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Memorial Stadium Campaign

Opportunities of this scope and magnitude 
don’t come along often as history has shown,
and when they do,
you run with them!

The Memorial Stadium Project is an opportunity for you to honor past tradition while leaving a lasting legacy to impact generations to come. By choosing one of the three options below, you have the ability to give in a way that is most convenient for you, while investing in our community’s future.

Make a One-Time Donation (use form below)
Make a Recurring Donation (click here)
Pledge Card (pdf download)

If you prefer to give by check or money order, donations can be mailed to:   

Grand Island Public Schools Foundation
PO Box 4904
Grand Island, NE 68802-4904

We have raised $16,621,325.00 of our $17,000,000.00  goal.

With your one-time gift, we can renovate Memorial Stadium to preserve its history and assure it will continue to serve our students and the Grand Island community well into the next seventy years.

Thank you in advance for your vision and generosity.

  • Leadership Levels

    Hall of Fame
    $300,000 - $499,999
    $100,000 - $299,999
    $50,000 - $99,999
    $25,000 - $49,999
    $10,000 - $24,999
    Team Captain
    $5,000 - $9,999
    $2,500 - $4,999

    All gifts will be recognized.
    Gifts of $2,500+ will be included in a permanent display at the stadium.

    $1,000 - $2,499
    $500 - $999

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Donor Wall

Together we have built the finest high school stadium in Nebraska for our children and our community.  Our original goal was $17 million. We are now just $252,149 away from that goal.  We have built it.  We have celebrated. And, this lasting facility has hosted tens of thousands of people in just two years.

  • Stadium Donor List

    Lead Gift
    Lanny & Sharon Martin

    $500,000+ Hall of Fame
    Tom & Kim Dinsdale

    Dianne & David Barker
    Janet & Dale Benson
    Les & Vera Martin
    Tom & Kathy Martin
    Carol & Robert Noah

    $100,000+ - All-American
    Five Points Bank
    GISH Athletic Booster Club
    Home Federal Bank
    Jerry’s Sheet Metal Heating & Cooling, Inc. - Hehnke Family
    Bill Marshall III
    Nebraska Department of Environment & Energy

    $50,000+ - All-State
    Anderson Auto Group
    Margaret Hornady David
    Earl & Maxine Claussen Trust
    Equitable Bank
    Grand Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
    Pinnacle Bank
    Jeff & Jane Richardson
    Dr. Greg & Lori Sextro
    Dan & Lisa Thayer
    Virgil Eihusen Foundation Inc.
    Wolbach Charitable Foundation
    $25,000+ - All Conference
    In memory of Bob Albee, Gary Albee & Earl & Betty Albee Schweiger
    John & Tammy Allen
    Gaylord & Joan Apfel
    Ed & Meta Armstrong
    Beavercreek Marketing
    Dan Eakes
    Ron & Sandy Eakes
    Edgar & Frances Reynolds Foundation Inc
    Enterprise Precast Concrete
    Brian & Carey Hamilton
    The Jeffries Family
    Kaufmann-Cummings Foundation
    Kelly Family Dentistry PC
    Dr. Shay & Jacey McGowan
    Midwest Restaurant Supply/TOBA
    Jeff & Sheila Reed
    Evelyn Stelk Starkey
    Tom Dinsdale Chevrolet Cadillac GMC Hyundai
    Dr. Stanley Urwiller

    $10,000+ - All-City
    Dr. Curtis & Lisa Albers
    Mark & Jordan Allen
    AMGL, PC
    Will, Lori, Sydney, Samantha, & Sophia Armstrong
    Tom & Tami Bednar
    Steven, Kevin & Carson Cahoy
    CHI Health St. Francis
    CMBA Architects
    Bill and Kathie Degen
    Ron & Lori Depue
    Eakes Office Solutions
    The Evans Family
    Mrs. Betty Fischer In Memory of Coach Ken Fischer
    Dr. Bill & Kay Fowles
    Fred & Amanda Glade Foundation Inc.
    GIX Logistics
    Grand Island Physical Therapy
    Greater Grand Island Community Foundation
    Virgil D. & Natalie D. Harden
    Nick Harlow
    John & Karen Higgins
    Islander Band Boosters
    Jeremy & Kim Jensen
    James & Maureen Kahrhoff
    Erin & Andy Marsh
    Hank & Pam Price
    Orv & Mary Qualsett
    Tom & Holly Rathman
    The Rerucha Family
    Roger Kruse Associates
    The Roe Family
    Scott & Mary Bosselman Sahling, Troy Schultz, Tracy Schultz Gardner, Grady, Bayley & Mitchell Gardner
    Sampson Construction Co., Inc.
    Hal A. & Christine Schager
    Mike & Michelle Schuster
    Subway- Todd & Debora Carpenter
    In Memory of Coach Dan Traudt
    Tom & Lynne Werner
    William J. Wheeler
    Dave Willman

    $5,000+ - Team Captain
    Dr. Jay & Melissa Anderson
    Roger & Melodee Anderson
    Associated Staffing, Inc.
    Terry & Tracy (Welte) Babcock
    Jim & Michelle Brisnehan
    Dan & Nancy Brosz
    Vince & Nancy Dowding
    Todd & Kelly Enck
    Engineering Technologies Inc.
    Sam Foltz Foundation/Gerald & Jill Foltz Family
    In Memory of Nick Galvan
    Mike Gloor & Marie de Martinez
    Grand Island Independent
    Dr. Tawana Grover
    Kurt Haecker
    Mr. & Mrs. Mike Hamik
    Hausmann Construction
    Ellen Hornady
    Douglas & Kimberly Kosmicki
    Katharine Mayer
    Dr. E. Eugene & Phyllis R. Miller Family
    Michael W. Monk
    In Memory of Gary Pedersen
    Pinnacle Bancorp, Inc.
    Jim & Dee Price in Honor of Georgia Price
    Terry & Melanie Sheen
    Matt & Kathy Shonsey
    Roger & Liana Steele
    Larry & Rose Ann Toner
    Carolyn & Paul Trieschman
    Craig, Curtis & Scott Geren by Gary & Linda Wegner
    In Memory of Kaitlyn Worthington

    $2,500+ - Varsity
    Renee & Collins Albers Family
    Eric & Connie Allen
    The Ayoub Family
    Gordon D. Bainbridge M.D. & Rogene Bainbridge
    Ron & Rhonda (Bourke) Baldwin
    Kevin & Beth Bartlett
    T & E Cattle Co. by Tom & Liz Baxter
    Douglas (‘70) & Cynthia Beran
    Kevin & Bev Brostrom
    Adam & Shannon Brosz
    Kurt & Cindy Brown
    Roger & Susan Bullington
    Class of 1963
    Class of 1964
    Kevin & Lori Coen; Jaden, Blake & Carly Coen
    In Memory of Friends passed from the Class of 1990
    Mrs. Gretchen Dinsdale
    Tim & Cheryl Dunagan
    Brad & Jodi Fegley
    Rod & Kimberly Foley
    Mike & Dee Garrett
    The Tom & Becky Gdowski Family
    The Cory & Heather Gearhart Family
    Grand Island Senior High Activities Department
    GISH Cheerleaders
    Joseph & Jenna Grenier
    The Grimminger Family- Sam, Kay, Harry & Angela
    Russ & Shelly Harvey
    In Memory of Tex Harvey
    Ron & Sue Hester Family
    John & Bonnie Hinkle
    Hoos Insurance Agency
    Anthony & Clarissa Hostler
    The Mike “Jake” Jakubowski Family
    Keith & Pam Jardine
    Jim & Kelli Jeffries
    Don & Sharon Jelinek
    Douglas & Cheryl Jensen
    Stephen & Linda Joel
    Brian & Shelly Kort
    Kris & Dave Koubek
    Kristy Cavanaugh, Agent American Family Ins.
    Marcy, Ryan, & Riley Krolikowski in memory of Randy D. Krolikowski
    The Kruger’s Tom, Ronda, Heath, Cole, Tad
    Jack, Leigh & Jonah Lillibridge
    Live Well Physical Therapy
    Dr. David Lofgreen & Jan Rockwell
    Kent & Cyndee Mann
    Marty & Julie Markvicka
    Ken Mathine
    Marv Maurer, Carmen & Joel
    3 Daughters in Honor of Niels & Vicki McDermott
    Kurt & Shirley McCallum
    Tom & Susan Millsap
    Brian & Angie Mustion
    Daniel & Korinna Naranjo
    Nebraska Truck Center, Inc.
    Lance, Brandy, Cohen, Miles & Tayla Nelson
    Vic & Missy Nelson
    Max & Laura Norvell
    Overhead Door Nebraska Division
    Kirk & Toni Palmer
    James & Cindy Panowicz
    The Dan Petsch Family
    Daniel & Cristina Phillips
    Dan, Cheryl, Will, Kate & John Placzek
    Charmaine Purdy Coppom
    The Kirk & Katie Ramsey Family
    Randy & Julie Rhodes
    Al & Jean Satterly
    Jack & Melissa Sheard
    Bret & Nicole Sheffield
    Barry & Traci Skalberg
    Boyd & Heather Smith
    Bruce & Judy Smith
    Randy & Lynn Spiehs
    Mark & Wanda Stelk
    Roxy & Wayne Stelk
    David & Nicki Stoltenberg
    The Tomlin Family
    Ronald Trampe
    In Memory of Larry Trosper
    Robert & Marilyn Wagner
    Walnut Middle School
    Jeremy & Trisha Watson
    Joe & Cindy Wells & Family
    Bill & Jayne Westering
    Herb & Jennifer Worthington

    All gifts of $2,500 or more will be listed on the permanent donor wall. We are doing ONE reprint of the panels. To qualify, all gifts or pledges must be postmarked by May  31, 2022.

    $1,000+ - Starter
    Glenn & Brittney Bills
    Claire & Ellen Boroff
    Doug Carlisle
    Copycat Printing & Signs
    Niels & Vicki McDermott by Andrew & Christine Coubrough
    Niels & Vicki McDermott by Greg & Stacey Dohrman
    Niels & Vicki McDermott by Jeff & Barb Engberg
    David & Elizabeth (Cannella) Denman
    Doug & Jill Fargo
    In Memory of Ed & Lola Felske
    Brian Gallagher
    Fred Glade
    Go Big Give Matching Funds
    Chuck Hamner
    Hansen International Truck, Inc.
    Randy & Tonya Jelinek
    Mike & Michelle Kneale
    In Memory of Bob McFarland
    Kristine L. McMullen
    National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation - In Memory of Merlene Roe
    Rosemary Osborne
    Mary I. Pedersen
    Bart & Lisa Qualsett
    Larry & Nancy Rutar
    Damon & Stacy Shada
    Dr. Steven & Beckie Stec
    In Memory of Steve Toner
    Cory Townsend - In Honor of Kasey & Kamden
    Mark Traynowicz
    Steve & Virginia Wheeler
    Ron Wiese

    $500+ - Fan
    Robert & Amy Almquist
    Roy & Barbara Anderson
    Bartenbach Family
    In Memory of Jim Beck
    Oscar Bredthauer
    The Briseno’s in honor of Rosalio Briseno Jr. named on Plaque at Memorial Stadium
    Lloyd L. Brown
    Terry & Penny Brown
    Duane & Jacqueline Burns
    In Memory of Paul Casteel
    Dan & Rosanne Chrystal
    Kate Crowe & Micah McCaffery
    Dale & Cathy Davis
    Dan & Cathy Denman - in honor of Paige, Jenny & David
    Danny & Vikki Deuel
    Buzz Douthit
    Brett & Karen Duff
    Edward Jones Investments - Will Armstrong
    Jerry & Renee Farlee
    Randal R. Fett
    Kenny Fischer
    Mary Fischer
    Fonner Park Patrons
    GISH Class of 1968
    Patrick & Angela Harder
    Kim Hawke
    Al & Julie Hayman
    Jim & Rene Hinman
    Jeff, Deb, Jordan, & Dru Hofeldt
    Calvin & Jordyn Hubbard
    Lori Jankowski - in memory of Geralyn Leiser Bruns
    James & Darcy Kahrhoff
    Pat & Kathleen Keenan
    John, Karen, Jay & Pete Kropp
    Joe & Ronna Kutlas
    Rita, Brian, Ashley & Brad Lammers
    Adrian & Verna (Schwieger) Lewandowski
    Steve & Julie Martin
    Judith McCarthy - in memory of David McCarthy
    Luke & Maggie McDermott
    Bob & Kathy McFarland
    L. Denise McGovern & William L. Gulzow in Memory of Wilhelm Gulzow
    Donald McKinnis Jr.
    Joyce McKinny
    Mark & Renee Miller
    In Memory of Gary Martin - Jackie Martin, Cindy Avila, Kriste Molacek, Jill Myers and Brad Martin
    Michael Monk - in memory of Ramona McCumber
    Greg & Tracy Morrow
    Michael & Jill Myers
    Bev Peterson & Family
    Robert & Linda Plummer
    Steven & Paula Poppe & Family
    Shawn, Kari, Madison & Johnathan Price
    Jack & Joanne Rasmussen
    Sam & Nancy Reynolds
    Dave & Linda Shenk
    Jon & Melanie Smith
    Brayden Snell & Family
    Jeff & Cindy Stern
    Tom & Brenda Strand
    Jennifer Thaden
    Myla Thompson
    Larry & Betsy Uhing
    Mike & Bonna Wanek
    Albert, Dawn, Addie Werner
    Joel & Terry Wiegand

    $1-$499 - Donor
    Advanced Radiology of Grand Island PC
    Donna Allen
    Alpha Delta Kappa Epsilon
    Carol Anderson
    John & Michelle Anderson
    Mike Anderson
    Jeff Apel
    Connie Arends
    Gene & Bess Armstrong
    Johnna Jeffries Austin - In memory of Bud & Marilyn Jeffries
    Todd & Sandy Bahensky
    Nate Balcom
    Carlos & Angela Barcenas
    Bill & Kathy Bartunek
    J. Kaye Maupin Bayne
    Cindy Beaman
    Rocke & Marlene Beason
    Melissa Beberniss
    Joseph & Michele Becker
    Kenneth Beekman
    Douglas & Jennifer Beilby
    Kimberly Wolfe Bell
    Lynn Bender
    Shelly Billington
    Kathy Bohnart
    In Memory of Randy Bohnart
    Bobby & Cindy Bonczynski
    Kathy Boroff
    BPO Does No. 147
    Mark & Cheryl Brei
    Don R. Brittin
    In Honor of Jordan & Adam Brock
    Patrick & Nancy Brock
    John & Norine Brooker
    Barry & Jennifer Brown
    Kent & Tonja Brown
    Diane Brownell
    Kirsten Busse
    Bryan & Patty Bydalek
    Gordon Bye
    Donald & Lynette Byrnes
    Mr. & Mrs. Jim Cannon
    George & Catherine Cargill
    Mary Beth Casteel
    Gary & Roberta Catlett
    Central Catholic Development Foundation
    Brian & Donna Chandler
    Patty Chase
    Nancy Chavez
    Dave & Carole Chmelka
    Jeff & Valerie Chmelka
    James Christensen
    Lori J. Christensen
    Bob Clark
    Class of 1967
    Neal & Donna Clausen
    Bruce Clayton
    In Honor of Francine Clayton
    Roderick & Anita Sue Clement
    Cobler Chiropractic, Inc.
    The Cochran Family
    Kent & Jean Coen
    Toba Cohen-Dunning - In Honor of Traci Skalberg
    Joseph & Nancy Conahan
    Terrence & Lisa Connealy
    Douglas & Jenifer Cook
    Randall & Paulette Cordes
    Josue & Anya Covarrubias
    Leah Davey
    Akil Davis
    Thomas & Helen Davis
    Lawrence & Carolyn Debaere
    Craig & Wendy DeNoyer
    Dr. Robin Dexter
    John & Kathy Digits
    Jeff Dillon
    Larry Dillon
    Dane Doty
    Jacques Dubois
    Craig & Joni Duff
    Brian Dunagan
    Nicole Eastman
    Shelley Eickhoff
    Marilyn Eihusen
    In Memory of Tom Eisenmenger
    Kaye Ernstmeyer
    Michael & Barbara Esch
    Chris Falldorf
    Jerry & Carol Fanta
    Corey Farlee
    Preston Fegley
    Conrad & Barbara Feller
    Rod & Cheri Felton
    Jean Ann Fisher
    Marlene Fisher
    Tracy Fisher
    Steven & Cynthia Flaherty
    Nancy Folden
    Scott & Laura Fox
    Chuck & Glenda Frasier
    Nicholas & Rebecca Freelend
    Scott E. Freese
    Donald & Mary Grace Frei
    Mark Frei
    Mike Frei
    Friday Book Club
    Kurt & Connie Frohling
    Becky Frustaglio
    Sam & Deena Fuller
    Montie & Kim Fyfe
    Delmar Garrelts
    Glen Gartner Family
    Gates Elementary PTA
    Andrew & Abbie Gdowski
    Jake & Katy Gdowski
    Dale & Candace Gerlach
    Russell & Catherine Gies
    William E. Giesenhagen
    GISH Football Family
    GISH Freshman Academy
    Sharon Glaser
    Mark & Jane Gloor
    Tina Albers Godfrey
    Mrs. Jeanne Going
    Annalien Gonzalez de le Vega
    Kyle & Kristin Goodwin
    Todd & Ellen Goshorn
    Tom & Jeanne Graves
    J.J.& Kathie Green
    Ann Greving Brown
    Thomas & Carol Grooms
    Carolyn Grove
    Andy & Lila Gudgel
    Greg & Donna Gustafson
    Dennis & Kathleen Hahn
    Barrett & Jennifer Hahn
    Gene & Karen Hand
    Jeff & Amy Haney
    Lavonne Hansen
    Don & Mary Kay Hanson
    Dr. G.H. & Dee Hanssen
    Rob & Deb Harder
    Phillip & Terri Harders
    William & Judith Hardy
    Roger & Kathy Harms
    Judith Harrie
    Paula Harris
    Bev Harvey
    Janet Harvey
    Don & Dawn Haymart
    In Honor of Ervin Heiser
    Tom Heiser
    Todd & Wendy Henrichs
    John, Darlene, Jeff & Jennifer Heuer
    Tom & Janet Hill
    Michael & Lisa Hinken
    John & Kristy Hirschman
    Terry & Ann Hoffman
    Jana Holle
    Canon, Collins, Kallum & Kennady Holley
    Joe Hoos
    Anthony B. Hostler
    Dr. Gordon & Sally Hrnicek
    Butch & Caroline Hug
    Dr. Karl & Shirley Hughes
    Dorothy Hunt
    Ulen & Wanda Jackson
    Angie Jacobsen
    Mary Janky
    Mr. Burl Janzen
    Wade Jarvi
    Michael & Jill Johnson
    Jackie Jones
    Nancy Jones
    In Honor of David Jorgensen
    Donna & David Jorgensen
    Tom & Sherry Kahrhoff
    Allan Keck
    Keith Kelly
    Panom Keolavone
    Beth Kilday
    Ed, Gretchen & Payton Kinne
    Gianna Kjerstad
    Kenneth & Linda Klaasmeyer
    James & Carrie Kolar
    Danny & Jolene Kopf
    Douglas Krueger
    Jamie & Laurie Kuebler
    Greg & Dayna Kush
    George & Victoria Kyros
    Shane Labenz
    Dr. Daniel Laing
    Travis & Susan Lamke
    Steve & Mary Lamken
    Terry & Deborah Larsen
    Lloyd & Stacia Larson
    Alicia Lechner
    Sharon Ledgerwood
    Jeff Leep & Kari Hooker Leep
    Alicia & Jamie Lemburg
    David & Linda Lenz
    Casey, Maria, Evan & Taylor Leth
    Amanda Levos
    Kenneth & Lois Link
    Judy Lorenzen
    Fred G. Lowery
    Dick Luebbe
    In Memory of Loel L. Luft
    Luceil Lush
    Mark & Carrie Manning
    Geri Marshall Mohler
    Amy Mancini-Marshall
    In Honor of Lanny Martin
    Philip & Ann Martin
    Judy Maupin in memory of Larry Maupin
    Karen Mayer
    Troy & Kim McCain
    Todd & Julie McCoy
    Ms. Caroline McDannel
    Teri McDermott
    Mike & Irma McDonald
    Dr. Mike & Tracy McGahan
    Andy Means
    Terry & Cheryl Medjo
    Perry & Jean Menard
    Steve & Kate Metzger
    Mr. & Mrs. Clayton Meyer
    In honor of Wayne ‘49, Liz ‘07, Emily ‘10, Becca ‘16 Meyer
    Robyn Meyer
    Midwest Financial Services
    Dan & Anne Miner
    Jesse & Maggie Mintken
    Ron Moran & Kim Mickels Family
    In Memory of Blaine Morrow
    Chandra Myers
    Richard Nabity
    Dr. Tom & Jeanne Nabity
    Dylan Naranjo
    Kent Naylor
    Roger & Deborah Nesbitt
    Allan & Nannette Neuhaus
    Tom & Tracy Noble
    Michelle Oberschulte - in Memory of Mary Langenberg
    Omaha Community Foundation
    Bill & Sandy O’Malley
    Maureen O’Malley Wagoner
    Doak & Ruthie Ostergard
    Barb Fischer Osterhout
    Earl & Ilus Overton
    Dwight Overturf - in memory of Dr. Dwight Overturf, RPH
    William Partington
    Kathy Patton
    Paypal Giving Fund
    In Memory of Darrell Penas
    Mike & Tara Peterson
    Nate Pfeifer
    Pitney Bowes
    Margaret Placzek
    Kevin Pool
    Cheryl Preister
    John & Linda Price
    Linda Price
    Hank & Pam Price - In Honor of Dick Luebbe
    Hank & Pam Price - In Memory of James Brantley
    Hank & Pam Price - In Honor of Tom Milsap
    Todd & Amy Price
    James H. Proffitt - In Memory of Joe Rembolt
    Cleo Ramsey
    Kip & Jeanette Ramsey
    Clark & Kathy Rasmussen
    Richard S Rasmussen
    Michael Redman
    Patricia Reilly
    Vern & Doris Rempe
    Anne Riebschlager
    Marcia Riedy
    Chris & Rhonda Riha - In honor of Kayla J. Stutzman
    Chris & Rhonda Riha - In honor of Jacob R. Riha
    Terry Rinke
    Sara Robinson
    In Honor of Jan Rockwell
    Rick & Marilyn Roenfeldt
    In Memory of Richard Roenfeldt
    Herb & LaNita Roeser
    Gary & Linda Rosacker
    Kenneth Ruff
    Roger & Dorothy Ruff
    Roger & Karla Schmidt
    Tom & Cathy Schock
    In Memory of Henry S. Schuff
    Michael & Lauren Schumacher
    John & Dayle Schutte
    Clay & Heidi Schutz
    Dennis & Kaye Schuyler
    Jane Shaw
    Laura Lliteras
    Christine Shenk
    Sherwin Williams
    Fletcher & Sally Shields
    Theronne Burlison Singletary - In Memory of Irvin Burlison
    Tammy Slater
    Dane & Becky Smith
    Kellie Smith
    Colette S Sorensen
    Katie Soto
    Kris Spellman
    Calvin & Robyn Splattstoesser
    Paula Spotanski
    L.T. & R.M. Steinkruger
    Patty Stewart
    Chris Stinson
    Arthur Struebing
    Lenore Stubblefield
    Chris Studley
    Roger & Debra Sweley
    James Tews
    The Balestrieri Family Rev Trust - In Honor of Tom Rathman
    The Benevity Community Impact Fund
    Joyce Thomas
    Jane Thorngren & Gail Yenny
    Jim & Susan Toner
    Kevin & Dani Trosper
    Jim & Mary Kay Tuma
    Terry & Cheryl Twiestmeyer
    Daniel & Debra Vahle
    Van Wie Healthcare
    Pete & Tammie Van Winkle
    Vincenzo’s Italian Ristorante
    Martin & Judith Vinyard
    Van Vohland
    Robert & Marilyn Wagner - In Memory of Caroll Lucht
    Donna Wanitschke
    Kelley Ward
    Selena Wardyn
    Dr. Joe & Bonnie Watkins
    Barbara (Bobbie) Weaver
    Debra Wells
    Connie Jean Werner
    Kathy White
    Matthew & Kayla Wichman
    Kenneth & Candi Wiemers
    Rebecca Wilhelmi
    Shaun Willey
    Dr. Rob & Donna Winter
    Kimberly Witt
    John A. Wolf
    Brad & Denise Wolfe
    Erika Wolfe
    Lee Wolfe
    Joel & Staci Zuerlein
    In Memory of Shirly Ziemba
    Daniel & Rosalind Zwilling

Campaign Record

"There's nothing like having the home field advantage."

- Tom Rathman, Honorary Co-Chair

  • Project Description

    Memorial Stadium Campaign

    The Memorial Stadium Campaign is truly a collaborative partnership between the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation, the Grand Island Public Schools and the community, similar to the community effort during the stadium’s inception in 1947. Grand Island Public Schools Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is specifically focused on improving the education and experience of GIPS students, is managing the fundraising project. These key organizations along with the lead donor and donors like you will bring life to this exciting opportunity to transform Memorial Stadium into a premier community facility.  

    Collectively, each of these partners bring the capacity and expertise necessary to make this historic project a reality. It is not only an opportunity for Grand Island Public Schools and their students, but for the entire Grand Island Community and especially those who are actively involved in programming held at Memorial Stadium.

    Funds raised through the capital campaign for the Primary Project at Memorial Stadium will include:

    • Preservation and improvements to the Memorial section at East Stadium
    • Improved facilities to both the East and West Stadium to include, updated restrooms, concessions and locker rooms
    • Two-tiered press box at West Stadium, to include specific area for media and for filming
    • Meeting space at West Stadium for special events, coaches meetings, team meetings and educational purposes
    • Improved seating with adherence to current codes and ADA regulations to better accommodate visitors
    • Updated infrastructure for technology
    • Increase in permanent seating capacity (does not include metal bleachers) from 2,896 to 5,109

    Once funds are raised for the Primary Project, additional funds will be used for an Expanded Project allowing the following improvements to East Stadium:

    • An addition to the current East Stadium to include 425 more permanent stadium seats
    • Expanded locker room and training area
    • A family restroom
    • Expanded areas for concessions

    Thank you for considering a donation to support of the Memorial Stadium Capital Campaign.
    We deeply appreciate the generosity of our donors.

  • Project Leadership

    Tom Rathman
    Honorary Chair, GISH Class of 1981

    Tom is a Grand Island Senior High alumn, former football player and three-year letter winner at the University of Nebraska. He was drafted into the NFL in 1986 and is a two-time Super Bowl Champion. His professional playing career spanned nine years. After retiring as a player, he began his coaching career at the high school level. He has been a NFL running backs coach for 14 seasons and is currently coaching running backs for the Indianapolis Colts. Tom is proud of his Grand Island roots and speaks fondly of his time spent as an athlete in Memorial Stadium as well as how his education and teachers prepared him well for his successful career.

    Holly “Yencer” Rathman
    Honorary Chair, GISH Class of 1981

    As an Honorary Chair, Holly is excited about how progressive Grand Island is and she cannot wait for students and community members to participate in activities at the renovated Memorial Stadium. Holly is a Grand Island Senior High alumna and a four-sport athlete. Holly is a former athlete and graduate of the University of
    Nebraska. Holly and Tom have three daughters and reside in California. The Rathman’s are advocates of public schools and are proud supporters of our Memorial Stadium Campaign.


    Jeff and Jane Richardson
    Campaign Co-Chairs
    GISH Class of 1983

    Jeff is a Graduate of Grand Island Senior High class of 1983. He graduated from Louisiana Tech University and was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 7th round of the 1986 free agent draft. He was voted team MVP in 1987 and All-Star MVP for Tampa and became the fastest player to 100 hits. After an injury in 1995 forced his retirement, he spent 3 years managing in the minors winning the Carolina League title in 1998. He retired from minor league coaching in 1998 and then led his alma mater Louisiana Tech University to their first winning season since 1987. Jeff coached at Louisiana Tech for four years before resigning to manage his own successful businesses in Grand Island. Jeff is a proud Grand Island Senior High graduate, an avid GISH fan, and is a champion for community progress and development in Grand Island. 

    Jane was born and raised in Grand Island and is a graduate of Grand Island Senior High class of 1983. Jane graduated from the University of Nebraska with her teaching certificate and taught for two years in western Nebraska. She graduated from University of Nebraska Law School in 1992. Jane and Jeff have three daughters and consider Grand Island an optimal family setting. Her family, civic duties and their three businesses keep her very active in the community. She is excited to see the renovated Stadium serve many community members in varying activities. 


    Jim and Maureen Kahrhoff
    Campaign Co-Chairs
    GISH Class of 1960 and GICC Class of 1960

    Jim is native of Grand Island and a Grand Island Senior High graduate class of 1960. Jim is also a graduate of University of Nebraska graduating in 1964. He joined the Army in 1965 and served in Vietnam as a Captain assigned to “OLD GUARD”, 2BN 3 RD infantry 199 light infantry Brigade. He received the Army Commendation Medal, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf cluster and Air medal with Valor. He is proud of his service to our country and is passionate about preserving and honoring those who have served and especially to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Jim is proud to support the Memorial Stadium campaign because of the stadium’s tribute to the fallen of World War II and the ability of the renovated stadium to serve the community for decades to come. Jim enjoys his retirement after building a successful Insurance career, in which he always made it a priority to give back to the community. 

    Maureen is a Grand Island native and a graduate of Central Catholic High School. Maureen has special memories of the student activities she participated in at the stadium while she was in school, but she is most fond of her memories of watching her children and grandchildren enjoy activities at Memorial Stadium. It is especially important to Maureen for future students and their families to have a facility that not only host activities, but to have the infrastructure to see those students excel, preparing them for strong futures.


    Project Leaders

    Tom & Holly Rathman, Honorary Chairs
    Jim & Maureen Kahrhoff, Co-Chairs
    Jeff & Jane Richardson, Co-Chairs
    Will Armstrong, GISH Booster Club Chair
    George Ayoub, GIPS Foundation Alumni Liaison
    Ron Depue, GIPS Foundation President
    Kelly Enck, Board of Education
    Jeff Gilbertson, Grand Island Senior High Principal
    Dr. Tawana Grover, Superintendent, GIPS
    Kurt Haecker, GIPS Foundation Board Emeritus
    Virgil Harden, Chief Financial Officer, GIPS
    Bonnie Hinkle, Board of Education President
    Leigh Lillibridge, Campaign Coordinator
    Dan Petsch, Director of Building & Grounds, GIPS
    Pam Price, GIPS Foundation Board Member
    Kirk Ramsey, GIPS Foundation Vice President
    Jack Sheard, Marketing & Communications Coord., GIPS
    Terry Sheen, GIPS Foundation Treasurer
    Traci Skalberg, GIPS Foundation Executive Director
    Cindy Wells, GISH Activities Director

    Grand Island Public Schools Foundation Board

    Vikki Deuel, President
    Zach Butz, Vice President
    Tom Gdowski, Treasurer
    Traci Skalberg, Executive Director
    Connie Allen
    Bianca Ayala
    Kathie Degen
    Todd Enck
    Jenna Grenier
    KC Hehnke
    Vince Hernandez
    Kim Jensen
    Audrey Lutz
    Erin Marsh
    Pam Price
    Roger Schmidt
    Dr. Rob Winter

Stadium Events
Frequent Questions
  • What was the seating capacity and how did it change with this project?

    The permanent seating capacity at Memorial Stadium was 2,896. With the Primary The completion of the project increased the seating capacity to 5,534.

  • Who owns the facility?

    Grand Island Public Schools has had ownership and stewardship of the facility since the community raised the funds and gifted the facility to the district in 1947 at its original dedication.

  • Will this still be a Veterans Memorial? Jack Martin Field

    Memorial Stadium will remain a Veterans Memorial as it has for the last 70 years.

  • How will this project affect my property taxes and what percent of the project is tax funded?

    The school district contributed a total of $2 million to this $17 million project. This $2 million is made up of $1.25 million in general maintenance and building funds that GIPS budgets for track and turf replacement as well as general upkeep needs. Additionally, the district has access to QCPUF dollars to improve accessibility to existing facilities. $750,000 came from the QCPUF allotment available to GIPS. Using the entire $2 million as consideration, under 12% of the project was funded with tax dollars. The project does not increase or decrease the general tax levy.

  • Will other area schools and community events still be welcome to use the updated facility?

    Area schools and community events will still be welcome to use the facility upon mutual understanding of scheduling and maintenance. Current protocol will be followed.

  • If I donated to the Turf Project in 2009 how will my gift to Memorial Stadium be recognized?

    Gifts to the Turf Project will be recognized as an addition to the total gift made for the Stadium Project. For example: If a donor gave $25,000 to the Turf Project and is now giving $50,000 to the Memorial Stadium Project, the gift will be recognized at the $75,000 level on the permanent donor display.

  • What happens if you raise funds beyond the project goal and the expanded project goal?

    Funds raised beyond the expenses of the project will be held in a fund at the GIPS Foundation for future stadium maintenance and upgrades.

  • How will gifts be recognized?

    All donors will be recognized in print, online and in appropriate publications. Donors who contribute $2,500 or more to the project will also be included in a permanent display at the Stadium.

  • What forms of gifts are accepted and how long is the pledge period?

    Gifts of cash, check, credit card and securities are welcome. Other forms of giving will be considered on a case by case basis. Gifts may be pledged over a three (3) year period to allow gifts to be given in increments over time.

Jack Martin Legacy

The Memorial Stadium Campaign Lead Gift from Mr. Lanny Martin is a lasting tribute to his late father Jack Martin.

A life well lived for the betterment of others, Jack Martin left the world, and especially Grand Island a better place. He was raised on a farm near Waverly, Nebraska and took his hard work ethic with him to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and into his successful teaching and business careers.

Jack and his wife, Lucile moved their family to Grand Island in 1945, the same year the original Memorial Stadium Campaign began. Jack worked for Grand Island Senior High as a vocational agriculture teacher. All six of their children graduated from GISH, Les (‘49), Carol (‘55), Dianne (‘61), Lanny (‘64), Tom (‘69), and Janet (‘70). Jack not only taught at GISH, but also served as volunteer timekeeper for football and basketball games for more than two decades. The program from the inaugural game played in Memorial Stadium on September 19, 1947 lists Jack as timekeeper.

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    Jack Martin Legacy

    The Memorial Stadium Campaign Lead Gift from Mr. Lanny Martin is a lasting tribute to his late father Jack Martin.

    A life well lived for the betterment of others, Jack Martin left the world, and especially Grand Island a better place. He was raised on a farm near Waverly, Nebraska and took his hard work ethic with him to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and into his successful teaching and business careers.

    Jack and his wife, Lucile moved their family to Grand Island in 1945, the same year the original Memorial Stadium Campaign began. Jack worked for Grand Island Senior High as a vocational agriculture teacher. All six of their children graduated from GISH, Les (‘49), Carol (‘55), Dianne (‘61), Lanny (‘64), Tom (‘69), and Janet (‘70). Jack not only taught at GISH, but also served as volunteer timekeeper for football and basketball games for more than two decades. The program from the inaugural game played in Memorial Stadium on September 19, 1947 lists Jack as timekeeper.

    Lanny Martin shared that his siblings spent time “helping” their dad keep time and, “During our years attending GISH, all of us participated in activities at Memorial Stadium. Whether it was marching band, pep club, football, track or graduation ceremonies, it was an important center of activity for the whole family.”  

    Later in his career, after leaving teaching, Jack led the Grand Island Production Credit Association and was co-founder of Husker Harvest Days. He also served as Grand Island’s mayor in 1955-56, when the city received its first All-American City award and he presented a Key to the City to then Vice President, Richard Nixon in association with the city’s honor. Jack was serving as president of the Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce when the city received its second All-American City honor in 1967. He also served as an elder and a deacon of the Grand Island Presbyterian Church and was president of the Lions Club.  

    Lanny Martin credits his parent’s strong work ethic, value for education, and their devotion to seeing their children succeed, as the driving forces for assuring all of their six children were able to attend college. Lanny sees those as a critical factors in the productive lives he and his siblings have had.

    Lucile, in addition to raising six children, served as a Sunday school teacher, and as an elder and deacon in the Presbyterian Church. She also spent many years volunteering at the St. Francis Memorial Hospital as well as with the YWCA serving in the Giggles outreach program which served disadvantaged 5th and 6th grade girls. Due to the great pride Jack and Lucile took in their belief in strong family ties, education, and serving their community, Lucile and her children established the Jack Martin Scholarship Fund at the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation twenty years ago. The family created additional scholarship funds including the Lucile Martin Dream Scholarships, over the years. Since 1998, the Martin Family Scholarships have been awarded to over 100 students.

Veterans Memorial

Please view the listing of fallen veterans from Hall County Nebraska to be included on the new Veterans Memorial Wall and interactive touchscreen display inside East Memorial Stadium. The interactive display will feature service information, awards and stories of our fallen veterans. As a part of this project, the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation has researched this list and now asks the public for additional information.

Grand Island Public Schools Foundation strives for accuracy. Contact the Foundation at with any additions/corrections on a Hall County fallen veteran, or complete the fallen veteran information form.


Article Archive

  • Out of a coffee drinking session in the Hotel Yancey coffee shop in World War II days grew the dream that became Grand Island’s Memorial Stadium.

  • After more than a year of planning, hard work, and through the Grand Island Memorial Stadium became a reality...

  • At the close of World War II, the community seeking a suitable memorial for veterans of World War II...

  • Inspired by a $10 million gift from 1964 Senior High graduate and Hall of Honor member, Lanny Martin, the Memorial Stadium Project now looks to raise an additional...

  • Students at Senior High and Barr and Walnut Junior Highs have been doing their share to aid in construction of the new Memorial Stadium here, and so far, have raised more than $1,000 to be added to the stadium fund.

  • The 1945-47 Memorial Stadium Campaign included these 1,600 community donors

  • Lists 131 Names; Stand in Niche In East Stadium

  • When the GIPS Foundation decided to take on a fundraising effort to renovate Grand Island’s Memorial Stadium, the first thing we knew we had to do was research the past. We wanted to know how this community pulled together to build the stately Memorial Stadium and who was involved. We found some great help at the Grand Island Public Library and started to piece the information together. See original campaign letters, lists and news clippings. There is also an article by the Grand Island Independent about how the GIPS Foundation received these historical documents.

  • Join us at Grand Island Senior High’s West Gym for the HISTORIC GROUNDBREAKING CELEBRATION of our Memorial Stadium. The public is invited to attend and encouraged to park in the west parking lot off Custer Ave.

  • On January 21, 2019 the Grand Island community gathered to celebrate the historic groundbreaking for our new West Grandstand and the preservation and renovation of the East Grandstand at our Memorial Stadium.

  • The Top Out Ceremony on Wednesday, July 10th was a historic event celebrating the hoisting of the last steel beam into place at West Stadium. This traditional milestone is commemorated by having the steel erection crew, construction team, designers, administrators, donors and other dignitaries sign the beam for posterity.

  • A press conference was held to announce the start of the renovation and preservation of Historic East Stadium which includes plans for a new Memorial Wall to be installed inside East Stadium.

  • I have 16 names of men who I know died for their country, and yet try as I might, I can’t find any reference to them apart from their names on a memorial marker. There is no grave stone, no newspaper article, or yearbook entry. They are just lost...

  • My first visit to Grand Island’s Memorial Stadium was a postcard fall evening in Central Nebraska: a slight nip to the air; a brilliant orange sunset giving way to purples and reds; the smell of burning leaves wafting about; an itchy wool sweater against my neck.

  • The rededication of Grand Island’s Memorial Stadium — Our Grand Legacy — is set for Sunday evening August 22. The festivities for this special community celebration will include tours, marching bands and short program that will begin at 7 p.m. The doors to the stadium will open at 6 p.m. so the public can tour the magnificent new facility.

  • You are invited!
    We are excited to celebrate the Rededication of our Memorial Stadium. Watch the video below and join our facebook event to see the latest details as they are released.

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