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Each year the Foundation hosts the Elwood Spring Gala, an evening that is both a wonderful social occasion and a tremendous fundraiser that allow the Foundation to help with projects in the community. The evening begins with a social hour and silent auction, which continues through dinner. This is followed by a live auction and then a dance.


The 7th Annual Spring Gala was held March 17th, 2018 and raised over $40,000, money which will be used to remodel the bathrooms at the Civic Center. Funds will also be used to encourage, enhance, and provide opportunities for charitable giving, including youth grants.


The Elwood Area Foundation Board and the Gala Committee are very grateful for the continued support of those who contribute to the Gala. Because of your generosity, the Elwood Area Foundation is able to give back to the community!


Mark your calendar, the 8th Elwood Spring Gala will be held on Saturday March 23rd, 2019. If you are interested in contributing to the Elwood Spring Gala, please contact the Foundation Office.


The following projects were made possible in part thanks to the proceeds from the Elwood Spring Gala

Civic Center Renovations, Reception Hall/Exterior and Restrooms

Public Library Building

Playground at Johnson Lake State Recreation Area

Village Park Updates

Elwood Volunteer Fire Department Jaws of Life

Johnson Lake Trails




The Foundation would like to thank all the Gala Committee Members who made this event possible!  The Committee works alongside Foundation Board Members to help bring this wonderful event to our area. We are always looking to add members to this committee! Contact the Foundation Office if you are interested in helping with the Gala this year.




Andy Krings, Ann Johnson, Betty Koenig, Codina Moore, Deb Arends, Ed Arends, Erika Spahr, Jennifer Edwards, Katy Weissert,

LaNae Matousek, Laura Tilson, Lori Knoerzer, Mardee Studnicka, Patrick Ropers, Shaunna Sjomeling, and Vicki Bliven




David Blessing

Master of Ceremonies

Heather Collins

Head Bartender

Jawna Kuck

Auction Cashier

Erin Jensen

Auction Cashier

Nick Niemeier


Jake Rogers





Those who graciously made monetary donations for underwriting this amazing event.


Aflac, Kayti Schwarting

American Family Insurance

J.E. Kranson Agency

Aurora Coop

Brell Realty and Auction, LeahAnn Brell

Byrns Floorcovering, Mike Byrns

Carlton and Cheryl Clark

Central Valley Irrigation

Monty and Tammy Vonasek

Chuck and Charlene Tilson


Doug and Barb Foss

Elwood Funeral Home

Dallas and Jami Garey

Elwood Lions Club

Geiger Inc., Ray and Judith Geiger

Gosper County Commissioners

Gosper County Senior Center

Jerry and Diane Remmenga

Kevin and Cheri Bellamy

Larry and Jeanne Reynolds

Lexington Regional Health Center

Norder Supply Inc.


Dr. Joe Jeffrey

Plum Creek Garden Club

S&N Farms, Steve and Nancy Schutz

Todd Wilson, P.C.

Ed Houlden, in memory of Julie Houlden

Larry W. Brell Inc., Larry and Cheryl Brell

Empire Hay, Scott and Gwen Stoll and Dan and Miranda Stoll

MTL Inc., Sharlette Schwenninger

Remmenga Drilling Company, Bob and Phyllis Remmenga and Jeff and Sherri Remmenga




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One of the silent auction tables

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People gathering for happy hour

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2018 gala committee

Tables set up for the gala dinner





To see more gala pictures, click here.




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Elwood Area Foundation

314 Smith Avenue

PO Box 303

Elwood, NE 68937




Office Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 

9:00 to 3:30


Melissa Vinzant, Executive Director