Archive for the ‘Good causes’ Category

“Please adopt my friend Lucky Charms” — Amy Nelson

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014


“Please adopt my friend Lucky Charms. He’s soooo sweet. He’s been living at the shelter for way too long. I would adopt him myself if I wasn’t at the legal limit for pet capacity.

Please visualize this with me: someone wonderful will take his guy home and their lives will be filled with luck and charm. Viva Lucky Charms! ” — Amy Nelson

Willie Nelson, Neil Young anti-pipeline concert SOLD OUT

Monday, August 25th, 2014


by:  Marjorie Sturgeon

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - Bold Nebraska, the organization behind an anti-pipeline concert featuring Willie Nelson and Neil Young, says tickets are sold out.

The announcement was made in a post on Twitter Friday morning, just two days after tickets for the Harvest the Hope concert in Neligh went on sale.

Seven thousand tickets were made available for the show, which will be held on a farm organizers say is on the route for the proposed TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline through the state.

Money raised from the concert will go toward efforts to oppose the pipeline and also help fund community clean energy projects on farms and tribal lands, according to Bold Nebraska.


Neil Young Willie Nelson Sold Out: Thank You!

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014


“We are grateful to Neil Young & Willie Nelson for coming to Nebraska to help tell the stories of our Pipeline Fighters!” 

– BoldNebraska

Willie Nelson, Neil Young Harvest the Hope concert in Nebraska 9/27 SOLD OUT

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

by: Joe Duggan

LINCOLN — Tickets for next month’s Keystone XL pipeline protest concert headlined by Neil Young and Willie Nelson sold out Thursday, a day after they went on sale, according to the website.

Although the northeast Nebraska farm where the event will take place could have fit as many as 10,000 people, a decision was made to cap sales at 7,000 tickets, said Jane Kleeb, director of Bold Nebraska, the group organizing the event. The tickets sold for $50 each.

Proceeds from the Sept. 27 concert will benefit Bold Nebraska and two other organizations fighting a proposed pipeline that would move crude oil from western Canada to refineries in Texas.

Organizers started selling tickets at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The show will take place on a farm near Neligh lying on the path of the proposed pipeline.

Pipeline company Trans Canada remains in a holding pattern as it awaits a decision by the U.S. State Department on whether the project meets the national interest.

Earlier this year, President Barack Obama said he would postpone the decision until after the Nebraska Supreme Court settles a constitutional dispute on the pipeline’s route.

The State Supreme Court will hear arguments in the pipeline appeal Sept. 5, but is not expected to rule on the matter until late in the year.

Project supporters say that the pipeline would bring jobs and economic benefits while tapping a supply of oil from a friendly trade partner.

Opponents say that ramping up production from Canada’s oil sands region will boost greenhouse gas emissions and that potential leaks from the pipeline are a threat to land and water, specifically the vital Ogallala Aquifer that underlies much of Nebraska.

Nelson and Young have not played together in Nebraska since the 1987 Farm Aid show at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. Both are advocates of alternative energy who notably have run tour buses and other vehicles on biodiesel fuel.

The concert also will feature musical performances by Lukas Nelson, Willie Nelson’s son, and hip-hop artist Frank Waln, a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota.

Read article here.


Willie Nelson shows us his peace sign #PeaceRocks #JohnVarvatos

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Willie thinks #PeaceRocks – show us your peace signs and @JohnVarvatos will donate $1 to the Ringo Starr Peace & Love Fund!



We know #peacerocks, but what else do you think rocks? Take your peace sign selfie with something you think rocks as much as peace. We’ll donate $1 to the Ringo Starr Peace and Love Fund for every peace sign selfie tagged with #peacerocks.

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Farm Aid Auction — bid to win one of a kind experiences!

Thursday, August 21st, 2014


Just a few days left to bid in our auction to see your favorite Farm Aid artist in the photo pit, first row VIP seats, VIP tickets to a taping of The Colbert Report, a backstage tour at Farm Aid and many other one-of-a-kind experiences.

Thanks for your support!”



Visit the Auction, and bid HERE.

Neil Young, Willie Nelson, “Harvest the Hope” – A Concert to Protect the Heartland

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014



Willie Nelson, Neil Young concert protesting a proposed Keystone XL pipeline

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

U.S. Farm Aid 25th Anniversary Show Milwaukee WIphoto:  Darren Hauck by: Daniel Kreps

After spending decades spearheading Farm Aid, Neil Young and Willie Nelson will once again team up for a benefit concert protesting a proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would cut through the historic Ponca Trail of Tears in Nebraska. On September 27th, the two Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will stage their “Harvest the Hope” concert at a farm outside Neligh, Nebraska, with all proceeds from the show going to Bold Nebraska, the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Cowboy and Indian Alliance. $50 tickets for the Harvest the Hope concert go on sale Wednesday, August 20th at Bold Nebraska’s official site.

 In addition to the imposition the proposed pipeline would have on tribal land, farm owners in the area are also concerned about the environmental footprint if energy company TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline is approved, from contaminating groundwater to pollution. A handful of farmers along the pipeline’s planned route have refused to sell their land to TransCanada, including Art and Helen Tanderup, whose Neligh, Nebraska farm will host the 10,000 attendees.

“Farmers, ranchers and tribes that have been standing up to TransCanada are rock stars in my eyes,” Bold Nebraska director Jane Kleeb said in a statement. “Now we will have the honor to have music legends Neil Young and Willie Nelson stand with us against this risky pipeline that threatens our water and our livelihoods. It is our hope that President Obama in the end stands with us over Big Oil.” Because the proposed pipeline also would cross international borders, President Obama would have to sign off on the project, reports.

Young has long been one of rock’s most environmentally conscious rockers – the front page of his website currently features an essay on organic cotton T-shirts and the smart laundry practices – and he’s previously lent support to Native American tribes in his native Canada who are also fighting against Big Oil. Last spring, Young traveled to Washington D.C. to protest the Keystone XL pipeline, which is where he met Art Tanderup and the “Harvest for Hope” concert was conceived. Young and Nelson hadn’t performed together in Nebraska since the third annual Farm Aid visited Lincoln’s Memorial Stadium in 1987.

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Willie Nelson, Neil Young concert to raise funds, awareness about climate change, dangers of Keystone XL pipeline (9/27/14)

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014


photo:  Mark Heffinger

Marchers trekking across the country from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., on the Great March for Climate Action reached the wind- and solar-powered barn built by Bold Nebraska in the path of the Keystone XL pipeline.
by: Nicholas Bergin

Music legends Neil Young and Willie Nelson will perform a benefit concert Saturday, Sept. 27 on a farm near Neligh that is on the route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and also crosses the historic Ponca Tribe Trail of Tears.

It’s the first time the two have performed together in Nebraska since Sept. 19, 1987, when fans packed Memorial Stadium for Farm Aid III, the biggest concert in state history. That show, which also included performances by artists like John Mellencamp, Kris Kristofferson and John Denver, drew 29,000 people and raised about $1.6 million.

Organizers hope the duo will bring a little of that magic with them to what is being called the “Harvest the Hope” concert. Proceeds from the Neligh event will go to Bold Nebraska and the Cowboy Indian Alliance to help pay for the ongoing fight against the Keystone XL pipeline, Bold Nebraska said in a news release.

The daytime, outdoor concert will be in a field on a farm owned by the Tanderup family, part of a collective of Nebraska landowners refusing to sign an easement with TransCanada for the pipeline that would carry oil from the tar sands of Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast.

Landowners Art and Helen Tanderup have been active in protests against the pipeline, including attending rallies, spelling out an anti-pipeline message using soybeans and planting sacred Ponca Indian corn to be harvested this fall. They plan to be in the courtroom when the Nebraska Supreme Court hears oral arguments on a challenge to the state’s major pipeline siting law on Sept. 5.

Art Tanderup said in an interview Monday he fears the pipeline will eventually rupture or leak oil and chemical diluents that would leech into the Ogallala Aquifer, a source of irrigation and drinking water that underlies eight states including most of Nebraska.

The 62-year-old retired school teacher said he also is rankled that Nebraska’s governor would give a foreign company the power of eminent domain.

“This company insists on running this very dangerous substance through the heartland of Nebraska, so they can get it to Texas, so they can export it to other countries,” Tanderup said.

The proposed $5.4 billion pipeline would carry 830,000 barrels of crude oil per day from Hardisty, Alberta, to Steele City on the Nebraska-Kansas border. There, it would meet up with an existing pipeline network. Opponents say its construction will hasten development of Canada’s tar sands and worsen climate change.

The northern portion of the pipeline, which needs a presidential permit to cross the U.S. border with Canada, has been under review for more than five years. The U.S. State Department in April put an indefinite hold on the process of determining whether the pipeline is in the nation’s interest until a lawsuit over the project’s path through Nebraska is resolved.

This will be the first concert on the farm that’s been in Tanderup’s wife’s family for about 100 years, and the first time he will see either Nelson or Young perform live.

“It’s absolutely awesome,” he said.

Tanderup met Young, 68, in April at the Reject and Protect protest in Washington, D.C. He said he showed Young around the camp protesters set up on the National Mall. They later rode together on a train to New York City and talked about vinyl records, family, the pipeline and the beauty of Nebraska.

It was then the seeds for the concert were first planted. Tanderup said many people helped bring it to fruition, including artist John Quigley.

Tickets will go on sale Wednesday at The concert is being produced locally by 1% Productions in partnership with Bold Nebraska.

Both Young and Nelson are known for their activism. They founded Farm Aid, along with Mellencamp, and continue to headline the annual fundraiser. Young has been an outspoken critic of development of tar sands in his native Canada and toured to support Indian nations fighting against it there.

Nelson graces the cover of the latest Rolling Stone magazine, and at 81 years old he still tours nearly constantly. His most recent album, “Band of Brothers,” released in June, topped Billboard’s Top Country Albums.

The concert also will feature performances by Native American hip-hop artist Frank Waln, of the Rosebud Sioux tribe, and the Stopping the Pipeline Rocks All-Stars, a collection of local Nebraska artists.

Willie Nelson & Neil Young perform in Neligh, Nebraska, “Harvest the Hope” Concert (9/27/14)

Monday, August 18th, 2014
by:  Joe Duggan

LINCOLN — Music legends Willie Nelson and Neil Young will perform next month at a northeast Nebraska farm to benefit groups opposing the Keystone XL pipeline.

Nelson and Young, who for nearly three decades have headlined Farm Aid events, will play Sept. 27 on a family farm near Neligh that lies in the path of the proposed crude oil pipeline. Proceeds from the show, billed as the “Harvest the Hope Concert,” will go to pipeline opponents Bold Nebraska and the Cowboy and Indian Alliance.

Young and Nelson likely have not appeared together in Nebraska since Sept. 19, 1987, when Memorial Stadium in Lincoln hosted the third Farm Aid concert. That show, which included performances by many other popular musicians, drew 69,000 people and raised about $1.35 million.

Like Farm Aid, people who attend the Neligh show will get a message with the music, said Jane Kleeb, director of Bold Nebraska.

“The concert will definitely be telling the stories of the farmers, ranchers and tribal people who oppose the pipeline,” she said Monday.

The daytime pipeline concert will be hosted by landowners Art and Helen Tanderup, who have refused to sign an easement with TransCanada Corp., the company working to obtain federal approval for the project. The couple have staged other protests at the farm, including crop art and the planting of sacred Ponca Indian corn that will be harvested this fall.

The proposed pipeline would carry 830,000 barrels of mostly Canadian oil sands crude daily through Nebraska and on to refineries along the U.S. Gulf Coast. Because it would cross international borders, the project requires approval from President Barack Obama.

The president has said he is awaiting the Nebraska Supreme Court’s review of a lower court decision that struck down the state law used to route the pipeline. The high court will hear oral arguments in the case Sept. 5, and the judges are not expected to release an opinion until late in the year.

Public opinion polls have consistently shown a majority of Americans support the project, which also has strong backing from the petroleum industry and some labor groups. Opponents say the pipeline represents a pollution threat to soil and water, and it will worsen climate change by speeding development of Canada’s vast oil sands region.

Young, a 68-year-old Canadian, has been an outspoken opponent of the project, leading a tour to help Indian nations in his home country mount a legal fight against oil development. He also joined protesters last spring at a Washington, D.C., event that included the Cowboy and Indian Alliance, a group of farmers, ranchers and tribal representatives who oppose the pipeline.

Kleeb said the seeds of the concert were planted at the Washington protest.

Art Tanderup got to describe northeast Nebraska to Young while the two were on a commuter train following the event. Then another celebrity pipeline opponent, actress Daryl Hannah, asked Nelson if he would consider playing at a benefit in Nebraska. Young and Nelson got to talking and the concert took shape in the past two weeks, Kleeb said.

Nelson, 81, hasn’t been directly linked to pipeline opposition in the past, although the Farm Aid organization has sided with opponents. He has worked with groups seeking to outlaw what some consider environmentally destructive coal-mining practices in Appalachia.

Nelson’s best known recordings include “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” and “On the Road Again.” Young’s most popular work includes the songs “Heart of Gold” and “Rockin’ in the Free World.”

Tickets for the concert cost $50 and go on sale Wednesday through the Bold Nebraska website. The venue will be able to accommodate an audience of up to 10,000, Kleeb said.

The organizations will pay travel expenses for the performers, who otherwise have waived their fees, Kleeb said.

Bold Nebraska has hired an Omaha concert promoter to help with the logistics of holding a major event. The remote location — Neligh has a population of about 1,600 and is about 140 miles northwest of Omaha — will make it even more challenging, said Kleeb, who has organized a number of large political events in her career.

“Nothing of the caliber of Willie Nelson and Neil Young on the same stage,” she said.

Contact the writer: 402-473-9587,

Willie Nelson autographed guitar to benefit Rocky Mountain Hemp Association (Auction!)

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

RMHA Auction

Willie Nelson is a long time supporter of industrial hemp. As a special gift to RMHA, Willie has autographed this Yamaha Guitar which we will be offering to the highest bidder in this RMHA Auction. Go see the auction page on eBay.

Guitar Details

  • Shiny, New, Yamaha Solid Cedar Top, Classic Guitar
  • Model 142 CH
  • Deluxe Hardshell Case, Planet Waves Headstock Tuner
  • Beautiful playing and sounding instrument
  • One Extra Set of Strings

Auction Detail

  • The Auction runs from August 13-23
  • Hosted by eBay, the most trusted auction site on the web
  • The highest bidder at the end of the auction will be the winner
  • Guitar will be shipped as soon as payment is finalized
  • Shipping to any location in the Continental US is included free
  • Payment can be made via Paypal, Credit or Debit Card

RMHA Auction




Need hope? Call 1-800-273-8255 (National Suicide Prevention Hotline)

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014


There is a suicide every 13 minutes.


More people die from suicide than people killed in car accidents

If you have symptoms for more than two weeks, find someone to talk to.

Govern Hickenooper set up suicide prevention, mental health hot line for Colorado today:  1-844-493-talk.



Abbott Methodist Church 2014 Scholarship Awards

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Photo of Abbott Methodist Church, by Monique Claus

One mission of the church is to provide scholarships to students who might not otherwise be eligible or receive financial assistance to further their education. We are proud to announce the scholarship recipients for 2014:

Abbott ISD

Jake Brown
Tanner Pope
Laura Kucera

Aquilla ISD

Mike Morian

Whitney ISD

Cooper Southard
Lauren Heckard
Matthew Reed

Congratulations to all the scholarship recipients.


Profits from the sale of these limited edition Willie Nelson and Bobbie Nelson coins go to support the Abbott Methodist Church Scholarship Program.

Since  the Abbott Methodist Church was rededicated by Willie and Bobbie Nelson in 2006, the church has given over $60,000 in scholarships to local area students.  Now, in support of the Scholarship Program, these rare Willie Nelson and Bobbie Nelson coins are available for sale.  The minted coins were available for sale several years ago, and there are only a few additional coins remaining.

Don Reed and Willie Nelson

 The coins are selling for $75.00 each, which includes shipping and insurance. If interested, leave a message at the Abbott Methodist Church Facebook Page.
Anyone wanting to make a donation to the Church’s Scholarship Program can send your  check or money order payable to Abbott Methodist Church, to:

Abbott Methodist Church
P.O. Box 105
Abbott, Tx 76621



Show your support for people standing up for Climate Action to reduce carbon emission #ActOnClimate

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014


Hundreds of citizens are set to testify in support of climate action at the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) hearings this week in Washington.  People are speaking out in support of the EPA’s recent proposal to reduce the nation’s biggest source of polution blamed for climate change — carbon emission from power plants.  This plan is the EPA’s boldest, most promising proposal  todate,  part of an aggressive effort to cut climate change-causing pollution by 30% by 2030.

Everyone is invited to get involved and become part of the conversation. Go to: to record your own comments and opinions on the proposal during the 120 day period.

You can show your support – submit a public comment before they step up to the podium: #ActOnClimate

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real @ John Varvatos’ “Farm On! Hoedown” Benefit Concert (7/18/14)

Friday, July 11th, 2014


Friends of the Farmer Hudson Valley Food Lovers Festival is a Series of Summer Events starting in bountiful July and culminating at the peak of the harvest season in the Hudson Valley region of upstate New York.

Each event raises awareness about the importance of food choices; educates consumers about what is being produced within the region; provides an opportunity to celebrate and meet the real stars of the food world – the farmers– and raises funds for the FarmOn! Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and public charity.

By celebrating, reveling, eating, drinking, dancing and playing at FarmOn! events, guests forge new friendships, learn more about your local farming community, and help support the economic development of local family farms. FarmOn! also inspires youth to pursue careers in agriculture and continue the important legacy of local farming with succession planning fostering the entrepreneurial spirit at the farm.

Attend any one or more of our events and become a Friend of the Farmer in what promises to be our best year yet!