A football in a mirrored case and signed by legendary Husker football coach Tom Osborne and current coach Bo Pelini is among auction items Saturday at the ninth annual Mardi Gras concert at the Hastings City Auditorium, 400 N. Hastings Ave.
In addition, an encased volleyball signed by Husker coach John Cook will be part of the live and silent auctions conducted through the evening to raise money for the local Spouse Abuse Sexual Assault (SASA) Crisis Center.
SASA Crisis Center is an organization that helps victims of domestic and sexual violence from Adams, Clay, Nuckolls and Webster counties.
Doors open at 6 p.m. for a cocktail hour before the 21 and older show. Entertainment at 7:30 p.m. will feature Taxi Driver, an Omaha band that plays music ranging from the 1950s through current hits, including Motown, oldies, classic rock, country and dance. Hors d’oeuvres will be served through the evening with a cash bar available until 11:30 p.m.
Jamie Manzer, SASA executive director, said the addition of the cocktail hour is new this year. Another change is an increase in the scope of auction and raffle items. Three men on the board of directors suggested items like a hunting trip, smoker and meats.
“We’ve had a lot of generosity from new community members who have gotten involved,” she said. “It’s the ninth year. It’s become an event people respect and anticipate every year.”
Manzer said the event makes a fun night to help with a serious topic. Domestic violence affects one in every four people in Hastings, she said.
“It’s to celebrate the community ending violence in the community,” she said. “We put on to give back to everyone who cares about the issue.”
SASA has been reaching out to more rural communities in the area and has seen a lot of support from those communities as well, Manzer said.
Tickets can be purchased individually or by tables of eight. Tickets are available at the SASA office or at the auditorium on Saturday. All money raised will be used to support the local office.
For more information or to order tickets, contact SASA at 402-463-5810 or visit www.sasacenter.org or the SASA Crisis Center page on Facebook.