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LEARNING TO Spring is one of my favorite times of the year, because it is a time of rebirth and rejuvenation, and it’s also a time of letting go of the old to make way for the new. What we choose to let go of is up to us. Sometimes letting go is an easy process but other times it is not so easy. I believe letting go is a natural process of life… a process that must take place in order for us to grow and evolve along our journies in life. Sometimes when we find ourselves “stuck” it’s important that we look at what is keeping us stuck and what needs to be removed from our life. I can confess to many ways that I have felt stuck this year, but along with that I perceive an emergence of new energy just waiting to be released. I need to take a closer look at what I am holding onto. What habits or behaviors no longer serve me, what relationships am I involved in which may be holding me back in some way. Thus, I welcome this season of renewal with open arms… knowing that unlimited potential is present in each and every moment. In this issue we celebrate those who have demonstrated tremendous fulfillment of the potential they have brought to their journies. On March 5th a gala celebration at Joslyn Art Museum celebrated the 90th anniversary of the Omaha Symphony along with Dick Holland’s 90th birthdays. We are very pleased and honored to have philanthropist Dick Holland and Maestro Thomas Wilkenson from the Omaha Symphony on our cover this month. Laurie and Charles Kay did such an amazing job of capturing the essence of both of these gentlemen. This edition of metroMAGAZINE is brimming with its own potential, filled with meaningful local human interests articles and features, including a metroCOUPLES profile on Laurie and Charles Kay themselves. This month includes a “Who INSPIRES You?” section devoted to nursing, and a beautiful metroSTYLE section featuring 89 Talent Management’s latest Unveiling as well as coverage from Omaha Fashion Week. Our April issue also includes a beautiful and useful Wedding Guide with Anniversary tips and a profile on Remco Van Vliet, who will be appearing at the Lauritzen Gardens Spring Guild Luncheon, April 13th. In April’s metroHOME you’ll find 7 pages covering Watkins Concrete Block’s 5th Annual Ultimate Backyard Challenge, and in this month’s BRAVO! section arts enthusiasts will find a primer for Omaha Community Playhouse’s 2011-2012 season. Of course this issue includes unparalleled coverage of “Who’s Who in Omaha” in the metroSCENE, our events section, followed by our Save the Date calendar. Don’t forget to make use of our 365/24/7 events calendars at Check, enter and update your events to stay current up-to-the-minute on “everything metro!” A reminder that we are now taking nominations for The Big Event 2011. Visit to nominate your favorite charity event taking place between June 1, 2010 and May 31, 2011. The top 5 in each category will be announced in July when voting will begin! I look forward to sharing more with you in the months ahead.



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in 1921 warren g. harding had just entered the white house, a hershey bar cost a nickel and babe ruth swatted a then record 59 home runs. in february of that same year, the first us transcontinental air-mail flight flew from san francisco to new york city. in march, the omaha symphony was born.

legacies LIKE MOST ARTS ORGANIZATIONS IN THE 1920s and 1930s, the Omaha Symphony weathered suspensions of service during the Great Depression and later during World War II when its flutists liberated France and its cellists did the same for the Czechs, but the group founded by Henry Cox had by then also won a battle of a different kind; outlasting the several other Omaha ensembles of the era whose memory is now relegated to the dusty shelves of history.

FLASH FORWARD Steady growth driven by the sort of community support that gives our town its singular “Omahaness” has fueled a rich tradition highlighted by memorable evenings with such masters as Itzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma. “THE ARTS AND ESPECIALLY tHe omaHa SympHony witH itS riCH 90-year HiStory of success plays such an important role in the metro area,” said JoHn p. nelSon, a longtime symphony supporter, board member and Chairman/CEO of Silverstone Group. “It was especially fitting that we honored DiCk anD mary HollanD,” at last month’s omaHa SympHony 90tH anniverSary Gala, “whose vision and generous support has created such a wonderful home to showcase the symphony and the arts in our community.” The buzz at last month’s gala, as it should be with any creative company, was as much about the future as it was about the past. Indeed, history resonates with each vibrato from strings that have the spectral quality of seeming to echo long after being bowed, but no one at the symphony is waiting around for those echoes to subside. continued

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for over half a century the metro arts and charitable community has evolved and thrived under the devoted patronage of philanthropic giants dick and the late mary holland, whose impact reflects the size of their hearts.


DICK HOLLAND is a retired advertising executive. He is a graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF OMAHA (now UNO), and along with his LATE WIFE MARY, has been deeply involved in numerous philanthropic efforts benefiting children, education, the arts, and the environment for many years. THE HOLLANDS have been recipients of many awards for their philanthropy including the GOVERNOR’S ART AWARD and the NEBRASKA PHILANTHROPIC AWARD. His support of the community has included the HOLLAND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, OMAHA SYMPHONY, OMAHA OPERA, JOSLYN ART MUSEUM, PARTNERSHIP FOR OUR KIDS, CHILD SAVING INSTITUTE, HEARTLAND FAMILY SERVICE, WINNER’S CIRCLE, NEBRASKA NATURE CONSERVANCY, UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA MEDICAL CARDIOLOGY RESEARCH LABORATORY, SORRELL CENTER FOR HEALTH SCIENCE EDUCATION, and AVENUE SCHOLARS FOUNDATION among others. Dick is active on the boards of OMAHA PERFORMING ARTS SOCIETY as Vice Chairman, the OPAS FOUNDATION as Vice Chairman, the OPERA FOUNDATION as Vice Chairman, and OMAHA SYMPHONY and WINNER’S CIRCLE. Recently, Dick assumed the role of CHAIRMAN and has joined with others in the community to form BUILDING BRIGHT FUTURES, a comprehensive program and plan to overcome the problems of educating disadvantaged children in DOUGLAS AND SARPY COUNTY. He is also Chairman of the NEBRASKA COALITION FOR LIFESAVING CURES. Dick has expressed reluctance to being recognized, saying that what he is doing is giving back to the community a partial payment for those who educated and supported him. He also expressed his belief that philanthropy is a duty for those with such means. Dick has four children and five grandchildren. continued on page 15

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One of the more intriguing symphony performances this month is the April 8, 9 & 10 run of roDGerS & HammerStein: at tHe movieS. Think here of what we might call “reverse karaoke.� Remastered clips and original vocals from the classic movie musicals of Rodgers & Hammerstein are the backdrop on a screen the size of South Pacific’s volcanic Bali Hai. The symphony, in turn, provides the live soundtrack. Scenes and songs from such other favorites as tHe SounD of muSiC, oklaHoma!, tHe kinG anD i and CarouSel will be a movable feast for your eyes, ears, and heart. “WE’RE A VERY VERSATILE ENSEMBLE,� said Thomas Wilkins, the popular music director who joined the organization in 2005, the same year it moved into the HollanD performinG artS Center. “That we are clearly capable of playing Beethoven one week and Rodgers & Hammerstein the next is more than just fun and challenging for our people, but it

means that no audience is left behind,� when it comes to appealing to both young professionals and baby boomers alike.

THE MAESTRO ON THE MOVE WILKINS IS MORE than just a toetapper who rose from the housing projects of Norfolk, Va. He’s one of Omaha’s most influential cultural ambassadors. Also the principal guest conductor of the famed HollywooD Bowl orCHeStra and the resident conductor of the Detroit SympHony, the father of twin girls is a much-in-demand artist who criss-crosses America from one high profile gig to the next. “My friends around the country and people who come to Omaha are

always surprised at what we get done here,� Wilkins said from a rehearsal in Boston, where he was recently named conductor of the BoSton SympHony’S youtH anD family ConCert SerieS. “We take pride in being a part of that, just like we take pride in the Joslyn Art Museum, Saddle Creek Rmecords or the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. That’s one of the best measures of a strong cultural landscape - when all genres in all endeavors thrive,� he said of Omaha’s eclectically broad, deep and “big city� arts vibe. “I talk about this all the time with the orchestra, this idea that we need to remain a big part of the ‘cutting edgeness’ that makes Omaha such a vibrant city,� said the man who will return to Boston in June for appearances with the legendary Boston Pops series. Any drawbacks to a life racking up frequent flier miles? “I’ve become something of a luggage addict,� he chuckled when speaking



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metromaGazine • The Spirit of Omaha of a collection that includes everything from a tux-andtoothbrush overnighter to more voluminous pieces, ones better suited to multi-city bouncing that keeps a tempo akin to that of RimskyKorsakov’s “fliGHt of tHe BumBleBee.” “Keep walking, Daddy, just keep walking,” one daughter will tease whenever they pass a luggage store on their many travels. “Avert your eyes!” chimes in her doppelganger, “Avert your eyes!”

THE NEW WAVE “WHEN I AM PLAYING, it’s like I’m the only one in the room,” said Madalyn Grabow. “It’s just me, my violin and that beautiful music.” Even though she has a decidedly poetic grasp on the transcendent powers of great music, Grabow is not yet a member of the Omaha Symphony. continued on page 15

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Grabow is a 10-year-old fourth-grader who has been playing the violin for all of six months. She was part of the contingent from Catlin elementary, the Omaha Public School arts magnet, who recently joined the 8,000 students who attended a series of marGre DurHam ConCertS for youtH events presented by the symphony.


Excellence in a host of boundary-pushing youth and educational programs – the kind that impel kids like Grabow to dream big – earned the Omaha Symphony the 2010 Leonard Bernstein Award for Education Programming given by the ameriCan SoCiety of CompoSerS, autHorS, anD puBliSHerS (ASCAP). “I work with orchestras all over the country and I can say that our youth programs under aDam GooS (the symphony’s vice president of education and community partnerships) are second to none,” Wilkins said of the honor. “Our musicians are not only great players, but they’re also great teachers.”

LOOKING AHEAD It’s a pretty good bet that the Omaha Symphony will add new chapters to its storied legacy as it looks to a 91st season. Madalyn Grabow, like the old joke about a Big Apple tourist asking “How do I get to Carnegie Hall?” will “practice, practice, practice.” tHomaS wilkinS, having recently been signed to a contract extension through the 2014/2015 season, won’t be going anywhere that requires anything more than the proper choice of one of his treasured suitcases.


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And the orchestra will tune up as you nestle into your seat for a another enchanted evening of orchestral maneuvers in the dark.


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March 3rd, a record number of young professionals, community and business leaders attended the 2011 Young Professionals Summit at the Qwest Center Omaha. More than 900 young professionals attended a variety of breakout sessions geared towards business, community, personal and professional development. This year’s theme was “From I to We: Changing the Conversation.”

Attendees came together in an open learning environment to discuss how leaders from various generations can address community issues affecting Greater Omaha’s young professionals. A capacity audience of approximately 1,300 was energized by keynote luncheon speaker Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, New Jersey. For more information on the Greater Omaha Young Professionals, visit

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MISSION STATEMENT: The purpose of the metro Club Red is to provide a channel for young professionals in the Omaha metro to support and serve the Red Cross through fundraising, volunteering and promoting the local chapter’s services while socializing and networking with like-minded young professionals. HOW TO GET INVOLVED: Those who are interested are encouraged to call (402) 343-7700 or send an e-mail to for more details or to join. “YP” CONNECTION AND QUALIFICATIONS: Annual membership costs $25. ACTIVITIES/EVENTS THAT THE GROUP IS INVOLVED IN: Membership includes special pricing for lifesaving training, special pricing for reservations to annual events, immediate updates regarding disaster relief operations, special pricing at monthly socials and annual networking Breakfast with the Board. The group also holds exclusive events, including its Red Carpet Premiere at Aksarben Cinema. WEBSITE:

ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW: The mission of the Nebraska Children’s Home Society is to provide safe and loving care to children of all ages. The Nebraska Children’s Home Society (NCHS) is the only agency that has not charged fees for adoption services for more than 115 years. Their experience in the care of children extends beyond the field of adoption. Services now include foster care, early childhood education, parenting, pregnancy, post-adoption and neighborhood-based services.The majority of its funding comes from current and past contributions from individuals, foundations, organizations and corporations. Many people have visited or heard about the organization’s largest fundraising event of the year-Sand in the City, a corporate sand-sculpting competition held annually in June.When the event opens for viewing and activities, thousands of visitors attend in support of the Nebraska Children’s Home Society. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:The organization is now recruiting more than 100 volunteers for the Sand in the City event weekend June 3-5th. If interested in volunteering, contact Tracy Fisher at (402) 898-7783. Other volunteer opportunities and funding opportunities for special projects are always welcome and needed. NCHS is located in 10 locations across the state, two locations are in Omaha. Call (402) 451-0787 to learn more about ongoing, office or eventrelated volunteer opportunities, or visit online at


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WHAT ORGANIZATIONS ARE YOU INVOLVED IN? Greater Omaha Young Professionals Board of Directors, Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Omaha Class of 33, Business Ethics Alliance, Black Student Catholic Scholarship Fund, Creighton Prep Alumni Council

involved ever since. I now serve as the Young Professional Engagement Chair, which allows me to help others find ways to get involved within the community. A lesson that I learned early on was it is not as simple as raising your hand. As with most things in life, you need persistence. You need to show up, physically and mentally. You need to be seen. You need to contribute. It can be a lot of work, but it is well worth it.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO GET INVOLVED WITH THESE ORGANIZATIONS? Initially I was searching for ways to get involved in the community, but I was not sure how or even where to start. I started by joining professional organizations and networking groups, but I quickly realized I was looking for more. After attending a few Young Professional events, I caught the bug. There was something about the YP’s energy and passion that was contagious. I followed up with a few of the board members to make sure they knew I was interested in lending a hand. My first opportunity was being part of a team that facilitated the first Young Professional Mayoral Debate, and I have been

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BEING INVOLVED?Being involved helps you develop as a person. It opens up your eyes to other perspectives. It taught me that there is nothing like helping others in need or helping others achieve their passions. Another benefit is it teaches you how the community works. I have learned how to work within a committee and a board, how to raise money for a cause and how to lead volunteers. It is both exhilarating and frustrating at the same time. Donating your time, energy and money creates a complex dynamic. Gaining consensus in a business setting is easy compared to influencing a volunteer organization. Overall, there is no better experience to develop as a leader.


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julia hebenstreit derek j. bailey vice president for advancement • 31 NOTRE DAME SISTERS AT THIS STAGE IN MY LIFE I FIND MYSELF “SERVING” IN A NUMBER OF WAYS. Some overlapping others, and some more important depending on the day, but all contributing to who I am as a young professional. I serve as a mother, friend, employee, family member and community volunteer. Each of these requires me to serve in different capacities, but all share an underlying theme of giving back. I’ve been very blessed in my life, and if I can give back to those in need, or individuals and the community who have contributed to making me who I am today, I want to do so. Giving back–that is what inspires me to serve. In my employment I am surrounded by women who have given their lives to serving others. I share their belief that as individuals we can impact a number of lives, but as a community serving together, our impact increases significantly. I’m inspired daily by their steadfast belief in giving back, meeting unmet needs in the community and improving as an individual so that I am better equipped to serve others. Whether you believe in “X” or “Y,” we as a community, ALL believe that there is much progress to be made. Every small effort coupled with another has the potential to make a huge impact in the Omaha community. It is simply up to us-as young professionals, as community members-to give back, to serve, to contribute in whatever way we can to the community we call home.

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We all work in hopes that one day we will have the ability to retire from the workforce. We hope and pray that it will magically happen without taking the time to see if we are on the right track. Most of us do not realize how much we should save, where we should save, nor do we take the time to actually learn many of the common mistakes people make. This is why I feel I can have the greatest impact by working at the corporate level and ensuring the fees that people pay are appropriate and that the investments are well allocated across different risk classes. This at a minimum sets up the opportunity for employees to succeed. We have begun working with other professionals to offer free sessions that will help individuals and couples understand important financial matters without the fear of being sold a product. By doing this, we can help create a society that is better prepared to meet their financial needs.

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I AM TREMENDOUSLY PRIVILEGED TO WORK FOR PROJECT HARMONY CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER. Our mission is to respond to the abuse of children, one child at a time. We serve children in the Omaha metro and throughout southwest Iowa, providing medical exams, interviews, family support and case coordination. My role is to oversee building management for the three agencies in the building and manage finances for Project Harmony. However, like the rest of the staff, I take pride in helping the organization in whatever way possible.


I SPEND MY TIME AS A RETIREMENT PLAN CONSULTANT FOR CORPORATE AND NON-PROFIT RETIREMENT PLANS. My goals and ambitions focus on changing the retirement plan market place and bringing full transparency to a culture that has never seen it before. I often find though a bulk of my time is spent helping employees understand the basics of investing into their company retirement plan.

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My inspiration for serving the community comes from values instilled by my family at a young age. My relationship with Project Harmony started three years ago when my sister-in-law involved me as a volunteer with the Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser. After a few years in the investment industry, I realized I could be a greater asset to the community by serving others. My position at Project Harmony allows me to prove that on a daily basis. I am also inspired by our staff who I feel are second to none. Everyone is amazing within their individual roles and extremely committed to protecting the children of our community.

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IN MY LIFE, I HAVE HAD THE UNIQUE PLEASURE TO LIVE AND STUDY IN SEVEN COUNTRIES, EIGHT COUNTING THE USA. The differences in our societies are obvious, but the disparity I tend to pay more attention to. Aside from traveling, my life is average. I come from a great family, have a good education, was raised in a safe home and taught to love and care for others. I have never been OK with the privilege I was handed compared to my peers in under-developed nations, but there is little I can do to change that. Instead, I have opted to spread the joy of knowing other parts of the world and helping where I can. Omaha has a great Hispanic community where th eopportunity to get involved is almost endless. I like to volunteer with Catholic Charities and the Juan Diego Center. I go to church at St. Agnes & Our Lady of Guadalupe, pretend to be a good Salsa dancer, and I tutor Spanish with high school kids in West Omaha-hoping to share the love and joy I feel for Latino culture...and hoping I can inspire others to be as passionate about diversity as I am.

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work and the name of Livingston Wills will inevitably arise somewhere in the debate. Not familiar with the moniker? That’s because most of us knew him simply as “THE BROOM MAN” the pastor who, despite being born blind, could be spotted navigating every corner of the city in peddling his wares, the bindle of brooms on his shoulder.

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“Or with the work we’ve done,” added Charles, “with the OMaha Children’s MuseuM or the rOse theater.”

Like their paths back to Omaha, both artists arrived at a career in photography by way of decidedly circuitous routes.

“Helping at school is definitely our No. 1 passion these days,” Laurie interjected as Charles nodded in agreement in the way that loving couples do in punctuating each other’s thoughts. “Working on programs, projects and fundraising at school; the list is enormous and the work is important to us.”

Laurie had started as a painter in art school, but soon discovered the allure of the lens. “I was hooked after taking my first photography course,” Laurie said. “The idea of working with people and getting that almost instantaneous response by viewing the world through a camera was magical,” she said of the decidedly social endeavor in contrasting it against the solitary pursuits of her medium’s canvasbased, slow-drying cousin.

CIRCUITOUS PATHS Omaha wasn’t always central to the vision of those who would go on to open Laurie and Charles, the studio now celebrating its 15th year. Both Charles’ introduction to the had begun their careers elsewhere; darkroom had come much earlier. she in Chicago, he in New York City. And both ultimately returned to their hometown and happened to meet “I grew up with photography,” said the (where else?) in a photography studio. son of the noted Omaha GLOBAL REACH, LOCAL ROOTS photographer of the same name who The story of LIVINGSTON WILLS is It was a romance that could have passed away in 2006. “Later, as a perhaps a fitting allegory for the been captured only with the fastest of teenager, I didn’t think it would be couple’s life behind the camera. Leaf shutter speeds. through their portfolio and you’ll see ‘cool’ to follow in my father’s Omaha’s humble BROOM MAN footsteps, but I ultimately found my juxtaposed against the likes of TIGER “I asked Laurie to marry me three way back and am glad I did.” weeks after our first date,” Charles WOODS, other celebrity clients and said. “I’m sure many of our friends spreads in such publications as Any notions of perceived jet-setting thought we were crazy. We were Condé Nast Traveler and the married less than a year later in 1997.” glamour aside, Laurie and Charles New York Times. have their feet firmly rooted in the everyday rhythms of Omaha and “The camera can be said to be a Review the visa stamps in their metaphor for our lives,” Laurie added. its people. passports (careful, that ink is “It’s a metaphor for our love story, for almost perpetually damp when it THE BROOM MAN passed away in that visual journey through shared comes to these frequent fliers) and 2008, but lives on forever in giclée in experiences. It’s kind of funny, but a dizzying array of exotic the couple’s studio. They dine out at Evie and Miles want to be writers. destinations may be found. They’re looking at a different path to the thai PePPer, the restaurant the same place. They want to do with owned by Charles’ mother. Their fine art pieces are held in words what we do with a camera.” public and private collections all They spend lots of time in anything over the world. but glamorous activities with their And both parents hope that their children and at dundee children can follow their dreams right eleMentary sChOOl. Theirs is a life that many would here in Omaha. describe as ‘glamorous.’ As for those celebrity clients, glossy “This town has changed dramatically And yet each junket ends with them spreads and international recognition since I moved back here in 1995,” unpacking their bags back home in that their artistry has brought to them? Laurie said. “I hate to admit this, but Omaha. Always Omaha. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to stay back then. Now we can’t wait to get home “Those are great experiences,” said Theirs is a homegrown passion. Charles, “but we’re equally concerned again every time we travel. From its “Glamorous?” Laurie said with a with what we do closer to home, with great people, to having more and chuckle under arched eyebrows. those portraits scattered all over town more trails to ride my bike, to the “I’m more concerned with PTA and that we like to imagine as being the Farmer’s Market, to all the thought how our kids (Evie, 9 and Miles, 11) one thing someone might grab if their going into the design of the core city, are doing at dundee eleMentary.” Omaha has become a really cool place.” house ever catches on fire.” “He was right there on the sidewalk one day. Right there,” Charles said in gesturing to a window of the sleek studio on Howard Street at the edge of the Old Market, “and I just knew we just had to photograph him.”

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The nurses that are drawn to this type of work are devoted to their patients. MISTI BAUSCH, RN, BSN, is a trained oncology nurse who became involved in the Nurse Navigator Program because as an inpatient nurse she saw the need for a single person for patients to contact with questions and concerns once they left the hospital, someone who could guide them through the entire process, from a cancer diagnosis through treatment and beyond.

“The patients really appreciate the service we provide,” says Misti. “By taking away some of the worry and stress from the The oncology-certified Nurse Navigators at process, they are able to concentrate on aLegenT HeaLTH serve as a single point healing.” Like other Nurse Navigators, of contact to collaborate with medical team Misti feels her job is a good fit for her, members to ensure that all information is offering unique rewards. “I love being an current and that the patient and family Oncology Nurse Navigator. It is really clearly understand the plan of care. They become an integral part of the family’s fulfilling to be able to connect with patients and their families and help them through journey, often creating bonds that last far such a difficult time.” beyond the end of treatment. Their family involvement can be extensive while on call day and night, making appointments, coordinating care, taking notes during doctor visits, holding a hand or even

Nurse Navigator AMY GRABER, RN, MSN, says that helping patients this way is her dream job. “It is often comforting to the patient and to the family to have me there. The support I provide takes some of the pressure off of the family to take care of all the patient’s needs.” The Nurse Navigator Program is available to everyone receiving oncology care at Alegent and there is no charge for the service. Many patients hear about the nurse navigators and are afraid to ask for the help because they fear this service is not covered by their insurance. Even when they hear the word “free,” they presume that there will be a cost of some kind down the road. This service is simply an innovative addition to health care that Alegent believes in because it truly benefits the patients and families in need. To learn more about the Alegent Health Oncology Nurse Navigator Program, visit Nurse Navigators at Alegent are provided for both cancer and cardiovascular patients. m


NURSE NAVIGATORS healing guides anyone confronted with a life-threatening illness can appreciate the services of the caring and skilled professionals who help map out the way through an often daunting medical maze.

providing a shoulder to cry on. They also help patients connect with available resources within the health system and the community. Patients may be able to schedule their own appointments and get through the treatment on their own, but if the pressure becomes too great, your family’s Nurse Navigator is there to help.


Among the primary responsibilities of the Nurse Navigator is providing disease education as well as perspective on warning signs and symptoms as they arise. Given the nature of a serious diagnosis, the resources families require can range from emotional support to social, spiritual, nutritional or financial counseling. The needs of each individual patient and family are unique, and Nurse Navigators respond in any way they can. The bonding formed through this process can be so deep that it is not uncommon for patients to consider the Nurse Navigator as if they actually are family.



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has become an intricate mammoth. Complex health problems, like cardiovascular diseases or cancer, involve a string of health professionals-internists, specialists, surgeons, radiologists, physician assistances, registered nurses, physical therapists, counselors, and respite caregivers that makes government bureaucracy look like a straight-forward operation. Throw in primary and secondary insurance companies, Medicare, or Medicaid, and one muddies the waters further. It’s enough to give the most capable person a migraine. Yet when someone has just been told they require open heart surgery or have cancer, they’re reeling from a life-altering diagnosis. They cannot be expected to hear everything the doctor is advising or to know how to coordinate care to ensure optimum results. PAULA HOWARD, RN, BSN, MS, understands this. “You say the word ‘cancer’ and look at peoples’ faces, the screen comes down. You can see them checking out,” she has observed in her over 40 years of healthcare experience. It is the reason she founded MY ConCierge nUrSeS (MCN)

metroMagazine • The Spirit of Omaha coordination of medical services. One such client is a 102-Year-oLd genTLeMan who enjoys good health but likes the reassurance of having a professional available if he awakens in the middle of the night and needs help. In this instance, MCN functions in a preventative capacity, keeping a client out of the hospital or nursing facility.

own decisions,” she asserts. MCN works with clients’ families and attorneys so that when a client is mentally or physically unable to make their own decisions regarding their care, a responsible party can. Nurses do not provide hands-on care but rather use their critical thinking skills and expertise in an advisory capacity. To prevent gaps in healthcare, Registered Nurses will attend doctor appointments. They will listen and take notes and then offer recommendations and referrals based on the information gathered. They also provide three SeCond opinion opTionS from which clients can choose. Again, this goes back to client empowerment; the more options a client has, the more control he has of his own healthcare, maintains Howard.

Other clients require services due to specific medical conditions. A 34-YearoLd friend of Howard was suffering from abdominal pain. She coordinated care for him, initiating doctor appointments and overseeing treatment. For clients who are recovering from a surgery, MCN facilitates their care and rehabilitation. Nurses know what questions to ask during appointments, and they know exactly what the responses mean. Having an additional set of eyes and “They are at the helm of their ears available benefits the client. [healthcare] ship.” Clients are paired with a RN who will serve as a “point person” in the client’s health For more information, visit care plan. All plans are what Howard calls or call “patient-driven.” MCN “always wants the 402.449.1800. client to feel empowered. We offer m information to the client; they make their

above&beyond NURSING ASSISTANCE knowledge and comfort the enhanced support available to patients through nursing assistance services such as my concierge nurses provides an increased level of both knowledge and comfort with the process in January. Howard knows both professionally and personally the importance of having a patient advocate and guide during times of health crisis. She developed MCN, a team of 28 Registered Nurses, to help people navigate the healthcare maze.


MCN “helps people navigate the complicated healthcare system in order to achieve individual well-being goals: maintain independence, achieve optimal health and wellness, and enhance quality of life, even at the end of life,” says Howard. She adds that there isn’t a set demographic for MCN clients. Some are elderly individuals who wish to continue living independently in their own homes. MCN formulates a plan to achieve this goal, including a safety check of their homes, an evaluation of diet and nutrition, and



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4.11 this april style spotlight photo shoot from 89 talent management, shot at the scoular building ballroom in omaha in early march, features theater designer jennifer pool and photographer justin limoges. “Drawing on the nature of the designs, I wanted to portray them in a theatrical theme … from a spectator’s point of view, as if the has been a featured designer at images were caught in the moment of a performance,” he said. The classic OMAHA FASHION WEEK and has look and dramatic feel of the worked with 89 TALENT photographs call to mind Jane Austen MANAGEMENT on a number of occasions. She received a BA in theatre novels and Victorian plays—the stuff of fiction and history—with a touch of from the University of Nebraskathe modern Alice in Wonderland. Omaha and a MFA in costume design from the University of Georgia. Pool’s The March Style Spotlight shoot education is integrated into her work: also featured makeup designer her fashions, worn in this shoot by 89 HEATHER DIZMANG, and hair models, are typically inspired by stylists LACI BALL and ASHLEY FOSTER. Foster said to prepare history and architecture, with a themselves for this shoot, the theatrical flair. She finds an abundant stylists looked online for ideas that level of inspiration in her passions. reflected the designer’s visions and inspiration, as well as “I’ve always loved history and it’s photographs Pool gave them. In the always inspired me,” said Pool. “I have end, the greatest inspiration was too many ideas, too many things I want of-the-moment. to try. [The challenge is] knowing how and what to filter and when to stop “At times it can be a challenge to get designing and just make it.” heads to come together as one and get your ideas on the same page because with hair nothing is ever the same,” Pool says the pieces in this shoot were Foster said. “With a quirky shoot like inspired by “the circus, a high class, with a touch of Tim Burton.” This classy, this, though, it is fun to just not really have an agenda and let your hands do quirky, vintage inspiration comes to life the talking. … It can be super stressful in the images from the shoot, thanks to waiting until the day of to see the the work of LIMOGES. Limoges is the models and figure out what you’re owner of JUSTIN LIMOGES going to do with them, but in this case PHOTOGRAPHY, where he does it fell together pretty smoothly. Ashley commercial work as well as weddings and I felt like she had a very outgoing and events. He said his goal was to design in the wardrobe, so we decided transport viewers into a theatrical world. to go for the same in the hair.”


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omaha fashion week (OFW) kicked off the 2011 season with a vip spring runway show on saturday, march 19th.



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MARRIAGE IS MORE THAN JUST ONE DAY, it’s a lifetime of sharing experiences with someone. Your anniversary is not just another milestone for your relationship, it is also proof of the wonderful rewards that come with dedication, love, selflessness (and perseverance.) It can be a time to step out of the hustle and bustle of every day life and step into the connection that brought you together. To celebrate each year is to acknowledge the power and the love behind your union and the obstacles you have overcome to be where you are. This is no small feat… give your marriage proper credit by celebrating your anniversaries.



To start this celebration in the steadfastness of your love, be sure to practice the virtues you went into the marriage believing in. Being considerate, not only regarding the moment itself, but all the things that conspire to help your partner miss the moment, can change your entire approach to not only the gifts considered, but the gift of the day itself. (Most importantly, remember the most important gift: one another.)

Instead of setting it up as a “test” of memory or thoughtfulness, choose to be thoughtful together, help one another remember, make it a shared project. Approach your anniversary like you approached your wedding day. An offense, like a price tag is something easily removed and thrown away. Setting a cooperative, considerate tone for your approach to the giver will guarantee more lasting value in the gift. continued

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metroWEDDING One route that’s both romantic and flexible is to follow traditional gift-giving concepts that are thought to have originated in medieval times. Outlined below are these traditional gifts and some modern ideas on how to use them.


1ST ANNIVERSARY As simple as paper is, it can make quite a statement! There are many resources available online that show you how you can recycle old newspaper by making your own paper at home. After you’ve created this paper, spend some time practicing your calligraphy and write a love letter that you can leave on your spouses car window, pillow, or desk. It’s a sure way to start such a special day.


2ND ANNIVERSARY Cotton sheets provide an amazing feeling when you fall into bed, and can be fairly inexpensive and environmentally friendly! You can find organic cotton sheets at most department stores that will look amazing on the bed and feel just as great too. How do you work this into a romantic gift? After the bedroom is cleaned, put the sheets on the bed and scatter the bed with your spouses favorite snack and a movie to watch in bed together.


3RD ANNIVERSARY With leather, there is always the option of going the more typical route with leather shoes, wallets, bags, and belts, but how wonderful would it be to try something new and unique? Schedule a leathercrafting class to take together, not only do you walk out with a one-of-a-kind item, you also can enjoy quality time together! Double bonus!


4TH ANNIVERSARY Silk, the fabric of royalty; a silk robe can be a special treat for the skin and can be part of a romantic stay-at-home gift that includes a massage (there are many books that teach about couples massage), champagne and fruit tray, relaxing music, and candles. Your spouse will be sure to feel like a king or queen!


5TH ANNIVERSARY Wood can be a more challenging anniversary gift to find, yet for a take-home item there are always the options of wooden picture frames, hand-carved items, and beautifully decorated antique wooden trunks. You can always give the gift of Nature. For your outdoorsy spouse, a camping trip in the woods or a walk through the park could be just what cupid ordered. You can carve your initials into a tree– a terrific way to revisit, rekindle and remember your initial infatuation.




6TH ANNIVERSARY What viking decided to pair these two up?! How can you get inventive with candy or iron? Perhaps a wrought iron fireplace set to fan the flames may spark a twinkle in your spouse’s eye. This time camp indoors. Eat s’mores in the comfort of your own home. No fireplace? No worries. Cast iron skillets for the cook in your family are a great idea. (Just make sure that you use it first by creating a delicious dinner for two.)


7TH ANNIVERSARY A penny for your thoughts, or how about a penny for your love? A wonderful and unique gift for the love of your life is a personalized necklace created from a penny that was minted the year you were married. For something simple, just drill a hole in the penny and hang it from a thin silver chain. Want something more flashy? Have it embedded into a disk of silver with your own personal message engraved on the back. For those that don’t wear jewelry, you can use this same idea to make paper weights, coasters, keychains or just a goodluck token that can serve as a daily reminder of your love and devotion.

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8TH ANNIVERSARY When we think of bronze, what mostly comes to mind? Sculptures and household items. These can make fantastic gifts and you can find various forms from indoor fountains to bronze-framed mirrors. But, it’s always nice to think outside of the box, what about a bronze belt buckle, recycled bronze jewelry (for the environmentalist in the relationship), or a bronze-casted key to your heart? And, don’t forget that bronze is a color too!


9TH ANNIVERSARY With an endless amount of pottery available, it shouldn’t be hard to find what the heart desires, however, why buy the pottery when you can buy the pottery wheel? Since the movie, “Ghost”, creating your own sculptures in the comfort of your own home has never been so romantic. Not only can this turn into a life-long hobby your spouse will love, your can personalize the decor of your home and make it as unique and meaningful as your relationship. Your spouse isn’t the creative type you say? A miniature willow tree is a nice replacement for the typical flower arrangement, and it lasts longer too.


10TH ANNIVERSARY There was Aluminum in Medeival times? Who knew! Well, whenever and however it was added, it probably reminds most of us of wrapping leftovers; however, it’s amazing the number of gift ideas that come to mind if you just dig a little deeper. Pack a picnic for two in an old-fashion aluminum lunchbox, and surprise your sweetie by going green with matching recycled water bottles. Not only are you preserving the planet, which is always a great gift, you are ensuring that your love will last too! (By, er, wrapping it up and sealing it in, get it?)


15TH ANNIVERSARY By your 15th year of being married, you have your quirks and little sayings that only you and your spouse are in tune to. Why not take the typical gift of two, matching crystal wine glasses and personalize them with your very own sayings? Buy a set, and etch 15 years of great memories into each glass. Now every time your spouse enjoys a glass of wine, they’ll be reminded of a special time shared by the two of you. On the greener side of things, bring back the rainbows and butterflies by purchasing a crystal prism to hang from the window. Every time the sun hits the prism, your spouse will be surrounded by a cascade of rainbows that will surely bring a smile, not to mention a warm glow that’s worthy of your romance.


20TH ANNIVERSARY To pass on an heirloom from your family is always something very special and meaningful, and perhaps this anniversary is where you make your grandmother’s china the centerpiece for the night. Sharing personal memories and stories always brings two people closer together, so create a meal to share on these special dishes, and don’t just share stories, share a plate, share a glass, and share a kiss. (If you are looking to go extravagant, then pack your bags– it’s time for an adventure in Shanghai!)

THE BEST GIFTS ARE OF MADE OF TIME, LOVE, RESPECT, AND DEVOTION. Anniversaries represent milestones in your personal lives, and each milestone shared strengthens your bond with one another. Anniversaries are about embracing memories, and making new ones worth embracing in the future. Anniversaries are about creating and honoring precious moments together; about embracing them and each other. Your approach to every anniversary will either enhance your capacity to savor those embraces or diminish it. Every quality moment you choose to create and embrace together ensures many more anniversaries to come.






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EARLY INSPIRATION You could almost say Van Vliet had no choice but to follow in the generational footsteps of his grandfather and father. His family owned a wellknown floral design firm; his father called the DUTCH ROYAL FAMILY a client. Van Vliet says when you are born and raised in the flower industry, helping out is a foregone conclusion. Those Saturdays were not relaxing days of rest spent unwinding from a week’s worth of studying. Van Vliet produced forty to fifty arrangements on his “day off.” Initially, Van Vliet pursued a potential career as an architect. He majored in art history and graphic design in college. Though he took a familial detour into floral design, he nonetheless values his art history background as the source of inspiration for many of his current day creations. NO LIMITS, ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES His style is described as “courtly, Old World elegance combined with edgy, urban glamour.” Of this seemingly contradictory style, Van Vliet shrugs, “I hate to be put in a box.” Many floral designers are noted for one signature design, like “drowning” flowers by submerging them in water or working with one particular type of blossom. But Van Vliet does not like to adhere to a single, prescribed way of doing things. He loves the contemporary use of intertwining non-floral, natural elements with blossoms but is also drawn to traditional compositions (a nod to his art history background). Contemporary or traditional, Van Vliet maintains that flowers should be the most important element

of a composition. “Flowers are beautiful by themselves; they don’t need enhancing,” says Van Vliet. He has seen colored marshmallows and chicken wire find their way into floral arrangements. This leaves him cold. Texture, however, is very important. Eschewing utilitarian fencing products and artificially colored confections, Van Vliet opts instead for natural elements that harmonize with nature, not detract from it. He’ll pair roses with their hips and richly colored foliage. He’ll incorporate seed pods with arrangements of both large and small flowers in their varying stages of the life cycle. His favorite blossom is Sandersonia. Van Vliet finds this New Zealand native’s bright green foliage and tangerine bells simultaneously “playful and elegant.” Other favorites are lush ranunculus and dainty poppies.


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In fact, if you have a handful of poppies, you have the foundation for a beautiful arrangement. His advice to the hostess looking to create a statement for her dinner party: “Don’t try to copy an elaborate table setting with multiple varieties of flowers. Simplicity is always the best thing. You don’t have to go over the top.” In the spring, he looks to bunches of daffodils or tulips (from Holland, of course). His other “go to” arrangement isn’t really an arrangement at all. He likes to fill an old-fashioned milk bottle with a handful of brightly-hued poppies.

LOVE WHAT YOU DO Van Vliet has seen if not a surge than an increased interest in floral design in his adopted home town of Manhattan. Why are flowers experiencing a renaissance in the quintessential Big City? New Yorkers learned, quite painfully, that “safe careers” in finance and business were not all that secure in the flat lining economy. So they sought careers by which they could make a living, perhaps not as affluent a living, but one that would make them happy. Enrollment at the DUTCH FLOWER SCHOOL IN NEW YORK, Van Vliet’s dreamchild, mirrors this career shift with continued


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making money is important, but also being happy with your job has become more important. ~ REMCO VAN VLIET

increasing numbers of young people registering to acquire the skills to arrange flowers and plan events. “Making money is important,” maintains Van Vliet, “but also being happy with your job has become more important.” And Van Vliet is. His clients include such heavy hitters as CONDE NAST, SAKS FIFTH AVENUE, THE FRENCH EMBASSY, CARNEGIE HALL, HARVARD UNIVERSITY, ESTEE LAUDER, and Elegant Bride Magazine. He enjoys his creative free range at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and partnership with the museum’s different art departments. But he also finds inspiration in individual customers. Brides, he notes, are more confident in their choice of flowers for their big day. Not too long ago, brides would present him with a photo of what they wanted, expecting him to replicate someone else’s idea. Now, they are at the helm creatively, seeking a unique statement for their wedding day.

Van Vliet will share all this when he comes to Omaha to speak at the LAURITZEN GARDENS SPRING GUILD LUNCHEON. It’s an informal and informative format. He will show slides of events he has planned around the country and at the METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART. He will talk about his childhood in Holland and his career path that has led to his position as one of New York’s premier event planners. Guests attending the luncheon will learn where flowers come from and watch Van Vliet make several arrangements on stage while he facilitates a question and answer session. April may bring showers from the west, but it also brings Van Vliet and his flowers from the east. After this winter, that’s a prize worth its weight in gold. For more information on the Lauritzen Garden Spring Guild Luncheon, visit m



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our customers continue to amaze us with what they can do with our hardscape products in their hands. ~ LISA LACKOVIC

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It may be described as the amnesia business. Home improvement companies of all stripes succeed best when they can erase memories, just like in the twisting and turning plotline of some sci-fi flick. Such was the case when metroMAGAZINE visited the home of BEV AND JOHN BOGATZ to survey their award-winning backyard, the one that took top honors for PAVER DESIGNS LLC in the 2010 Watkins Ultimate Backyard Challenge. “Now, over here was … oh … I can’t even remember,” Bev Bogatz shrugged as her voice trailed off in an unsuccessful attempt to conjure a “before” picture of their backyard. “Oh, that was where there was a … no … that’s not it …” John Bogatz added when he, too, came to realize that his memory had been vaporized. “Let’s just leave it at ‘we had an old deck that had outlived it’s usefulness and appeal.’” Let’s see if we might help the Bogatz’s in their quest for “Total Recall.” A weathered expanse of beyondits-prime cedar on three levels — tiers that served only to chop up space in an awkward fashion for most gatherings — is now a stunning vista

that includes serpentine accent bands of contrasting paver colors below a water feature tumbling down the impossibly steep, pine-splattered knoll that acts as a dramatic backdrop for Paver Designs’ creation.

creativity, innovation “The Watkins Ultimate Backyard Challenge is great,” said Paver Designs co-owner Justin Hampton. “It not only gives well-deserved recognition to our workers who don’t otherwise get a lot of public recognition, but it causes all of us in the competition to step up our game, to really stretch when it comes to creativity, materials and design.” Innovative approaches that were evident in all of the entries, he added, translate into client benefits that can be leveraged into all future projects. “Omaha is way ahead of the curve in backyard trends due to the creative efforts and competitive spirit of all the entrants,” said Lisa Lackovic, Watkins’ marketing manager. “Homeowners are really getting into it, too. They come into our showroom and look at the photos and ask ‘How to do we get in to the game?’ This contest has taken on a life of its own and we are so appreciative that the homeowners have welcomed us in to their outdoor living rooms to see our products come to life.” 38



it causes all of us in the competition to step up our game, to really stretch when it comes to creativity, materials and design. ~ JUSTIN HAMPTON

Two landscape architects judged 15 backyard projects entered last fall in the 5th Annual Ultimate Backyard Challenge, a contest sponsored by Watkins Concrete Block. Rules were scaled down to recognize current market conditions, but even so, the number of entries increased over the previous year. Qualifying projects had to be 3,000 square feet or less and could include retaining walls, concrete pavers or natural stone. Entries had to be cleaned, landscaped and sealed, and lighting elements had to be incorporated into each plan. Other honors went to Ahern Hardscape Garden Design for Attractive Design Elements, Keystone Design Center for Unique Room Design, JNL Enterprises for Creative Fire Features, Outdoor Innovations for Outstanding Use of Stone and Colorburst for Best Use of Space.

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do-it-yourselfers The Bogatz’s seem to be recovering as well as can be expected in the face of such traumatic memory loss. Each day brings new recollections, new hints of what once was. Do-it-yourselfers, warned Lackovic, are by no means immune from the malady. And, no, she added, wearing tinfoil hats during the construction process has proven futile as a strategy to stave off the inevitably of the most blissful form of amnesia, the kind that strikes whenever such transformational home projects are completed. “Our customers continue to amaze us,” she said, “with what they can do with our hardscape products and their own hands.”



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lasting value ROBERT’S ROBERT’S LAWN LANDSCAPE & NURSERY LAWN LANDSCAPE & NURSERY maintains a very knowledgeable staff that has sustained over 100 years of employment with a very low turnover. This has allowed the company to help create and fulfill the dreams their customers desire. Many customers have remained loyal for as many as 18 years, a history of reliability and service that few can offer. Having added a retail showroom and three-acre nursery to the business in 2006, Robert’s is able to provide all of their customers a one-stop service experience. Robert’s offers customers a wide assortment of plant material, pavers, wall block, natural stone, boulders, mulch and seeds, as well as pictures of completed projects, and on-site assistance that further simplifies and facilitates the process. This provides not only convenience for customers, but substantial savings as well. This combination of service, simpicity and value sets Robert’s uniquely apart in the metro area.

This, combined with rare convenience and savings, helps build relationships with customers that stay with Robert’s for life. The Robert’s staff all take pride in such loyalty and are understandably excited about the future of the enterprise. The Nursery and Garden Center offers a quiet and tranquill refuge that is neither overwhelming nor pushy. “An advantage that I personally have is that this is my life’s work. From the time I was 6 years old, I got started helping my brothers with their services,” explains Robert Kozol, owner and founder. Kozol is one of five brothers in the industry, which provides Robert’s with a unique pool of knowledge and talent to draw from, unlike any in the region. Kozol says he could not imagine having any other occupation. He adds that he now has a son which he hopes will also become “bit by the landscaping bug”and grow to love the business and its clients as his father has.

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Last weekend, I saw a large flock of birds returning north. The sight and sounds brought out that great feeling of “spring is in the air.” If your health and wellness goals from New Years are long gone, who cares? Start again on the 1st of April. Spring is a great time to renew fitness goals. Following are some suggestions to make this spring a season to nurture your wellness.

BUY SOME WORKOUT CLOTHES YOU FEEL GREAT IN When you enjoy donning your workout clothes, getting ready to work out becomes part of the fun. You may also find yourself putting on your workout clothes as casual wear. You then find yourself ready to work out and suddenly that is what you are doing.

LOG YOUR WORKOUTS AND YOUR EATING PATTERNS ONLINE There are numerous free websites that allow you to keep track of your workouts and your eating habits online. Many of the websites also offer helpful information. Some post their workouts and fitness efforts on Facebook and other social networking sites. It can be an extra layer of social support.

FIND AN OUTDOOR FITNESS CLASS There are lots of outdoor fitness class options in the spring and summer. The options range from intense bootcamp classes to yoga and tai chi in the park. If you can’t find a class you want to join, consider gathering a group of friends, finding an instructor and evolving your own class. If you belong to a gym, you can ask for ideas or available instructors. If you don’t belong to a gym, there are a lot of independent trainers and instructors who will accommodate a group.

TRY A NEW FITNESS ACTIVITY Spring is a great time to take up a new activity. Consider trying a sport or activity you have never tried before. Alternately, join a club specific to your favorite activity to find others who love what you do.

SIGN UP FOR AN EVENT Support a favorite charity or cause by signing up for an event. There are events for almost every charity. There are events encompassing all types of activities. A lot of the events have a fun element such as “Rolling The Colon,” a bike ride for colon cancer. This magazine is a great source of the events around town. You can always consider creating your own event.

CREATE A FITNESS INSPIRATION COLLAGE Collect pictures of activities that you would consider trying. Also collect pictures of appearances and looks that you aspire to. Clip words and quotes that inspire you. Create a collage and place it where you will notice it.

TAKE CHARGE OF WHAT YOU PUT INTO YOUR BODY It is easy to eat too much or make poor eating choices under stress, while on vacation or because you are 44

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around others who are eating poorly. Make a decision to eat well this summer. Have a plan in place on how to deal with the situations that challenge your eating before they arise.

UNPLUG Consider unplugging the television for the summer. A recent study by University of Maryland reports that those who watch very little television generally report being happy much more often and with more vehemence than those who spend time in front of the tube.

TRY NEW RECIPES Try new recipes. Try vegetables and fruits you have never eaten before. Walk through the grocery store on a mission to discover new flavors. In choosing recipes, eat for energy.

SPEND TIME WITH HAPPY PEOPLE Being around a positive person has an uplifting effect. Happiness perpetuates. Choosing to be around those who are happy increases the likelihood that you will be.

ENGAGE IN GOOD KARMA ACTIONS Mentor someone. Donate time or money to a cause you feel passionate about. Spend some time cleaning up the neighborhood. Choose to be kinder than usual to those whose path you cross each day. Reach out to someone that is struggling.

BREATHE DEEPLY OFTEN Under stress, some may breathe more quickly and shallowly. Notice your breath. Lengthen your breath. Enjoy the spring air.

CHOOSE ROAD KINDNESS Recently, I was driving past a local high school. A student pulled out too quickly and into the wrong lane. A man driving a truck skillfully avoided hitting the student; however, he went into a road rage. He followed the student for a mile and one half screaming obscenities and making gestures at the student driver. I couldn’t help but think that the man was modeling behavior that I hope the student driver won’t imitate. The student’s action certainly reflected inexperience but I can’t help but think the near miss had likely already scared her.

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soul loyaltytoyoursoul “LOYALTY TO YOUR SOUL MEANS ENTERING THIS DIVINE UNION AND BEING DEVOTED TO THAT, NO MATTER WHAT.” express itself on this level? We all have them. It’s just that One definition of loyalty is a feeling of devotion or attachment to someone or something. We can we can be so consumed with doing, caught up in have loyalty to our country, our family, a sports negativity or judgment that we either miss these team, a spouse or friend. If asked to describe moments or suppress this energy. themselves, many people would state the quality of loyalty as something they admire in themselves The greatest demonstration of loyalty is that which comes from our Soul. This is a and others. If you were to consider that word, it consciousness that never forsakes, judges or would probably conjure up its own definition unique to you, as well as situations where you abandons. This energy is totally devoted, believes have been loyal and times when you weren’t. in us and will never abandon or betray us. It is a Loyalty can come from a place of deep reverence Divine energy that shines so brightly it would take or it can also come from a place of fear. And, just our breath away were we to see it. as our motivations for whom and what we’re A philosopher by the name of Josiah Royce wrote, loyal to are varied, so are the reasons we are “Unless you can find some sort of loyalty, you disloyal. Today we will explore the aspect of cannot find unity and peace in your active loyalty to our soul. living.” We could take that to a higher level and say, There is a sacred energy within each of us, called unless we find loyalty to our soul we will always the Soul, that connects us to the Divine. This soul be seeking peace outside of ourselves. We will consciousness holds the blueprint of what this life always be seeking to change and control events is all about for us, our purpose, the patterns we’re and people so that we feel loved, safe and secure. here to clear, the karma that awaits us and the When our loyalty is to our soul, when we open variety of people and choices that are scattered up to and remain in the center of this loving throughout our timeline. It attracts exactly the right energy that guides us, that is when we truly find situations and people into our lives for what we are unity and peace. to be learning and clearing. Everything in our lives is a reflection of what is going on in the deepest levels of our being. This is the consciousness that lives in unconditional loving and joy. It sees each experience we have as an opportunity to learn and grow and move beyond any limitations we have placed on ourselves. The soul holds no judgments, regrets or shame. It doesn’t compare itself to other souls or hold any insecurities. It feels comfortable being in any setting, knowing it’s all perfect and magnificent on the highest level. The soul’s energy being expressed can often be very subtle. So subtle that we often miss those moments when they’re here. Some of the qualities of the soul’s expression include loving, joy, enthusiasm, innocence, peace, acceptance, cooperation and service. Think back over the last month. When were those moments that you experienced any of those qualities? Whether you were alone, in nature or with someone else. When were those moments when you let down your guard, opened your heart and your soul had a moment to

When we are devoted to that loving joyful place within us, we are willing to sacrifice judgment, sacrifice revenge, sacrifice insecurities and all negativity to allow that energy to come forward. To bring our True Self forward takes devotion and commitment on a daily basis. Loyalty to our soul means entering this Divine union and being devoted to that, no matter what.

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Are you being disloyal to your soul because something else is more important than that or because of fear of what others might think or how you might look? What pulls you away from your own beauty and magnificence? Start to become clear and aware of what’s blocking this energy from coming forward or from you noticing it more often.

Now, think about how loyal you are to your own Soul. LOYALTY TO YOUR SOUL MEANS: • Being willing to sacrifice any negativity that would separate you from this Divine energy • Listening to this deepest wisdom over the opinions and judgments of others • Being steadfast in your belief in yourself • Not letting others tell you what you can’t do, be, have or what you know to be true for you • Not letting anyone take away your joy, enthusiasm or cause you to shut down your heart • Aligning your actions and your consciousness with your Soul’s intent • Being engaged in life and comfortable with who you are

If there is no loving in what you’re doing, if there is no enthusiasm or joy, where are you placing your loyalty?

• Making loving, joy, enthusiasm, acceptance and all those other qualities your priority

If you’re judging who you are, whose opinion are you making more important than that of your soul?

In the midst of our wanderings and betrayal of ourselves. In the midst of us making everything else but our soul a priority, there is that sweet, divine part of us that continues loving, continues learning and is working to help us find our way Home.

Are you placing your loyalty on the standards and expectations of others? On the thousands of shoulds you’ve been told all your life and now you repeat to yourself?

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

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timetimebandits “I REMEMBER ALL THOSE THOUSANDS OF HOURS THAT I SPENT IN GRADE SCHOOL WATCHING THE CLOCK, WAITING FOR RECESS OR LUNCH OR TO GO HOME. WAITING: FOR ANYTHING BUT SCHOOL.” ~ Richard Brautigan Few challenges in life seem more unrelenting and formidable than time...there never seems to be enough time to do what we believe we must do, and our experience of time often defeats more than delights. Our core beliefs about time bind and bond us; make us tired and often resentful. A plethora of time management books, apps, and seminars promise us proven tools to track and plan how we spend our time, but offer little real solace or insight into what or how our precious moments are taken away from us. Don’t you often feel as if someone or something has stolen your hours away, never to be felt, treasured, and recalled again? Who let those time bandits into our life?

Two events, one global, one personal, reminded me of time this week. Watching the implosion of the Middle East, the riots, the cries of the hundreds of thousands of people demanding freedom echoed across the volatile region. Their passionate lament of too little for too long created a firestorm that still burns across six countries. Time is running out for dictators and freedom’s fragile hopes seem to be rising from the burning streets. On a personal level, I became a grandfather a week ago. My first grandson, Finnean, enters a life rich with love and promise, with great parents, and a family that promises him all we can give. My wife’s death two and a half years ago brings special poignancy to the birth, for we waited a long time to be grandparents together. Sudden change transforms whole sense of time. As Joyce Carol Oates writes in her new book, A Widow’s Story, grief challenges our very identity. In her case, it ruptured her quietest of lives (“measured and decorous as Laura Ashley wallpaper”). I find that my relationship with time, which I always measured and calibrated carefully to accomplish as much as possible each day, is developing into a softer state. I am still very busy, and I work to contribute as much as I can to our clients, my friends, my students, and of course to my children, but I do so without reflecting on what was, only what is, and what might be. Time seems somehow gentler now. And I am sharply aware I have less of it to waste. In truth, we all should be aware of the time bandits

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• Time is an infinite series of present moments, strung together

lurking in corners of our days and nights. And accept that we invite them in.

• Each moment of “now” is written by all of the Many of our conversations with leaders are about helping them find a center, a place where they can past, and it influences the future. focus on the best of themselves, to experience peace • Managing time is about managing ourselves. in moments when they are physically exhausted and spiritually depleted. Our very successful clients • If you spend your life reacting to the outer often feel like victims of their own success. I recently chaos, you are at the mercy of time, you are challenged a group of global executives to turn off its victim. their Blackberries ONE DAY A WEEK! • You never master time. All we ever have is this They considered the notion to be totally shocking, moment. So, by being fully present in the “now” and even though several tried it, four or five later you can surrender fully into what is. confessed that it only worked if they locked their devices in their cars on Sunday afternoons (and In practical terms, I’ve discovered it means even then some still slipped off to their techno“scheduling” more windows of time for me: To walk, mistress anyway). Their genuine feelings of to exercise, to listen to music, to rediscover withdrawal are part of our information addiction, and we’d better understand how our devices own us. wonderful inside the “university” we have created over many years. It has meant making time for CHALLENGE YOURSELF friends with no agenda, for deeper work with fewer I suggest tackling time addiction in small steps: people, for writing and for simply, well, doing nothing (that one is the hardest for high-achievers, 1. Decide how many calls you will take until we discover that we never really do “nothing”). every day.

2. Decide how long you really need to be on each call. 3. Decide how many blinking, buzzing devices are really helpful. 4. Turn off your Blackberry, computer and cell phone one day a week. 5. Go to bed an hour early two nights a week. Read. Play. Sleep. 6. Try speaking less and listen more to your thoughts.

A NEW UNDERSTANDING ABOUT OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH TIME We lead and live out of our beliefs, so unless we alter what we believe, nothing changes. My own decision to turn my time machine from high to medium (I am working on medium low) has brought me face-toface to some new beliefs about time: • Time’s reality exists within us. • Although time consists of a past and present, with a potential for future, time only truly exists in the moment of “now” 46

Perhaps it’s time to downshift a bit. Instead of worrying about your lists, your next appointment, or the time of the car pool pickup at school, can you allow yourself to sit more in your Now, and surrender to the realization that you are experiencing, indeed creating the very moments that hold the potential for more delight and surprise that you can imagine. Take it in small steps. How does it feel? If you stop, what do you think will happen? Eckhart Tolle reminds us in his book The Power of Now that most of us live “under the insane burden of 100 things (we) may or will have to do in the future instead of focusing on the one thing (we) can do now. Past, present, and future are thought forms; mental abstractions…the only thing there is, is now. And it is always now!” It takes courage to step into the now. As Tolle asks, “can you welcome it and become friendly with it?” I want it for you. Will you try it?

“We do not remember days... we remember moments” ~ Cesare Pavese Learn more about Roger Fransecky and the services available for developing your resources at

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honesty,i n tegri t y authenticity “HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY. IF I LOSE MY HONOR, I LOSE MYSELF” ~William Shakespeare

Why do we teach our children the maxim “Honesty is the best policy?” Why is honesty the best policy? Numerous answers exist. One easy answer is that is simplifies our lives. In an environment that is growing in complexity, honesty simplifies our lives and expands our resources. Honesty relieves us of the need to pretend or keep track of what we have said, preserving energy and resources that can be utilized in other areas of life. At a deeper level, honesty allows us to operate in an authentic and integrated way. When we are authentic we are integrated.

RELIEVE YOUR STRESS Dishonesty stresses the body and this stress is measurable. Physical symptoms include increases in heart rate, muscle tension and increased blood pressure. Even when the symptoms are not readily apparent they can be measured. Brain scans reveal that when we are dishonest, our brain must carry our complex operations that are not required when we are honest. It appears that we are hard wired for honesty. Our mind and body signal the physical impact when we depart from honesty.

LEAD WITH AUTHENTICITY In “Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification,” Christopher Peterson defines integrity, authenticity and honesty as the character strength “in which people are true to themselves, accurately representing–privately and publicly– their internal states, intentions and commitments. It is classified as a virtue of courage, indicating that it often takes courage to do the right thing. The word integrity comes from the Latin word integritas which means whole, complete and entire. Disintegration is a powerful opposite defined as destroying unity or breaking into parts.

“The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.” - Socrates Early philosophers including Socrates and Aristotle wrestled with the topic of integrity and authenticity. Socrates is often cited as asserting that the unexamined life is not worth living. Aristotle focused self-reflection on authentic behavior,

acting in alignment with purpose. Authenticity facilitates our ability to grow and develop in a way that is congruent with who we are. Psychologist Carl Rogers (1961) argued that “a person, who sacrifices authenticity to preserve a partial or rigid self-image, or to deceive or manipulate others, likely sacrifices much potential for personal growth and positive change.”

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A simple approach to leveraging authenticity is: • Understand our unique strengths, values, and potential weaknesses. • Regularly seek unbiased feedback and integrate that feedback. • Take action that is consistent with your values and motivations.

Authenticity has been correlated with a number of positive outcomes including: higher reported levels of life satisfaction, well-being, self-esteem, resilience, and goal attainment. Social Psychologist Ken Sheldon has found that authentic, or selfconcordant, goals lead to higher levels of goal attainment. Authentic goals fuel “an upward spiral of growth and positive change.”

We admire honesty, integrity, and authenticity in others. In fact, our perception of others is positively impacted when we view them as authentic. Leadership experts James Kouzes and Barry Posner have surveyed people around the world over the past two decades regarding the qualities most admired in a leader. Over time and across cultures, the number one quality cited as most important in the decision to follow a leader is honesty. Honesty is viewed as more important than qualities such as vision, inspiration, and competence.

PLAN OF ACTION We can leverage authenticity through four components (Goldman and Kernis, 2002). Understanding our unique strengths, weaknesses, values, and preferred ways of behaving is a starting point. A second component is unbiased feedback. Abraham Lincoln, often referred to as “honest Abe”, invested in unbiased feedback. He made a commitment to learning from people who opposed him by including critics and even those who mocked him during his campaign in his cabinet. A third component involves behavior or action. Taking action and behaving in a way consistent with our values, preferences, and needs rather than behavior that is controlled by others builds authenticity. A fourth component is open and truthful relationships.

• Connect with others, building supportive and truthful relationships.

The woman that we know as Sojourner Truth was born into slavery with the given name of Isabella Baumfree in 1797 and was sold five times prior to being freed by state law in 1827. She serves as a paragon of integrity and authenticity. In 1843, as a result of religious vision, she became a traveling preacher true to her new name Sojourner Truth. She spoke openly expressing her convictions about abolition and women’s rights. She met with Abraham Lincoln in the White House and while in Washington challenged discrimination of segregated street cars. Her actions provide a clear inspirational view of the courage frequently required to act with integrity, authenticity, and honesty. When asked about her courage, Sojourner Truth answered “I feel safe even in the midst of my enemies; for the truth is powerful and will prevail.”

Truth is powerful. Integrity, authenticity, and honesty are all powerful components of optimal living. The Values in Action Inventory of Strengths (VIA-IS) is a self-report questionnaire that measures 24 strengths of character organized under six core virtues. The questionnaire takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and results in a printable report providing a rank order of strengths. The VIA-IS can be accessed free of charge at

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Howard Drew Theatre A contemporary, captivating story, Becky’s New Car finds two families unknowingly intertwined. Humorously ironic situations, rapid scene changes, and clever audience interaction will keep you entertained, delighted, and on the edge of your seat as you become part of Becky’s world on this enjoyable ride! Will Becky find the new life she didn’t know she was searching for, or is a new car just the thing she needs?


CHICAGO Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb, Based on the play Chicago by Maurine Dallas Watkins

Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage Theatre A Broadway hit that won six Tony Awards! Set in the razzle-dazzle roaring twenties Chicago. This sharp-edge tale of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation and treachery features a dazzling musical score accompanied by some immortal choreography by Bob Fosse.



Howard Drew Theatre Flyin’ West is a moving piece of American history brought to life on stage. A poignant tale of sisterhood and independence, the personal saga of a family of women who will do whatever it takes to protect each other and protect their land. Unity, courage, strength, and perseverance emerge.


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ALTAR BOYZ Music and lyrics by Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker and book by Kevin Del Aguila


Howard Drew Theatre Billy McGuigan and his brothers are back! This all-request Beatles tribute show will have you dancing in the aisles and singing along to every song. Share your stories and relive your memories with your favorite Beatles songs. No two shows are the same and every show is a guaranteed exhilarating time!

Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage Theatre Full of sharp parody, sinfully spectacular dancing and irreverent humor, Altar Boyz tells the story of five small-town boys— Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham—trying to save the world one screaming fan at a time with their pious pop act, including lyrics like “Girl You Make Me Wanna Wait” and “Jesus Called Me On My Cell Phone.” With an extraordinary mix of hilarious songs, this award-winning musical will have the whole family laughing and singing along.


A CHRISTMAS CAROL By Charles Dickens, Adapted by Charles Jones


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It just isn’t Christmas without A Christmas Carol. Experience Omaha’s favorite holiday tradition as Ebenezer Scrooge takes us on a life-changing journey filled with beautiful costumes, exquisite music and sets and special effects second to none. Perfect for the whole family!


ON GOLDEN POND By Ernest Thompson

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Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage Theatre A side-splitting comedy, Lend Me A Tenor will have you singing its praises! When a fiery-tempered, world famous, Italian opera star comes to town, he finds himself in a compromising situation giving an unexpected star the chance of a lifetime. Confusion and utter chaos ensue as the audience is in on the ultimate game of who’s who. Passion, double entendres, mistaken identities and absolute hilarity send this award-winning farce to comedic heights!



Full of warm humor and heart, this touching tale follows a couple in their golden years at their summer home on Golden Pond in Maine, taking us on a soul-stirring journey filled with trials of growing older, finding peace and unexpected insights.

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THE FANTASTICKS Book by Tom Jones, Music by Harvey Schmidt, Lyrics by Tom Jones, Based on Les Romanesques by Edmond Rostand

Howard Drew Theatre A legend in its own time, The Fantasticks is the longest running musical in history! A simple romantic comedy about a boy, a girl, their meddling fathers and the wall that divides them. The Fantasticks is crafted with charming simplicity, captivating music and whimsy. This timeless tale will ignite your imagination, delight your senses and leave you completely fulfilled. Whether you are revisiting this beloved musical or seeing it for the first time, it guarantees entertainment!



A Pulitzer Prize-winning tour de force, A Streetcar Named Desire is set in the French Quarter of New Orleans shortly after World War II. Blanche Dubois, a fragile Southern woman, seeks refuge from the deeds of her past in the home of her sister Stella and her brutish husband Stanley. A turbulent confrontation develops between Blanche and her brother-in-law, forcing her to separate from her illusions and spiral into madness. This devastating portrait of delusion and cruelty is one of Tennessee Williams finest works–an American masterpiece.


SUBSCRIPTIONS PACKAGES Subscription packages are available for this amazing season so you can enjoy the whole season at a discounted rate, as well as special subscriber perks! metroMagazine • aPR 2011

PlayhOuse seasOn 11/12} HAIRSPRAY Book by Mark O’Donnell & Scott Wittman Music by Thomas Meehan, Lyrics by Marc Shaiman

Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage Theatre “You Can’t Stop the Beat” of this Tony-award winning musical! This flashback to the 1960s is full of musical dance numbers that will have you boogying all night long! Hairspray is a lighthearted musical that redefines beauty, as a big girl with bigger aspirations becomes the newest local TV star. This larger-than-life musical will leave you hungry for more! STAR CARD 10 shows | $195 Adult, $130 Student Includes all nine regular season shows plus A Christmas Carol (any November 2011 performance). MAINSTAGE SERIES 5 shows | only available through 7/1/11 Friday/Saturday: $135 Adult, $100 Student Wed/Thurs/Sun: $125 Adult, $85 Student


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June 10, 11 and 12 Downtown Omaha Farnam Street 10th to 15th Streets Browse and buy original artwork from 135 juried artists including beautiful paintings, jewelry, ceramics, glass, photography, fiber and more. View the complete Artists’ Gallery at w w w . S u m m e r A r t s . o r g 51

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


April’s Classical Kid is Victoria Nikonov who plays the piano. A 10-year old student at Alice Buffett Middle School, a recent memorable experience was her participation in the District Piano Festival, where she received an “outstanding 1+” rating. Victoria also attended “Cinderella,” the ballet in Moscow, Russia where the orchestra was magnificent. She also likes science, drawing and writing stories. She enjoys KVNO and likes to pretend the music is telling her a story. KVNO is grateful to the Soener Foundation, in honor of Mary Soener for their support of Classical Kids in 2011.


Alina Hatfield is KVNO’s Classical Kid for May. An 8-year-old student at Picotte Elementary School, she plays the piano. She got her first trophy for her “1 rating” and certificate of distinction at the 2010 Nebraska Summer Music Olympics. Alina likes to read, swim and ice skate. She listens to KVNO to hear new classical music. The Soener Foundation, in honor of Mary Belle Soener sponsors KVNO’s Classical Kids.


June’s Classical Kid is Brigit Geiver, an 8-year-old pianist who attends Lewis & Clark Elementary School in Council Bluffs. She loved performing at Joslyn Art Museum for the Big Gig 2010 because it was inspiring to play right next to all the beautiful art. Brigit also enjoys crafting, drawing and caring for her 3 dogs, cat and guinea pig. She is encouraged by KVNO’s music and says it helps her dream of her musical future. KVNO thanks the Soener Foundation for their support of the award winning Classical Kids program.

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Save the Date! Dining with Dogs April 30

This event was so successful the first year we did it, that we’ve gotta’ do it again! Our Guild, Friends Forever invites you and Fido to yappie hour and dinner. Three Dog Bakery provides the finest yappy-tizers and mutt-inis for Fido and then it’s on to dinner and night of fun. Get a table of friends together and enjoy a doggone great time as you benefit homeless animals. More details on line at

Plants for Pooches April 28th & 29th We’re offering our annual plant sale on Thursday and Friday this year, so you can purchase your plants and then use the weekend to get them in the ground! Join us on our front walkway for this fun garden party. We’ll have beautiful hanging baskets, tropicals and bedding plants grown especially for the Nebraska Humane Society by Canoyer Garden Center. Check our website for more details

Camp Kindness June and July Summer Camps

Karin and Tom Nilsson With Josie and Sam

Kids who love animals shouldn’t miss camp kindness. These summer day camps run in week long sessions June through July at the Nebraska Humane Society. Children get a behind-the-scenes look at our surgical suite, talk to dog trainers and learn about wildlife rescue and rehabilitation in a fun and heartwarming atmosphere. Sessions fill up fast, so sign up hassle free on line at

Karin and Tom Nilsson Josie wasn’t exactly what Karin Nilsson had in mind when she arrived at the Nebraska Humane Society 10 years ago in search of a cockapoo. The Nilsson’s beloved Keeshond had died, and their pomeranian needed a buddy. Josie was a scared, deer-in-the-headlights, herding dog mix who hated being in the kennels. Still, there was something about her that struck a chord in Karin. That gut feeling turned out to be spot on. “She is so intuitive that she can tell when something is wrong and works to comfort you,” says Karin, “and she’s so smart she knows left from right and has a huge vocabulary.” Josie is also energetic, which was initially a challenge. “She spent the first month tied to my belt,” says Karin. Tom explains, “I’d take her jogging five miles a day and Karin would take her for three more, and she still had enough energy to get into trouble.” Today she has matured into the perfect companion for Karin, Tom and little brother Sam, a Havanese, who arrived five years ago. “She is the world’s most amazing dog.” We’re pretty sure Josie feels the same way about her owners! gives you all the info!

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March 5th, HDR, Inc. and SilverStone Group presented the Omaha Symphony’s 90th Anniversary Gala at the Joslyn Art Museum. Gala attendees experienced an evening of elegance and music, celebrating the proud history and bright future of a true community treasure. The night also honored Richard Holland, a long time friend of the Omaha Symphony, as he celebrated his 90th birthday. Special guest Warren Buffett made a delightful surprise appearance at the Gala, singing “Happy Birthday” to Holland, while playing his ukulele. The night featured a private concert by the Omaha Symphony, conducted by Maestro Thomas Wilkins. Other ensembles providing music included the Mike Pollock Jazz Quartet, the Omaha Harp Circle and the Omaha Symphony violinist Anne Nagosky’s private studio of young violinists. The gala’s honorary co-chairs were Pat and Richard Bell and Anne and John Nelson. For more information on the Omaha Symphony, visit

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Dawn Busenbark and Henry Davis

Dan and Dee Henry with Carolyn and Dave Diamond

John and Andrea Marshall

Bill and Piper Johnson

Lynne Duncan Schwabe and Riha Rothberg

Jill and Jeff McCaffrey

Lindi Janulewicz and Emma Kate Brown

Event Chairs Robyn Freeman, Dawn Buchanan, Susan Knapp, Executive Director Shawn Reynolds

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Audrey Arthur and Christine Smith

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February 26th, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation held its 14th Annual Gala, which was themed “Big Dreams, Big Hearts…Real Hope for a Cure,” at the Qwest Center Omaha. The event raised over $550,000 for diabetes research efforts. Janice and Bob Batt were Chief Dream Officers for the event, while Dawn and Doug Buchanan, Robyn and Bob Freeman, and Susan and Bob Knapp acted as event chair couples. Head of KETV NewsWatch 7 I-Team, Rob McCartney, served as the master of ceremonies. Husker football player Ben Cotton kicked off the evening and spoke about his own experience with diabetes. Among the highest grossing items in the live auction were a Taylor Swift package and a week-long trip for 10 to Telluride, Colorado. A Fund A Cure video followed the auction, featuring the stories of Lindi Janulewicz and Emma Kate Brown, as they shared their personal experience of living with type 1 diabetes. JDRF is the largest charitable funder and advocate of type 1 diabetes research.

Nolan Dunn, Xavier McCaig, Trevor Horton, Mattie Cunningham and Elianna Loftus

Sid Meridith and Sara Comer

For more information on the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, visit

Chief Dream Officers Janice and Bob Batt

Cindy and Jim Irvine

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March 12th, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Nebraska’s Blue Jean Ball drew more than 380 people and raised more than $211,000 at the Mutual of Omaha Dome to support granting wishes for Nebraska children with life-threatening medical conditions at its 13th annual event, which was themed “Wild About Wishes.” The event featured silent and live auctions, a raffle for a diamond necklace, and photos with exotic animals and dinner. One of the highlights of the evening was when emcee Tracy Madden surprised 3-year-old Jamiee, who suffers from Shone’s Complex Syndrome, by granting her wish to go to Disney World. Another highlight was when the audience was surprised by a command performance by 16-year-old wish kid, Joe, whose wish was for a violin.

Kip Smith and Darci Coolidge

Guin Miles and Greg Koll

Dan and Shirley Neary served as the event’s honorary chairs, as Lisa Ketcham and Pam Weekly were event chairwomen. For more information on the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Nebraska, visit

Morgan Newman, Katie Phillips and Kara Chapman

Bridgette Young, Joy Eggleston and Kelly Titus


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Ann Tjaden and Margaret Hershiser

Sherry and Jeremy Falke

March 2nd, Speaking of Children held its 4th Annual Luncheon and Training benefitting the Project Harmony Child Protection Center at the Qwest Center Omaha. The event attracted over 1,100 guests. Featured speaker Andrew Bridge spoke of his experiences growing up in foster care. It truly was â&#x20AC;&#x153;one extraordinary day to inspire and inform the community in the fight against child abuse.â&#x20AC;? The training sessions featured four professionals from around the country presenting 450 people who work with children in our very own community. Event chairmen were Donna Erker and Ann Tjaden. Honorary chairs were Lynne and John Boyer.

Susan McMannama and Deb Bogard

Mike and Lin Simmonds

The event was preceded on Tuesday evening with a Patron Party at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts with 95 sponsors and guests in attendance. Patron Party co-chairs were Julie and Charlie Burt, Becca and Mark Goebel and Annette and Paul Smith. John Benker catered the cocktail buffet; flowers were by Kyle Robino of Old Market Habitat. For more information, visit

Event Chairs: Paul and Annette Smith, Julie and Charlie Burt with Becca and Mark Goebel

RJ and Liz Neary with Donna and Dave Erker

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Darby and Greg Scaglione

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March 3-6th, the 45th Annual Omaha Home & Garden Expo was held at the Qwest Center Omaha with an estimated record number attendance of over 40,000 people throughout the four-day event. The Expo featured nationally-known experts and personalities with presentations by ABC’s Design Star, Michael Moloney of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition; Travel Channel’s Mark Decarlo, host of Taste of America and author of “A Fork on the Road”; Pat Stone, co-author of “Chicken Soup for the Gardener’s Soul”; and Justin Hancock of Better Homes & Gardens magazine and

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Michael Moloney and Andy Hoig

The Omaha Lawn Flower & Patio Show hosted the “Ask the Master Gardeners” with the UNL Douglas/Sarpy County Extension Services; the Green, Fresh, Local Feature Showcase with the Metropolitan Community College; and the Plant Sales and Container Garden Showcase with the Greater Omaha Council of Garden Clubs. The 2011 Celebrity Design Room recognized Omahans that have made an impact and special contribution to the Omaha community. This is a unique way to raise awareness to their special cause. This year’s celebrities were Dr. Lee Simmons of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and the Omaha Zoo Foundation; actor John Beasley of The John Beasley Theater & Workshop; 2010 Mrs. Nebraska, Courtney Vacanti-Birnstihl on behalf of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; and Anne Boyle of the Nebraska Public Service Commission on behalf of Habitat for Humanity. The 2011 designers that participated in the showcase are LaDonna Eriksen of Interior by Design, Rich Anderson of NICHE’ in the Old Market, designers of The Interior Design Firm, and Lori Anderson of Anderson Interiors in Rockbrook. For more information on the Omaha Home & Garden Expo, visit

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Jon Blumenenthal and Parker Schenken

February 25th, Lutheran Family Services (LFS) and Adoption Links Worldwide held its 12th annual Fandango event, which raised over $100,000 for foster care adoption. The theme for this year’s Fandango was “Hit a Home Run for Kids.” This event raises funding and awareness of the need for permanent homes for Nebraska’s foster children.

Christa Otto and Kirstin Ricketts

Guests were invited to wear their favorite team attire and were greeted at the door with fresh popcorn and drinks. With over 100 items in the silent auction, attendees had lots to choose from–including a giant-sized director’s chair, a mountain bike and baskets full of sports tickets, spa days and items for the home. A team of Children Services workers from Lutheran Family Services manned a table of special dolls and other items used with children in therapy. Guests could also “buy” those items for donation. Emcee John Oakey of KETV NewsWatch 7 told his story of being a foster parent, and Amy Scott, along with her sons, told how the process of adoption had changed her life. Following dinner, guests also saw a video of real-life Nebraska foster children telling what it is like to be moved from home-to-home and school-to-school. Afterward was the live auction with one lucky bidder taking home tickets and a parking pass to the new TD Ameritrade stadium for the 2011 College World Series.

Marilee Faubel and Dana Payne

Richard and Kim Daubenmier

Money raised was for Adoption Links Worldwide, an affiliate of Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska. The event was organized by the Forever Families Guild, a committee made up of over 60 volunteer members. Teri Krohn is the Guild President. The event chairs this year were Cindy Hartmann and Julie Geschwender, with Amy Scott and her sons as honorary chairs. For more information on Lutheran Family Services, visit

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Brandi Tumbleson and Jackie Boryca

Honorary co-chairs Rick and Carol Russell, Erin Swanson and Joel Russell



February 27th, the Visiting Nurse Association held their Art & Soup fundraiser at the Embassy Suites La Vista. Over 900 guests enjoyed multi-media artwork from 53 artists and dined on 24 different restaurant signature soups.

Carolina and Daniel Padilla

The featured artists agreed to share 50% of their sales to help the event raise nearly $150,000 in support of VNA’s shelter nurses.

Kaylee Shickell, Vicki Swartz, Jordan Statz and Megan Murren

The Carol and Rick Russell family were honorary chairs. VNA is a non-profit organization that supports the dignity and well-being of Omaha and Council Bluffs residents by delivering the highest quality home care, IV therapy, hospice and community health services. For more information about the Visiting Nurse Association, visit

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February 19th, approximately 460 guests attended Heartland Family Service’s largest fundraising event, the “Carnival of Love” Gala, which was held at the Embassy Suites La Vista. Early estimates indicate that about $200,000 was raised to help the clients of Heartland Family Service.

Sonya Grafft and Jack Wilson

Calliope music, tents and carnival games turned the ballroom into an exciting carnival atmosphere. Long lines formed at the face-painting tent and the action was found at the games, including Card Sharp Shooter, Bean Bag Toss and Rainbow Roller Ball.

Wendy Erven and Scott Andersen

The Guild’s Junior Friends and Student League volunteers sold raffle tickets, ran invoices to the tables and assisted with the live auction, in which a week-long Manzanillo, Mexico beach house getaway and a Lions vs. Packers at Lambeau Field package drew the top bids. The Gala’s 2011 co-chairmen were Shelley Siemers and Jayne Timmerman. For more information on Heartland Family Service, visit

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Dan Boler, Matt Jetter and Jake Holdenried

Rachel Hagge, Jack Wilson and Molly Marchese

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February 27th, the Alzheimer’s Association Midlands Chapter held their 9th annual Oscar Night benefit gala at the DC Centre and raised nearly $80,000 for Alzheimer research and support. Over 250 guests walked the red carpet and posed for pictures before enjoying a night of both silent and live auctions with packages including trips to Costa Rica and autographed Hollywood and sports memorabilia. Michael Walker entertained attendees with a vintage vocal performance, while Duane J. Gross, Ph.D, president and CEO of the Midlands Chapter, spoke at the event. The evening’s chairs were Dr. Daneil Bohi and his wife Dr. Barbara Bohi, who also spoke about the continued need to provide education, information, support and care to families affected by dementia. For more information about the Alzheimer’s Association Midlands Chapter, visit

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Harlan Rips, Doug Grewcock and Mark Wilson

Lindsay Estes, Anthony Merlitti, Daniel Bruce with Erin Beecher and Marla Grose Photos by Caroline Thompson

Matt and Cassie Jetter

Rachel Wakefield, Sue Wright and Beth Wakefield

Kristie and Stephen Ciesielski with John and Karen Bourne

Tom Andrews, M.J. Robertson with Sue and Gary Knapp

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Patty Kircher, Chris Kircher, Chef George Duran, Kate and Sandy Dodge

February 24th, the Food Bank for the Heartland’s 10th Annual Celebrity Chef fundraiser presented by ConAgra Foods was held at Embassy Suites La Vista. More than $200,000 was raised as former Food Network Chef, George Duran, drew in a crowd of nearly 800 guests. The fundraiser also served as the kick-off to the Food Bank’s celebration of its 30th anniversary. During the evening’s program, Chef Duran prepared recipes from his book “Take This Dish and Twist It.” Sandy and Kate Dodge served as Honorary Chairpersons of the event.

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Brian Barks and Angie Grote

Jeff and Ava Kosse

David and Mia Stiles

Event chairs Megan Addison and Catherine McAllister Photos by Dan Flanigan



For more information on the Food Bank for the Heartland, visit



March 4-6th, the Junior League of Omaha held its annual American Girl Fashion Show at Happy Hollow Country Club. Seven shows were held featuring historically inspired clothing and matching dolls from the American Girl clothing collection, American Girl of Today and the American Girl Bitty Baby collections. Several exciting raffles were held and each show featured a silent auction and an expanded boutique.

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Junior League President Sarah McGowan and Jen Barte

The American Girl Fashion Show is an important fundraiser that helps support the Junior League of Omaha’s children’s projects. Committee chairs were Megan Addison and Catherine McAllister. For more information on the Junior League of Omaha, visit

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March 12th, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Omaha celebrated its 85th Anniversary of serving the Omaha community and its 20th Anniversary of Irish Fest. Irish Fest 2011 was held at the Qwest Center and over 700 people came out in support. The event included both silent and oral auctions, a raffle, performances by Omaha Pipes and Drums, The Caroina Tire Irish Dancers and music by Finest Hour featuring The BroadBand Horns. The theme of this year’s Irish Fest was “Living the Legacy.” Sean Mulhall served as Master of Ceremonies, continuing the tradition begun by his father, John Mulhall, 20 years ago. In addition, 30 former Irish Fest Chairpersons were also recognized for making the event one of the most successful non-profit events the Omaha community has seen that raised $425,000. For more information about Catholic Charities, visit

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BlueCross BlueShield of Nebraska Borsheims Fine Jewelry Bozell Worldwide Deloitte HDR Hotz, Weaver, Flood, Breitkreutz & Grant KPMG MarketSphere Consulting MCL Construction Omaha State Bank

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March 19th, Voices for Children in Nebraska hosted its seventh annual fundraising event, the Spotlight Gala. The event had a record attendance of 510 people at the DC Centre and raised over $125,000. The Dr. Tom and Jane Tonniges family as this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Honorary Family in recognition of their involvement in many civic and child-related organizations. Awards given during the event were divided into five catergories: Ky-Antre Compton was presented with the Youth Award, Karla Schweiger-Arnold won the Individual Award, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska was given the Organization Award, Presbyterian Church of the Cross received the Faith-Based Award, and most importantly, the founding executive director of the Voices for Children, Kathey Bigsby Moore, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. For more information on Voices for Children in Nebraska, visit

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March 5th, the Stephen Center held its Cruise Away to the Jungle event at Champions Run. The jungle-themed evening featured a silent and live auction, dinner and dancing to the Fishheads. Over 300 people attended the event, which raised over $95,000 for the Stephen Center. Funds raised from the event will be used for the Emergency Shelter, the HERO Program, which is a state-licensed substance abuse treatment center, and the Transitional Living Program. Also during the evening, founders of the Stephen Center, Sharon and Dick McNeil, were honored with the Heart and Soul Award this year.

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Honorary chairs Bob and Sue Mullin

Pam Moylan and Jennifer Storm

The Stephen Center partners with the community, families and individuals to overcome homelessness, addiction and poverty. Honorary chairpersons were Bob and Sue Mullin, while Pete and Cindy Hanely with Dr. David and Marjean Stamm were the event co-chairpersons. For more information on the Stephen Center, visit

Blake and Ruina Consdorf with Tracy and Todd Cleavenger

Christina and Mark Braasch

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February 17th, the Greater Omaha Young Professionals held its second annual YP Summit Pre-Party at the Nomad Lounge. This year’s event featured a SLAM poetry competition emceed by Matt Mason, Executive Director of Nebraska Writers Collective. Jeff Degan from the Channel 94.1 Big Party Morning Show, Wendy Townley, author of Nerdy Thirty, and her Weekly Grind co-host Bryan Mohr were a few of the local celebrity bartenders on hand. Some of the YP Summit presenters, including Lamarr Womble and Katie Underwood, also lent a hand in serving drinks for a cause. “The tips raised from the celebrity bartenders will be pooled in with grant money that will be given to non-profit through a giving circle led by the Omaha Community Foundation at the YP Summit on March 3rd,” event coordinator Haley Pille said. Besides being a charitable event, the YP Summit Pre Party is a great networking opportunity. For more information on the Omaha Community Foundation, visit Photos by Dan Flanigan

Wendy Townley and Sarah Johnson

Kali Baker and Sarah Gilbert

Michaela Krug and Aimee Haugan

Katie Underwood, Chad Carr and Stephanie Sharp

Kimberly Meek, Courtney Johnson, Mashanda Graham and Daryle Wilson

Amber Morris, Mary Rose Donahue and Lyndsay Bonwell


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Kirsten Case-Penrod, Jane Erickson, Christine Johnson and Shelley Wedergren


February 8th, Women’s Fund of Omaha held their 3rd annual “Ready to Serve” Board Training workshop. With 170 participants, attendees learned the fundamentals of serving on a non-profit board while listening to 17 speakers and panelists who discussed the primary responsibilities of board members and who shared tips on exploring the possibilities for service.

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Ellie Archer, Lyn Wallin Ziegenbein and Mary Gen-Braun


The workshops covered a wide range of topics from the importance of vision to legal responsibilities. “Ready to Serve” was launched by the Women’s Fund in 2009 to encourage women to take on leadership positions. For more information on The Women’s Fund, visit

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Photos courtesy of February 26th, the Playmakers Mentoring Foundation Playmakers Mentoring held its 2nd annual Legends Dinner and Auction at the Foundation DC Centre. The event honored former Husker and Green Bay Packer Jerry Murtaugh and raised over $18,500 to help support foundation’s work with Omaha’s at-risk kids. Members of the Captain’s Club, high school football players who have committed to high standards so that they can be positive role models for the middle school boys they mentor, were also recognized. The evening was hosted by former Raider and Playmakers’ founder Coach Greg Roeszler. Jeff and Heidi Wilke were honorary chairs. Mayor and Mrs. Jim Suttle, Police Chief and Mrs. Alex Hayes, and Douglas County Treasurer and Mrs. John Ewing were also in attendance.

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For more information on the Playmakers Mentoring Foundation, visit

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February 20th, more than $217,000 was raised for Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater, Omaha’s non-profit cinema, with the gala celebration featuring Academy Award-winning filmmakers Steven Soderbergh and Alexander Payne and Peabody Award-winning journalist Kurt Andersen. The event, Feature III, featured conversations with Soderbergh about his filmmaking career, as well as reports of his impending retirement. Andersen, the host of the Peabody Award-winning radio program Studio 360, conducted the interview following introductions by Oscar-winning writer-director Alexander Payne. Both Payne and Andersen are Omaha natives and Film Streams board members.

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February 18th, the Joslyn Castle Trust held its final performance of its annual Murder Mystery event. This year’s show was “The Eyes Have It,” an original radio mystery play directed by Joe Schaffner. With attendance doubling over the past year, the committee raised $15,000 for the Joslyn Castle. Procceds from the event allow the Joslyn Castle to continue its ongoing restoration and preservation of the Joslyn Castle property. Guests were treated to a different guest star at every performance including Hal Daub, Melissa Marvin, Tom Becka, David Wingert and Mary Maxwell. For more information about the Joslyn Castle, visit

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Ralston Mayor Don Groesser with his wife Deb

Melissa Schutt, K.C. Halpine, Colleen Fogarty, Eileen Halpine and Jo Grebenick

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March 12th, Prevent Blindness Nebraska held their Wild Game Feast at the Council Bluffs Country Club. Chaired by Carol Russell, the event featured speaker Dr. Buzz Madson who shared a video of an elephant hunt in Botswana. The 65 people in attendence enjoyed the “Feast” of Elk Pot Roast, Buffalo Shepherd’s Pie, Will Duck and Goose Stirfry, Pheasant and Mushroom Enchiladas, Venison Shilli, and Wild Turkey Florentine. The event raised $6,000 for the organization seeking to prevent unnecessary vision loss because of accidents or inaccurate information.

Dr. Buzz Madson with guests Gayle and Kent Reimers, Mollee and Mike Moore

For more information about Prevent Blindness Nebraska, visit




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Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy and Karen Carlson

February 26th, over 500 guests helped the Easter Seals Nebraska’s Wine Event raise over $342,900 Photos courtesy of for individuals in Nebraska with disabilities. Jamie Lynn Photography The night included a vintner’s reception, dinner and silent and grand auctions. Jack Swanda and Jim Kalal emceed the event and Gon Groesser was auctioneer. Miss Nebraska, Nicky Haverland, made an appearance at the event, and Lieutenant Governor Rick Sheehy spoke at the event. A news story about Nebraska AgrAbility customer Eric Beckman of Pender, Nebraska, as well as a video featuring the summer camp program complete with camper testimonials were shown to attendees. For more information about Easter Seals Nebraska, visit


Liz Otterberg, Geri Plautz, Lise Sasson, Lori Gigantelli and Casey Fehringer

Amy Carmody, Kara Plumb, Megan Wickless, Nancy Gordon and Sally Klein

Jack Swanda, Miss Nebraska Nicky Haverland and Don Groesser

Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy and Karen Carlson

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March 12th, the University Hospital Auxiliary held its Kaleidoscope event, which was themed “An International Affair, Advancing Science for a Global Purpose,” at the Embassy Suites La Vista. Kaleidoscope is an annual, philanthropic event including dinner and a silent auction. During the program, the Honorary Kaleidoscope Award was presented to James Armitage, M.D. for his community and world contributions. Funds raised at the event benefitted the new Clinical Research Center, which will be located at the Nebraska Medical Center’s main campus. The Kaleidoscope proceeds will be used primarily to create a unique, comfortable space within the Center for patients and their families. Honorary chair of the event was Howard E. Gendelman, M.D., while Lori Gigantelli, Gerri Plautz and Lise Sasson served as event co-chairs. For more information on the University Hospital Auxiliary, visit

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Februrary 12th, Wings of Hope Cancer Support Center hosted their “Winter in Wonderland” at the Ameristar Casino-Hotel Ballroom. Over 170 guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and beverages, as well as participating in both a silent and live auction. The event also featured entertainment in the form of a “Celebrity Snowman” competition that involved four teams decorating snowmen and snowwomen. Proceeds from the evening go towards the Wings of Hope effort to provide emotional support as well as education for people diagnosed with cancer and their families.

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For more information on the Wings of Hope Cancer Support Center, visit

Roger and Penny Malcom with Dr. Joe and Wendy Stilwill

Jessie and Todd McDevitt

J.J. Reese, Pat Hensley, Jody Strohbehn, Inez Summy, Barbara Lee and Dana Reed Photos by Linda Shepard


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March 9th, the American Red Cross Heartland Chapter began Red Cross Month by hosting their 11th Annual Heroes in the Heartland event. The event took place at the Embassy Suites La Vista with an awards luncheon and featured many inspirational stories of heroism from members of the Omaha community. There were six main awards given out to outstanding individuals for their generous and heroic actions. Nicole Vetter won the Call to Action Award, Scott Anderson received the Commitment to Community Award, Lisa Utterback won the Good Samaritan Award, Aura Whitney-Jackson was given the Lifetime Award, Robert Gottsch received the Public Servent Award, and the Gift of Life Award went to Todd Banchor, Marjorie Keller, Austin Zach, and Margaret Bullock. In addition to these recipients, there were seven students from area elementary and middle schools who were honored for their performance in the Heroes Essay Contest. For more information on the American Red Cross, vsit

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March 19th, Hot International hosted their annual dinner gala and silent auction at the Embassy Suites La Vista. Holt International celebrated their 55th Anniversary of serving homeless children under the guidance of co-chairs Tracy Frerichs and Juliet Brown. Molly Holt, the daughter of founders Harry and Bertha Holt, was this year’s honored guest. Additionally, President Min of Holt Children Services in Korea was in attendance. The event raised $106,000 and had a record 350 guests. Since Holt’s beginning, many children with special needs at the Ilsan Center have gone home to wonderful, permanent families.

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Mary and Emma Frerichs

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March 14th, the Literacy Center for the Midlands held their Literacy Alive Luncheon at the Scott Conference Center. Guest speaker and former profession hockey coach, Jacques Demers, shared his story with the 250 people in attendance. He coached the Montreal Canadians to a Stanley Cup victory in 1993, yet was functionally illiterate. The benefit raised $30,000 for the Literacy Center, which provides adult with both the reading and employment skills they need to be successful. The center continues to work towards its goal of placing Omaha on the list of Top 10 Most Literate Communities.

Jacques Demers, Linda and Don Hutchens Photos courtesy of Mike Todd, Literacy Center

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March 5th, over 450 guests filled the Embassy Suites La Vista ballroom for St. Columbkille Parish’s 5th annual benefit celebration, Columb’s Ceili. Born in Ireland and patron saint of the parish, Columb is the shortened form of Saint Columbkille. Ceili is a Celtic word referring to a festive party. Music and dancing accompanied the auction at the event. Long-time parishioners Margaret and the late-Link Lynam, Andrea and Dr. Hans Dethlefs, and their childrenAllison, Christopher and Rachel-were the recipients of the Spirit of St. Columbkille Award for their service to the parish and community. Honorary chairs were Amy and Jeff Schmid.

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Dr. Cheryl Blue and Kathy Monico

For more information about St. Columbkille Parish, visit

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February 4th, the 2nd Annual Wine Tasting “Cheers to the Angels” friend-raiser/fundraiser to benefit Angels Among Us was held at Champions Run. The event raised $10,000, in which the funds raised are used to financially assist families who have a child battling cancer living in or being treated in Nebraska.

Rob Denning and Mary Allison

Susie Nelson with Drew and Kristin Lundgren

During the three-hour event, over 200 guests had the opportunity to bid on silent auction items, savor hors d’oeuvres prepared and served by Champions Run, be entertained by piano player Robert Glaser and of course, enjoy tasting several fine wines. At the end of the evening, raffle and silent auction winners were announced.

Wade and Christine Behlen, Drew and Kristin Lundgren, Kevin Omara, Renee Vokt, Roberta and Jason Tonjes

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OMAHA BUSINESS HALL OF FAME GALA Hosted by the Greater Omaha Chamber Past and present outstanding Omaha area business leaders will be inducted into the Omaha Business of Fame at this annual gala honoring individuals whose accomplishments in business are historically significant to the development of Omaha. Holland Performing Arts Center Omaha – 6:00 P.M. Visit

LAURITZEN GARDENS GUILD SPRING LECTURE AND LUNCHEON A benefit for Lauritzen Gardens Come and be swept away by New York City’s premier floral designer Remco Van Vliet. A Master Florist and thirdgeneration floral designer, he has created designs for some of the most prestigious arts institutions in the city. Lauritzen Gardens – Omaha Visit or call 402-346-4002 x201.

MEDICAL MESS CLUB A benefit for the Metro Omaha Medical Society Foundation This fun event features local physicians performing musical parodies complete with lyrics they’ve written with a medical theme to poke fun at hot topics in health care. The evening includes silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Joslyn Art Museum Omaha – 6:30 P.M. Call 402-393-1415.

WOMEN’S POWER LUNCHEON A benefit for Habitat for Humanity of Omaha Habitat for Humanity of Omaha presents the 5th annual Women’s Power Luncheon, a tribute to women and an official kick-off and celebration of the Women Build, now in its 14th year. Coco Key Convention Center Omaha – 11:30 A.M. Visit

April 12 C.H.A.N.C.E. LUNCHEON A benefit for the Children’s Scholarship Fund Greg McDermott, Head Coach of the Creighton Men’s Basketball team is the Honorary Chairman and speaker at this annual event. Eight CSF students will be honored with awards for leadership, spirit and overcoming challenges. Harper Center at Creighton University Omaha – 11:30 A.M. Call 402-827-3756.

April 14 6TH ANNUAL YOUTH ART SHOWCASE & AUCTION A benefit for The Neighborhood Center This community event directly supports The Neighborhood Center, providing quality programs and support to all neighborhoods in Sarpy, Douglas and Pottawattamie counties. The evening begins with a reception and preview, silent auction and food and beverages, then a live auction with celebrity auctioneer Scott Moore. Scott Conference Center Omaha – 5:00 P.M. Call 402-561-7581.

April 16 BASH 2011 A benefit for Creighton Preparatory School. This year’s event has a nautical, All Hands On Deck, theme, The evening begins with a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by dinner, live auction and raffle. Prep’s online auction, eBASH, runs from March 18 through April 8. The Heider Center at Creighton Prep Omaha – 5:00 P.M. Visit or call 402-548-3858.

April 29 FEATHER OUR NEST A benefit for Fontenelle Nature Association This annual fundraiser features live and silent auctions, dinner and raffle. This year’s theme is “The Beginning of a Mammoth Adventure” and celebrates Fontenelle Forest Nature Center’s upcoming Ice Age Exhibition,. Proceeds will provide hands-on nature education for children in our community. Livestock Exchange Building Ballroom Omaha – 6:00 P.M. Call 402-201-7628.

April 29-30 UNO WOMEN’S WALK FESTIVAL A benefit for UNO Women’s Athletic Program 2011 will begin a new era for the Women’s Walk. The Walk has become the anchor of the Women’s Walk Festival, a two day event featuring speakers, a wine tasting event, seminars, booths, and the Women’s Walk, with a special area just for runners. University of Nebraska at Omaha Call 554-2355.

April 30 DINING WITH DOGS A benefit for the Nebraska Humane Society This dinner goes to the dogs … literally. You and Fido are invited to yappie hour, with Three Dog Bakery provides the finest yappy-tizers and mutt-inis for Fido. Then it’s on to dinner and a night of fun. Get a table of friends together and enjoy a doggone great time! CoCo Key Convention Center Omaha – 6:00 P.M. Visit 76

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KIDS CAN LUNCHEON A benefit for Kids Can Community Center Keynote speaker at this year’s event is Gallup’s Barry Conchie, co-author of Strengths Based Leadership, and expert in executive assessment, team diagnostics and succession planning. Downtown Doubletree Hotel – Omaha Visit

D.J.’S HERO AWARDS LUNCHEON A benefit for The Salvation Army This year’s featured speaker is Apolo Anton Ohno, eight-time Olympic medalist and most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian in history. The annual luncheon will honor D.J.’s Hero Scholarship Award recipients from across Nebraska. Qwest Center – Omaha – 11:45 A.M. Visit

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B’NAI B’RITH CHARITY SPORTS BANQUET A benefit for B’nai B’rith Two legendary college football icons headline this year’s event, two-time National Champion head coach Urban Meyer and Big 10 Conference Commissioner Jim Delany. Otis XII will reprise his role as master of ceremonies and guests will be able to bid on unique sports and entertainment memorabilia in the silent auction. Qwest Center – Omaha Call 402-496-2021.

CABARET 2011 A benefit for Child Saving Institute This year’s event is themed “Wild and Crazy” with entertainment by actress and comedienne, Melissa Peterman. Don’t miss it! CoCo Key Convention Center Omaha – 6:00 P.M. Visit

THE PARTNERSHIP FOR OUR KIDS GOLF TOURNAMENT A benefit for The Partnership for Our Kids In addition to a gorgeous day of golf on the green, participants at this event receive a fabulous barbeque lunch, an opportunity to perfect their game with an OCC golf pro, win an exclusive sports fan raffle package, team awards, and more. Omaha Country Club Omaha – 12:30 P.M. Call 402-930-3026.

May 5 COOKING FOR VNA A benefit for Visiting Nurse Association Community Celebrity Chefs compete with specialty recipes to treat participants who come together in support of the VNA’s services for mothers and children in the Council Bluffs area. Mid-America Center Council Bluffs – 6:00 P.M. Visit

May 14 MAN & WOMAN OF THE YEAR A benefit for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society This event is the culmination of a ten-week campaign in which individuals in the community held their own fundraising campaigns to help LLS fund blood cancer research and provide education and support services for patients and their families. The Gala includes live and silent auctions, food, cocktails, music, and the announcement of the Man and Woman of the Year. The Hilton – Omaha – 6:30 P.M. Visit

June 2 HUMANITARIAN DINNER A benefit for Inclusive Communities This year’s event features guest speaker Soledad O’Brien, acclaimed Special Investigations correspondent and host of CNN’s “In America” documentaries. The Humanitarian Dinner supports programs and initiatives that confront prejudice, bigotry and discrimation through education and advocacy. Embassy Suites – La Vista – 5:45 P.M. Visit

May 7 FOR THE KIDS BENEFIT A benefit for the Omaha Children’s Museum The theme of this year’s event is “Monsters Ball”. Join in this playful evening full of monsters we grew up with and those our children and grandchildren continue to enjoy. Everyone will enjoy delicious dining and shopping for unique items in the museum in supporting the power of imagination and children’s fondest memories being made every day at Omaha Children’s Museum. Omaha Children’s Museum Omaha – 6:00 P.M. Visit www.ocm.orgor call 402-342-6164 x423.


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MOUNT MICHAEL DJ SOKOL MEMORIAL GOLF CLASSIC A benefit for the Mount Michael Alumni Association Tiburon Golf Course Omaha – 12:30 P.M. Call 402-253-0950 or visit


vibrations • with sue moon



April is a huge Aries month this year with Lilith (shadows), Mars (aggression), Sun (spirit), Venus (loves), New Moon (4/13-plant new seeds), Uranus (combustion), Jupiter (expansion), Mercury Retrograde (mind) all in Aries at various times

this month look for some BIG ACTION in your life! I think that April will be filled with great enthusiasm for most. There is a ‘take charge’ kind of energy now that makes things happen! This month also heralds the ingress of Neptune into Pisces-no small matter-until April of 2025. This is the spiritual evolutionary card that humanity is being dealt. The awakenings that will happen from this are phenomenal and will save our world, but not without the action of each individual taking part in that spiritual revolution/evolution. Chiron (wounded healer) moved into Pisces last month and is traveling with Neptune to help us spiritually heal as a world and for each individual. This is the time to take a very good, hard, long look at your life and make whatever your highest nature is a reality. April is the beginning of not only Spring, but of the Awakening/Quickening. Pluto in Capricorn until 2024 continues to revolutionize the Middle East until all dictators are gone. For a more comprehensive view of your individual horoscope find the full version on our web article.


mar - apr 19

Re-invent yourself now. Throw off the old chains of your past and breathe in the fresh air of your bright and shining future. This month will either completely super charge you or you will be so overwhelmed that you can’t get anything done. Such choices! And where do you think inactivity will lead you? Try depression. Your choice: A new better you or depression.


apr 20 - may 20

April can be uncomfortable for you most years because April is just not your style until the end of it! This Spring take a good look and maybe research some deeper aspects of yourself that could use a new infusion of energy. Open up to the love of Venus as she moves into your sign late in the month, she’s wanting to help you love yourself more.


may 21 - jun 2

Your 11th house of Ideals/friends/allies is blasting you for new ways of interacting with your friends and how do you gain more freedom to be your own unique self! This month will re-define how you view your life. Now that Neptune and Chiron are in spiritual Pisces in your House of Purpose, get your life in perspective and find your bliss..


may 21 - jun 20

Your 10th House of Career/Purpose/Authority/Respect/ Fame is so loaded with energy this month, who could not want to give you a raise or recognize how brilliant you are?! Neptune is adding a great deal of spiritual light into your higher mind and now is the time (thanks to Chiron in Pisces) you will be able to heal your views on religion (esp. if you were raised Catholic.)



nOV 22 - dEC 21

juL 23 - auG 22

Your 9th House which shows where your spirit soars and your mind expands is on FIRE with Aries motivation and originality and leadership. You really do need to travel around the world and soak it all in. But, if you can’t right now, then at least read some travelogues and meditate as if your life depended on it because your spirit does.



dEC 22 - jan 19

auG 23 - SEp 22

Hold onto your psychic hat honey, this month is blasting into your area of REGENERATION! (sexuality, secrets, taxes, inheritance, the occult, shadows of the psyche, emotional intensity, transformation, intuition, joint finances, death, healing) That’s a whole lot of healing energy in a healing house, can you handle it? Better get into some kind of cleanse and therapy. Seriously, don’t let this month leave you in the dust of dead patterns-CHANGE NOW.


Party time for most of you and your creativity is OFF THE CHARTS!! Just enjoy yourself to the fullest this month. The 5th house is the house of love and romance, children and creativity, sports and games, gambling and speculation, in short, the house of fun! And yours is loaded for bear this month!

You are going through a major psychic “face-lift”. You might even have that happening in your outer world/home. Perhaps you will knock down a few walls literally or figuratively, but down those walls will have to come. Reconstruction on your interior will be swift and long lasting. Aries energy gets you in a very real and lasting way-NEW CHANGE on your most intimate fronts.

aquarius jan 20 - fEb 18

SEp 23 - OCT 22

Libras are re-working all of there favorite relationships! Seventh House issues are: marriage partners, romantic partners, business partners, roommates, counselor-toclient, doctor-to-patient; relationships which require co-operation with another person. Need I say more? (I did on the web version…) This month take charge!


OCT 23 - nOV 21

Your 6th House of Service/duty& health or how you serve others in a useful way: helping, working, waiting-on, attending, serving, teaching skills, craftsmanship, taking care of details, organizing. How you do your duties: everyday work routines, chores, job functions, responsibilities, using proper methods, being punctual, being organized, keeping schedules, working well, being efficient/competent/skillful, how you work or perform to make a living! What are you going to do with that? Choices, oh so many choices!

Honey, please, sit down, get real and stop trying to manipulate the world to do what you want it to do. Instead, rise into your higher, more humanitarian nature and help us all with newer and better ideas to change the world. Just don’t get too crazy this month, and don’t bite off anybody’s head. You would be better advised to write a manual on how to be a leader and transform the world in a newer and better way!


fEb 19 - mar 20

If anyone had a better chance of “striking it rich” this month, it is you, thank you 2nd house energies packed with Aries go get ‘em! Gifted/talented/money energies are packed with more than you have had for many years. Strike while the iron is hot and make your first (or maybe 2nd) million. People would pay you good money for the bountiful/fortunate energy you have to create a successful life this month.

Sue Moon has been a student of astrology since 1972 and is an experienced journeyman and practitioner in a number of life enhancement disciplines. You can find her astrology materials and dailies at and on Facebook. She is locally based at Bright Spirit Center • 78

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