The Omaha business community is preparing to send its own “shout-out” to Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.
A full line-up of major Omaha-based companies, including ConAgra Foods, First National Bank of Omaha, Mutual of Omaha, Omaha Steaks and Union Pacific have pledged to donate to Manning’s “Peyback Foundation," a combined $500 every time he says “Omaha” during Sunday’s playoff game against the Patriots. Omaha restaurant chain DJ's Dugout will donate $100 each time.
In last Sunday's victory over the San Diego Chargers, Manning used "Omaha" as part of his signal calling on at least 40 plays, igniting quite a buzz in the River City and inspiring the Omaha business community to call a philanthropic audible of its own.
“Omaha is a city filled with philanthropic MVPs," said David G. Brown, president and CEO of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce. "It’s no surprise our business leaders would take this ball and run with it. We’re pulling for a lot of Manning snaps on Sunday, a lot of ‘Omahas’ and a lot of money for the kids helped by his foundation."
Brown and Omaha Steaks leaders will be featured in a segment about Manning and the Omaha “shout-outs” on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown at 11 a.m. Sunday.
Manning’s Peyback Foundation promotes the future success of at-risk children by assisting programs that provide leadership and growth opportunities.