The Leadership Center
Business Office
2211 Q Street, Aurora, NE 68818
Espressions: Coffee & Community
1117 M Street, Aurora, NE 68818
Phone 402-694-3214

“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.


  • Aurora Wrestling Team- Donation
  • Cornwell Tools- Donation
  • NPPD- Donation
  • Shelby Thieszen- Donation
  • Nancy Kaufman- Donation
  • Adam Hanson- Donation
  • Edeal Family Gathering- Donation
  • Central District NACO- Donation
  • Aurora Day Care- Donation
  • Cross County FFA- Donation
  • Northwest FFA- Donation
  • Bluehill FFA- Donation
  • High Plains- Donation
  • Gerald Painter- Donation
  • Heibner Family- Donation
  • Mickey Family- Donation
  • Oberg Family- Donation
  • Gene Meigler- Donation
  • Myron Becker- Donation
  • Prairie Plains Resource Institute- Donation
  • Hornung Rehearsal Dinner- Donation
  • Central District NACO Fall Conference- Donation
  • Alice Johns- Donation
  • Yvonne Weirs- Donation
  • Haley Sigler- Donation
  • Internet update: Hamilton Telecommunications
  • Barb Olson- Donation
  • Heart Beets Garden- Vegetables for the Summer Food Program
  • Hamilton County Extension- Enrichment Program for Summer Food Program
  • Prairie Plains Resouce Institute- Trailhead to host Summer Food Program at

Thank you so much to all our generous donors that made this year’s Go Big Give such an beautiful success. We are beyond grateful and so 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 very much for your gifts.

  • Amanda Hackenkamp
  • Tammi Aherns
  • Fillmore Central FFA Chapter
  • Kylie Penke
  • Phil Simpson & the Burwell FFA Chapter
  • Dand Molliconi in memory of Steve Sorenson
  • Steve Schmidt in memory of Catalina Schmit
  • Bradley Andreasen
  • Adam Hanson
  • Whitney Lehn
  • Sarah Whiting
  • Creek Valley FFA Chapter
  • Jessica Shelburn
  • ReeAnn Regier
  • Chad Kment
  • Kaydee Alexander
  • Ashton Bohling
  • Todd Reed
  • David Ference
  • Ord FFA Chapter
  • Marc Wittstruck in memory of Holli Whittstruck
  • Kris Spath
  • Mary Molliconi
  • Shelby Thieszen
  • Ben Robinson
  • Jade Burson
  • Jan Whitney
  • Seth Burge
  • Jessica Brondel
  • John Boeder
  • Kara Ronnau
  • Rick Braasch
  • Keith Nielson
  • Stephanie Miller in honor of Heartland FFA
  • Joe Strickland
  • Dave Johnson
  • High Plains FFA Chapter
  • Vicky Armstrong in memory of Ron Armstrong
  • Micheala Olsen
  • Barb Olson
  • Jane Nuss
  • Demaris Olsen
  • Kristen Witte
  • Rebecca Lawver
  • Thomas Dux
  • Fairbury FFA Chapter
  • Joel & Stephanie Miller
  • Kurt Wissenburg
  • Jim Morris
  • Chaz Boeder
  • Tamara Morris
  • Anonymous
  • Judy Schachenmeyer
  • Tom Hofmann
  • Anymous
  • Dennis Mottle
  • Rod Wetovick
  • Dave Barnard
  • Marlin Seeman
  • Twin River FFA Chapter
  • Kelsey Wetovick
  • Gene & Rose Wissenburg
  • Oakland Craig FFA Chapter
  • Maile Ilac Boeder
  • The Boeder Family Match Fund

The Fifth Annual Harvest Gala

Our 5th Annual Harvest Gala was the most successful Gala yet. We raised nearly $18,000.00 towards a new metal roof on Mather Hall and the expansion of safety equipment throughout our property. We couldn’t have done this without a number of people. Thanks to following for all you did to make this year’s Gala a HUGE success.

**Every table will receive a bottle of Niobrara Valley Vineyard’s Boss Cow compliments of Niobrara Valley Vineyards.

Dessert Auction Donors:

  • Grand Central Bakery
  • Studio City Cakery
  • Rabbit Hole Bakery
  • Perks
  • Taylor May
  • Karen Lindquist
  • Sysco
  • The Leadership Center

Golden Harvest Table Sponsors:

  • Westfield Quality Care of Aurora

Bronzed Bounty Table Sponsors:

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

Special Contributors:

  • Aurora High School National Honors Society– waiters
  • Gene Wissenburg, Rich Douglass & Joel Douglass for providing music during the Cocktail Hour.
  • Mojo Filter for after dinner music.
  • Elite Event Rentals for linens, glasses and chargers.
  • Aurora News Register for invitations, posters, menu cards and program    covers.
  • AAA Events for the square tables.
  • Sysco
  • US Foods/The Thompson Company
  • Honeysuckle Lane
  • The Old Homestead Market & Floral

Auction Donors:

  • Touch of Health
  • Rose Chiropractic
  • Aurora Screen Printing
  • Creations Unlimited
  • Jane Nuss
  • Plainview FFA Chapter
  • Memorial Foundation
  • Edgerton Explorit Center
  • Honeysuckle Lane
  • Hamilton Telecommunications
  • Hamilton County Extension
  • The Old Homestead Market & Floral
  • Walter & Darlene Boeder
  • Lincoln Children’s Zoo
  • Raising Canes
  • Ivanna Cone
  • Casey’s
  • Courtyard Marriott
  • Larry the Cable Guy
  • Fehr’s Farm to Fork
  • UNL Athletic Department
  • James Arthur Vineyards
  • Scheels
  • Entrap
  • Village Pointe
  • Todd Reed
  • Chicago Pizza Tours
  • Adam’s Playhouse
  • Puzzah Escape
  • Preferred Popcorn
  • AEG Theaters
  • John & Maile Boeder
  • Jayson Havens & Jacob Penner
  • The Leadership Center


  • Dohman, Akerlund & Eddy
  • Cornerstone Bank
  • Aurora Insurance
  • Gene & Rhonda Ulmer
  • Aurora Screen Printing
  • T & M Inc
  • Grandview Café
  • Ron Tinkman
  • Friesen Ford
  • Richard Braasch
  • John & Maile Boeder

We also want to thank our entire team. You worked so hard to make this event happen. Whether it was building decor, setting up the event space, making food, or helping clean it all up, and put it away! We are so happy we got to work alongside each of you. We also thank our board, The Nebraska Vocational Agricutural Foundation, for your contributions too.

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

  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008

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.

Proud Service Providers & Sponsors

The Leadership Center
Business Office
2211 Q Street, Aurora, NE 68818
Espressions: Coffee & Community
1117 M Street, Aurora, NE 68818
Phone 402-694-3214

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