Cones for a Cure: Double Scoop of Fun & Fundraising!

The first annual Cones for a Cure Building Friends for a Cure (BFC) was help on Saturday, June 29, 2024, at the Chalco Hills Recreation Area in Omaha, Nebraska. Hosted by Alpha moms Nora Kemmerer and Chelsea Boring, the dynamic duo brought together over 100 participants including members of the Big Red Alphas support group and the local Alpha-1 Community. The warm summer day included face painting, raffles, and of course, ice cream. Together with the community, they raised more than $2,500 for Alpha-1 research and related programs. 

“It was wonderful to see Cones for a Cure come to life this weekend. Alphas, along with family and friends, came together to enjoy delicious ice cream, great fellowship, and, most importantly, to support a cause close to all our hearts. The cure is so near, and I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to do whatever I can to bring people together to support that mission,” exclaimed Nora Kemmerer.

“The Big Red Alpha’s support group first ever Cones for a Cure was a great event allowing Alphas to share their stories with community members, raise funds for research, and increase awareness. Thank you to the Alpha 1 Foundation, community sponsors and volunteers for their help and support to pull off this event. It was a huge success and we had so much,” stated Chelsea Boring.

A special thank you to event sponsors and supports: Turnkey Solutions for underwriting directional signage, Heartland Hearing Center for the raffle basket donated gift cards, Ima the Clown for donating face painting services, Hyvee for gift card and all the donors, volunteers, and sponsors. Thank you to Alpha-1 Foundation Peg Iverson Board of Director for joining the BFC and supporting the event.

Thank you to Nora, Chelsea, and their families for supporting the BFC Program. The BFC Program is centered on facilitating and empowering the Alpha-1 community to increase awareness and raise funds to support the Foundation’s research mission by providing the tools for fundraising success all while building and maintaining relationships in the community. Nora and Chelsea attended a BFC training held earlier this year in March in Boston, Massachusetts. Participants of the training joined the Celtic Connection event committee to prepare for the largest annual BFC event in the country. It was a perfect way to get hands-on training leading into the workshop including silent auction set-up and close-out, décor set-up and registration. 

To learn more about the BFC program, click here. The Foundation is here to help! We have online platforms to make peer-to-peer fundraising easy! Our donation pages are easy to build your event and share with family and friends. You can personalize them for your event! Each event starts with an application and budget sheet, we are here to walk you through the steps. Your success is our success!

If you are interested in creating an ice cream social fundraiser or any summer fundraiser, please contact Irene Calderon at

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