DECEMBER 31, 2019

3rd Annual Grace New Year’s Eve Gala!

Details coming soon!

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Come ring in the new year with the GRACE Cancer Foundation at our 2nd Annual New Year’s Eve Gala on December 31, 2018 at the Riverside Golf Club Ballroom!

Start the evening with mouth-watering libations during cocktail hour, and bid on Silent Auction items and try your luck in the Wine Pull! Then, enjoy an exquisite 3-course Dinner while you are entertained by local celebrities in the Dancing for GRACE competition! Vote for your favorites to win the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy! The night is only beginning with the post-dinner Casino, live DJ, and Dancing! Ring in the New Year with a Midnight champagne toast & favors! Come support the GRACE Cancer Foundation and positively impact the lives of cancer patients and their families in the Grand Island area!

6:30 pm Cocktails & Hors d’Oeuvres, select complimentary beverages
Silent Auction opens, Wine Pull
7:45 pm Dinner & Dancing with the Stars Competition
Mirror Ball Trophy Presentation
Casino & DJ following
10:30 pm Silent Auction closes
11:30 Casino closes, Evening Snacks
12:00 am Midnight Toast & Happy New Year!
1:00 am Good Night!

MENU: Beef tenderloin with shrimp, butter garlic and parsley sauce; roasted cauliflower red onion, button mushroom; steamed new potato with lemon dill butter; and roasted pear salad. Dessert Bar featuring cupcakes and cheesecakes.

Attire is semi-formal. 21 & over event.

MC: Spencer Schubert, Local4 News Anchor

DJ: Dave Hulinsky, Complete Music

Photography: Iris Photography Studios


2018 Gala event sponsor:

2018 Gala Sponsors

Ballroom Sponsor: S.N. “Bud” & Gloria Wolbach Charitable Foundation

Cocktail Hour Sponsor: Bosselman Enterprises, Mary Lanning Healthcare, NRG Media, Micheal Morledge

Casino Sponsors: Five Points Bank, Copycat Printing, Amur Equipment Finance, Iris Photography Studios

Dancer Sponsors: Terry Pfeifer/Edward Jones

2018 Gala Dancers


Dr. philip & diana cahoy

Dr. Philip & Diana Cahoy have lived in Grand Island for 22 years. Philip is a graduate of UNL, and UNMC for medical school, and did his sports medicine fellowship in Kansas City. Before he started medical school, he made the 1980 Olympic team. He is an orthopedic sports medicine surgeon at Central Nebraska Orthopedic, and is a part owner of Prairie Pride Brewery. Diana grew up in Minnesota and graduated from the Mayo Clinic with a degree in Radiology Technology. They have four children: Courtney is in medical school at UNMC; Steven just finished his engineering degree at UNL and works for Zimmer; Kevin is a junior at UNL; and Carson is junior at GISH. Diana manages several rental properties, along with managing her kids. Diana and Philip have also hosted foreign exchange students throughout the years.

"We have known several people battling cancer or who died from cancer. We have seen family, friends, employees, and patients with cancer. Figures suggest 50% of us will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in our lives. What we like about GRACE is that it is a local organization, so the money stays in the community. We were honored to be asked to help our community to raise money for this great cause. It is truly a chance to give back and make a difference to people in need."

“Our identities and sense of worth are not circumscribed by enlarged by serving good cause bigger than ourselves.” - John McCain 1936-2018

The Cahoys are being instructed by Don & Esther Amick.


Ryan & venus king

Ryan is the Executive Director of Choice Family Health Care. Venus is business teacher at Central Community College and a part time fitness instructor at Feel Fit. Ryan and Venus have had the fortune throughout their careers to work with health promotion and disease prevention, including cancer. They have two teenage sons; Payton and Landon. The Kings have enjoyed participating in Race for Grace either as a volunteer or as a runner for the past several years.

Ryan and Venus have been impacted by cancer on numerous occasions within their own family. Venus lost her father to cancer in 2009. Ryan’s father and Venus’s step-father are both cancer survivors. The Kings understand the impact that cancer has on a family both financially and emotionally and want to do what they can to help make a difference. When asked to support the Grace Foundation by showing off their dance moves at the New Year’s Eve Gala the answer was an easy YES. “Venus and I are honored to be part of an event that has such an impact on so many lives in the Grand Island Area and are excited to do what we can to support the mission of the Grace Foundation.”

The Kings are being instructed by Abby Miller.


dan & mandy mcbride

Dan works at Trausch Dynamics Inc doing inside sales. Mandy is a claims specialist at Ryder-Rosacker-McCue & Huston, as well as a fitness instructor, teaching INSANITY and POUND at Feel Fit. They have been married for 18 years; together they have two sons, Riley (16) and Reece (14).

Dan and Mandy have several family members and friends who are or have battled cancer; including both of their fathers and grandparents. They have witnessed both the very beginning stages of cancer and the end stages; seeing both wonderful and heartbreaking outcomes. They have seen and felt the impact of what cancer is able to do to everyone involved during the battle. In knowing how the GRACE Foundation provides comfort during some of the worst moments in life and seeing the amazing things it is capable of, it is Dan & Mandy’s honor to be a part of the GRACE Gala. They will dance their hearts out for those who are in the battle, have battled and all their loved ones. “We are so excited and feel blessed to have the opportunity to dance and to be able to help out with such an amazing cause!”

The McBrides are being instructed by Nicole Hicken and Jessica Hancock.

2018 Gala dance instructors


Nicole hicken

Nicole is a dance teacher, choreographer, and owner at Studio N Dance Center. Along with her four teachers, the studio offers a variety of classes Monday through Thursday each week. During the early weekday mornings, she coaches the Dance Team at Grand Island Central Catholic. Nicole and her husband Josh have two sons, Brennan and Camden.

"My family has had many different impacts with cancer, including: pancreatic, lung, thyroid and cervical," Nicole says. "As a child I lost one grandfather to lung cancer and as an adult, I lost a grandmother to cancer. My mom’s twin sister had pre-cancer cells in her thyroid and my dad’s sister fought pancreatic cancer for almost three years. My sister-in-law had scares of cervical cancer after giving birth to her four children. This disease affects every family in different ways and several families go through very difficult times emotionally and physically when they are battling cancer."

On participating in the Gala event, Nicole says, "I am excited to be a part of this amazing foundation and to help raise money to help fund the mission and purpose for GRACE."


Jessica hancock

Jessica grew up in Grand Island, She had moved to Tucson after graduating where she taught American Standard Ballroom for five years until returning to Nebraska to teach in Omaha. She and her husband Ben live in St. Paul Ne and have two children, Emily and Carter. Jessica teaches Ballroom classes in Grand Island at Studio N Dance Center.

About being a part of the GRACE Gala, she says, "I am helping in hopes that I can share my love of dance while helping earn funds to help some of these families affected by this terrible disease. I’ve seen the stress involved in fighting this disease emotionally, and financially so anything to help ease the strain is a true blessing to these families."



Abby is a Kindergarten teacher at Jefferson Elementary, and her grandpa died from cancer when she was seven. About being a part of the GRACE Gala, she says, "Dancing has been a passion of mine since I was three years old. I also believe that the GRACE foundation is such a great organization in our community, and being asked to be a part of this foundation is very rewarding."


don & esther amick

Don & Esther learned to dance because their oldest son was getting married. That first lesson in 1992, led to many of years of lessons before they started competing and teaching. Don & Esther are owners of DanceSteps and have been in business since January 1999 teaching lessons in Latin, country, ballroom and swing dancing. They teach group lessons to Beginning and Intermediate dancers at The Chocolate Bar, downtown Grand Island on Tuesday nights and Private dance lessons at Third City Taekwondo, Grand Island on Wednesday nights and in their home dance studio as time permits. Don & Esther give private lessons to all levels of dancers and have helped many Wedding Couples learn to dance for their "Big Day".

Don & Esther competed on the United Country Western Dance Council circuit for 6 years & won numerous awards before retiring from competition in 2003. Among their highest honors, is placing 3rd Overall in the Silver Division at the UCWDC World’s VII competition in San Antonio, TX , in January 1999. They are available to perform with students who are interested in taking their dancing to the "next level". In 2007 Don & Esther started their involvement with Dance with the Stars for GRACE as well as other events including Dancing with the NTV Stars Newscast. Through Dance with the Stars for GRACE they helped raise funds to support local cancer victims and their families. DWTS for GRACE ran from 2007 - 2012, where Don & his partners, Judy Smith in 2007 and Lynne Werner in 2011 won the coveted mirror ball trophy 2 times and Esther & her partner, Steve Anderson, won in 2012.

The Amicks attend dance conventions across the nation and work with national instructors to hone their teaching skills and technique to provide top quality dance instruction.

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