This summer’s Cattlemen’s Ball of Nebraska, held near Hebron, brought in $1.75 million, the second-highest amount raised in the 21-year history of the event.
Since its inception, the event has raised more than $15.5 million.
This year’s event, hosted by Randy and Becky Hergott, raised $1.55 million for the Fred & Pamela Buffett Center for cancer research at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
More than 50 groups in the Thayer County area shared in the remaining 10 percent of proceeds, including four hospitals, 31 fire departments, three sheriff departments and nine Future Farmers of America chapters.
Rob Marsh, co-host of the event, praised residents of Nebraska when presenting the check to Dr. Ken Cowan, director of the Buffett Cancer Center.
“The greatest asset to Nebraska are its people, and I think the greatest asset to the Cattlemen’s Ball are the great people in Nebraska,” Marsh said.
The goals of the annual event are to promote beef and a healthy diet and to showcase rural Nebraska while raising money for cancer research.
Next year’s Cattleman’s Ball will be June 7-8 on the ranch of Wayne and Chris Krausnick on the Frenchman River near Wauneta.