The Nebraska Rural Radio Foundation announces its’ ninth annual banquet and fundraiser is set for Thursday, Sept. 29 at the Holiday Inn Express, 2605 Plum Creek Parkway. Theme for the event will be “The Future’s So Bright, We Have to Wear Shades.” According to NRRF Marketing Director Barb Bierman Batie the fundraiser is the foundation’s largest annual source of revenue.
“The Foundation was established in 2008 as a 501 (c) 3 organization. The goal is to assist non-traditional students age 25 or over from rural Nebraskans in furthering their education at a college, trade school, community college, or through a specialized course or workshop. If applicants meet the age and other criteria they can qualify for one-time scholarship awards of up to $2,500,” she said.
The first scholarship was awarded in 2010 and to date nearly 40 have been presented to individuals to help obtain nursing degrees, coaching endorsements, master’s degrees, technical degrees or continuing education credits.
The fundraiser will begin with a 5:30 p.m. social hour and the opportunity to bid on silent auction items from 5:30-8 p.m. A prime rib dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m. followed by a live auction at 7:15 p.m.
Highlight of the evening will be a performance by Dave Lerbakken of Kearney. To say music is what Dave was born to do is quite an understatement. Dave was singing before he could talk! At age six he started performing music on piano, then the trumpet, bass guitar and finally added the guitar to his instrumental mix.
As the lead singer in many popular bands in Nebraska (currently The Innocence), Dave has shared the stage with such acts as Journey, Foreigner, Cheap Trick, and Wynona Judd, to name a few. Dave has a music business degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
Dave’s solo show repertoire is quite diverse. He plays music from current country stars like Kenny Chesney and Eric Church to classic rock hits of B.T.O., Bon Jovi and Journey. His ability to play requests on the fly keeps the set fresh every night and people coming back for more to see what he’ll play next! With your eyes closed, you’d think you’re listening to a full band.
The NRRF is fortunate to have this fun and engaging performer be sponsored by Platte Valley Auto and hopes area residents will join in the fun, while supporting a good cause at the same time.
Batie notes tickets are now on sale for the event at $125 each, $25 for the meal with the remaining $100 a tax-deductible donation to the foundation.
Reservations must be made by Sept. 22. If interested in purchasing a ticket, please contact her at 308-325- 2247 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.