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A personal STORY November is adoption awareness month and, as many of you may know, I am a birthmother. The agency I worked with through this very challenging and significant time in my life was the Nebraska Children’s Home Society. The decision to place a child for adoption was one of the most difficult decisions that I made in my lifetime. For myself, as well as with others, decisions like these are made with tremendous love, compassion and sacrifice, mixed with a tremendous amount of inner turmoil. Ultimately, it is an emotional and powerful, life-changing experience for everyone involved. I will always remember the care and compassion that was shown to me as NCHS was with me every step of the way. Preparing an adoption plan is incredibly personal, and in my case, touched all the members of my family—a common experience for many birthmothers. I can only speak for myself but, ironically, being pregnant was an incredibly joyous time for me. I loved being pregnant and embraced all of the physical and emotional things that came along with it. I knew my time would be brief with this beautiful little soul growing inside my body and I wasn’t going to allow morning sickness, tiredness, emotional ups and downs, etc., etc., etc., to deter me from fully appreciating and savoring every single moment.

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Curiously, among my favorites was when going swimming. I remember spinning around in the pool and imaging this little girl smiling and giggling as I spun around and around. I also loved sitting on the coach with my beloved kitty Murphy sitting next to me, paws draped across my stomach as I would tell Murphy all about this beautiful soul growing inside of me. We would sit there for hours and I truly believe Murphy knew that this was a special yet challenging time for me. I would put head phones on my stomach and play a CD called Baby Symphonies. I imagined my baby curled up sleeping peacefully as the music vibrated through my entire body. I held on to each and every experience while I was pregnant, knowing that my time would soon be up and this little girl would make her way to a new loving “forever family.” I was 35 when I gave birth to a healthy, beautiful little girl. NCHS was with me every step of the way.They encouraged me to have an entrustment ceremony, where everyone involved got together and prayers and poems were read as I entrusted this beautiful soul over to her parents. Never have I experienced so much pain, sadness, joy and appreciation coming from so many people at one time: a moment I will never forget. Immediately following the trauma of separation, I experienced a great deal of depression and grief. I knew that I had made the right decision but it took a while before I was able to fully embrace that…years in fact. NCHS was with me every step of the way. It is with great pleasure and honor that I personally engage with this issue, as we celebrate the Nebraska Children’s Home Society’s 125th Anniversary. Because of my own personal experience NCHS is now like family to me, and I will forever be grateful to the caseworkers and staff that walked with me on this journey. Each year they help and counsel hundreds of birthmothers and fathers and adoptive families. It is an emotional roller coaster for both sides. I appreciate the opportunity to share with you just a part of my NCHS story. ~ Andee 7

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• children first nebraska children’s home society 125 YEARS OF CARING

anything YOU CAN DO TO HELP A child MAKES THE world A LITTLE better. ~ BRIAN OSBORNE, Chief Development offiCer

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in 1893, grover cleveland was president. the u.s. flag had 44 stars; the melody for the “happy birthday” song was first published; the first ferris wheel debuted; and lillian gish, harold lloyd, mae west and dorothy parker all were born. 1893 was an important year for another reason: nebraska children’s home society was formed. today, the organization is celebrating 125 years and continuing to serve children across the state through a spectrum of services. Rev. e.P. Quivey and his wife, MaRy eva, founded nebRaska ChildRen’s hoMe soCiety (nChs) in affiliation with the ChildRen’s hoMe soCiety MoveMent that had eMeRged in the eaRly 1880s; the national, nonPRofit endeavoR PRovided seRviCes and influenCed PubliC PoliCy that suPPoRted the well-being of ChildRen. through his previous work at the iowa state Penitentiary, e.P. Quivey believed that a family is key to a more promising life, so the primary assistance nChs provided in its earliest days was facilitating adoptions and foster care services (before nebraska’s child welfare system was in place). the organization expanded over time to include a wide range of comprehensive adoption, parenting, early childhood education, youth education, and children and family services. “we might call programs by different names today, but our history shows a consistent level of compassion in the caring for children and families,” Chief operating & information officer kent Carson said. like the mission statement says, nChs was founded and continues to exist for one primary purpose: to provide safe and loving care to children of all ages. “at the end of the day you look at what’s best for the child,” Chief executive officer lana temple-Plotz explained. “our focus is on the family: families touched by adoption, the families we serve through foster care, and the families we work with on the prevention and early intervention side who are parenting their children and having struggles with that—living in poverty, having domestic violence touch their lives, trauma impacts.”

RANDALL BIART, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 1936-1971

Thriving in families the “home” in nebraska Children’s home society represents finding or assuring a safe and loving home for every child, temple-Plotz added. nChs’s founder believed that children thrive better in families, where they can build lasting, permanent connections, rather than in orphanages. as a result, the organization never operated an orphanage; it challenged the practice of placing orphaned, abandoned, abused or neglected children in orphanages and “poor houses.” the Children’s home society movement was focused on improving the lives of children. the whole purpose of that national movement was to find homes in communities for children,” temple-Plotz said. “we actually did not build a physical location until 1924, and we only built that building because we had grown our administrative staff and needed a temporary place for children coming from all parts of the state.” Chief Program officer kim anderson explained, “the receiving home was a place intended to temporarily house children for up to six months while nChs searched for a permanent family. Children at the home received medical care, clothing, meals and education while they waited to be placed with a family.” nebraska children’s home society 125 YEARS OF CARING

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nchs 125 YEARS OF CARING Where the need was

“i remember the stories from when i was younger where grandfather would drive out to scottsbluff because he got a phone call at the receiving home saying, ‘we have a child in need.’ he would drop everything and he would drive out to wherever in nebraska to pick up that child, and turn around the next day and drive back to omaha. that was not uncommon,” Carson said. “if there was a need, grandfather went. (nChs staff) did what was required to get children the services that were needed and find them a loving home.”

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Carson knows some of nChs’s history firsthand; he joined nChs in 2005 but happens to be the grandson of Randall biart, who served as the organization’s executive director for 35 years, from 1936 to 1971.

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for much of biart’s tenure there was no interstate, there were few highways, and there was a lack of paved roads in many parts of the state, Carson added, not to mention no gPs guidance, and no air conditioning in some vehicles. so whether on dirt road or by train, “they made their way to where the need was.”

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“in 1936 when my grandfather joined the agency, we had a single office location in omaha with 10 full-time employees. besides program staff we also had ‘field men’ Community involvement continues to be an important element in the organization’s whose role was to travel the state seeking goods, services and funding to support ongoing success, temple-Plotz said. the children in our care. and it was not unusual for the field men also to bring a child or children from all parts of nebraska back to the receiving home in omaha in “we as an organization have relied on the generosity of the communities that we an effort to find that loving and caring family,” Carson said. “in fact, it was not serve in. they help us figure out what are the needs in their community, who’s uncommon for my grandfather or field men of the day to pass the hat in available to help out with those needs and how we can play a part in that,” she said. community halls or on train rides back to omaha, collecting funds to support the “that’s still true today. throughout nebraska, we have great supporters.” work of nebraska Children’s home society.” “there are supporters across the country with connections to nChs—adoptive parents, adoptees, birth parents—who give back to us with their time, talents and “it seemed like almost every weekend i would get up early in the morning with Mom treasures,” anderson added. and we’d drive to the local markets; louis Market, Central Market, hinky dinky, and Making it possible (baker’s supermarkets founder) abe baker were fabulous and very supportive,” he said. “we’d go pick up goods they were donating and take them over to the receiving Chief development officer brian osborne said financial support, specifically, makes it home.” possible for nChs to offer adoption services at no cost to the families involved (it never has charged for those services) and also helps fund other areas like family he added, “i also remember many times there were tickets that were donated. we’d support, foster care and early childhood education. get a carload of children together and take them to baseball games, the shrine Circus or the henry doorly Zoo.” organizations provided these tickets to give children a “almost everything we do requires do some fundraising, and the other thing is our chance to attend events and other local attractions. endowment; that’s where we fund things like adoption entirely, part of foster care and part of family support,” he said. Carson said biart involved three generations of his family in local efforts.

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a mix of funding sources is involved.

nChs is still headquartered in omaha. the first greater nebraska office opened in 1953 in scottsbluff. today there are nChs offices in omaha, lincoln, norfolk, grand island, kearney, north Platte and scottsbluff. logistics have changed significantly since biart’s day.

“the endowment is funded primarily by bequests. to make a long story short, it’s paying it forward—people who have benefited directly or indirectly either support us through donations or even write us in through their wills so people can benefit in the future from those same services,” osborne said. “and we have tremendous “we have strategically placed offices in these locations so we can serve families across the state. we no longer have employees that are called ‘field men.’ instead, all of us are support from businesses across the state. in my view, businesses have always been responsible for building strong and lasting relationships with our families,” anderson pretty generous and they like to see the betterment of their communities. Most of them view themselves as partners in our efforts. they want to learn about how we said. “this often involves collaborating with other organizations and professionals across the state to advocate and provide services for children and families.” used their contributions how it helped make the lives of children and families better.”

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NEBRASKA CHILDREN’S HOME SOCIETY EXECUTIVE TEAM: KIM ANDERSON, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER; BRIAN OSBORNE, CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER; LANA TEMPLE-PLOTZ, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER; STEPHANIE PONCELOW, CHIEF FINANCIAL AND RESOURCES OFFICER; AND KENT CARSON, CHIEF OPERATING AND INFORMATION OFFICER

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nchs 125 YEARS OF CARING nChs also helps children and families connect to resources when their needs are outside the scope of services offered. “we obviously can’t be all things to all people, so if we have an individual who calls us and needs assistance, our goal is to help them figure it out,” temple-Plotz said. “we’ll make some of those connections. because there’s nothing more difficult than asking for help, so once you’ve done that we want to make it as easy as possible for you to get what you need.”

Guidance and assistance to the people of nChs, the tagline “children first” means focusing on the child, making their needs a priority, and caring for them by supporting the people around them from parents, grandparents and siblings to caregivers and teachers. families experiencing an unplanned pregnancy are not urged toward one particular option, but will be given education and support to facilitate making their own choice to parent or place their child for adoption, temple-Plotz said. Parents struggling to meet their family’s basic needs or who want to parent more effectively learn about available resources that can help them meet their needs or goals. “our focus is support and guidance, assistance and education,” temple-Plotz said. “it’s not our job to tell parents what they need to do. it’s our job to give them the tools that they need to help them make an informed decision.” temple-Plotz said that although nChs follows the same fundamental child-centered principles under which it was founded in 1893, the organization has also evolved in some ways. she joined the team four years ago with more than 25 years’ child welfare and nonprofit experience and became Ceo last october upon the retirement of her predecessor, karen authier. she’s led a new strategic plan along with rebranding including a new logo, website and vision statement (“a safe and loving family for every child.”) “it’s been kind of a whirlwind,” she said. “we have a lot happening in our 125th year. My job as Ceo is really to steer the ship and work in partnership with our board

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• children first of directors to ensure that we are around for another 125 years…the Children’s home has always had a positive reputation as an agency that’s focused on putting children first. the first question is, ‘how can we help?’ we’re blessed because we have fabulous individuals, companies, foundations and individual donors who support us.” one of the biggest advantages of being around so long is that nChs has had the time to develop many collaborative and cooperative relationships with other entities, temple-Plotz said. nChs’s teams across the state have also identified resources in each community, preventing redundancies and filling gaps. “the charities in nebraska that are working for children are, in my opinion, all our partners,” osborne said.

Working together nChs has a long affiliation with Children’s home society of america, a group of agencies across the country with similar missions and services. through that relationship, nChs has accepted the opportunity to contribute to a study led by the Center on the developing Child at harvard university that is looking at early childhood development. “we as a group can look at all of the things we are doing and hone in on some of the models we are using to figure out ways to make our work more impactful,” temple-Plotz said. “we have, along with Children’s home society of america, been working with harvard to identify areas of focus so we can begin to seek out funders to do research to make a bigger, stronger impact.” working together—with communities across the state, with families, with other organizations—is something nChs mastered early on in its 125-year existence. individuals can follow suit and help in many different ways from making a monetary donation to fulfilling a “wish list” item listed on the website (www.nchs.org) to becoming a foster parent. “there is no such thing as a small gift,” osborne said. “anything you can do to help a child makes the world a little better.” nebraska children’s home society 125 YEARS OF CARING

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gunderson’s “what’s happening in a lot of different industries, not just the jewelry industry, is that people don’t really feel like they have to work that hard anymore. and so sometimes it’s easier to say, ‘nope, we can’t do that. But you can buy this one we have right here.’ Period. done,” she said. “whereas at gunderson’s it’s ‘we can do that. we can the man was flustered because his wedding anniversary make it for you.’” was the next day and the milestone had slipped his mind. Precious stones and milestones he wanted to know if records showed the last jewelry piece he had purchased from gunderson’s years before, if in fact, the company was built on custom design. gunderson’s was founded in sioux City as a watch repair a matching ring was possibly available, and if—hope shop in 1946 by george and dee gunderson, against hope—it could make it to him the next day. grandparents of current president Brian gunderson, who followed his father gary into the business. gunderson’s the answer, amazingly, was yes, said vice President Breanne demers. But that didn’t mean it was going to be evolved into a full-service regional retail jeweler and one of the largest independent jewelry stores in the midwest. easy. the company’s accomplishments are numerous: gunderson’s jewelry is worn by royalty, celebrities and “we have to size the ring, and it’s not simple sizing athletes worldwide and has been seen on the red carpet because it’s a complicated design. my jeweler is back and in movies. gunderson’s has owned its own diamond there sweating, staying late, trying to get this done. in mine with diamonds direct to its customers, and in the the meantime, Brian (gunderson, the company past three decades has sold some of rarest diamonds and president) says to me, ‘keep me updated. i’m going to gemstones in the world. run home and pack a bag. Because if we do not get this to fedex for last shipment by 6 p.m., i’m just going to the newest gunderson’s store is opening this fall in fargo, drive through the night ten hours, hand-deliver it, and north dakota, and will join the sioux City store and a drive back,’” demers recalled. “Brian was not going to be store in sioux falls, south dakota, right before the Omaha the reason that anniversary wasn’t special for that wife.” store at village Pointe celebrates its fifth anniversary. One late afternOOn a few years agO, the gundersOn’s Jewelers headquarters stOre in siOux City, iOwa, reCeived a Call frOm a lOngtime CustOmer whO had mOved tO arkansas.

demers paused, then added with a laugh, “even though the husband should have thought a day ahead.”

demers and gunderson are hands-on in every aspect of the business from purchasing to marketing to customer service. kathy gunderson, Brian’s wife, has also been involved for many years on the accounting and administration side.

A new setting gunderson’s has embraced Omaha, too. in just five years the company has made numerous connections not only through its customers, but also through wholehearted support of various community organizations and nonprofits including make-a-wish, take flight farms, the lane thomas foundation, dreamweaver foundation, Children’s hospital & medical Center foundation, and others. some events have already become annual traditions. “we’ve always believed in being active and getting involved in charities that are doing so much good in the community. we truly love the communities we are in and participate and give back as much as possible,” demers said. “we have never forgotten that our customers have been the ones that allowed us to grow and achieve, that every time someone spends a dollar with us we are appreciative and thankful. and we take care of our community because we’re grateful to be part of a community.” gunderson’s local involvement began even before its store at village Pointe opened its doors in the fall of 2013. “in June we were approached by the Children’s hospital & medical Center foundation about its november gala. we were still under construction,” demers said. “we donated a rolex that very first year. Our grand opening was October 31 and the gala was just days later, right behind it.”

that “concierge level” of care and service is what gunderson’s strives for every day, demers said. “it’s not just about making a purchase. we’re making friends and it was a fitting contribution considering the fact that they’re having fun when they come in,” she said. “we are “every one of our staff has our cell phone numbers and rolex, for which gunderson is an official jeweler, was still a family-owned company. Brian is the third every possible mode of contact. we tell them, ‘you call the catalyst behind the decision to come to Omaha. generation. the whole approach to the way you do me or text me—i don’t care what hour of the day it “rolex wanted us to open in the market. But we were business when it’s a family-owned company is very is—if you have a question that needs an answer or always intrigued by Omaha,” demers explained. the different because it’s your name. it’s much more than something needs to be taken care of for a customer. we company has proven to be a good fit in a healthy local just a business, it’s your heritage.” are accessible,” she said. “there are no loops to go jewelry market. through to get to me or Brian. we are very much behind and it’s one of the reasons gunderson’s has thrived for the brand to make sure that we are constantly delivering “i’ve always said that i look at anybody else who does what more than 72 years. “we really make every attempt to do the highest level of customer service and we’re we do with respect. how they run their business is…their whatever we need to do to make sure that those delivering the highest quality merchandise.” business. we don’t look at competition as our focus, we important moments in people’s lives are special,” demers look at what can we do every day for gunderson’s to be said. “gunderson’s has always had focus on doing that kind of support for the team fosters loyalty; some better,” demers explained. “it’s about us.” whatever necessary for its customer friends through employees have been a part of the company for more creativity and imagination. we strive to provide an than 40 years, demers said. Many facets excellent quality product in a fun, educational gunderson’s has been going strong in the community environment.” “we take care of our people. Our staff and our since day one. the company will be hosting some special customers are like family to us,” she said. “to us, that approach contrasts what people have become everybody who walks through the door is a member of local events in december to celebrate a successful five the gunderson’s family.” resigned to in retail and other sectors, demers said. years in Omaha.

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SHINING IN THE community “we love Omaha. it has been exciting. it’s been fresh, it’s been fun and we’ve been meeting new people. i have so many good things to say about Omaha,” demers said. “Omaha is so tightly bound to their conviction of supporting their community and their charity events. it’s so refreshing; it’s almost like a small town in a big city. there is such a strong group of people who support the community and it’s really neat to see.” the people of gunderson’s don’t participate by proxy, demers said. “if we are available and we are in town, will be at the table. we put our money where our mouths are.” demers has spoken so highly of Omaha’s charitable events that sioux City friends and colleagues have specifically asked to be invited when gunderson’s purchases a table. the company also encourages and facilitates opportunities for employees in each market to join events and organizations.

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“People have noticed that we are willing to get behind and support the community. we’ve always been active and do what we can do,” she said. “if you’re a business in small community, you should get behind things that make your community better.”

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“SOMETIMES it’s not being right; it’s being first,” Travis Freeman said. “People always remember the first guy that walked on the moon but they can’t remember the second guy.”

“It’s about customer service and people. People generally buy things from people they like.”

Good people around Back in the late 1980s, Freeman almost certainly was the first of his peers to build Freeman said he’s grateful for the guidance he’s received along the way. a business while his high-school classmates were trying to land a part-time job or enjoying their last years of relative freedom from responsibility. “When I look at the people I surrounded myself with when I started and who I became friends with in Omaha, there were lot of really good people who were “It started from nothing,” Freeman said. Today his business flourishes as Brite Ideas mentors to me and helped me,” he said. He counts restauranteur/philanthropists Decorating, a holiday lighting industry leader with approximately 500 distributors Mike Simmons and Willy Theisen among his influencers. “When they start out from around the country, a factory in China that employs 180 year-round, and a local nothing and end up successful, you look at them and recognize that it's having force that tops out at around 40 during peak season. good people around you who really take you to the top.” “We’re literally a fourth-quarter company. All of our product is here by October and it all goes out October through December. We prepare for a whole year and then send it all out in three months,” he said. “I always compare it to farming seeds; it’s like we sow the seeds all year and then harvest/ship it all out.” A better way Freeman’s creativity has been an important factor in his entrepreneurial success. It was evident early on that the teenage Freeman had a knack for putting together eyecatching light displays. “People were driving by and asking where they could buy that. When that started happening, I was kind of like, ‘I think we can sell this to everyone,'" he said.

He also surrounds himself with good leaders in his own company, Freeman said. Brian Nordstrom serves as vice president, Chad Heese is the national sales director and Josh Scearcy is vice president of business development.

“You figure out a better way, come up with a solution for it.” TRAVIS FREEMAN F

Circumstances were often less than ideal in the earliest days, Freeman recalled. “When I first started I’d go out and customers would hand me a trash bag full of lights. They’d leave and I’d untangle them and half of them wouldn’t work,” he said. “You get put in those situations and you think, ‘There’s got to be a better way.’ You figure out a better way, come up with a solution for it… And as things do, it kept evolving and became better. We’d figure out what works and what captures people’s interest and their eye.” The entrepreneur wanted to be more than simply resourceful. Watching a friend’s band gave Freeman the idea for one of his first innovations in the days before LED; he took colored lens filters from spotlights and experimented with cutting them up and wrapping them around incandescent lights. “That set us apart from any company out there,” Freeman said, adding that it also set the tone for the future. “Our mission was to bring a different type of light to something that was recognizably different, that somebody hadn’t seen before. That was our goal and that’s what we’ve been known for.”

Giving back, giving chances Now, as a veteran business owner, Freeman focuses on giving back. Brite Ideas is a longtime major partner in the Salvation Army’s Tree of Lights campaign; the 75-foot-tall, 80,000-bulb tree is designed by the company. Brite Ideas also has for years provided training and employment opportunities for participants in programs administered by a local organization that provides mental health treatment and services.

“We’ve hired people from Community Alliance for job placement; they bring in people with a job coach. We’ve actually had some of our best employees come out of that program,” Freeman explained. “They’re good, dedicated people; they just needed a chance.” He has created a work atmosphere in which people are encouraged to contribute their ideas. “It inspires me when people want to come to work with you and they want to be around this environment. All the wheels are in motion and they’re happy to be there, and everybody is adding more than what they have to their role,” he said. “They’re not just there for a job, they’re there because they really love what they do.” Freeman also informally mentors young employees and even budding entrepreneurs. “Whatever we can do to help other people succeed, that is a big deal to us…When I say ‘you pay it forward,’ it’s when I look back and everything that’s happened in my life is a stepping stone to something else,” he said. “You look at people that are needing something—advice, introductions or whatever it is—and say, ‘What can I do to help them?’”

The industry moves fast, he said. In just the last few years he’s seen new technology emerge and advances in LED lighting have rendered traditional methods obsolete. Freeman is immersed in the holiday lighting world year-round, but as Brite Ideas But Brite Ideas not only keeps up, it leads. has grown, one thing stays the same: Freeman’s front yard already boasts an “Our distributors around the country are always looking to us and saying, ‘What’s impressive lighting display for 2018. going to be next? What’s new?” Freeman said. And in an increasingly competitive market, it’s more important than ever to treat customers with courtesy and respect. “We usually have our Christmas lights up when the trick-or-treaters come,” he said. 24

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TOO MANY COOKS IN THE KITCHEN CHEF SHAWN PHIFER • DELLA COSTA Shawn Phifer has been everything in the hospitality industry from dishwasher and prep cook to proprietor of acclaimed restaurants and catering companies in Chicago, Los Angeles and here in Omaha. His training began in Chicago in the late ‘80s with such culinary luminaries as the late Jean Banchet, Roland Liccioni, Rick Bayess and the late Charlie Trotter. Shawn was recognized as one of the Best New Chefs by the Chicago Tribune in 1992. Shawn returned to Omaha in 2001, bringing his culinary experience back home. He worked as sous chef at The French Café and executive chef at Vivace (under long-time friend Ron Samuelson). Shawn continues his work with Samuelson at SamFam, LLC, opening Della Costa Mediterranean Grill for him last May. 220 S. 31st Ave., Ste. 3103, Omaha, NE 68131 • 402-614-5100

CHEF ANTHONY KUEPER • DOLCE Anthony grew up in a military family. His first favorite food was pommes frites in the Netherlands, where he was born. Anthony finally landed his first real gig at the Bistro at the Market in downtown Omaha. After attending culinary school and four years with the Ritz Carlton, Anthony landed a position in Aspen, Colorado, where he met his wife. He followed her to Hamburg, Germany, where he led the Michelin two-star restaurant the Claasenhof. Upon returning to the U.S. he spent a year working with Jon Seymour at V. Mertz. Anthony was hired as the sous chef of Dolce and then was given the opportunity to buy Dolce in December 2016, closing the deal on March 1, 2017. 12317 West Maple Rd., Omaha, NE 68134 • 402-964-2212

CHEF JENNIFER COCO • J.COCO Omaha native Jennifer Coco learned from her mother and grandmother in the family kitchen. Years later when she was told that the kitchen was no place for a young woman, Jennifer used those fond cooking memories as inspiration to prove doubters wrong. Jennifer worked her way through college while learning the culinary trade in restaurants in Lake Tahoe and San Francisco and locally as the head chef at V. Mertz and Flatiron Café. Jennifer is a three-time James Beard nominee. She opened her own restaurant, J. Coco, which was named Best New Restaurant of 2012. She was named in the Winners Circle of Best Chefs of Omaha and Omaha Restaurant Association’s Restaurateur of the Year 2016. Her restaurant celebrates six years this year! 5203 Leavenworth St., Omaha, NE 68106 • 402-884-2626

CHEF WILSON CALIXTE • LE VOLTAIRE Wilson Calixte is the chef de cuisine at Le Voltaire French restaurant. His journey began in 1979 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In 1990, his family relocated to New York City, where he grew up. Wilson started out as a dishwasher in the industry; it was his hard work and perseverance that landed him management positions in two restaurants in New York City. In 2010 he relocated to Omaha and found work at V. Mertz, and shortly after was hired as sous chef at Le Voltaire. His work ethic over the past three years led him to his current position. Wilson also works with Cooking Matters, a nonprofit organization providing elementary students hands-on experience in cooking and preparing healthy meals. 569 N. 155th Plz., Omaha, NE 68154 • 402-934-9374

VCHEF DOUG TRAMMEL • M’S PUB Food, for Doug, is a way of life. He recalls holidays making what seemed like massive amounts of food; he had no idea it would take him this far. Both of his parents were cooks, so being in the kitchen just came naturally for him. He started his career taking orders and bussing tables at the Arboretum retirement home before a short stint at Methodist Hospital. He met his mentor, Kevin Newlin, during this time. He eventually landed jobs at Vivace, The Grey Plume, and M’s Pub. His vision of food has grown as he has worked in the industry for 10-plus years. Simplicity with quality and finesse give the best results, Doug says, which is why he cooks. 422 S. 11th St., Omaha, NE 68102 • 402-342-2550 TOO MANY COOKS IN THE KITCHEN 26

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Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen is a benefit for hunger relief and culinary scholarships. Since 1944, the Omaha Restaurant Association has continued the mission of promoting the food service industry in the Omaha metro area. Not only does the organization support education programs, it has awarded over $400,000 in culinary scholarships. This annual event, among others, helps further its mission and support the Food Bank for the Heartland. This SOLD OUT event was held the evening of Sunday, March 11, at the Hilton Omaha. Twenty-two Omaha chefs donated their time and talents as well as their product to prepare a five-to-six-course meal with wine and beverage pairings for 10 guests. CHEF DAWN SPINHARNEY • OMAHA MARRIOTT Dawn Spinharney, an Omaha native, is the executive chef at the Omaha Marriott and Heartwood Restaurant & Lounge. Dawn is responsible for all food production including that used for restaurants, banquet functions and all other outlets. Dawn leads the culinary team in menu and recipe development, and food purchasing specifications. Dawn graduated from the Institute for the Culinary Arts at Metropolitan Community College with a degree in culinary arts. Dawn has been cooking professionally for over 10 years under a variety of chefs. Dawn has led her team to break the top 25 percent of all full-service Marriotts in the category of overall food and beverage satisfaction. Additionally, the Omaha Marriott is currently tied for first place in all of Marriott for food and beverage overall event experience 10220 Regency Cir., Omaha, NE 68114 • 402-516-3600

CHEF MANNY CARINO, CHEF ROLANDO SAAVEDRA, CHEF REY CARINO • PITCH PIZZERIA Manuel Carino Acevedo grew up in Oaxaca, Mexico, where he was trained and influenced by French and British tourists. He began his passion for French cuisine at an early age and then relocated to Omaha. After arriving in Omaha, he worked for Fleming’s, Jams and now 10 years for Pitch. When Pitch opened its doors 10 years ago, it offered three appetizers, three salads and three pizzas. Manuel has grown the menu, bringing in flavors from Mexico, France and South Africa and melding it all with American cuisine. Manuel is supported by executive sous chef Rolando Saavedra and executive sous chef Rey Carino. His executive sous chefs have a combined total of 12 years with the company. You can find both executive sous chefs in the two local Pitch locations daily. Under Carino’s direction, Pitch recently opened its doors in Scottsdale, Arizona, adding a third location . 5021 Underwood Ave., Omaha, NE 68132 | 402-590-2625 • 17808 Burke St., Omaha, NE 68118 | 402-289-4096

CHEF JARED CLARKE RAILCAR MODERN AMERICAN KITCHEN | TIMBER WOOD FIRE BISTRO Jared started his career in Lincoln, Nebraska, working for several restaurants including The Rococo Theatre and Misty’s Steakhouse and Brewery in the downtown area. He graduated from culinary school at Southeast Community College and continued his education at the University of Nebraska in culinology. After graduation, Jared moved to Chicago and worked for Lettuce Entertain You’s upscale Wildfire division. Three years later he left to join the National Restaurant Association Concept of the Year, Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant. Six years later, Jared and his family moved back to Nebraska. Jared worked for Blue Sushi and then Blue Agave Mexican Restaurant. He and his business partner opened Railcar Modern American Kitchen five years ago and just recently they opened Timber Wood Fire Bistro. Jared was awarded Restaurateur of the Year in Omaha in 2015. RAILCAR: 1814 N. 144th St. Omaha, NE 68154 • 402-493-4743 | TIMBER: 8702 Pacific St., Omaha, NE 68114 • 402-964-2227

CHEF BRIAN YOUNG SAGE STUDENT BISTRO AT MCC FORT OMAHA CAMPUS Brian is a graduate of Metropolitan Community College’s Culinary Arts program. He started his career working at Upstream Brewing Company. He continued to work his way around Omaha, working at the Crown Plaza Hotel, Darwin Bistro and Omaha Country Club. After graduating from culinary school, Brian took the opportunity to spend a summer staging around New York City, exposing himself to a variety of cuisines, techniques and restaurants, which would eventually bring him to Napa, California, working for Chef Philip Tessier at Bouchon Bistro. Brian decided to move back to Omaha to be closer to family and accepted a position at MCC’s Institute for the Culinary Arts. He currently manages the banquet kitchen for the Swanson Conference Center and is an adjunct teacher. 5370 N. 30th St., Omaha, NE 68111 • 531-622-2400

CHEF KIMBLER HARROLD • LIBERTY TAVERN Kimbler unknowingly started his culinary career at the Westin Aquila Hotel in Omaha. He attended Roncalli Catholic High School and worked in the school cafeteria to earn money for tuition. At age 15, drawing and photography were his top interests until he saw the art in culinary while working in the hotel. Kimbler has worked for many outstanding establishments: Westin Aquila, DoubleTree, Magnolia, Sheraton Hotels, and Lee Perrin Catering Co. Chef Kimbler is an Institute of Culinary Arts at MCC ambassador and graduate. He has received special recognition for mentorship from the Nebraska Restaurant Association and Pro Start as Mentor of the Year in 2012. Chef Kimbler has mentored high school teams at state and national levels every year since 2007. 1001 Cass St., Omaha, NE 68102 • 402-998-4321

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TOO MANY COOKS IN THE KITCHEN CHEF ANDREW LOUGHREY • THE STOKIN’ GOAT Born and raised in Australia, Chef Andrew studied at the Australian School of Hotel Management & Tourism in the culinary arts. On completion of his apprenticeship, Chef Andrew worked in various locations around western Australia before embarking on his international culinary journey working in Canada, Europe, Vietnam, London and now Omaha. Upon arriving in Omaha, Chef Andrew worked for Caesars Entertainment at Jack Binion’s Steakhouse at the Horseshoe Casino as a sous chef and then went onto run 360 Steakhouse at Harrah’s Casino for four years. Chef Andrew is now a part of the Restaurants, Inc. group and currently working on opening a new concept for the group, The Stokin’ Goat. This was Chef Andrew’s first time joining the Too Many Cooks event. 15805 W. Maple Rd. Ste. 101, Omaha, NE 68116 • 402-916-9011

CHEF JON SEYMOUR • SOCIETY 1854 Jon is native to the Omaha area and has been working in local restaurants for the past 10 years. He was formerly head chef at V. Mertz; part of the opening team at Ugly Duck; opening sous chef at The Grey Plume; and chef de partie at Spencer’s, Mark’s and 801 Chophouse. Jon interned at Noma, the number-one restaurant in the world at the time. Most recently, he ran a series of pop-ups doing a la carte casual fare and multi-course tasting dinners paired with wine and spirits under his LLC, Muse. Being of Korean heritage, Jon draws inspiration from the ancient traditions of Korean and Japanese cooking. At Society 1854, Jon implemented a house-made program doing pickles and preserves, kombucha, and charcuterie. 222 N. 10th St., Omaha, NE 68102 • 531-444-4049

CHEF TIM GALLIGHER • SODEXO AT BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF NEBRASKA Chef Tim Galligher’s culinary career began at the age of 13 when he worked at Trovato’s Restaurant bussing tables and learning all the stations. When he was 18, he headed off to study photography and work as a press photographer. In 2002, Tim started in the culinary arts program at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha. His professional career began at the Hilton Hotel in 2003. In 2007, he accepted the executive chef position at the Doubletree Downtown. In 2009, Tim helped start Aura restaurant in Lincoln. In 2011 he joined Sodexo USA at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, bringing a fresh and scratch quality food style to their newly rebuilt café, winning them the Produce Excellence in Foodservice Award in 2015.

CHEF GLENN WHEELER • SPENCER’S FOR STEAKS AND CHOPS Chef Glenn Wheeler has been a part of the Omaha restaurant scene since 1994 having manned the kitchens of some of Omaha’s best restaurants: Maxine’s, opening chef for Omaha Prime and Passport restaurants, Bomba Dia restaurant, and Chef Glenn’s namesake Wheeler’s. In 2004, Glenn opened Liberty Tavern located in the 4 Diamond Hilton Omaha. In 2010, he became executive chef of Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops, where you can find him today. Glenn is a two-time Taste of Elegance winner for the Nebraska Pork Producers. He was awarded Restaurateur of the Year by the Omaha Restaurant Association in 2014 and was inducted to the Omaha Hospitality Hall of Fame in 2015. Glenn is current president of the Omaha Restaurant Association. 102 S. 10th St., Omaha, NE 68102 • 402-280-8888

CHEF JIMMY MASTERS • STOKES BOLD SOUTHWEST GRILL AND WINE BAR Jimmy Masters was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. After college, Jimmy decided to pursue his love for cooking. He was hired at an upand-coming restaurant, the Bristol Seafood & Grille in the Power and Light district in downtown Kansas City. Working his way from the bottom, he was promoted to sous chef. After spending more than eight years learning the ins and outs of the restaurant world as sous chef, Jimmy took his passion to Omaha. He was hired as the executive chef at Restaurants Inc.’s Twisted Fork, then moved to its Stokes Grill & Bar, Old Market. As executive chef he is able to create new and exciting Southwest Tex-Mex specials and host monthly beer and wine dinners. 1122 Howard St., Omaha, NE 68102 • 402-408-9000 TOO MANY COOKS IN THE KITCHEN 28

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Neither the chefs nor the guests know who will be matched with whom until the cocktail hour. Each group of 10 chooses a representative; this year they had to select one of 20 large soup spoons—each containing the name of a chef—out of a steaming kettle filled with dry ice. Each chef then greeted his or her group of ten and wined and dined them the rest of the evening. Almost all the event’s chefs go beyond by generously participating in a progressive dinner experience auction, offering their services to prepare meals in people’s homes, in private rooms or a limousine. This year’s auction brought in over $20,000. CHEF BRIAN EVERMAN • SYSCO LINCOLN, INC. Brian Everman is a native of Lincoln, Nebraska, where he currently serves as a corporate chef for Lincoln Sysco. Brian has worked as a culinary professional for nearly 20 years. After receiving his BA in fine arts with minors in French and classical studies in 1986, he spent many of his adult years living and traveling abroad. Everman began work as a chef at Sodexco-Marriott at Nebraska Wesleyan University. He headed the culinary team serving daily meals to students. Before joining Sysco, Everman became founder and owner of Everchef Personal Chef Services. In his travels, Brian acquired skills in the many cuisines of Mexico, India, Turkey and the Mediterranean, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Central Europe, the Caribbean, and multiple American regional styles.

CHEF DAN WATTS • SYSCO LINCOLN, INC. Born and raised in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Dan Watts spent his time learning from his mother and grandmothers in their kitchens watching them cook. His first experience in a restaurant kitchen was at age 15 washing dishes, where he slowly worked his way up to cooking. Dan then spent time at Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops (two stints with the second as chef de cuisine), V. Mertz, Le Bouillon as chef de cuisine, and Dante Ristorante Pizzeria (two stints). He moved to Phoenix, Arizona, in January 2017 to open Liberty Station American Tavern and Smokehouse, where he was featured on the first season of the Food Network’s Eat/Sleep/BBQ. Currently, Dan is a culinary consultant for Sysco Lincoln, a position he enjoys.

CHEF ARON MACKEVICIUS • TWISTED FORK GRILL & SALOON Chef Aron Mackevicius started his 19-year career early, working with his grandmother and father at the family business, The Lithuanian Bakery in south Omaha. Aron learned how to make the breads, pastries, and the Napoleonas Torte. Throughout grade school and even to this day, he helps out at the Lithuanian Bakery. Over the years, Aron gained experience from restaurants like Wheatfields, Upstream, M’s Pub, and Vincenzo’s. He eventually found his niche at 7M Grill. “Comfort fusion” is a term he uses to describe the dishes that he creates. For the last few years, he has brought his talent to Twisted Fork Grill & Saloon in the Old Market. Aron was excited to bring the Old Market experience to the Hall of Fame event. 1014 Howard St., Omaha, NE 68102 • 402-932-9600

CHEF MICHAEL RHOADES • US FOODS Michael Rhoades has an associate degree in culinary arts from El Centro school of Culinary Arts where he also received the W. Price Jr. memorial scholarship from the Texas Restaurant Association. Chef Rhoades developed his own culinary style in Dallas while still a student. He worked under local Dallas chef Dwight Webb at La Cima and University Clubs, and also under Stephen Pyles as a part of the opening staff for the acclaimed Star Canyon Restaurant. A certified culinarian of the American Culinary Federation (ACF), he has executive chef experience with the Holiday Inn Convention Center, DoubleTree Hotel, Buca di Beppo, Donia Restaurant, Champions Country Club, and Flatiron Café. He joined the team at US Foods in August 2017 as food fanatic chef.

CHEF JACOB NEWTON • V. MERTZ Jake Newton was born and raised in the Omaha area; a love for cooking and food came early through the timeless act of cooking with his mother. In high school he participated in the ProStart Culinary Program and after high school moved to Denver to attend Johnson & Wales University. He then traveled to Europe to work and eat in some of the world’s finest restaurants. After returning to Omaha from Europe, Jake worked under some fantastic chefs: Clayton Chapman, Glenn Wheeler, Nick Strawhecker and Jon Seymour. His first executive chef position was Heritage Food & Wine in downtown Omaha. After a short stint in Charleston, South Carolina, Jake was offered and accepted the position of head chef at V. Mertz in 2016. 1022 Howard St., Omaha, NE 68102 • 402-345-8980

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dreamcatcher PATRICIA kearns After eArning her grAduAte degree At the university of nebrAskA MedicAl center, PAtriciA keArns sPent A yeAr And A hAlf in sunny Phoenix working As A PhysicAl therAPist. in the deAd of winter, she returned to nebrAskA for A Position At Qli (QuAlity living, inc.), A coMPrehensive center for Post-hosPitAl brAin injury And sPinAl cord injury rehAbilitAtion And cAre services. she’s still there 18 yeArs lAter, And for the PAst eight yeArs hAs been serving the orgAnizAtion As its President And chief executive officer. “i had just enough time in the real word, in a real job, before i came to Qli to recognize that Qli is a special place,” kearns said. “we’re at an exciting time for our organization. we have a team of very bright, hardworking individuals who are passionate about what we do.” Qli was founded in 1987 as a private, nonprofit corporation. its mission is to deliver life-changing rehabilitation and care for individuals with brain injury, spinal cord injury, or other severe neurological disability. located on a 65-acre campus near 72nd street and sorensen Parkway, Qli has grown to become the largest and most comprehensive center of its kind in the country.

“My job is to make sure everyone at Qli has the tools and the “it’s a favorite part of my job; i am in a position to mentor support to be successful. i think that’s my job as a leader for and coach our growing leaders at Qli,” she said. “i think it serves us well as a community and a country if we’re willing Qli, and certainly i’m accountable to the board of directors to invest in the growth and development of our young for setting the vision for company and making sure—for people. i’m passionate about leadership, and anybody any challenges that arise—that we have a good plan in place to find a way to move forward,” kearns said. “And not who’s willing to put the time and effort into developing their skills into being a leader, can be a leader.” just challenges, but for opportunities that arise as well for growth and improvement.” nearly 40 Qli participants mentor youth through the having started at Qli as a physical therapist, kearns learned teamMates program; kearns has been matched with a the business from the ground up. that experience, she said, seventh-grade girl. means she appreciates both the hard work of her team and “because we’re in north omaha, logistically it’s really worked the support of the leaders that helped foster her career. out for us and we’re so proud to be both so involved with teamMates and in the north omaha community as well,” “what i lack in talent i make up in work ethic. My family is from a rural town (gordon, in the nebraska panhandle near she said. the south dakota border). both parents worked blue-collar types of jobs. i suppose i didn’t think i was lucky at the time, kearns is also in her third year of a program that pairs but i was lucky to have a tremendous work ethic instilled in local business leaders with athletes on the women’s me,” she said. “the other thing that contributes to success is basketball team at the university of nebraska omaha. she that i am truly a product of mentoring and coaching. i have attended doane university (crete, nebraska) on a volleyball scholarship, so she’s able to relate to her been so blessed my entire life—but particularly since i have been at Qli—to have incredible, talented individuals mentee about juggling college and sports as well as setting professional goals. who have been dedicated to my success.”

Qli is nonprofit, but still able to offer some support to other “we have 211 beds and are pretty close to being at capacity Dream bigger and work harder charitable and community organizations. the founding president and ceo of Qli, dr. kim hoogeveen, at most times. our long-term care campus has a significant was a strong proponent of mentoring and coaching, kearns waiting list. we have individuals on our rehab campus “one of things we appreciate most about omaha is that said, and set an example for the leadership team that she coming to us from all over the country. those people come people really truly care about their neighbors. we have a carries forward today. other community leaders were also to receive truly life-changing rehab and then go back to number of partnerships: the city of omaha Parks and their communities; so most of them are transitioning back,” an inspiration and source of support as she grew recreation department, uno, hetrA (equine therapy), and kearns said. “keeping in mind that our long-term folks will professionally. Avenue scholars,” kearns said. be with us the majority of their lives, on our rehab campus we’re serving amongst our 56 beds about 200 individuals a “i’ve had a number of individuals at Qli and across omaha who have been willing to give me time, give me guidance, Family and community year. that puts us at about 350 individuals we’re serving and give me the push to dream bigger and to work harder. she believes it’s important in her role at Qli to be involved every year as a whole.” especially as a female leader, i think that is one of the most in the community, kearns said, and as a working mother amazing things about our community,” she said. “i’ve had a “it’s a matter of juggling everything.” kearns and husband Challenges and opportunities number of other female leaders in the community who jeremy are parents to five-year-old daughter carsyn, who Qli employs around 400, all local except two marketing have been willing to reach out to me to lend me a helping kearns describes with equal parts pride and amusement as positions based in kansas city. Most employees work at the hand or who have been willing to take my phone call when “half princess, half tomboy. she might have her dress and Qli campus, but a home-health team is on site at two Qlii needed some advice or guidance on something.” jewelry on but be covered in dirt.” the kearnses also have a owned, u.s. department of housing and urban beloved chocolate lab named roxy that they joke was “the development-subsidized (hud) apartment complexes in now it’s her turn to guide the next generation. firstborn child.” the city.

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PATRICIA KEARNS

I’M passionate ABOUT LEADERSHIP, AND ANYBODY WHO’S willing TO PUT THE time and effort INTO developing THEIR SKILLS INTO BEING A LEADER, CAN BE A leader. ~PATRICIA KEARNS

This special feature is sponsored by planitomaha. planitomaha is dedicated to honoring women whose influence not only impacts the boardroom but the community.

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one of the largest and most prestigious meeting planning firms in the midwest “with our organization, work is very much intertwined with life here,” kearns said. “And so we value family as much as the time we put in to what we do.” the work/life balance philosophy is a direct reflection of the culture Qli staff creates for its clients through a program that emphasizes independence and working together to find ways (sometimes very personalized and unique) to integrate activities that were important in their lives before injury. “we started as a solution to a need in our state for providing rehab services for individuals with very unique, complex injuries, and we have a good understanding of our strengths and where this could lead us as an organization,” kearns said. “we spent the last five to six years growing as an organization; we had a lot of construction projects, expanded our team, continued developing our expertise, and kept up with technologies. we’ve spent the last year

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and a half reevaluating what the needs are in our industry and in our community and how that aligns with our strengths. so we’re kind of at the edge again to take off and develop some new things. it’s an exciting time.” the Qli team celebrated the organization’s 28th anniversary last spring. kearns said community members often express surprise that the nationally renowned center has been around for less than three decades. “in any industry—but especially health care—we have challenging times with funding cuts and trying to balance the state budget, and emerging research and changing technology. it really does push you as an organization to keep evolving so you can stay relevant and cutting-edge,” kearns said. “we have always had people here who are passionate about learning and growth and making sure we are staying on the forefront of our industry.”

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annuities COULD BE WORTH A look. We all dream of living comfortably in retirement. Your dream may be to take that long-awaited trip, move to a carefree condo, volunteer or even start a second career. But many people face a different reality. With longer life expectancies, waning pension plans, uncertainty about Social Security and a volatile marketplace, more Americans are finding that the nest egg they’ve worked so hard to create may not get them through their retirement. If you’re worried about outliving your assets, you may want to consider using annuities, which are designed to guarantee income during retirement. This strategy could add a level of certainty to your planning by giving you a steady source of income you can count on for life. What is an annuity? There are many annuities to choose from, all of which are offered through insurance companies. The basic concept of an annuity is that you make a premium payment to the company and in return are guaranteed1 a monthly income stream for a period of time, or, if you choose, for your lifetime. Depending on the type of annuity you choose, you can decide when that income starts—now or in the future—and some annuities have income options that can help provide for your loved ones after you pass away.

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How annuities can help you Annuities could be part of your financial safety net. When you put a portion of your retirement in an annuity, you’ll have the assurance of regular income through your lifetime, regardless of what the future holds. With a set income amount to rely on, this may allow you to invest your other assets with a higher degree of confidence. Many people use income from annuities to pay for essential living expenses—like mortgage, utility and food expenses—and then add a mix of other retirement investments with potential for growth. Of course, each individual is different and you will need to consider your personal circumstances when creating a plan designed to meet your goals. Annuities also offer some attractive tax advantages for money that has already been taxed. The premium placed in an annuity will grow, tax deferred. You can put significant sums of money into an annuity and defer paying taxes. Plus, there’s no limit to annual contributions. When you make withdrawals from an annuity, any gains will come out of the contract first and be taxed as ordinary income at that time. It’s important to note that withdrawals from an annuity may be subject to contractual withdrawal charges and if taken prior to age 59 and a half may be subject to a 10% IRS early withdrawal penalty. Types of income annuities There are two types of income annuities to choose from, depending on your goals, risk tolerance and family situation. They are designed to help you achieve a predictable and stable income in retirement and provide a guaranteed income you can’t outlive. Once you’ve chosen one of these annuities, there is no withdrawal, cash value or cancellation option. Timing of when to start income is one important consideration. You can start income now or later: • Deferred income annuities: You set a date in the future for your income stream to start—and when you retire have confidence because you know what your income will be. This can be a good option if you’ve maxed out your 401(k) or other employee-sponsored plan. • Immediate income annuities: Your payments start within the first year after the purchase and you receive a fixed amount as long as you live. Is an annuity right for you? Before putting your money in an annuity, you’ll want to evaluate your specific situation including your financial situation, goals and future commitments. Get the conversation started by considering the following scenarios. If any apply to you, annuities could be worth a closer look. • You worry your retirement funds (including investments, pension and Social Security benefits and other savings vehicles) won’t be enough to cover your fixed expenses. • You expect to live a long life and aren’t sure you’ve saved enough. The Centers for Disease Control National Center for Disease Statistics puts the average American life expectancy at 78.8 years, an all-time high.2 While it’s hard to predict your longevity, you can consider your health status, lifestyle and family history. • You’d like the peace of mind of knowing you will always have regular income—no matter how long you live. Making the decision Every individual enters retirement with different needs. A financial professional can help you understand your options for retirement income within the context of your overall financial planning strategy and help you decide if an annuity is right for you. If you opt for annuities, you’ll want to consider the insurance company behind the investment. Since annuity guarantees and benefits are backed by the claims-paying ability of the insurer, the company offering the annuity matters. Article prepared by Northwestern Mutual with the cooperation of Tim J Harrison. Northwestern Mutual is the marketing name for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company (NM) (life and disability insurance, annuities and life insurance with long-term care benefits), Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and its subsidiaries. Securities are offered through Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC (NMIS), a subsidiary of NM, broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, member of FINRA and SIPC. Tim J Harrison is an agent of NM and registered representative of the NMIS based in Omaha, NE 1

All annuity guarantees are backed solely by the claims-paying ability of the issuer. 2Centers for Disease Control website, Jan. 12, 2016. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/life-expectancy.htm

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Matt Darling is Vice President of Donor Services at the Omaha Community Foundation

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tax reform AND YOUR

charitable GIVING PLANS As we near giving season, many individuals throughout our community who have a long history of philanthropy will find themselves in uncharted territory. After the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act late last year, the standard deduction rose significantly—nearly doubling to $12,000 for individuals and $24,000 for married couples. Many predicted that this change will significantly impact charitable giving; the Tax Policy Center, a nonpartisan think tank, predicts that because of the new tax law, only 11% of households will continue to itemize tax deductions, down from over a quarter under the previous law. Below we’ve offered some tips and strategies that can help you navigate the new reform while still making the most impact with your philanthropic giving this year. Top on our list is a new tactic for tax-savvy givers called “bunching,” which could help philanthropically-minded donors. 1. Consider “Bunching” Your Charitable Gifts This Year Bunching is a giving strategy that allows individuals to contribute several years’ worth of charitable contributions into a Donor Advised Fund at the Foundation in one calendar year. Bunching ensures a donor will have enough charitable donations to exceed the increased standard deduction threshold, and still receive the maximum tax benefits. Donors can then grant the dollars in their fund to nonprofit organizations at the time and year they choose, while maintaining a similar level of giving and timing as in previous years. At the Omaha Community Foundation, we can help you take advantage of charitable bunching, and ensure it aligns to your personal giving strategy. We work with donors of all levels to ensure their philanthropy is as meaningful and impactful as possible.

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2. Take Advantage of the IRA Charitable Rollover While standard deductions changed significantly under the new law, many philanthropic giving tools remain intact and offer attractive opportunities for charitable giving. The IRA Charitable Rollover allows individuals 70.5 and older to transfer up to $100,000 from an IRA to a fund at the matt darling Community Foundation without triggering federal income taxes today, or estate tax in the future. If married, each spouse is eligible for the tax-free IRA transfer. Not all fund types are eligible for receipt of assets from an IRA, so if you are considering this option, please reach out to a member of our Donor Services team to ensure this solution works for you. 3. Giving Real Estate, Stock, or other Assets Giving stock remains one of the easiest ways to give. If you have held appreciated stock for more than a year, you can take a charitable tax deduction for the fair market value of the stock, and neither you nor the nonprofit will pay capital gains taxes upon its sale. At the Foundation, we can help facilitate the conversion of your gifted stock into charitable dollars, and help distribute it to multiple nonprofit organizations on your behalf. With each of these strategies, the Omaha Community Foundation is committed to partnering with donors to maximize your philanthropic impact while helping to make your charitable giving seamless. For more information on taking full advantage of your tax benefits with bunching, or to learn more about opening a charitable giving fund at the Foundation, please contact us at giving@omahafoundation.org or at 402-342-3458.

Opening a charitable fund with the Omaha Community Foundation provides a unique opportunity for donors to connect community understanding and indicators to their own philanthropic goals. Informed by The Landscape, a community-driven reflection of quality of life across Omaha and Council Bluffs, the Omaha Community Foundation is a collective of donors who are making thoughtful, strategic giving choices so that everyone here has the opportunity to thrive.

Visit TheLandscapeOmaha.org and give us a call at 402-342-3458 to learn more.

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maRy E. VandEnaCK Mary Vandenack, while a lawyer by profession, has studied extensively in mind/body areas of fitness and wellness. She is Yoga Alliance RYT-200, Power Pilates certified and ACE certified.

EMOTIONAL intelligence TO ENHANCE leadership Step Four: Empathy skills What is a Emotional intelligence?

Empathy is the ability to “put oneself in another’s shoes.” An empathetic Emotional intelligence is the capacity to be aware of your own emotions. You THERE ARE A LOT OFhas QUALITIES MAKE the ability to seeTHAT things from someoneGOOD else’s pointLEADERS. of view. can recognize, understand and manage your own emotions. You can recognize, person PRACTICING MINDFULNESS CAN CULTIVATE THESE QUALITIES. understand and influence the emotions of others. When you understand your Empathy can result in more meaningful relationships, better health, and a emotions, you can avoid letting them rule you. ~ William Shakespeare sense of well-being in the workplace. Empathy supports the building of trusting relationships. As trust builds, there is more extensive sharing and a Step One: Self-Awareness sense of safety in the relationship. Self-awareness involves the ability to recognize the emotions that you experience for what they are. Being self-aware means being able to accurately Step Five: Social Skills assess yourself and your reactions to different situations. A self-aware person Social skills in the context of developing emotional intelligence differ from recognizes her or his own susceptibility to react and seeks to manage it. social skills in other settings. A key skill is developing emotional intelligence is good communication. A good communicator is a good listener, seeks Developing self-awareness requires paying attention to your feelings. Perhaps clarification and reflects rather than immediately responds or reacts. start a journal and keep track of your feelings in response to certain events. Consider roles that you have in life. Predict how you might react in a particular Emotional intelligence involves conflict management skills. Managing and situation in a certain role. Observe your reactions and learn to identify the resolving conflict in a way that doesn’t damage a relationship is significant. feelings you experience. Tact and diplomacy are used to defuse situations. Step Two: Self-Regulation Emotional intelligence also involves being able to openly discuss differences in Self-regulation involves self-control, trustworthiness, conscientiousness, perspectives in a manner where each person can specify concerns and adaptability, and innovation. Some think it is healthy to “vent” when their emotions are running riot. Venting is never productive or positive. The person thoughts without feeling judged. The emotionally intelligent person will see a who regulates emotions can create a safe and fair environment even in the face win-win solution for conflict. of significant challenges. Building bonds is a vital social skill for the emotionally intelligent individual. Regulation of emotions in a difficult situation reduces drama and keeps things Building bonds applies both to new relationships but also to maintaining long term relationships. The emotionally intelligent individual values others and positive. A person who can self-regulate emotion is an asset in any situation. expresses that fact to the others. Step Three: Motivation The emotionally intelligent person can typically handle pressure well, You can be knowledgeable about emotional intelligence yet fail to have understand and cooperate with others, accept feedback, and make thoughtful motivation to achieve it. Developing emotional intelligence requires a decisions. The emotionally intelligent person sets a good example for others personal desire and commitment to achieve life satisfaction – at work, at to follow. home, in relationships.

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planning matters

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estate PLANNING CONSIDERATIONS UNDER INTERNAL REVENUE CODE §199A There has been much discussion of the impact of corporate and individual taxes since the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The corporate income tax rate for C corporations has been reduced from the prior 35 percent rate to 21 percent. However, many taxpayers with businesses have previously elected entities that allow pass- through of income. Essentially, the business entity is allowed to disregard income at the entity level and “pass through” to the individual owner’s personal income tax return. Common examples of this election are an S corporation election or a limited liability company electing to be treated as an S corporation for income tax purposes. In order to mitigate the impact to taxpayers electing the pass-through status, Congress updated Internal Revenue Code Section 199A, which provides a deduction of 20 percent of net qualified business income for certain specified trades or businesses. The end result of the 199A deduction is to reduce the effective U.S. federal income tax rate on qualified business income to 29.6 percent (current 37 percent bracket less the 20 percent deduction.)

Estate planning and accompanying business succession strategies often get lost in the discussion of the new corporate tax regime. Business owners can be lulled into thinking that because of the higher transfer tax exemptions (i.e., federal estate generation skipping and gift) a review of their current estate plan is mary e. vandenack unnecessary. However, taxpayers need to be aware that the provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act apply through 2025. Further, a change in the current administration and/or Congress could rapidly mitigate or eliminate the current exemptions and other benefits passed in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The use of existing trusts or formation of new trusts could be beneficial. The 199A provisions specifically allow trusts and estates to take a deduction similar to other owners of pass-through entity interests. The use of trusts may allow the taxpayer to maximize the 199A Qualified Business Income deduction and retain other estate planning features of a trust such as retaining certain transfer tax exemptions and asset protection features. Another consideration in estate planning under the 199A regime is maximizing the use of the state and local tax limitation of $10,000. Creating a beneficiary defective trust with a tax state situs (location) would allow income to be shifted to a beneficiary who is in a lower state and local tax environment with lower tax burdens, thus allowing the beneficiary trust to maximize the $10,000 limitation. Individuals should review existing durable power of attorneys that will allow the attorney in fact to exercise gifting or transfer provisions to maximize the use of transferring shares of passthrough S corporation shares, limited liability membership units or other business interests. Business owners with estate plans that may include transferring S corporation shares to an irrevocable trust should assure that those agreements have a QSST (Qualified Subchapter S Trust) to protect proper tax treatment of S corporation shares. There are many estate planning considerations beyond the scope of this article. The critical consideration is to review existing estate plans to assure maximizing key tax and trust benefits and having the plan updated or newly drafted to assure flexibility for future tax law changes.

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• swaRtzbaugh-FaRbER & assOCiatEs, inC.

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set YOUR goal! jim farber

IN SPORTS we see the game, stars and great plays: • The basketball player who calmly puts up a last-second 3-pointer under pressure to win the game.

• The golfer who stands over a curling 12-foot birdie putt, strokes it, jars it and wins the Masters.

• The quarterback who confidently faces three 250-pound charging linemen, hurls a perfect pass to the corner of the end zone and wins the Super Bowl.

• The pitcher who throws a blazing fastball right by the opponent’s best hitter for “stee-rike three” and a World Series victory. None of these athletes flinched under pressure. Why not? Because they have taken that shot, sank that putt, thrown that pass and made that pitch thousands of times, over and over, in something we don’t see—practice. During the weeks, months and years they spent perfecting their skills, they were preparing to perform when it counts. And being prepared doesn’t apply just to sports. A man jumped into a taxi in New York City and asked the cabbie, “Do you know how to get to Carnegie Hall?” The cabbie replied, “practice.” Now, let us look at something closer to home. We see a 67-year-old retiree leaving the golf course. He is smiling and humming a tune even though he missed a three-foot putt to lose his match, and there is no paycheck waiting for him in the mailbox at home. What is he so happy about? I’ll bet you are ahead of me. He is no different than the world-class athletes. He is prepared. While he was raising a family, working at a job or building a business, he was perfecting a skill that enables him to enjoy, for years to come, the things he worked for. That skill is saving:

• Shooting a consistent amount into your basket. • Sinking something each week into the “hole.” • Throwing a little each month into your end zone. • Pitching something each year into your (RHFF) “Retirement Hall of Fame Fund.” Repeat, repeat, repeat. You may not have a clear financial goal; do not let that prevent you from being the best you can be for yourself and your family. You set the bar. Put away a chunk every week, month and year, and I guarantee* you will be better off than if you do little or nothing. Many of us have an easy way to do it. It is called a 401(k). Sign up now for your RHFF and repeat after me… *a word advisors should not use lightly

parenting scaredy

stephanie vondrak d.d.s.

cat! AND article, school is in AS YOU READ THIS full swing, the leaves are golden brown and the Huskers have played (and hopefully won) their first few games. #FallinNebraska: it is the season for setting goals and looking ahead. As a mother, I encourage my kids by telling them that their capabilities are limitless and that with a positive attitude and a kind heart, anything is possible. As a health-centered dentist, I work with individuals one on one, creating master plans for optimal health. From prevention of disease, i.e., excellent homecare, to airway management, i.e., improved nasal breathing and healthy sleep, the message is clear. In my practice, “you have the opportunity to become as healthy as you wish to be.” Likewise, I find myself gearing up for two unique speaking events. Although very different audiences, both offer the opportunity to further my message and challenge the status quo. As I prepare, my mind gravitates again to our beloved Huskers and the words of our new coach, Scott Frost: “…once you take away that fear of what might happen when you make a bad play, it really frees you up to go make great plays. I want our team to always play with a desire to excel and no fear of failure.” I would like to think that my passion and drive is similar to that of our new head coach. Although I have no idea how to tackle another player or throw the perfect spiral, our foundation for leadership is the same. I believe in teaching healthcare professionals how to communicate with their patients to create an environment for growth. As a national lecturer, I have seen how a closed mindset and fear of failure can suffocate a dental practice. Doctors become weary of presenting complex treatment plans specifically when procedures fall outside of insurance coverage or maximize benefits. By allowing himself or herself to be limited by a third party, the doctor has inadvertently decreased the value of his or her dentistry while at the same time disregarded the patient’s opportunity to choose what treatment is best for him or her. But they don’t have to. The concepts of “purposeful practice” as found in Matthew Syed’s Bounce can be applied to most professions and all goals. I argue that vision and determination have more to do with successful outcomes than natural talent or luck. And yes, this applies to dentists as well. Unique among healthcare professionals, dentists are afforded the opportunity to see their patients every six months ongoing. This frequency of interaction has the potential to foster the doctor-patient relationship building trust and understanding. This is powerful. When nurtured, these relationships provide dentists with a platform to help their patients in limitless ways. Communicating the concepts of airway management and orthopedic development of the jaws are not difficult on this level. Complete restorative dentistry in which crowns and fillings are placed quadrant by quadrant verses tooth by tooth to rejuvenate the entire mouth are consistently requested by individuals seeking long-term dental solutions. So how do you get there? How do you transform the doctor-patient mindset to strive for health over everything else? Like Scott Frost and the author of Bounce, Matthew Syed, I believe that consistent purposeful practice is the answer. Dentists who choose to reflect on their communication failures and then practice and perfect their communication skills will not only succeed but excel. At this level, the dentist and patient are united and inspired by a common vision of health, an understanding of what is possible and an unwavering commitment to work together to get there.

For more information, please contact your trusted advisor at Swartzbaugh-Farber – ‘Client Centered – Client Advocates™’. This material is intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal or tax advice and is not intended to replace the advice of a qualified attorney, tax advisor or plan provider. Securities Offered through M Holdings Securities, Inc., a Registered Broker Dealer, Member FINRA/SIPC. Swartzbaugh-Farber & Associates, Inc. is independently owned and operated.

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RIVING CHANGE AMERICAN NATIONAL BANK CULTIVATES COMMUNITY GROWTH American National Bank is entering its 162nd year in business, but its leadership never stops looking ahead to lay a foundation for the future of the communities it serves.

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MERICAN NATIONAL BANK has some very deep roots. In fact, it’s “My grandfather and father had, and certainly my partner Allan Lozier has— been around longer than Nebraska itself, which was still just a territory when we joined together in co-ownership in 1984—a desire to do what we can to the bank’s earliest predecessor was founded in the mid-1800s. The company’s make the world in which we live a better world for the next generation.” unusual longevity is impressive, but Executive Co-chairman John Kotouc said SHARING AND GIVING he is especially pleased to be carrying forward a lengthy giving history. Everyone at American National Bank is encouraged to get involved, “My grandfather, who was one of the founders of the bank, was an extraordinarily generous person, as was my father, his successor. Both were Wende Kotouc said. “I think there is an authenticity that we share when we give. We’re not out named Otto Kotouc and both had a significant energy for public service as well as banking. My mother Mildred (Mid) was equally supportive and exceptionally trying to press a brand; we’ve empowered our employees to just go out and involved,” he said. “I think I was probably predestined to become a banker be who they are while building the community in the way they think is best. We’ve hired some great people and they want to share,” she said. “I think it through my DNA.” Even today, American National Bank employees’ collective service in any empowers people when they serve and can see an impact. It helps us given year may include participation in activities such as large-scale corporate become more cognizant of the need within the community when you know campaigns and support for coalitions like United Way and Omaha Gives!; you have an employer who is empathetic and appreciative of the need.” The Kotoucs do not exclude themselves. “We’re employees, too,” John targeted efforts unique to a community’s needs or a cause close to an Kotouc said. He and Wende have a long history of individual employee or customer; and board service board service for numerous organizations and leading and other executive involvement along with branch campaigns like, most recently, the 2017 Salvation employee volunteerism. Army Tree of Lights. “We take great pride in supporting hundreds of “GIVING—THAT’S THE “John and I believe that giving back is essential to organizations annually through education, human ESSENCE OF healthy communities. We feel we have to walk the talk. service and community involvement,” Executive CoWHO WE ARE We expect this from ourselves, our executives and— chairman Wende Kotouc (married to John) said. frankly—everybody,” Wende Kotouc said. “Giving—that’s the essence of who we are and the AND THE ESSENCE essence of healthy communities.”

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GOOD FOR EVERYONE GROWING AND BUILDING COMMUNITIES.” Leadership of the nearly 162-year-old bank always American National Bank remains a community bank at heart, serving a variety of communities. Today, ~ WENDE KOTOUC tries to look forward, John Kotouc said. “We think it’s the bank has 30 locations in Nebraska and Iowa along Executive Co-chairman really important to lay the foundation for the future for the next generation.” American National Bank with seven locations operating under the Western became one of the first local corporations to actively Bank name in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, and support an annual program called “STEP-UP Omaha!” providing services in Kansas and Texas. “It’s a family bank that dates back to 1856 with family ties since 1909. It’s gone opportunities for youth and young adults to gain job training and from what I would say are humble roots to becoming a pretty strong asset growth experience through summer internships. “It’s good for them and positive for employees,” Wende Kotouc said. institution, with 530-plus employees,” Wende Kotouc said. “We’re a community bank and we work hard to build strong relationships with our customers, our “Several (former interns) are still employed with the bank.” “There is some real upward mobility potential in some of these employees and the communities we serve. We strive to provide the best personal service and the most innovative products we can create for our clients.” individuals,” John Kotouc added. “When I walk through the office, and see “Giving activity has changed over the years as the bank has grown and some of these individuals who started out as summer interns, I smile.” Community-mindedness isn’t limited to charitable and philanthropic expanded geographically, and branch employees and customers provide insight into the unique needs of individual communities,” John Kotouc said. “Even efforts. The very nature of a bank’s daily business activities is to support the when the bank participates in national fundraising campaigns, the nonprofits growth of its community, John Kotouc pointed out. In turn, a strong community is good for everyone. involved typically have local chapters providing services close to home.” “We believe if we can help other organizations grow, then the basis for He added, “I would say our understanding of not-for-profit charitable enterprises has become a little more sophisticated. We really value well- giving from other organizations increases, too. That’s something people managed charities. We take a much closer look at those things today. We still don’t often put together, but the concept really does tend to improve the want to know that the organization’s purpose is contributing in an important overall growth of businesses within the economy and the capacity for giving,” he said. way to the needs of the community.”

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Sponsors: Borsheims Fine Jewelry & Gifts, H&H Premier Automotive, Pretty in Patina, Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery | Dreams MedSpa, Absolut Elyx, Allure Med Spa, KETV, Surface Hair Attendance: Over 3,000 On the inside, Omaha Fashion Week is a talent incubator that connects designers, stylists, photographers, artists, and models through engaging opportunities. On the outside, Omaha Fashion Week is the Midwest’s premier fashion event, spotlighting fashion innovations and celebrating creative excellence.

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Last year marked Omaha Fashion Week’s 10 Year Anniversary, and they have proudly grown into the nation’s fifth largest fashion event, supporting more independent fashion designers than any other organization in the region! Omaha Fashion Week is a glamorous red carpet event for a good cause, showcasing the work of more than sixty-five designers each year on the runway. They nurture the youngest of fashion designers by providing mentoring, education opportunities, and a professional platform to showcase their work. For more Information: 402-937-1061 & www.omahafashionweek.com

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Heart Ministry Center Holy Smokes When: August 10, 2018 Where: Omaha, NE

Why: To support the Heart Ministry Center’s programs and services Special Guests: Honorary Chair- Andy and Kama Arkfeld Sponsors: Arkfeld Wealth Strategies, Nebraska Medicine, Valmont, Mike and Susan Lebens, First National Bank, Baird Holm, Sam and Emily Wageman, Nicole Theophilus and Joel Carlson, Equitable Bank, Omaha Steaks, Motion Content House, Alley-Poyner Macchietto, Doug and Dawn Buchanan, Terry and Judy Haney, Kutak Rock, John and Beth Levy, Project Advocates, MaryBeth and Robert Rossiter, SEi, CHI Health, CRI, Dundee Bank, McGrath North, Mutual of Omaha Bank, Pansing, Hogan, Ernst & Bachmann LLP, United Healthcare, Weitz Investments Caterer: Attitude on Food Event Planner: Julie DeWitt Multimedia: Motion Content House Attendance: 500+ Amount Raised: Over $100K Mission: Providing food, clothing, healthcare, and a way forward for people several affected by poverty. About: The Heart Ministry Center provides free food, case management/social work services, legal services, medical/dental and job training/placement programs for individuals in need of assistance.

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BRIAN D’ARCY JAMES WITH CINDY AND SCOTT HEIDER

BRIAN D’ARCY JAMES WITH GAIL AND SHANE GRAEVE

JUDY AND BOB BATES

BRIAN D’ARCY JAMES WITH JOAN SQUIRES

BRIAN D’ARCY JAMES WITH JEN AND CHAD RUTAR

LIZ AKERT AND LATISHA ADAMS

Donors, vendors and friends came together at the Broadway Ball September 7 for good food and entertainment. The group of 325 raised $550,000 for educational and community engagement programs for Omaha Performing Arts. The theme of this year’s Broadway Ball was THE SCHOOL OF ROCK which will play at the Orpheum Theater April 23 through April 28, 2019. Honorary chairs were Cindy and Scott Heider. Omaha Performing Arts volunteer guild, The Presenters, were hosts for the Broadway Ball. Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeurves in the Holland lobbies where Omaha Girls Rock, a band program of Girls, Inc. and supported by Omaha Performing Arts, performed. Long-play records decorated one wall of the lobby as part of the music theme which was carried through invitations to table decorations that used another long-play record with the menu listed in the center. Each table had a variety of floral centerpieces. Following dinner, a video presentation highlighting Omaha Performing Arts’ educational and community outreach programs was shown. Over the past 12 years, Omaha Performing Arts has reached more than 300,000 students through Master Classes, artist talkbacks, community forums and educational opportunities. A group of students from Edison Elementary School who are with the Disney Musicals In the Schools, an Omaha Performing Arts program, performed a song. This was followed by a special performance from celebrated stage and screen actor and Tony Award® nominee Brian d’Arcy James. A post reception was held in the lobbies and featured live music from the Brandon Armstrong band, dancing and refreshments.

LYNN AND JOHN BOYER

RACHEL REINER, EMILY MOKRYCKI, AND JOAN SQUIRES

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2018 One Walk When: Saturday, August 25, 2018 Where: Lewis & Clark Landing, Omaha, NE RIBBON CUTTING WITH BOB BEGLEY, SHELBY LAGANA, CAITLYN MCBETH AND SCOTT MINGUS Why: More than 1.25 million Americans have type 1 diabetes (T1D), and those numbers are rising. It is estimated that by 2050 more than 5 million are expected to have T1D. JDRF One Walk funds research that is delivering life-changing therapies to people with T1D to keep them healthy and safe until we reach our ultimate goal of a cure. By supporting JDRF, businesses and individuals will be a part of history – curing T1D. Special Guests: Walk Chair: Bob Begley of Lockwood Development DON AGUERO WITH HIS SONS

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Sponsors: Presenting Sponsor, Lockwood Development and Media Partners, KMTV 3 News Now and Z-92 Attendance: 5,500 Amount Raised: $611,000 towards our goal of $637,500 with donations still being accepted. Mission: JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to cure, treat and prevent T1D.

OMAHA NORTHWEST HIGH MAGNET SCHOOL CHEERLEADER VOLUNTEERS

About: Nearly 6,000 people gathered at Lewis & Clark Landing to participate in JDRF One Walk in Omaha on Saturday, August 25th. The 29th annual Walk, organized by the JDRF Omaha-Council Bluffs Chapter, has raised more than $611,000 – with donations still coming in – to fund critically-needed type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. “Thank you to Walk Chair Bob Begley, Presenting Sponsor Lockwood Development, the cities of Omaha, Council Bluffs and surrounding areas, and our dedicated volunteers for making this year’s One Walk such a success and for showing your support for the families who are affected by T1D,” said Laci Naber, Executive Director of JDRF OmahaCouncil Bluffs Chapter. “Because of our sponsors, team captains, walkers and volunteers the dollars raised at this year’s event will lead to better treatments and management of this unrelenting disease, and will help us realize our vision of a world without T1D.” The enthusiastic participants walked along the Riverfront with an optional third mile across the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge and back, enjoyed live entertainment from Minor Detail, games, bounce houses, face painting and much more. After the event, participants went to The Capitol District for The Extra Mile event, hosted by JDRF Young Leadership Committee, where several local restaurants and food trucks donated a portion of the sales back to JDRF.

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FOR THE Boys!

Omaha Home for Boys Imagine Our Youth When: September 6, 2018 JEFF DEWISPELARE, MACY DEWISPELARE AND J.R. MARTINEZ

J.R. MARTINEZ, BETSY MORAN AND JEFF MORAN

Where: Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District, Omaha Why: Imagine Our Youth is an evening of inspiration and action in support of Omaha Home for Boys. Event proceeds benefit the more than 300 young men and women who seek the Home’s guidance every year. Special Guests: Keynote Speaker, J.R. Martinez Sponsors: Presenting Sponsor - Quantum Financial Partners, LLC; Diamond Sponsor - Warren Distribution

JENNIFER GRISWOLD AND J.R. MARTINEZ

SHAYNE FILI

Caterer: Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District Attendance: 450 Mission: The mission of Omaha Home for Boys is to support and strengthen youth, young adults and families through services that inspire and equip them to lead independent and productive lives.

JIM AND ANNE BURNETT AND MICKEY AND GREG EVANS

For more Information: OmahaHomeForBoys.org 402.457.7000

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Metro Area Youth Foundation Summer Bash for Childhood Cancer

Summer Bash was heartwarming as Amanda, our ambassador’s mother, shared the story of Ava’s diagnosis and treatment of leukemia. She told of the challenges of chemo and still taking care of basic family needs. She expressed her thanks to the Summer Bash for helping them through a difficult time. Thank you Amanda for sharing your story so beautifully! Amount Raised: Over $100,000 Thank you to all of the attendees and volunteers who made this event a success so we can continue to assist families with a child who is battling cancer. Summer Bash was a fun-filled evening including a silent and live auction. Funds raised benefit families who have children receiving cancer treatment and support 2 childhood cancer camps and Children’s Hospital and Nebraska Medical Center. For more Information: 402-734-0720 | http://summerbashforccc.org

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Central High School Fdtn. Soar in the Sandhills

This getaway provided a unique golf experience in the Nebraska Sandhills at Dismal River Club on August 5-7, 2018 (hosted by Central alum Aaron McKeever Managing Partner/Owner.) Nestled in the hills of western Nebraska, Dismal River Club boasts a mix of sporting, lodging and dining that is both rustic and refined, fascinating avid golfers, big game hunters and outdoor enthusiasts. This opportunity was limited to 72 participants on a first come first served basis. The event included: ▪ 36 holes of golf ▪ Lodging for two nights ▪ Round-trip transportation from Omaha ▪ Trap and five stand ▪ Lessons with PGA professionals and GolfTEC Instructors ▪ Fishing For more Information: http://www.chsfomaha.org/

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CROSSING T’s!

Grief’s Journey

20th Annual Remembrance Walk “Teams, Tennis Shoes and Tutus”

When: Saturday, August 18, 2018 Where: Miller’s Landing About: A Grief’s Journey Fundraiser. Help us make sure no one has to walk their grief journey alone! Thank you to all who participated this year. Plans are already underway for 2019! Sponsors: Mike Morris & Brenda Christensen, Omaha Public Power District, Paws & Remember of Nebraska and Roeder Mortuary. AseraCare Hospice, Blackburn High School in Memory of Jordyn Bonam, and Masters Financial. Special guests: ▪ Blades from the Omaha Lancers ▪ Stormy from the Omaha Storm Chasers ▪ The Omaha Rollergirls ▪ The Omaha Fire Department ▪ Spazzy Jazzy Hoops For more Information: https://griefsjourney.org/

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Great Plains Colon Cancer Task Force BOXER 500

When: August 11, 2019 Where: Werner Park, Papillion How: 2 Kid Races + 2 Run Distances About: The Boxer 500 is a 5K run/walk, 1M walk and kid’s event to raise awareness and for colorectal cancer. Participants are encouraged to draw attention to their bottoms and colorectal cancer by participating in their boxer underwear, forming a team and wearing matching boxers! The event is all-ages, so participants dress appropriately. Boxers are completely optional! Participants are allowed to run for fun or for competition! The 5K route is certified and is the Road Runners Club of America State 5K Championship for Nebraska. Strollers are welcome on the route, as long as they line up behind the runners. For more Information: 402-734-0720 | http://summerbashforccc.org

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community CALENDAR

save the date Learn more details about any of these events by searching our extensive Community Calendar at mMAGAZINE’s website: http://www.SpiritofOmaha.com/Metro-Magazine/Community/Calendar/

CONNECT with over 100 nonprofits and learn more about their mission and how you can help! Order your copy of The Giving Guide & Event Book 2018 today at mMAGAZINE’s SpiritofOmaha.com.

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VENTS

Complete information for the following events is available at metroMAGAZINE’s SpiritofOmaha.com CALENDAR PAGE or each organization’s website.

October 2 – October 14 | 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM OPERATION SCHOOL BELL 2018 Assistance League® of Omaha JC Penney Store | Westroads Shopping Center | Omaha No cost | 402-210-5571 | www.alomaha.org

October 4 | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM 45TH WOMAN OF THE YEAR GALA Arthritis Foundation Omaha Marriott | 10220 Regency Circle | Omaha $150 | 402-262-0144

October 5 | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM THE HOPE GALA 2018 The Hope Center for Kids TBA | Omaha $100 Individual Ticket / 800 Table Host - Contact for sponsorship levels | 402-341-4673x1028 www.hopecenterforkids.com

OCTOBER 6 | CHECK WITH ORG FOR DETAILS! LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL CELEBRATION Collective for Youth University of Nebraska at Omaha FREE event open to everyone in the community | 402-932-2025 | www.collectiveforyouth.org

October 6 | 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM A VINTAGE AFFAIRE X Autism Action Partnership Embassy Suites La Vista Conference Center | 12520 Westport Parkway | La Vista Sponsorships and individual tickets Available | 402-763-8830 | www.autismaction.org

October 7 | 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM 25TH ANNIVERSARY RACE FOR THE CURE Susan G. Komen Great Plains Baxter Arena | 67th and Center Streets | Omaha Varies | 402-502-2979 | www.komengreatplains.org

OCTOBER 11 | 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM HOMEGROWN NCHS Kros Strain Brewing | 10411 Portal Rd #102 | La Vista $35/advance or $40/door | 402-451-0787 | www.nchs.org

October 13 | 6:00 PM NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS GALA Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Omaha Marriott Downtown $125-175 | 402-505-9901 | www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org/chapters/iowanebraska/events/night-of-champions.html 56

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LEARN MORE ABOUT THESE ORGANIZATIONS IN THE GIVING GUIDE 2018!

October 14 | 5:00 PM – 8:00 AM

VENTS

COMFORT FOOD CLASSIC Grief's Journey Hotel RL | 3321 S. 72 Street | Omaha

October 16 | 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM A TIME FOR HOPE & HEALING LUNCHEON The Kim Foundation Embassy Suites Conference Center, La Vista | 12520 Westport Parkway | La Vista $75 per person | 402-891-6911 | www.thekimfoundation.org

October 18 | 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM PURSEONALITIES Child Saving Institute Guild Board

Oct. 12–Nov. 4

Nov. 16–Dec. 23

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Hilton Hotel & Conference Center | 1001 Cass St. | Omaha $100 | 402-504-3664 | http://childsaving.org

October 19 | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM BLUEJAY JAMBOREE Creighton Univ Athletics Hilton Omaha Downtown $190 per ticket | 402-280-5577 | http://gocreighton.com

6915 Cass St. | (402) 553-0800 OmahaPlayhouse.com

OCTOBER 27 - 28 KIDS AND CLAYS SPORTING CLAYS TOURNAMENT Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha Oak Creek Sporting Club | 2890 W Rd | Brainard $850 per team of 5 | 402-346-9377 | www.rmhcomaha.org

October 27 | 5:30 PM PURPLE APPLE GALA Bellevue Public Schools Foundation Beardmore Event Center | Bellevue $125 | 402-293-4030 | BellevuePublicSchoolsFoundation.org | https://bellevuepublicschoolsfoundationorg.presencehost.net/ne ws-events/event/2018/10/27/bellevue-public-schools-foundatio n-s-purple-apple-gala/203397

November 2 RALLY FOR KIDS Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska Location and time TBA $100 | 402-591-5063 | www.LFSneb.org | www.lfsneb.org/events/rally-kids-2018/

November 2 | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM 2018 VISION BEYOND SIGHT BANQUET Outlook Nebraska Embassy Suites La Vista | 12520 Westport Parkway | La Vista TBD | 402-614-3331 | http://outlooknebraska.org/

November 3 | 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL & MEDICAL CENTER GALA Friends Board of Children's Hospital & Medical Center CHI Health Center Omaha | 455 N 10th Street | Omaha $185+ | 402-955-6851 57

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community CALENDAR

Learn more details about any of these events by searching our extensive Community Calendar at mMAGAZINE’s website: http://www.SpiritofOmaha.com/Metro-Magazine/Community/Calendar/

November 7 | 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM CHRISTMAS CARAVAN PREVIEW PARTY Assistance League® of Omaha Champions Run | 13800 Eagle Run Dr | Omaha $100 | 402-210-5571 | www.alomaha.org

November 8 | 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM CHRISTMAS CARAVAN 2018 Assistance League® of Omaha Various homes in Omaha $16 in advance, $20 at the door | 402-210-5571 | www.alomaha.org

November 8 | 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM ONEWORLD MILAGRO DINNER OneWorld Community Health Centers Hilton Omaha | 1001 Cass St. | Omaha $125 | 402-502-8940 | www.oneworldomaha.org/get-involved/milagro/

November 9 | 6:00 PM THE SALVATION ARMY TREE OF LIGHTS KICKOFF The Salvation Army American National Bank | 8990 W Dodge Rd | Omaha Free | 402-898-5908 | www.salarmyomaha.org

November 15 | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM SALUTE TO FAMILIES Heartland Family Service Happy Hollow Club | 1701 S. 105th Street | Omaha Tickets: $60/adults, $15/children | 402-552-7424 | http://HeartlandFamilyService.org

November 16 | 6:00 PM SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY The Durham Museum The Durham Museum $175 and up | 402-444-5071 | www.durhammuseum.org | https://durhammuseum.org/the-durham-museum-to-host-annu al-sentimental-journey-event-with-honor/

November 29 - 30 | 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM STAR 104.5 ADOPT A FAMILY RADIOTHON FOR THE SALVATION ARMY The Salvation Army Westroads Mall | 10000 California St | Omaha Varies | 402-898-5908 | www.salarmyomaha.org

December 8 | 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM 2018 NEBRASKA JINGLE BELL RUN Arthritis Foundation Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum | Ashland $15 to $40 | 402-262-0144 | www.jbr.org/nebraska 58

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Supporting the Hubbard Center for Children

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SUPPORTING THE ARTS

OCTOBER 6 - 7 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Employee Benefits Executive Benefits ▪ Wealth Management Business Succession and Estate Planning

JAPANESE AMBIENCE FESTIVAL Lauritzen Gardens Lauritzen Gardens 100 Bancroft Street | Omaha $5-10, free for garden members and children under 6 | 402-346-4002 | www.lauritzengardens.org

Financial Plaza, Suite 418 9140 West Dodge Road Omaha, NE 68114 402.397.5800 www.swartzbaugh.com

OCTOBER 6 - NOVEMBER 16 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

FALL CHRYSANTHEMUM SHOW Lauritzen Gardens Lauritzen Gardens | 100 Bancroft Street | Omaha $5-10, free for garden members and children under 6 | 402-346-4002 | www.lauritzengardens.org

Our Employees and Our National Alliances – They’re What Set Us Apart.

OCTOBER 12 - NOVEMBER 4 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

SHE KILLS MONSTERS The Omaha Community Playhouse Securities and Investment Advisory Services offered through M Holdings Securities, Inc., a Registered Broker/Dealer and Investment Advisor, member FINRA/SIPC. Swartzbaugh-Farber & Associates, Inc. is independently owned and operated.

The Omaha Community Playhouse | 6915 Cass St | Omaha www.omahaplayhouse.com/tickets/

OCTOBER 13 - 26 11:00 AM - 11:00 AM

BENEFIT ART AUCTION EXHIBITION Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

Come see our renovated space!

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts | 724 South 12th Street | Omaha Free and open to the public. | 402-341-7130 | http://bemiscenter.org/benefit

OCTOBER 13 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

• Perfect for any event — including corporate, social, and weddings • Top-notch food in wide and customizable menu • State-of-the-art audio visual to enhance any meeting

BENEFIT ART AUCTION PREVIEW + OPEN HOUSE / OPEN STUDIOS Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts | 724 South 12th Street | Omaha Free and open to the public. | 402-341-7130 | http://bemiscenter.org/benefit

OCTOBER 14 - NOVEMBER 4 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

SHE KILLS MONSTERS The Omaha Community Playhouse The Omaha Community Playhouse | 6915 Cass St | Omaha www.omahaplayhouse.com/tickets/

OCTOBER 19 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

PAGLIACCI Opera Omaha Orpheum Theater | 409 S 16th St | Omaha $19-99 | 402-346-7372 www.operaomaha.org/season-tickets/current-season/2018-2019-season/pagliacci

OCTOBER 19 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

JOURNEY THROUGH TIME Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum

6450 Pine Street 402.778.6313 scottcenter.com

Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum | 28210 W Park Hwy Ashland | $150 | 402-944-3100 | www.sacmuseum.org 60

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Loves to talk.

Reads over your shoulder.

Hogs the covers.

Wants your tuna.

Find your soulmate at the Nebraska Humane Society. www.nehumanesociety.org

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OCTOBER 21 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

PAGLIACCI Opera Omaha

Taking Clean To The Next Level

Orpheum Theater | 409 S 16th St | Omaha $19 - 99 | 402-346-7372 | www.operaomaha.org/season-tickets/current-season/2018-2019-season/pagliacci

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DIANA KRALL Omaha Performing Arts Orpheum Theater - Omaha | 409 S 16th St | Omaha $85 | 802-255-1826 | www.soundchronicle.com/tickets/Diana_Krall_Omaha_NE_2018-10-26_19-30

OCTOBER 26 5:30 PM - 11:45 PM

BENEFIT ART AUCTION + CONCERT 2018 BEMIS CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts | 724 South 12th Street | Omaha For pricing, visit bemiscenter.org/benefit. | 402-341-7130 | http://bemiscenter.org/benefit

The sooner we get there, the better. Call Extremely Clean 24/7.

Extremely Clean | www.ExtremelyClean.Com | 402.932.3257

OCTOBER 28 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

GHOULISH GARDEN ADVENTURE Lauritzen Gardens Lauritzen Gardens | 100 Bancroft Street | Omaha $5-10, free for garden members and children under 6 | 402-346-4002 | www.lauritzengardens.org

NOVEMBER 2 - 4 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

ANIME NEBRASKON Raddison | 3321 S. 72nd | Omaha | www.animenebraskon.com

NOVEMBER 16 - DECEMBER 23 A CHRISTMAS CAROL The Omaha Community Playhouse The Omaha Community Playhouse | 6915 Cass St | Omaha www.omahaplayhouse.com/tickets/

NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 24 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

HOLIDAY POINSETTIA SHOW Lauritzen Gardens Lauritzen Gardens | 100 Bancroft Street | Omaha $5-10, free for garden members and children under 6 | 402-346-4002 | www.lauritzengardens.org

DECEMBER 8 5:00 AM - 9:00 AM

JOSLYN CASTLE UNLOCKED Joslyn Castle Joslyn Castle | 3902 Davenport Street | Omaha $85.00 | 402-595-2199 | www.joslyncastle.com 63

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THE power OF COMMUNITY SERVICE

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A SPEAKER WITH inspiration AND impact!

TAKE YOUR ORGANIZATION’S community service EFFORTS TO the next level!

ANDEE IS AN enthusiastic AND knowledgeable SPEAKER. ANDEE’S EXPERIENCE IN WORKING WITH BOTH THE NONPROFIT AND CORPORATE SECTORS OVER THE past 25 years WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN HELPING OUR AGENTS LEARN innovative WAYS TO TAKE THEIR COMMUNITY SERVICE ACTIVITIES TO THE next level. GIVING BACK IS A must FOR EVERY BUSINESS AND ANDEE delivers WHEN IT COMES TO HELPING ORGANIZATIONS CREATE AND implement STRATEGIC GIVING PLANS AND NONPROFIT PARTNERSHIPS.

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I believe THAT BUSINESSES & ORGANIZATIONS (BOTH LARGE AND SMALL) HAVE AN incredible OPPORTUNITY TO create THE GREATEST impact IN BUILDING STRONG COMMUNITIES THROUGH GIVING BACK. I LOOK FORWARD TO serving YOU AS YOU SERVE OTHERS .

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