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Joey and Beth Raper

April 6, 2018 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

Fun services inc. opened in 1968 as a supplier of carnival games for school fundraisers. Today the company provides equipment and personnel for special events throughout Nebraska and Iowa. In addition to carnival games, concessions, and rides, Fun Services offers inflatables, casino games, and more. 

Fun Services specializes in all types of events—company picnics, casino parties, school carnivals, church festivals, city celebrations, and even post-proms! They can help plan entire events from start to finish or help with a few rentals. They are the area’s leader in providing custom events and enjoy working with clients to make their events unforgettable. The staff likes to say, “We sell fun…how much do you want?” 

Joey began working at Fun Services at age 14. The couple met as Fun Services employees during high school. Today they are married and have two children. Beth and Joey purchased Fun Services Inc. from the previous owner in 2011, moved it to a new location, and added a small retail store where customers can purchase balloons, paper goods, and other party supplies. 


Fun Services Inc.
7535 D St., Omaha, NE 68124
402.393.7393
funservicesneia.com

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Beth Raper

March 30, 2017 by

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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