Buffett signs another pair of boots for Cattlemen’s Ball Auction
KEARNEY, Neb. – For the second year in a row, investor Warren Buffett has autographed a pair of cowboy boots to be auctioned at the Cattlemen’s Ball. Along with his signature, Buffett again added the line “I Love Beef!,” which also appeared on last year’s boots. The boots, along with dozens of other valuable donated items, will be auctioned during the 2010 Cattlemen’s Ball held June 4-5 in Kearney, Neb.. While there are no more tickets available to the event, anyone can bid online during Saturday night’s live auction. Details are available at http://www.cattlemensball.com.
Miles Marshall, live auction co-chairman of this year’s event, delivered the boots to Buffett’s office for his signature. “He was enthusiastic and gracious and really took some time to talk about the event,” Marshall said. The Justin boots were donated by Miles and Brenda Marshall. Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway owns the Justin Boot company.
Buffett’s boots are among a wide range of items for auction. Some of the more unique items include a Chicago Cubs baseball package, tickets to NASCAR events, livestock equipment, UNL skybox football tickets and a basketball autographed by the 2009-10 Nebraska women’s basketball team.
“The live and silent auctions during the Cattlemen’s Ball are one more way we raise money for cancer research and local health and wellness programs,” Marshall added. “Every dollar raised stays right here in Nebraska – and that means a lot to everyone who attends and contributes. We couldn’t do it without the generosity of area businesses and individuals who have donated items for auction – from artwork to farm machinery to collectibles.”
The Cattlemen’s Ball is hosted by a different Nebraska ranch or feedlot every year. This year’s event is hosted by Lori and Norris Marshall of Kearney. The mission is to raise money for cancer research at the UNMC Eppley Cancer Center, while showcasing rural Nebraska and promoting beef as part of a healthy diet. Since its inception, the Cattlemen’s Ball has raised more than $3.7 million. In addition to providing funds to the Eppley Cancer Center, a portion of the funds is also targeted for local healthcare organizations.
Details on auction items and the variety of ways to contribute are available online at http://www.cattlemensball.com.