We wrapped our 2nd Annual Harvest Gala just before midnight on November 19th. It was a beautiful evening filled with great guests, wonderful food, wine and beer as well as charitable auctions and dancing. Those in attendance not only enjoyed a lovely evening, but they came with giving hearts. We raised nearly $10,000 towards renovations of lodge rooms and facility updates.

Evenings like this don’t come together on a whim. It takes many hours of planning, coordinating, building, designing, soliciting donations, etc. We have so many people to thank for making our 2nd Annual Harvest Gala a huge success.

We would like to thank the following:


Gold Event Sponsor:
Hamilton Telecommunications

Table Sponsors:

Golden Harvest Table Sponsors:
Aurora Cooperative

Bronzed Bounty Table Sponsors:
Pacific Ethanol
NVAF Board of Directors
Nathan & Kara Rannau
Shane Hennessy & Keely Stromer
The Boeders

Dessert Wine Donor:
Niobrara Valley Vineyards

Dessert Auction Donors:
Nitta’s Bed & Breakfast of Aurora
Tasteful Indulgence of Seward
Grand Central Foods of York
Pamela Stienke of Clarks
Christine Bellis of Aurora
The Leadership Center

Live & Silent Auction Donations:
Aurora Insurance Agency
Dane & Sara Sutherland
The Edgerton Explorit Center
Pacific Ethanol & JB Voss
Bloomfield/ Wausa FFA ChapterRichard Eisenhauer
Plainview FFA Chapter
Jasper Crafts
Walter & Darlene Boeder
Cornerstone Bank
The Leadership Center

Kelly Kliewer

Megan Vetter

Rick Johnson

Rick & Kay Braasch
Bill & Jan Whitney
Cal & Sara Strong
Gerry & Julie Picek
Gene & Rose Mary Wissenburg
Joel & Steph Miller
Bill & Jennifer Hunter
Gene & Rhonda Ulmer
Curran & Megan Vetter
John & Debbie McDermott
Marlin Seeman
Allen Sedivy
John & Maile Boeder

Volunteer Servers:
Jana Gibson- Coordinator
Rebecca Saddler
Taylor Brandl
Caleb Badura
Cheyanne Diessner
Blaike Sunneberg
Adyson Narber
Grant Moody
Austin Allen
Megan DeVries
Lillian Epp
Allison Saddler
Gillian Arends

Wine & Beer Pourers:
Kurt Wissenburg
Sarah Whiting
Tom Hofmann
Shane Hennesy
Keely Stromer
Jane Nuss
Devin Johansen
Micheala Olsen

Lucky Lady Tasting Room

The Aurora News Register

Special Contributions:
Friesen Ford
Chad Mertz
Prairie Plains Research Institute
Mike & Karen Lindquist
John & Kasper hard at work on the back drop.
Walter & Darlene Boeder
AAA Rents
Elite Rentals
Jasper Crafts
Grace McDonald
Thompson Food Company

The people behind, in front of and in between the scenes:
The Leadership Center staff and the Nebraska Vocational Agricultural Foundation Board of Directors as well as John, Kasper and Chaz.

It is truly humbling to receive such support like this. I simply cannot say thank you enough for not only making the Harvest Gala a huge success, but for supporting the work The Leadership Center does, day in and day out. Thank you for being a part of our story and helping to preserve our legacy.

Thank you.

Maile Ilac Boeder, IOM
Executive Director

PS Save the date for next year’s Harvest Gala, November 18, 2017. We’d love for you all to join us!

PPS Click here to see more pictures!

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