An ambitious fund drive ensued, engineered by the Lincoln East Rotary Foundation, said Tappe, a Lincoln East Rotarian and former Rotary District Governor during his years in McCook, Nebraska.
Donations were secured from:
– Lincoln East Rotary Club Foundation ($4,000)
– Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 131, Lincoln ($2,000)
– Waverly VFW Post 4875 ($1,000)
– DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Chapter 7, Lincoln Auxiliary, $1,000
Coupled with the $8,000 match from the Peed Foundation, the Rotary representatives had $16,000 in bidding power to take to the public auction.
Some spirited bidding competition awaited at the public auction. The solid financial foundation of $16,000 would come in handy.
The Rotary reps outlasted two other determined bidders en route to a winning bid of – you guessed it – $16,000.
“There was talk ahead of time that a group from Oklahoma had expressed interest and planned to be here,” said Tappe. “It didn’t materialize, but we couldn’t let that happen. We didn’t know who we were bidding against. We decided we could go as high as $20,000 if we had to.”