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Record-breaking Cattlemen’s Ball wraps up with grant awards last week

Dr. Kenneth Cowan, Delbert and Marilee NiewohnerLocal area health care and public safety agencies received a bonus from the 2008 Nebraska Cattlemen’s Ball last Wednesday night.

Grants totaling $79,900 were handed out to hospitals, rescue units, fire departments, a skilled nursing center and a health education project during a reception at the Albion Country Club.

These funds represented about 10 percent of the net proceeds from the 2008 Cattlemen’s Ball held in Boone County on June 6-7, 2008. Nearly 4,000 people attended the ball, which was hosted by the Niewohner Cattle Co. in a pasture northwest of Loretto, June 6-7.

The event raised a record $796,000, with nearly 90 percent of the money going toward cancer research at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Eppley Cancer Center. The remaining funds stayed in Albion and other area communities to benefit health-related organizations.

Read the Albion News Print Edition for complete details.