Who would have ever thought a horse barn could be so much fun? Well maybe if you are a horse, but those of us who didn’t grow up in a stable didn’t know horsing around would be so fun and charitable!
The 1st annual 9/11 Memorial Banquet was held on Sept. 11, 2014 at the Omaha Police Mounted Patrol Barn. The day started out with a ceremony to remember Sept 11, 2001 and ended with a banquet to celebrate and fundraise for our local first responders.
Dinner was a BBQ with a twist. You could have your normal BBQ sandwich or you could make a BBQ tortilla sandwich and wash it down with an adult beverage! Besides the great food, there was a vast selection of silent auction items to bid on ranging from t-shirts to a week’s vacation in Arizona and everything in-between! Don’t have time for a long vacation? How about a hot air balloon ride or full package massage to melt away the stress of not having time for that long vacation!
The live auction portion of the evening was proceeded by the presentation of colors by the Omaha Police Drums and Bagpipe band and a moving rendition of the Star Spangled Banner sung by Officer Dave Volenec. After that, the auction was open and the bids started flying! In total, more than $55,000 dollars was raised to help our local first responders! The generosity of the patrons was only overshadowed by the fun of the evening. It was a great night for fun and fundraising!