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Cattlemen's Ball offers clever way to “Plow Cancer Under”

The 2011 Cattlemen’s Ball will feature a unique fundraising campaign that capitalizes on windmills and plows, two icons that have long been associated with Nebraska.



The theme of this year’s ball is “Plowing Cancer Under” with the logo depicting a cowboy on horseback with a windmill in the background. Supporters of the ball can purchase their own miniature windmill with proceeds going toward cancer research at the UNMC Eppley Cancer Center in Omaha.

The windmills are available in two sizes – 8 feet and 17 inches - and can be ordered at www.cattlemensball.com.

The 8-foot model will have the logo on one side of the windmill’s vane. The other side will be blank to allow businesses or individuals to add their own message with a screen printed image – such as a company logo, a Husker theme, or a personal quote.

For a $200 donation, which includes creation of the artwork, buyers can donate the windmill back to the silent auction that will be held at the Cattlemen’s Ball on June 3 and 4 at the Harry and Doris Knobbe feedlot near West Point, Neb. For a $300 donation, buyers can purchase a windmill, decorate it as they wish and keep it for themselves.

The 17-inch model has “2011 Cattlemen’s Ball” on one side of the windmill vane and “Plowing Cancer Under” on the other side. It is available for a $40 donation.

“The different donation levels make it affordable for everyone,” said Paul Meyer, chairman of the windmill committee. “We think it will be a great way to raise money for cancer research while giving people a unique keepsake.”

The Cattlemen’s Ball is the state’s premier fundraiser in the fight against cancer with 100 percent of the dollars raised staying in Nebraska. Country music star Sara Evans is the featured performer at this year’s event. As always, it is an informal gathering and open to the public.

Trail Boss tickets can be purchased for $350. They include a social on Friday, June 3rd, a private champagne reception and brunch on Saturday, a commemorative gift, and preferred seating for the Saturday evening dinner and concert.

A $75 Top Hand ticket provides admission to the event beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday and includes a New York strip dinner, dance and concert.

“A total of 4,000 tickets will be sold,” said Gary Kaup, co-chairman of the Cattlemen’s Ball. “More than half of the tickets have already been sold.”

The Cattlemen's Ball showcases rural Nebraska and promotes beef as part of a healthy diet. It is hosted by a different Nebraska ranch or feedlot every year.

In addition to providing research funds for the UNMC Eppley Cancer Center, a portion of the funds is also targeted for local health care organizations. Since its inception, the Cattlemen's Ball has raised more than $4.7 million.

For more information on the 2011 Cattlemen’s Ball or to purchase your tickets, visit www.cattlemensball.com.

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