June 12: CWS Presents 'Adventures of a Private Collector'
The Center for Western Studies (CWS) hosts its 23rd annual June Event dinner and program on Tuesday, June 12. The program is titled, "Adventures of a Private Collector," and features Larry Ness, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board at First Dakota National Bank, & President of First Dakota Financial Corporation.
The June Event is the Center’s annual fundraiser and will be held in the Morrison Commons Ordal Dining Room on the campus of Augustana. Guests will be treated to a gourmet meal and music, featuring Ana Olivier at the piano. The evening begins with a reception at 6:15 p.m., with the dinner at 7:00 p.m., followed by the program.
A member of the National Advisory Council of the Center for Western Studies for more than three decades, Larry Ness has traveled widely in pursuit of the finest examples of Dakotiana, from paintings and beaded vests to weapons, photographs, rare books and priceless collections of letters.
During his discussion, he will share tales of his adventures in collecting, including his quest for the return of an artifact stolen from the Dakota Territory Museum in Yankton.
As Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of First Dakota National Bank, Dakota Territory’s oldest bank, and President of First Dakota Financial Corporation, Ness has recently overseen the opening in Sioux Falls of three branches of First Dakota National Bank. He has served as President of the South Dakota Bankers Association and has been a member of the Government Relations Council of the American Bankers Association, South Dakota Investment Council, and South Dakota Gaming Commission.
In addition to his service on the Center’s National Advisory Council, Ness has served, or currently serves, with the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation; South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation; South Dakota Art Museum Board of Trustees; National Music Museum Board of Trustees; Mount Marty College Board of Trustees; SDSU Foundation Board of Trustees; and SDSU Economics and Management Task Force. Because of those contributions, the South Dakota Hall of Fame recently selected him as a member of its 2012 class. In 2010, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award in the Department of Economics at South Dakota State University. In recognition of his philanthropy, the Center presented Ness with its Friend of the Center Award in 1997.
Ness served in the South Dakota National Guard and retired as a Major in the United States Army Reserve, completing 24 years of service. He also graduated from the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
The Event is sponsored by Gerry Berger Law, a member of the CWS Board of Directors.
Tickets are available for $60 per person; $120 per couple; $10 for children 12 and younger; $500 for a table of 8. Please RSVP by June 8. All proceeds benefit the Center for Western Studies' annual and endowment funds. For more information about tickets to the event, please mail the reply card, call the CWS at 605.274.4007, email email@example.com or visit the website at www.augie.edu/cws.