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AUGUST 2010 VOL. 22 NO. 8 Press releases and other editorial information may be sent to: P.O. BOX 241611, OMAHA, NE 68124 or e-mailed to: Publisher/Editor-in-Chief

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feature STORY BY metroMAGAZINE | PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVE STOCK Omaha Restaurant Association will present “Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen” on Sunday, September 19,2010 at Embassy Suites-La Vista, featuring a 5:30-6:30pm Social Hour and a 6:30-9:30pm Gourmet Dinner. metroMAGAZINE asked participating chefs to fill us in on some of the items they find most “appetizing.”

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A CHEF? 11 years. WHAT OR WHO INSPIRED YOU TO BE A CHEF? The type of work inspired me to be a chef. It is generally fun and everyday is an adventure! I am a results oriented person, so it is a really good feeling when you leave work with a perfect, successful day. WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT BEING A CHEF? I love constantly having something going on. I can’t imagine having an office job and sitting at a desk all day. WHAT DO YOU LIKE LEAST? The hours. You are on the clock even when it’s your day off. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO COOK? Asian Foods. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE WANTING TO PURSUE A CAREER AS A CHEF? Start in the business itself and gain experience. Don’t just wake up one day and want to become a chef and go to school and expect to succeed when you get out of school. I see a lot of times people get out of Culinary school and don’t succeed without the hands on experience.


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ROCKY ROCHA HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN A CHEF? 15 years. WHAT OR WHO INSPIRED YOU TO BE A CHEF? Since I was 3, I was running around professional kitchens with my father helping out by peeling asparagus, making kabobs, peeling potatoes, etc… I just enjoyed it so much that I knew I wanted to do it when I got older. WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT BEING A CHEF? Pressure! It’s almost like being in the middle of the biggest game in sports (just without millions of people watching you) coming together with your staff as a team to pull off dinner service. WHAT DO YOU LIKE LEAST? Probably the money because you have people demanding a lot out of you, but chefs aren’t really paid as well as they should be. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO COOK? Anything that involves fish. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE WANTING TO PURSUE A CAREER AS A CHEF? Work under the direction of talented, professional chefs. Always give 100 percent effort and attention. Make sure you pay attention, ask questions and most important BE INVOLVED.


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HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN A CHEF? 12 years. WHAT OR WHO INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A CHEF? Grandmother’s and mother’s cooking. I was the chef/ party organizer at every dinner event with my friends in my teenage years and after. WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT BEING A CHEF? Organization skills, leadership, innovation. WHAT DO YOU LIKE THE LEAST? No weekend with my kids and friends. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO COOK? Fish. There are so many different species and so many ways to cook them. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE WANTING TO PURSUE A CAREER AS A CHEF? Be ready for long and hot hours for a ridiculous pay. You must have it in you or you will not succeed.

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HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN A CHEF? I have been in kitchens for 13 years. WHAT OR WHO INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A CHEF? The never ending education that food and the restaurant business provides as well as being able to [pass it on] has always inspired me to be a chef. There are so many variables that come together to complete a great dining experience. I like the chaos! WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT BEING A CHEF? My work day is never the same. WHAT DO YOU LIKE THE LEAST? The hours. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO COOK? It’s hard to narrow down but I would have to say vegetables in general because of how much influence you have in the cooking process to change their flavor profiles. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE WANTING TO PURSUE A CAREER AS A CHEF? It’s important to get some experience under one’s belt (at least two years before going to school) and it is equally important to get a formal education. The balance of the two is most important. Both can take one pretty far separately, but if one has both it provides more options in the future.



VICTOR CABRIALES HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN A CHEF? An Executive Chef for approximately 3 years. WHAT OR WHO INSPIRED YOU TO BE A CHEF? Growing up watching my Grandfather (Ramon Cabriales) and my father (Victor Sr.) who were chefs. WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT BEING A CHEF? Creating dishes, seeing people eat and enjoy the meals I prepare, and now teaching and sharing ideas with the young future chefs that work for me. WHAT DO YOU LIKE LEAST? Sometimes the hours. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO COOK? Well, as a Chef, I love using Fresh Seafood, especially Tuna, yet with a Texas origin. I love using Beef Tenderloin. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE WANTING TO PURSUE A CAREER AS A CHEF? Honestly, turn off the Food Network. Listen to your Chef; believe me, they know best. Stick with it, and your time will come.



CHEF? I have been in the restaurant business for 20 years since I was 14 years old. WHAT OR WHO INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A CHEF? I was inspired by the cooks and chef at my first restaurant job while I was bussing tables. WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT BEING A CHEF? My favorite thing about being a chef is playing with all the ingredients and the creative freedom. I also enjoy the thanks and smiles I get from people after having a great meal. WHAT DO YOU LIKE THE LEAST? There’s nothing I dislike about being a chef. It’s hard though sometimes when people try to come in and demand free food after finishing their dinner. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO COOK? My favorite thing think to cook is fall ingredients and game meats. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE WANTING TO PURSUE A CAREER AS A CHEF? The advice I would give to anyone coming into the restaurant business is to observe everything around you as soon as you walk into the job. continued

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ENZO ZURLO HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN A CHEF? Cooking for 20 years. WHAT OR WHO INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A CHEF? I love food & am passionate about it. WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT BEING A CHEF? I love feeding & catering to people and watching them eat my food; I guess it’s the hospitality I’ve learned growing up in an Italian family. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO COOK? I don’t have a favorite or least favorite food to cook. I love cooking all of it. I do, however, love to cook for guests with special orders due to allergies because I feel like it keeps me sharp & on my toes! WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE WANTING TO PURSUE A CAREER AS A CHEF? My advice would be keep an open mind and stay focused. Also, make sure you have a strong foundation with your family and friends because you will be putting in a lot of hours in the restaurant!


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HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN A CHEF? 15 Years. WHAT OR WHO INSPIRED YOU TO BE A CHEF? The many chefs I had the fortune of working under and the opportunities they presented to me. WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT BEING A CHEF? The guest’s immediate reaction to an outstanding meal. In addition, the camaraderie and teamwork needed to successfully execute a dining service. WHAT DO YOU LIKE LEAST? Long hours, weekends, holidays, time away from family. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO COOK? Seafood accompanied by seasonal ingredients. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE WANTING TO PURSUE A CAREER AS A CHEF? Seek out a formal culinary education but remember that education is only the “foundation of learning” for many years to come. How you apply yourself and your drive to improve and succeed will determine your success.

Executive Chefs from participating restaurants and caterers include: Ameristar Casino Hotel Bellevue Medical Center • Kona Grill • Le Voltaire Liberty Tavern • Magnolia Hotel • M's Pub Spencer's for Steaks and Chops • Vivace Zurlo's Bistro Italiano m

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THE OMAHA PUBLIC POWER DISTRICT YOUNG PROFESSIONALS GROUP (OPPD YPG) provides opportunities for professional, philanthropic and network development to its members. The orgranization is made up of OPPD employees of the next generation who represent diverse backgrounds and professions. Employees who work for the District in the field, in its power plants, offices and elsewhere actively participate. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT has always been important to OPPD, and it provides a great way to extend networks for young professionals. The OPPD YPG intends to continue that tradition and encourages its members to get involved. The OPPD YPG has participated in “build” days for Habitat for Humanity, maintaining a strong tie with the Habitat for Humanity YP group. Through Rebuilding Together, the OPPD YPG helped a family make needed repairs to its home. Also, two of OPPD YPG members are currently organizing a day for the upcoming Omaha Diversity Week. THE OPPD YPG PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE both in attracting future workers to OPPD and retaining talented young individuals already on staff. The YPG creates programs that cater to employees just beginning their careers and helps to develop exciting work communities.

THE HEARTLAND EQUINE THERAPEUTIC RIDING ACADEMY IS A 501(C) (3) ORGANIZATION with facilities located in Omaha and Valley. HETRA’s mission is to improve the quality of life both physically and emotionally for adults and children with disabilities through equine assisted activities. HETRA staff, horses and volunteers work as a team to challenge students in reaching their goals. HETRA serves students ranging in age from three to adult with various disabilities. Students leave behind wheelchairs and crutches to mount a horse and take strides they would otherwise not be able to take on their own. Because a horse’s gait is similar to the human walk, the movement of the horse generates responses in the students that are similar to and essential for walking. The horse’s rhythmic, repetitive movements work to improve muscle tone, balance, posture, coordination, strength, flexibility and cognitive skills. In addition, interaction with the horse and volunteers fosters selfconfidence and motivation. HETRA RELIES ON VOLUNTEERS to complete a successful session. Assistance is needed to lead horses and walk with students while riding. Volunteers are also appreciated during special events and for grounds maintenance. For more information on becoming a student or volunteer opportunities, call 402-359-8830 or


athena ramos I AM ONE OF THE MOST PASSIONATE PEOPLE I KNOW. I like to live intensely; therefore, I get involved in a number of community activities and organizations. Currently, I serve as the President of the Board of Directors for the Heartland Latino Leadership Conference (HLLC). The mission of the HLLC is to offer opportunities for Latinos to develop the skills, awareness and networks to become empowered leaders and catalysts for positive change in their communities. Every year, we host an annual conference which attracts over 500 Latino and non-Latino professionals. This year, the conference will be held on November 12, 2010 at the Embassy Suites in La Vista. I’d encourage all to come to the conference. Additionally, this year we are also adding a couple of events prior to the conference which includes a Hispanic health learning event, “Say What? Communicating with Non-English Speaking Patients: It’s Critical” on June 15, 2010 at Nomad Lounge from 6-8PM in collaboration with UNMC, Deloitte, and the Nebraska Association of Translators and Interpreters. We are also working 17


together with MYLPA, the Metro Young Latino Professionals Association, to host a Young Professionals Networking event in September 2010. I love to be involved in the arts and I have a unique passion for the Latino community. I serve on the Board of Directors for Justice for Our Neighbors, a legal immigration education, service and advocacy organization; Teatro Arete, a Spanish-language theater company; Nebraska Minority Public Health Association and the Omaha City Parks & Recreation Board. I get involved with organizations where I truly believe that I can make a difference – where I can bring new ideas, energy and diversity to the activities that organization does and seeks to do. Being active in the community for me is a way to live what I believe in. I think we have a duty and responsibility to leave this world a little better than when we found it. Volunteering is a way I can teach this value to my children through example. By being involved, I am also able to learn, develop and cultivate new skills, ideas and interests that I may not have had the opportunity to do otherwise. For me, many times being involved offers an outlet for my creativity, and I get much pleasure from being able to share this with organizations. Previously, I have served on the Board of Directors for the Greater Omaha Young Professionals, the Neighborhood Center, the Metro Omaha Tobacco Action Coalition (MOTAC) and the South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance. metroMAGAZINE • AUG 2010

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mayor’s office CITY OF OMAHA AMSTERDAM AT 50TH & UNDERWOOD FOR FALAFELS FOR LUNCH. Go to Be Yourself boutique at 78th & Cass for some cute, unique earrings & maybe a shirt. Then, Upstream downtown or Sakura Bana at 72nd & Dodge for dinner. Finally, down to Ted & Wally’s downtown for homemade ice cream! Because...they’re all locally owned & have great products!

SINCE I ALSO RUN A FARM, MUCH OF MY FOCUS IS ON FOOD and supporting local businesses. I’d head to Village Pointe Farmers Market to score a grass-finished beef fillet from Pawnee Pride Meats, get some tasty Belgian and Flemish ales from Beertopia in Midtown, and round it out with ice cream or sorbetto from eCreamery in Dundee. I’d fire up the grill with some hardwood charcoal and relax with my family on the farm.

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molly kresha yp member GREATER OMAHA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE STARTING MY DAY OUT WITH A CUP OF COFFEE AND A MUFFIN and checking out the awesome photo albums at Beyond Ireland would definitely kick off an amazing day! After breakfast, I would head to the passageway downtown to check out the amazing Nebraska artists and to buy some “rock soap.” In the afternoon I would head out to Francesca’s at Village Point to buy a fun pair of earrings and maybe a dress. Finally, I would grab a bottle of Nebraska Edelweiss wine at Hy-Vee before kicking back on my deck with some friends. Oh what a day!

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I LOVE SUPPORTING OMAHA’S LOCAL BUSINESSES. Each local business has its own quality about them. They are just as unique as the owners. Over the weekend I would take my family (husband and triplet boys) for dinner at the Pizza Shoppe in Benson, maybe see a local artist perform. Also, in the last two weeks I have become a member at Smith and Esch gym. I have fallen in love with the place. It is a life changing experience so I would put the rest towards my membership there… After the pizza and all!

marketing coordinator BAIRD HOLM LLP IF I HAD $100 TO SPEND IN OMAHA, I would treat my best friend to a fun day. We would start the day with a white mocha from Scooter’s, followed by a day at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo. We would grab a cheeseburger at Stella’s before going to a Royal’s game. The evening would end on my deck, with a nice bottle of wine from the Corkscrew.


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IF I HAD A HUNDRED DOLLARS, I WOULD TAKE A SHOPPING SPREE AT ROOTS AND WINGS at their new location in Countryside Village on 88th and Pacific. I would save some money for the next All About Omaha social and buy my friends a round of Budweisers (go to this webpage at for the next event). After the shopping spree and round of Buds, I would buy a subscription to metroMAGAZINE as a gift to a friend (since I already have one). Ha! I am always good at going over my budget!

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need a few tips on being wardrobe chic this fall? while fall represents a time to play on proportion and build layers upon layers, there will be specific items that will carry you through the season. start with these 3 items in august–denim, jackets, and statement heels and boots. all 3 will provide versatility, longevity, and instant trendiness as you continue to build your fall wardrobe. denim and more denim. yes–that dreadful word–denim. already have visions of stacks of jeans in your dressing room that just don’t work? arm yourself with a little info before heading into the fitting room.

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trendy styles in denim will come and go–but a good standard pair of jeans will help you build confidence in your outfit. finding the right pair(s) on the other hand–that can be the challenge. look for 3 staple styles to mix and match with this fall–boyfriend, bootcut, and skinny.

the “skinny” on jeans… boyfriend–the ultimate weekend pair. look for a loose, relaxed cut, with a rise that sits comfortably at your hips. they should be long enough for you to cuff. pair them with flats for a laid-back weekend style. bootcut–buy them in a medium or dark wash. bootcut is universally flattering and appropriate for most situations. skinny–easily dressed up for a sexy look. look for a pair that is fitted but not skin tight. a hem that ends just past your ankle gives the sleekest effect. skinny jeans are the most versatile with footwear–anything goes. keep this in mind before your search begins–a little stretch goes a long way, dark washes instantaneously slim you down, while detailing draws attention. jackets upon jackets. fall brings layers–jackets are great staples to work with. look for 2 specific jackets this season– leather and military inspired. the leather jacket–a cropped leather jacket looks edgy with drapey tops, skinny pants and boots. look for cropped colored leather jackets with more feminine fitted silhouettes and detailing. and our old fall faithful–the always chic and classic, black leather jacket.

not sure where to start? read on to get inspired. a green military inspired jacket provides a utility chic–stand at attention–unexpected twist to a fall jacket. military jackets are great for weekend worn with pants, distressed skinny jeans. trust your instincts–purchase boots and heels that you feel the most comfortable in–you’ll want to make the right statement, a confident one. a great start to fall shopping. look to the september issue for more of fall’s key items, how to create wardrobe versatility, and a more defined fall style. not to mention coverage of our very own omaha fashion week.

make a statement! statement heels and boots towering heels and otks (over the knee boots) provide quite a statement and the taller the better this fall. we’ll see over the knee boots with sharp biker details, and riding boots. fall heels are sky high and come in a variety of colors and styles–black and gray are standard while deep purples and emerald greens will really provide the statement. m


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one day she was anne shirley, exploring the woods and shores of prince edward island around her beloved green gables. the next; mary lennox, exploring the secret garden of her elderly uncle’s english estate. sometimes she trekked the prairie with the ingalls family. at others, she sought the minnesota town of mankato at the turn-of-the-century hidden to play with chums betsy and tacy.

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had a lively imagination as a child. It provided her countless hours of magical play which eventually stoked her passion for fashion as an adult. “I loved to read fantasy and historical fiction novels. The female characters in these books were the muses for how I wanted to dress,” the young designer says. She collected vintage clothing from antique stores and estate sales which she visited with her father. She and her friends would play dress up in her finds, and Erickson would even wear the ensembles to the grocery store with her mother. “I liked to mix printed tights or leggings with my different printed dresses. I didn’t realize at the time what I was doing, nor that this would actually carry over to my adult life.”

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“Fashion has the ability to tell the story of who a person is…This is exciting to me,” Erickson states. She is a designer who combines form with function, creating beautifully “sculptural” clothes with attention to detail work for added romance. Says Erickson: “I spend a lot of time on embellishment, trim, and texture for garments. I love ruffles, pleating and bows.” Her line for this fall, to be featured at Omaha Fashion Week on September 13-18, will include draped tops and dresses over corset foundations. Echoing her spring line will be trimmed jackets over simple jersey dresses. Old biology and natural history drawings provide much of her inspiration. She also consults historical costume drawings, etchings, and paintings. The intricate detail work in historic clothing especially fuels her design fire. She imagines who will be wearing her creations and likes that her clothing will help tell the wearer’s personal story. As for her own personal style, Erickson likes how her pale skin highlights the rich hues of jewel tone colors. “I am a little crazy for floral, especially if it is Liberty of London,” she admits. Not surprisingly, she likes shirts and dresses with embroidered embellishment. Heels are part of her wardrobe, but time spent walking in large cities has confirmed that wedges and platforms are the perfect blend of fashion and comfort. After graduating from Westside High School in 2005, Erickson moved to California to attend fashion design school in San Francisco. She worked on a Textile Collaboration Project that will show in New York Fashion Week this September. Erickson was part of the design team consisting of three designers, two technical designers and several Textile students who worked together to create a collaborate collection. Though part of the design team, she also worked with the technical designers to cut and sew the garments. This summer she is spending time in Los Angeles for an internship with Herve Leger by Max Azria (BCBG). Not one to be idle, Erickson is also working on her line debuting during Omaha Fashion Week and applying for positions as assistant designer with numerous companies throughout the country. Still, as busy as Erickson is, she never tires of designing clothes. It “is endlessly interesting and exciting” for her. Erickson is a prime example that children need free time to just play. The time this talented young designer spent as a child cultivating her imagination with play-acting and storytelling has served her well: “I never run out of ideas or feel uninspired.” metroMagazine • The Spirit of Omaha

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Look Who’s Sheltering Shelter Pets! Save the Date! Walk for the Animals, Sept 26, 2010 - NHS Campus Join us for our biggest annual fundraiser. Gather pledges on your own or form a dog pack with friends or family. Then come for a fun morning on the meadow with Pancake Man, Vendor Village, our Silent Auction and doggone fun. Relax in VIP comfort at Club 300 (for those who raise at least $300 for the animals) after you valet park your car. Four legged participants are welcome and encouraged to attend. For information on participating go to

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Ruth Keene The Keene family has “always” had dogs, and they have always been dogs who needed a second chance. When Willa, a boxer-and-something mix came in to the Nebraska Humane Society as an underweight and neglected stray, she looked like countless other dogs at the shelter. Still there was something about her that drew in Ruth Keene. Husband Ken had sent Ruth to the shelter with instructions to find a large female. Willa fits that category and more. “It didn’t matter that she was a mixed breed,” explains Ruth, “and we didn’t have any issues with the possibility that she might have pitbull in her. My son’s pitbull, Kara, was one of the smartest, sweetest, and most loyal dogs I’ve ever known.” Willa is definitely sweet, but she has her own mind, too. “She’s very mellow,” says Ruth, “but there’s one part of her that just wants to take a huge dash around the neighborhood.” Instead Willa provides squirrel patrol services for the Keenes, chasing critters and birds in her own yard. She attends training classes with Ruth and is blossoming in her home. “People always comment on how easy going she is,” Ruth comments, “she is doing really well and we just love her.” Judging by Willa’s expression, she returns that love tenfold. gives you all the info!

This is another fun event put on by our fabulous Friends Forever guild. Come shop new and gently used designer purses and accessories as you enjoy the company of pet lovers, a glass of wine and tasty Marketbasket hors d’oeuvres. What could be better than shopping and benefiting animals all in one night? Check our website at for specific details.

For more information go to “Programs and Events” on the NHS Website at, or call 444-7800 ext 273.

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Omaha Zoo’s Earth and Wine A Perfect Blend of Conservationism and Cabernet The Henry Doorly Zoo is sponsoring an evening of education in a relaxing atmosphere filled with good food and wine. Award-winning National Geographic photographer and Nebraska native, Joel Sartore, will speak about conservationism and his latest book, “RARE: PORTRAITS OF AMERICA’S ENDANGERED SPECIES.”


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Omaha Zoo’s Earth and Wine

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“We humans depend on the natural world for our clean air, drinkable water and food. But our practices are threatening scores of species [and this] eventually threatens our own existence.”

world-class status calls to mind its extraordinary exhibits. However, the zoo’s lesser-known conservation research ranks it among the best in the world, says Tina Cherica, Director of Development at the Omaha Zoo Foundation. The foundation supports “the programs and mission of Omaha’s Zoo by raising the funds necessary to ensure a growing, vibrant zoo in the decades ahead.” On September 2nd, the Omaha Zoo Foundation will host the second bi-annual Earth and Wine event whose purpose is to raise public awareness of Omaha Zoo’s conservation research. Says Cherica: “So many people are surprised when they learn of the entire scope of activity that takes place here. The intent of this event is to provide a venue for anyone in the community interested in learning more about this work to do so, as well as opening our gates to leaders within the conservation community to share their work with our guests.” Earth and Wine is held on opposite years from the Zoo’s Zoofari fundraiser. At the event, Native Nebraskan and National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore will speak about saving North American plant and animal species from extinction. He will draw upon his experience while shooting his second book, RARE: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species. The evening will also include international food and wine tasting, featuring five international “grazing stations” which pair exotic foods with compatible wines. Live music and the opportunity to visit with Sartore will round out the relaxing but educational late summer evening.

Laurie and Charles Kay are Earth and Wine 2010 chairs. Photographers themselves, they were familiar with Joel Sartore’s work and his strong avocation of conservation. Sartore is no stranger to Omaha’s Zoo, which he describes as his “childhood zoo.” In his youth, he spent hours viewing animals in carefully replicated habitats. Now as an adult, he likens the Zoo to an ark: “It’s the only way many species will survive going into the future.” The Zoo has helped save species like the black hooded ferret from certain extinction, breeding it extensively in captivity and reintroducing it back into the wild. To date, the Omaha Zoo has produced and released the endangered Wyoming Toad and the Puerto Rican Crested Toad. It has joined other zoos and aquaria across the country in breeding rare coral species for release in the wild. The Omaha Zoo is at the forefront of reproductive sciences, having one the largest genetic resource banks in the world. It also promotes plant conservation and currently protects over 180 rare orchids in its laboratories with the aim of restoring these plants in their natural settings. Photography is a powerful tool for promoting conservationism. For the past 20 years, Sartore has captured the natural world in beautifully rendered still images for National Geographic. He first became truly interested in conservationism after shooting a story about the American gulf coast. He recalls how filthy the beaches outside Galveston, TX were, littered with medical waste, tarnished by tar, the resting placem for dead dolphins. He witnessed first hand a sobering reality that his lens would continue to capture throughout his career, “Humans are doing a tremendous amount of damage to the earth.” Though his career is not limited to conservation photography, he gravitates to this genre. They are “pictures that go to work. You can right environmental wrongs with photography,” Sartore has witnessed.


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“We’ve never been more disconnected with the natural world. We’re more concerned with what’s on TV and the price at the pump.”

That is what he hopes to do with his latest book. RARE is a compilation of studio portraits that “gives equal weight and magnitude to all animals and plants, great and small,” says Sartore. He offers an intimate look at the Mississippi sandhill crane and American grizzly bear, the Higgins eye mussel and the gray wolf. It cautions us that many species are on the verge of extinction (the Columbia basin pygmy rabbit went extinct while the book was being made) but celebrates the repopulation of other species like the American bald eagle that is no longer at risk of extinction. Though most of his subjects were shot in a studio setting, Sartore captured some in their natural habitats because they do not exist in captivity. Sartore applied for a special permit to shoot the Delhi Sands flower-loving fly, the only fly protected by the government. A federally permitted fly handler accompanied Sartore to a weedy lot in the LA basin to find his subject. Sartore only had one chance to capture this fly beause it lives underground in a larval state for a few years and is above ground as a fly for only a few days. The fly handler anesthetized a single insect using carbon dioxide gas. The animal was under for about 20 seconds. When it woke up on Sartore’s portable studio background, Sartore got his shot. The fly was then released back into its habitat unharmed just a few minutes later. If Sartore missed his moment, or if the fly got away before any pictures were taken, he would have been out of luck. “We’ve never been more disconnected with the natural world. We’re more concerned with what’s on TV and the price at the pump,” Sartore believes. This is a dangerous ignorance, he continues, because “we humans depend on the natural world for our clean air, drinkable water and food. But our practices are threatening scores of species which eventually threatens our own existence.” “In many parts of China,” he offers as an illustration of this sobering point, “farmers have to hand-pollinate their crops because the insects which typically carry out this vital task are too few. Conservationism is not a fad. It’s something we have to do for our survival,” he insists. Getting people excited about nature is one way to rectify our myopic way of viewing the world. This shift in priorities can begin at the zoo and aquarium, he asserts. “Most people live in urban areas so it can’t happen in nature.” For many, zoos and aquariums are the only connection they have with nature. Cherica concurs, “Zoos are important learning centers…and may be among the only places anyone will ever have the chance to see many of these species featured in Joel’s book. Many species would already be extinct if zoos did not exist.” For more information about Omaha Zoo’s Earth and Wine event, call 402-738-2073 or visit For more information on Joel Sartore or to order “RARE,” visit



e thetastesoffood metroMagazine • The Spirit of Omaha


The DOSHA Factor

Ayurveda is based on the concept that we each consist of doshas, which are made of biological energy throughout the human body and mind. Such energies govern all physical and mental processes. The doshas derive from the elements of Space, Air, Fire, Earth, and Water. Each person has a unique doshic make-up. We are most susceptible to the illnesses and imbalances of our particular dosha (For a quiz to help you determine your dosha, visit According to ayurveda, a balanced diet directly nurtures the mind, body, senses, and the spirit. Ayurvedic nutrition is intimately tied to the three doshas.* Eating in accordance with your dosha promotes balance. The sense of taste is considered a natural map to proper nutrition. Food speaks directly to us through taste. Ayurveda identifies six tastes by which all foods can be categorized.

CONSUMPTION: Eat to Heal Include all Six Tastes in each meal. By including all six tastes in each meal, we nourish all of the doshas (We all consist in some part of all three). Carefully including all six tastes will usually meet the standards of western dietary guidelines. Balance the Physical types of foods in your meals. Ayurveda also classifies foods as heavy or light, dry or liquid, and warm or cool. Include variety in the realm of physical nature as well as taste.

Reconsider the American Diet. The American diet in general has too much of the sweet, salty, and sour tastes. Revisit your diet and consider more bitter, pungent and astringent tastes. Use spices to balance the menu. In ayurveda, herbs and spices are nature’s healing intelligence. They are especially helpful to digestion. Cooking with all six tastes can be accomplished with some planning. Consider the tastes of the foods on the menu. Use herbs and spices to add any missing tastes. Favor fresh, high quality, organic foods. Foods that are frozen, canned, or otherwise processed lose much of their natural value and often have additives. The fewer boxes you open and wrappers you peel off, the more likely your food is high quality and natural. Avoid cold and carbonated beverages with meals. Cold drinks and carbonated beverages are considered by ayurveda to impede the digestive process. Drink small amounts of liquids at mealtime. Drink a full glass of room temperature water an hour after eating. Rotate menus and experiment. Every meal should be a feast of the senses. Include sattvic foods. Ayurveda also classifies foods in terms of qualities of mind. Sattvic foods are fresh, pure, and vibrant and can stabilize the mind and provide mental clarity. Examples are most fresh fruits and vegetables, black beans, lentils, ghee, honey, sesame and sunflower seeds, and cashews, almonds, walnuts and macadamia nuts.

by mary e. vandenack

THE SIX Tastes • SWEET taste results from the combination of the water and earth elements, and is cooling in nature. The obvious sweet tastes are honey, chocolate, and sweet fruits. Other examples are milk products, most grains, many legume, and some cooked vegetables (carrots, potatoes, beets). Sweet tastes pacify vata and pitta, and increases kapha. • SALTY taste is composed of fire and water and is hot, heavy, and moist. Examples are sea vegetables and salt. Typical foods are nuts, chips, pickles. Salty taste is beneficial for vata but increases both pitta and kapha. • SOUR taste is composed of earth and fire and is hot, light, and moist. Examples of sour are lemons, tomatoes, cheese, yogurt, vinegar, and sour fruits. Sour is good for vata but increases pitta and kapha. • BITTER taste is comprised of Air and Ether and is light, cooling and dry by nature. It is found in green leafy vegetables, and herbs and spices (turmeric, fenugreek, dandelion root). Bitter balances pitta and kapha but increases vata. • PUNGENT taste derives from the elements of Fire and Air and is hot, dry, and light. Pungent is found in ginger, black pepper, mustard seed, cayenne, chilis, radishes, onions, and garlic. Pungent is balancing to kapha but aggravating to pitta and vata. • ASTRINGENT results from the combination of Air and Earth and is dry, cooling, and heavy by nature. It is found in beans, lentils, tofu, coriander, broccoli, cauliflower, artichoke, asparagus, turnip, cabbage, potatoes, apples, pears, and persimmon. Astringent balances pitta and kapha and aggravates vata. m

*Editor’s Note: (Vata, Pitta and Kapha.) See our April 2009 Issue, page 48 for Mary Vandenack’s column on Ayurvedic Doshic dieting.


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what “In life, you do not have to do anything. It’s all a question of what you are being.” – Neale Donald Walsch

the soul’s journey • with dixie clark

whatareyouseeking? As we move forward in our personal and spiritual evolution, it is helpful to

go beyond the surface of our actions, and move into a greater awareness of what we are truly seeking in life.

We are often driven by core values or inner experiences that may have little to do with what it looks like on the surface. Often the most seemingly insignificant goal or behavior is connected to a deeper longing within us. We have been conditioned to believe that our keys to fulfillment, loving, and abundance come from outside of ourselves; that we have to do or possess certain things in order for us to attain them. Or, that we must have approval, attention, or achievement in order to be worthy, okay, or safe. So, we go about doing and seeking other things as the way to have these inner experiences. We may hear ourselves say, “when I lose weight, get into a relationship, or make more money,” then I’ll be (okay, safe, worthy, loveable, etc).

“If I could really get you to understand that you are the source individually of all things around you, you would have the knowledge necessary for your life to come abundantly to you.” - John-Roger, D.S.S. If they don’t come about in the way we expect, we often go into judgement of ourselves, the other person, or the situation. As a result, we may get discouraged and believe we’re not worthy. We may even increase these seeking behaviors, almost out of a sense of desperation, in order to have this inner experience. Another way of understanding what we’re truly seeking is by looking at behaviors we do over and over again that we’re not happy about. Behind even our most frustrating or selfdestructive patterns of behavior, there is a positive intention. This means that there is a part of us that wants something from ourselves or for ourselves with this behavior, and it is doing the only thing it knows how in order to get it. Let’s suppose when we were age three, we learned that if we threw a tantrum, we got what we wanted, felt in control, or got people to listen to us.

SOUND FAMILIAR? Some people never grow out of this, and this pattern becomes conditioned into their unconscious and is triggered whenever they feel helpless or not heard. So, in that moment, they become that three-year-old (seeking to be heard and to feel in control) engaging threeyear-old tactics to get needs met. Just so we don’t get into judgment of “those people”, we all operate from areas of our unconscious more often than we realize. We all get triggered into unresourceful patterns. Maybe it’s procrastination, addictions, taking responsibility for others, controlling, etc.– behaviors which we swear we’re never going to repeat, and yet we do so again and again. Then we enter into judgment of ourselves which actually locks us into these patterns! Instead of judging or shaming ourselves, the more effective and loving thing to do is to understand the original positive intent behind the behavior and to adopt new patterns that are more aligned with that intention.

WHAT IS THE POSITIVE INTENTION which the part that creates this behavior is seeking? There is a process in neuro linguistic programming (NLP) called Core Transformation. In this process, the practitioner helps the person identify the core value by asking, “And what will having that or doing that get for you that’s even better?” This question is repeated over and over until the person gets to the core value of this behavior or outcome, and is able to experience it fully. The original limiting behavior or belief can then begin to be transformed thereby allowing that desired, inner experience to be attained directly. In both cases, whether it’s outcomes we want or behaviors we want to avoid, we can begin to go to a deeper level of awareness in order to transform our lives, and open up to what has been there all along. We can ask ourselves, “What will having this or doing this get for me that’s even better?” When we move through the layers of what it is we’re seeking, we can “cut out the middle man” and move right into that experience. We are then going through life from a place of wholeness, attracting people and situations from that inner experience, instead of seeking these things from a place of lacking. On one level we seek love, acceptance, and validation to feel that we’re okay. We often seek this love and sense of being okay from people and situations outside of ourselves. However, on the Soul level, we know we already are okay. We know that we have all that we’re seeking. We are intrinsically Divine. The Soul remembers and keeps that memory alive within us, bringing forward experiences to help us awaken. What would it be like if we allowed ourselves to just “Be” in each situation, if we let ourselves be the Love and Joy that we’re seeking, to know that our sense of safety comes from within, and that who we truly are is not defined by what we do or possess? What would it be like to take the next step into whatever Spirit has placed in front of us from a place of Soul awareness? m

Dixie Clark, MS, MSS, LPC is Director and co-founder of Morning Star Center, a holistic wellness center. A licensed counselor and ordained minister, she holds a masters’ degree in both counseling and spiritual science and is currently obtaining her doctorate in spiritual science. With over 26 years experience in mind/body therapies, she combines psychology and spirituality to help people release emotional blocks, heal past trauma and change limiting beliefs to open to soul awareness.

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on Miss Nebraska Belinda Wright

Missy Zadina and Andy Hoig

July 17th, The Cox Classic Presented by Lexus of Omaha linked up with ALS in the Heartland to host the “Sizzle Under the Stars” benefit at Ironwood Golf Club. Hundreds of supporters joined together to partake in Omaha’s Only Celebrity Charity Auction. In addition, attendees had the chance to sample a signature “Sizzle” drink created especially for this event, participate in a hole-in-one contest, watch a fireworks show and dance under the stars to music provided by local band Secret Weapon. The kickoff event was held to raise funds and awareness of the Cox Classic Charities including their newest partner, ALS in the Heartland, an organization that provides free services and support to patients and families who suffer with Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Christina Baylor and Jill Mustard Darren Garrean, Aimee and Adam Johns

Co-chairs of the event were Missy Zadina of ALS in the Heartland and Gina Matt with the Cox Classic. For more information about ALS in the Heartland, visit, or to learn more about the Cox Classic, visit

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Randy Baylor with Kim and Mike Haywood

Keri Loftus, Allison Ridgway and Deanna Larson

Cassidy Seaman and Jessica Helgren

Ashley Nielsen, Christie Abdul, Sabrina Schalley, Tammy Stalzer

Nicole and John Jesse, Danielle and Dean Emsick and Joel Hahn

Grant Lundin, Jon Young, Brian Lockman, Jeff Oetken, and Boa T. Ha

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Omaha Restaurant Association BBq, beatniks, and baseball

June 14th, Con Agra held its 4th Annual BBQ, Beatniks and Baseball event. Nearly 200 people attended the BBQ and $6,000 was raised for the Omaha Restaurant Association. The money raised benefits the culinary industry through scholarships and is also used to feed the hungry.

Rich Barmettler and Cory Jensen

Vern L’Heureux and Chris Feistner

Two sets of four tickets to the College World Seires were raffled and Con Agra announced their restaurant contest “Kitchen Make Over Take Over”, where the winning restaurant will be awarded $25,000 towards a new kitchen! For more information about the Omaha Restaurant Association, visit

The Beatniks Jerry Sena, Scott Dobry, Nikki Boulay, Thomas Sena


John Sivilla, Grant Lundin and Jim Edwards were chairs. The committee consisted of Melinda Foley, Rich Barmettler, and Jennie Warren.

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Nicole and John Jesse, Danielle and Dean Emsick, Joel Hahn

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Allana Newbold, Alicia Evon

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Dinner Chairs Mike and Susan Lebens with Marilyn Stor and George Rozmarin

Dawn Busenbark and Henry Davis

Inclusive communities humanitarian dinner June 3rd, Inclusive Communities raised over $200,000 at its 55th annual Humanitarian Dinner held at the Embassy Suites LaVista.


The dinner, which had over 850 attendees, celebrated the honorees of several awards. Guest speakers were Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy, subjects of best-selling book and major motion picture, The Blind Side. All proceeds from the event support Inclusive Communities’ mission-driven work. These programs raise awareness around social justice and enhance and develop skills in leadership, teamwork, community building, conflict resolution and many other areas.

Sean and Angie Quinn, Guest Speakers Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, Lisa Anderson, Humanitarian Honoree Mary Joy Anderson, Mickey and Krista Anderson Photos by Jim Scholz

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mount michael memorial golf tournament

Bruce Rasmussen, Abbot Raphael Walsh, Darren DeVries, Mark Burgers

Pat Berry, Abbot Michael Liebl, Mike Danahay, and Steve Stoesz


June 4th, Mount Michael Alumnus Dr. Matthew Brester’s memory was honored at the 20th Annual D.J. Sokol Memorial Golf Tournament. Dr. Brester graduated from Mount Michael Benedictine High School in 1990 and then served his country in the United States Army as a medicfor for four years. After his service, he went to UNMC for medical school. Dr. Brester died in February 2008 after a 10 ½ year battle with cancer.

Tony Michaelson, Matt Goldsmith, Bob Goldsmith, and Jordan Goldsmith

Kyle Larsen, Danny Nolan, Pat Merrill, and Eric Crawford

Over 100 golfers attended the event, which included a four-man scramble, dinner, and an awards ceremony. The barbeque dinner was catered by the Tiburon Golf Course. During the dinner, a speech was given by Jason Himberger, a friend and classmate of Dr. Brester. Flowers were presented to Brester’s wife, Dr. Michelle Brester. For more information about Mount Michael, visit

Andy Wilson, B.J. Wilson, and John Geist

Chris and Karrie Hanke withTim and Denise Salzbrenner

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Mary Ann Bamber, and Mark and Nancy Prauner

Jason, Lilly and Dawnetta Westman


June 5th, Shakespeare’s Garden, a fundraiser for Nebraska Shakespeare, was held in the garden of Denis Stange and Jim Olmstead. Around fifty guests enjoyed chilled watermelon-ginger soup, appetizers and wine as actress Amy Schweid, outfitted for the occasion, read several of Shakespeare’s sonnets.

Mary Ann Bamber, Jan Buckingham, and Amy Schweid

Phyllis Futch, Maggie Lehning, and Marty Magee

Audrey Hulsey and Jim Ogden

Diane Coffin and Peggy Rupprecht

Juli Wamsat, Garrison Wamsat, and Charlotte White

Jim and Susan Tracy

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Executive Director Laurie Ackermann, Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle, and Board President Jeff Kortan

John Rotella and Sabrina Krischuk Chris Shimokawa, Jill McCarthy, Kari Harding, and Kelli Draper

V.P. Jill Rotella, Lisa Kortan, and Laurie Ackermann


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Illustrator Mark Chickinelli with Author Louis Rotella III

Fr. Ryan Lewis, Quinn Vandenberg, Leigh ODell, and Michael Chase


June 5th, Ollie Webb Center, Inc. hosted the 5th annual Ollie’s Dream Wine-Tasting Gala at the Mutual of Omaha Dome. The event had approximately 250 guests and fifty volunteers. Proceeds exceeded $65,000 and benefit children, adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities who participate in services offered by Ollie Webb Center, Inc. The event included wine tastings from around the world provided by Republic National Distributing Company, live jazz music by Novak and Haar, a silent auction and an oral auction.

David and Cyndi Koll, and Loriann and Rob Kirkpatrick

Janis and Craig Pfingsten, Skip and Jan Stepanek, and Bob and Sharon Bloechle

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midlands mentoring partnership mentor fair


Phil Jarrett

Adam Defrancesco and Ashley Schneider

Midlands Mentoring Partnership held its First Annual Mentor Fair at Westroads Mall on June 5th.

The eleven members of the Midlands Mentoring Partnership: All Our Kids; Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands; Boys and Girls Club of Omaha; Child Saving Institute; Girls Inc. Pathfinders; Ollie Webb Center, Inc.; Omaha Home for Boys; Omaha Street School, Release Ministries; TeamMates Mentoring Program and Youth Emergency Services, each had a representative at the Fair. Midlands Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is designed to raise public awareness of and support for high-quality youth mentoring programs and improve youth mentoring through education.

Ashley Neary and Deborah Neary

Kate Sorrell and Bob Storey

For more information, call 402-932-2025, ext. 1005.

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June 5th, the Omaha Symphony hosted Splendor in the Grass at the Holland Center Courtyard. The event was a celebration of the Omaha Symphony’s 2009-10 season as well as a fundraiser for 2010-11.

Mark Genereux, David Jones, Alicia Jones, and Stacy Genereux

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Photos courtesy of the Omaha Symphony

Attendees were served international hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, and had access to a table filled with a variety of candies. Maestro Thomas Wilkins, music director of the Omaha Symphony, led a toast thanking symphony musicians, staff, supporters and concertgoers. The Mike Pollock Quartet’s live jazz music set the mood for this summer soiree. n ’s Associatio he Alzheimer f T o y es rt u Photos co

Alzheimer’s Association 7th annual ride to remember


June 5th, The Alzheimer’s Association Midlands Chapter held its 7th annual Ride to Remember event.

Over 150 motorcyclists started from either Ducati Omaha or Dillon Brothers Harley-Davidson and rode to Mabel Rose Estates to have lunch with the residents of the home. The ride ended at the Prestige Restaurant.

Desmo Omaha club, the Ducati motorcycle riders club

The annual ride was emceed by Program Director Clay Freeman. For more information about the Alzheimer’s Association Midlands Chapter, visit

Jolene Roberts and Clay Freeman

Riders bidding on silent auction items at the Prestige

James , Jacob, and Katie Domayer, and Paul and Matt McConnell

Chapter President Mary Egger and Mrs. Nebraska Nicole Panneton

Team walking for Gary Rorebeck Photos by Dan Flanigan


Team Papa (walking in memory of Don Sahl)

Chapter President Mary Egger and Carol Kopiasz

Joesiya Schulte, Danica Schulte, Lasiah Villalpeando, and Savannah Twomey


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Annual American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) Nebraska Chapter Walk-A-Thon was held on June 6th.

The 7th Annual Walk was held at Miller’s landing and some of the 350 attendees took the opportunity to walk across the Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge to Iowa. Local businesses provided pulled pork sandwiches, chips and other food. The supporters of the walk raised over $25,000 for Parkinson’s research.

Walkers participating in the Parkinson’s Walk

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Kohls Volunteers Lori Schram, Chrys Ward, Jill Vierregger, Virginia Gomez, Jodi Schmaderer, Linda Moore, and Vicki Neu

Madia Egbarts, Linda Peterson, Austin Mazur, Cindi Hansen, Sheryl Mazur, and Alexa Mazur

June 26th, Ted E. Bear Hollow held its first Remembrance Journey Walk. The walk was held at Miller’s Landing.

Participants wore buttons with pictures of their loved ones, planted flowers, released balloons and engaged in other meaningful activities. The walk raised $13,000 for the support programs offered through Ted E. Bear Hollow. The primary sponsors of the event were Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, and Pinnacle Bank. The goal of Ted E. Bear Hollow is to provide support for grieving youth through support groups, day camps, teen retreats and other means of support.

Sierra and Tate with Ima Clown Brenda Lewis

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christ child society summer soiree

Dick Berry, Msgr. William Whelan, and Carl Ancona


Suzi Ancona, Melissa Duffy, Judy Duffy, and Barbara Johnson

June 10th, the L’Esprit Auxiliary of the Christ Child Society of Omaha held the 4th Annual Gala: Summer Soiree, A Wagon Full of Wishes at Omaha Country Club. The event raised more than $36,000. Around 130 guests attended the Soiree which involved a social hour followed by dinner. In lieu of an auction, guests raised their paddles to contribute to a “Wish Tree.”

John & Lisa Gell, Jill & Terry Petersen and Amy & John Thomas

Event Chairs Kathy Neary and Ann Batchelder

The Soiree honored the many generations of Omaha families who have been involved in the Christ Child Society as participants, members, board members or benefactors. The Soiree general chairmen were Ann Batchelder and Kathy Neary. Committee chairmen were Barb Greene, Cindy Huerter, Renee Masching, Kyle Nelson, Beth Wilson, Kathy O’Connor, Sheila Mountjoy, Linda Connell, Mary Ellen Wilhelmi, Connie Kinnear, Sharon O’Malley, Deb Bogard, Karen German, Molly Witt, Sharon DiBiase, Becca Goebel, Nancy Tiedeman, Ann Tjaden, Therese Pekelder, Jill Petersen, Ann Marie Abboud, Julie Burt, Jeanie Jones, Janet Nichting and Trish Maynard.

Fr. John Pietramale, Board member Pat Shanley, Board President Ellen Weist with her husband Herman an Flanigan Photos by D

Kathy & Jeff Neary, Amy & Jeff Schmid and Kim & Larry Lubeck

Hosts Bob Harry & Christine Harry, Honorary Chairs Jackie & Terry Kroeger and Board of Director Dani Bradford

Heather and Nick Andersen

Heather Schneider, Lynne Potter, Dave Potter and Bryan Schneider Photos by Lionel Tay


Jane Olsen and Per Huffeldt

RMH’s Executive Director Kevin Warneke and Development Director Suzanne Rogert

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June 11th, more than 100 people showed up for the 2010 House of Style, an event held to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha. The event raised nearly $15,000.

Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres catered by Catering Creations. Chris Saub entertained.

Abby Bradford, Annie Bradford, and Wallis Harry

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ywca omaha tribute to women luncheon


Honorary Chairs were Jackie and Terry Kroeger. The Host Couples for the House of Style 2010 were Bob and Christine Harry, and Dana and Danielle Bradford. Christine and Danielle both serve on the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha Board of Directors. For more information about the Ronald McDonald House, visit

Photos by Dan Flanigan


Board of Directors Dani Bradford and Chris Harry

750 people attended YWCA’s 23rd Annual Tribute to Women on June 10th. The event was held at the Holiday Inn Central Ballroom.

Jane Rips and Dr. Ann Sjulin co-chaired the event. There were eleven honorees: Cindy Bay; Chaplain Lieutenant Colonel Oledia Bell, USAF; Betty Davis; Kathy Fitzgerald Grandsaert; Joan Lappe, Ph.D.; Melissa Marvin; Mary Maxwell; Sue Morris; Joan Squires; Ellen Wright; Young Leader and Monica Ibarra. Other notable attendees of the event included Mayor Jim Suttle and his wife Deb; Chairman of the Douglas County Board Mary Ann Borgeson; Council Member Jean Stothert; Douglas County Commissioner Clare Duda and his wife Gayle.


Katie Weitz White, Kristin Williams, Laura Ash, Dianne Seeman Lozier, Gloria Jensen, CEO Natalia Peart, Jan Muller and Judy Seeman

Mary Ann Borgeson, Mona Christensen, Mary Ann Sofio, Kim Davis, Betty Davis, Bill March, Larry Dwyer, Gayle Duda and Clare Duda

Christy and Dan Sullivan, Carl Ancona, Kathy Grandsaert, and Matt and Justelle Grandsaert

For more information about YWCA Omaha, visit www.

Jeff, Michelle & Leah Marcuzzo, Rich Ortmeier, Joan Lappe, Jessica Marcuzzo and Nicole Boehne with Bob & Lisa Lappe

Tricia, Mary, Pam, Mary, Chip, Chuck, Teresa and Jim Maxwell



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Methodist Hospital Foundation Grand Tour

Jeff & Holly Morgan, John Rebrovic, Linda Burt

Gary Leapley, Carol Nowak, Robert Carlisle


June 11th, the Methodist Hospital Foundation celebrated the completion of Methodist Women’s Hospital. Over 550 friends, donors and staff attended the grand opening tour. The first Women’s Hospital in Nebraska is part of the Defining Moment Capital Campaign to raise $40 million that benefit plans at the 84th and Dodge Street hospital for a new Pathology Center, surgical suite renovations and more patient rooms. Over $35 million has been raised from donors to date. Attendees were greeted by Methodist Hospital Foundation’s Board Chair, Mike Simmonds, along with President and CEO Cyndy Peacock. Nebraska Methodist Health System President and CEO, John Fraser; Methodist Hospital President and CEO, Steve Goeser; Methodist Women’s Hospital Vice President and COO, Sue Korth, were also in attendance.

Dr. Steve Nielson, Nancy Nielson, Dr. Gueg Perry, Dr. Deb Perry, Dr. Susan Westcott, and Dr. Michael Westcott Dr. John & Ruth Sage

Georgia McSorley, Jerry Prokop, DeeDee Spetman, Gary & Mary Robbins, Mike Harper, and RyAnne Hastings

Red Thomas, and Susan & Steve McWhorter

For more information about the Methodist Hospital Foundation, visit

Dr. Daniel & Barbara Bohi

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Steve Goeser, Sue Korth and John Fraser


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Trish Haniszewski with George amd Joan Bellairs

Debbie Hallock, Becca Dobson , and Becki Kahn M.D.

July 15th, more than 200 people attended the 7th Annual On the Move MS Luncheon at the Scott Conference Center to support their friends and family with MS. This year’s event was chaired by Mary Ellen Wychulis and featured mystery writer Alex Kava, an Omaha native who inspired and entertained lunch participants. The event is coordinated by a dedicated team of local volunteers and more than $511,000 has been raised during its seven year history.

Pam Kouba, Laurie Wilen, Kylie Salerno, and Jodi Holen

Mikki Frost, Julie Strattan, Carey Hamilton and Debbie Hallock

For more information about the National MS Society, visit

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Kathleen Polodna and Sharon Rasmussen

Vicki Wells and Donna McClean

Kim Mustard, Tonya Moore-Paschall, and Sue Erickson Photos by Dan Flanigan

Vicki Wiese and Patricia Morrissey

Erin Johnson, Lindsay Wegener, Andrea Noon, Andrea and Kevin Zielstra



Frank and Kim Bogatz, Jeannie and Sean Frazier



June 12th, Wine & Jazz 2010 was held at the Ameristar Casino Hotel Ballroom in Council Bluffs to benefit American Red Cross Loess Hills Chapter.

Sandra Light, Tracy Hough, and Wendy Zuber

Cindy Pfennig and Dayle Nervig

Jill Orton, Jackie Nelson, Grace University Dianna Dieatrick, Lesa Socha GOLF4GRACE

Paul Troupe and Wally Armstrong, with Tom, Rob, and Doug Troupe Joanie Tekippe and Rita Sealock

There were 180 guests in attendance, including event chairs Lesa Socha, Dianna Dieatrick, Bob and Elaine Fenner, and the event committee Kathy Norgaard, Jim Roberts, Cheryll Ross and Pete Boothby. Also at the event were Frank Pechacek, Jr. (the Board Chair) and his wife Beth, and Cheryll Ross (the Board Philanthropy Committee Chair) and her husband PT Ross.


Guests enjoyed live jazz music from the George Walker Trio and fine wine while supporting the Red Cross Loess Hills Chapter. There were several activities including a live auction for prizes, a photo contest to compile a calendar of Southwest Iowa attractions and people, and a wine pull. The event raised $24,000 for the Red Cross.

Photos by Daniel Flanigan

Gail Yanney with Bob and Karen Swartzbaugh

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June 12th, Polo for Patients drew a crowd of nearly 1,000 for the Patient Assistance Fund. The event raised more than $500,000.

Glenn and Arlene Fosdick, Ignacio “Nacho” Figueras with Suzanne and Walter Scott Jr.

Dag, Kelsey and Bill Jergens

The event was held at Levi Carter Park. The polo match was played by members of the Des Moines Polo Club divided into two teams. One team wore the logo and colors of HDR while the other wore the colors of Kiewit. Ignacio “Nacho” Figueras, an internationally recognized polo player from Argentina, was also at the event. Walter and Suzanne Scott were honorary chairs of the event. Mr. Scott threw out the first “chucker” to begin the polo match. Glenn and Arlene Fosdick were event chairs. The event steering committee includes: Cindy Bay, Diny Landen, Melissa Marvin, Nancy Noddle, Jane Rips, Suzanne Scott, Lynette Singer, Ann Stinson and Gail Walling Yanney.

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The Scott Family and Nacho Figueras

For more information about Nebraska Medical Center, visit

Paul Shimon and Joe Easley

Steve Reznicek, Brett Pofahl, and Cris Skutnik

Chuck Plummer, Kathleen Alexander, Glenn Dostal, and Kristin Hoerber

Dan Gomez, Mark Madsen, and Ed Person


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Jake Zech, Howard Constable, and Josh Vogel

Jeff Monzu, Lloyd Meyer, Jim Butler, and Michael Green


June 25th, more than 325 club members attended Business on the Green held at Tiburon Golf Club.

The day included two tee-off times and ended with a barbeque dinner where more than 70 prizes were given away. Presenting sponsors were Cox Business and Great Western Bank

Bob Wolf, Mike Schrad, and Mitch Lockhart

The Business on the Green volunteer committee included: Harlan Falk; Committee Chair, Guy Cherp; Gail DeBoer; Dan Gomez; Jim Hanson Jr.; Erica Johnson; Scott Keep; Katy Martin; Steve Roarty; Molly Skold; Jim Smith; Linda Sullivan, and Keith Toole.

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opening celebration for the Mildred Scott Wellness Center was held on June 18th on the campus of Uta Halee Girls Village. The new center is named after Omaha philanthropist Walter Scott’s mother. It includes more than 16,000 square feet of space dedicated to providing young women admitted for treatment with a holistic environment to strengthen their minds, bodies and spirits.

Rosemary and Dick Frandeen, Charlene and Lloyd Meyer

Caitlin Youngman and Beth Heaney

Cathy and former Director Dick Hays with Joan Cimpl

Peg Mahoney, Ashley Ogburn and Jon McCarville

Speakers at the opening celebration included Denis McCarville, President/CEO of Uta Halee; Jeff Wilke, Campaign Co-Chair; and Walter Scott, Honorary Campaign Co-Chair. Bill Ramsey served as Master of Ceremonies. The celebration concluded with facility tours led by the young women residing at Uta Halee. For more information about the Mildred Scott Wellness Center, call 402-457-1300.

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Co-Chairs Jim and Rochelle Mullen, Sue and Dan Gomez

Heartland family service Save haven Golf event

Curt Swahn and Ron Siwa

June 28th, the Heartland Family Service Friends Guild held the 17th annual Heartland Family Service Safe Haven Golf Event at Indian Creek Golf Course. The event raised an estimated $63,000 for victims of domestic abuse. The 18-hole event began with a BBQ sandwich lunch for the members of the 38 teams who then scattered the course for the shotgun start. Dinner and an awards ceremony followed.

Sheryl Adams, Chris Olson, amd Kacey Lempka

Diane Nelson and Addie Hawkins

The event was sponsored by Arby’s Panda, Inc., Kiewit Building Group, Inc., Superior Honda and Acura of Omaha. Dan and Sue Gomez, and Jim and Rochelle Mullen served as event chairpersons. Dianne Scott is president of the Heartland Family Service Friends guild which provides volunteers and fundraising for Heartland Family Service programs. For more information about Heartland Family Servce, visit

Barb Ganye and Dawn Farris

Travis Lavine, Michael Twigg, Brant Meink, and Mike Ball Photos by Daniel Flanigan


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June 28th, the Omaha Community Playhouse honored its top volunteers at the annual “Awards Night.”

Mary Baumstark, Nancy Drews, Wava Jean Carl, and Marge Johnson Cathy Hirsh, Dan Chevalier, and Debbie Massey

Chairman Dave and Candi Kirkwood

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Awards were given for outstanding service in “out-front” areas such as membership sales and box office service; in “backstage” areas involving costuming, scenery and technical assistance; and for excellence in performing. The Fonda-McGuire Award was also given to the male and female actors judged to have given the best performance of the season. The award is named for Henry Fonda and Dorothy McGuire, the Playhouse’s most eminent alumni.

Sam Shackelford, Jon Parcell, Rae Mills, Jon Tvrdik, and Sarah Lorsung-Tvrdik

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Matt Bross, Sam Shackelford, Megan McGuire, and Dawn Buller-Kirke

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Highlights and photo co verage of charity and social events from spring 2010

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Jim Boggess, Betsye Paragas, and Carl Beck

Matt and Susan Moyer

Christine Harry and Julie Liakos

April 10th, Omaha Community Playhouse travelers savored international cuisine, signature drinks and entertainment from around the world. Guests were able to enjoy the delights of Paris, Thailand, New Orleans, Mexico and Ireland.

While shopping for souvenirs, guest were able to bid on packages including the opportunity to play Scrooge’s “feet” during a scene in the OCP holiday favorite A Christmas Carol. The event’s “in-flight” entertainment included a Cabaret performance featuring Melanie Walters, Tim Abou-Nasr, Tiffany White-Welchen and Kathy Tyree.

Tony O’Malley and Robin Putnam

Lisa Hagstrom and Linda Frey

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The event was chaired by Christine Harry and Julie Liakos. The William R. Patrick Foundation was the honorary chair for the event. ACT II supports the Omaha Community Playhouse through the efforts of volunteers who provide opportunities for education, fund raising, promotion and service. ACT II is dedicated to raising funds and friends in support of the educational and outreach efforts of the Omaha Community Playhouse. For information about the Omaha Community Playhouse or ACT II, please visit the Playhouse website at

Jeffrey Taxman, Dr. Geoffrey and Becca Basler, and Sherry Taxman



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Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle, Sheila Tringe, Bob Bartle and Bill Tringe

Co-Chairs Bob and Julie Parker

sixth annual Barrister’s Ball was held on April 10th at the Omaha Doubletree Hotel.

Over four hundred guests attended the event to recognize the 2010 Robert M. Spire Pro Bono Award winner Susan M. Koenig for her outstanding contributions as a volunteer lawyer providing services to the poor. The funds raised benefit The Nebraska State Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyer’s Project (VLP). The program assists low income Nebraskans to obtain legal counsel. Robert J. Parker Jr. and his wife Julie from Hastings chaired the event. Senator Ben and Diane Nelson attended along with Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle and his wife Deb, Senator Lathrop, and Senator Council and Lieutenant Governor Rick Sheehy.

Barbara & President of the Nebraska Lawyers Foundation Board Bob Bartle

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Rondi and Mike Kinney

Greg and Shari Dietrich and Renee and Carl Sjulin

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Hal and Mary Daub, Denny Walker, and Jamie Walker


Mogens and Cindy Bay with Lin and Mike Simmonds

Dr. Jim and Nancy Armitage

Page, Mindy, and Neenah Lindner

Children entering the softly lit ballroom carrying small flashlights to a motivational video, Karli Bruxvoort’s re-visitation of her cancer experience, and a live and silent auction highlighted the evening’s events.


April 22nd, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society reached an all-time high in fundraising with the annual Diamonds and Champions gala, co-chaired by Mike and Lin Simmonds. Honorary chairs were Dr. Jim and Nancy Armitage, and Mogens and Cindy Bay. Over 400 people attended the event. Grace University Pat Morrissey, Sophie and Melanie Clark GOLF4GRACE Photos by metroMAGAZINE

Paul Troupe and Wally Armstrong, Tom, Rob, and Doug Bob O’Connor with and Cyndy Peacock with Troupe Mary Jo and Phil Thielen




Mariah Dutcher, Andrea Carbonell, Angela Carbonell, Carol Owens and Dakota

arthritis foundation arthritis walk


April 24th, over 355 walkers from the Omaha and Council Bluffs area gathered at the Lewis and Clark Landing to participate in a walk to cure arthritis. The Arthritis Walk, which raised more than $55,000 this year, is the Arthritis Foundation’s signature once-a-year fundraising event. The Walk was designed to generate public awareness, educate people about the benefits of staying active and raise money to fight arthritis. Lyn Weick served as the Arthritis Walk Committee Chair. The Medical Honorary Chair was Pediatric Rheumatologist Dr. Adam Reinhardt and the Juvenile Honorary Chairman was Kayla Johannes, the daughter of Kirsten Hille. New to this year’s event was canine-arthritis-hero, Maggie Mae, an 8-yearold Australian Shepherd who was diagnosed with arthritis in her hips. To learn more about the Arthritis Walk, visit

Mark Russell, Sarah Caldwell, and Joel Russell

Team Redstone

Team Love for Lily

Kaila & Tyler White Dr. Adam Reindhart, JRA Honorary Chair Kayla Johannes with Canine Arthritis Hero Maggie Mae

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Habitat for Humanity Omaha 2010 Women’s Power LUncheon

Phyllis Haller, Honoree Mary Jo Langdon, and Alison Dobleman

Linda Connell, Jack and Mary Ellen Wilhelm


April 29th, Habitat for Humanity of Omaha held the 2010 Women’s Power Luncheon. More than 375 guests were in attendance and more than $80,000 was raised. Norma Fletcher and Ro Simpson received the honor of Power Women of the Year.

Tracie McPherson and Dr. Viv Ewing

Renee Kizer, Barb Hoody, Carolyn Harrington, and Bobbie Moran

The honorary chairs at this year’s event were Mary Jo Langdon and her daughters Claire, Hannah and Melissa Langdon, as well as Jessica Bagley, Emily Jung, and Alison Dobleman. The event was emceed by Jack Wilhelmi. Part of the proceeds from the luncheon help fund the 13th annual Women Build. The house is currently under construction and should be finished in August 2010. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Omaha, visit

Kathleen Polodna and Carla Patton

Fr. John Pietramale and Deb Bogard

Susan Cutler and Phillis Toebben

Jan Cohen, Wanda Utecht, Lou Ann Weber, and Marie Simmons

Sarah Tucker, Christie Heimes, Jennifer Hamann, Jill Folsom, and Lori Farwell

Jill Schrader, Lisa White, Laura Jennings, and Melanie Peltz



uta halee girls village guild annual lunch and learn

Phyllis Choat, Sue Selde, and Tami Eastridge

John and Sara Young with Becky Rupiper-Greene


Uta Halee Girls Village Guild’s 2nd Annual Lunch and Learn “How To Balance A Healthy Lifestyle” was held April 29th. This event raised $7,500 to benefit theUta Halee Girls Village. The event featured Mary and Amy Wolff, 2006 contestants from The Biggest Loser and certified personal trainers. The two women shared stories on fitness, nutrition, and how to balance a healthy lifestyle. A luncheon followed.

Sharon Young and Wyndle Young

In attendance were board event co-chairmen Michelle Bucher and Charlene Meyer, guild president Mary Ann Seamands and Uta Halee/Cooper Village President/C.E.O. Denis McCarville.

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For more information about Uta Halee Girls Village Guild, visit

hopetomorrow Creative Hair Design cutting for a cause


Stylist Jacxie,Mayah Rodriguez, mom Tiffany Rodriguez and brother

May 2nd, Creative Hair Design Salon and Spa hosted the third annual Locks-of-Love and Children’s Hospital’s fundraiser, “Cutting for a Cause.” The event was hosted outdoors and included a hotdog lunch with cookies, cotton candy and snow cones. Numerous games and activities were also available for guests including on-site pony rides and balloon animals. The highlight of the event was a 16-year-old cancer survivor who shared her experiences with the disease and was the first person of the event to donate her ponytail.

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Roger Frith and Allison Oetter holding the hair that was donated, along with a group of other donors

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John Mangiameli, Mary Jochim, Kimberly and donor Sheila Huffert

At this year’s event over 40 ponytails were donated. Twenty students from Capital and Xenon assisted the Creative Hair Design Stylists as the crowd helped count down before each cut. Blayr Mallory, Angie Schroder and Lisa Jensen served as the chairmen for this year’s event. 54

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united nations refugee agency hike to help refugees

Susie Webering, Allen Hahn, Jim Webering, David Griffith

Ann Marie Kudlacz, Elizabeth Baab, Nancy Crews


Buffett spends his free time traveling the world and flying in helicopters to meet, photograph and help some of the world’s most vulnerable people - refugees. Mr. Buffett showed some of his photographs and spoke about his experiences working with refugees through the United Nations on May 2nd, at the UNO Ballroom at the Hike to Help Refugees fundraiser.

Director Margaret Hahn, Guest Speaker and Policy Advisor Howard W. Buffett, USA for UNHCR Executive Director Marc Breslaw

Ed & Elaine Russell, Ginny Curley and Addie Curley

Hike to Help Refugees, a local non-profit organization that supports the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), asked Mr. Buffett to keynote this event because of the close relationship he has with the United Nations World Food Programme, and his important work with sustainable agriculture and refugees around the world. Hike to Help Refugees annual Hike begins this year on May 22nd, and runs through May 29th. For more information on this event, the 2010 Hike to Help Refugees, or the organization, please visit our website: or contact Betsy Kallstrom at 402-334-2147.

Don Doll, Mugay Wah, Saw Lot Photos by Dan Flanigan

Musa Ibrahim, Brigitte Timmerman


Fr. Frank Partusch, Fr. John Pietramale, Mayor Jim Suttle, Archbishop Curtis, Fr. Jim Keiter and Fr. Ryan Lewis

Fr. Ryan Lewis with Katie & Craig Christenson

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eighth annual SALSA, Supporting All Latinos in Spirituality and Academics, was held on May 7th. Over 200 people attended the event raising nearly $100,000 to benefit the Latino Catholic Scholarship Fund of Omaha. This fund helps to pay for Latino students to go to Catholic Schools in Omaha. The event was attended by honorary chairs Dr. Paul and Judy Tamisiea, Event Chairs Tammy and Drew Blossom, Archbishop Emeritus Elden Curtiss, Creighton President Fr. John Schlegel, S.J., and Mayor Jim and Deb Suttle.

Fr. John Schlegel, Drew & Tammy Blossom and Fr. Jim Keiter Photos by Dan Flanigan

putyour heartintoit

Jami Houser, Brittany Love and Theresa Wilhelm

For more information, call (402) 734-0167 or email Brittany Love at


American Heart Association Omaha-Council Bluffs Start! Heart Walk


May 15th, an estimated 5,000 people attended American Heart Association’s Omaha-Council Bluffs Metro Start! Heart Walk in downtown Omaha. The event raised more than $500,000 for cardiovascular research and educational programs.

Team Leypoldt Brothers

At the walk individuals and companies were honored for their efforts with coveted traveling trophies. The top fundraiser award went to Jennifer Gdanov of Union Pacific who raised more than $15,000. The Top New Company Award went to Offutt Air Force Base Spouses for bringing in more than $3,000. Union Pacific was crowned the number one Non-Medical Company for raising more than $47,500, and Alegent Health edged out the competition to get Top Medical Institution with nearly $17,000.

Team Heart Rock – Marie Anderson, Karen Fisher, Survivor Joe Anderson, and Joe Anderson the third

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Team Brylee’s Buddies

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Tori’s Team Pat Hauseman, Tori Hrupek and Teri Hrupek


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Volunteers at the event Skutt Armstrong, Paul Troupe and Wally Dance Team members with Tom, Rob, and Doug Troupe Bailey Lathrop, Kristi Leutzinger and Molly Ahrens


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Mary Murphy, Christina Ramon and Paige Dempsey

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Author and Keynote Speaker Kate White, Board of Trustee Nancy Rips and Carolyn Rooker


May 27th, Omaha Public Library’s Millard Branch hosted Kate White, editorin-chief of Cosmopolitan. The free event was sponsored by the Omaha Public Library Foundation and catered by Celestial Cuisine. The night began with a cocktail reception, followed by Ms. White’s talk on “The Four Secrets of Women Who Get What They Want.” Ms. White is not only the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, but she also oversees, Cosmo Radio and Cosmo Books.

Venche Kleven and Bente Kleven

Rose Fennessy and Teresa Shane

A total of 120 women and men attended the event. Attendees included Carolyn Rooker, CEO of the Omaha Public Library Foundation, and Nancy Rips, Vice President of Omaha Public Library Trustees. For more information on events at the library, contact your local branch, visit, or call (402) 444-4800.

Emily Kesten and Mike McIllece

COO Katie Kiper and CEO Carolyn Rooker of the Omaha Library Foundation

Lindsey and Mark Greenwell Photos by Dan Flanigan



omaha National Safety Council Awards and Sustenance

Margaret Boyce, Amanda Rasco and Nicole Krom

Kenny Walters, Nancy Kincanon, Joanne Rice and Mark Voss


May 20th, the National Safety Council Greater Omaha Chapter held the event “Awards and Sustenance” at the Qwest Center in the Peter Kiewit Ballroom. The event raised about $9,000. More than 950 people attended the luncheon which recognized 2010 Community Safety Champions, Safety Icons and 2010 Greater Omaha’s Safest Companies.

Kay Farrell, Marty Conboy and Alex Garcia

Ron Bucher, Tim Cavanaugh, Mike McGowan, Jack Frost and Ron Reisner

The mission of the National Safety Council Greater Omaha Chapter is to promote safety and health by providing programs, resource services and education to reduce both the personal and economic loss associated with injuries, accidents and health hazards in the Greater Omaha area. For more information, visit

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Mohamad Doghman and Sgt. Tony Gutierrez with Shari & Rob Reynolds

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Brian Erdman, Gina Doumis and Joan Boulay




Bill Auxier, Kyara Williams and Darryl Summers

omaha home for boys first annual golf classic

Matt Vandergriff and Brian Dervin with Board members Jim Gathmann and Jim Baxter


May 24th, Omaha Home for Boys hosted its first annual Golf Classic at the Shadow Ridge Country Club. $30,000 was raised, with all proceeds benefiting the Omaha Home for Boys Scholarship Endowment. The event featured 108 golfers in a four-person scramble format, with an after-golf steak dinner and awards ceremony.

Mike Pfantz, Terri Piccolo, Lee Vermeer and Dave Knutson

Honorary chairs at the event were Paul and Djel Brown, Rob and Marietta Luellen, Randy and Kim Brown, and Scott and Kerry Brown.

Jeff Carney and Larry Deaver

Premier event sponsors were American National Bank/Peoples National Bank, Markel Automotive Group, Quantum Real Estate, Scheels and Randy Brown Architects. Established in 1920, the Omaha Home for Boys has been “strengthening youth and families” for 90 years, meeting the needs of troubled youth in Nebraska and the surrounding states.

Isaac Rath and John Carlson with Diane and Ed Young

Deb Olson and Stephanye Foster

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May 26th, Happy Hollow Club hosted the People of Vision Award Dinner, honoring the late Carl Camras, M.D. The dinner benefited Prevent Blindness Nebraska.

Paul and Roseanne Jokela with Dr. John Gollan

Gretchen Vondrak, Dr. Mike Sorrell, Dr. Nick Vondrak, Shirley Sorrell and Marcia & Jim Jones

Honarary co-chair Stanley Truhlsen, Nancy camras and honorary co-chair Dorothy Truhlsen

One hundred and five guests attended the cocktail party and dinner event, which raised $28,500. Attendees included honorary chairmen Dr. Stanley and Dorothy Truhlsen, Dr. Jim and Nancy Armitage, Chancellor Harold M. and Beverly Maurer. The event co-chair couples were Jason and Dr. Courtney Hellman and Lance and Jeanie Jones. The award was presented to Dr. Camras’ widow, Nancy Camras. Prevent Blindness Nebraska’s mission is to prevent blindness and preserve sight so that all Nebraskans may enjoy a lifetime of healthy vision. They provide vision screening to preschool age children and adults with eye safety and education programs and training for health professionals. They also provide Vision Care Outreach, which helps people in need obtain free eye examinations and eye glasses.

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August 16 TEE OFF AGAINST CHILD ABUSE CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC A benefit for The Exchange Club of Omaha Enjoy a day out at the golf course while assisting in the fight against child abuse in our community. The golf tournament will be followed by a dinner and auctions. Field Club – Omaha – 11:30 A.M. Call 926-1199.

August 19-20 CRCC-BILL A benefit for Children’s Respite Care Center This year’s musical revue is titled, The World Goes Round: The Songs of Kander & Ebb, and promises an uninterrupted roller coaster ride from beginning to end. Scoular Ballroom – Omaha For information call 895-4000.

August 21-23 2010 MUSIC & MASTERPIECES A benefit for the Omaha Symphony This annual art show offers the opportunity to view and purchase original oil paintings and graphic artworks by many major international artists. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Omaha Symphony Educational programs for area youth. Designer’s Touch Studio – Omaha For more information call 330-0888.

August 23 2010 BOY SCOUTS GOLF INVITATIONAL A benefit for the Boy Scouts Mid-America Council Registration and driving range opens at eleven in the morning, with lunch at noon, golf at one-o’clock, and a cocktail reception immediately following. Omaha Country Club – Omaha Call 431-9272.

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POWER OF THE PURSE A benefit for Child Saving Institute At this annual scholarship luncheon, the Child Saving Institute Guild will present scholarships to two students who participate in CSI programs. Featured guest speaker is Joanna Krotz. Holiday Inn Central – Omaha – 11:00 A.M. For more information visit

METRO STARS DANCE FOR A CHANCE A benefit for Youth Emergency Services, Inc. Featuring dances from local celebrities paired with dance professionals. The audience and judges vote for the winning star. The proceeds will benefit at-risk youth. Omaha – 7:30 P.M. Visit

WINGS AND WHEELS A benefit for Ronald McDonald House of Omaha Guests will enjoy tasting stations for single malt scotch, tequila, vodka, beer and wine, as well as three international food stations. Positioned throughout the venue will be private airplanes and luxury cars for guests to view and tour. Elliott Aviation Hangar – Omaha – 6:00 P.M. Visit


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savethe date savethedate August 30 100 YARDS OF GLORY A benefit for The Durham Museum The Durham Museum’s On Track Guild hosts this special luncheon celebrating the museum’s upcoming fall exhibit, 100 Yards of Glory: Omaha’s Football History. The Durham Museum – Omaha Call 444-5071 x512.

September 2 EARTH AND WINE 2010 A benefit for the Omaha Zoo Foundation Join us for a food and wine tasting experience unlike any other as we celebrate the Zoo’s conservation initiatives. It will be an event you won’t want to miss featuring National Geographic photographer, conservationist and author, Joel Sartore. Henry Doorly Zoo – Omaha – 6:00 P.M. Visit

September 2 WOMAN OF THE YEAR GALA A benefit for the Arthritis Foundation For 37 years, the Arthritis Foundation of Nebraska has annually selected a woman to honor for her outstanding service and contributions to the community. This year, Carmen Gottschalk is being recognized for her compassion, hard work and tireless advocacy. EmbassySuitesDowntown–Omaha–6:30P.M. For more information call 330-6130.

September 9 BREW HAHA A benefit for Habit for Humanity of Omaha This outdoor event offers food and beer tasting from local breweries and restaurants. A silent auction will feature work from local artists. Lewis & Clark Landing – 5:00 P.M. Visit

September 10 BROADWAY BALL A benefit for THE PRESENTERS Support Omaha Performing Arts and celebrate the upcoming presentation of the new Mel Brooks musical, Young Frankenstein. Holland Performing Arts Center – Omaha Call 661-8454.

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BIG RED TAILGATE A benefit for Camp Fire USA of Omaha This casual Nebraska-football-themed party is a fun event to enjoy with friends while supporting the programs of Camp Fire USA. The evening includes cocktails, dinner, and silent and oral auctions. Holiday Inn Central – Omaha – 5:30 P.M. For more information visit

TOO MANY COOKS IN THE KITCHEN Hosted by the Omaha Restaurant Association Guests will enjoy a social hour with selection of restaurant and gourmet dinner. Executive chefs from local participating restaurants and caterers will all be under one roof. Proceeds from the event go to Feed the Hungry and ORA culinary scholarships. Embassy Suites – La Vista – 5:30 P.M. Call 493-4739.

2010 MARGRE DURHAM WALK FOR THE ANIMALS A benefit for the Nebraska Humane Society Lace up your sneakers and grab your leash and your best four-legged friend! Be a part of the most heart- warming events you’ll ever attend. All proceeds go toward saving the lives of homeless animals. Nebraska Humane Society Campus For more information visit

AK-SAR-BEN PURPLE RIBBON AUCTION A benefit for Ak-Sar-Ben 4-H Youth Join us for the Grand Finale of Ak-Sar-Ben’s River City Rodeo & Stock Show and the opportunity to help raise funds for our region’s 4-H youths. Enjoy cocktails followed by the Purple Ribbon Livestock auction and dinner. Casual or Western attire. Qwest Center – Omaha – 5:00 P.M. For more information visit

September 12 WALK FOR VODEC A benefit for ODEC Join us this third annual event, a fundraiser for the Vocational Development Center. The walk begins and ends at Ameristar Casino & Hotel and follows the scenic Iowa Riverfront Trail with breathtaking views of downtown Omaha and the Missouri River, including the new Pedestrian Bridge. Ameristar Casino – Council Bluffs – 9:00 A.M. For more information visit

September 16 ARCHBISHOP’S DINNER FOR EDUCATION A benefit for the Archdiocese of Omaha This annual event honors administrators and teachers for their outstanding commitment and service on behalf of the Archdiocese of Omaha. Embassy Suites – La Vista Call 827-3757.

September 17 AN EVENING AT THE FAIR A benefit for Quality Living, Inc. Enjoy everything from a cake walk to a mechanical bull ride and fun fair foods. Qwest Center – Omaha – 6:00 P.M. Call 573-3700.

September 18 HEARTS OF HOPE A benefit for Midwest Heart Connection This is MHC’s seventh annual Hearts of Hope, and as their only fundraising event, all proceeds go to improve awareness, detection and treatment of congenital heart disease. Holiday Inn Convention Center – Omaha – 5:00 P.M. For more information visit


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September 23 LIGHT THE NIGHT WALK A benefit for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Nebraska This annual fundraising walk is held each fall in communities throughout the United States and Canada to pay tribute to those touched by cancer and to raise awareness and funds to support research, education and patient services. Heartland of America Park – Omaha For more information call 344-2242.

September 24 “HALFWAY TO ST. PATRICK’S DAY” CELEBRATION! A benefit for Project Harmony This casual evening will start with Irish music by The Turfmen followed by dancing to Lemon Fresh Day. Traditional Irish food and brews will be serviced, with lots of door prizes, t-shirts, and raffle packages including trips to Las Vegas, Kansas City, and to Chicago for a Cubs game. Firefighters Union Hall – Omaha – 6:00 P.M. For more information visit

September 24-26 ANTIQUE AND GARDEN SHOW Hosted by Lauritzen Gardens The Lauritzen Gardens Antique and Garden Show offers 30 booths featuring some of the nation’s most highly respected dealers showcasing a spectrum of period furnishings, decorative pieces and fine art. Schedule of events also include a Patron Party, Luncheon featuring Barry Dixon, and Brunch featuring Alexa Hampton. Lauritzen Gardens – Omaha For more information visit



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new plans

Mighty Mouse used to sing: “Here I come to save the day...” And that’s what we should all be singing this August. The Cardinal Square of Pluto (transformation) to Uranus (explosive) and Saturn (responsibility) is making all uncomfortable with their status quo. This is an action oriented month, do not sit idly by and let your life stay in old, stuck patterns anymore. Mars and Venus are traveling pretty close together and that means romance for many and a highlight of relationships for all. While Uranus (inspiration) and Jupiter (expansion) continue to dance, there will be many breakthrough discoveries in personal and global venues. This month many of the Big Kahuna planets are in retrograde creating a need to vent power. This will get you just what you need to forge new plans and take action in surprising ways. There will still be much to contend with, and great friction that will force you to seek more fulfilling paths. A lot of doors slamming and a lot of doors opening, almost simultaneously! You can handle it if you stay in the moment and out of the past! Mercury goes retrograde on the 19th till September 13th, and even though this is such an action month, the brakes will screech at times so that you continue to clear and get rid of the deadfall!


Mar 21 - apr 19

Venus and Mars traveling together through your relationship house will ease many problems you have been having, although Saturn (stern foundations) is watching all of your relationships, just behave and you’ll do fine. The New Moon on the 19th in your house of fun will help you dream. The Full Moon on the 24th will bring up something from the past.


apr 20 - MaY 20

August is a strong month for you. Time for good times in and out of the workplace. By the months end look for the possibility of someone new entering your life. The Full Moon on the 24th will bring an emotional confrontation with a friend, someone may be deceiving you. The big Cardinal Square from Pluto to Uranus and Saturn is changing your mind and changing you in big ways.


MaY 21 - jun 20

The friction for you this month will be in your need to relax a little and enjoy as opposed to highlighting your career and then of course there is that great push to die to the old and be reborn to something new, you just aren’t sure what yet. I would definitely take a vacation. Even just going away overnight and playing somewhere, you need it for the coming energies of this fall.


jun 21 - jul 22

Things may calm down a little for you after June and July’s big eclipses. It’s a nice month to stay home and snuggle with loved ones. These Squares are hitting you in your subconscious, relationships & career and the changes have been a little intense. During the New Moon on the 9th dream about what you like to do that you haven’t made the time for, and by months end a nice surprise awaits you.

nov 22 - dec 21


jul 23 - auG 22

Be re-born this month. The New Moon in Leo on the 9th can bring you positive, long awaited changes in your physical body. The Cardinal Square is hitting you hard in the 3rd (ego), 6th (health/work) and 9th (philosophy/real estate) Houses. These areas are calling for complete transformation and it isn’t very comfortable. You’ll survive.



Dig deeper into the well of your special creativity and talents, Pluto is in there helping you. With the Square agitating your desire to break free and be your own special and unique being, you may feel a little edgy. Saturn demands that your friends be loyal and supportive or they need to go. dec 22 - jan 19

auG 23 - sep 22

Mercury retrograde hits you in your most intimate homeyour body/personality. Now is the time to take time for you. Lose or gain weight, what do you need? Have you been a little overboard lately? Calm it down. The Square is re-defining how you see your talents, how you have fun and relate to kids, and how it is time to die to the old you and be reborn into a much higher you. Your talents are begging for space in your life, get out the paints and brushes!


You are so intense now, and your relationships are all strong, cardinal energy for you. It is creating opportunity for you to be and have what you truly want. Or better yet, what God has in mind for you. All eyes are on you now and they are looking for a leader, can you step up to that plate? Look for some intense experiences on the 9th when the New Moon hits your house of death/rebirth. jan 20 - feb 18



sep 23 - ocT 22

Love is in the air for you. What do you really want to do with that? People will be very attracted to you all month thanks to Venus and Mars. Your big challenges are your relationship to your body, to others, and to your psychological make up. Internal and external “home” issues await your focus. The Mercury retrograde calls you to do some involved depth dwelling in seeing who you really are now that the past is over.

12th house (karma/undoing), 3rd House (communications) and 9th House (World travel/philosophy) are pulling you open to be a bigger and better human being. Let go of control and get into the new flow of things - stop swimming against the current. Relax during the mercury retrograde and unload any of the old patterns that don’t work for you anymore.



ocT 23 - nov 21

You may be deciding if some friends are going to stay in your life or if you need to branch out and find a few new ones that suit the new you better. The New Moon on the 9th lands in your career sector. If you want something new in that area you will have to plant a few seeds. Your work and health will be a little chaotic but great potential for healing old illnesses.

Sue Moon has been a student of astrology since 1972 and is an experienced journeyman and practitioner in a number of life enhancement disciplines. She is locally based at Morning Star Center, 7561 Main St. Ste. 420, Ralston, ne 68127 • 402.884.0621 •


feb 19 - Mar 20

Dear Pisces, the Full Moon will be conjunct Lilith on the 24th. This may be a little hard to control. Stay away from altered states unless through meditation. The Cardinal Square hits you hard in 3 money houses, get a budget going quick and ground that energy. The mercury retrograde will cause you to spend some time with your committed relationships and see if there is a better way to do it. Plan and re-think.

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