WAHOO – Wahoo State Bank is ready to officially celebrate the grand re-opening of its downtown location.

The bank employees moved into the rebuilt building several months ago, but Bank President and CEO Greg Hohl said they wanted to do something extra special now.

The bank usually holds its customer appreciation day in early June. This year, he said the bank not only wanted to say thank you to customers, this celebration was meant to say thank you to the entire community.

Hohl said he could not express enough the appreciation for the understanding and patience shown during the bank’s two year re-building after the fire.

The appreciation and grand re-opening celebration starts at 10 a.m. Friday, June 7 with an open house at the bank’s new main building at the corner of Fifth and Linden streets. Tours, give-a-ways, free drawings and refreshments will take place until 3 p.m.

The activity then shifts to Starlite Event Center west of Wahoo at 5 p.m.

“At first, we thought of an old fashioned street dance,” Hohl said.

Given the unpredictably of Nebraska weather, the decision was made to move that dance inside and throw a big party. The evening celebration will consist of a free dinner and concert.

The Thomas Tillman Band from Nashville will be on stage.

The bank’s travel club was in Nashville and saw Tillman perform. His sound was good and it seemed appropriate to bring him to Wahoo for this event, Hohl said.

The dinner will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Tillman will be on stage from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

While the meal and concert will be courtesy of the bank, those attending can bring along some money to donate to a brand new project at Saunders Medical Center.

Hohl said the thought was to celebrate community by helping and bringing awareness to a community project.

Donations and proceeds from a silent auction will be given to Project Sunbeam.

SMC Long Term Care Administrator Sam Prokopec said the project will build a 2,200 square foot addition onto the long term care.

“It will be three walls of floor to ceiling windows,” he said.

Project Sunbeams aims to bring more sunlight into the lives of long term care residents.

“We are looking at ways to bring the outdoors in,” he added. The new $880,000 sunroom will have two sections. One section will be an area that residents can gather their family for various events. He said the other section will be a place residents can just hang out, chat or

play cards.

The project is just getting off the ground and Prokopec said the June 7 event would be the first fundraiser.

He appreciated having Wahoo State Bank step up and get the effort kicked off.

“It’s amazing to have someone believe in you and support you that much,” he said. Items for the silent auction are still being solicited. Anyone interested in making a donation should contact Marketing and Community Outreach Coordinator Candi Johnston at SMC.

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