Paxton businesses hold St. Paddy's fundraiser for flood victims

PAXTON, Neb. (KNOP) - With the devastation caused across the state by the recent flooding, the Paxton community has come together to help out on St. Patrick's Day.

The creation of the fundraiser was spear-headed by Ole's Steakhouse.

"The whole community's coming together, and we're going to raise money for the flood victims on the other side of our state. Nebraska's Nebraska, we're the heartland for a reason. All the servers are donating half their tips, and then there are going to be plenty of donation buckets up also. Not only here, but across the street, Windy Gap, Hehnke's, our meat supplier. We're not doing it for the business aspect for this, it's to raise money for the families, for the ranchers, for the farmers that have lost so much in this storm," said Karen Potvin, a manager at Ole's.

Potvin was one of the people who hatched the plan for this fundraiser, and she reached out to others in the Paxton community, including Windy Gap Saloon & Grill, and Hehnke's Grocery Store.

"We were glad to participate in this promotion, so to speak, to help the Nebraska flood victims across the state. So, the big red will come forward and promote, and gather some green on St. Patrick's Day to go to benefit the Nebraska flood victims across the state to the efforts of helping them recover from this terrible spring storm that we had," said Mark Hehnke, the meat manager at Hehnke's.

At Hehnke's, Ole's, and Windy Gap, employees will be wearing red on Sunday instead of the usual St. Patrick's Day green. Each location will have donation buckets, and have their own specials that will contribute to the fundraiser. At Ole's, 50% of all tips servers receive will be added to the donations.

"We didn't want to celebrate being lucky on St. Patrick's Day when the other half of our state is having some of the worst luck ever. So, in lieu of celebrating St. Patrick's Day, we're going to come together as a community and basically celebrate Nebraska, and we are going to get together and help all those farmers over there," Potvin said.

There is also a Facebook page you can donate through, by going to this link :

"You can go on Facebook, you can hit the like button or the share button, anything like that, but we all need to something. We need to stick together, and we need to help them out right now," Potvin said.