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WITH awareness Hello, 2022! We have been anxiously waiting your arrival! Well, maybe not anxiously but there certainly is a level of excitement as one year comes to a close and another begins. We often look at the beginning of a new year as a fresh start, an opportunity to let go of things that no longer serve us. That could mean material items, people and even energies. Something that I became very conscious of in 2021 is my awareness and how much that has helped me navigate through another year of uncertainty. Oftentimes we are on autopilot; I know I have been at times. Asking questions about everything is a game-changer. Taking time to see if something “feels” light or heavy has also served me very well over the past couple of years. Choosing to do things differently—choosing to BE different—is a gift I give myself each and every day. Being aware allows me to stay present with what is, and not go off into what could be, what should be or why this is happening. Some of my favorite questions to ask while occupying this beautiful space of awareness are: • If I choose this, will it be a contribution?

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• If I choose this, will it create ‘greater’ in my life? In my business? • What is right about this that I am not getting? • Can I change this? If so, how can I change this? • And my absolutely favorite question: What else is possible? When you ask these questions, simply be aware of what comes up. Sometimes nothing comes up, but by asking the question and being aware, the creation process has started. You don’t need to figure it out or come to conclusions or judgment; just let it BE and BE aware. We all are receiving messages—every day. Oftentimes they are merely whispers, gently tapping us on the shoulder. Awareness allows us to hear them. My friends, I encourage you all to BE with your awareness, listen to the whispers and ask questions. There is a big, beautiful space out there just waiting for you to play in. 2022, welcome!

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sharing & caring 2021/ 2022

GRATITUDE AND GENEROSITY are integral to the holiday period from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, and the spirit of the season creates a heightened awareness of nonprofits and inspires a welcome surge of giving. However, the start of a new year also serves as a reminder that organizations serve year-round and need the support of the community all 52 weeks of the year. Giving Tuesday was launched in 2012 by a nonprofit cultural and community center in Manhattan and has since been adopted nationwide and in 80 countries around the globe. It’s no coincidence that the movement to support charitable organizations takes place the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, because the last weeks of the year—followed by the energy of beginning a new year—have always been an important time for nonprofits.

community out of gratitude and kindness. The true meaning of philanthropy, love of humanity through charitable giving, shines brighter during this season of giving… This season of year-end generosity puts giving back at the forefront of people’s minds. There may be opportunities to maximize tax benefits through charitable contributions, but the opportunity to be generous and give back in a festive and selfless way makes this time of year particularly special… For our area nonprofits, this time of annual generosity is welcome boost needed in order to help provide much-needed funds for sustaining programming or promoting special projects.”

Pottawattamie County Community Foundation (PCCF) is a partnership of rural and urban citizens who support and stimulate donor-driven philanthropy. President and CEO Donna Dostal said the holidays are traditionally a time of giving Marjorie Mass, SHARE Omaha’s executive back to the community in a meaningful way to director, agreed. express gratitude, honor loved ones, and elebrate the successes of the year. “When we all work together to help organizations meet their holiday giving goals, we ensure they “Year-end fund development helps our nonprofit can reach matching-funds pledges, continue their partners close gaps in funding in order to ensure services and plan for the new year,” she said. programs and services are strong and available “Money is the most flexible donation that you can for our community. As organizations prepare the give. It allows organizations you’re passionate coming year, this push for funds helps to solidify about to fill the gaps of the greatest needs. Cash planning and meet budget goals as well,” she allows nonprofits to pivot to embrace change as explained. “In addition, this time of year is those needs shift.” traditionally a time for giving back to the ~ continued

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sharing & caring Wrapping up, planning ahead Donna Kush, president and CEO of Omaha Community Foundation, said her organization works with donors and nonprofits and helps connect the dots between the complex needs of the community and those working to make a difference. On the donor side, she explains, people tend to revisit their philanthropic-giving goals at the end of the year and consider ways to optimize tax benefits through tools such as donor-advised funds (DAFs).

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“By establishing a DAF, you are eligible for a tax deduction upon receipt of your donation into the DAF, yet you have the flexibility to decide the timing of your distributions to nonprofit organizations,” she said. “This is a particularly beneficial year-end strategy because you can make a year-end gift and take the tax deduction immediately. DAFs and other funds can also be useful tools to offset unexpected year-end earnings or tax implications. “At the Foundation we’re equipped to handle gifts of stock into your philanthropic fund. When donating stock gifts, individuals can enjoy a double benefit of an immediate income tax deduction and avoidance of capital gains tax on appreciated values.” The beginning of a new year is also an ideal time to begin a plan for the months ahead, Kush added.

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“Our goal is to help connect philanthropists of all means to nonprofits working to make an impact in this community. The Foundation offers several strategic funds anyone in the community can support; each are aimed at growing impact and capacity throughout our nonprofit community in various focus areas. These include everything from our Community Loan Fund, which uses an impact investing model to make affordable loans to eligible nonprofits, to our Community Interest Funds, which empower everyday 10

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2021/2022 residents to make grantmaking decisions,” she explained. “Unfortunately, we also know many nonprofits are still recovering from the effects of COVID-19, and our Community Resilience Fund is still granting funds to support a long-term recovery. There is still overwhelming need here, including $2.5 million in unfunded requests from more than 90 nonprofits.” Nonprofits need support all year long, and January puts people in a mindset to look ahead. It’s never too early to formulate a plan on how and who to help. “Donors are able to support nonprofits with direct monetary support, either as a one-time donation, or perhaps by setting up recurring gifts that last the entire year to come. This is also the time that donors look at their personal finances and meet with their investment and tax professionals to ensure their affairs are in order for tax season, so appreciated stocks are a great way to support a favorite nonprofit,” Dostal said. “Also, gifts from an organization’s wish list are particularly popular with donors this time of year, much like giving a gift to family member. Gifts like diapers, clothing, toys or food are great ways to help nonprofits serving families in our community.” Multiple ways to give SHARE Omaha offers the giving public opportunities to connect with metro nonprofits through donations, volunteering and wish lists, making it easy for people to find local nonprofits and engage with them how they choose, Maas said. “SHARE Omaha is connected to over 600 local organizations, and we’re committed to understanding and uplifting what they need to stay strong and sustainable. At SHAREomaha.org, we champion multiple ways you can give to local nonprofits, whether it’s donating money, items or your time. All of these ~ continued things continue to be incredibly valuable, and we year-end giving

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sharing & caring encourage you to get involved in any way you can to propel local nonprofits to a more prosperous 2022,” Maas said, adding that it’s simpler than ever to make a difference. “SHAREomaha.org makes it easy to buy the items local nonprofits need. Givers can shop Amazon lists directly from the site and click to purchase. We also love to see generous people buy these items locally and deliver them to organizations’ doorsteps.” Giving can be rewarding, too, Dostal said.

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“Volunteering is an invaluable way to support your favorite nonprofit during this time of year. Whether you take a few hours to give your personal talents toward your favorite cause, or you organize a family opportunity to give your collective time and energy, volunteering is powerful and creates an unparalleled feeling of true philanthropy,” she said. Giving can even be creative, she added. “In our region, we are blessed with both urban and rural community partners. In our rural communities, it’s often powerful to give gifts of grain or livestock to a favorite nonprofit. The grain or livestock is sold at market, and the proceeds are transferred to the organization. Also, this is a great time to demonstrate the spirit of giving with children. Families may put together gifts of food or personal items that children can help organize and take an active role in coordinating, making it a family project.” What’s ahead in 2022 There’s no question that 2020 and 2021 have been challenging years for nonprofits and for many supporters, too. However, Maas said, there is also much to look forward to.

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2021/2022 action on this site,” she said. “We are looking forward to seeing even more people experience the power of giving in 2022.” “The (Omaha Community) Foundation is finalizing a new strategic plan which we’re excited to share in 2022. We look forward to deepening our connections in the community, growing awareness of our programs, services and impact, and strengthening our internal systems that allow us to do our work more efficiently— especially ensuring that we are optimizing technology,” Kush said. “We’ve learned a lot throughout the pandemic, and we’re applying those learnings in everything we do—from how we work to how we can grow our impact and partner to strengthen this region. We’re optimistic that 2022 will allow for more community gatherings, events and engagement opportunities for all.” “At PCCF, we are looking forward to 2022 in our newly remodeled and expanded building,” Dostal said. “As we move into 2022, we start the year with our IMPACT Community Grant cycle, open to nonprofits and city/county government projects in Pottawattamie County. We are also planning another session of our ‘Make IT Happen’ fund development cohort in mid2022, where we gather nonprofit fundraising professionals from our southwest Iowa area and learn together about donor motivation, relationship building, and other fundraising best-practices. Also, we are building our Women’s Fund of Southwest Iowa and Mental Health and Substance Abuse Fund in order to help our nonprofit partners create durable solutions for our region.” To find out more about SHARE Omaha, visit SHAREomaha.org. To find out more about Omaha Community Foundation, visit omahafoundation.org. To find out more about Pottawattamie County Community Foundation, visit ourpccf.org. year-end giving

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• BOYS TOWN

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FOR MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED YEARS, Boys Town has been a safe haven for abused and neglected children and for those with behavioral problems and mental health challenges. Boys Town lifts girls and boys out of heartache and provides life-changing care by giving them a stable and secure environment where they have access to specialized health care and learn the skills they need to become successful students and productive citizens.

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THE WORK WILL continue, YOU SEE, WHETHER I AM THERE OR NOT, BECAUSE IT IS GOD’S WORK, NOT mine.

SAVING CHILDREN, HEALING FAMILIES

phone: (531) 355-1111 email: info@boystown.org web: www.boystown.org address: 14100 Crawford St. Boys Town, NE 68010

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CHILD SAVING INSTITUTE

FOR MORE THAN 129 YEARS, Child Saving Institute (CSI) has been providing programs and services to Omaha-area children and families to prevent abuse, neglect and trauma. Over the years, CSI has developed an exemplary reputation for utilizing early intervention and prevention techniques to help parents successfully cope with stressful situations, reducing the risk of abuse and neglect or the threat of having children removed from their homes. CSI also provides hope. Its trained staff help create a positive family dynamic by recruiting foster and adoptive families for children and teens. As part of this work, CSI manages the Nebraska Heart Gallery, where many older children and siblings available for adoption have found loving “forever families.” CSI’s robust Mental Health Services team provides therapeutic needs for children of all ages and their families. CSI’s licensed therapists specialize in child and family therapy to provide support, skills and knowledge necessary to improve family relationships and reduce the painful impact of traumatic life events. CSI therapists are trained and practice: Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), play therapy, Trauma FocusedCognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and more. In addition, CSI has a full-time nurse practitioner on site to provide medication management services to children, teens and young adults when deemed necessary. CSI also offers two quality early childhood education centers in Omaha, providing a safe and loving environment for children ages six weeks to six years. Both childcare centers participate in the Nebraska Step Up to Quality program and offer the highest quality curriculum to children. They also include a nationallycertified “Nature Explore” classroom and enrichment activities including fitness, dance, sports and yoga classes.

EACH YEAR, CSI PROVIDES hope AND healing TO THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED ABUSE, NEGLECT AND TRAUMA. ~ JAYMES SIME PRESIDENT & CEO, CHILD SAVING INSTITUTE 15

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phone: (402) 533-6000 email: csiinfo@childsaving.org web: www.childsaving.org address: 4545 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68132

Through each of its programs, CSI is focused on improving the lives of the children and their families and fulfilling its mission of “Responding to the cry of a child.” To learn more about CSI’s programs and ways you can help support the agency’s mission, visit www.childsaving.org or follow CSI on social media. mMAGAZINE • MAKING A DIFFERENCE 2021/2022

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• OHB

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BECOMING MORE AT OHB

email: giving@ohb.org web: www.ohb.org address: 4343 N 52nd St. Omaha, NE 68104

THE ELECTRICITY WAS CUT OFF AGAIN. There was no food in the house. Child Protective Services was called. These are all raw, hurtful memories that still hold a place in 22-year-old Kenya’s heart today, although she wasn’t even a teenager yet when they happened. Kenya had a tumultuous childhood. Her mother struggled with addiction and her father was not in the picture. She recalls being juggled among family members for most of her younger years, but she was eventually placed in the foster care system. She would get to reunite with her mother occasionally, each time battling for her love and affection, but her mother’s addiction always won. Eventually, Kenya’s mother entered a drug treatment program. Through the program, Kenya ended up connecting with some positive adults, one of which said he knew of a place that may be able to help her: Omaha Home for Boys. Kenya enrolled at OHB and got straight to work setting goals, one of which was to go to college. She attended time management and budgeting classes at OHB that helped her get on a stable, steady path. Next, she applied for and received one of OHB’s scholarships to help her pay for tuition, books and a computer. And, best of all, says Kenya, is that she had a supporter and trusted mentor in her corner cheering her on through it all. “My favorite part about OHB is that they actually care, and it shows,” said Kenya. “They check up on me. I always get messages from the OHB crew, and I really appreciate that. It’s a connection. I feel very connected.” Kenya leaned on OHB’s Rental Assistance Program to help her achieve housing stability. She has been in her house for over a year, the longest period that she has ever lived under one roof. Kenya speaks for herself and other youth at OHB in thanking those who support the program, “Without your help, we wouldn’t be the people that we’re aspiring to be. With your help, we are becoming more than what we were in the past.” 16

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MY FAVORITE PART ABOUT OHB IS THAT THEY ACTUALLY care, AND IT SHOWS. THEY check up ON ME. I ALWAYS GET MESSAGES FROM THE OHB CREW, AND I REALLY appreciate THAT… I FEEL VERY connected. ~ KENYA YOUTH AT OMAHA HOME FOR BOYS mMAGAZINE • MAKING A DIFFERENCE 2021/2022

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HELP AND HOPE TO THOSE MOST IN NEED

phone: (402) 898-7700

THE SALVATION ARMY OF OMAHA is a faith-based nonprofit organization. Its three community centers—Omaha Citadel Corps, Omaha North Corps and the Omaha Kroc Center—as well as the Burrows Center and Renaissance Village, are uniquely situated to meet the diverse needs of our metroarea neighborhoods. From after-school programs and summer camps to food pantries and behavioral health programs that support those struggling with mental illness, The Salvation Army of Omaha sustains the bodies, minds and spirits of our most vulnerable neighbors. The Salvation Army’s food programs have met a particularly important need during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic: the Burrows Center for Help and Hope filled approximately 8,000 pantry orders over the last fiscal year; the North Corps Community Center served more than 27,000 grab-and-go meals to people in need; the Winter Night Watch program served more than 9,000 hot meals between November 2020 and March 2021 to those experiencing homelessness or food insecurity; and TurkeyFest provided 1,000 home-cooked meals to older adults on Thanksgiving Day. This year The Salvation Army also provided nearly 17,000 nutritious meals to kids ages 18 and younger at seven locations around the metro as part of the Kids Cruisin’ Kitchen program. While the food pantry is perhaps the most visible service associated with the Burrows Center, The Salvation Army’s Material Assistance and Seasonal Services (MASS) program also offers a variety of additional services. In August, for example, MASS coordinates the distribution of approximately 10,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to families in need in Omaha and beyond. During the holiday season, MASS oversees the collection, preparation and distribution of toys, gifts and food vouchers for more than 3,000 families and older adults in need in the metro area. MASS also offers free fans during the summer to provide relief from the heat and provides financial assistance to help those struggling to pay utility bills.

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HELPING THEM GET TO THE next level. ~ TIFFANIE MCCOWIN PROGRAM DIRECTOR, MATERIAL ASSISTANCE AND SEASONAL SERVICES AT THE SALVATION ARMY’S BURROWS CENTER FOR HELP AND HOPE 17

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email: wst.communications@usc.salvationarmy.org web: www.salarmyomaha.org address: 10755 Burt St. Omaha, NE 68114

In addition to food and MASS, The Salvation Army’s key service areas include: housing, youth development, behavioral health, older adult services, anti-human trafficking and emergency disaster services. mMAGAZINE • MAKING A DIFFERENCE 2021/2022

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• MAC BSA

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mac bsa • boy scouts OF AMERICA

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Since 1910, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has offered character-building programs to youth and young adults ages 5-20. The comprehensive programs conducted by trained adult leaders help youth develop leadership, citizenship and personal fitness. The mission of the Mid-America Council is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. We do this by delivering unparalleled experiences to more youth in the communities we serve. Providing unparalleled experiences creates enthusiasm, increases retention of youth, and aids in the growth of participants—all of which add a tremendous value for our Scouting families. We want families to choose a program where they can make memories together, alongside their child, rather than on the sidelines. The Mid-America Council covers 58 counties in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota.

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MAC, BSA IS MORE THAN adventure. WE PROVIDE A GAME WITH A purpose THAT IS BUILDING self-confidence AND leadership IN YOUNG PEOPLE.

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

phone: (402) 431-9272 email: mac@scouting.org web: www.mac-bsa.org address: 12401 West Maple Rd. Omaha, NE 68164

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INSPIRING ARTISTRY. BEYOND WORDS

phone: (721) 890-5590 email: info@amballet.org web: www.amballet.org address: 1001 South 6th St. Council Bluffs, IA 51501 For founder, artistic director and CEO Erika Overturff, the success of American Midwest Ballet—like the art of ballet itself—has been a sequence of daring but carefully planned steps. It began in 2009, when the Rose Theater announced that it was discontinuing its resident dance company, the Omaha Theater Ballet, leaving the region facing the prospect of a major cultural void. At the same time, Omaha Theater Ballet’s dancers—a talented group of performing artists who had chosen to call Omaha their home—were facing the difficult decision: where do we go from here? Overturff took action, moving quickly to lay the foundations for the new, independent professional ballet company that became American Midwest Ballet (AMB). Today, with an international roster of 23 professional dancers and a beautiful state-of-the-art home in Council Bluffs’ Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center, AMB is poised for its next steps into the future. Now in its 12th season as the region’s professional dance company, AMB presents three mainstage productions each year at the Hoff Center and Omaha’s Orpheum Theater. It serves more than 30,000 people annually through dance programs of the highest quality: breathtaking performances, inspiring education, and uplifting community engagement. Its school matinee performances reach more than 7,500 area students every year, and it partners with more than 100 schools and more than 30 community organizations to bring the art of dance to audiences of diverse backgrounds.

AMERICAN MIDWEST BALLET IS YOUR RESIDENT PROFESSIONAL DANCE COMPANY, bringing WORK beyond WORDS TO AUDIENCES IN NEBRASKA, IOWA, AND beyond. ~ JIM WILLIAMS MARKETING DIRECTOR, AMERICAN MIDWEST BALLET 19

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“We’ve made great strides,” Overturff said as she looked back at AMB’s path so far. “We have an inspiring company of dancers who are expressive performing artists, acclaimed choreographers, and skilled teachers. We’ve grown our professional staff and have amazing support from our donors. “At the same time, there is the opportunity to do more, and always more work to do.” To learn more about American Midwest Ballet’s exciting performances and programs, visit amballet.org.

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A SUPPORTIVE RESOURCE

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kim foundation • a supportive RESOURCE

the kim foundation phone: (402) 891-6911 email: info@thekimfoundation.org web: thekimfoundation.org address: 11949 Q Street Omaha, NE 68137

THE KIM FOUNDATION strives to increase awareness around mental health and suicide prevention. The belief that no one is immune from these issues sits at the core of what we do, as we offer awareness programming to every pocket of our community. Our message of recovery, awareness, acceptance, resiliency and hope reaches youth, adults, professionals, educators, families and anyone who is interested in learning more and helping others. We serve as a communication and connection link between individuals, families and organizations throughout Nebraska. The foundation works to ensure no one who is in need of services is denied them through providing funding for services to organizations, building awareness and acceptance of the true issues at hand, and advocating for a comprehensive, accessible behavioral health system for all Nebraskans. The Kim Foundation is funded by the Larry and Kathy Courtnage family in honor of Larry’s daughter, Kim. The foundation was established to give back to the community and to facilitate change in the behavioral health field. Learn more about our exciting and educational programs and other ways we are helping support the local mental health landscape by visiting www.thekimfoundation.org/who-we-are/. Foundation History The Kim Foundation was founded in 2001. Since its inception, priorities and initiatives have shifted and grown, but our commitment to supporting and promoting mental health and suicide prevention has always remained at the core of what we do. Our staff continues to grow based on the needs of the community, and we are committed to remaining relevant and accessible to meet the changing times in the future. The Kim Foundation is a lasting memory of Larry Courtnage’s daughter, Kim, who lived with mental illness and ultimately took her life. He vowed to continue building awareness around a topic that we still see far too much stigma around and to help other families avoid experiences that his family encountered through Kim’s treatment and recovery process. The Kim Foundation has played an active role in policy, outreach, education and funding in all components of mental health care in Nebraska, and we will continue serving as a strong voice for all lives impacted by mental illness and suicide. 20

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THE KIM FOUNDATION SERVES AS A supportive resource AND compassionate voice FOR LIVES TOUCHED BY MENTAL ILLNESS AND SUICIDE.

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In 1996, Andee Hoig purchased a small, struggling publication called Metro Monthly from her father, Midlands Business Journal founder and publisher Bob Hoig. 25 years later, she reflects on the evolution of Metro Monthly into today’s metroMAGAZINE and multimedia company ALH Publications, Inc.

“WHAT ELSE IS POSSIBLE?” It’s a question that has served as both a motivator and a theme of sorts for Andrea “ANDEE” Hoig since she began her journey as an entrepreneur over a quarter-century ago. It hasn’t been an easy path—she’s faced setbacks as a small-business owner like the 2008-2009 recession, a 2010 fire that decimated her office space, and the recent pandemic—but she’s also seen many triumphs including expanding beyond print publications into online, television and podcasting channels. “I am always looking for ‘What else is possible?’ What else is possible with what we’re doing, how we’re doing it, who we’re doing it with? The processes and procedures, can we do it a different way? Can we do it virtually?” she said. “You can’t stay stuck in what has been and what you have done and how you did things. You have to keep looking at things differently, and that also invites opportunities to actually create new things.”

and their volunteers, supporters and sponsors. After turning 50 in 2016, Hoig celebrated the milestone by participating in 50 5K walk/run events the next year and launched My 5K Journey on social media. In 2018, the first episode of metroTV hosted by Hoig aired on the City of Omaha’s new community television station, KPAO. In 2021, Hoig’s global podcast, Contribution Rocks, debuted. She also purchased her late father’s weekly newspaper, the Midlands Business Journal, and introduced a contemporary redesign for the 46year-old paper in October of this year. The purchase of MBJ continues her father’s legacy, but it also brings Hoig back to her beginnings, in a sense. As a teen, she worked for her father’s publication in whatever capacity was needed.

“I’ve done everything from doing layout back in the day when we were waxing pieces of paper and putting them on layout sheets, making our own black-and-white prints, selling Hoig has certainly created new things. In 2006, she transitioned Metro Monthly into metroMAGAZINE and formed advertising, invoicing, cleaning the office. Any aspect of a publishing business and any task that needed to be done, ALH Publications, Inc. That same year she started The BIG Event, an annual celebration recognizing local charity events I’ve done it,” she said.

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the same unusual color. Like her threelegged housemate Sophie, Sunny has special needs. She was born with underdeveloped eyes, a condition that caused blindness and necessitated surgical removal of her eyes. However, Sunny’s disposition fits her name, and she enjoys a happy life of ample playtime and exquisite care under Hoig’s watch.

“It’s relationship-building and connecting to the community and nonprofits and helping “My cats have been a huge part of my life them get their message out to the for so many years, the ones who are here, community,” she said. “I love doing that.” the ones who have passed,” she said. “They’re here for me and they are each Although Hoig’s work supports hundreds of unique little personalities.” nonprofits, some touch her more closely including Nebraska Children’s Home In 2018, Hoig introduced metroTV. Each Society (she is a birth mother) and several episode of the weekly 30-minute talk show that serve animals like Nebraska Humane features guests who represent the Society, Midlands Humane Society, community, enhancing and expanding the Nebraska Wildlife Rehab, Inc., and Omaha coverage in metroMAGAZINE and its sister Zoo Foundation. publications The Giving Guide and Event Book and 101 Things to Love about the Hoig clearly loves animals. She has three metro™. metroTV will reach show number adopted cats: Sophie, Raj and Sunny, and 170 in January. fond memories of several others. Her first, A different direction Murphy, reached an unusually advanced 2019 was a tough year. Hoig’s father age of 20 and was a source of support passed away in January followed by her during some of Hoig’s most tumultuous mother in May. years. Her beloved Benny, rescued as a kitten after being tossed from a car, passed “I was so close to them,” she said. “It was away prematurely when he was just six years old. Hoig was devastated, but a little hard. But I was with both of them when they took their last breath. That I will Sunshine soon came into her life. The kitten known as Sunny bears an uncanny always treasure; not a lot of people are able resemblance to Benny and shares a coat of to do that.”

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There were high points in 2019, though, like duking it out in the ring in a charity event for Terence Crawford’s nonprofit B&B Boxing Academy. It’s just one of Hoig’s adventures benefitting nonprofits over the years, including rappelling down the Woodman Tower for Boy Scouts MidAmerica Council, running a race in high heels for the Omaha Junior League, plunging into an icy lake in the dead of winter for Special Olympics, and competing in Dancing with the Omaha Stars for the Sunshine Kids. In early 2020, Hoig was ready to get back into 5Ks and had already scheduled several races. She was also looking forward to covering a robust schedule of spring nonprofit events. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. “You don’t retreat or take a nap in the face of obstacles,” Hoig said. “You go in a different direction.” The publishing world saw many casualties, but metroMAGAZINE endured, shifting its focus to nonprofits’ needs and how people could help. “I decided to look at what could create more and greater impact. I kept going in that direction,” she said. “That’s still where I am right now. What’s happening in the world is what’s happening in the world…It’s not about not looking at it, but you don’t have

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Hoig estimates that ALH Publications has featured thousands of photos and reported on millions—maybe even billions—of dollars raised for local nonprofits. But the company is not done growing, and neither is Hoig’s spirit.

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“You just have to ask, ‘What else is possible?’ Because if you don’t ask that question, a lot of times things aren’t going to present themselves. Something that you never thought of is going to show up. And it does show up,” she said. “I look at what is going to create the most impact in the community, what is going to also create joy for me, and what going to create ‘greater’ for my business. It’s all a win-win situation all the way around.”

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FIND YOUR fit: BE A DO-gooder

Who is a do-gooder? Either you are one, or you know a few. SHARE Omaha defines do-gooders as those who see a need and do good for others or the community; those who raise their hands to help when a crisis or challenge arises around them; those who regularly prioritize this good work, even in the light of personal sacrifice. This month, SHARE Omaha brings you a random selection of local causes that need your support for end-of-year giving. It’s time for us to come together, give and find our fit in the greater community. SHARE Omaha believes that each of us have an itch we need to scratch, unique to each person, for the community to improve or have a need addressed. These nonprofits help fulfill that urge, scratch that itch, and even provide an avenue toward significance pertaining to issues close to our beliefs and hearts. The unbiased and inclusive platform of SHAREomaha.org daily, 365 days per year, promotes the volunteering and donation needs of over 620 nonprofits vying for the greater public’s support. Hop on the website and find these randomlyselected nonprofits below and many others to support as we close 2021.

NAMI Nebraska is committed to providing high-quality support groups, educational classes and presentations to those whose lives are impacted by mental illness. NAMI Nebraska strives to complement and supplement services those affected in our community are currently receiving. Conceive Nebraska’s mission is to support individuals and couples facing fertility challenges in the greater Omaha area by increasing and improving educational resources and to raise awareness by changing the conversation surrounding infertility.

Help Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands accomplish its mission of helping individuals with Down syndrome and their families by making a donation to Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands.

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First Responders Foundation’s JAVELAN program gives life-changing support and enables independence for retired first responders and veterans with physical/emotional disabilities by providing training for service dogs. Your support is needed and appreciated and keeps this vital program alive.

Fontenelle Forest. Research shows spending time in nature improves mental health, decreases stress, and boosts happiness. Your gift today will help preserve Fontenelle Forest as a valuable community resource, helping to inspire current and future generations to care for the natural world. Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska. Support Girl Scouts this holiday season and provide resources for girls to improve the world regardless of their background, location or financial situation. When you invest in Girl Scouts, you invest in a girl-led future. Hot Shops Art Center. When you support the Hot Shops, you’re investing in arts, education and the life- and community-changing power of creativity. 300-plus programs are provided for all who want to learn, to help them think critically, develop voice, understand others and create. inCOMMON needs your help to build affordable housing. A gift of $50 or more will ensure our low-income neighbors have a stable and safe place to call “home.” Intercultural Senior Center will assist seniors in clearing their driveways of snow during winter. This service helps atrisk seniors keep doctor’s appointments, receive food deliveries and stay safe. Seniors enjoy snow removal to help them stay connected this winter.

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Lifestyle Health Alliance actively participates in community outreach efforts providing practical information and no-cost ways showing how the food individuals consume can significantly improve their health. Donations of any amount are welcome to help support these efforts.

Midlands Humane Society. Join in MHS’s “Bark Friday” year-end matching dollar campaign. Dollars raised from November 26 to December 31 will be matched dollar for dollar until their match is reached. MyDestinati Inc. focuses on promoting unity and diversity and empowering communities through the beautiful game of soccer. A $20 gift provides an individual an opportunity to be part of a tournament or attend one of our life skills classes. New Visions Homeless Services’ mission is to provide help, hope and opportunity for those experiencing hunger and homelessness. Your generosity will assist with its holiday giveaway, and provide for the basic human needs of our neighbors this season.

The Life House believes that diapers aren’t just a basic need; they’re essential. There are over 13,000 babies who experience diaper need in our community; a gift of $25 provides a monthly diaper supplement to two babies in need.

ThriVinci helps local nonprofit organizations thrive, not just survive, through effective change-management practices that improve sustainability. Donating $10 will help fund its programs and reach remote organizations of Nebraska to Thrive. Tri-City Food Pantry continues to feed the greater Sarpy County area and the best way to do this is to transform into a client-choice pantry. With this change, families can customize their food choices based on their own health needs and preferences.

Notre Dame Housing. NDH offers unique housing to senior citizens in North Omaha. NDH would love to provide Christmas packages for its 115 residents utilizing their Amazon wish lists. These care packages will ensure that this holiday season, essential items are not a burden.

Vesper Concerts has provided free concerts as a gift to the Omaha community for 33 seasons. The organization relies on private donors, and no gift is too small. Please consider making a donation of $50 to ensure future performances.

Omaha Home for Boys. Project Christmas Joy is OHB’s annual drive to collect self-care items and gifts for the youth and families it serves. Giving $30 helps purchase items from their wish lists and makes the holidays special for these struggling youth and families.

At World Speaks, the goal is to connect our city and share about the cultures within it. Your gift of $160 provides a free 10-week community language course to one individual who enrolls in a World Speaks class.

Open Door Mission. Your kindness breaks the cycle of homelessness and poverty while inspiring hope for lasting change at Open Door Mission. Your generous $37.31 gift shares one night’s safe shelter, nutritious food and quality care for one guest.

Each year, Youth Emergency Services (YES) serves hundreds of homeless youth at its Street Outreach Center, providing meals, pantry items, showers and laundry, and health checkups. The organization needs volunteers to provide meals as well as numerous pantry items each day.

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Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha. When families travel to Omaha for their child’s medical care, they need the little things to get through it. They find them at Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha. Just $120 supports a one-night stay for a family in need.

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Mary Vandenack, while a lawyer by profession, has studied extensively in mind/body areas of fitness and wellness. MARY  E. VANDENACK She is Yoga Alliance RYT-200, Power Pilates certified and ACE certified and has earned a Specialization in Foundation of Positive Psychology from University of Pennsylvania.

emotional INTELLIGENCE Generally, emotional intelligence is the ability to understand one’s own emotions and manage them in such a fashion as to communicate effectively, be aware of and manage stress, empathize with others, and defuse conflict. Daniel Goldman, an American psychologist, identified self-awareness, empathy, self-regulation, social skills, and motivation as key elements of emotional intelligence. One model of emotional intelligence has been developed by Peter Salovey and John Mayer. Salovey and Mayer present four branches of abilities related to emotional intelligence. One has to do with perceiving emotions of yourself as well as the emotions of others. Have you ever been angry about something, thought you weren’t, and then realized you actually were angry? Or have you ever been in a situation where you weren’t aware of your emotion until someone else pointed it out? Do you sometimes just shut down to avoid dealing with emotions? It is possible to become more aware of and tune in to your emotions by simply slowing down and noticing what is going in the mind and body. You might note physiological changes such as rapid breathing or tense muscles. Becoming self-aware puts us in a better position to manage our emotions. Note that being overly controlled with one’s emotions is not the same as managing emotions. There is a significant difference between controlling emotions and managing emotions and it’s a very important distinction. The best explanation I recall on this topic was that overly controlling emotions is like throwing them all in a closet. One day the closet becomes too full and the emotions come bursting out like a hurricane and you don’t quite know what happened. Stifling emotions isn’t managing them. There are a variety of different ways of managing our emotions that don’t involve trying to control them in some rigid and unhealthy kind of way. Another aspect of perceiving emotions is being aware of the emotions of others. This may be really important when you are around an overly controlled person. You might

mistake excessive control for calm. Perceiving and responding positively to the emotions of others can also enhance our relationships. Obviously, each of us is responsible for communicating how we feel and not expecting others to read our feelings or minds, but if we do have an awareness, we can help facilitate the conversation. It is also important to seek to learn what is causing a particular emotion. You might be dreading going to work one day and you can’t quite figure out why, and then realize that you scheduled a meeting with someone who is often very confrontational in meetings even when there is no reason to be. Such a meeting can take a lot of energy. Your feelings may not be about work generally but about the fact that you have that meeting. If you can identify the cause of the emotion, you have an opportunity to manage the emotion effectively. I have long been an advocate of meditation to help increase self-awareness. As I have been advancing my understanding of emotions, I have added pauses through the day to check in on what I am feeling and why. I regularly practice the “What has gone right today and why?” I follow that by asking how I am feeling about my list. I am finding these positive psychology concepts useful in developing more self-awareness.

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THE estate planning YEAR-END AND new year CHECKLIST I am passionate about helping clients with estate planning but I recognize that addressing the issues of family, money, death and taxes can be difficult for clients. It may be difficult but it is so important. It is also easy, if you have done your planning, to set it aside and avoid thinking about it. I encourage everyone to at least think about having everything in order at least once a year. Comprehensive estate planning isn’t about just having a will or trust. It’s about a comprehensive plan that considers possible incapacity as well as death. Incapacity planning may actually be more important than planning for death (although I think both are very important). What happens if you become disabled or demented? Who will handle your affairs? Where will you live? Will you have enough assets? Can you protect any assets?

Incapacity planning basics include a power of attorney for health care designating someone who can assist with decision-making in the event you are unable to make your own health care decisions. mary e. vandenack This is one document that I avoid ever letting anyone refer to as a “template” or “form.” A health care power of attorney is an extremely important document that should be given serious thought and consideration in terms of what is included and who is appointed. It is the document that comes in to play when you are alive but very ill. Effective advocacy really matters in these moments. Another basic is a financial power of attorney. Who will pay your bills and make arrangements for you? A financial power of attorney provides a lot of power to someone else. Your power of attorney should be designed to provide you protection. Consider naming co-attorneys-in-fact or a professional fiduciary. Build in checks and balances. I am an advocate of using funded trusts so that your assets are already in trust if you become incapacitated. This simplifies assisting you at such time as you can’t manage your own affairs. Just as I recommend giving serious thought to who your power of attorney is and what powers they have, you should give the same consideration to who acts as your trustee. Other aspects of incapacity planning may include having a care manager or coordinator on the team. There is often a disconnect between the legal documents and the time the documents actually come into play. A care coordinator can help you be in a position to know the care options that will be available in the event you need them. The options may include options that help you stay at home or options that help you find the best place to move. You should review all estate planning documents at least annually to make sure that all of your appointments of attorneys-in-fact and trustees still make sense and to ensure that both your incapacity plan and your testamentary plan achieve your objectives. Life can change a lot in short order, so regular review is useful.

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United States has a bad reputation related to vacation time. THE Dubbed the “No Vacation Nation” by The Center for Economic and Policy Research,

the average U.S. paid time off (PTO) policy pales in comparison to other countries. Furthermore, U.S. employees take less vacation, often leaving paid time off on the table at year-end. A 2018 research study conducted by Northstar Research reported that U.S. employees leave an average of four days uncollected at year-end. And travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic have not helped the situation. Employers and HR professionals can play an active role in promoting time-off usage by utilizing these three strategies: Walk the talk. Managers set the tone for healthy vacation habits. That means not only using their vacation time but also disconnecting when out of the office. A manager who emails their way through a trip to Disneyland sends a message to their team that staying connected with work is expected at all costs. Managers can model what a solid vacation preparation plan looks like by assigning open projects to teammates and trusting them to take the lead in their absence. Add vacation planning to onboarding and regular meetings. Day one is the perfect time to start vacation conversations. Tell your new-hire how to request time off, set expectations for communications (minimal) while away and how they should prepare others on their team. Let them know how important time off is for your team to boost creativity and avoid burnout. Add vacation planning to your team’s regularly scheduled meetings and check-in conversations. Encouraging open communication on this topic sets the tone that paid time off is a part of normal business. Reward time off. Yes, you read that right. Don’t just encourage your team to take time off, reward them for using their PTO. Make it easy for them to step away from a busy job. Applaud those employees who are not just taking time off but also doing a stellar job of setting up their out-of-office coverage. How? Offer a travel voucher or gift certificate to incentivize a vacation. Add employees who use their PTO to a prize drawing. Look for ways to make it a valued activity. The benefits of vacation are numerous. Time away from work to rest and relax contributes to heart health, engagement at work and decreased stress levels, to name a few. Don’t let travel restrictions and health concerns deter you from giving yourself a time-out. Time off doesn’t have to be used solely for a trip that requires a hotel room or a passport. Decompressing from work can be done from home; the key is to disconnect from your work responsibilities and reconnect with activities that fill you with joy.

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stephanie vondrak d.d.s.

This Thanksgiving, a family I don’t really know has been ever-present in my mind. Picture-perfect on Facebook, this “friend” is loosely acquainted with me; we’re connected only by social media and working together for a brief time several years ago. She has three children under the age of six: two girls—one blond, one brunette—and the most darling baby boy with bright eyes and dimples. Loving, laughing and living their best life. I have enjoyed scrolling through her pics now and again. But occasionally, I pause scrolling to read a post or two. Enamored by a beautiful beach vacation or the innocence of a first-day-of-school photo, I couldn’t help but notice how genuinely positive and cheerful the tone always seemed to be. Sometimes, I’ll admit, I was slightly jealous that her life looked a little too good to be true: too organized, too smooth, just too polished for normal. Her tone felt so different from my reality of days occupied by practices, homework, conferences, meal prep and work. Me, trying so hard to find balance as I rush between obligations at an out-of-breath-like pace. Knowing my truth, that I am blessed beyond measure but close to the brink of losing my you-know-what if one more practice or project gets unexpectedly thrown in the mix. The thing is, I am grateful but overwhelmed at the same time. I feel lucky and blessed. I love my kids and my life. But my reality never seems to slow down. Only 24 hours in each day, usually needing to be three places at once, I feel small and stretched trying to get “it” all done. So why is this entitled “Expecting a miracle?”What is the connection between us? A cruel reality has hit this picture-perfect family hard. An aggressive cancer diagnosis will truly be the battle of her 47-year-old husband‘s life. Their response? “Expect a miracle.” Sadly, we all know people that have battled cancer; my sister, even younger than the husband and father in this family, is one of those brave souls. But what grasped my attention and consumed my thoughts is this family’s approach to their crisis. Rather than feel sorry for themselves or ask why, they have chosen not only to maintain their positive tone, but to crank it up a notch. Every morning my Facebook friend posts a video smiling and talking about how fabulous the family’s day was. Her descriptions shine a positive light on experiences from that previous day, making things like her husband getting to eat ice chips because is G-tube was removed seem like visiting a fancy restaurant for a gourmet meal. Impressive. But it doesn’t stop there. In the midst of these challenging circumstances, the family’s campaign is to ask others to spread positive love throughout their communities, creating a chain of positivity. They feel that by spreading kindness and consideration, the positivity generated will foster the needed energy to help him heal. Wow—I’m in. In honor of this family and their request, I am asking anyone reading this column to do something kind for a stranger this holiday season. To remember that picture-perfect is only an illusion: thin, transparent, unsound; but that acts of love, kindness and compassion are powerful, thick, and warm, created to fill us up and help us go on. For me, the impact of this message is clear: to love my chaos and embrace my journey. Remembering that the craziness is temporary, but memories last a lifetime. To shower others in kindness while sending as many positive thoughts as humanly possible to St. Louis from Omaha this holiday season. To my Facebook friend and her family: I am expecting a miracle, for you, too! Dr. Stephanie Vondrak is board certified by the American Academy of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine to treat patients suffering from sleep apnea with sleep apnea appliances.

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Citizenship

Mid-America Council, BSA Citizen of the Year

When: November 3, 2021 Where: Scott Conference Center Why: The Mid-America Council Citizen of the Year Luncheon is a time-honored tradition of recognizing Omaha community leaders who have been outstanding in their leadership and support of young people and youth organizations. This year’s honorees included: Carl Mammel, awarded the Walter Scott, Jr. Citizen of the Year Award; SilverStone Group as Corporate Partner of the Year; and Ben Gray, awarded the Whitney M. Young Junior Service Award. Attendance: 178 Amount Raised: $247,000 Catered by: Scott Conference Center Multimedia/Rentals by: Dog & Pony Productions Event Summary: The Mid-America Council’s Annual Citizen of the Year Luncheon has a time-honored tradition of recognizing community leaders for more than 50 years. The selection of Carl Mammel, Silverstone Group-HUB, and Ben Gray is yet again an example of the unparalleled leadership and philanthropy in our community. They remind us of the “good turns” being done around us each day. Mission: It is the mission of the Mid-America Council, Boy Scouts of America to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. About: It is our mission to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Everything we do is guided by our vision: “Unparalleled experiences for more youth.” The Scouting program provides opportunities that no other organization can in a way that builds confidence, teaches leadership, and develops ethics and values—all while youth are having fun. For more information: www.mac-bsa.org, (402) 431-9272

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HERE’S TO

Photos courtesy Debra S. Kaplan

Annie

Arthritis Foundation

47th Woman of the Year Gala

When: September 30, 2021 KEN AND ANNIE BIRD

ROBYN KORTAN, ANDE JOHNSON, KATHY GATES & KAREN HAWKINS

ERIC AND JULIE KEEN

JESSICA AND DENNIS PATE

Where: Omaha Marriott Regency Why: The Arthritis Foundation pays tribute to a woman who has made a significant contribution in the Omaha community. The nominee would be one who is an outstanding community volunteer; has contributed time, energy and resources to a variety of organizations; exhibits leadership qualities; has advocated the importance of women and their role in today’s society; exhibits humanitarian qualities and is held in high regards amongst her peers. Attendance: 175 Amount Raised: $162,000 Special Guests: Scott Hazelrigg, emcee; Scott Moore, auctioneer; Shara Goff, guest speaker Sponsors: over 25 sponsors and 100 donors

JOAN SQUIRES, FRED HUNZEKER & KEN BIRD

JIM & ROBYN KORTAN, KATHY & GARY GATES, KAREN & KIM HAWKINS

KEN BIRD, TAB & DEBBIE BOUC, ANNIE BIRD, CHRIS & STACI BOUC, MIKE & KAREN BIRD

KAREN HAWKINS, MELISSA MARVIN, ANNIE BIRD & AMY DEARDOLFF

MARY LOPEZ, ANNIE BIRD & RODRIGO LOPEZ

SHARA GOFF

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Event Summary: The event honors a woman of distinction in the Omaha community. The funds raised will help to find a cure for the number-one disability affecting 54 million people including 300,000 children. A patron party was held at the home of Karen and Kim Hawkins, followed by the gala dinner at the Omaha Marriott. The theme was “An Educator’s Heart.” A video was centered around the theme with friends and family speaking about Annie. Mission: The Arthritis Foundation is boldly pursuing a cure for America’s #1 cause of disability while championing the fight to conquer arthritis with life-changing science, resources, advocacy and community connections. About: The Arthritis Foundation is the Champion of Yes. Leading the fight for the arthritis community, the Arthritis Foundation helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections. Resources include a 24-hour Helpline, Insight Assessments, VIM app and a digital program, Arthritis@work. For more information: Sally Stalnaker, sstalnaker@arthritis.org, (402) 262-0144

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A NIGHT IN

Paradise

Autism Action Partnership

A Vintage Affaire XIII

SCOTT ROBERTSON AND GAIL WERNERROBERTSON, JUSTIN DOUGHERTY, AND HONORARY CHAIRS: KEN AND ANNIE BIRD

When: September 25, 2021 HELP IS HOPE AWARD WINNER: DANIEL YOUNG

Where: Embassy Suites La Vista Why: Serving Nebraska’s autism community through support, inclusion and prosperity. Special Guests: Honorary Chairs Ken and Annie Bird Attendance: 260 Amount Raised: over $600,000

AAP’S VOLUNTEER GUILD

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY CHRISSY CHASE

About: Autism Action Partnership serves Nebraska’s autism community through targeted programs that promote support, inclusion and prosperity. SUPPORT: We are committed to connecting individuals and families to needed resources over their lifespan and opportunities to connect. INCLUSION: Our inclusion efforts aim to create more understanding and increased opportunities for the autism community. PROSPERITY: We help to answer the question of “What’s next?” as autistic individuals enter adulthood through Prosper Workforce Services and Prosper Academy. The generous supporters of A Vintage Affaire have helped ensure Autism Action Partnership’s mission has reached the autism community for well over a decade. This year was no exception as it was the second most successful event in our 13-year history. The evening included a silent auction (organized by the AAP Guild), dinner, program and a live auction. The live auction included two raisethe-paddle moments, one of which was introduced through a song performed by AAP program participant Chrissy Chase. The 2021 award recipients were: The Help is Hope Award to Daniel Young for his efforts to bring Project Lifesaver to Omaha; and a Distinguished Service award for founding board member Hon. Hal Daub, who is stepping down from the board at year’s end.

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD: HON. HAL DAUB

CHRISSY CHASE AND KIM KLOOS

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Mission: To improve the quality of life of persons on the autism spectrum and their families.

For more information: (402) 763-8830, https://autismaction.org/

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TASTE OF

Elegance

Completely KIDS

Pinot, Pig & Pours

TASTE OF ELEGANCE JUDGES: BRANDON HARPSTER,

OYSTEIN SOLBERG, MICHAEL RHOADES

MATT MOSER WITH STIRNELLA, JARED CLARKE WITH RAILCAR, OSCAR HERNANDEZ WITH 402, JOHN BENTON WITH CHAMPIONS RUN

When: September 16, 2021 Where: Champions Run Why: Have fun and raise funds for Completely KIDS programs Attendance: 250 Amount Raised: $260,617 Mission: Completely KIDS educates and empowers kids and families to create a safe, healthy, successful and connected community.

TASTE OF ELEGANCE WINNER:

MATT MOSER WITH STIRNELLA

TASTING WITH EDEN RIFT, CIENEGA VALLEY AVA

EVENT CHAIRS: TRENT ALLEN, EMILY ALLEN,

ANN PITSCHKA, KYLE PITSCHKAA

DISH FROM RAIL CAR WITH CHEF JARED CLARKE

About: Completely KIDS works to help kids and families overcome barriers to their success. Our services address poverty, exposing kids to new and enriching opportunities and supporting parents in their journeys to achieving success for their families. As a result, our work strengthens our community and its future. Event Summary: More than 250 people attended the 14th Pinot, Pigs & Pours event held at Champions Run. Guests sampled delicious pork dishes from the area’s top chefs and enjoyed perfect pinots and bourbon pours—a new addition this year. More than $260,615 was raised to support Completely KIDS programs. For more information: Lacey Locklear, llocklear@ completelykids.org and (402) 397-5809

ALICIA DITTENBER, MARY KAY GREENBERG, ERIN DOWNS, BRANDI BALLAN, LACEY LOCKLEAR, MADELINE RENNER-NAVARRETTE, KARLY JURGENSEN DANIEL

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GARY HAGEBUSH AND JANE HAGEBUSH ANDREA KAFKA AND JOE KAFKA

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A NIGHT FOR

Kids

Completely KIDS

Night in the Neighborhood

When: October 15, 2021 Where: Completely Kids, 2566 St. Mary’s Ave. Why: A night of giving back to the kids and families in our community. Attendance: 217 Amount Raised: $139,953 Mission: Completely KIDS educates and empowers kids and families to create a safe, healthy, successful and connected community. About: Completely KIDS is dedicated to serving kids and their families in our community. We ensure the families in our community have access to the knowledge and skills necessary to break the cycle of poverty. For more information: https://www.completelykids.org/, (402) 397-5809

ERYN AND BEN SWAN

LACEY LOCKLEAR, LESLIE DEBOER, MARY REDLI, BRANDI BALLAN, MADELINE RENNER-NAVARRETTE

PENNY BAINBRIDGE AND CEO PENNY PARKER

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BUCKET

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List

Dreamweaver Foundation Boots & Buckets

When: September 16, 2021 THE STAGE REPRESENTED WHAT WE TELL EVERY DREAMER: DREAM BIG!

DREAMWEAVER FOUNDATION’S CO-FOUNDER JEANIE CARSON

Where: A View West Shores Why: Dreamweaver Foundation is hosting a celebration of our dreamers, partners, and six years of fulfilling dreams for seniors in the Greater Omaha Area. We can’t wait to showcase the impact of our organization, raise money for another year, and of course have fun! Attendance: 600 Amount Raised: 610,000

OUR FEATURED DREAMERS WERE ABLE TO GET IN ON ALL THE ACTION AND ENJOY THE NIGHT!

CHERI MASTNY, RON CARSON & LAUREN TAYLOR

Special Guests: Honorary Chairs Jeff & Lynn Pirruccello Sponsors: Presented by Pinnacle Bank Mission: Dreamweaver Foundation is dedicated to fulfilling the dreams of seniors who are terminally ill, making their lifelong dreams come true through incredible experiences they will never forget.

LIVE MUSIC GREETED GUESTS AS THEY WALKED IN FOR COCKTAIL HOUR

GUESTS VIEWING THE OVER 80 SILENT AUCTION ITEMS

About: We’re all dreamers. Yet, some of us don’t have the means or the time to make our dreams happen. This is why Dreamweaver Foundation is dedicated to fulfilling the dreams of seniors who are terminally ill. Dreamweaver gives gifts of hope that inspire good memories, despite the effects of life-threatening illnesses, that enhance the emotional, social and spiritual health of seniors and their loved ones. For more information: (402) 697-5471 or www.dreamweaver.org

WHEN IT COMES TO RAISING FUNDS FOR DREAMS, ALL AGES ARE WELCOME!

FEEL LIKE A TRUE VIP RIGHT WHEN YOU WALK INTO BOOTS & BUCKETS

WHEN YOU WIN A LIVE AUCTION ITEM, GET CELEBRATED W/ A CONFETTI CANNON!

OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR WITH ONE OF THE WINNERS

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Video Link URL: https://youtu.be/2JdZOqi9Xxs

BOOTS & BUCKETS’ SIGNATURE PURPLE TABLE SETUP

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RECORD BREAKING

Return!

Lauritzen Gardens

Lauritzen Gardens Antiques Show

When: September 9-12, 2021 DR. AMY HADDAD, SUSAN MCGILLICK, ANN TJADEN, JULIE KENNEY, STEVE MARTIN

JULIE KENNEY, CATHY KINCAID, SUSAN MCGILLICK, ANN TJADEN

Where: Lauritzen Gardens Why: This four-day celebration of antiques and design raises money for the continued cultivation of Lauritzen Gardens and provides meaningful experiences in nature for our community. Attendance: 4,100 Amount Raised: $2,127,301 (a record gross)

MINDY GEIS, CARMEN SMITH, TIMOTHY CORRIGAN, KRISTA ANDERSON

Special Guests: Timothy Corrigan, Cathy Kincaid and Lawrence Fairchild CARRIE JENKINS AND CINDY TOOHER

Catered by: Abraham Catering Mission: Lauritzen Gardens is a living museum of four-season plant displays, maintained through environmental stewardship. It provides memorable educational and aesthetic experiences for all.

CAROLYN SUTTON, SUSAN MCMANNAMA, MARILYN MARTIN, MELISSA O’NEILL, ALYSON MANNING, JODY CARSTENS

About: More than 20 themed gardens and the Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory immerse guests in the beauty of the Nebraska landscape and in a lush environment where plants burst with life year-round. In addition to horticultural displays that inspire, events that entertain and educational programs that cultivate minds of all ages, the garden works to conserve the endangered plants of the Great Plains and to advance the understanding and stewardship of the region’s biological diversity. For more information: Sarah Kalhorn-Wisecup, (402) 346-4002, ext. 228 or s.wisecup@omahabotanicalgardens.org; omahaantiqueshow.org

ERICA BRYANT, ASHLEY MCMAHON, JACQUELYN HARTMAN, LAWRENCE FAIRCHILD, DR. MATT MCMAHON

BRUCE FRASIER AND RICHARD NIELSEN

GUESTS LOOK AT ANTIQUE JEWELRY FROM THE SPARE ROOM

ANTHONY SCORNAVACCO (L), TALKS TO A SHOW PATRON

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GUESTS SHOPPING NEAR THE MERCEDES-BENZ MEZZANINE

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Millionaires! Children’s Hosp. & Med Center Gala 2021

When: November 13, 2021 Where: CHI Health Center Why: To support the mission of Children’s Hospital & Medical Center: to improve the life of every child. Event Planner: planit inc. Attendance: 1,020 Amount Raised: $1.1 million

EVENT CHAIRS CHALEY CHANDLER, LEXIE FRAHM AND SHELLY MARSH CELEBRATE

THE RECORD-BREAKING $1.1 MILLION RAISED DURING THE 2021 GALA

Event Summary: The 2021 Children’s Gala, Celebrate, raised a record-breaking $1.1 million in support of Children’s mission to improve the life of every child. Community support ensures children in our community continue to receive the very best care. Children’s is grateful for the support of all the generous sponsors who helped make the 20-year anniversary of Children’s Gala a success. Mission: To improve the life of every child.

HONORARY CHAIRS KYLE AND MICHAEL ROBINO

CHANDA CHACÓN WELCOMED GUESTS AND PROVIDED OPENING REMARKS

THE HOPE FAMILY: MAGGIE, JUSTIN,

ELIZABETH AND MEGHAN HOPE

COMMUNITY SUPPORT ENSURES CHILDREN LIKE ELIZABETH CONTINUE TO RECEIVE THE BEST CARE

For more information: ChildrensOmaha.org/Gal

GAVIN DEGRAW PROVIDED LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

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About: Children’s Hospital & Medical Center is the only full-service, pediatric health care center in Nebraska, providing expertise in more than 50 pediatric specialty services to children across a five-state region and beyond. Children’s is home to Nebraska’s only Level IV regional Newborn Intensive Care Unit and the state’s only Level II Pediatric Trauma Center. A regional heart center, it also offers expertise in pediatric heart transplantation. Children’s is recognized as a 2021-22 Best Children’s Hospital by U.S. News & World Report in four pediatric specialties: Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Pulmonology & Lung Surgery and Urology.

2021 CHILDREN’S GALA THEME WAS CELEBRATE!

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SAYING “YES”

to Yes!

Youth Emergency Services

Dance for a Chance

When: October 7, 2021 Where: Omaha Design Center Why: Fundraising Event Attendance: 400-plus Amount Raised: $109,000

LEAH CHAVES, REBECCA HAMATA, KATIE KUHL, KARI KRATKY, JEFF SHULLAW, XAVIER CARR, PRECIOUS LESLEY, LUCAS VARGAS, MIKAELA BORESKY, TERRY VARGAS, STEPHANIE SULLIVAN, JARED DOMINGUEZ, DEREK PASQUALETTO, PATRICE OTT, REBEKAH PASQUALETTO AND AARON JENSEN

Event Summary: Similar to Dancing with the Stars, Dance for a Chance pairs up dancers with instructors, who then work together over a series of weeks to create a dance, pick accompanying music and practice before competing in October. At the same time, the dancers are working within their personal and professional networks—largely via social media—to raise awareness and money for Youth Emergency Services. Mission: Youth Emergency Services (YES) assists youth experiencing homelessness and near-homelessness by providing critically-needed resources which support them in their desire to be self-sufficient.

BEST DANCE PERFORMANCE CHAMPIONS

XAVIER CARR AND LEIGH CHAVES

KATIE KUHL WITH INSTRUCTOR AND PARTNER REBEKAH PASQUALETTO

STACY DEMUTH, KAYLA BRADLEY AND ANDREA HANSEN

DANCE PERFORMANCE CHAMPION XAVIER CARR AND EMCEE CAMERON LOGSDON

2021 DANCE FOR A CHANCE JUDGES (AND FORMER DANCERS) EMILY WILLIAMS, MELISSA MARVIN

AND BENNY CHANDLER AND GUEST JUDGE RAFFLE WINNER DEREK PASQUALETTO

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About: Youth Emergency Services is the only nonprofit in Omaha with the sole mission to help youth experiencing homelessness and near-homelessness in our community. Last year, YES provided support and services to more than 1,100 youth in the Omaha metro area. Many of these youth have been physically, emotionally or sexually abused, making it unsafe for them to return home. Without YES, these vulnerable young people cannot succeed independently. For more information: www.yesomaha.org

STEPHANIE SULLIVAN AND JARED DOMINGUEZ ENERGIZED THE AUDIENCE

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ANIMAL

Activists

Omaha Zoo Foundation

Zoofari ‘21 Looking for our Heroes

When: September 10, 2021 CHANDA & CARLO CHACON

WALTER SCOTT JR. WITH BRUCE GREWCOCK

ANNE HUBBARD

MARIE & LEE G. SIMMONS WITH GAIL & MIKE YANNEY

Where: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium’s Harper Event Center Why: Zoofari 2021-Looking for Our Heroes was a night dedicated to celebrating the Omaha Zoo Foundation’s heroes—including donors, patrons, volunteers and employees—and all they have helped us to accomplish over the last two years. We recognize that it is only with their steadfast support that we are able to maintain a world-class zoo for our community. Attendance: 700 Amount Raised: $3.7 million Mission: Founded in 1984, the Omaha Zoo Foundation supports the mission, research and programs benefiting Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. To ensure a growing, vibrant Zoo for future generations, it is our priority to build a solid foundation for Omaha’s community treasure.

JANE & ED MILLER WITH MARY RECKMEYER

MELLISSA PETERMAN WITH WALTER SCOTT JR.

About: The Omaha Zoo Foundation is proud to support Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium in its efforts to bring the wonders of the natural world to our community. For generations, Omaha’s zoo has strived to provide some of the most immersive wildlife environments and experiences imaginable. All while remaining focused on innovative conservation and education programming. For more information: (402) 738-2073, omahazoofoundation.org

MELISSA PETERMAN WITH DENNIS PATE

EVENT CHAIRWOMAN ELLEN WRIGHT

KAREN & JIM LINDER

JULIE & LANCE FRITZ

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SANDY PARKER WITH BRIENN PARKER

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RAISING THE

Bar

Project Pink’d EXPOSED: It’s Personal Annual Benefit

When: August 20, 2021 Where: Embassy Suites La Vista PROJECT PINK’D FOUNDER & PRESIDENT

CYNTHIA STURGEON

DARE TO THRIVE RENEWAL RETREAT PARTICIPANTS

Why: Our biggest fundraising of the event honors and celebrates breast cancer survivors in our community. Attendance: 900 Amount Raised: Over $550,000

OVER 500 YEARS OF SURVIVORSHIP ON 1 STAGE

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Event Summary: A magical celebration of hope, inspiration and survivorship, Project Pink’d rolled out the Pink’d carpet and broke records at its EXPOSED: It’s Personal Annual Benefit, raising over $550,000. Sponsored by CHI Health, the event included a live and silent auction, survivor ceremony, Gifts of Hope paddle raise, and the reveal of thriving survivors. Embracing its “what’s raised here stays here” philosophy, all proceeds from the evening will directly benefit survivors in Nebraska and western Iowa. For more information: projectpinkd.org

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PLAYING IT

Photos courtesy Heartland Family Service

Smart

Heartland Family Service Safe Haven Golf Tournament

THE GOLFERS LINE UP FOR THE FIRST HOLE GAME OF THE DAY, PUTT FOR BUCKS

ERIC CROUCH, HEISMAN TROPHY WINNER, PLAYS ALONG WITH THE GOLFERS

HEARTLAND FAMILY SERVICE PRESIDENT & CEO JOHN JEANETTA

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When: August 27, 2021 Where: Eagle Hills Golf Course Why: Fundraiser for Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Program Attendance: 120 Amount Raised: Over $45,000 About: Founded in Omaha in 1875, Heartland Family Service connected with over 79,000 individuals and families last year, through direct services, education, and outreach, from more than 15 locations in eastcentral Nebraska and southwest Iowa. Our programs provide critical human services to the individuals and families who ultimately shape the future of our community in the following focus areas: Child & Family Well-Being, Counseling & Prevention, and Housing, Safety & Financial Stability. For more information: Contact Mitch McCartney at (712) 318-1765 or MMcCartney@ HeartlandFamilyService.org.

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BREAKING NEW

Ground

Kids Can Community Center Groundbreaking Ceremony

When: August 10, 2021 Where: 48th and Q Streets Why: To break ground on the construction site of a new Kids Can Community Center KIDS CAN PRE-SCHOOL CLASS

Attendance: 100 Mission: At Kids Can Community Center, our mission is to educate, engage, and inspire children through early childhood education and out of school experiences.

AVI ATHOLI, RANAE KECKEISEN, ALEC GORYNSKI, BRAD HOVE, TAHNEE MARKUSSEN, ROBERT PATTERSON, BOB WHITEHOUSE, CHERYL LOGAN, PAT THRAEN

About: Founded in 1908 as Social Settlement Association, the organization has evolved over the past century to meet the continually changing needs of children and families in the community. Kids Can currently serves over 1,300 students and families at nine sites across North and South Omaha. CHRISTIAN AGUILAR AND MAGGIE WILLIS

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For more information: (402) 731-6988, www.kidscan.org

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WORLD CLASS

Run

Madonna Foundation Miles for Madonna

When: September 25, 2021 Where: Zorinsky Lake STRONG LIKE SAM TEAM

OVER 30 MEMBERS PARTICIPATED AND RAISED ALMOST $10,000

Why: To raise funds for world-class rehabilitation at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals Attendance: 238 representing 14 states and 49 cities Amount Raised: Exceeded our goal Sponsors: SCHEELS, Kiewit, Cox Business, Sampson Construction, Omaha Media Group, Mobility Motoring, HyVee, Hanger Clinic, Sandhills Global, Bridges Trust, Kidwell, Bergman Incentives, AGP, FNIC, Olsson, NuMotion, UnitedHealthcare, DA Davidson, UBT, Enable, Commercial Flooring Systems, Woodhouse, Lamson Dugan & Murray, Hamilton General Contracting, Midwest Medical, On Pointe, Cunninghams, Pitch, Regal Printing Company

SPIDERMAN BRINGS HIS CORVETTE

SMILES ALL AROUND

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For more information: (402) 401-5052

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TASTE LIKE

Photos courtesy Nebraska Children’s Home Society

Home

Nebraska Children’s Home Society

Homegrown

When: October 8, 2021 Where: Kros Strain Brewing Company CLAIRE NGAMELUE, KATIE LUTHER, MICHELE BROWN, AMANDA SUDBECK, KELLI SWEET, WILSON BANKS, MIKE DEBOER, ERICK JUSZYK, NICK REISCHL

Why: This annual event raises funds for programs serving children and families statewide through family support, foster care, and adoption. Attendance: 100 Amount Raised: 25,000 Mission: To provide safe and loving care to children of all ages. About: Nebraska Children’s Home Society is focused on educating children and families, facilitating adoption, supporting foster parents and children, and walking beside families through every need and stage. Since the earliest days, children have been the inspiration and central priority.

KIM AND JEFF MERRIMAN

REED AND ED COCHRAN

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For more information: (402) 451-0787, nchs.org

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JAZZY FLAIR

Affair

Omaha Performing Arts

Celebrating the Music of Hadestown

When: August 20, 2021 Where: Holland Performing Arts Center DANITA WEBB, TED FRIEDLAND, JAMIE FRIEDLAND, RICHARD WEBB

KIMBERLY HORD, UNKNOWN, KATE GRABILL, MICHELLE CLARK

Why: To support O-pa’s education and engagement programs Special Guests: Honorary Chairs Beth and Tim Wilson Attendance: 160 Amount Raised: $70,000

BETH AND TIM WILSON

LAUREN JOHNSON, JOAN SQUIRES AND TAYLOR WYATT

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Mission: The mission of Omaha Performing Arts is to enrich the community through: the presentation of the highest quality arts and entertainment experiences; the stewardship of the Orpheum Theater, Holland Performing Arts Center, and future Steelhouse Omaha; and education and community engagement programs.

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HARMONY

Photos courtesy Papillion Area Lions Club

Blues

Papillion Area Lions Club Hops for Harmony

When: August 25, 2021 Where: Werner Park NICK HALBUR, JOANNA HALBUR, GREG SEVERSON AND CLAUDETTE SEVERSON

JJ AND STEVE BURNHAM

Why: Proceeds from this annual event help Project Harmony continue to provide effective and immediate support to children who are victims or suspected victims of abuse and neglect in our communities. Special Guests: Us and Them BluesEd Band Attendance: over 800 Amount Raised: over $46,000

US AND THEM BLUESED BAND

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Event Summary: Hops for Harmony is a premier beer festival hosted by Papillion Area Lions Club in August this year at Werner Park, home of the Omaha Storm Chasers, benefiting Project Harmony. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hops for Harmony was unfortunately canceled in 2020. For more information: (531) 301-5010

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ALL ABOUT

Christmas

Assistance League of Omaha Christmas Caravan & Preview Gala

When: November 4-5, 2021 Where: Champions Run and a selection of Omahaarea homes Why: The purpose of the event is to raise funds to support Assistance League of Omaha’s many philanthropic programs. Mission: Assistance League volunteers transforming the lives of children and adults through community programs. About: Since 1973 the Assistance League® of Omaha has been an all-volunteer nonprofit 501(c)(3) service organization whose members identify, develop, implement and fund ongoing philanthropic programs to serve specific needs of children and adults. For more information: (402) 342-4288, www.alomaha.org

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Photos courtesy The Durham Museum

FREE ADMISSION

Week

The Durham Museum Cheers to 90 Years!

When: November 7-13, 2021 Where: The Durham Museum MUSEUM GUESTS GET AN UP-CLOSE LOOK AT SOME ARTIFACTS

GUESTS ENJOY CLIMBING ABOARD THE BENSON STREETCAR

Why: In lieu of an in-person gala, donors supported free admission to our Cheers to 90 Years week (November 7-13) and support to help the ongoing preservation of Union Station. Attendance: Over 6,200 people attended the Free Week Amount Raised: Over $567,000 Mission: Provide relevant educational and entertaining opportunities within the region that exceed customer expectations, while preserving our community’s vibrant cultural history.

A TRIP TO UNION STATION CANNOT BE COMPLETE WITHOUT A STOP AT THE AUTHENTIC 1931 SODA FOUNTAIN

THE MUSEUM’S FEATURED EXHIBITS “OMAHA UNCOVERED” AND “40 CHANCES: FINDING HOPE IN A HUNGRY WORLD”

For more information: (402) 444-5071 or DurhamMuseum.org

KEEPING IT

Photos courtesy Debra S. Kaplan

Truckin’

Immigrant Legal Center

Food Truck World Tour

When: October 11, 2020 Where: Millwork Commons Why: Raise funds to support immigrant families in our community Attendance: 405 Amount Raised: $200,659 About: The Immigrant Legal Center is a nonprofit organization that provides legal services, education, and advocacy for low-income immigrants in Nebraska and Southwest Iowa. Employing a diverse team of specialized professionals, we are uniquely qualified to take a holistic approach to our clients’ immigration-related needs offering live-saving and life-changing legal services. For more information: (402) 898-1349, www.immigrantlc.org/ 55

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Giving Tuesday 2021

When: November 30, 2021 Where: #GivingTuesday402 in the Omaha metro and #GivingTuesday712 in Southwest Iowa HABITAT MARKETING COORDINATOR EMILY MCKENNA COMMUNICATIONS INTERN DAISY DEAN

CORE BANK COLLECTED AND PREPARED DIAPERS FOR THE LIFE HOUSE DIAPER BANK

Why: Because when the community is committed to rebuilding, revitalizing and helping power solutions this giving season, wonderful things can happen for so many. SHARE Omaha is connected to over 650 local organizations, understanding and uplifting what they need to stay strong and sustainable. Giving Tuesday champions multiple ways you can give to local nonprofits, whether it’s donating money, items on their wish lists, or your time—not just on Giving Tuesday but all year long. Attendance: Over 13,000 donations

RILEY LEMKE, LACEY SAMPSON, KIERSTEN HAUBRICH, HEATHER BEEKHUIZEN, PETE BOOTHBY

AT LEAST 100 ITEMS—HATS, GLOVES, COATS, ETC.— WERE HUNG IN THE TREES OF TURNER PARK

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Amount Raised: $5.49 million given to nonprofits For more information: www.shareomaha.org

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year SHARE Omaha organized a local response to Giving Tuesday's global day of giving, our community raised $1.69 million and that figure was almost doubled on December 1, 2020 with $3.16 million raised. The first ever Do Good Week in April 2021, powered by SHARE Omaha, engaged over 25,000 people raising $2.56 million and 1,874 items valued at $48,000 as well as 912 new volunteer applicants. SHARE Omaha looks forward to bringing the Omaha/Council Bluffs metro Do Good Days 2022 from May 10-12. These three days will focus on cash donations on Tuesday, wish lists on Wednesday, and volunteerism on Thursday — meeting the varied needs of nonprofits and providing the options new and existing donors desire.

Find your fit and connect your passions to action at SHAREomaha.org.

SHARE OMAHA • 6825 Pine St., M/S B3, Omaha, NE 68106 • 1228 S. Main St., Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503 Phone (402) 502-0360 • www.shareomaha.org • Executive Director: Marjorie Maas • Board Chair: Donna Kush

Volunteers clean Iowa Western's campus and surrounding areas for Volun-Thursday during Do Good Week 2021

Bob Kerrey Pedestrian bridge lit purple for Giving Tuesday

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Volunteer assembles meals for Open Door Mission

TS Bank holds Giving Tuesday diaper drive for New Visions Homeless Services

Over 18,000 diapers given to The Life House during Giving Tuesday

Notre Dame Sisters receive over $9,000 worth of personal care wish list items

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Young volunteers create snowflakes to include in donor thank-you notes for The Collective for Hope

Volunteers take a day off to clean up Leavenworth Park

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EVENT REGISTER from our participating nonprofit partners in the AMERICAN RED CROSS

CENTRO LATINO OF IOWA

THE KIM FOUNDATION

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

To educate and empower Hispanic/Latino individuals and families toward thriving, self-sufficient, and healthy lives.

To serve as a supportive resource and compassionate voice for lives touched by mental illness and suicide.

Featured Event:

Featured Event:

Featured Event:

Heroes in the Heartland

Iowa Latino Festival

A Time for Hope & Healing

Date: March 15, 2022

Date: TBD*

Date: *TBD

Event Description/Theme: The Heroes in the Heartland honors individuals from the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area who have undertaken extraordinary acts of courage and kindness, exemplifying the true spirit of the American Red Cross. Join us as we celebrate these exceptional individuals who have made a personal commitment to creating a safer and stronger community.

Event Description/Theme: Centro Latino’s festival is the largest celebration of Latino culture in Southwest Iowa. The event has grown to over 1,000 attendees every year, with delicious food, musical acts, performers, clowns and various other activities for families. The festival is intended to bring both Latino families from the area and the broader Council Bluffs community together to enjoy a day celebrating Latino culture. Centro Latino strives to build community cohesion and understanding through this event, which is one very fun and educational approach to bringing people together.

Event Description/Theme: Each year The Kim Foundation hosts a national speaker to bring the community together raising awareness around mental health and suicide prevention.

Location: TBD* Time: 11:30am – 1pm Ticket Price: $75 Event Contact: Tim Neal (402) 343-7700 • timothy.neal@redcross.org Other Fundraising Events: • Red Cross Giving Day - March 23, 2022 American Red Cross 2912 S 80th Ave. • Omaha, NE 68124 (402) 343-7700 redcross.org

Location: *TBD Times: *TBD Ticket Prices: *TBD Attire: *TBD

Location: TBD* Event Contact: The Kim Foundation • (402) 891-6911

Time: 2pm – 6pm Ticket Price: • FREE Attire: Casual Event Contact: Ramon Calzada Executive Director • director@sucentrolatino.com

The Kim Foundation 11949 Q St. • Omaha, NE 68137 (402) 891-6911 Email: info@thekimfoundation.org thekimfoundation.org

Other Fundraising Opportunities: • Cinco de Mayo at 100 Block • Day of the Dead Tequila Tasting • Family Holiday Celebrations

Centro Latino of Iowa Ramon Calzada 300 W Broadway, Ste. 40 • Council Bluffs, IA 51503 (712) 256-6009 Email: director@sucentrolatino.com sucentrolatino.com

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2021 Fall/Winter edition of The Giving Guide & Event Book VENT REGISTER E

OMAHA HOME FOR BOYS

OPEN DOOR MISSION

PARTNERSHIP 4 KIDS

To support and strengthen youth, young adults and families through services that inspire and equip them to lead independent, productive lives.

Open Door Mission is a Gospel Rescue Mission that meets the basic needs of individuals and families while inspiring HOPE for lasting change.

Partnership 4 Kids’ mission is to engage and inspire students from preschool to graduation, guiding them to success with individualized support, career exploration and scholarships.

Featured Event:

Featured Event:

Featured Event:

OHB 100 Year Anniversary Celebration

Love Your Neighbor Gala

Hops & Grapes

Date: March 8, 2022

Date: *TBD

Date: January 28, 2022

Event Description/Theme: Join OHB to celebrate 100 years of transforming lives and strengthening our community at a luncheon featuring keynote speaker Michael Oher, subject of the movie The Blind Side and NFL Super Bowl champion.

Event Description/Theme: People experiencing homelessness and poverty are constant reminders of how fragile life can be. Open Door Mission’s Love Your Neighbor Gala demonstrates that following God’s simple command is not as hard as it may appear. Join us for a night of good food, fun, and celebration. Bring your family, friends and coworkers for an enjoyable evening including a silent auction, fast-paced live auction, dinner and a message from President/CEO Candace Gregory.

Event Description/Theme: This event, presented by HDR, and chaired by Tricia & David LeCureux, will feature unlimited tastings of Napa Valley wines, local brews and spirits, plus live music from the Shenanigans. Guests can also participate in interactive games, win prizes, explore extraordinary auction and raffle packages, and most importantly, become part of the P4K team as we work together to provide long term support for life-long success for Omaha youth!

Location: CHI Health Center Omaha Time: 11:30am Ticket Prices: • $75 Young Professional • $125 Individual Attire: Business Casual Event Contact: RaeAnn Knoell, Brand Strategy Director (402) 457-7195 • giving@ohb.org • OHB.org Other Fundraising Events: • Project Christmas Joy – December 2021 • OHB Golf Classic – June 1, 2022 Omaha Home for Boys 4343 N 52nd St. • Omaha, NE 68104 (402) 457-7000 Email: Giving@OHB.org

Location: *TBD Ticket Prices: • $10 – individual tickets • $750– sponsor a table of 10

Proceeds will benefit Partnership 4 Kids, a local nonprofit serving nearly 3,100 Omaha students living in under-resourced communities, with a mission of keeping them engaged in school, and pursuing higher education. Location: The Hilton Downtown Omaha 1001 Cass St.

Attire: Business Casual Time: 7pm Event Contact: Deb Saraka-Rubin, Events Coordinator

Open Door Mission Candace Gregory, President/CEO 2828 N 23rd St. East • Omaha, NE 68110 (402) 422-1111 Email: odm@opendoormission.org opendoormission.org

OHB.org

Ticket Prices: • $100 • Patron Ticket $150 www.p4k.org/events for more ticket information Attire: Casual Event Contact: Cheryl Murray (402) 930-3082 • cmurray@p4k.org Other Fundraising Events: • Goal Achievement Honors Celebration Holland Performing Arts Center – May 25, 2022 • Swing 4 Kids –Tiburon - July 25, 2022 • Omaha Marathon The Capitol District - September 18, 2022 Partnership 4 Kids 1004 Farnam St., Ste. 200 • Omaha, NE 68102 (402) 930-3082 Email: cmurray@p4k.org p4k.org

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EVENT REGISTER continued… VISITING NURSE ASSOCIATION Delivering community-based care that provides peace of mind, quality of life, and independence.

Featured Event: Art & Soup Date: February 20, 2022 Event Description/Theme: There’s never been a more important time for VNA nurses to be in local homeless shelters— and your support is needed more than ever! Enjoy delicious soups provided by some of the best chefs and restaurants in Omaha and Council Bluffs. Purchase unique art from local artists representing a variety of mediums, with 50% of sales donated to assure there are VNA nurses in every local homeless and domestic violence shelter. Location: Omaha Design Center 1502 Cuming Street, Omaha Times: • 1-2pm – Patron Party • 2-5pm – General Admission Ticket Prices: • $100 – Patron Party • $50 – General Admission Attire: Casual Silent Auction: Yes Event Contact: Dana Gonzales Art&Soup@vnatoday.org

Visiting Nurse Association 12565 W Center Rd., Ste. 100 Omaha, NE 68144 (402) 342-5566

vnatoday.org/artandsoup

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SAVE THE Date!

Presented in collaboration with SHAREOmaha and our Community Engagement Partners

UPCOMING EVENTS

SEEING RED? YOU’RE SEEING FEATURED EVENTS from our partners in The Giving Guide & Event Book Spring 2021* and our Comunity Engagement partners. To learn more email CONNECT@SpiritofOmaha.com Complete information for the following events is available at metroMAGAZINE’s SpiritofOmaha.com/local-events/ or SHAREomaha.org/events/ as well as the featured websites presented for each organization in this section… CHECK WITH ORGANIZATIONS FOR COVID-RELATED SCHEDULE CHANGES & UPDATES since this edition was published

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January 1 Met HD: Cinderella OPERA OMAHA https://filmstreams.org/films/cinderella-massenet (402) 346-7372 | https://www.operaomaha.org/ ljaros@operaomaha.org

January 3 Book Study on Lives of Vulnerable Individuals HEARTLAND CITIZEN ADVOCACY, INC. (402) 658-9113 | www.heartlandcitizenadvocacy.org ktbarmettler@gmail.com

January 28 2022 Hops & Grapes Winter Festival PARTNERSHIP 4 KIDS (402) 930-3082 | http://www.p4k.org/ | cmurray@p4k.org

January 29 Met HD: Rigoletto OPERA OMAHA https://filmstreams.org/films/rigoletto-verdi (402) 346-7372 | https://www.operaomaha.org/ ljaros@operaomaha.org

February 9 Defining Leadership for Men ICAN - INSTITUTE FOR CAREER ADVANCEMENT NEEDS http://icanglobal.net/our-programs/defining-leadership/ (402) 392-0746 | http://icanglobal.net/ | ican@icanglobal.net

February 10 Kendra Scott Gives Back JUNIOR LEAGUE OF OMAHA (402) 493-8818 | https://www.jlomaha.org/ funddevelopment@jlomaha.org

February 12 Omaha Heart & Stroke Ball AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION http://www.heart.org/omahaheartball (402) 810-6847 | 9900 Nicholas Street Suite 200 | chris.shives@heart.org 63

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UPCOMING EVENTS February 12 Curly Tails and Cocktails

PUG PARTNERS OF NEBRASKA (888) 509-1940 | https://www.pugpartners.com/ | pugpartners@gmail.com

CONNECTING

OUR COMMMUNITY!

February 25 and 27 Sweeney Todd OPERA OMAHA https://www.operaomaha.org/season-tickets/current-season/22/sweeney-todd (402) 346-7372 | https://www.operaomaha.org/ | ljaros@operaomaha.org

SPRING 2022 EDITION!

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February 26 Rockin’ Rosie 2022: All That Jazz - A Rose Guild Event

YOUR SPACE EARLY & SAVE!

OMAHA THEATER COMPANY (THE ROSE) https://app.mobilecause.com/e/c5upzw?vid=n0pbw (402) 345-4849 | https://www.rosetheater.org/ | volunteer@rosetheater.org

The Giving Guide & The Event Book 2022

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Email us at CONNECT@SpiritofOmaha.com Email Subject: “Something NEW 2022!”

9th Annual Team Jack Foundation Gala TEAM JACK FOUNDATION https://teamjackfoundation.org/gala (402) 925-2120 | www.teamjackfoundation.org | info@teamjackfoundation.org

March 1 2022 Omaha Film Festival OMAHA FILM FESTIVAL http://www.omahafilmfestival.org (402) 415-6272 | www.omahafilmfestival.org | omahafilmfestival@gmail.com

March 5 Nelson Mandela: The Official Exhibition DURHAM MUSEUM Tickets $11 | (402) 444-5071 | https://go.evvnt.com/833049-0 | info@durhammuseum.org

something DIFFERENT? something NEW?

March 6 18th Annual Walk & Roll for Disabilities March 6 MEYER FOUNDATION FOR DISABILITIES (402) 979-6491 | http://www.mfdisabilities.org/ | info@mfdisabilities.org

March 8

CELEBRATING THE ONGOING COMMITMENT OF OUR COMMUNITY’S GIVING SPIRIT WITH ALL NEW FOCUS FEATURES & EDITIONS IN 2022!

OHB 100 Year Anniversary Celebration OHB https://ohb.org/events/100/ | Tickets $125 (402) 457-7000 | http://ohb.org/ | info@OHB.org (402) 457-7014 | https://go.evvnt.com/781282-2 | lbechtold@ohb.org

March 24 King Lear by William Shakespeare BLUEBARN THEATRE http://bluebarn.org/tickets/ (402) 345-1576 | http://bluebarn.org/ | hhoyt@bluebarn.org

March 25 WMC Tenth Annual Conference WOMEN ON A MISSION FOR CHANGE http://www.womenonamissionomaha@gmail.com (402) 403-9621 | https://www.womenonamissionomaha.org/ | womenonamissionomaha@gmail.com

March 26

PUBLISHER ANDREA “ANDEE” HOIG

The Gathering CUES FUND https://cuesschools.org/ (402) 451-5755 | www.cuesschools.org | bobg@cuesschools.org

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