Family Shares Special Connection to 'More Cowbell' Fundraiser

Amy Adamle
Updated: January 15, 2020 11:18 AM

Thursday night, the Northern Lights Foundation is hosting its annual fundraiser, More Cowbell.  The community comes together for a night of singing, dancing, and of course, cowbell.


For the past few years, Tara Nelson has performed to help to support the cause, because she's no stranger to the stage.  

"I performed as Tina Turner," Nelson said about one of her performances.  "It was just a blast."

The night is always full of good times for a great cause.  More Cowbell raises money for the Northern Lights Foundation to support local families with kids facing life-threatening illnesses.

"Not only are you having fun and you're doing these things, but when you walk around the crowd, it's full of those parents that have recieved these grants," Nelson said.

This year is different for Tara and her family.  Their new, little one, Amelia, came into the world in November and immediately her daughter was fighting for her life.

"Things just went south really really fast,"  Nelson said.  "She had an abnormal amount of bleeding in her brain."

"Your whole world changes and it's just something that you see in the movies, you see other people, but you never think it's going to happen," Nelson said. 

The news was devastating to their family.  It meant surgery, a long stay in the hospital, and just waiting and hoping for the best.

"In shock not knowing what happens next, how long are we going to be there?" Nelson said. 

As Amelia fought to recover, the costs started to pile up.

"You start getting these bills in the mail," Nelson said. "You just look at the number and at some point you become numb."

The grants from the Northern Lights Foundation hope to take some of the burden off the family in their time of need.

"It's just one more thing to take away that anxiety and that stress," Nelson said.  

Now Amelia's home and recovering.

"We were fortunate to have a happy ending," Nelson said.  "We're getting to have our baby at home and things are getting better."

Again this year, Tara's taking the stage with cowbell in hand, but now she's performing for Amelia and all the other families like hers.

"I just love doing this, because I get to do something I love and it supports something that I love, so this is just a win-win," Nelson said. 

More Cowbell is Thursday, January 16 at Grandma's Sports Garden from 5 to 10 p.m.  Tickets are $35 and the money raised supports the Northern Lights Foundation and the grants they give to local families.  Find out more about the organization here. 


Amy Adamle

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