Letter to the Editor

McCook Young Leaders say thanks

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Dear Editor,

It was a cold night! But the McCook Young Leaders brought the "First Night" celebration to McCook for the second year in a row. Taking place on New Year's Eve, the event attracted a number just shy of last year's turnout of 800, which is a surprise considering the temperature difference between last year's and this year's event. MYL president, Brett Neverve, gave thanks to all of the sponsors, businesses, and people that made this event possible.

Since this event has such a strong focus on arts and music, the Nebraska Art Council and the McCook Art Guild deserve a big thank you. The Nebraska Art Council's donation of $500 came at just the right time. It really gave us the boost we needed.

The McCook Art Guild put on the "Make Your Own Mask" competition again this year. Since they donated all the materials it took to make the competition possible, we had all the breathing room we needed to make sure the other events were a success.

Before the event, people interested in gaining access to discounts and other features of the event were invited to purchase a First Night button. A total of 643 buttons made their way into the hands of event-goers, which made all the difference when it comes to paving the way for next year's celebration. A big part of making the future of First Night possible is having a team that is dedicated to seeing the event through from start to finish. The McCook Young Leaders extended a big thank you to the MEDC for its support of the First Night event. The MEDC provided their senior business coach, Sue Shaner, to be called upon for anything that the MYL needed. According to President Brett Neverve, it was an asset that was a key part in bringing this event to a reality for this area. The MEDC also provided the MYL with social networking services via Brett Neverve and secretarial services with the assistance of Angela Allen.

Angela kept us organized and up to speed on the many things that we had going on at one time. She was such a great help. From the looks of it, we have the support of the MEDC, the Nebraska Art's Council, and the McCook Art Guild for the foreseeable future, and it is definitely something we are thankful for.

Together, with all of our great sponsors and host businesses, this event became a reality that is bound to become a permanent fixture in this area.

To stay up to date on the MYL and their next First Night event, visit: www.firstnightmccook.com

Gabe Jackson

McCook Young Leaders

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  • Excellent event with a lot and I mean A LOT of different activities going on in a single night. This is already turning out to be one of McCook's great new traditions. To top it all off, it's all coordinated by a handful of volunteers together with the help of downtown businesses and the gracious donations that make it all possible. Special thanks go out to all of them that make such a wonderful event possible.

    -- Posted by McCook1 on Thu, Jan 13, 2011, at 3:41 PM
  • Our family thought it was a great event especially since the music was placed indoor this year. The shows at the Bieroc and the Fox were excellent! Great things to do for all ages!!! Cant wait for next year!

    -- Posted by Rural Citizen on Thu, Jan 13, 2011, at 4:24 PM
  • Loved it. What a great night?!?! So many activities. It was great seeing families out having a good time together in a safe, fun way. Hope the weather cooperates a bit more next year. Hats off to the young people who volunteer there time and energy and to the retailers who support them. It is a tradition the should continue!

    -- Posted by orli65 on Fri, Jan 14, 2011, at 10:33 AM
  • Such an AWESOME event! Hats off to Brett Neverve, Sue Shaner, and the rest of the McCook Young Leaders! Looking forward to next year!

    -- Posted by youngneighbor on Fri, Jan 14, 2011, at 11:22 AM
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