OSBORNE — An Osborne County woman’s snapshot of her kids having fun at harvest could result in a boost to the community’s fledgling community foundation.
Shana Guttery said she was surprised her photo of two of her children, daughter Stormy and son Clay, having a sword fight with corn stalks was chosen for Resicore Herbicide’s Power to Do More contest, which went live Monday at www.powertodomore.com.
“I stink at taking photos,” Guttery said by phone Monday.
“I don’t even remember entering,” she said, adding she thinks she entered the contest during Husker Harvest Days in September in Grand Island, Neb.
Guttery’s photo, taken while the family harvest crew was getting ready to switch fields, is among the 10 finalists in the company’s contest. Her other son, Doak, was helping her husband, Brice, fuel the combine.
Visitors to the website can vote once each day through April 22.
“I look at those other photos, and I just laugh because those other photos are beautiful photos,” she said.
Guttery’s photo is the only finalist from Kansas.
The top three vote-getters will receive a trip to see their favorite sporting event and a $10,000 donation for an organization in their community.
Guttery listed Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, Ala. as her “dream sports field” and chose the Osborne County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Greater Salina Community Foundation, as her community organization.
“It would mean so much in this community,” Guttery, who is a board member of the Osborne foundation, said.
Founded in February 2017, the Osborne County Community Foundation has raised $300,000 — $225,000 in its inaugural drive. That total includes $50,000 in both 2017 and this year in matching funds from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation.
Guttery said if her photo wins the contest, she hopes to put the money in an account to hold it until February, when the Hansen Foundation will again match funds if the organization raises $50,000.
The Osborne County Community Foundation has so far given out $100,000 in pass-through funding from the Hansen Foundation toward community projects. It is also working with the Hansen Foundation’s Strategic Doing, with subcommittees working on projects such as a new pool for the city of Osborne, county-wide economic development, a daycare facility, senior living projects and a county-wide calendar of events, said its president, Sara LaRosh.
“We’ve been extremely busy in our first year,” she said.
She said since Guttery’s photo is the only Kansas photo in the contest, she hopes the entire state will rally behind it.