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Cattle National Bank announced as Christmas at Concordia sponsor

Friday, Aug. 12, 2016
Christmas at Concordia, sponsored by The Cattle National Bank and Trust Co., is an annual tradition in Seward.
Christmas at Concordia, sponsored by The Cattle National Bank and Trust Co., is an annual tradition in Seward.

Concordia University, Nebraska and The Cattle National Bank & Trust Co. have announced that Cattle National Bank will be the presenting sponsor for the Christmas at Concordia weekend, December 2-4, 2016. The three day weekend, which was ranked 30th on Best College Review’s 2015 list of The 45 Best College Holiday Events in America, is highlighted by four worship concerts, the Scholarship Parade of Homes and the Christmas Open House.

In announcing their sponsorship, Ryne Seaman, President & CEO of Cattle National Bank, explained 'Christmas at Concordia is a highlight of the Christmas season for so many in Seward and the Concordia community and we are excited to be the sponsor for this celebration.'

“Throughout Concordia University’s history, Cattle National Bank and the Cattle family have been tremendous supporters of our educational ministry,” said Rev. Dr. Brian Friedrich, President & CEO of Concordia University, Nebraska. “We are honored that the bank has chosen to sponsor Christmas at Concordia weekend, which is a cherished event for so many as they prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. What a delight it is to have this new chapter in our partnership.”

Nearly 3,200 attendees will travel from across America to attend the concerts on Friday, Dec. 2, Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4, which will feature the University A Cappella Choir, Symphonic Band, Male Chorus, Handbell Choir, Women's Chorale and University Brass Ensemble.

The schedule on Sunday expands beyond that day’s concert to include the Scholarship Parade of Homes, which raises monies for Seward County residents to pursue their higher education in Seward County, and the Christmas Open House, an opportunity for Concordia to welcome its fellow Seward County residents to campus, and the lighting of the university’s Christmas tree.

“The interest in Christmas at Concordia, particularly the concerts, grows every year and we continue to explore how to satisfy the strong demand for tickets,” said Kurth Brashear, Vice President for Institutional Advancement. "With Cattle National Bank's support, we are pleased to announce that tickets to the four concerts will again be free to the general public in 2016."

This year tickets for all concerts will be available both in person and online. The first allotment of tickets will be made available at Cattle National Bank's main branch in Seward on Saturday, October 15, 2016. The second, larger allotment of tickets will be available online on Saturday, October 22. Details about both ticket opportunities, and the entire Christmas at Concordia weekend, will be available later this month online at

About The Cattle National Bank & Trust Co.

The Cattle National Bank & Trust Co. is a family-owned, community bank that is headquartered in Seward, Nebraska with five locations in Seward and Lincoln. Chartered in 1873, the bank is the third oldest bank charter in the State of Nebraska. The bank and the Cattle family are committed to serving the counties of Seward and Lancaster, as well as Southeast Nebraska. The bank is an Equal Housing Lender. Member FDIC. For more information, visit