My alarm went off at 11:55 p.m. on May 2, 2016. Why? Well, Go Big Give started at exactly midnight! This was the second year, The Leadership Center, was a part of this incredible fundraiser. I wasn’t going to miss watching the ticker of dollars donated go up, nor was I going to miss out on seeing how much was donated to The Leadership Center.

N.V.A.F. board member, Greg Ashby of Five Points Bank, making his Go Big Give donation during our "Coffee & Contributions." Thank you, Greg Ashby!This year, we had  a very large goal and we didn’t keep it a secret by any means. Our goal was $25,000.00. While we didn’t reach our goal, we did have incredible success, raising more funds then we did in 2015. We also won a $250.00 incentive during the 10:00 -10:30 a.m. time slot from Greg Ashby’s donation. We will not know how much we’ll get in matching funds until mid-June. It is still so exciting to have received so many generous donations. Thank you.

The funds will go to a number of great improvements to our property. We’ll keep you all updated as those take place.

We really want to give a Go Big Give Thank You to so many!

Thank you to our generous donors:

Micheala Olsen donating during "Coffee & Contributions"

  • Casey Carpenter
  • Melissa Boniface in memory of Janna Moore-Morin
  • Amanda Hackenkamp
  • Cross County FFA Chapter
  • Steph Mann in memory of Hali Strom
  • Nancy Buettner
  • Brandon Cook
  • Sarah Whiting
  • Dave Johnson
  • Fillmore Central FFA Chapter
  • Brent Nollette
  • Quenton & Tonya Mortenson
  • Tonya Mortenson in memory of John Lane
  • Samantha Jensen
  • Creighton FFA Chapter
  • Burwell FFA Chapter
  • Gene Wissenburg
    Delicious cake from The Chocolate Bar in Grand Island for "Coffee & Contributions."
  • Centennial FFA Chapter
  • Vicky Armstrong
  • Dan & Mary Molliconi
  • Jayne Mann
  • Richard Eisenhauer
  • Greg & Jody Ashby
  • Bloomfield FFA Chapter
  • Jon Lechtenberg in memory of Lawrence Lechtenberg
  • Arne & Ruth Anderson
  • Micheala Olsen
  • Hartington Newcastle FFA Chapter
  • Devin Johansen
  • Lonnie Koepke
  • John & Debbie McDermott
  • Joel & Stephanie Miller
  • Rick Braasch
  • Jim Morris
  • Jessica Brock
  • John Nelson
  • Kristen Witte
  • Ken Malone
  • David Rocker
  • Randy Vlasin
  • Shane Hennessy in memory of Lynn Dowdy Sr.
  • Aurora Insurance Agency
  • Dan Hain
  • Fullerton FFA Chapter
  • Shane Hennessy
  • The Boeder Family

Ruth Anderson donating during "Coffee & Contributions"

Our total 2016 GO BIG GIVE DONATIONS WAS $5,522.33!! Thank you so much!!

As I watched the donations come in, there were moments that just took my breath away. The funds raised by the numerous FFA Chapters blew me away. All the FFA advisors, retired teachers and clients who showed their support was awe-inspiring. Then the numerous TLC staff members who gave, wow. Thank you everyone. Your dollars will help to make an impact that will last for years and years to come and touch thousands of lives from all over the world. Thank you.

Thank you for your generosity, kindness, and ongoing support of all the work we do here at The Leadership Center.

We would also like to say a special thank you to the staffs of the Heartland United Way and the Grand Island Community Foundation. The endless hours you all put in to make this one day happen is incredible. We know that the success we see at Go Big Give is partly due to all the behind the scenes work you all do. We also want to thank you for gathering all the sponsorship for the incentives, the prizes and to make all this work just so that we, as non-profits,  can raise funds to support our causes. Thank you so much for all you do to make this possible.

We would like to thank all the sponsors who helped make Go Big Give possible. Thank you so much!

Champion Club Sponsors:

  • Heartland United Way
  • Grand Island Community Foundation
  • The Sherwood Foundation
  • Hornaday

Skybox Sponsors:

  • Bud & Gloria Wolbach Foundation
  • Merrick Foundation
  • Hamilton Community Foundation
  • Global Industries, Inc
  • Eihusen Foundation

Booster Club Sponsors:

  • Equitable Bank
  • First National Bank
  • Five Points Bank

Tailgate Sponsors:

  • Almquist, Maltzahn, Galloway & Luth CPA
  • CHI Health St. Francis
  • CNH Insdustrial
  • Cornerstone Bank
  • Family Eyecare Center
  • Home Federal Bank
  • Nebraska State Fair
  • Memorial Community Health
  • Pathway Bank
  • Sam’s Club
  • Principal
  • Wortman Enterprises
  • NH Insdustrial

Cheer Squad Sponsors:

  • The Grand Island Independent
  • Aurora News Register
  • GI Family Radio
  • NBC Nebraska
  • KOLN KGIN 1011
  • NTV
  • NRG Media

I hit the hay at around 12:30 a.m. on May 4th incredibly humbled by the support and donations we had received. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.


Mark your calendars for Go Big Give 2017!!

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