Donkey Basketball, sponsored by the Bellevue High School Student Council was held to a packed gymnasium on Saturday, March 9, resulting in over $5,000 being raised for the community. Folks laughed and had a good time watching local leaders and teachers try not to fall off the animals as they competed for buckets and points.
Proceeds from the event will fund the student council’s annual Veteran's day meal that is provided free of charge to all Veteran's and their spouses. The money will also provide funds for local organizations such as the Bellevue Ambulance Service, Fire Department, etc. for their support with Operation Prom, Homecoming and other events throughout the year.
More than 600 people were in attendance to watch local folks score baskets while riding donkeys.
Riders during the event included Mike Reed, Penny Medinger, Jeanette Schroeder, Curt Ernst, Cris Kellogg, Rick Reeg, Emily Rickertsen, Tana Herrig, Josh Kueter, Jessica Hingtgen, Brittni Decker, Emily Reeg, Lisa Roth, Alesha Ries, Sam VanGorp, Kendra Kirk, Abby Veach, Geoffrey Kaiser, Kelsey Kaiser, Isaac Sturm, Kelsey Ernst, Billi Schroeder, Pastor Paul, Pastor Shannon, Riley Till, Andy Griebel, Steph Penniston, Beth Gerlach, Tyler Ernst, Gary Penniston, Chris Lampe, Brad Young, Mark Mier, Debbie Schroeder, Justin Veach, Joe Rowan, Andrew Keil, Aubrie Hager, Kailey Miller and Giana Michels.
Till's Auto, 2nd Street Station, and the Bellevue Elementary PTA sponsored the teams, while Mighty Miss Designs took care of the rider and volunteer T-shirts.
“It was our hope for the event was to draw community members together and enjoy an entertaining night out of the house,” said Student Council member Toby Giesemann. “We think it worked out well."