For Tim Burke, strumming his six string is a great diversion. A perfect stress reliever, whether it’s done in a comfy chair at home or up on the stage with one of his best friends and some of their sons.
Burke fronts the Irish pub band The Shenanigans and the group can be found playing around the metro area throughout the year, often for charity causes. That was the case Thursday in Omaha’s downtown Capitol District when Shenanigans played as part of the United Way of the Midlands 2018 campaign kickoff.
Burke, OPPD’s president and CEO, and his wife Terri, are the 2018 campaign chairs. The group hopes to raise $18 million this year to help support the local community through the various United Way agencies.
Helping others and the United Way, in particular, are close to Burke’s heart. As a junior in college, Burke worked as a youth and family counselor for an organization that was funded by United Way. He later was involved with the Rape Crisis Center of North Central Iowa, helping them secure funding through United Way.
More than 700 businesses and 40,000 donors will participate in the campaign this year, providing funding to over 110 different programs across the community, Burke said.
“This campaign directly impacts our customers in Omaha and eastern Nebraska,” he said. “This is about leading the way we power the future. It plays right into our core values of honoring our community, having a passion to serve and caring for others.”
Playing music with his friends and sons is something Burke loves to do and the group has several more charity gigs coming in the months ahead.
The kickoff also included food and drinks, yard games, a photo booth, and confetti release.
More information about the campaign and ways to contribute can be found at www.UnitedWayMidlands.org.