Over $140,000 raised at annual Custer County Foundation Gala & Auction

(CCF Press Release) The Custer County Foundation held its 17th Annual Gala & Auction on Saturday, December 11th at the One Box Convention Center in Broken Bow. The evening was deemed a success! Preliminary numbers show over $140,000 was raised! 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 boxes containing cash prizes donated by A to Z Lawn Pro & Landscaping ($250), Arrow Aviation, Inc. ~Casey & Melissa Williams ($500), and Edward Jones, Gateway Motors/Sandhills Motors, and Palmer Monument ($1,000).

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. Becky Govier beat out the competition and was the lucky winner of the $500.

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… Craig Safranek of Merna!  Craig chose the Polaris Ranger.

One aspect of the Gala that makes this event unique is that every community in Custer County was represented, by auction items donated and guests attending.  It’s a true reflection that the Custer County Foundation is a county wide organization and the funds raised at the Gala will go back out to assist all communities in the county.

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.

The Custer County Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax exempt organization that was created in 1991 to promote charitable giving for the good of the communities of Custer County.  The steady growth of the Foundation is driven by donors’ generosity, ideas and beliefs that the Custer County Foundation can make a difference in the lives of the people who live and work in Custer County.  The Foundation exists because of people who have a desire to give back to the community where they lived, prospered, worked and played.