Local Company Continues Community Investment Amid COVID-19

As nonprofits struggle during pandemic, Greens Plains remains steadfast in supporting Lung Association

Today, the American Lung Association in Nebraska announced that Green Plains, Inc. will again be the presenting sponsor of the Association's Corporate Cup. In this role for the fourth consecutive year, Green Plains will invest more than $25,000 in the fight for clean air and healthy lungs.

The locally based company, which produces cleaner-burner fuels, has invested more than $100,000 with the local Lung Association over the last few years in an effort to support local organizations that share in their vision to reduce vehicle emissions. 

Green Plains' investment in the Corporate Cup will help fund the Lung Association's work to reduce air pollution, advocacy efforts to prevent lung disease and educational programs to support the nearly 300,000 people in Nebraska who live with lung disease, and now, work to end COVID-19.

"Though the pandemic shift shows positive signs, all nonprofits are continuing to struggle. COVID-19 is showing signs of slow improvement, lung health and clean air are still critical to the health of our communities. Green Plains understands this and we’re grateful for their dedication to our mission and support of the services we provide the community," said Julia McCarville, executive director of the Lung Association. “Without partners like Green Plains, the Corporate Cup and our important work would not be possible."

"We are excited to partner with the American Lung Association again for this longstanding community event," said Leighton Eusebio of Green Plains. "Their work to improve air quality and fight lung disease here in Nebraska, along with our efforts to create cleaner-burning fuels, makes a great partnership for our state."

Green Plains, based in Aksarben Village, is one of world's largest producers of ethanol. The company has 17 ethanol production facilities in nine states where they purchase approximately 14 million tons of corn annually to be used in the ethanol production process. Green Plains also has operations related to grain handling and storage, agribusiness, commodity marketing and distribution services, and food ingredients.

The 40th Anniversary of the Corporate Cup, is set for April 18th at Aksarben Village in Omaha. In light of COVID-19, the 40th Annual Corporate Cup has been reimagined to provide corporate teams and individuals with a variety of participation options.

The April 18th Corporate Cup 5k/10k Race Day will be a professionally timed 10k/5k event, and will have a participation cap in place. Our Runner Safety Commitment includes spatial distancing, health screenings, sanitation protocols, and face masks.

The Corporate Cup To-Go is a virtual option that provides an opportunity to support the Corporate Cup your way, on your schedule. Choose between our 10K, 5K, 1 Mile and 100 Yard Dash distances and show your support during our virtual participation period (April 18th May 2nd).

Almost 90 percent of the proceeds of the event will help fund local support of education, research and advocacy in finding a cure for lung disease. Learn more and register at OmahaCorporateCup.org.

For more information, contact:

James A. Martinez
(312) 445-2501
[email protected]

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