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SIZZLIN’ CELEBS als in the heartland

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DREAM JOB michaela cawley’s “kkini” success story



THIS IS CHAMPIONS champions run

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designer profile: jennifer pool






TODAYS SAVINGS with swartzbaugh-farber & associates, inc.


SCULPTING THE LANDSCAPE jack becker • joslyn art museum

LOOK WHO’S SHELTERING with the nebraska humane society


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JULY HOROSCOPES with sue moon

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Cover photography by ŠLaurie and Charles Model: Belinda Wright, Miss Nebraska USA Clothing: Michaela Cawley Hair & Make-up: Eric Burden, Dustin Hajek, Kelly Haley with Bungalow/eight Hairdressing

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So many great things in life come from daring to dream. Dreaming is so often the source of inspiration for us– the spark from which change emerges. Making a better world in reality begins with a dream of a better world. We at ALH Publications have the privilege of helping to celebrate those who dream, and then do– things which make a difference in our wonderful community. And sometimes, we get to do some dreaming (and doing) of our own. One of my dreams, “The BIG Event!”, has become a reality in recent years. I dreamed of a star-studded evening of celebration dedicated to honoring the fundraising efforts of the “dreamers and doers” that do so much to make this a better place for all who live here. I dreamed that dream for well over a decade, and four years ago that dream became reality. And now, it’s that time of year again! All eyes turn to the red carpet. Who are the nominees? What will the celebrities be wearing? What will be the biggest surprise during the evening? Who will be the guest emcee this year? Who will win? Once again metroMAGAZINE puts on our version of an “Academy Awards” styled annual awards celebration. A celebration dedicated to “dreamers and doers” and an evening that’s all about them! In this issue, we are pleased to announce the 2010 nominees chosen by our readers and guests as among the “best” charitable events held from June 2009 through May 2010. It’s been a very active fundraising year with so many successful events, many of which will be honored at the Fourth Annual presentation of The BIG Event. We once again opened up the nomination process to the public and had a record number of votes. Thousands of nominations came in and were eventually narrowed down to 55 charities “finalists” broken down into the top 5 among 11 different categories. You will find the top 5 finalists on page 33. This year all voting will take place on our website at Due in part to the destruction of our offices earlier this year in The Bagel Bin fire, we will be holding The BIG Event in late November or early December, not in September as in past years. Details, location and ticket information will be announced in the August issue of metroMAGAZINE. We are working again this year with one of my favorite event planners, Mike Klug, to make this an evening to remember!


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Speaking of “dreamers and doers,” we are once again proud to be the Media Sponsor for an extraordinary and important event. ALS in the Heartland is partnering with The Cox Classic and the numerous charities associated with this annual event to put on an exciting Celebrity Charity Auction unlike anything Omaha has seen before. You’ll find many of the details related to this “dream evening” beginning on page 9 of this edition of metroMAGAZINE. Additional details and important information about the schedule of events for the evening can be found on the inside cover of this issue. But the real smorgasbord of materials related to this event, including additional celeb bios, date packages, Q&A’s, videos, and more, can be found on our website at We hope you will join all of us for Sizzle Under the Stars on July 17th at Ironwood. It should prove to be one “hot” evening, promising to set off more than one brand of “fireworks.” See you there!

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ALS IN THE HEARTLAND has linked up with the COX Classic golf tournament to host “Sizzle Under the Stars,” Omaha’s only celebrity auction, on July 17th at Ironwood Golf Course. Local and nationally known singles including Fire Captain Darren Garrean have planned enticing date or couples packages, reflecting their hot personalities and interests. Garrean, who quipped about his participation, serves as vice president of The Omaha Professional Fire Fighters Association. He feels sure he can make pulses race and bidding soar when his package is sold by celebrity auctioneer Justin Trowbridge during the live auction. For those who agree that spending the night with hot bachelors, alluring beauties, and fun couples could make for a memorable evening, this event could hit the “hot button.” These “sizzlin’ celebs” are waiting for potential “buyers” to open their checkbooks, bid high and make this an evening to remember. Proceeds raised will financially support ALS in the Heartland. Event co-chairs Missy Zadina of ALS in the Heartland and Gina Matt with the COX Classic readily admit the main concern pondered by the A-list celebrities is the fear no one will start the bidding. Both believe that is an unlikely prospect indeed, given the celebrities involved and the date packages they have assembled to entice bidders. BELINDA WRIGHT continued

“it’s not every night that a miss nebraska usa and a captain and paramedic with the omaha fire department are placed on the auction block for an evening of fun.”

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PERSONALITIES Personalities on the evening’s bill include: Former Nebraska quarterback Joe Ganz; Fire Captain Darren Garrean; Nebraska native Elizabeth Kitt, who has appeared on reality TV; Miss Nebraska USA 2010 Belinda Wright, who secured a spot in the top fifteen in the pageant and earned the coveted Miss Congeniality title; Misty Janssen, MD, Family Practitioner with Alegent Health; and Ryan McPike, Chief Meteorologist for KMTV Action 3 News. For two friends or a high bidding couple, local radio personalities Big Party and Jeff Degan of Channel 94.1 will place their egos on the line at sale time.



A 3-WAY WIN Now celebrating the 15th year of financially supporting local charities, the COX Classic presented by Lexus of Omaha is thrilled with their new partnership with ALS, effectively creating a three way win for Omaha. To date, the weeklong golf tournament, operated and incorporated as a not-for-profit organization, has distributed over $1.6 million dollars to local charities. Thirteen local organizations will share in the year’s purse from the COX Classic, a premier stop in a nationwide series. Each year, some of the best golfers in the world compete to take their next step toward the PGA Tour. Funds raised by “Sizzle Under the Stars” will directly benefit those facing ALS, along with providing emotional support and educational resources for their loved ones. ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neuromuscular degenerative disease that attacks the voluntary muscle movements we take for granted. There is no known preventive measure or known cure, definitive medical test, or scientific explanation for this crippling disease. Co-chair Zadina knows first hand the devastating effects of ALS, yet also knows the amazing support and resources provided by ALS in the Heartland.

Zadina’s mother, Sandra Howard, was 67 years young when she was diagnosed with ALS at the Mayo Clinic in October 2005. She passed away four months later on January 9th, 2006. Her doctors believe she had been struggling with the disease for almost two years. Zadina fondly describes her mother as an inspiration and says, “My mother was very independent and full of life.” She is grateful that ALS in the Heartland was “an amazing resource”- providing support, in-home health care, and 100 percent of the costs of medical equipment needed to care for her mom.

COX CLASSIC CHIPS IN RESOURCES Organizers of the COX Classic golf tournament realized their roster of 1,000 volunteers could lend a hand toward creating a new charity event during their tournament’s kickoff party. Gina Matt, representing the not-for-profit organization who operates the COX Classic, approached Zadina to discuss the prospects of forming a partnership. 10

Soon after their initial discussions, the “Sizzle Under the Stars” co-chairs took action, setting their sights on generating six figures. Behind the scenes, the COX Classic had the vision of further positioning their message, which maintains that the primary purpose of the tournament is to support thirteen local charities. Over the past fifteen years, the COX Classic tournament has contributed $1.7 million dollars to the community.

SUMMER’S HOTTEST CHARITY EVENT Following the live auction, local band Secret Weapon will provide music for guests to dance to under the stars. Attendees will also have the chance to sample a signature “Sizzle” drink created for this event, or to participate in the hole-in-one contest. The fireworks show near the end of the evening will light up the night sky and the lucky high bidders will bring home the prize. Visit to purchase tickets for this year’s “Sizzlin’ Under the Stars” event.

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Sizzle Under the Stars is Omaha’s hottest new event of the summer. Fire up the weekend by getting a VIP ticket or table for this new kickoff to the Cox Classic tournament. The Cox Classic is teaming up with ALS in the Heartland to host this benefit featuring Omaha’s only celebrity charity auction. The sparks will fly on Saturday, July 17th at the Ironwood Golf Club beginning with VIP arrival at 5:30pm followed by general admission beginning at 6:30pm. The live bachelor & bachelorette auction follows at 8:00 pm. The auction is followed by a performance at 9:30pm by SECRET WEAPON, the winner of Omaha’s 2009 Entertainer of the Year Award. The evening ends with a fireworks show produced by Midwest Fireworks Wholesalers.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE EVENING • Making an offer in the silent auction • Bidding during the live bachelor &

bachelorette auction hosted by Carol Wang & Craig Nigreli from KMTV3

• Meeting Elizabeth Kitt, Reality TV personality

• Visiting with Miss Nebraska USA 2010, Belinda Wright

• Talking football with former NU Quarterback Joe Ganz

• Being entertained by more local and national celebrities

At the 18th hole, guests will have the opportunity to try for a holein-one to win a Lexus IS250 convertible from Lexus of Omaha. The shot that lands closest to the pin wins a set of golf clubs from Prairie Golf.

Ticket prices start at $40. Call 402.399.1800 or visit


PRESENTED BY LEXUS OF OMAHA The Cox Classic Presented by Lexus of Omaha is the premier event on the Nationwide Tour. Each year, some of the best golfers in the world compete to take that next step to the PGATOUR. Thousands of fans attend not only to see these great golfers, but to learn more about the thirteen charities supported by the event. To learn more about the Cox Classic and the charities it supports, visit continued


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CELEB BIO BELINDA WRIGHT On the evening of October 25th in Norfolk, Nebraska, an enthusiastic audience welcomed Belinda Wright as the new Miss Nebraska USA 2010. Belinda was raised in Scotia, Nebraska. The 22-year-old is a senior at the University of NebraskaLincoln majoring in Clothing and Textile Design and Mass Communications with an emphasis in Advertising. After graduation, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in communications and advertising, and then begin working in the entertainment/fashion industry. Belinda currently works at the university’s newspaper and also models. She also stays active by volunteering within the Nebraska community. In her free time, Belinda enjoys running, drawing, traveling, dancing, sewing, photography, camping, baking, as well as trying new foods. With the job of Miss Nebraska USA 2010, she has worked on her platform, which is focused on helping young people concentrate on the importance of education and believing in themselves. Miss Wright encourages all kids to be a STAR (stay in school, take chances even if you fail, ask questions, and reach for your degree). In addition, she wants to stress the importance of leading a healthy life style and being confident in who you are. She represented Nebraska at the 2010 Miss USA Pageant this May in Las Vegas and was the first Miss Nebraska USA to win the Miss Congeniality award and the first Miss Nebraska USA to place in the top 15 in 30 years.


CELEB BIO ELIZABETH KITT Elizabeth Kitt grew up in southwest Nebraska. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Since college, Elizabeth has been working as a sales representative and lives in Los Angeles. She has appeared on a couple of reality television shows and enjoys all southern California has to offer.

KITT FACTS: • Born and raised in Wauneta, NE on February 20, 1980 • Graduated from high school in Imperial, NE in May of 1998 • Attended college at the University of Nebraska at Kearney • Graduated in May of 2003 with a Bachelor of Science Organizational Communications • Worked in sales in Ohio and Missouri for different reputable companies for seven years. She currently works for Skyline Direct Fed, in Los Angeles • Elizabeth is a “reality TV”star

Ryan is the chief meteorologist at Action 3 News. He grew up just down I-29 in Kansas City, where the majority of his family is from and where much of his family still resides. It was at a young age when Ryan fell in love with weather. It all started with a fascination with winter storms and snow, followed by interest in the severe thunderstorms that frequent the Midwest and Central Plains during the spring and summer. While Ryan attended the University of Missouri, he held several television internships in both Kansas City and Columbia, Missouri. His most beneficial internship came under the schooling of Mr. Bryan Busby at KMBC, one of the most respected meteorologists in the business. It was there that Ryan got a real taste of the business and his career started to take off. Since graduating from MIZZOU in December of 1994, Ryan has worked in Topeka, KS, and Erie, PA. He came to Omaha in November of 1997 and was named chief meteorologist in February of 2002. Ryan has dealt with nearly every weather scenario imaginable, from the challenging Lake Effect Snow of Erie, PA to the tornadoes of the Central Plains. Ryan says some of the nicest weather in the country can be found here in Omaha during the months of the fall season, which is when he enjoys working out, playing sports, and watching football.




A “spa experience” at Kimberly Spa either before or after a trip to the James Arthur Vineyard and a golf outing at Tiburon Golf Course.

Date flies to Los Angeles, picks me up around 11:00am in a ferrari/flashy sports car, we go get massages and hit golf balls at the Aroma Spa and Sports:

The winning bidder for Ryan will be very busy! Ryan will take you to a Creighton Men’s Home Basketball Game where you’ll sit COURTSIDE…and have dinner downtown at Twisted Fork Bar & Grill before or after the game!

He takes me home around 5pm to get ready for our evening date that includes dinner and a private wine tasting from Kovacs Brothers Wine at Tavern - Brentwood - Los Angeles.

FOR MORE Plus, you will receive a behind-thescenes tour of Action 3 News, and SIZZLIN’ CELEBS you’ll also get to watch a live BIOS, DATE PKGS, newscast! After dinner, the date wraps around Q&A & MORE 11pm, and he takes me home. VISIT........................................................................................................................... 12

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CELEB BIO JOE GANZ Joe Ganz was born to Mike and Debbie Ganz on December 6th, 1985. He earned his degree in business administration. Ganz has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll six times. Ganz has volunteered his time with American Education Week, School is Cool Week and the Husker Pen Pal program. For his efforts in the community, Ganz was named to the 2008 Brook Berringer Citizenship Program.

CELEB BIO BIG PARTY & JEFF DEGAN Big Party & Jeff Degan co-host The Big Party Morning Show weekday mornings from 5-10am on Omaha’s #1 HIT Music Station – Channel 94.1! The show began over six years ago and eveyone is amazed they’ve lasted this long…especially their bosses! Party was born in Omaha, but spent seven years in Germany. When he returned, he began his career in radio while entertaining carnival workers. He pretends to be interested in sports, but really loves his cat, Rocky II. He dreams to one day own a hot dog stand called Big Party Doggs, where the Extra G is for Extra Goodness! Jeff is a “little less strange” and enjoys ice hockey, current events, and his family. Born in Omaha, Jeff attended Creighton University and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He started his radio career in Omaha but made stops in Kansas City, Oklahoma, and Lincoln before meeting Party and joining The Big Party Morning Show. While they can be a handful, both Party and Jeff are quite serious about the yearly Channel 94.1 December Diaper Drive – a fundraiser for The Lydia House, a division of the Open Door Mission. Since they started on Channel 94.1, they encourage listeners every December to drop off packages of diapers for the women and children of The Lydia House. So far, over one million diapers have been collected.


CELEB BIO MISTY JANSSEN Misty Janssen was born and raised in Fremont, Nebraska. She received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from WSC in Wayne, Nebraska. She then received her medical degree from UNMC and completed her family medicine residency and fellowship training there. Misty practiced in Fremont for several years and recently moved her practice to Omaha where she works for Alegent Health Clinic. Due to the high number of in-need patients she sees daily, Misty has been getting her feet wet in the area of volunteering with charitable organizations. She loves to promote healthful lifestyles, and therefore claims she holds herself to high standards when it comes to the mind, the body, and the spirit.

HOLDS 23 NEBRASKA SCHOOL RECORDS • NU Single-Game Record Holder for Passing Yards (510) • Total Offense (528) and Passing TDs (7) • Nebraska Season Record Holder for Passing Yards • Pass Completions and Total Offense • Second at Nebraska in Career Passing Yards and Touchdown Passes • 2008 First-Team Academic All-Big 12 • Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week (2007 vs. Kansas State; 2008 vs. Kansas State) • 2008 Tom Novak Trophy Winner • 2008 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch List • Four-Time Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Academic Honor Roll (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008) • Three-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll (2005, 2007, 2008) • 2008 Brook Berringer Citizenship Team • 2004 Nebraska Offensive Scout Team MVP




Get the Rock Star Treatment with Big Party & Jeff Degan!

The couple will be transported from Omaha to Slattery Vintage Estates via towncar, courtesy of Accent Limousine Service. From there, they will embark on an hour-long hot air balloon flight, courtesy of Dreamtime Balloon Adventures.

A tour of the NU athletic facilities, one ticket and one sideline pass to an early game and a signed football by Bo Pelini and Tom Osborne.

On Thursday, September 2nd, the auction winner and a guest will get to join Big Party & Jeff Degan for dinner at 360 Steakhouse inside Harrah’s Casino & Hotel. Then, everyone will head down to their VIP Seats to watch Train perform at Stir Concert Cove – and you’ll get to meet Train as well!

Then, off to a five-course gourmet dinner at Slattery Vintage Estates. Then, the towncar will transport the couple back to Omaha.


omaha native, michaela cawley’s line of

swimwear, called kkini…

was inspired by her world travels. Before graduating from Santa Clara in 2006, Cawley decided to study abroad in South Africa. She spent 2004–2005 there and has since gone down every January for a month. That initial, year-long journey in South Africa took her through Durban, Johannesburg, up the west coast of South Africa, Mozambique, Victoria Falls in Zambia, and Krueger National Park for safari. It was in Cape Town where Cawley felt most at home… a very stylish city where many young designers are working to make their mark.

Cawley soon recognized that Cape Town weather made it possible to wear one outfit the entire day and the concept of KKINI (bathing suits stylish enough to wear all day) was formed. “I lived around the mountain from the beach, so I would go early in the morning to get parking, grab a coffee in my bikini with cute cover– up, sit at the beach in my swimsuit, meet my friends at a restaurant for lunch in a deck suit top and skirt dressy enough for an outdoor cafe, head back to the beach in bikini, then go for sundowners at a bar and out for the evening; wearing swimwear all day and a chic enough cover–up that can transition from day to night.”

an early start

Michaela has been designing since she was little. Growing up she would sketch out designs for Halloween costumes and her grandmother would help her sew them. She always had original costumes. When she was in high school she would create shirts inspired by designs she saw in Vogue. Cawley insists one doesn’t need money to have style. “I think that as long as you think outside of the box, and you know what works for your body type you will have it. You can’t buy style,” she says.


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on this month’s cover… Miss Nebraska USA, Belinda Wright, models a Cawley outfit pulled by a stylist who was organizing the Miss America photo shoot. The suit was at SHE•LA, the Omaha boutique where she did her first trunk show. Cawley felt empowered as a woman and a budding designer from Nebraska when her KKini was chosen. Cawley says of Wright, “she’s someone who represents power for women, intelligence, beauty inside and out and integrity in my home state.” Those qualities remain important to her and she tries to keep them in mind when designing. She adds that the, “history of the bathing suit for women has evolved over the years, from covering up to stripping down, especially for pageant girls.” She feels honored to have successfully combined past tradition and modern style in the piece designed for Miss Nebraska USA.

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successful people take risks When asked how she wishes to serve as an example for other women, Cawley responds, “I did something really risky, all on my own, with my own money that I saved.” She listened to her heart and followed where it led her– even when others put her ideas down. “I think it’s really important to always focus on how you want a situation to turn out. If you really believe, you will find a way to make it happen. I want to be a selfmade woman that doesn’t let it go to my head.”

inspiration comes in many forms Cawley’s designs were inspired by Harry Houdini’s optical illusions. Houdini had tricks that made the eyes and the brain communicate at different times which created an effect. Cawley has used that same principle in her swimsuit designs. She uses ruching to make a stomach look smaller when she designs a bikini. She makes bust lines look larger with underwire and she has even designed straps that can change positions to make tan lines disappear. She enjoys using such inspiration in a modern way. Cawley encourages emerging designers to avoid the illusion that fashion design is an easy job filled with simply sketching and finding a seamstress.

“It’s hard work and sometimes you’ll feel like throwing in the towel because someone criticized a look with no thought about hurting your feelings.” But she quickly adds, “There is someone else out there that may love that same look– and that’s what fashion is all about– perception!”

what next?

remembered as some, “‘floozy,’ but instead as someone who has a bigger picture in [mind] to make a difference.” While dedicated to doing something to help mankind, Michaela feels blessed to be able to do so while also “pursuing a passion for design and beach culture.”

a life with a purpose

Cawley would like to keep on adding designs to her swimsuit lines, particularly adding more one-piece suits. Further down the road she would like to design sunglasses and sandals too. She hopes to make swimsuits forever and use a percentage of the profits to help save kids in townships in South Africa while also spending a portion of her profits on research for alternative energy sources.

Michaela adds that her life purpose is to try to make people smile, no matter what walk of life. She has traveled often and lived in foreign locations for long periods of time, and this has proven to be a great journey of discovery for her. She says she is most content when listening to others and finding some commonality while breaking bread or sharing a laugh together.

make a wish

Cawley likes knowing that the women that wear her suits will be having fun and living in the moment. Cawley says, “It gives me pleasure that my product will aid in some type of interaction in sunshine where the intention of the person wearing the suit is to smile.”

Cawley recently traveled to a temple in Japan that boasted a rock that fulfills wishes. She journeyed downstairs in pitch black and found her way to a big rock that was lit by one shining light coming from the outside. Legend suggests that if you place your hands on the rock, and make a wish, it will come true. Michaela says, “I wished for happiness for friends and family, strength, and to make a difference somehow in the world that will mark my place here on earth in a positive light.” She doesn’t want to be





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falling in love with summer, but dreading what to wear to pool parties? while SPF 30+++, lip sunscreen, your shades, and a towel make your pool party list, a few other fun items could too. summer offers a time to play a bit with your personal style– so have fun, experiment, and enjoy a more laid back look.

poolside fashion tips

let’s take the term weekend to a whole new level– relaxed chic, destination appropriate, and effortlessly pulled together. below are a few favorite looks of the season and inspiring ideas for putting them all together. suit yourself. whether surfer girl (california or hawaii inspired), bohemian chic, or you’d like to turn up the heat miami style, having a few suits to ‘pull’ from always lends a hand with pool party attire– and creates a foundation to build around. create your very own swim shop with 3 staples– ultra sun (and most revealing– usually a barely there bikini), a detailed ‘family appropriate’ 1 piece with on trend details (sharp jewel tone, ruffles, muted metallic metals for example), and a suit that lands somewhere in between– super trendy, and fun to pull out for the ultimate party.

if the “suit” fits… a few things to keep in mind when shopping for trendy suits– try on various types and don’t get hung up on the size– go right for what fits your body best. through trial and error you will find the perfect suit to add to your collection. look for detailed 1 pieces, electric animal prints, sporty silhouettes, punchy patterns, and ocean wave colors. most stores have a mix and match section– allowing you to choose the best silhouettes for you and providing an opportunity to pair different colors and patterns together– try stripes on the top, and a pattern on the bottom and vice versa. this will give you versatility– and provide longevity for the season and for all those up and coming parties. the cover up. the cover up is your ultimate accessory– it serves you functionally but also provides opportunity to reflect style. you can’t go wrong with bandeau, tunic, smocked terry, or hoody cover up details– in brights or neutral textured tones. gravitate toward jewel toned cover ups with fun colorful suits. basic suit colors (black, white, navy, and brown) require a more neutral hue, and don’t be afraid of texture.

“p is for poolside.” be prepped and prepared* *what to wear poolside this summer. flip flop. dressed up or down, flips flops, sandals, and slides are always pool appropriate and serve as a cool must have for a hot summer. this summer, make a statement with embellished ankle straps, muted metallics, classic neutrals, and a splash of turquoise. put it all together with a lightweight bag– the bigger the better– and you are set to soak up the sun and make a poolside impression.

fashion alert! try a shirtdress as an unexpected and fun cover up for a less casual pool party (the ones where you never actually get in the pool). a shirtdress offers a flexible yet crisp appeal. m


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you can’t wear white before may 1 or after labor day. patent leather shoes in the winter is a no-go, just as suede shoes in the summer is equally errant. your belt, purse and shoes should always be the same color.

these fashion maxims

that once governed our mothers have fallen to the way side like ‘70s bell bottoms and ‘80s oversized shoulder pads. Fashion is less about adhering to rules and more about feeling and looking good in your clothes. Jennifer Pool couldn’t be happier about this. What excites her the most about fashion is all the options it affords. “I think right now there really aren’t any ‘rules’ that have to be followed. That sense of freedom is really exciting,” the designer shares. Pool will be participating in Omaha Fashion Week this September 13-18. She currently works with many local theatres as a costume designer. She graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a degree in theatre. She then attended the University of Georgia in Athens where she earned a Masters in Fine Arts in Theatrical Design. After a stint with the Indiana Repertory Theatre in Indianapolis, Pool returned to her native Omaha area and found work with Omaha Theatre Ballet. She continues to be active in the local theatre community, primarily designing for Bluebarn Theatre productions and as a designer, director and performer with Bluebarn’s Witching Hour.

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Theatre is her “first love.” Says Pool: “I love the collaborative nature of theatre and really being able to tell the story with my designs.” Costume design and fashion design dovetail nicely for Pool. “I got interested in fashion design as a way of elaborating and expanding on some…silhouettes that I used in my costume design work,” she explains. She would tinker with how a costume could be tweaked to work in the real world. Fashion design also afforded her the opportunity to revisit costume designs she had developed for productions but was unable to use because they didn’t work for an actor’s body or weren’t compatible with the set. Though Pool says her interest in design was solidified in college, the first sparks were ignited in childhood. “I’ve always sewn; my mom taught me when I was eight,” she states. Her love of history, which greatly influences her designs, was also sown in childhood: “When I was growing up, we would go on these epic vacations where we would visit every old house converted into a museum. I loved it. I love all the old architecture and furniture, and if I was really lucky, they would have clothing on display.” The past has always beckoned to Pool, feeding her imagination and influencing her designs. Currently, she looks to the late 18th century-1770 to 1800- for inspiration, though she admits to a wider span of “everything from the 50s on back to the beginning.” “I am playing with the line of the pierrot jacket as well as the 18th century trend toward a softer, simplified silhouette,” Pool says of her line to be featured this fall during Omaha Fashion Week. She will also present soft, pale colors emboldened by bright accents. Knits, silks, and woven suede will feature prominently, as will dyed and painted fabrics. “I have a slight obsession with seaming,” the designer admits. “It’s not unusual for me to make a garment that has upwards of 25 to 30 pieces in it.” The outlandish, well-crafted work of John Galliano strikes a cord in Pool. She also looks up to Bob Mackie whose work in the television special “Alice through the Looking Glass” was the first example of costume design of which she was aware. Pool knows the power costuming has on a production. It was often written during “Sex in the City’s” long run that the clothing was the show’s fifth character. Pool will keep on enriching local theatre with her costume design- good news for theatre patrons. That she also is turning her needle and thread to fashion design is good for the general population. metroMagazine • The Spirit of Omaha

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Hiking through 1,200 miles in the Alaskan wilderness, sporting a Ph.D. in Art History, and later earning an MBA, are among the facets carved into the life experiences of the new “sculptor” of one of Omaha’s most cherished arts institutions.

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bravo! IN APRIL, DR. JACK BECKER ARRIVED AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF JOSLYN ART MUSEUM. Raised in Minnesota with a keen appreciation for the Midwest, Becker earned his MBA from the University of Michigan, one of the top five U.S. business schools. There are “only a handful” of museum executives in the United States who have earned this degree, says Becker. Securing this credential “is one of the best” professional experiences for Becker to date, due to his “acquisition of a set of tools” which he feels serve him well, rarely developed from within most artistic academic backgrounds.

“Omaha is a very generOus, prOsperOus cOmmunity which believes in the treasures Of the city,

Explaining his overall role using broad-brush strokes, Becker says: “My role is multi-faceted, serving as the external face. I see my role as building relationships with key constituents; donors, members, arts and academic institutions, staff, board and community leadership.”

and hOlds a strOng traditiOn fOr the arts.”

Tongue-in-cheek, Becker admits that part of the listening and learning process of running a museum the caliber of Joslyn is to “observe and obsess,” suggesting a creative perspective and vibrant personality. His artistic sensibilities lie at the heart and foundation of the very realistic financial and challenging business decisions that face a museum executive. He relishes key responsibilities of setting the strategy and serving as principal fundraiser in the quest to secure short and long term resources for the future. “My efforts will position, maintain, enhance and expand the role of Joslyn as a premier arts institution and regional art museum.” As president and CEO of Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art in Nashville, Tennessee, Becker secured an important exhibition which featured rare Faberge decorative eggs. Significant donor development achievements were also critical elements of his success at his most recent career post. In the formative first years of his career, he found his professional niche by focusing his vision on museum leadership roles. For over two decades, Becker has blended his personal interests within a strategic, and perhaps at times, serendipitous career path. 20

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head and shOulders abOve Jim Young, Chairman of Joslyn’s Board of Directors and Chairman and CEO of Union Pacific Railroad, understands the challenges and opportunities top leadership positions require. Young says that Becker’s attainment of an MBA shows “initiative on his way to assume greater responsibilities” while praising his straightforward and impressive communication skills.

artistic and persOnal interests Worldwide traveling rates high on Becker’s list of favorite leisure time pursuits, which enhance a sincere and ever-deepening appreciation for his Midwestern roots. He and his partner Lester Katz, an interior designer, frequently entertain at their home, sharing good food and wine with their guests. Prior to coming to Omaha, they enjoyed a three-week tour of Europe. Naturally, visiting museums in the cities they toured was part and parcel of their agenda. His personal interests include exercising and hiking while admiring the natural artistic highlights compliments of Mother Nature. From an early age, Becker could be found playing in parks. Good naturedly, he admits to running in museums during field trips as a five year old boy. Creative focal points include photography, three-dimensional objects and the decorative arts. He has a keen appreciation for antique furniture and early twentieth century silver. His artistic ear extends to his enjoyment of the Opera and the Symphony. Personal experiences while living, visiting and working in cosmopolitan locales such as Washington D.C. and New York make an early assessment of his new-found city significant. “Omaha is a very generous, prosperous community which believes in the treasures of the city, and has a strong tradition for the arts.”

the Jewel KnOwn as JOslyn Well known within the museum community for its collections and in Omaha’s physical landscape for its Art Deco stylings, the institution’s website states: “Nebraska’s largest and most distinguished art museum, Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha has served as the premier center for visual art since opening in 1931. Joslyn’s collection features work from antiquity to the present, with an emphasis on 19th- and 20th-century European and American art.” Characteristic of his aggressive and friendly nature, Becker invites everyone to “come visit Joslyn.”

During the national search process, Young and his committee encountered candidates with great artistic and educational credentials. Becker stood out to Young by demonstrating his understanding that leading a not-for-profit is in fact running a business.

Describing his character, Young says Becker “knows and has a passion for the arts” while demonstrating the ability to generate revenue and cost control budgeting of an institution. Paramount to his selection were skills revolving around leadership, vision and the ability to motivate staff and constituents.

Sitting across the interview table, he liked the fact that Becker is “aggressive in terms of donor fundraising and ensuring that programs are in place” and “he’s straightforward when you ask him a question. He is very articulate and good with people.”

“my effOrts will pOsitiOn, maintain, enhance and expand the rOle Of

JOslyn as a premier arts institutiOn and regiOnal art museum.”

KVNO’s award-winning Classical Kids program is made possible with support from the Soener Foundation in honor of Mary Soener. Each month, KVNO honors the gift of the arts in our youth by recognizing an outstanding student musician, or “Classical Kid.” A panel of local music educators and KVNO staff members choose a youth whose musical efforts exemplify the value and richness of the arts in a young person’s life.


Nine-year-old Caine Olson is July and August’s Classical Kid. A student at Adams Elementary School in Lincoln, he plays the piano, violin, chimes and he sings and dances as well. Caine loves performing in the Nutcracker Ballet at the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln. “I had so much fun being on stage, acting and dancing with the orchestra,” he says. Caine’s other interests include Taekwondo, Cub Scouts and baseball. He prefers the faster music that is played on KVNO.


Kristen Sumrell is KVNO’s Classical Kid for September. A 13-year-old, she plays the piano and oboe and is a singer who attends Trinity Christian School. Kristen recalls singing on the stage at the Orpheum Theater next to Talise Trevigne and Maureen McKay during Opera Omaha’s production of La Boheme. “I was overwhelmed by the beauty of their voices.” She also loves ballet because of the graceful movements and the opportunity to dance to classical music. Kristen loves listening to KVNO’s Otis Twelve in the morning “because he’s very funny and plays great music”. She enjoys listening to KVNO while doing her afternoon homework because it is very relaxing.

Classical Kids is sponsored by the Soener Foundation in honor of Mary Belle Soener. For more information, contact Anne Hellbusch at 559-5866, or by email at, or visit

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Broadway’s wildly popular history making comedy, Defending The Caveman,comes to Omaha to get couples laughing and make peace between the sexes. The longest running solo play in Broadway history comes to the Omaha Community Playhouse for four weeks, July 7 to August 1, 2010. This summer, Omaha area couples are sure to be roaring with laughter and sharing knowing glances while asking, “Could comedy give couples therapy a run for its money?” With hilarious insights on contemporary feminism, masculine sensitivity and the erogenous zone, Defending the Caveman mines the common themes in relationships that go straight through the funny bone and into the heart. Defending the Caveman makes us laugh at ourselves, about all the ways that men and woman fight, laugh and love. Defending the Caveman is a hilariously insightful play about the ways men and women relate. This prehistoric look at the battle of the sexes is full of wonderful scenarios that celebrate the differences between men and women, making it a perfect entertainment option for couples, or girls’ night out. The show has also been seen and recommended by thousands of marriage and family therapists and counselors, for its humorous look at the inherent differences between the sexes. Defending The Caveman is written by Rob Becker and produced by Theater Mogul, a global theatrical production company with shows in more than 45 countries and in 30 different languages. Theater Mogul offices are in New York City, Berlin, Reykjavik and Zurich.

Tickets may be purchased at the Playhouse Box Office, by calling (402) 553-0800, or online at The Omaha Community Playhouse is supported in part by the Nebraska Arts Council and the Douglas County Board of Commissioners. Established in 1924, the Omaha Community Playhouse is the largest community theatre in the United States based on memberships sold and facility size. The organization is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.



the soul’s journey • with dixie clark



What does freedom mean to you? For some it may mean freedom of speech or religion. For others it might mean a day without responsibilities, or getting out of debt. There’s another kind of freedom, one that no one can get for us, or that does not come from the outside. And, that’s the freedom that lies in our inner experience.

It’s helpful to come to an awareness of who is making the rules for you now. Who decides what you’re allowed to do? Who decides how you take care of yourself? Who creates the reality of your life? Are you living free or living in oppression?

We are living free when we:

Living free in this context means being free to be who we are; to feel our feelings, follow our dreams, step forward into our destiny; to live from a place of authenticity, giving ourselves permission to go through life in our own way, honoring our uniqueness.

• Give ourselves permission to be who we are

• Live fully present in each moment • Love and accept all parts of ourselves

We all know that there are places in the world where freedom for certain things are taken away or not allowed. The kind of freedom we’re talking about here cannot be taken from us. However, we often choose to give it away. We often oppress our own spirit and keep ourselves bound in ways that limit our Soul’s expression.

• Bring innocence and curiosity to our lives • Ask questions that bring a greater awareness, such as, “What else is possible for me here? What do I want instead? What decision is for my highest good?”

We give away our freedom when we:

• Are able to let go of all that no longer serves us • Look at life through the eyes of our Soul and see that everything is perfect

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Live by other people’s opinions rather than our own Live in resentment of past hurts Go on autopilot Blame others for situations in our life Are controlled by addictions of any kind Believe that we alone know the truth or the right way Allow others to tell us what’s right Believe we are responsible for others’ happiness Say “yes” because we don’t believe we have the right to say “no” Continue to look at our lives through the same old lens, believing there’s nothing more • Are controlled by our fears • Deny our own Divinity

Ask yourself, “What does living free mean to me? How am I bringing that into my life? What stops me?” I’ve included one of my favorite poems.

Our Deepest Fear

Do any of those sound familiar? Most of us visit some or all of these places often. When we were growing up, we learned the rules from our parents, teachers, the church, and others in authority. Sometimes it was in a loving way, other times, not so much. But we often accepted what we were told because we didn’t know any better. We had no frame of reference for what worked for us and what didn’t. At that point, we may have followed the rules in order to get along, be accepted, or not be different. As we got older, the rules started to change a little bit, and the parameters of our world began to expand. Many of us now often cross the street alone and even speak to strangers. However, we still may be holding on to old rules and conditioning that makes our world a smaller place than what it actually is, and makes our view of ourselves very limiting. There is a part of our unconscious that holds on to these patterns and beliefs and creates a life around them. Essentially, setting boundaries around what we allow ourselves to do. If we begin to grow and expand and want to move beyond these boundaries, we often experience fear as we start to even consider moving outside of our “life fence.” As a result, we may decide it’s not safe to go there, or “not possible for me”, and stay inside. The gate is unlocked, but we’re not allowing ourselves to open it. We’re not living free because we’ve trapped ourselves in old rules and conditioning that may not even apply to us now.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually who are we not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. ~ Marianne Williamson

Let’s all let our Light shine today.

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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SUMMER IS A FABULOUS TIME TO CONSIDER ADDING WALKING TO YOUR LIST OF ACTIVITIES. BUILD IN WALKING WHEREVER YOU CAN. AFTER THE LONG COLD WINTER, WE EXPERIENCED THIS PAST YEAR, I HAVE DEVELOPED A RENEWED LOVE FOR BEING OUTSIDE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. There was a time that I considered walking far too slow and somewhat boring. I wanted to run or spin or do high intensity cardio. While I still do high intensity cardio work-outs, I have added walking to my exercise routine, especially in the summer. Through walking, I have improved my overall wellness and have built relationships.

“Walking takes longer... than any other known form of locomotion except crawling. Thus it stretches time and prolongs life. Life is already too short to waste on speed.” ~Edward Abbey, “Walking”

Walking has pulled ahead of higher intensity workouts as the way to health Recent studies have shown that moderate walking has more overall positive health outcomes than hard core sports. A variety of studies have shown that walking reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers (There are a wide variety of studies; the ones referred to herein were published by University of Massachusetts and University of Michigan).

by mary e. vandenack

Walk for Causes

When I was still able to run, I ran the Komen Race for The Cure of Breast Cancer every year. The very first year that I ran in that race, I didn’t know anyone who had breast cancer. The next year, I had one name on my back. The next year, I had three. Many years later, it is a long list that includes both those that are survivors and some who are not.

Personally, I do a better job of meditating while walking. There are all kinds of options. I choose my location based on my mood. It might be a walk around Zorinsky Lake where I focus on simply noticing. I might choose a very busy public place and practice the concept of seeing the essence of the people at the event (as distinguished from their external appearances). Sometimes I drive out of town and just find some place I have never explored. Occasionally, I walk through a cemetery. While some see that as morbid, for me, being reminded of the ultimate conclusion to life reminds me to cherish my day.

The Race for the Cure, and many other such events, have walks as well as runs. There is one for almost every cause. The energy and enthusiasm at such events is contagious and the funds raised help many. Consider picking one event and making it an annual tradition with family and friends. One of my friends suggested starting such a tradition many years ago. We got several families, and all of our kids, to participate.

Plan Your Walks Set aside some time for your walks. Set a schedule that you will keep.

I recently googled “walking events omaha nebraska” and found numerous sources identifying walks in the Omaha area. I also found a guide to Omaha’s fabulous trail system.

Dress and Equip yourself for Success Be sure to have good gear for whatever type of walk you choose. Select shoes that are lightweight, flexible and the right size. Choose clothes that are appropriate for the weather conditions. If walking at night, wear a reflective safety vest. Consider a hat as a necessity. Consider a pedometer. Always carry a water bottle. m

Walk as a Meditation Often, when people think of meditation, they think of sitting on a cushion in total silence. To some, that is a turn-off. In yoga, we teach that there are many ways to meditate. Walking is one of them.

Walk for weight loss Walking burns calories at about 100 calories per mile for a 180 pound person. You can actually burn more calories at slower speeds. If you are starting and stopping, you don’t have momentum and use more energy. At higher speeds, you use more muscle groups.

Walk for friendship One of my life’s best friendships developed during a time when my friend and I went to the same church, served on the same committee and saw each other regularly at the activities of our children. When our lives changed, we rarely saw each other. I gave some thought to how I could re-connect with my friend. We live fairly close to each other. I started calling her to go for walks during the summer. Those walks have kept us connected. Another option for walking is to join a hiking club. Several of my friends belong to a hiking club. Check out or simply google “Omaha, Nebraska hiking clubs” for a variety of options.

“If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.”

I have recently returned to the golf course. I golf primarily with friends who prefer to walk the course. We get a great walk, time with friends, and a game of golf to boot.

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types of Advance Directives in Nebraska. There is a Declaration (commonly referred to as a Living Will) and a Health Care Power of Attorney. Different states have different options regarding health care directives.

Choose an agent that you trust to follow your wishes. Share your feelings with your agent before they will be called upon to act. You can choose co-agents.

Health care power of attorney

A Declaration is the document that most people know as the “living will.” The living will comes into by mary e. vandenack effect when you are terminally ill or in a persistent vegetative state and unable to make your own decisions concerning life sustaining treatments. The attending physician has notified a member of your family or guardian of your diagnosis. You may specify whether you desire to receive life sustaining treatments, whether you desire artificial nutrition or hydration, and whether you want total relief from pain regardless of whether it shortens your life. Regardless of what the Declaration states, the attending physician has a duty to continue providing treatment for your comfort and alleviation of pain.

When you execute a Health Care Power of Attorney, you name someone else (your “Agent”) to make health care decisions on your behalf when you are “incapable” of making your own health care decisions. The Health Care Power of Attorney does not require that you be terminally ill or in a persistent vegetative state for your agent to be able to act for you. You are considered “incapable” of making health care decisions when you cannot understand and appreciate the nature and consequences of health care decisions or cannot communicate in any way an informed health care decision. A health care decision is defined to include consent, refusal of consent, or withdrawal of consent to health care. Health care means any treatment, procedure or intervention to diagnose, cure, care for, or treat the effect of disease, injury and degenerative condition. Health care decision does not include the withdrawal or withholding of the usual provision of nutrition and hydration or the withdrawal or withholding of life sustaining procedures unless you specifically authorize or direct your agent to make such decisions. The person you designate as your Agent has a duty to act consistently with your stated desires. If your wishes on an issue are not stated, your Agent has a duty to act in a manner consistent with your best interests. You can include as many directions as you desire in a health care power of attorney.

Declaration (The Nebraska Living Will)

Consideration A Health Care Power of Attorney names an Agent to make decisions for you. A Declaration does not. The “right to die” provisions of a Declaration can be incorporated into your health care power of attorney. By doing so, you can ensure that your end of life decisions can have effect even if your agent is unavailable.

Consider end of life decisions while well It is best to give thought to health care decisions while you are well. Communicate your thoughts on health care to your family and friends.

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seem like forever, but it was only a few years ago when credit was easy to obtain. Today, it seems like loans aren’t a ‘for sure’ deal even with great earnings, solid assets, and/or perfect credit scores.

with kirk swartzbaugh If you are a business owner or partner, there are certain events that could trigger the need for liquidity – assets that can easily be converted into cash. Typically, liquidity is needed upon the death of an owner of a business. Maybe your business succession plan includes the buyout of your owner(s) or partners but you don’t have the necessary cash and you suddenly find out that you can no longer get that much-needed loan. Liquidity may also be needed if you lose a key employee, such as a top sales person or key manager, who are by far some of the hardest employees to replace. In fact, a large share of many companies’ revenue is heavily dependent on the performance of just a few of its workers. If I told you that there were ideal products that provided you with the exact liquidity that you think you will need precisely when you need it, would you want to hear more about it? Here’s where ‘life insurance’ comes into play. In the event of the untimely death of an owner or key employee, a life insurance policy would provide the instant liquidity that is required to keep a business going. And the proceeds of a life insurance policy are not taxable income to the beneficiary depending on agreements in place. The business needs to have a Buy/Sell Agreement in place with life insurance as the funding for that agreement. To structure the purchase of corporate life insurance properly there needs to be care given to a number of factors, including: • Is the corporation a C Corp, S Corp or LLC? • What is the tax situation of the corporation? • Does the corporation retain sizeable earnings? The legal side of the Buy/Sell also needs to be considered. Ideally, the way to do this is to have a joint discussion with your attorney, accountant and life insurance practitioner to make sure the plan is coordinated. These plans should be reviewed every 3-4 years because business conditions change and often times these agreements become outdated. There are many different ways to design the plans, including: • Cross-purchase design. Each owner or partner owns a policy on the remaining owner(s) or partners. • Stock redemption design. The company owns the policy on the owner(s) or partners. • Non-owner key person design. To protect the company against the loss of a key employee, as a rule, the company is the owner and beneficiary of the policy. The life insurance transaction should be thought of as a sinking fund. As the policies’ cash value grows, the insurance element becomes less. At some point, the cash value equals the death benefit; and could be used to fund buy outs. However, if the insured experiences premature death, the sinking fund selfcompletes and the money is there to fund buy outs. In light of this new age of obtaining credit, I know of no other mechanism that can protect a company and its’ ownership as well as life insurance can. Securities and Investment Advisory Services offered through M Holding Securities, Inc., a Registered Broker/Dealer and Investment Advisor, member FINRA/SIPC. Swartzbaugh-Farber & Associates, Inc. is independently owned and operated.

Look Who’s Sheltering Shelter Pets! Fido Frustrating? Our state of the art training center is up and running with training classes for dogs (and owners!) of all ages and abilities. Give your adult dog a “manners” brush-up, or start your new puppy off on the right paw! We even have trainers that come to you, so you can learn in the comfort of your own home. Try our easy online sign up at Just click the icon that says Take a class. Or, call 444-7800 ext 702 for information.

Cat Expo “It’s all about Meow” July 10 NHS Campus 10am-2pm

Mary Kay and Allen Greenberg with Duncan

Want to see cat agility or learn how to train your cat? Interested in behavior tips, cat products, or what toy your cat will most enjoy? Come to Cat Expo at NHS. We’ll have veterinary sessions, information on socializing, litterbox issues and scratching along with vendors, behaviorists and even the cat psychic. We’ll cover cats from whiskers to tail. If you’re a cat lover you won’t want to miss the fun!

Mary Kay and Allen Greenberg Duncan Greenberg is living proof that second chances pay off. This Maltese-Bichon mix has his owners wrapped around his fluffy white paw. “Allen is just crazy for Duncan,” says Mary Kay, “and of course Duncan returns the love.” Duncan helped fill a void after the loss of Mary Kay and Allen’s 17 year old Bichon, Bailey. When Mary Kay saw the 5-year old at NHS she knew they could provide the perfect home. Duncan owns the house, the yard and might be the only Maltese in Omaha who will fetch. He also knows how to “sit” and “down” and is racking up frequent flyer miles as he travels to Arizona with Mary Kay. “He is perfect with us,” says Mary Kay, “although he’s pretty selective with tolerating other dogs.” That’s ok with Allen who claims, “he makes up for it in cuteness.” gives you all the info!

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boundaries have expanded by leaps and bounds in the last thirty years, and it is an established fact that most of this growth has been westward. In the 80s, “West Omaha” was synonymous with the Westroads Mall, the drive-in at 114th and Dodge Streets, and the Burger King at 120th and Center. Boys Town was a remote location in the country. Oak View was a mere gleam in some developer’s eye. West of 132nd Street was nothing but farm fields. Flash forward to present day. West Omaha is 190th, not 90th Street. The crop land surrounding Omaha’s then western borders has been turned over to make way for home development, shopping centers, movie theaters, restaurants, and health and fitness facilities. As the city’s population migrated west, businesses followed. Bob Horgan and his partner Jack Maenner were on the cusp of this westward expansion. They developed Eagle Run Golf Course, which opened in August 1990. But even as they were launching one of Omaha’s newest courses, they noted that something was still missing. “We saw a need for a new country club serving northwest Omaha. The Maple Street corridor was being built, and there was a tremendous amount of growth at 132nd and Maple,” recalls Horgan. As soon as they were able to acquire a large tract of land, the two partners began turning 300 acres of field into what Horgan describes as “a championship quality, stadium design golf course - which would eventually become Champions Run.” Golf course architect Jeffrey Brauer designed Champions Run’s 18-hole golf course to national acclaim. Today, the country club has 400 golf members, and more than 200 young golfers participate in its junior golf program. Last year, Champions Run’s member/guest tournament had 46 players on the wait list; this year the number was 42. “Champions Run has hosted the Nationwide Tour event, the Cox Classic Tournament, for fifteen years, which is a great sporting event for Omaha,” says Horgan. Other area country clubs also recognize the importance of this event as well. In the spirit of sportsmanship and for the love of the game, they accommodate Champions Run members during tournament week, allowing them access to their courses. It is a gesture for which Horgan is grateful. Horgan says the largest, primary problem facing American country clubs is the aging of its members. Given Champions Run’s

younger demographic, it is more resistant to membership problems that can plague and often close the doors of - other country clubs in America. Eighty percent of Champion Run’s members live within a three-mile radius of the club, the majority of who are young professionals whose average age is 48 years old. Stacy Craft has served on the Board of Directors for two years; for this final year in her three-year term, she will serve as president. She attributes part of the club’s enduring success to its younger demographic. “It is essential to have an active membership to keep a club viable,” she states. “Luckily, we have not had to work extra hard in cultivating memberships, except by setting a good example and by word of mouth.” Certainly, much of its success is a direct result of its willingness to keep pace with the times. This is exemplified in its female president. Says Craft: “Having a female [as president] is a testament of our staying current in the ever changing world, both socially and economically, and at the forefront of clubs today.” Of the nine board members, two, including Craft, are women. Another trend country clubs are seeing is a shift from formal, adults-only environments to more easy-going, family-centered ones. Champions Run offers casual elegance that is family-oriented and child friendly. Horgan describes the atmosphere as “very relaxed and casual; we have stayed away from the traditional country club environment.” The club has 300 social members who enjoy the junior Olympic-size swimming pool, five har-tru lighted tennis courts with two more in the planning stages, a fitness center, and dining and banquet rooms for 800 people. Both Craft and Horgan believe that keeping the membership active through special programming on top of club services and amenities is vital. Festivities at the pool and clubhouse mark the summer holidays: Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day. The festivities include games, pony rides, and other family-oriented activities. The club also hosts one of the largest fireworks displays in the city on Independence Day. Family time is important, but so is adult time for busy moms and dads. To this end, Champions Run hosts two annual parties for its adult members. Summer Shin-Dig had around 400 members attend this year, and more than 800 revelers welcomed in 30

the new year at the club’s New Years Eve Bash, one of “the largest among clubs in Omaha,” says Craft. “Recent economic times have hurt clubs and golf courses around the country,” says Craft. But Champions Run is poised to not simply weather the economic storm but thrive in spite of it. Its approach is multi-pronged: it offers an impeccably maintained golf course, pool, and tennis complex; it hosts diverse, year-round social programming; it caters to families. At only eighteen years old, it is the new kid on the country club block. But as this kid continues to mature, it will surely take its place among Omaha’s country club veterans. m

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Jo Collins and Kathy Lowry

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inaugural Joslyn Castle Classic weekend drew more than 1,250 people to Joslyn’s 5.5 acre estate June 18th-20th to view vintage cars, classic fashions, and experience old-fashion fun all while raising an estimated $65,000 for the preservation and restoration of Joslyn Castle and its grounds. The weekend began Friday, June 18th with a Classic Fashion Show and Luncheon. As 1920s-Great-Gatsby themed music played in the background, mothers and one grandmother, all with ties to Joslyn Castle, modeled classic fashions from’s while their children and grandchildren showed off summer outfits from Pish Posh.

Ginny Graboski, Monika Kiep

David Scott, Andy Hoig, Rick Carey

Ruth Keene, Sandy Lundholm

Ebba Johnson, David Levy, Nano Little

The 150 guests then got a first-look at Lafayette 148’s fall collection described as “Italian high renaissance meets 1970s chic for a playfully sophisticated and modern look.” Modeling the fashions were: My Boes, Angie Hartz, Andrea Hoig, Marilyn Howe, Julie Kenney, Patty Kunsemiller, Sandy Lemke, Angenette Meany, Diane Nelson, Kelly Thedinger, and Chris Turner.

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On the evening of Friday, June 18th, Classic Weekend sponsors and participating car owners enjoyed a cocktail party at the home of Al, Delores, and Mark Maser. The Maser’s home, the former Brandeis Mansion at 38th Street & Dewey Avenue, was the 2009 Designer Showhouse. For many, this was the first opportunity to see the home with the Maser’s decorative touches.

Tom Miller

Pam and Rich Molden 1914 Hupmobile

On Saturday, June 19th, a 1920s inspired Jazz & Gin Gala was held. The evening started with Charleston lessons, followed by drinks and hors d’oeuvres under the tent. The 100 guests, many in classic 1920s fashions, then entered the Castle for a gourmet dinner prepared by John Benker. After dinner, guests re-entered the tent for desserts and dancing under the stars to Sing Sing Swing Orchestra. Susan McMannama chaired the event the entire weekend. Delores and Al Maser served as honorary chairs. On Sunday, June 20th, more than 1000 people were rewarded for braving the stormy weather with views of 62 vintage cars and motorcycles displayed throughout Joslyn Castle’s grounds. Attendees voted a yellow and black 1920 Stutz Bearcat, owned by John Rehberg of Springfield, Nebraska, as their favorite car and 1934 HarleyDavidson motorcycle with a sidecar, owned by Jerry Vincentini as their favorite motorcycle. Hagerty Insurance also sponsored a kids judging. They picked a 1954 Chevrolet Corvette owned by Val Chickinelli as their winner. The weekend was made possible by major support from Mercedes-Benz of Omaha, Valmont, the Maser Foundation and Libby Lauritzen and Ann Pape. A collection of twelve Mercedes-Benz cars were on display throughout the weekend for the public to view and enjoy. For more information about the Joslyn Castle Trust visit

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Monday, June 14th, the 8th Annual Hope Center for Kids Golf Classic was held at Champions Run. One hundred seventy five people attended the event and helped raise more than $50,000 for summer education and camp programs for the youth at the Hope Center.

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The mission of the Hope Center for Kids is to to break the cycle of hopelessness for Omaha’s inner-city youth through faith, education, employment, and collaboration.

Larry Welch, Brad McClatchey, Ryan Scott, and John Maaske

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Recia Lord, Sabrina Wright, and Pam Nogel

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Brent OMara, Jay Pohlad, Chad Kelsay, and Trey Mytty Joe Goeden, Mike Mays, Mike Goeden, and Steve Peterson

Greg Crawford, Patty Wrich, Chuck Woodside, and Joel Ringenberg


Connie Larson, Janet Zehnacker, Nancy Meinders, Lori Lubben, Michaela Konen, and Patt Giese

Lacy LeRette and Michelle Collier

Guild President Leah Parodi and Sue Kennedy

Executive Director Ty and Terri Schenzel

Event Chairs Nina Roumpf, Tammy Evans

Former Huskers Jason Peter, Matt Hoskinson, and Joel Makovicka

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Saturday, May 22nd, the Omaha Adventure Family Event was held at Village Pointe Shopping Center. The event featured booths with family friendly activities, hosted by participating partners.

Jasmyn LeFlore, Cathy Keller, and Deborah Ward The Trujillo Family with Omaha Zoo Marketing Specialist Ashley Berndt

During the event, families received Omaha Adventure Coupon Books - a value pack with more than $50 worth of discounts to top Omaha attractions. The free event attracted more than 5,000 people and ended with a live performance from The Personics. Participating partners include The Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, The Durham Museum, Omaha Children’s Museum, Lauritzen Gardens, Joslyn Art Museum, Village Pointe, The Amazing Pizza Machine, and First National Bank. These organizations collaborated to create the Omaha Adventure campaign to promote Omaha regionally and locally as a visitor destination.

Face Painting Joslyn Art Teacher Deb Groesser

Cheryl Glasford, Anna Berlett, Clifford The Big Red Dog, and Sara Sherman

Tiffany Armstrong, Pamela Johnson, and Andre Garivay Photos by Dan Flanigan

For more information about the Omaha Convention and Visitors’ Bureau visit

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Ree Kaneko, Eve & Fred Simon and Jun Kaneko

Matthew Lott, Christa Hillmer and Lauren Bartels

Mary Jo Slosburg Ward, Stanley Slosburg, Martha & David Slosburg and Father John Schlegel

Dennis & Patti Jo Weiss with Paulette & Al Thomsen

joslyn art museum Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism


Friday, June 4th, Joslyn Art Museum Association (JAMA) held an event celebrating the exhibition Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism. The event hosted 335 attendees and raised $115,000 for educational programs at the Joslyn Art Museum. The exhibition contains forty paintings from mid-to-late 19th century French and American artists such as Jules Breton, Gustave Courbet, William Glackens, Frederick Childe Hassam, Claude Monet, Camille Jacob Pissarro, and John Singer Sargent. The viewing was followed by a “French garden” dinner in the museum’s ConAgra Foods Atrium. Entertainment was provided by The Moving Company, a group of dancers who wore period attire and imitated the paintings on display. Chris R. Link, M.D. played the piano. The exhibition is from the Brooklyn Museum and will be on display through September 12th. For more information about the Joslyn Art Museum Association call 402-661-3821.

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Senator Ben & Diane Nelson with Dennis Pate




Co-Chair Katie Sanwick, Heather Andersen,and Co-Chair Brooke Keele

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Saturday, April 10th at the Hot Shops Art Center, Prevent Blindness held its new fundraiser Sensory Sensations. The event had 150 attendees who were provided a variety of activities to stimulate their senses.

Sharon and James Barnes

Tara Miller and Gayle Birt with artist Caroline Schmitz Photos by Dan Flanigan

Flemings staff Chef Seth Jones, Jared Moss, Bridget Greer, P.J. Butler, and Ibrahim Oyeossi

Della Naughton, Abby Jackson, Mindy and Wesley Dickinson, and Jared Long

Guests dined on food and wine from Flemings Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, pizza from GoodNights Pizza, and dessert from Sodexo at The Nebraska Medical Center. Starbucks provided coffee for Dessert in the Dark. Hot Shops artist Tim Barry provided thrown pots and clay for guests to play with and Caroline Schmitz had supplies for guests to make Mandela’s. Live music was provided by the local band Smitten. Sensory glasses provided guests the opportunity to view their surroundings similar to those with visual impairments such as glaucoma and cataracts. The event was co-chaired by Katie Sanwick and Brook Keele, and raised $10,000 for the programs and activities of Prevent Blindness Nebraska. For more information about Prevent Blindness visit .

2 time survivor Vira Brooks and Kelan Ellis

Supanie Nimchanya, Jadae Moore, Adult Spirit of Survivorship Award winner Jan Moore and Rev. Joyce Miller

3 year survivor Roz Howdle and Danyelle Hegarty with Patti & Tom Cross


Diane Fisher, Teen Spirit of Survivorship Award winner Gabe Fisher and Grant Fisher


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Sunday, June 6th, the 23rd annual National Cancer Survivors Day was held at Cancer Survivors Park on 106th and Pacific Streets. This event benefits cancer survivors and their families. Pleasure Your Palate Catering provided the barbecue for over five hundred guests, and there were tents and booths set up with face painting, massages, cancer education and more. Mallory Maddox of WOWT emceed the event, and the event planning was chaired by Lora Haroldson. Ruth Wassinger, who is a cancer survivor, a marathon runner and a book writer, spoke at the event. Three cancer survivors were honored with Cancer Survivorship Awards, as well: Joey Glow, a child; Gabriel Fisher, a teenager; and Jan Moore, an adult. For more information about the American Cancer Society visit

Adam, Colin, Rick, Jack, Child Spirit of Survivorship Award winner Joey and Kathy Glow

Will James, 20 year survivor Joanne Street and John Street an Flanigan Photos by D

5 year survivor Rose Webb and Lylan Webb

Event Committee Jo Torrey, and Gladys Pierce

Elizabeth Draper, Ilga Rauchut, and Becky Shipman

Pat Helmke, Veronica Hefflinger, Pat Maple, Donna White, Clara Beatty, Erica Faris,and Mona Stroh

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University of nebraska at omaha lifelong learning initiative

Women of Wisdom Honorees Carol Boye, Marilyn Kirkwood, Beth Draper, and Louisa Brokering


Thursday, April 15th, University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) Lifelong Learning Initiative (LLI) celebrated the winners of the 6th annual Women of Wisdom Awards. The keynote speaker was bestselling author of A Thousand Acres, Moo, and Horse Heaven, Jane Smiley. “The mission of the award is to recognize the important and often unrecognized contributions that senior women make each day,” said Patricia Adams, director of UNO’s LLI.

Ann McGill and Mary Maxwell

Carol Russell, Beth Draper, and Mike Kelly

UNO student volunteers Tadd Wood, Matt Nelson, Nathan Kirkland, and Amy Wieczorek

The “Celebrate: Women of Wisdom and Lifelong Learning” Award Luncheon was held at the Holiday Inn Central. The event drew over 270 registrants - both corporate and private sectors came to honor the recipients. For more information about next year nominations, call (402) 554-4897.

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Friday, April 9th, hundreds of people gathered at the Hilton Omaha to support the American Diabetes Association at the Comedy for a Cure Gala.

Volunteers Kathryn Schmid, Rachel Bachmeier, Julie Tran,Alex Finstad, Anna Heberle, Erin Gehl and Jessica Peed

The evening began with a silent auction followed by dinner, a live auction and an ending performance by comedian Tommy Drake. The special guest speaker was Mack Greder, III, who has lived with diabetes his entire life. Corporate recruitment chairs for the event were Courtney and Jeson Hellman. Dr. Kevin P. Corley, MD, was honored for his career in diabetes care.

Staff Amy Kruse, Jamie Gibson, Executive Director Shawn Murphy, and Kortney Hamm

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Gala Honoree Kevin Corley with Peg & Mike Struebing

Monica Alm, Shawn Murphy and Shelly French

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kent bellows studio and joslyn art museum concert and conversation with peter buffett

Jim Chapman with Kristyn Chapman


Christian Zepeda with Bill Richards, Jett Ray, and Scott Thompson

Is What You Make It: A Concert & Conversation with Peter Buffett was a discussion about following passion over conventions and the actions and attitudes that will add up to a welllived life. Emmy Award-winning musician and philanthropist Peter Buffett combined his music with an authentic message in the form of a multi-media presentation. He explained the reasoning behind his father’s decision not to give his children a financial head start in life and how important it is for each person to define his or her own path, regardless of wealth or background. Attendees at the event were treated to a rare viewing of Kent Bellows artwork. Local collectors Ross and Kathleen Bellinghiere loaned eleven works to be shown at the museum over the course of the weekend. Attendees included Phyllis Bellows, Deb Wesselman, Jim and Robin Griess, and Cathy Vinton (all members of Kent Bellow’s family). For more information visit or

Tim Smith and Julie Duren-Smith

Mary Grabow with Kim Wyllie, Pat Drickey, Claudia Martin, and Karen Drickey

Rita Seiler with Wally Seiler, Steve Johnson, and Nancy Johnson Photos by Cindy Grady

Peter Buffett

Rich Orzesiak, Lisa Appleby, Stacy Hermanson, and Sam Caniglia

Traci Collier, Dave Petersen, and Sarah Campbell

summerride camp quality heartland dillon brother’s poker run


Camp Quality Heartland Fundraising Coordinators Ruth Caddy Vyhlidal and Dave Vyhlidal

Kim and Lianne Stevens

Gregg Fusselman, Doug Fusselman, and Pam Fusselman


May 15th Poker Run sponsored by Dillon Brothers Harley-Davidson and Dillon Brothers MotorSports of Omaha raised $6,000. Funds raised go towards Camp Quality Heartland, a non-profit volunteer organization that provides free summer camping experiences and other year-round programs for children with cancer and their siblings, ages three to eighteen. For more information about the organization, go to

Jim Jorgensen, Jason Shreck, John Jasinshi, Mike Vogt, Gary Charter, and Jack Boysen

Chris Cercena, Laura Sanjurjo, and Ken and Sandy Jenkins

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Rick Cunningham and Mayor Jim Suttle Gerald Reimer, Ken Cook, and Scott Semrad

Melanie Lotspeich, Amy Haase, and Jamie Grayson-Borglund

Jamie Grayson-Berglund, Jim Champion, OJ Spooner, Stephanie Ahlschwede, Gerald Reimer, Scott Semrad, Chris Kilroy, Amy Haase, and Melanie Lotspeich

Thursday, May 13th, Destination Midtown, the Midtown Business Association and the Midtown Neighborhood Alliance sponsored the Best of Midtown, an event to celebrate successes from 2009 and learn about opportunities and upcoming projects. The event was attended by 350 people and featured booths and displays from a variety of Midtown businesses and organizations. Jamie Grayson-Berglund, director of community development of the Greater Omaha Chapter, Melanie Lotspeich, communications and events coordinator for Destination Midtown, and the Best of Midtown Planning Group attended the event. For more information about Destination Midtown visit


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Thursday, May 6th, Amy Schmid, chairman of the Women’s Ball Committee, announced the theme for the Ak-Sar-Ben Coronation and Scholarship Ball, “Any Dream Will Do.” During the presentation, members were given their first look at the production and set design, gowns, and table designs. The 2010 Court of Honor was also announced. Coronation and Scholarship Ball Committee (WBC) Advisor, Mary Johnson, served as hostess with assistance from Kyle Robino, production chairman; Kelley Stuckey, princess chairman; Heather Russell, Heartland princess chairman; Patti Pryor, Court of Honor chairman; and Marietta Luellen, Royal Court Supper chairman. The 2010 Court of Honor Recipients are Jack D. Mills, Public Service; Dr. Maryanne Stevens, RSM, Education; Ward Chambers, M.D., Professions; and Alexander Payne, Arts. The 114th Ak-Sar-Ben Coronation and Scholarship Ball is scheduled for Saturday, October 9th and will be held at the Qwest Center Omaha. The public is welcome and tickets are available by calling the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Foundation Office at 554-9600 ext. 106.

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President Beth Greiner, Executive Vice President Matt Gunderson, and Mary Johnson

Susan and Bill Cutler with Amy and Jeff Schmid

Kelley Stuckey, Heather Russell, and Dr. Viv Ewing Michele Strom and Sarah Hollins Erin Hartwell, Nicole Eilers, and Beth Greiner

Mary de Souza and Jill Bydalek

Heidi Schneiderman, Kyle Robino, and Kathy Neary



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Commissioner Mary Ann Borgeson and Associate VP of Early Childhood Policy

Senior VP of Programs Cindy Ryman Yost and First Lady Sally Ganem


Thursday, April 22nd, the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation held its second annual UpPour. Unlike a downpour, UpPour lifts up and acknowledges those who shower their resources upon children and families. Held at KANEKO in the Old Market, the event recognized Omaha philanthropist and businessman Dick Holland, 2010 Grace Abbott Award honoree. Highlighting the event was a tribute to Holland, a retired advertising executive. He and his late wife, Mary, have dedicated much of their lives to the well being of children. “For Dick Holland, life is not a spectator sport. The challenges our community faces, especially those faced by local children, he views as opportunities… he has never been discouraged by the size of the task, but has been motivated by the possibilities. He does not sit back and wait for others to find a solution to a problem. Instead, he rolls up his sleeves and makes a difference,” said Mike Fahey, UpPour Honorary Chairman.

Mary Ann Holland and friends Photos by Lionel Tay

Mike Fahey, Mary Jo Pankoke, Eric Buchanan, Mary Colacurci, Sally Ganem, Dick Holland, and MaryAnn Holland

Associate VP of Development Meg Johnson and Former Mayor Mike Fahey

Associate VP of School-Community Partnership Jeff Cole, Jessie Rasmussen, Senior VP of Early Childhood Policy Becky Veak, Mike Burke, and Ed Buglewiz

Rosey Higgs, Steve, Associate VP of Parent Engagement LaRon Henderson and Linda

1992 AALA Honoree Katherine Fletcher (middle) and guests Robyn, Amy, and Tanya

Event Chairman Jeanne Salerno, with Guild President Anne Carter and Honorary Event Chair Michelle Grewcock

Cindy Leiferman with Shelley Siemers


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Lauritzen gardens guild spring luncheon


Sandy Price, Ann Newton, and Wanda Utecht

Richard David and Anne Carter with Event Chair Jeanne Salerno and Mark Held

Wednesday, April 21st, Celebrity Style took place at Lauritzen Gardens. Around 275 guests attended at the event that included exclusive shopping in the gift shop, a raffle, and a live auction of Mark Held’s floral arrangements. A Celebrity Style trip to Los Angeles was auctioned in the live auction which included the opportunity to accompany Mark Held and assist with preparations for one of his celebrity events. The event concluded with a book signing by Held. Event chairman was Jeanne Salerno and honorary chairman was Michelle Grewcock. For more information visit Photos by C indy Grady


Wanda Petricek and Sue Eckley

Linda Dreessen with Carla Imray and Margie Trembley

Pat Wagner with Djel Brown

Margie Garcia and Maria Fernandez


Auxiliary President Karen Spaustat and Board Members Linda Johnson and Sandy Price

Lisa Braun, Laurette Hess, Kathy Gross, and Vernie Jones

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Tuesday, April 20th, The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary held its 9th annual Tasting Buffet and Silent Auction titled “The Salvation Army Around the World.” Approximately 150 people attended and more than $25,000 was raised to support local Salvation Army programs. Auxiliary Board of Directors members Nancy Wolf, Susy Westlund and Kathy Gross served as co-chairs for the event.

Board members Polly Goecke, Wanda Utecht, Nancy Hanson and Marie Simmons

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midlands community foundation 29th annual golf tournament


Monday, May 24th, Midlands Community Foundation hosted its 29th annual golf tournament at Tara Hills Golf Course. Over $34,000 was raised at this year’s tournament, which will endow a new field of interest fund called the Children in Crisis Fund.

Excel Physical Therapy Paula and Neal Wachholtz with Kris (golf chair) and Tim Johnk

This fund will address a range of issues affecting children in Sarpy and Cass counties, including but not limited to basic food, shelter, child abuse, and educational and artistic enrichment opportunities.

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Sarpy County Commissioner Tom Richards, Jim Smith, Senator Tim Gay, and Phil Knicky

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Open Door Mission Board Members Kelly Loneman, Phil Belin, Barney Olson, and Bill Speight

Jim Riecker and Candace Gregory,

rebuildlinglives Lydia house ribbon cutting ceremony


Thursday, May 20th, Open Door Mission introduced the new Lydia House, Phase 1 of the Rebuilding Lives Campaign.

The ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by Governor Dave Heineman, Mayor Jim Suttle, State Senator Heath Mello, and Councilman Grey. The new Lydia House Building is located at 2809 N. 20th St. East in Omaha. The Open Door Mission is a Gospel Rescue Mission providing basic needs and lifechanging programs for the homeless and needy, whose vision is to provide long-term solutions and programs that break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. For more information about the Open Door Mission visit 50

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dedi c ated tothe omaha performing arts Grand Opening of the Marilyn and Robert Cassling and Michael Cassling Educational Center

Megan and Kaila Cassling take a bow after their dance to Billy Porter’s (center) song, “Time”

Mike Cassling, Pennie Cassling, John Gottschalk, Joan Squires and Bob Cassling


Friday, April 23rd, Omaha Performing Arts dedicated the Marilyn and Robert Cassling and Michael Cassling Education Center. The 6,000-square-foot building will be used for classes, workshops, seminar, dance classes, musical rehearsals, coaching and many other educational and community outreach programs.

Bob Cassling

Cassling family members, friends, civic leaders and Omaha Performing Arts officials

Cassling family members, friends, civic leaders, and Omaha Performing Arts officials celebrated the opening. A dance was performed by Megan and Kaila Cassling, daughters of Michael Cassling, as a surprise gift. For more information, visit

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Mike Cassling with his daughters Megan and Kaila


generous giving united way of the midlands volunteer luncheon

Making it Happen Award recipients Members of the “Giving It Back” group with Douglas County Board Chair Mary Ann Borgeson

Spirit of Volunteerism awarded to Mutual of Omaha, represented by Bill Davis with Mayor Jim Suttle


this year’s United Way Volunteer Recognition Luncheon, held at the Double Tree Hotel, more than two dozen people received special honors for their volunteer work. Honorees include individual people as well as businesses and organizations. Approximately 400 people attended the luncheon and awards program. Brian Mastre of WOWT was master of ceremonies and Tom Johnson, manager for Nebraska Lottery, was the award presenter. The Rev. Dr. Selwyn Bachus of Salem Baptist Church delivered the invocation.

Leota G. Norton Award-winner Beccy Thompson with United Way Board Chair and Qwest-Nebraska President, Rex Fisher

Medical Reserve Corps’ Linda Horning Award – Ken Hermsen with last year’s winner Sandra Vyhlidal

Nominations for next year’s awards will be accepted beginning in late January 2011. Interested organizations can call 402-522-7931 for more information.

Volunteen of the Year Charles “CJ” Vickers with Nebraska First Lady Sally Ganem

Volunteer of the Year Thomas McCrudden with last year’s winner Connie Rose

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familysupport Omaha symphony debutante brunch


Jane Pohlman with Meredith Miller and mother, Jane 2010 Debutantes

Taylor Siemers with mother, Shelley Siemers

2010 Omaha Symphony Debutantes and Stage were introduced at a spring brunch on Saturday, April 24th. Forty-nine young women and 39 young men were introduced. The brunch was held at Happy Hollow Club. Now in its’ 45th year, the Ball participants are selected in recognition of their family’s support of the Omaha Symphony and their community service in the Omaha and Council Bluffs area. Ann Marie Abboud is the 2010 Ball Chairman. Associate Chairman is Karen German. Brunch Chairmen were Amy Knuth and Stacey Falk.

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Alex, Ben & Nick Braun & Erica, Katie & Molly McGillick

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Family and friends of John Clark walked in his memory A group photo of lymphoma survivors

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Lymphoma research foundation lymphomathon 5k walk


Walk organizers, Dana Hendee and Bettina Frappier, with WOWT sports anchor, Dave Webber

Missy Givens of Fremont with the physician who helped her beat lymphoma, Julie Vose, M.D.

April 24th, 2010 at Mahoney State Park the Lymphoma Research Foundation held its first Lymphomathon 5k walk which raised more than $85,000 and had more than 600 participants from Nebraska and surrounding states. The funds will benefit Nebraskans through free patient services and research grants. For more information visit

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creighton university alumni recognition awards


Creighton University alumni, who have distinguished themselves in their professional and personal lives, were recognized Thursday, April 8th, during an Evening of Honors Alumni Awards Ceremony.

Joyce Bunger, Pat Jung, Diane Dougherty Crowley and Connie Jung

This year’s awardees were Thomas W. Garner of Houston, Lt. Col. Alan G. Glodowski of Naperville, Ill., Judge Douglas F. Johnson of Omaha, Col. Leland L. Jurgensmeier of Lakewood, Wash., and David W. McLaughlin of New York City. Creighton University enrolls more than 4,000 under-graduate and 2,900 professional school and graduate students. The University offers a rigorous academic agenda with a broad range of disciplines.

Judge Douglas Johnson with family members Anne, Mary, and Kate Johnson

Photos courtesy of Creighton University

Photo courtesy of March of Dimes



The Rev. John P. Schlegel, Creighton University president; Gail Jensen, Creighton dean of Graduate Studies; Grace Creveling; and Lt. Col. Alan Giodowski

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March of dimes march for babies


Dr. Rosanna Morris of the Nebraska Medical Center

April 25th, over 4,000 people attended the March for Babies walk to benefit the March of Dimes. The walk raised over $350,000 to help babies be born healthy with $90,000 raised directly from families related to their mission. All money will go to programs including education for women, NICU Family Support at Bergan Mercy Medical Center and the Nebraska Medical Center. For more information, visit or

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Pam Wiese, Gordon Krentz

Glen Larsen and Greg Burke with China


Greg & Cherie Bartlett with Cricket

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nebraska humane society plants for pooches

Kate, Anne and Meghan Suelter


April 30th and May 1st, the Nebraska Humane Society held Plants for Pooches, the annual sale of spring plants to benefit all the pets being sheltered.

The highlight of the event was the amazing weather as well as the beer garden held on Friday, sponsored by Empyrean Brewing Co. and Barry Schmeichel.

Phyllis Blease, and Judy Hickey

The Mission of the Nebraska Humane Society is to protect, save and enrich the lives of animals in the communities they serve.

Joe Contrears, Debora McCarty, Darrell King, Charla Reed

For more information visit

Charlie Yin, Owner Milton Yin, and Eric Knaus

Supporter of Project Harmony Joy Watanabe, Development Specialist Amy Chisholm, Boardmember Lisa Mellen, and Staff Ann Biere

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hiro 88 grand opening and charity event

Arnie Weitz and Development Director of Project Harmony Anne Weitz


Joy Watanabe and Gordon Watanabe

On Thursday April 22nd, Hiro 88 opened its doors in the Old Market to over 150 guests of Project Harmony and United Cerebral Palsy. Each guest paid $115 to attend the Grand opening party in the J Lofts building. Sushi and cocktails were offered throughout the evening. Doug McKenzie from New York City provided entertainment and magic tricks. The guests enjoyed Imperial modern dĂŠcor, origami lights, and a life-sized Buddha. $10,000 was raised and shared between the two beneficiaries. Chairmen for the event were Milton and Norma Yin, Charles Yin and Erik Knauss.

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Owners of Hiro 88 Norma and Milton Yin



Omaha food bank loft 610 vip lounge reception


Kirstin Kluver, Anthony Mazzara and Julia Drazic

Grant Runyn, Taylor Ira, Becca Martinez and Lowell Ferguson

Wednesday, May 19th, Loft 610 held a VIP reception benefitting Omaha Food Bank. The event raised nearly $1000.

The new upscale restaurant and lounge Loft 610, located at Midtown Crossing, served custom cocktails featuring Bacardi Brands and Redbull, created by restaurant manager and mixologist Mark Gonnerman. Appetizers were provided by Loft 610’s Ben Ackland, executive chef. The night also included music provided by DJ Brent Crampton.

Lauren Jeffrey, Marco Garcia, Alyssa Denne and Adam Velasquez

Julian Young, Tierre Green, Justin Young, Teddy Young and Nancy Ouanemalay

Among attendees were Robb Nansel of Saddle Creek Records, Zach Atchley of Atchley Ford, Stephanie Francois of Stella’s Burgers, Vic Richards of WOWT and Christ Janicek of The Cakebox. For more information, visit

Tim Maids, Paddy Tarlton and Kevin McGowan an Flanigan Photos by D

Justin Kohll and Liz Biehl with Owner Brian Twomey


writinghistory kids can community center annual luncheon


Board Chair Lisa Carlson with Board member Steve Johnson Teresa Hunter with Kathe Lyons

Rachel Jacobson and Sarah Ann Kotchian

Chris Denney, Jamie Otto, Jeff Eikmeier, Nick Parker, Josh Bartee, Misty Kudrna and Michael Sands

May 6th the annual Kids Can Luncheon was held. Over $74,000 was raised to benefit Kids Can Community Center.

The keynote presentation was given by Rodd Wagner, a New York Times bestselling author. WOWT was the media sponsor and the Weitz family were the honorary chairs for the event. Paul Sather, Director of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Service Learning Academy and American Humanics program received the “Can Do! Award” for his contributions. For more information, call (402) 731-6988 or visit

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Claudia Lokamas, Julie Dunne, Kim Scott, Jan Evans and Marcia Lampman

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Alycia Schutz, Vanita Lund, Julie Hansen and Cindy Killinger

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Frank Partsch proposes a toast for Face honoree Jeff Koterba

Attendees help themselves to hors d’oeuvres prior to the roast.



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the 7th of May, Omaha World-Herald’s cartoonist Jeff Koterba celebrated his birthday while being honored as Omaha Press Club’s 125 OPC Face on Barroom Floor.

The event included a roast of the cartoonist by Mike Kelly, WorldHerald columnist, who also served as emcee, Kevin Quinn, public affairs specialist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tom Becka, KFAB radio talk show host, novelist Timothy Schaffert, and former Omaha mayor and Nebraska congressman, Hal Daub. The event concluded with Mike Kelly leading the crowd in singing happy birthday to the honoree.

Participants in the Face event included: Timothy Schaffert, Frank Partsch, Kevin Quinn,Hal Daub, Tom Becka, Jeff Koterba, Mike Kelly and Jim Horan.

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wellness council of the midlands well work place awards


April 15th, 2010 The Well Workplace Awards Luncheon was held to honor organizations for demonstrating outstanding efforts in addressing employee health at the workplace. Companies are able to achieve a Well Workplace award at five levels: Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Small Business Award. The event was held at the Qwest Center with 526 people in attendance. The keynote speaker was Olympic Gold Medalist Peggy Fleming. Governor Heineman, Dr. Joann Schaefer, Chief Medical Officer for the State of Nebraska, and Bill Kizer, Sr., the founder of Wellness Council of the Midlands and Wellness Council of America were also in attendance. Fifteen companies were honored this year.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska received the Platinum Award: Steve MartinCEO, Howie Halperin, Kathy Nellor, Lori Thomas-, Governor Heineman, Dr. Joann Schaefer, and Bill Kizer

Streck, Inc. Received the Gold Award: Governor Heineman, Marianne Anderson, Dr. Joann Schaefer, Bill Kizer Sr. Connie Ryan- President

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Dr. Ronald W. Roskens and Mrs. Lois Roskens receiving recognition from Abbot Michael Liebl, O.S.B. and Abbot Raphael Walsh, O.S.B.

Mr. John and Susan Moylan receiving recognition from Abbot Michael Liebl, O.S.B. and Abbot Raphael Walsh, O.S.B.

Peggy Fleming, Governor Heineman, Malorie Maddox- co-anchor of Live at Daybreak, WOWT-Channel Six

Auctioneers working the crowd


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April 10th record numbers gathered at the 21st annual Night of Knights dinner located at Mount Michael Benedictine School to raise money for the school and its students. The event this year celebrated the diversity of Mount Michael students with a theme of Knights Around the World honoring all the countries that students of Mount Michael call home; Bahamas, China, South Korea, Spain, Sudan, Rwanda, Thailand and the U.S.A. International fare was catered starting with a Samurai Salad then featuring Korean “Bul-gogi” and Madrid Chicken Breast over South African yellow rice. During dinner the guests of honor, honorary chairs, and the co-chairs were brought on stage to thank them for their support. 57

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Professional Sand Sculptor John Woodworth working on a part of a Bigger display

1st Place team – Millard Drywall


3rd place team Big Brothers-Big Sisters

Friday, June 4th, Nebraska Children’s Home Society’s kicked off their weekend long Sand in the City® event in the middle of downtown Omaha. Nearly 10,000 guests attended the beach-like festivities, presented by Millard Drywall Services. The event included a sand sculpting competition, where over 350 tons of sand was transformed into creations by teams of local employees. The public was free to view the sculptures and cast their vote, as well as enjoy an interactive Kid Zone complete with face painting, a petting zoo, moon walks, and two sand play areas. The event, free for families, was made possible through corporate sponsorships and the work of more than 130 volunteers.

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2nd place winning team Kiewit

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Exec Dir of NE Children’s Home Society Foundation Karen Authier presenting the MVP designer award to Leslie Suhr

Kim Singletary, Kali Johnson, Molly Borgmann, Foundation Director Dennis Henkenius, Exec Director Karen Authier, Melissa Mookelman

Panel of Judges Chris ‘Toby’ of 106.9 radio Jim Classe; Brian Zimmer; Michael McIntosh up front -Melissa Frye of KETV7 and Mary Day

american parkinson’s disease association linking lives for parkinson’s

Event Committee Kelli Lievrance, Kristyl Gotchal, Rick Palmer, Kathy Palmer, Meghan Lewis, Michelle Smythborg, Ashlee Hoplans, Heidi Cheney, Carol Kopiasz, Sara Kopiasz, Ricky Anderson, Tracy Sliva, Drew Theophilus, Bev Baker, Jim Poole, Mary Egger, Diana Strokan, Mike Siref


American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) Nebraska Chapter held a series of statewide events throughout the month of April to highlight Parkinson’s Awareness Month. The third annual Hand in Hand: Linking Lives for Parkinson’s Event highlighted the month with a formal dinner, live and silent auction, and a raffle. Over 200 people attended the event which raised over $62,000 to benefit Nebraska’s chapter. The Honorary Chairs were Joan Squires and Thomas Fay and the Event Chair was Tracy Sliva. Dr. Kenneth Follett was honored as a dedicated partner.

Honorary Chairs Tom Fay & Joan Squires

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Jacqueline Anderegg, Don Weber, Stephanie Noonan

Kim Theophilus, Paige Festersen

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Committee members Meghan Lewis, Sara Kopiasz


For more information about Nebraska’s APDA chapter visit

Mark & Deb Jeff Wally Hopkins, PaulHopkins, Troupe and Armstrong, Ashlee Hopkins and Tiffany Hopkins with Tom, Rob, and Doug Troupe

John Bednar and Dan Gomez with Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle



Award winners and sponsors

greatersuccess State Senator Scott Price, Jane Nieslsen and Patricia Big Momma Barron

Oriental Trading Company CEO Sam Taylor and Evolving Solutions President Cindy Ried

Greater Omaha Chamber of commerce Omaha 25 Awards luncheon


Chamber members are given the opportunity to make nominations, and the awards presented are a reflection of those selections. At this year’s event, over 600 attendees were present to acknowledge and recognize the contributions of the award recipients.


Tuesday, May 11th, the Greater Omaha Chamber hosted the annual Omaha 25 Awards Luncheon. The luncheon is an event created to recognize the Chamber’s members and their achievements.

Michelle Swertzic, Grace University Shelly Schwartz, Allen GOLF4GRACE Fredrickson, Leo Smith and Harlan Falk

Paul Troupe and Wally Armstrong, withMoyes Tom, Dill Rob,and and Doug Troupe Erin Stoll, Michelle Angie Remington of Together Inc.

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Junior league of omaha Sex and the city 2 advanced screening

Patty Kline ,Nancy Pflug, Maureen Prescher and Elizabeth Hansen

Erin OMara, Sara Pohlad and Nicole Armstrong


Wednesday, May 26th, the Junior League of Omaha presented an exclusive advance screening of Sex and the City 2 at Rave Digital Motion Picture Theaters at Westroads Mall. Over 460 attendees enjoyed appetizers provided by Blue Sushi Sake Grill. Guests also had the opportunity to bid on silent auction packages themed around characters of the Sex and The City series. The event raised over $24,000 to support various projects by Junior League of Omaha. Shannon Hoy, 2009-10 JLO President, was in attendance as well as Leslie Mayo, event chairman.

Shelli Klemke and Stephanie Troester

Kimberly Hord, Micki Moylan, Lisa Krumwiede and Sally English

For more information about the Junior League of Omaha, visit

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july July 15 7TH ANNUAL MS LUNCH A benefit for Women Against MS This luncheon program includes a networking session and keynote speaker, international bestselling author, Alex Kava. Scott Conference Center – 11:30 A.M. Call 505-4000 x104.

July 17 SIZZLE UNDER THE STARS A benefit for ALS in the Heartland The night will feature a silent auction, food, a signature “Sizzle” drink, entertainment by Secret Weapon, as well as a fireworks show. Ironwood Golf Club – Omaha – 6:30 P.M. Visit

July 24 O! WHAT A DUCK RACE! A benefit for Food Bank for the Heartland The goal of this third annual duck derby is to race 20,000 rubber ducks and raise approximately $100,000 to help Food Bank in its mission to eliminate hunger. Heartland of America Park – 9:00 A.M.

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August 9

SCHOLARSHIP DINNER A benefit for the Latino Center of the Midlands More than 250 people will gather for a dinner and program to support the Latino Center of the Midlands. Scott Conference Center – 5:30 P.M. Call 733-2720.

ANNUAL GOLF OUTING A benefit for Stephen Center This event includes lunch buffet before the shotgun start, then a dinner and raffle afterward. Champions Run – Omaha – 12:00 Noon Call 715-5476.

July 30

DVCC ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT A benefit for the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council Get your foursome ready to play! Enjoy a BBQ dinner after golf. Stone Creek Golf Course – 12:00 P.M. Visit

STRIKE A CHORD 6 A benefit for Heartland Family Service This dueling pianos event includes a silent auction and dancing. Harrah’s Convention Center – Council Bluffs – 6:00 P.M. Visit

aug August 7 PASSPORT TO THE CURE A benefit for the American Cancer Society Check out samples of cuisine, activities and entertainment that comes from Europe. KANEKO – Omaha – 6:00 P.M. Call 393.5800 or visit


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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.

August 27 METRO STARS DANCE FOR A CHANCE A benefit for Youth Emergency Services, Inc. The evening features dances from local celebrities paired with dance professionals. The audience and judge panel vote for the winning star while enjoying contests, raffles, and more.The proceeds will benefit at-risk youth. Omaha – 7:30 P.M. Call 345-5187 or visit

fall 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.

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 to fun fair foods and live music. Qwest Center – Omaha – 6:00 P.M. Call 573-3700.

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EXPRESSIONS OF HOPE GALA A benefit for Hope Center for Kids Downtown Hilton Hotel – Omaha Call 341-HOPE.

FALL LUNCHEON A benefit for the Women’s Fund of Greater Omaha Guest speaker is Gail McGovern, President and CEO of the American National Red Cross. Omaha

MIDLAND’S COMMUNITY FDTN 2010 REFLECTION BALL Benefitting Project Harmony This year’s ball benefits Project Harmony. Embassy Suites – La Vista – 6:00 P.M.

CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL & MEDICAL CENTER GALA A benefit for Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Artist Kenny Rogers will entertain guests. Omaha Call 955-6851.

October 8 FRIENDS OF SCOTTISH RITE DINNER & AUCTION A benefit for the Scottish Rite Foundation of Omaha and The House of Temple Historic Preservation Foundation Scottish Rite Masonic Center – Omaha Visit

October 9 MARIANFEST A benefit for Marian High School MarianFEST is Marian’s largest fundraising event for the year, and includes dinner and an auction. Omaha

October 9 114TH AK-SAR-BEN CORONATION AND SCHOLARSHIP BALL Qwest Center – Omaha – 5:30 P.M. Visit or call 554-9600 x106.

October 22 HOMEGROWN A benefit for Nebraska Children’s Home Society Enjoy beer and wine tasting from local breweries and wineries, cuisine, and a new photography exhibit. Nomad Lounge – Omaha – 5:00 P.M. Call 898-7783.

October 26 AMBASSADOR OF HOPE GALA A benefit for the UNMC Eppley Cancer Center This biannual gala is one of the top fundraising events in the city. It includes the Ambassador of Hope Award, given to individuals who have made significant contributions in the fight against cancer. Qwest Center – Omaha Visit

November 6 BEMIS CENTER ART AUCTION A benefit for the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Bemis Center forContemporary Arts – Omaha Visit or call 341-7130.

November 8 LECTURE LUNCHEON Benefitting Joslyn Art Museum The featured speaker at this event is Ulrich Boser, author of The Gardner Heist. Joslyn Art Museum – Omaha

December 27 DEBUTANTE BALL Omaha Symphony Holiday Inn Central – Omaha – 5:00 P.M.

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vibrations • with sue moon



The second eclipse of the summer is almost here. This solar eclipse is expected to fall on July 11th, and how it will affect everyone is sure to be a surprise. Eclipses shut down the past so we can be open to the future, and allow that future to be filled with surprises and excited episodes. July is full of potential for declaring your space free of old patterns and people who don’t allow your full expression. The human race is beginning to realize the end of an age has already happened. As we sit on the brink of discovery of what we are as a species and what we have done to our home planet - as well as to one another– many fear retribution, but many more will now dig in and begin the repair work. We are all called to step up to the need for massive change in how we view, work, love and care for our world. This is just another step in evolution of any species– a great time of peace is calling us all. Do your own work for clearing and happiness and then help some others. Volunteer at local shelters for both humans and animals. Rescue a child or an older person. Commit yourself to a path of loving change.


Mar 21 - apr 19

Mars and now Venus in Virgo in your house of work/health/ service are sure to bring a few surprises. You may meet someone at work that changes your life. Your health will be strong and if you do get ill, you will heal quickly. The eclipse falls in your house of Home/Mother, and if your Mother is still here, spend some time with her-it is needed for healing.


apr 20 - MaY 20

This could bring some unusual happenings with friends. Lilith and Chiron conjoin your 11th house and can bring either a hurtful situation or the potential for healing an old issue with a friend. The eclipse lands in your communication sector. Watch what you say and rethink old ways of communicating. Have you been completely honest with yourself and others about what you are doing?


MaY 21 - jun 20

You should be getting a nice jolt of fresh energy in your talents and income. New ideas will be jumping off the page at you - grab a few and make the needed changes, allowing for more expression of who you really are. This is also a great time to change your home into what you really want. A small party in your home with someone you are interested in will go amazingly well this month!


jun 21 - jul 22

You could pull off a complete makeover this month. New hair, new clothes, etc. While you are at it, read Dale Carnegie’s book, How to Win Friends and Influence People. You need a change. With Pluto staring back at the eclipse in your house of Body/Personality, make it a deep and positive change. Don’t get depressed - just look at what is good in your life and make it even better.

nov 22 - dec 21


jul 23 - auG 22

You are about to go into your subconscious and rethink your life. You have so many gifts of such a generous nature, but now it’s time to see what could make you even happier. Look for more of your talents to emerge and beg for attention. Broaden your search for more resources hidden deep inside of you. Keep eating better and working out-your health needs it.


Ch-ch-ch-change is in the air and you know it. You have been a little unhappy with where you are but that will change now. The eclipse in your house of death and rebirth will help you walk through the door into a new world, don’t let it slip by. It could adversely affect your health. Breathe, open up, release, and move on-you can do it! Career is being watched and Mars and Venus open up their arms to you and offer all the help you need. dec 22 - jan 19

auG 23 - sep 22

This eclipse will bring changes in just about everything you do. Your love life will be interesting this month as Venus stares across at Lilith and Chiron. You might want to do a little therapy on that one and a lot of forgiveness of self and others. Workout now. Mars will lend a hand to make you stronger, but He can also stir up anger if you aren’t being in the moment and seeing what is really going on. The eclipse highlights huge change in the way you relate to friends and your ability to manifest your dreams.


sagittarius capricorn

You are so intense now and your relationships are all looking at you and wondering who you are and what happened to their husband, wife, etc. This is a good time to advance your ability to think in the higher stratospheres and maybe take a lovely vacation. Home is undergoing some unusual changes and it’s necessary for your state of happiness. jan 20 - feb 18


sep 23 - ocT 22

Career and how you view your life’s achievements will be given a radical jolt at the eclipse and you will experience this energy for many months to come. As it opposes Pluto, you may want to do some deep thinking about who you are and where you want to go next. This is the time of your life, don’t let it slip into oblivion-you either! Your relationships will start getting a little crazier while Uranus is in Aries till Fall. Just smile and relax; be in the eye of the storm.

Work and health are highlighted by this July 11th eclipse. If you have wanted to change jobs, start looking in earnest and don’t be surprised if something you never dreamed of falls in your lap. Take a chance for change and discover some hidden aspect of yourself that will delight others. There may be some people leaving your life soon. Never put off til tomorrow what can be said today. You might even find a new and wonderful pet-check out the shelters, where there are many animals waiting for a loving family.



ocT 23 - nov 21

Your Higher mind and philosophies will be injected with fabulous energies with this eclipse. You may discover some new and wonderful ways to teach others of what you know. Travel is highly accented, a long journey where you learn a great deal. Mercury in your career sector helps with inspiration for deepening your career or changing it completely.

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

Your ability to have fun is transformed by the eclipse this month and you may want to stay at home and enjoy the kids and home environment! Make some changes there that will allow you to be much happier! Put in a pool or add a room so your home becomes like a getaway. Stellar month for you and your committed partner, just be honest with each other and the love will flow like silk.

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