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2018 Sponsors

Please help us thank the local businesses that support our work along the Platte River.

$5,000 & above

Aveda Salons

Aveda’s mission is to care for the world we live in, from the products we make to the ways in which we give back to society. At Aveda, we strive to set an example for environmental leadership and responsibility, not just in the world of beauty, but around the world. Aveda’s dedication to sustainable, clean water has inspired environmental leadership and action across Nebraska. Aveda envisions connecting beauty, environment and well-being.

Kearney Visitors Bureau

In March 2010, the City of Kearney proclaimed Kearney as the Sandhill Crane Capital of the World. For six weeks, late February to early April, more than 80% of the world’s population of sandhill cranes converge on Nebraska’s Platte River. The Kearney area offers a wide variety of crane viewing experiences and is filled with historical and cultural museums and family-friendly activities.  Unique shopping venues are featured in downtown Kearney, “The Bricks” and at the Hilltop Mall.  Tempt your palate with an assortment of restaurants featuring local flare, international, national franchise and good ole Nebraska beef.  Local wineries and breweries are a must see when you’re looking to kick back and relax.

Nebraska Central Telephone Company  

Nebraska Central Telephone (NCTC) is an independent telephone company that was started in 1923.  NCTC is headquartered in Gibbon, Nebraska and has business offices in Gibbon and Burwell, Nebraska and serves twenty rural Nebraska telephone exchanges.  The Company continually upgrades its service offerings, facilities, and support systems to ensure customers have access to the latest in telecommunications services.  NCTC provides local and long distance telephone service and broadband Internet access to all its telephone exchanges, as well as CATV service in 12 towns.  The Company supports communities where it provides service by purchasing locally and supporting local organizations.

Platte River Recovery Implementation Program  

In 1997, Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and the Department of Interior formed a unique partnership with the goal of developing a shared approach for managing the Platte River. Water users from the three states and local and national conservation groups joined the effort. Together, these stakeholders developed an innovative approach for improving the management of the Platte — for the health of the ecosystem and the people that depend on it.  The Platte River Recovery Implementation Program is the result of that planning effort. The Program is focused on implementing this shared vision for creating and maintaining habitats on the Platte.


Adventure Bus and Charter 

Adventure Bus and Charter is a premier charter bus service with locations in both Lincoln and Kearney, Nebraska. It is our goal to provide a fun-filled and safe environment for your travel experience. Whatever the occasion or event, let us help you get there with ease. Life’s an “Adventure”, Enjoy the journey with Adventure Bus and Charter!

The Archway

With 170 years of the history of westward expansion, The Archway presents the stories of the millions of travelers along the Great Platte River Road uniquely and with meticulous detail. Witness the transformation of a nation from the trails, to the iron horse, to the fiber optic superhighway.  While at Rowe Sanctuary this year, don’t forget to pick up your Archway brochure, which includes a special admission offer!


Broken Bow Wind II

The 75-megawatt Broken Bow II is Sempra U.S. Gas & Power’s newest wind project. Located in wind-rich Custer County, Nebraska, Broken Bow II provides a new source of clean electricity and an economic boost to surrounding communities. The project created about 300 construction jobs during peak construction, which began in February 2014. Broken Bow II began commercial operation in October 2014, and utilizes 43 wind turbines to generate enough electricity to power about 30,000 Nebraska homes. The entire output from the wind farm has been sold to the Nebraska Public Power District under a 25-year contract.

Copycat Printing

Copycat Printing mixes 28 years of printing experience with today’s fresh designs and we do more than just design, copy and print, we help our customers communicate. With our wide variety of services, whether personal or professional, we can meet nearly every print need you may need. We have a trained and experienced team that will provide you expert consultation on every project no matter what the size. From design, copying, printing, finishing, mailing services and oversized prints all the way to delivery, we do it all professionally and personally every time.

Younes Hospitality

Younes Hospitality offers some of Nebraska’s finest hotel properties with upscale accommodations and features that today’s hotel guest has come to expect, including oversized rooms with free high-speed wireless internet, refrigerators and microwaves, speakerphones with voice mail, coffee makers and hairdryers and electronic entry systems.  Each property meets the highest of standards which are well above what their franchise agreements requires.  Properties can be located in Kearney, Grand Island, Hastings, Norfolk and Columbus.  Whether it’s an weekend get-away, or an extended stay for business, Younes Hospitality has a hotel property you will love.  Excellent facilities and astounding service . . . It all begins with YOU – Younes Hospitality.  Visit us at


Burchell's White Hill Farmhouse Inn

Calamus Outfitters

Humanities Nebraska

Microtel Inn & Suites

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Prairie Chicken Dance Tour

Sandhills Publishing


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