Community businesses and individuals are rallying behind a Hastings woman recovering from a shooting attack in June with a benefit set to start 4 p.m. Saturday at the Eagles Club, 107 N. Denver Ave.
Named “Love for Lana,” the event is raising money for the family of Lana Langenberg. Langenberg is known by many people in the community through her employment at Head Start.
One of the benefit organizers, Scott Harwick of Hastings, said he got involved because he has known Langenberg since the seventh grade. They graduated together and had many of the same friends.
“She’s always been one of the sweetest people you could ever meet,” Harwick said. “If anybody deserves it, she does. The community has been very supportive and generous.”
Langenberg was shot multiple times at her home at 1011 Hill St. on June 26 by her ex-husband, David Langenberg of 810 N. Bellevue Ave. David Langenberg died later that night of a self-inflicted gunshot wound outside his residence following a stand-off with police.
Lana Langenberg was flown by air ambulance to Bryan West in Lincoln for surgery and is expected to have a long recovery. She was in the hospital’s intensive care unit about three weeks after the shooting. She recently has been moved to a rehabilitation facility in Lincoln.
The attack on Langenberg shocked the community, which Harwick said rallied behind her recovery process. Updates on her progress have been posted to a Facebook page titled Prayers for Lana, which has seen comments in support of her recovery.
“She’s got a great attitude,” Harwick said. “She’s doing amazingly well, all things considered. Lana’s got an amazing family as far as a support group.”
Harwick is among a dozen or so people who volunteered to help organize the benefit for Langenberg’s family. Committee members have gone to local businesses to gather donations and make plans for the benefit.
Another of the organizers, Rashell Hillis of Hastings, said she wanted to help as a way to assist the family. She said that funds raised will go to Langenberg’s family to be used however they see fit.
“It’s to help with recovery or whatever they need,” she said.
Saturday’s benefit will start with a dinner for a free-will offering at 4 p.m., all donated by local businesses. Entertainment for the event will begin at 7 p.m. with Smokey B & the XYZs, and the Queen City Renegades.
Through the evening, there will be silent auction items and raffle ticket sales for prizes as well as a 50/50 cash raffle.
Hillis said organizers have had a great response from businesses in the community. More than $30,000 in items has been donated to the cause.
Items donated for the fundraiser include tickets to football, volleyball and basketball games, as well as a football autographed by three Heisman Trophy winners. There will be other rare items from Nebraska or national football and baseball teams. There are also gift certificates to nearly every business in town.
Harwick said there are items that will appeal to every age group.
“People have been very willing to give,” he said.
While the community can’t directly help Langenberg heal, Hillis said the goal of the fundraiser is to take care of her family while she recovers. She encouraged everyone to come out on Saturday or call to donate to the cause because every dollar will be appreciated.
“All we can do as a community is be there to help her,” Hillis said. “The community has been awesome in supporting this event.”
For more information about the event or to donate, call Harwick at 402-802-3113 or Hillis at 402-984-9438.