The Cattlemen’s Ball of Nebraska raised nearly $1.75 million this year, the second most money raised in the event’s 21-year history.
Randy and Becky Hergott of Hebron hosted the event with Rob and Natalie Marsh serving as co-hosts.
Of the $1.75 million, more than $1.55 million went to the Fred & Pamela Buffett Center for cancer research. The remaining $174,000 will fund a variety of programs. The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center is located at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and its clinical partner, Nebraska Medicine.
Nearly 60 groups receive proceeds, including four hospitals, 31 fire departments, three sheriff departments, nine Future Farmers of America (FFA) programs, seven community organizations and other health and wellness groups.
The most money ever raised by a Cattlemen’s Ball, $2.12 million, came in 2013 when the Paxton/Sutherland communities hosted the event. The event has raised a total of more than $15.57 million over the years.
The 2019 Cattlemen’s Ball will be held June 7-8 in rural Wauneta, a small village of 577 people located in southwest Nebraska. It is about 40 miles west of McCook and 60 miles south of Ogallala.
The ball will be hosted on the ranch of Wayne and Chris Krausnick near Enders Dam on the Frenchman River. The Krausnicks and Derek and Allison Sandman will serve as co-hosts of the event.