General Project Questions
It is a Public Art Project modeled after Omaha’s J.Does, Chicago’s Cows and the Tour de Lincoln Bikes. It will feature a 6’ fiberglass hearts (which includes the base), designed by Nebraska Artists and celebrating Nebraska as America’s Heartland and the 150th Anniversary of statehood.
The Public Art Project is sponsored by Lead Up (formerly Boys Hope Girls Hope) and the Sadie Dog Fund. Lead Up connects youth to college and career. Through the power of mentoring, peer leadership and academic support, we transform the lives of underrepresented students who become drivers of economic development and growth. The Sadie Dog Fund is a Lincoln organization which celebrates the human-animal bond. Through education, prevention and veterinary grants, it works statewide with Nebraska veterinarians to provide funds to keep dogs, in emergency medical situations or with special needs, alive and in their homes with the families that love them. This offers an alternative to neglect, euthanasia or surrender.
Sadie Dog Fund will use funds raised by the project to keep dogs at home with their families by providing veterinary grants to assist with extraordinary medical expenses that will save the dog’s life or free it from a life of pain. They are also looking forward to expanding their education and prevention programming. These services will be geared towards education and training that can help families to be more knowledgeable dogs owners. This will help prevent surrender due to behavior issues as well as keep dogs safer in their environments, preventing unnecessary injury. Minimal funds will be used to promote and sustain Sadie Dog Fund. Sadie Dog fund has no paid officers or board members. They rely solely on volunteers, donations and grants.
Lead Up Lead Up will use the funds to help Lincoln students achieve their goals through higher education and career preparation. Seniors who have become experts in college readiness will deliver programming to their peers with the guidance of professionals in the community. This project would insure that their program is available to students in need for years to come. Lead Up believes that education, community and career are key to transforming the lives of underrepresented students who become drivers of economic development and growth.