KEARNEY, NEB. – The Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation held its Inaugural Grower’s Gala on Dec. 5 during the 2016 Nebraska Farm Bureau Annual Convention. The evening was filled with dinner, a live auction, and entertainment by rockabilly duo The Time Burners.

The live auction featured a Golfer’s Dream Getaway at the Prairie Club in Valentine, a Case power washer, sporting events, and travel and entertainment packages. Wayne Thunker of Keith County Farm Bureau was the lucky winner of the Remington 870 Wingmaster shotgun raffle.

“We are grateful for the more than 300 people that attended the Grower’s Gala and supported the future of agriculture,” said Megahn Schafer, executive director of the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation. “The money raised from the event will go to support our programs which connect with youth and consumers and share the message that agriculture is important to all Nebraskans.”

More than $47,000.00 was raised in support of the Foundation’s programs including Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom, the Ag Pen Pal program, scholarships and awards, and consumer engagement efforts. Buffalo County Farm Bureau and Hall County Farm Bureau both pledged to match $10,000 of the evenings fundraising proceeds.

Special thanks to auctioneer Rick Shoemaker and the following live auction and raffle donors: Rob Robertson, Lincoln Salt Dogs, Embassy Suites Downtown Lincoln, Titan Machinery of Fremont, Lied Center for Performing Arts, Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker, CASE IH, Andrew Ward, Steve and Elma Nelson, Green Line Equipment, Kevin and Penny Burch, NMC CAT, Phelps-Gosper County Farm Bureau, Great Wolf Lodge, Kevin Lofton, and Nebraska Farm Bureau Southeast Membership District.

The mission of the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation is to engage youth, educators, and the general public to promote an understanding of the vital importance of agriculture in the lives of all Nebraskans. The Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. For more information about the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation, visit