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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Aug. 8, 1996)
Jim Spahr and Kathy Brusnahan examine auction items, including NU football tickets,
a Danny Nee tie and a signed NU football, during Friday s Rock the Block Party. More
than 48 contributors donated to the silent auction held to raise money for the
Three young girls get down Saturday to the sounds of Raw Nerve at i
Pete Allman was hoping this year’s Light
house fundraiser would be a success.
He wasn’t expecting anything like this.
The first Lighthouse Rock the Block party,
held Aug. 2 at the corner of 27th and Eastgate
brought in more than $13,000, all of which
will be used to help the safe home for teens
The Lighthouse, 2530 N St., is a non
profit organization staffed primarily by vol
unteers. Open from 2:30 to 10 p.m. during the
school year, the purpose is to provide a safe
places for troubled teens to stay after school
where they can receive counseling or simply
More than 600 people attended the event,
which had activities for the entire family.
At one end of the block, the local band
“Raw Nerve” set up on the back of a flatbed
truck and played popular rock and pop tunes.
Food vendors sold their goods along the
streets. People bid to buy prizes at an auction.
A clown tied balloon animals for children.
And Allman smiled he saw the fun every
one was having.
“This was really different from what we’ve
done in past years,” he said. “This was much
more family-oriented. Still, we didn’t expect
to have this many children.”
Fund-raising events for the Lighthouse in
the past have included formal dinners and
open donation soliciting, but Allman said the
block party has been the most popular fund
raiser by far.
“The best we’ve done before this was a
dinner with 100 couples,” Allman said. “This
totally blew everything we’ve done out of the
Debbie Easier, chairwoman of the Light
house fund-raising committee, said people
were very willing to be involved with the
In fact, Basler let the band play on her
“The response to this idea was great,”
Basler said. “The vendors, the companies
who donated to the auction,^even the people
who were just walking by and bought a ticket
— they all made this party a huge success.”
The party was the product of weeks of
planning: selling tickets, calling vendors, so
liciting prizes for the auction and so on.
Vendors such as Runza and Valentino’s
sold food at the party, while stores and res
taurants like Jabrisco’s, Y ounkers, Borsheims
and the Nebraska Bookstore donated items to
the auctions. A portion or all of the proceeds
went to aid the Lighthouse.
“We had a real problem with publicity,’
Basler said. “We don’t quite have the monej
or resources to really advertise events like
this; word just kind of has to get out.”
Allman said waiting for the word to get ou
was the hardest part of planning the party.
“Not too many people buy tickets to thing;,
like this three or four weeks in advance,” h(:
said. “We were really worried about ticke;
sales until they started to pick up a few day;;
before (Aug. 2).”
And pick up they did. Allman said afte;
auction sales and donations were tallied, thu;
block party may have raised more thai i
$13,000. '. I
Both Allman and Basler said the mone; r
will used for roof and air-conditioning re >
pairs on the Lighthouse building, and wil 1
hopefully provide a base for starting a mea 1
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