Mark Wills Helps Raise Over $70,000 at 2012 Fundraiser
Country music star Mark Wills helped the Nebraska Rural Radio Foundation make over $70,000 at its 2012 fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 26, at the Holiday Inn Express in Lexington. Wills entertained the crowd with songs like "Wish You Were Here," "Jacob's Ladder," "I Do (Cherish You)," and "Don't Laugh at Me."
The live music followed a mouth-watering ribeye steak dinner, a silent auction of nearly 40 hard-to-find items, and a live auction of nearly 20 highly sought-after items.
Silent auction items included a volleyball signed by Tom Osborne and Coach John Cook, baseball signed by Osborne and Coach Darin Erstad, basketball signed by Osborne and Coach Connie Yori, framed photo of Sandhills Cranes, framed photos of the Husker football and volleyball teams in action, tickets to UNL volleyball games, a hand-turned big lead Maple burl bowl (pictured below), a hand-made wooden cattle truck, an autographed John Deere toy tractor, Oliver 880 toy tractor, John Deere toy combine, a stay at Johnson Lake's Waterfjord bed and breakfast, as well as elegant jewelry, beef bundles, wine baskets, gift certificates to restaurants and much more.
Live auction items included a Mark Lundeen sculpture (pictured right), a Bill Bailey bluebird woodcarving (pictured below), and a handcrafted mantel clock. Also at live auction were four skybox tickets to the Nebraska-Minnesota football game, four premier-seat tickets to a Chicago Cubs home game, everything needed for a Denver getaway weekend, stays in Estes Park and in Keystone, CO, a John Deere Gator, 12 bags of seed corn from each of three companies, and a black Husker football helmet with a football signed by Tom Osborne and Bo Pelini.
Those in attendance supported the Nebraska Rural Radio Foundation by purchasing tickets and by bidding at both the silent and live auctions.
In the last four years, the Foundation awarded 20 scholarships and three organizational grants. The Foundation is committed to 1) helping individuals participate in educational programs so they can continue to be viable and contributing members of Nebraska's rural landscape, and 2) helping other organizations tell the story of agriculture.
Tickets to the 2012 fundraiser were $125 each. Watch this website for information on the 2013 NRRF fundraiser.