Press Release courtesy Custer County Foundation
The Custer County Foundation held its 14th Annual Gala & Auction on Saturday, December 8th at the One Box Convention Center in Broken Bow. The evening was deemed a success, raising $150,000! The Foundation sincerely appreciates the generosity of the many businesses and individuals throughout Custer County. THANK YOU for making it possible to have a successful event!
As guests arrived they had the opportunity to purchase keys for $10 each. After all keys were sold guests tried to unlock one of three gift boxes containing cash prizes donated by Muddy Creek Ag ($250), Arrow Aviation, Inc. ($500), and Edward Jones, Gateway Motors, and Palmer Monument($1,000).
NEW THIS YEAR… Bubbles & Bling. This involved live auctioning five glasses of champagne, in which one glass contained a .57 carat diamond worth $2,125 and four other glasses contained a cubic zirconia stone. The diamond being featured was hand-selected by a personal representative from Hawthorne Jewelry in Kearney, who traveled to Antwerp, Belgium–the diamond capital of the world! Mick Wise picked the correct number when he purchased his glass and was the winner of the .57 carat diamond.
Other highlights of the evening included the ever popular “Heads or Tails” game. For $10/bead necklace guests had the opportunity to win $500 cash by simply choosing either “heads” or “tails” at the toss of a coin. Kellsy Beshaler beat out the competition and was the lucky winner of the $500; Kellsy generously donated her winnings back to the Foundation.
Ginger Correll was the lucky winner of the stunning 14K white gold diamond necklace donated by Sargent Irrigation Company.
The evening would not have been complete without the drawing for the choice of a Polaris Ranger Side by Side OR a $6,500 travel voucher with $1,000 cash sponsored by Ag-Land ATV and Custer County Foundation Ag Boosters. And the winner was… Margaret Snurr of Broken Bow! Margaret chose the Polaris Ranger.
Proceeds from the evening will be incorporated into the funds of the Foundation and returned to Custer County in the form of grants for charitable organizations and scholarships for non-traditional students.