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Legacy of the Plains Museum to host Bandana Ball Feb. 28
February 05, 2015 Jerry Purvis   

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Although it’s referred to as a ball, attendees are encouraged to wear their jeans and boots to the annual Bandana Ball, coming up on Saturday, Feb. 28.

The ball is one of the major fundraising events for Legacy of the Plains Museum (LPM) and is scheduled at the Gering Civic Center.
“This is one of the two major fundraisers we host to help with operating costs,” said Nancy Haney, LPM interim director. “It’s important for us to have a big crowd show up and have a good time.”
Social hour starts at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:15 p.m. Green Valley Homesteaders will provide the music. And after dinner, the auction starts.

“Numerous businesses and individuals throughout the community have donated some wonderful items over the years for the auction,” Haney said. “Helberg and Nuss have volunteered to provide the auctioneer services this year.”

Some of the items expected to arrive for auction include a pedal tractor, fine art, jewelry, a Scotts Bluff County centennial rifle and many quilts. Also, former state senator John Harms and his wife will host a party of six for an authentic Greek dinner.
Haney said one of the favorite parts of the auction is the “feeding frenzy” when area restaurants offer gift certificates for their establishments.

Tickets for the Bandana Ball to benefit Legacy of the Plains Museum are $30 and are available at the museum in Gering, at the customer service counter at Main Street Market in Scottsbluff, and at all Platte Valley Companies locations. Call the museum at (308) 436-1989 for more information.

Legacy of the Plains has also been conducting a search for a new full-time director, since the resignation of Katie Bradshaw last November. Board director Jodi Ruzicka said the search committee is moving forward. Fifteen people submitted their credentials for the position. Some of them had museum experience and others were history majors. The committee is narrowing down the field and plans to set up interviews in the next couple of weeks.

Ideally, they hope to have a new director in place by the end of March.
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