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 “It takes a noble man to plant a seed for a tree that will someday give shade to people he may never meet.”

– D. Elton Trueblood

Be a part of the Legacy..
Started in 1968 by three vocational agriculture teachers, The Nebraska Youth Leadership Development Center sat on just twenty-seven acres. It was home to only a few FFA camps a year. Forty-four years later, what is now known as The Leadership Center (TLC), sits on 43 1/2 acres and the family-friendly facilities have been used by nearly 40,000 people a year stretching from all across Nebraska, The United States, and even some countries around the world. We have been the host of weddings, family reunions, conferences, and meetings. Our guests have been given the chance to expand their leadership abilities, fulfill company ambitions, or retreat and enjoy various recreational activities, all while making life long memories.

Throughout the years, TLC has been transformed and given the chance to grow with the support of our clients, donors and people like you. The majority of our facility has been built and maintained through the generosity of numerous contributions. The Leadership Center has set high goals to continue to make our guests feel at home.

Some of these goals include:

  • Refurbishing Kiewit Lodge with new beds and linens
  • Reroofing the main building
  • Updating tables and chairs
  • Renewing kitchen utilities
  • Landscaping and grounds improvements
  • Overall update of facilities and fixtures

We have a desire to continue to offer our services for many years to come. The Leadership Center is happy to serve people like you. We invite you to be a part of our legacy. Your donation impacts not just one person, but guests for the next 20 years will be able to have great experiences like you. When donating your gift, look into your donation options. There are a wide variety of methods by which you can make a contribution to the future of The Leadership Center. You should consult your tax advisor to determine which method will work best for accomplishing your individual goals.

Donations options include:

  • Gifts of Cash
  • Gifts of Commodities
  • Bequests, Memorials, & Honor Gifts
  • Stocks, Bonds, and Mutual Funds
  • Land or Gifts that Can Be Used or Sold

All gifts are welcome. The Leadership Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and your contribution may be tax deductible. If you have any questions, please contact our Executive Director, Maile Ilac Boeder at 402.694.3934.

Thank you for your continued support.

Project Treeline: In an effort beautify our property and to leave a sustainable legacy, in the summer of 2017, we began replacing a portion our treeline. We took out about 400 feet of trees that needed replacement and put in Blue Spruce, Chanticleer Pear and Red Dogwood Trees. We are grateful to Luthy Tree Farms, our Intern and resident Lumberjack,  Andrew Stolpe and our staff for working so hard to clear the trees, keep our neighbors informed and to see this project to fruition. The project cost $10,000. We have received a donation for the Lancaster Farm Bureau for $100.00. For more information on how to donate, please click here.  Thank you. Your donation will make an impact for years to come.

The Leadership Center and all it has to offer was made possible by the kindness, generosity, and dedication of numerous donors, contributors and volunteers. Our history is built on this support, and it’s important to us that you know!


  • Judy Martindale- Donation
  • Paschke Brothers Construction- Donation of supplies to re-roof Seeman Hall
  • Michelle Kingsley- Donation
  • Anonymous-Donation
  • Anonymous-Donation
  • Edeal Family Gathering-Dontation
  • Verna Lee Estate- Donation
  • Shannon Herman-Donation
  • GI Sketch Club-Donation
  • IdeaBank-Donation
  • Nathan & Kara Ronnau- Donation to Summer Food Program
  • Farm Credit Services-Grant for Garden Tiller for Summer Food Program
  • Prairie Plains Resource Institute- Use of park at trail head for Summer Food Program
  • City of Aurora- Use of Eberly Picnic Shelter in Streeter Park for Summer Food Program.
  • Aurora Mall-Box of Fruit a week for Summer Food Program.
  • Goering Family Reunion- Donation
  • Todd Reed- Donation
  • Erwin Atal- Donation
  • Ken Meier- Donation
  • Janky Theilen Wedding- Donation
  • Anonymous-Donation
  • Debby Wojcik- Donation
  • Susan Love- Donation
  • Heidi Larson- Donation
  • Ivy Miller- Donation
  • Dr. Maggie O’Connell- Donation
  • Bev Kern- Donation
  • Bailey Briner Wedding- Donation, Wine Glasses
  • Hochstetler Unrah Wedding- Donation
  • Linda Hochstetler- Donation
  • John and Donna Anderson- Piano
  • Aurora Cooperative- Lawn Treatment, ATV use
  • Preferred Popcorn- Hair Dryers
  • Network for Good
  • Sarah Andreasen
  • Cheryle iege
  • Leray Earnst
  • Michelle Phillips
  • Shelby Thieszen
  • Stettner Inc.
  • Cornerstone Bank

Thank you so much to all our generous donors that made this year’s Go Big Give such an incredible success. May 3, 2018 is one for the books. We are so grateful for and humbled by all those who gave of their hard earned dollars to invest in the work we do hear at The Leadership Center. Thank you.

  • Tammy Morris
  • Kelsey Wetovick
  • Rod Wetovick
  • Randy Vlasin in Memory of Irv Wedeking
  • Tom Hofmann
  • Kurt Wissenburg
  • Tony Kaufman
  • Chaz Boeder

    Maile visiting with Go Big Give staff who stopped by to say hi during Coffee, Cake & Contributions.

  • Seth Burge
  • Danny & Sarah Whiting
  • Karen Lindquist
  • Dario Diaz
  • Ivan James
  • Shane Hennessy
  • The Fairbury FFA Chapter
  • Damaris Olsen
  • Abby Hitchler
  • Kristen Witte
  • Micheala Olsen
  • The Boone Central FFA Chapter
  • Brian Andreason
  • Devin Johansen
  • Thomas Dux in memory of Mr. Phillip Miller, Former Mead FFA Advisor
  • The Randolph FFA Chapter
  • John & Deb McDermott
  • Jane Nuss
  • Ann Dvorak
  • Greg Ashby
  • Shelby Thieszen
  • Dan & Mary Molliconi

    A Facebook post from a donor.

  • Todd Reed
  • The Hartington Newcastle FFA Chapter
  • Steve Long
  • Dave Johnson
  • Siera Meyer
  • Anonymous
  • Gene & Rose Wissenburg in memory of  Ron Ganzel
  • Becki Lawver
  • Casey Carpenter
  • Kylie Penke
  • Jessica Brock
  • Nicole Ediger
  • Ken Malone
  • Johnny Ferrance
  • FFA Fragrance
  • The Ord FFA Chapter
  • Heath Ahrens
  • Joel & Steph Miller
  • Brandon Grosserode
  • Amy Tomlinson
  • Roxann Bredthauer in Memory of Rick Bredthauer
  • Suellen Koepke
  • Rick Braasch
  • Brandon “Cookie” Cook
  • Amanda Hackenkamp
  • Adam Hanson in Memory of Doc Matteson
  • Victoria Armstrong in Memory of Ronald Armstrong
  • Phil Simpson
  • The Burwell FFA Chapter
  • Mackie Lawson
  • Phil Hupf
  • Anonymous
  • Paola Rodriguez
  • Oakland Craig FFA Chapter


The 4th Annual Evening Stroll 

We want to thank our incredible sponsors. The Evening Stroll was a fabulous success!

Silver Event Sponsor: Ott Concrete & Construction

VW Bug: Shannon Goltz 

Special Food Contributions: Sysco & US Foods

Champions Table Sponsors: Millie Ron, Hamilton Telecommunications, Cornerstone Bank

Mod Squad: Boeders, Aurora Cooperative

Auction Donors: Sit N Bull Saloon, Sullivan Companion Animal Clinic, Lewis Greenscapes, Monets, Starbucks of Grand Island, Memorial Foundation, Coaster, Nebraska Athletic Department, Scheels, Five Points Bank, Jane Nuss, Le-Vi Popcorn, Runza, Kansas City Royals, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, Pinnacle Bank, Schnieder’s Hardware, Courtyard Marriott La Vista & Double Tree Omaha

Donors: IL James, Beverly Kremer, Aurora Insurance, Lee T. Thruber, M.D.,P.C., Grandview Cafe, Dohman Ackerlund & Eddy, Leslie Nylander, Rich Nelson, Rick & Rita Sanders, Aurora Screen Printing, T & M Inc, Ken Thiel

Twinkle Light Sponsor: RTC Lighting

Photography: Karyn Rae Photography

Live Music: Johnny Ference

To see photos from this event, click here.

The Forth Annual Harvest Gala

Thanks to all those who helped make our Annual Harvest Gala a huge success. We had a wonderful time celebrating our 50th year in business with some of greatest supporters and friends. Thank you.

Photography Sponsor:

Wine Provided by:

Beer Provided by:


Lights & Trees by:

Dessert Auction Donors:

Special Contributors:

  • Aurora High School National Honors Society- Waiters

To see our donors and supporters from years past, please click on the links below.

Again, we are so grateful for all the support we have received throughout the years and your continued support in the years to come. Thank you.

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