledged to match up to $5,000 for the senior center and $20,000 for the medical clinic.

“It’s a way for us to give back to the community,” said Randy Raile, BWTelcom General Manager and Raile Family Community Foundation board member. Raile runs the foundation alongside his wife, Loretta, and daughter, Kacey Raile Harper.

The Raile Family Community Foundation was formed in recent years following the Verizon Wireless buy out of Alltel phone company. BWTelcom was a stockholder in Alltel and was left with few options for cashing out its shares. Instead of putting the money in the bank, which would have led to high taxation, the Railes listened to the advice of a CPA who suggested forming a community foundation.

“I’d like to say it was my idea,” said Randy Raile. Seeing the grant-matching efforts of Great Plains Communication Company in the Imperial community over the last several years also influenced Raile’s decision

Raile said the foundation has became a good vehicle for parking the money tax-free. It has allowed his company to give back to the communities in which it serves.

BWTelcom has made multiple prior contributions to Wauneta’s Chase County Clinic, as well as several organizations in Benkelman — including Wauneta Community Foundation, Dundy County Hospital, the Benkelman Senior Center and the Dundy County Library.

Joey Large, president of the board for the Wauneta Senior Center, said the money would go far in helping operations at the center.

As the Senior Center sees a slight decline in attendance, money-making projects such as Sunday dinners and pancake suppers help fill in the gap between costs and meal subsidies, said Large. The option of having fund-raising efforts matched by the Raile Family Community Foundation is a great opportunity, said Large.

“Our thought process is that if we get this match accomplished, we’ll try to budget it to stretch over two years,” said Large.

People can donate cash to the Wauneta Senior Center by sending funds directly to them, or to the Wauneta Community Foundation. The deadline for sending senior center donations has been set at Feb. 15, 2011.

Brian Harchelroad serves as president of both the Wauneta Community Foundation and Wauneta’s Chase County Clinic Committee. Harchelroad said it’s always good to see generosity started by a giver because it motivates people in a community to get involved and help.

“With giving in small communities, you hope that it feeds off itself,” said Harchelroad.

Harchelroad called BWTelcom a progressive company, and said that he appreciates the generosity of the Raile family. Past matches from the Railes have gone toward construction of the Wauneta’s Chase County Clinic.