Hey friends and supporters of The Leadership Center…and those of you who are just curious to see what we are up to! While we are busy serving our many great customers, we’re also prepping for our upcoming Harvest Gala.

Our 3rd Annual Harvest Gala is Saturday, November 18th here at The Leadership Center at 6 p.m. This beautiful event includes a cocktail hour with delicious hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar provided by Prairie Pride Brewery and Niobrara Valley Vineyard. During this time, you will be able to bid on some wonderful silent auction items!

Then guests will be treated to a 3 course meal which includes beer or wine pairings. The menu for the evening is:

Harvest Salad

Apple Cider Sorbet

New York Strip with Grilled Shrimp Skewer

Green Beans

Autumn Harvest Potato Hash

This is followed by a Delectable Dessert Auction with talented auctioneer, Kelly Kliewer. We have desserts from Tasteful Indulgence, Perks, Grand Central, Sweet Cakes by Dawn, Studio City Cakery, Nitta’s Bed & Breakfast, and The Leadership Center.

Kelly will also do our spirited live auction that has some really great packages including:

Omaha Weekend Package:
2 vouchers to Entrap
Lunch for 2 at Upstream Brewery
Mystery Dinner tickets for 2
1 night stay at Courtyard Marriott in La Vista

Lincoln Weekend Package:
3 Husker baseball tickets
1 night stay at The Courtyard Marriott
Gift card to Old Chicago
1 Husker blanket & gift certificate from Aurora Screen PrintingTickets, sponsorship, and raffle tickets are still available

When the auctions conclude, we will draw our raffle winner! Thanks to Jeff at Schneider’s Hardware, Home & Garden, we are raffling a Remington 11-87 12 Gauge Semi-Automatic Shotgun. If you don’t have a ticket for that, you can purchase them a ticket for $20 or 3 tickets for $50. Tickets can be purchased at The Leadership Center, Schneider’s or on Eventbrite. The winner does not need to be present at the time of the drawing. The winner will have to pick up the winnings at Schneider’s.

Then the evening will conclude with an incredible show from BD & The Boys. We’ll enjoy some great tunes and dance the night away on a dance floor from Pro-Motion.

This entire evening is a fundraiser for The Leadership Center. We are currently raising funds to replace a the Ted Ward Lodge roof which was damaged in the summer storms. The replacement will cost $46,000.00. We’ve already raised approximately $17,000.00. All your donations may be tax deductible as The Leadership Center is a 501(c)(3) private non-profit owned and operated by the Nebraska Vocational Agricultural Foundation. We do not receive special funding from any organization or the government.

For those of you who do not have your tickets yet, tickets, sponsorship and raffle tickets can be purchased here or by calling 402-694-3934!

We have so many supporters to thank for making the Harvest Gala possible.

Silver Event Sponsors:

Entertainment Sponsor:

Photography Sponsor:

Golden Harvest Tables:

  • Paschke Bros.
  • Pinnacle Bank
  • Hunter/Rannau/Picek

Bronze Bounty Tables:

  • The Boeders
  • The Hofmanns
  • Aurora Cooperative
  • The Millers


  • Cal & Sara Strong
  • Arne & Ruth Anderson
  • Rick Crosier
  • Dream Designs Bridal Boutique
  • Aurora Insurance

Live & Silent Auctions Donors:

  • The Graduate Lincoln
  • Courtyard by Marriott Lincoln
  • Courtyard by Marriott La Vista
  • Aurora Screen Print & Embroidery
  • Creations Unlimited
  • Hornaday
  • James Arthur Vineyards
  • Niobrara Valley Vineyards
  • The Edgerton Explorit Center
  • Bret & Erin Olsen
  • Vineyard Vines
  • Scheels
  • The Minnesota Vikings
  • Aurora Fitness Center
  • Susan’s Bookstore
  • Omaha Lancers
  • Walter & Darlene Boeder
  • The Chocolate Bar
  • Sullivan Companion Animal Clinic
  • Otterbox
  • The Rose Theater
  • Subway
  • Bakers Chocolate
  • Norwex-Karen LeClair
  • Entrap Games
  • Valentino’s Pizza
  • Old Chicago-Lincoln
  • Upstream Brewing Company
  • Doubletree by Hilton
  • Licorice International
  • Lewis Greenscapes
  • Salon 18
  • Deer Springs Windery
  • Honeysuckle Lane
  • Flagship Commons
  • McDonald’s-Aurora
  • Jennifer Jones

Thank you to everyone for you continued support of The Leadership Center and all we do! We hope you’ll join us in a beautiful evening of celebration!


Maile Ilac Boeder, IOM


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