UNMC Eppley Cancer Center Receives $133,000 from Cattlemen's Ball Proceeds

The University of Nebraska Medical Centers Eppley Cancer Center has received $133,000 in proceeds from the 2001 Cattlemens Ball of Nebraska, an event which was held June 2 at the Thacher Cattle Company near Valentine, Neb.

The funds from the Nebraska Cattlemens Ball Association are very important in our quest for information, said Kenneth Cowan, M.D., Ph.D., director of the UNMC Eppley Cancer Center. The money allows us to launch new, groundbreaking research projects, improve treatment options and search for new methods of cancer prevention. We truly appreciate the associations support in our fight against cancer.

The Cattlemens Ball is held annually to promote beef in a healthy diet and to showcase rural Nebraska. All of the money raised stays in Nebraska, with 90 percent of the proceeds going to the UNMC Eppley Cancer Center and 10 percent directed toward health-care needs in the community hosting the event. Cherry County Hospital, Wood Lake Fire Department, Brownlee Emergency Medical Technicians, Cody-Merriman Emergency Medical Technicians and Cherry County Emergency Medical Services Oximeter are among the local recipients this year.

The 2001 Cattlemens Ball at the Thacher Cattle Company was hosted by Don and Sandi Ormesher, their son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Kami Ormesher, and Mark and Kamis four children.  Event activities included an art show, live auction, cowboy poetry, horse shows and a performance by Riders in the Sky, a Grammy-award winning musical comedy group. Staff members from the UNMC Eppley Cancer Center as well as nurses from Nebraska Health System and the UNMC College of Nursing also provided free screenings for prostate and skin cancer.

Benes Cattle Company near Valparaiso, Neb. has been selected as the site of the 2002 Cattlemens Ball of Nebraska to be held on June 1. The ball hosts will be Dan and Kathy Benes along with Dans parents, Ermin and Delores Benes and family. The Benes Cattle Company is located 25 miles northwest of Lincoln near Highway 79.

Invitations are not sent, as the event is completely open to the public. At the 2002 Cattlemens Ball, Top Hand ticket holders ($60) may attend Saturday afternoon and evening activities beginning at 1 p.m. Trailboss ticket holders ($500 per couple or $250 each) receive a champagne reception, commemorative gift, Trailboss brunch and preferred seating for the evening dinner and concert. Tickets are available through the Oak Creek Bank by calling 1-800-666-8071.


Tom O'Connor
UNMC Public Relations
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