Lincoln’s Hope Gala Raises Over $50,000

Lincoln’s Hope Gala raised over $50,000 for the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving work Saturday night at the Nebraska Champions Club.  Focusing on providing a lively, fun-filled atmosphere, the 2012 Hope Gala brought nearly 200 people from around the area together for a night of unforgettable entertainment while sharing in giving to the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer.

The Hope Gala began at 6:30pm with midway games and a silent auction followed by cuisine stations hosted by Chez Hay.  Later in the evening, a live auction took place which featured items such as all-inclusive trip packages to Las Vegas, California and Kansas City as well as a Date Night package that allowed two guests to enjoy all Lincoln has to offer in first-class style.  The evening concluded with entertainment from the popular local band Hi-Fi Hangover.  VIP patrons took part in an early cocktail reception and tours of the University of Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium. 

2012 Hope Gala co-chairs, Sara Jane Thomsen and Jessica Erstad

“The Hope Gala was a huge success,” commented Sara Jane Thomsen, co-chair of the event.  “A good time was had by all while raising money to create hope for people fighting cancer.”

For more information about the Hope Gala and other American Cancer Society programs, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit or

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