Weenie Wednesdays are a big hit in Omaha, NE
For four Wednesdays this summer, crowds gathered at Veridian Credit Union’s branch on West Maple in Omaha for free hotdogs. For each person through the line, Veridian donated $1.03 to Fisher House Foundation—an amount that corresponded with KXKT’s dial position, 103.7, which came up with the idea and supported the efforts on air throughout the fundraiser.
“We were thrilled to let our listeners know that a Fisher House was going to be built at the VA in Omaha. The first Fisher House in Nebraska,” said Hoss Michaels, program director at KXKT (KAT 103.7). “What better way to spread the good word than by providing a free lunch!”
A special shout out to Bucky’s Convenience Stores, for donating, grilling and serving up the hot dogs, chips and drinks. More than 1,000 people took advantage of the free Weenie Wednesday lunches. After the last lunch on July 31, employees from Veridian, KXKT, and Bucky’s Convenience Stores will join Fisher House representatives to accept the donation.
“We’re very happy to help out a great cause and new facility coming to Omaha to serve some very special families,” said Dan Miller, Media Marketing Director of Bucky’s Convenience Stores in Omaha. “We have a big following of customers attending our summertime hot dog events, so it’s been fun this year bringing them out to Weenie Wednesday with KAT 103.7 and educating them about the work of Fisher House.”
Fisher House Foundation is best known for its network of 84 comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. These homes are located at major military and VA medical centers nationwide, and in Europe, close to the medical center or hospital it serves.
“We know that organizations like the Fisher House Foundation rely on community partners to support service members, veterans and their families,” said Veridian Credit Union Branch Manager Drew Mickle. “Veridian Credit Union is honored to play a small part in that support through the Weenie Wednesday event.”
Groundbreaking for the Omaha Fisher House will be August 7. Once complete, up to 16 families can stay at the Fisher House free of charge on any given night, allowing them to be close to their loved ones at the most stressful time – during hospitalization at the Omaha VA Medical Center.
“Fisher Houses are built on partnerships. And partnerships begin with community,” said Ken Fisher, Chairman and CEO of Fisher House Foundation. “It’s what we do together that makes the biggest impact and I am so proud to partner with Veridian Credit Union, Bucky’s Convenience Stores and KXKT. Together we ensure that not only our veterans are cared for, but also their families can be nearby and recuperate in a safe and welcoming home.”