As a graduate of the University of Colorado, Omahan Mike Miller has an understandable affinity for his school’s football team.

His faithful fandom gave him an idea. He’d have a little fun with his annual gift to Goodfellows, The World-Herald’s charity.

This line appeared next to a $1,000 donation on the daily tally in the newspaper and at Omaha.com:

“From the Colorado Golden Buffaloes football team. Best wishes and see you next year.”

That probably caused more than a few people to scratch their heads.

“I have plenty of good-natured banter with my Nebraska friends,” Miller explained. “It’s a little bit of a jab to Nebraska because Colorado won this year.”

He admits it’s goofy, but hopes the gag will foster a little goodwill for his alma mater, which “kind of has a bad reputation among a lot of Nebraskans.”

Miller said he supports Goodfellows because the charity doesn’t keep any funds for administrative costs. Every dollar donated goes toward providing one-time emergency aid, helping parents purchase school socks and underwear for their kids and providing holiday meal vouchers. And it goes to struggling people in Omaha and the surrounding area.

With his wife, Miller also donates to more far-flung groups such as the Little Sisters of the Poor, who helped a family member.

“We’re very blessed and fortunate. We feel like we want to give some of that away,” he said. “It’s important to us to do that.”

Betsie covers a little bit of everything for The World-Herald's Living section, including theater, religion and anything else that might need attention. Phone: 402-444-1267.

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