Beth RaperMar 30, 2017 11:35AM ● By Judy Horan
From 20 people to 50,000 people. Fun Services provides entertainment for groups of all sizes.
The 50,000 people? That would be the Offutt Open House and Air Show, where Fun Services supplies entertainment.
The company has been around 50 years, says Beth Raper, who runs Fun Services with her husband, Joey. They employ 40 people.
She says not only is Fun Services the oldest firm of its kind in Omaha, it’s the best equipped in all of Nebraska and western Iowa to help customers plan special events offering inflatable rides, concessions, and casino parties, as well as party rentals, tables, chairs, and canopies.
“We have been in the business so long that we have the inventory to accommodate the customer,” Raper says. “We help businesses, churches, and schools plan special events.”
“Some people call to rent a few things. Some call and say, ‘Would you guys help with everything? I’m planning a party for 500 people,’” she says. “People appreciate that we‘re a one-stop shop.”
She and her husband bought the family-owned business five years ago. He was familiar with Fun Services and what it could provide—with good reason, she says. They both were working at Fun Services while in high school, when they met. “That’s everyone’s favorite story about us,” she says.
After college graduation, she worked as a wedding planner for five years. Of course, she planned her own wedding to Joey. It was a small, quiet wedding with friends and family. No inflatable rides. No concessions. Just fun.
Fun Services is a fun place for the college-age students currently employed. “We provide great part-time jobs for kids. They are part-time in college and work part-time for us. We take care of our employees and have parties throughout the year.”
Approximately 90 percent of her clientele are women. “A lot of women work in an environment where they are responsible for planning a party—perhaps a PTA mother or someone planning a church festival,” she says.
“I want to be known for the fact that I love what I do. Everybody has a great time at events we plan. I try to put my touch on everything I do,” says Raper. “But when I am at home, I focus my time on family and kids.”
Raper goes from executive boss to mom in seconds when she walks out the Fun Services door. She has one child and is expecting another baby in time for Christmas.
Separating the two worlds is important, she says. “I think women that are mothers but also have full-time jobs know it’s hard to balance. I try to leave work at work. And make sure when I am at home, I focus my time on family and kids.”
7535 D St. Omaha, NE 68124 402.393.7397 funservicesneia.com