Thursday, July 24, 2014

Journal Star Story Spotlights Saline County's Generosity

Some on the Dorchester Times staff are in our 60s and 70s.  As long as we can recall, Saline County has always been comprised of good-hearted, generous people.

Today's Lincoln Journal Star is spreading the word.

An article in today's paper shines a light on the story of Breauna Derr, a 14 year-old from Friend who was diagnosed last fall with a painful form of bone cancer.

Breauna is a big player in Saline County's 4-H club.  At last week's Saline County Fair at Tuxedo Park in Crete, Breauna's brother showed her two market goats, her feeder calf and Ralph, an 18-month-old red roan shorthorn she’d bottle fed on her family’s acreage.

At the livestock auction at the fair, following the showing and the judging, something special occurred -- openly displaying the generosity and caring spirit of Saline County residents.

The Journal Star features a photo of Dorchester's Joel Weber, shown hugging Breauna at the auction. His eyes are rimmed in red.  Weber runs a feed yard in Dorchester, and his two boys are in Breauna’s 4-H club, The Live Wires.

Weber also belongs to Exeter Feeders and Breeders -- a chapter of Nebraska Cattleman -- a group that set aside $500 to spend at the auction to help Breauna, according to the Journal Star.

Thanks to the Feeders and Breeders bid, Breauna's steer brought $3,500 on the auction, which far surpassed any of the sale prices from earlier in the day.  Some of Breauna's fellow 4-Hers even donated their earnings to her cause.

But things really got weepy after the bidding ended, when folks started holding up $100 in cash, to add to the bid. And then more people, waving their hands and bid cards and more money.

“It was just a spur of the moment deal, all just bang bang,” said Randy Pryor, an extension educator at UNL’s Saline County Extension office.

“It was just unbelievable the number of people who stepped forward out of the sky blue,” said Bill Rut of Dorchester, the auctioneer.

All together, more than $8,000 was raised for Breauna's fight.

“I tell you what, we have an awesome county,” Breauna's mom, Kim Derr, said. “They are good people.”

Read the entire article here.

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