First-Class Philanthropy

The Past Exalted Rulers Association of Falls City Elks Lodge #963 hosted the 11th annual benefit for the Richardson County Cancer Fund, Inc., on Saturday, March 19.
    It was the biggest benefit dinner to date, with more than 175 people served. A standing room only auction crowd then threw down a collective $15,800 for prizes. Ron Ebel, of Falls City, walked away the big winner with an exquisite hand-made Kansas City Royals 2015 World Series Champions quilt crafted by Cancer Fund founder Peggy Davidson. Mr. Ebel paid $1,000 to claim “dibs” to the timely and timeless creation. Bobbi Pickard, of Falls City, was a big winner, as well, as her number was drawn for the 50/50 pot, bringing another $4,000-plus into he coffers, which she generously returned (and then some) to the Cancer Fund during the auction.
    To date, the benefit has generated about $144,000 for the Fund, which assists county cancer patients with travel expenses. Nearly 400 people have been helped since the Fund’s inception in 2006 and in 2015, 42 locals were gifted some $21,000 total ($500 per patient). All the proceeds stay in Richardson County.
    There was a wonderful meal of smoked beef brisket and chicken breast dinner by Crome’s Smokin’ of Falls City, potato salad by Jana Anderson of Wooden Spoon Catering, and creamed green beans donated by Cancer Fund Director Jackie Johnson and Wayne Gatz for the donation of dinner rolls from Schulenberg Bakery.
    Next up in the fight against cancer is the annual Lisa Jo Walk for a Cure on Saturday, May 7, at the Humboldt City Square (or the HTRS gym in case of inclement weather). Registration fee is $20 and includes a shirt or hat (if submitted by April 25). Items will be raffled at the event and refreshments will be available to walkers. For more information, contact Lucille at 402-877-4295, or Linda at 402-862-2265.
    The Lisa Jo Walk is held for the benefit of breast cancer research in memory of Lisa Jo (McNealy) Schaardt, a 36-year-old married mother of two who passed away in 2007 after a courageous battle with breast cancer. She was born and raised in Humboldt, graduated from Humboldt High School, and following college returned to the area, where she was a highly regarded and esteemed employee at SENCA Head Start, earning a multitude of promotions during her 12 years.
‘Thank You’
By Jackie Johnson    
    I would like to thank auctioneers Mark Fleskoski and Bob Howard, who donate their time and do a great job. All of the labor that goes into this fund is volunteered. I would like to thank my board, as they do a lot of work; also a huge thank you to Sheila Huppert, Michelle Kreifels, Becky Wissman, Samatha Wissman, Roxanne Woods and Logan Coupe who worked with us all evening.
    A huge “thank you” to the businesses who contributed this year with generous cash contributions: Southeast Nebraska Communications, WASP, EI Camino Electric, and the University of Nebraska.
    And also, we thank the following businesses who donated to our auction: Hullman’s Ford, FC Journal, FC Sanitation, the University of Nebraska, Kawres, KNZA, Lightning CR, Corner Quilts, Farm & City Supply, Bletscher Trucking, Sapp Bros., Bennett Heating & Cooling, Heritage Falls, Pony Creek Rentals, Orschelns, True Value, Larry’s Auto Service, Community Medical Center, Lichte -Tubach-Sikora, RC Woodworking, Blue Collar Auto, W/D Auto, Chaney’s Furniture, Studio “M,” Falls City Fitness, Wolfe’s Office Supply, Animal Health Center, Milam’s Greenhouse, Steve Kottich, Memory Lane, Flair, Mary’s Appliance, Brown’s Shoe Fit, KTNC, Sunny 101.3, Sportin’ Falls City, Kirkman’s Cove Golf and the Lions Club of Humboldt; Brownville Concert Series, Falls City Auto Supply; A&G Steakhouse, Frosty Queen, Sonic, Runza, Terri Jo’s, 6-Mile Cafe, One Stop Cafe; North Fork Farm Service.
    And, finally, the individuals who contributed: Susie Blecha, Ron and Barb Ebel, Dan and Cathy Scholl, Randy and Lori Gottula, Pat Strecker, Tracy O’Brien, Sandy Johnson, Linda Santo, Avis Bailey, Carole James, Nancy Kelley, Missy Campbell, Jamie Coonce, Jennifer Uher, Brittany DeWald, Kim Liberty, Denise Koso, Anita Pickard, Dina Sells, and Kristy Fischer.

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