Elected officials and supporters took over Pinnacle Bank Arena Saturday night for Governor Pete Ricketts’ Inaugural Ball. Ricketts spoke at Saturday night’s event about the virtues of Nebraska.
“Nebraska is a culture, a way of life,” Ricketts said on Saturday. “It’s how we feel about ourselves as a people. It’s how we treat each other with dignity and respect.”
Governor Ricketts told the crowd, the Inaugural Ball was designed to highlights the virtues of Nebraska.
“That’s why Nebraska is what America is supposed to be, a great land,” Ricketts said. “I’m excited about our opportunities.”
“We have so much potential. Our options are limitless.”
The Inaugural Ball revived a decades-old tradition of honoring the new term of a Governor. Governor Dave Heineman hosted smaller events around the state four years ago to mark his final inauguration.
Ricketts credited his wife, First Lady Suzanne Shore, for organizing the event. Nearly 3,000 people from around the state paid to be part of the evening.
KLIN’S Kevin Thomas contributed to this report.