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Cattlemen's Ball of Nebraska set for June 3, Haythorn Ranch


Carl and Renee Amick, Doniphan, NE, have donated two Quarter Horses for the third annual Cattlemen's Ball of Nebraska auction, Saturday, June 3, at the Haythorn Ranch, near Arthur, NE.

The 6-year-old dun horse and the 11-year-old chestnut horse belonged to the couple's daughter, Sonja Amick, who lost her battle with melanoma in January. The horses will bring in a minimum of $4,000 combined.

"We think this is what Sonja would have wanted for her horses," said Amick. "We are donating them, so that they can help someone else down the road."

In addition to the live auction, country music artist Ricky Van Shelton will be featured at the ball. Along with five platinum and three gold albums, he has had 12 hit singles.

Event activities also will include an art show, a general store, cowboy poetry, music by the Messengers 4 and a dance featuring the music of Blackwater. Jerry Dias, a one-armed cowboy who was judged Entertainer of the Year by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, also will perform, as well as the Front Street Crystal Palace Review, an entertainment troupe whose performance is highlighted by re-enactments of scenes from the Old West.

The 2000 Cattlemen's Ball will be hosted by Craig and Jody Haythorn, Waldo and Belldora Haythorn and Bob and Sally Haythorn-Mayden of the Haythorn Ranch, world-renowned as the single largest producer of American Quarter Horses in the United States and the third largest in the world.

The ball is held to promote beef in a healthy diet and to showcase rural Nebraska. All of the money raised will stay in Nebraska, with 10% directed to health care in the Ogallala area. The remainder of the proceeds will go toward research projects at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Eppley Cancer Center.

The UNMC Eppley Cancer Center received $140,000 for cancer research from the 1999 Cattlemen's Ball, held at the Robb Ranch, near Lexington. Specifically, the funding went for the development of new anti-cancer drugs, the use of new technologies to screen for difference in cancer cells and to study the immune system response to cancer cells.

At the 2000 Cattlemen's Ball, Top Hand ticket holders ($60) may attend Saturday afternoon and evening activities, beginning at 1 p.m. Trailboss ticket holders ($500) receive a champagne reception, commemorative gift, Trailboss brunch and preferred seating for the evening dinner and concert. Tickets are limited. For more information and to purchase tickets, contact the Ogallala-Keith County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau, at 800-658-4390.

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