This year’s Gala was nothing short of beautiful. The air was filled with hope, happiness, and overwelming gratitude.

Given that we are in the midst of a pandemic, we made great efforts to offer a celebratory but safe event to all who chose to attend in person, participated through Zoom, or picking up their meals to-go. Our staff and servers wore masks. We offered masks at check-in for those who selected to wear them. We had lots of hand sanitizer located throughout the event. We also spread out the tables, cut the numbers to no more than 40 (we usually have 150-200+ in attendance), sat tables of 4 versus 8, and so much more. Covid-19 aside, it was a beautiful and festive event.

Traditionally we focus on raising funds for programming, safety, and amenities. This year we focused on keeping the doors open. Covid-19 has taken a huge toll on us, much like so many. We’ve experienced over $450,000 of lost revenues directly related to the pandemic. This year’s funds were raised to help rebuild our business and help us to continue to create moments that matter for years to come.

We have so much gratitude to share as there is no way possible for us to do all we did without the help of so many. The outpouring of support is so incredible. Between sponsorships, donations, ticket sales, auction sales, and crane sales, we have brought in nearly $18,500.00. These funds will go towards recouping from the business loss due to Covid-19.

We want to thank all the following:

Wine Provided by:










Beer Provided by:













1,000 Origami Crane Maker & Donor:   







Colin Thieszen (as 5th grader, he is now a sophomore at UNL studying broadcasting.) Click here for more on the cranes.

Lights & Trees by:





Dessert Auction Donors:

  • Hyvee
  • Rabbit Hole Bakery
  • Karen Lindquist
  • Sysco
  • The Leadership Center

Bronzed Bounty Table Sponsors:

  • Joel & Steph Miller and Friends
  • John & Maile Boeder

Special Contributors:

  • Aurora High School National Honor Society– waiters and set-up
  • Elite Event Rentals for linens, glasses and chargers.
  • Aurora News Register for invitations, posters, menu cards and program    covers.
  • Reno Williams & Liz Jeppeson– Expert Crane Stringers
  • Jessie Pope– Apprentice Crane Folder
  • Jane Nuss & Elizabeth Lowe– Hospitality Elves
  • Karen Lindquist– Onsite Norwex Consultant and Product Tester
  • Jayson Havens– Handsome Strong Furniture Relocator

Auction Donors:

  • Luxury ZLO Properties
  • Aurora Napa
  • Aurora Mall
  • Schnieder’s Hardware
  • O’Reilly Auto Parts
  • Friesen For
  • 2 little J’s Creations
  • Hope Furniture
  • Jim’s U-Save Pharmacy
  • Karen Lindquist
  • Jane Nuss
  • Plainview FFA Chapter
  • Edgerton Explorit Center
  • Honeysuckle Lane
  • Hamilton Telecommunications
  • Walter & Darlene Boeder
  • Raising Canes
  • Daniel Stehlik
  • Casey’s
  • John & Maile Boeder
  • The Leadership Center


  • Offsite Office Solutions
  • Marlin & Nancy Seman
  • Stewart & Kris Spath
  • Thomas Hofmann
  • Senator Curtis Friesen & Nancy Friesen
  • Rich Douglass
  • Hamilton Telecommunications
  • Lynn Nylander
  • Shane Thorell
  • Gene & Rose Wissenburg
  • Todd & Dr. Julia Reed
  • Lynn & Kathy Gloystein
  • Marc Wittstruck
  • Rich Nelson
  • Jane Nuss
  • John & Deb McDermott
  • Grandview Café & Lounge
  • Michael & Kelsey Bergen
  • Aurora Screen Printing
  • Dohman, Akerlund & Eddy
  • Gene & Rhonda Ulmer
  • Aurora Screen Printing
  • T & M Inc
  • Paschke Bros.
  • Ron Tinkman
  • Aurora News Register
  • Kiley James
  • Trevor & Jennifer Emahizer
  • Jim & Nicole Ediger
  • John & Maile Boeder

We are humbled by the numerous donors, volunteers, and supporters who helped make our 6th Annual Harvest Gala! We simply could not do what we do without you and your contributions. Thank you!!

In humble gratitude,

Maile Ilac Boeder

PS: For those of you who weren’t with us, click here to see our program.