Sandhills ‘communities’ unite

THEDFORD - - Battles are never fought nor won without coming together for the common goal. This was made evident Sunday, June 10 at the Thomas County Fairgrounds in Thedford, when friends and family - more than 250 strong - came together to fellowship in song and verse to aid Warren Haumann in his fight against multiple myeloma. Warren and wife Shari, and daughter, Hannah, along with many family members were wearing T-Shirts emblazoned with the words “Warren’s Warriors” with two clenched fists, and the words “No One Fights Alone” on the bottom. The reverse has the verse of what cancer cannot do. Orders were being taken for more shirts. Warren and Shari’s other children, Andrea (Matthew) Michele and daughter Alaina from Grand Prairie,Texas, Michael (Sendi) and daughter Bayleigh from Fort Gibson, Okla., and Daniel from Arvada, Colo., were unable to attend the festivities. Besides music and poetry, a silent and live auction of donated baked items filling nearly 20 tables was held prior to and after barbecue. The free will donation meal included pulled beef or pork sandwiches, baked beans, potato salad and cookies. Local rancher, Mark Nutter, auctioned off items after the silent auction was closed. Organizers of the event came from many denominations and backgrounds. Members of the Amazing Grace Church in Thedford, the Sandhills Community Church and Open Bible Church of Dunning and Bethel Assembly of God of Thedford, provided the food and beverages, while Consolidated provided the cups and napkins. Sandhills NE Chapter of Trivent Financial for Lutherans matched up to $1,000 of donations. Howard and Jan Grimm along with David Bergquist, known as the Outback Band in their home area of Lynch, provided the sound system and got the attendees singing and clapping along. Area talent that took the stage included singers Lynn Holt of Thedford, Gayla Kovarik of Seneca, Roger McGooden of Broken Bow and Wanda Simonson of Mullen who performed a duet with her sister, Janice Huber from North Platte. Accompanying the Sandhills Shamrocks in one of their sessions was Susan Whitmore of Thedford on her Irish tin whistle. The Shamrocks consist of Rosalie Hamiton, Marge Hardy, Phyllis Saner and Alice Springer. The Connell Clan also contributed to the entertainment. Head of the clan, Sam from Tryon, recited a few of his Christian Cowboy poems , and shared the stage with daughters Sandy, Mardel and Dandi who sang. Hannah honored her dad by singing “Daddy’s Hands”. “The outpouring of love and generosity by so many is just amazing. We are so thankful for the financial assistance, but truly overwhelmed with the physical contributions everyone did for tonight”, exclaimed Shari. “God has truly blessed us through all of this, as seen in part by everyone here.” Warren is taking weekly chemo treatments at North Platte and will be in Omaha later this summer for at least a month where he will undergo more intense therapy. Warren, foreman of the Thedford area Custer Public Power District crew, continues to work as much as possible. “I get tired easier, but am glad to still be able to work. I hope to work up to the time I leave for Omaha,” Warren said. To assist Warren in his fight, contributions may be sent to Warren Haumann Benefit at the Security First Bank, POB 288, Thedford, NE 69166. T-Shirts may be ordered by sending your contact info and size to Hannah Haumann, POB 272 Thedford, NE 69166. Please include your size preference and $15 for each adult shirt, or $10 for each youth size: $17 for 2X or 3X T-Shirts.