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6th annual Mardi Grad Gala raises $160K for HCF

6th annual Mardi Grad Gala raises $160K for HCF

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The Heartland Cancer Foundation’s 6th annual Mardi Gras Gala took place virtually this year like many other events due to the global pandemic.

As many other foundations had concerns about the outcome of fundraising events, so did HCF. The Mardi Gras Gala is continuously the biggest event of the year for this local nonprofit. Switching to a virtual event took extra planning and determination to ensure that a virtual audience would still have a spectacular night.

The night consisted of impactful stories from patients and hilarious live commentary by emcees Nelson from Froggy 98 and Jack Mitchell from LNK Today.

A first ever trivia night featured questions from local celebrities including Hannah Huston, Alex Gordon, Fred Hoiberg, John Cook, Scott Frost and many more.

Guests bid on premium auction items and had an opportunity to fund a need for a grant recipient, such as a house payment, car payment or a tank of gas.

Gala planners incorporated the vibrant New Orleans flare into the event by converting a large conference room into three virtual Mardi Gras sets for the emcees.

With help from the Heartland Cancer Foundation’s large circle of supporters, which included sponsors, donors and event participants, the Mardi Gras Gala had its best fundraising year to date with proceeds exceeding $160,000. These funds will help HCF fulfill its mission, which is to provide practical and immediate financial assistance to eligible cancer patients in Nebraska so they can focus on what matters most: healing.

HCF is already planning its seventh annual Mardi Gras, which is scheduled for Feb. 19, 2022, at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel. Planners are hoping for another spectacular evening where they can honor cancer patients and celebrate supporters.

HCF programs are designed to financially assist low-income cancer patients with practical assistance so they can focus on healing. They help with housing (mortgage and rent assistance), car payments, gas cards and utilities. To learn more, visit


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