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The 2019 Cattlemen’s Ball hosts and committee members presented a $673,738.95 check Sunday to Dr. Ken Cowan, Director of University of Nebraska’s Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center in Omaha. At the presentation were, from left, committee members Julie Jones and Shawn Jones; advisory board members Ray Bennett, Dick Miles and Susanne Jagels; Dr. Ken Cowan; hosts Chris and Wayne Krausnick, hosts Allison and Derek Sandman; and committee members Joey and Myra Large, Marlene Cox and Steve and Char Wallin. (Courtesy photo)

Cattlemen’s Ball hosts present funds to Buffett Center, 13 local organizations

    The primary goal of the 2019 Cattlemen’s Ball was to raise money to “Round Up a Cure” for cancer research.  
    The Ball, held in June west of Wauneta, raised $748,598.83.
    Ball Hosts Derek and Allison Sandman of Wauneta and Wayne and Chris Krausnick of Imperial made 14 check presentations on Sunday at the Wauneta Senior Center.
    “Derek and I are so pleased with the total money raised to help the Fred and Pamela Buffett Center and our local organizations.” Allison Sandman said.
    “Considering all of the obstacles that Nebraska faced this year; we are blessed beyond measure. Our 2019 committee spent hundreds to thousands of hours to ensure that our guests would have the best experience ever and showcase our wonderful southwest Nebraska. We were honored by the numerous organizations and volunteers giving of their time and talents; which helped us host one of the best Balls yet,” she said.
    “It was an honor to share our ranch with southwest Nebraska and to see how it transformed into a little city to raise money for cancer research,” Wayne Krausnick said. “Visiting the cancer center back in January really put light on what the cancer research center does in finding the cause of a patient’s cancer and a cure. It was neat to see how they really accommodate all the needs even for western Nebraska patients.”
    The Sandmans and Krausnicks presented a check of $673,738.95 to Dr. Ken Cowan, Director of University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center in Omaha.
    “This has been amazing to see how a committee started this idea 23 years ago to have a Cattlemen’s Ball to raise money for cancer research, and it moves to a new community every year,” Cowan said.
    “It always takes someone in the community to step up like the Sandmans and Krausnicks and all the co-chairs and helpers. I appreciate their leadership. It truly is inspirational. Also, this is the first Cattlemen’s Ball ever to have committee members from four different counties.”
    Cowan continued his praise. “The venue was spectacular, the ranch rodeo was a big success and the addition of the history tents has really allowed each area like Southwest Nebraska to come to life for guests,” Cowan said.
    Cowan said one of two Nebraskans will be affected by cancer. “I want all of you to know that all of the money truly does go directly to cancer research,” he said.
    As the Ball committee promised, 10% of fundraising dollars earned would be shared with local Southwest Nebraska communities for support of their own health and wellness initiatives.

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