I am again very grateful for all the hospitality shown to Carmen and to the actors and their families who attended The Boarder table reading at the Ravenna Senior Citizen Center on Saturday. Along with area residents who were invited to participate in the extended auditions, we also welcomed potential cast members from Omaha and Minneapolis. There were about 30 guests in all and they report that they had a wonderful time in Ravenna.
Along with the above, Sunday's Benefit Dinner was given by Frances Schaffer, former owner of Nonna's Palazzo of Grand Island who planned the event and did all the cooking. Wow, what a dinner, what an event! Over 200 people ate like there was no tomorrow while listening to the music of Big Al, “Voice of the Midwest” and Hall of Famer, 'The Shoe'-Curt Shoemaker- of Kansas. So, I offer a huge THANK YOU to Frances Schaffer, Fran's friends, and all the helpers from St. Mary's Square.
Of course, as with all The Boarder gatherings, there are a number of folks who made the events of this past weekend possible. Here's a list of the hosts and workers for both events who graciously gave of their limited time and abundant energy: Marty Russell, Mar and Larry Musil, Lenay Palser, Bea Urwiller, Sharon Loy, Lois Johnson, Jerry Heydenberk, Pam and Jerry Lammers, Debra Reimers and sister-in-law Gloria Nelson along with Crystal Hey and Carmen Urwiller behind the scenes. Without you this project would be totally impossible!
Because of the positive experiences the potential actors and crew members enjoyed they are even more excited to work on The Boarder project. I also thank Ravenna's Chamber of Commerce Board for inviting me to share at their last meeting and to the Lion's Club for having me attend their May 25th meeting.
I so appreciate your kindness and continued support. Thank you and God bless. Way to go, Ravenna!