Annual Gala

2020 Bennington Public Schools Foundation Fifth Annual Gala Fundraiser – POSTPONED to Friday, August 14, 2020!

We want to thank you again for your support of the Bennington Public Schools Foundation’s 5th Annual Gala Fundraiser. While we always look forward to bringing the Bennington Public Schools community together at this event, we have decided that postponing the Gala is a necessary precaution to help keep our community as safe and healthy as possible. The Off to the Races Gala will now take place on Friday, August 14, 2020, from 6-11p.m. at A View on State, and we hope you can join us!

All previously purchased sponsorships and ticket purchases will be valid for the new date.

As of today, we are humbled to have had more than 40 event sponsors and more than 175 auction donors who stepped up to support students and teachers in the Bennington Public School District. We are hoping to celebrate our resilient community and raise funds for the district at the Gala in August. In the coming months, you will be able to preview some of our silent auction items on our Facebook page and our Qtego online bidding site. We hope that you will continue to support us by attending the event or bidding from your phone on August 14.

Can’t make it on the new date? Help the Bennington Public Schools Foundation persevere in this time of uncertainty by donating your sponsorship or ticket purchase. You may also request a refund by contacting Alyssa Dahlgren at


About the Event

The Off to the Races Gala is an opportunity for the community to come together for a good cause! Funds raised will support the ever growing needs of our school district. The evening will include dinner, a program, live and silent auctions, music and dancing and is the Foundation’s main fundraising event.

What This Year’s Funds Will Be Used For

Our goal is to raise $50,000 for the Foundation’s Annual Fund, which supports funding for all of our current programs. By growing our Annual Fund, we can continue to provide more scholarships, assist more students and teachers, and work with administration to create new and lasting initiatives. Check out the programs tab of our website to learn more about our programs!

Your Investment Makes a Difference

This is the Foundation’s 27th year of supporting students and teachers in our school district! The Foundation has awarded over $350,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors and more than $180,000 to support new and innovative ideas in the classroom.  The Foundation funds many other programs, including Student Needs, TeamMates Mentoring, Teacher Professional Development and more.

Last year the Foundation provided an additional $35,000 ($7,500 to each elementary building and Bennington Middle School) to fund the purchase of mobile STEAM Carts (science, technology, engineering, art and math). Gala funds also supported the purchase of leveled readers at Anchor Pointe Elementary School to match all other elementary locations.

RSVP orPurchase Sponsorship!

Mail Check to:

Bennington Public Schools Foundation
P.O. Box 309
Bennington, NE 68007

To RSVP or Purchase Online:

A Special Thank You to Our 2020 Sponsors and Donors!

Platinum Sponsors

Mr. Jeff & Mrs. Amy Beresh

Mr. Shawn & Mrs. Kristine Sanger

Gold Sponsors

Dr. Chris & Mrs. Sheryl Cornett

Mr. & Mrs. Kyle & Becky Herber

Mr. & Mrs. Darrin & Chelsea Mercer

Mr. Rick & Mrs. Melissa Freed

Mr. Matt & Mrs. Allison Deaver

Mr. Shane & Mrs. Jodie Johnson

Mr. Craig & Mrs. Joni Schultz

Mr. Darrell & Mrs. Coe Leta Logemann

Brandon & Shaye McCarville – Creighton University Athletics

Silver Sponsors

Mr. Kyle & Mrs. Leslie Hiatt

Walnut Hill Advisors – Mr. Ty Hughes


Stodden Physical Therapy

Christensen Drywall

Metropolitan Community College

Meco-Henne Contracting, Inc.

Prime Communications

State Farm Insurance – Mr. Tom Rivera

DC Retirement Strategies

Bronze Sponsors

Mr. Craig & Mrs. Tracy Behnken


Dr. Terry & Mrs. Theresa Haack

Mr. Mark & Mrs. Nicki Byars

Mr. Rodger & Dr. Denise Hoge

Mr. Chris & Mrs. Melissa Reiner

Bennington Animal Hospital

Mr. Martin & Dr. Shannon Thoendel

Mr. Todd & Mrs. Kimberly Remmereid

Ridgewood Retirement Community

Bennington Auto Sales

Mr. Darren & Mrs. LeAnn Siekman

Mr. Daniel & Mrs. Jodi Shely

In-Kind Donors

Bennington Public School District

Annette Kay, Desserts

Beth Wakefield, Interior Design

VoiceHouse, DJ


Kent Petersen, Auctioneer

Qtego Auction Technology, Mobile Bidding

Pearl Productions, Videography

Southern Glazers Wine and Spirits

Thank You to Our 2019 Gala Sponsors and Donors!