The Art of Giving Back…FranNet Style


Now that Thanksgiving 2017 is officially in the books, it’s time to turn our focus to (gulp) Christmas time! Already? Yes, it’s now that time of year to enjoy holiday lights, Christmas trees, stocking stuffers, building snowmen and singing carols to our neighbors. But no holiday season would be complete without the age old and appropriate topic of charity. One of our very own franchises, FranNet of the Heartland, gives us a prime example—as part of a year-end celebration to be held on Friday, Dec. 8.

FranNet of the Heartland covers the territory of Nebraska and Western Iowa. Headed by Blake Martin, a FranNet veteran, the organization hosts an annual year-end celebration and open house. However, in doing so, FranNet of the Heartland makes sure that it’s December celebration has a benefactor. This year, it will be a benefit and fundraiser for the local Omaha Home for Boys, a nonprofit dedicated to providing care and support for at-risk youth ages 14-24 as part of its mission of Strengthening Youth and Families. The Omaha Home for Boys is committed to providing services to young men and women through family-style, community-based programs supported by education.

In addition, FranNet of the Heartland’s event will also assist in bringing recognition to several artistic entrepreneurs at Omaha’s Hot Shops Art Center. This facility hosts four anchor centers while supporting over 80 studio artists in various gallery spaces throughout.

The dual-benefit purpose is simply a way for FranNet of the Heartland to give thanks and pay everyone forward for making 2017 such a successful year for the organization. The Dec. 8 celebration runs from 4:00 p.m. and goes until 6:30 p.m. During the soiree, which is open to the public, there will be networking opportunities, appetizing appetizers, and several one-of-a-kind prize drawings.

As part of the Omaha Home for Boys benefits, patrons are requested to bring gifts which can then be distributed to the less fortunate at the home. Ideas include board games, movie passes, sports equipment, personal hygiene products, clothing, bedding and towels. Each donated item gives the issuer a raffle ticket for some fabulous door prizes. 

Donations can be made in person at the event or made in advance by following this link.

Schedule to be the keynote speaker of the event is David Brown, president and CEO of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce. He’ll be giving his version of the 2018 Heartland Entrepreneur Outlook. The dress code is business casual.

If you do happen to live near, in or around Omaha, NE, consider attending this year-end celebration event. The location for the Friday, Dec. 8 event is: Hot Shops Art Center, 1301 Nicholas Street, Omaha, NE 68102. Attendees are encouraged to pre-register by following this link for an accurate head count.

If you’re not in or from the area, you can still donate by following the links above. Blake Martin and FranNet of the Heartland are an integral part of our national operations and we’re awfully proud to feature his organization in the pages of our blog. He’s a fine example of giving back…FranNet Style!

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