‘Party’ raises $102K for student scholarships


Newman University’s year-long 75th Anniversary celebration ended with a bang – literally – with the Sept. 26 western-themed “Party on the Ponderosa.” More than 600 people gathered at the ranch of Mid-America Ag Network owner Larry Steckline and his wife Carla Stovall Steckline for an evening of food, fun, fireworks and fundraising that generated more than $102,000 for student scholarships at Newman.

The event featured a western steak and pork chop dinner, refreshments, a shooting and gaming gallery, and strolling entertainers in period costumes. Newman staff members also got in the spirit of the evening by taking part in comical gunfight re-enactments – one of which ended in a spectacular staged explosion.

Other activities included a performance by The Bucky Fowler Band, an impressive fireworks display over the prairie, a live and silent auction, and a drawing for a 2009 Chevy Aveo5 compliments of Joe Self Chevrolet.

“We can’t thank our sponsors enough for their support, auction pieces, services, food and drink or other items that helped make this such a success,” said Tom Borrego, vice president for Institutional Advancement. “Their generosity contributed not only to a single night of fun for those who attended, but also to opportunities and benefits for Newman students today.”

Take a look at the promotional Youtube video for the event.

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