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“THE GREATNESS OF A NATION CAN BE JUDGED BY THE WAY ITS ANIMALS ARE TREATED.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi For those of your who know me, you know of my love for animals. They are such beautiful beings who have the capacity to bring so much joy to our lives. Whether we are talking about our beloved pets or the incredible wildlife on this planet, all have an amazing spirit about them and all can teach us about love, life and compassion, and even, yes… survival. In many cultures around the globe dating back many centuries, animals are greatly respected, and often looked upon as messengers. In our May issue readers will find a special treat: Pet & Animal Enthusiast Magazine. This bi-monthly publication celebrates our animal companions. This month the covers of both metroMAGAZINE and PAEMag celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Nebraska Humane Society’s fundraising arm, Friends Forever and their upcoming event, Black Tie and Tails. As one of the founding members of Friends Forever, it has been truly amazing and gratifying for me to see the growth and accomplishments of this organization. Another proud moment for this publisher is seeing my father inducted into the Omaha Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame. I no of no one who works harder or displays more passion in celebration of the Omaha metro area’s small business community. Congratulations Dad!
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the latest omaha chamber of commerce business hall of fame inductees include a publisher, a pr maven, a businessman-turned-politician, two couples following their passion and "a cotton-picker from texas" who turned sundries into gold. an april 24 holland performing arts center gala honors these local legends.
felt this market “Ineeded a niche
occurred “Ittonever me I could fail.”
~ LINDA LOVGREN
~ BOB HOIG
Bob Hoig was bumming around New York City when he wound up in the Daily News building. He had no intention of being a journalist, but he needed a job, so he applied. The next thing he knew he was a copy boy. Thus began a 56-year and counting journalism career that has wound its way from New York to Miami to Nebraska, where the Kansas-Colorado native had roots.
After reporting stints with United Press International and the Omaha World-Herald and editing the Douglas County Gazette, Hoig formed the Midlands Business Journal in 1975 with Rapid Printing owner Zane Randall. “I felt this market needed a niche paper that looked into small business success stories. That’s something nobody was doing at the time. All this came in the face of many prophecies of doom,” says Hoig, who went solo when Randall bowed out.
Hoig had confidence in his own abilities. “I’ve always been a good salesman and I think I’m a good enough writer and editor that I had the components you need to start a successful paper,” he says. Besides, he knows how to balance a ledger. The veteran publisher has had hit-and-miss publications and he has always learned from his successes and failures.
When Linda Lovgren left an ad agency to launch her own Lovgren Marketing Group in 1978 she says, “It never occurred to me I could fail. I just kind of looked at it as this is the next step in what I’m going to do, and if it works out that is spectacular, and if it doesn’t there will be another door opening.” Going into business for herself, she says, was “a defining moment. It takes time to grow a business, to grow relationships, and one connection leads to another connection. It’s this large linkage you begin to build.” With few women entrepreneurs around, her mentors were all men, among them then-Chamber president Bob Bell. She went on to be the Chamber’s first female president in 2003. She advises aspiring entrepreneurs to find the right balance between work and family, just as she did as a new wife and mother. The Iowa native has long given back to her adopted Nebraska, volunteering with the State Fair board, Nebraska Kidney Foundation, Mid-America Boy Scouts of America and Habitat for Humanity. She says she derives satisfaction from meeting the needs of clients, staff and family and “knowing you have accomplished something that has made a difference for all of those people.”
Satisfaction, he says, comes from “producing a good product that will survive, employ people and not be a burden on anyone,” adding, “I find this work very ennobling because it keeps me alive, involved and thinking.”
mike fahey Heeding his older brother’s advice, Mike Fahey made “the most important” decision of his life when he moved here in 1971 to complete his education at Creighton University. It set him on a path to become an entrepreneur and two-term Mayor. “It taught me you should never stop trying to improve yourself,” he says. His next turning point was starting his own business, Land Title Company. “That certainly changed my entire life. It put me on the road to success. No longer was I working for a paycheck per se, I was really trying to build a business. There’s a lot of risk in that, but I had confidence in my abilities. It taught me right away you’re only as strong as the people you have around you and I was very fortunate to get myself surrounded by some really good people.” He regards growing his business as his biggest success. “It brought me the greatest joy and with that it brought success. Creating jobs for other people was very rewarding as well.” He says he applied a maxim from business to the Mayor’s office: “Surround yourself with smart people, give them all the authority they need to do their jobs, and then hold them accountable for their outcomes. You get better results.” He’s proud to have moved Omaha forward with signature projects like the CenturyLink Center and Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge. Today he chairs the Omaha Community Foundation and sits on several boards. “Community service is a great way to pay back a city that’s been extremely good to me and my family.”
experiences] taught me you should “[these never stop trying to improve yourself.” ~ MIKE FAHEY
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paul and lori hogan you are given much, “when much is expected.” ~ LORI HOGAN
A confluence of events led Paul and Lori Hogan to conceive Home Instead Senior Care. As he learned the franchise model working for Merry Maids, he noticed his failing grandmother rebound with the help of family caregivers. “I saw that you didn’t have to be a doctor or a nurse to really have a huge impact on someone’s health, particularly a senior,” says Paul. “That experience helped me see the opportunity that existed. Back when we started there were just two options for seniors needing support: a nursing home or your daughter’s home. Now there’s a whole proliferation of options. We’re one of them. Preparation and opportunity met, and we took the risk.”
jun and ree kaneko The former Ree Schonlau was an Old Market pioneer when artist Jun Kaneko came at her invitation. Among the few who saw potential for the old wholesale produce district, she established the Craftsmen Guild and Alternative Worksite, Artist-in-Industry Program. Jun shared her vision and the couple formed the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, whose artist residency program is now world-renowned. More recently they opened KANEKO, a complex of creativity spaces. Together, they’ve helped grow and put the Omaha arts community on the map. She’s one of America’s leading art residency advocates and experts.
Paul credits mentors Tom Guy and Dallen Peterson of Merry Maids with helping make Home Instead a reality.
They appreciate this community making their endeavors possible. “We’ve had patrons who are very inspiring and supportive, that believe in us and stand behind what we’re trying to do even though they know it’s a tough row and maybe a little avant garde,” she says. “Jun feels extremely fortunate, as I do, to be able to have realized those dreams here.” There’s also pride in being recognized as “catalysts” for attracting commerce and attention to Omaha and for spurring the dynamic cultural renaissance the city is enjoying. “Any mature city’s going to have the arts involved in it. I’m really pleased to see what’s happening. The cultural in-fill has finally caught up with those of us who were out here hanging on.”
The company’s success has allowed the Hogans to pay forward their good fortune through the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation, the Center for Successful Aging and various resources for family caregivers. “When you are given much, much is expected,” says Lori, “and we really feel it is important to give back to our community and we’re so grateful we’re able to do that.”
Their multi-phase KANEKO project is a gift. Says Jun, “I always wanted to return something to this country. Lots of people helped me to be what I am now, so I feel I need to contribute something back. The best thing we know is creative activity,” and thus their “open space for the mind.” He expects the organization and its mission “will keep progressing.”
Lori says having a passion for what they consider their mission is part of their success. Another is filling “a real need” among seniors. Quality caregivers and franchisees are critical, too.
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d.j. witherspoon The son of a Texas migrant worker, D.J. Witherspoon was a teacher and coach in the Longhorn State before moving to Omaha in the Dust Bowl years and founding Gibson Products Company with his father-in-law. Witherspoon’s purchase of Marks Distributing Company introduced him to his future business partner, Nebraska native Lee Wegener, and together the two men formed Pamida, a chain of discount general merchandise stores serving rural America.
Pamida was a play on his three sons names: Patrick, Michael and David. The company’s strategic expansion went viral in the 1960s and ‘70s. Witherspoon, the cotton-picker from Texas, and Wegener, the corn-picker from Nebraska, followed a proven formula of acquiring existing businesses in underserved locales and converting them into Pamida stores. Known as an inspirational leader, Witherspoon engendered loyalty among his employees, many from rural backgrounds like his own.
Witherspoon, the company’s majority stockholder, sold Pamida to its workers through an employee stock option plan in 1981. He retired as chairman and enjoyed a life of conspicuous consumption and philanthropy. Read more of Leo Adam Biga’s m work at leoadambiga.wordpress.com.
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Reservations for the 6 p.m. gala dinner and 7:30 p.m. induction ceremony are due April 17 by registering online at OmahaChamber.org/HOF.
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Black Tie and Tails Celebrating 20 Years April 28, 2012 Ramada Plaza Convention Center The Nebraska Humane Society’s Friends Forever Guild puts on this gala and it’s truly the most heartwarming in town. This year’s theme is “Celebrating 20 Years” and the honorary chairs for the event are those impassioned women who started this party two decades ago. A patron party begins this year’s event, where some lucky party-goer will find a diamond in his or her champagne! Then it’s on to the main event where cocktails and the silent auction warm up the audience for dinner, a special VIP (Very Important pet) spotlight, live auction and even an after-party. The event is a glittering night of elegance mixed with doggone fun. Find details at www.nehumanesociety.org/blacktieandtails.
Summer Camps Are Just Around the Corner
Krystal, Chuckles, Maurice and Ayoub Talha
Krystal and Ayoub Talha Life couldn’t get any better for Chuckles. He was adopted by Krystal Talha who owns and runs the Three Dog Bakery franchises in town. So every day is a doggie dream for Chuckles and his younger brother Maurice. These two pampered pooches get to taste test treats, greet and play with dogs who are shopping, explore new toys, beds and merchandise, and of course utilize the SPAW services. “These two hams love to be with us,” says Krystal, “they are definitely full-fledged family members. They even work for the family business!” Ayoub agrees, “After a full day at work they come home to couches and cuddling.” They’re not the only family members working hard. Krystal is the Chair of this month’s Black Tie and Tails Gala to benefit the Nebraska Humane Society. “We’ve added a patron party and an after -party this year, along with some surprises to keep the evening fun,” explains Krystal, “but the best part will be helping the little guys like Chuckles and Maurice.” *information on Black Tie and Tails can be found at www.nehumanesociety.org/blacktieandtails
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If your child or grandchild loves animals, don’t let them miss Camp Kindness. Children get a behind-the-scenes look at all the animals at the shelter, plus visits from all sorts of furry, finned and feathered friends. Last year our campers fostered sheep from Love-a-lamb, and learned why birds of prey and wildlife don’t make good pets. Visitors included dog trainers whose agility, carting, and herding dogs strutted their stuff. The kids picked kennel buddies, bathed puppies and watched special presentations on cat agility. Camps run June and July in week long, half day sessions. For more information and easy on line signup go to www.nehumanesociety.org/campkindness.
For more information go to “Programs and Events” on the NHS Website at www.nehumanesociety.org, or call 444-7800 ext. 273.
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I love Omaha and I love horses “and I want the two to meet.” ~ LISA ROSKENS
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The Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy (HETRA), will also participate.
The International, an Olympic-caliber horse jumping competition, will lure to the CenturyLink Center riders and their mounts from five continents.
The International will also host over 1,200 area children in school field trips while gaggles of Girl and Boy Scouts will earn horsemanship badges in the days leading up to the competition.
“The original idea behind The International was a simple one,” said Lisa Roskens. “I love Omaha and I love horses and I want the two to meet.” Roskens, the board chair and C.E.O. of the Omaha-based Burlington Capital Group, is a co-founder and board chair of the Omaha Equestrian Foundation, the non-profit that created The International. Daytime admission to the world-class event is free and features a host of family offerings. Tickets are required only for evening competitions. Separated only by a safety barrier, visitors will be able to get an up-close and personal look into all the activity going on within the 240 stalls housing the most noble of beasts. The Equine Expo will feature EquiMania, a fully interactive series of educational stations and displays especially designed so that very young children through teenagers can learn about everything from horse anatomy, care and safety to opportunities to explore a career in the equine field. Other Equine Expo offerings include a petting zoo and a mini-jumping course for kids.
The Omaha event represents a rare indoorvenue opportunity for riders who dream of leaping their way into the Olympics. Entertainment and more thrills will be showcased with Brule, the acclaimed Native American musical act, and the deathdefying antics of the trick-riding All American Cowgirl Chicks. Also making appearances will be Harry De Leyer the owner of the horse that inspired the book “Eighty-Dollar Champion: The Horse that Inspired a Nation,” and Smoke, the Afghani donkey brought to America to work with at-risk kids at Omaha’s non-profit Take Flight Farms. A second Omaha horsey non-profit,
A salute to the long history of horses in the military promises plenty of patriotic moments. It was in the pastures of the United Sates Army Calvary School that the modern sport of horse jumping itself was codified. Van Ketzler and Colonel John Russell will be special guests of The International. Ketzler, who trained cavalrymen up to the historic program’s demise in World War II, is the retired C.E.O. of Dehner Boots, the company famed for being President Ronald Reagan’s personal boot cobbler. Russell is the legendary figure of the U.S. Olympics teams and beyond. “The unique nature and talents of the horse itself offer so many great lessons for young people,” Roskens said. “Unlike almost any other sport, there is a strong responsibility here for care-giving. With horses you have a living, breathing teammate, but it’s one who can’t tell you in words what its needs might be. And think of the trust involved in the relationship. You want to climb on its back, but that’s what a predator does when it attacks. You’re asking an animal to suspend its basic survival instincts. Instead of fear, you have to get the horse to think ‘Fun! Let’s go for a ride!’” There will be plenty of competitive jumps during the day, but the headliner evening events are Friday’s Mutual of Omaha Bank Speed Derby, where riders and their steads will race against the clock leading up to Saturday’s premier event, the even more challenging course of The International Grand Prix presented by Omaha Steaks. Roskens’ “simple idea” has grown to have profound implications in the international riding community. The Omaha event represents a rare indoor-venue opportunity for riders who dream of leaping their way into the Olympics. Further shining the spotlight on Omaha is the fact that The International will be televised to the 41 million subscribers of Omaha-based RFD-TV, the cable station whose tagline is “Rural America’s Most Important Network.” Grabbing the attention of the equestrian world for a weekend is one thing, but The International aims to be much more than a one-trick pony.
The unique nature and “talents of the horse itself offer so many great lessons for young people.” ~ LISA ROSKENS
“This is only the beginning for us,” explained Susan Runnels, The International’s executive director. “This will be the foundation for our goal of making a winning bid to host the World Equestrian Games in Omaha.” The World Equestrian Games are comprised of the world championships for eight equestrian sports. The competition is held every four years, two years prior to the Olympic Games. “There’s never been a horse jumping competition of this level in the mid-west, let alone in Omaha,” she continued, “so we’ll be putting the city on the map on so many different levels.” Acting as Competition Manager will be John McQueen, the 30-year equine veteran who owns Queenie Productions, the hunter/jumper horse show management company in St. Louis, Missouri. “It was Winston Churchill who once said ‘There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man,’” McQueen said in a telephone interview, “but it would be an even better message if it was changed to ‘the inside of a child.’ Exposing a small child to the wonders of this magnificent animal is a rewarding experience. You know you’ve succeeded the minute a child puts their hand on a horse. When they connect like that you see that sense of awe in their faces… you’ve got ‘em.” Roskens, who owns 13 horses herself, knows exactly what McQueen is talking about. “The magic of the horse is not only an American love affair, but one that is found all throughout history, in every corner of the world and in every culture,” she said. “Look to the Greek Centaur as just one example. It wasn’t half man and half… uh, rabbit. It was half man and half horse. Kings, queens and knights road horses. They have the mystical power of elevating you, both figuratively and literally, in making you, like them, larger than life. Horses speak to something very, very basic in our psyches.” m
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ago I remember meeting with a group of dynamic women who were very passionate about animals. They were passionate about making sure all animals were treated with dignity and respect, had adequate food and shelter as well as educating the community on responsible pet ownership. From these meetings along with hours of dedication and commitment the group Friends Forever was founded. I have always had a love for animals and it was a great honor and privilege to be involved with Friends Forever from the very beginning. I remember my first “Friends Forever” issue, in 1992, which featured photos of animal lovers and their pets. I proudly displayed the photos I took at the first Friends Forever fundraiser “CatTail Buffet” which was followed by a performance of CATS at the Orpheum Theater”. The organization’s signature event “Black Tie & Tails” followed in 1994. On April 28th Friends Forever will be holding this bi-annual event and celebrating Friends Forever’s 20th Anniversary. Andrea & Sophie, adopted 6-25-2010
Friends Forever supports the Nebraska Humane Society by making life better for companion animals through fundraising, public education and awareness. The mission of Friends Forever is to promote the general welfare of companion animals and to enhance the bond of caring between companion animals and humans.
On the Cover! Two founding members of Friends Forever, Sandy Crawford holding her Westies “Saylor” and “Snider” Barbara Thompson with Ruby, holding Simba
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COVER STORY: Twenty & Counting
IN THIS issue COVER STORY 6 TWENTY & COUNTING: Friends Forever celebrates 20 years
FEATURES 3 Letter From the Publisher 10 CARING FOR YOUR PET: PET OASIS: Nurturing a Pet-Friendly Environment Outdoors
13 HEALTH & WELLNESS: Pet First Aid Awareness Month
14 SAVE THE DATE: Upcoming Events
NON-PROFIT SPOTLIGHT 8 Luv-A-Lamb: True Buddy Farms
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CARING FOR YOUR PET: Creating a Pet Oasis Outdoors
HEALTH & WELLNESS: Falling in Love
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friends forever may have been created to raise muchneeded awareness and funding for Nebraska Humane Society programming but, the working board is an army of women and they aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty, literally.
all hands-on board Friends Forever does many things for abandoned animals in our community including; introducing shelter dogs to prospective adoptive families at The Bookworm every Thursday, serving as guides for school tours of the Nebraska Humane Society four-building facility, rescuing stray dogs and writing to judges presiding over animal cruelty cases, to name just a few. “Their reach is far-extending and just ripples throughout the community and beyond”, says Judy Varner, President of the Nebraska Humane Society.
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The Nebraska Humane Society is a very rewarding and fun place to work, acknowledges Pam Swisher, Vice President of NHS Foundation, but it can also be a very difficult place as well. The state of some animals in its [NHS] care is heart wrenching. Cases of abuse and simple neglect that are all too common can wear on the staff. “The Friends Forever ladies are very attentive to the staff, they nurture the humans as well as the animals here.” Swisher states. We take for granted Omaha’s exemplary humane society. But the humane society of yesterday is a mere shadow of today’s organization. Varner attributes the NHS’ growth in large part, to the Friends Forever guild, which marks its twentieth anniversary this year.
building awareness and raising funds The guild began in 1992 when Judie Olson made a conscious decision to evoke change. “She saw the condition of the building, which was not good, and saw the conditions of
humans as well as the animals here.”
~ PAM SWISHER, VICE PRESIDENT OF NHS FOUNDATION
the animals, also not good,” Varner explains. “And she forced people to look at an uncomfortable situation.” The Nebraska Humane Society is the oldest humane society in the state and the fifth oldest in the nation. It is also one of the largest in the country, servicing over 25,000 animals with a budget of almost 10 million dollars, a staff of 140 and a four-building campus. Yet, “it wasn’t on anyone’s radar screen in the city of Omaha twenty years ago,” asserts Judie Olson, founder of Friends Forever. The prevailing feeling at the NHS at this time was that people might open their hearts to animals but not their wallets. Olson thought otherwise, she worked at the zoo and knew firsthand that people gave to causes that catered to animals.
JUDY VARNER, PRESIDENT OF THE NEBRASKA HUMANE SOCIETY, & FRIENDS: PEARL THE MINI HORSE, AND RILEY THE BORDER COLLIE
FOR THE PAST TWENTY YEARS, THE FRIENDS FOREVER GUILD OF THE NEBRASKA HUMANE SOCIETY HAS TIRELESSLY WORKED FOR THE BENEFIT OF HOMELESS ANIMALS.
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Olson, along with fellow founding members Barbara Thompson and Sandy Crawford, carefully selected 62 volunteers who fulfilled three criteria: 1) Be an animal lover; 2) Possess volunteer skills, like fundraising experience; and 3) Have access to contacts or products that would help the animals at the NHS. Olson had gathered what she called “a small army of women determined to put the countless number of homeless animals on the radar screen.” The group had a purpose; now it needed a name, an identity, this Olson’s husband supplied. They were talking one afternoon about pets and the unconditional love they provide. Her husband pointed out that when you share your life with a pet, it is your friend forever. Thus the name Friends Forever was born.
“their reach is far-extending and just ripples throughout the community and beyond.” ~ JUDY VARNER, PRESIDENT OF THE NEBRASKA HUMANE SOCIETY
finding forever homes “We hit the ground running,” recalls Olson. The group’s first benefit was the Cattail Buffet, a cocktail party designed to coincide with the national touring company’s production of CATS in 1992. A year later Friends Forever created one of its most notable contributions to the NHS: Pet Adoption on Wheels, or PAWS. “We knew many people who were not adopting animals through a shelter,” says Olson. Most prospective pet owners acquired their furry friends through breeders, kennels, or pet stores. “We needed a mobile adoption vehicle to create awareness of shelter dogs”, she continues. “We needed to bring the animals to the people because the people were not coming to the shelter.” Friends Forever sought corporate sponsorship for the vehicle and then raised money to outfit the van with
individual kennels for the adoption candidates. Then the ladies hit the road. They drove the PAWS van to Bakers’s and PetSmart parking lots, visited big events like Kids Explore and, they were staples at parades and community gatherings. PAWS provided the initial introduction, the “love at first sight” moment. Once the paper work was started, adoptive pet owners then had to complete the process at the Humane Society headquarters. PAWS is also a rescue vehicle. It traveled to New Orleans after the wake of hurricane Katrina to bring back stray dogs and cats. Five years ago it rescued 200 dogs from a puppy mill in Lexington, NE. Last year, when tornadoes flattened Joplin, MO, PAWS helped to reunite pet owners with their animals. As Varner says, “it goes where it is needed.” Personal passion for animals fuels Olson and the other members of the Friends Forever guild. Olson has lost count of the number of pets she has had over the years. “God only knows,” she laughs. She remembers her very first though, a cocker spaniel named Skippy who would console her when her parents were being “unfair.” Since then, Olson has fostered hundreds of animals, adopting out all of her temporary “house guest”. “They never go back to the Humane Society,” she confesses. Friends Forever is unique to the Nebraska Humane Society. It is the only one of its kind in the country, and humane societies in other states often solicit Olson’s advice on how to establish similar guilds. Varner is the first to acknowledge that, without Friends Forever, the NHS would never have grown to what is has become. Over the last twenty years, the guild has raised over 2 million dollars that is channeled directly to animal welfare programs.
“they are partners in our [NHS] journey. They care deeply about fair treatment for animals.” ~ JUDY VARNER
dog parties and more Every two years the guild hosts a Dining with Dogs fundraiser to which guests bring their dogs. During the cocktail hour, pets are treated to hors d’oeuvres from Three Dog Bakery. By the time dinner for their two-legged companions is served, they are sated and sleeping soundly around the table. “You’d never even know there are dogs at the dinner,” Varner chuckles. The bi-annual Black Tie and Tails raises both funds and awareness for the level of care animals provide their human counterparts. Each year a service animal is honored. Casper, a German Shepard trained to detect drugs for the Nebraska State Patrol, was the most recent honoree at this event. In the Past the horses that serve the Omaha Police’s mounted patrol have been showcased along with personal service dogs as past honorees. For example, a black lab was trained to detect when his young owner was about to have a seizure. The dog attended school with the boy, when he sensed a seizure coming on, the lab would alert the teacher. During Vaner’s fifteen year tenure at NHS, she has witnessed the power a single group of people can yield in the name of animals. Varner says, “they [Friends Forever] are partners in our [NHS] journey. They care deeply about fair treatment for animals.” For more information about the Nebraska Humane Society and the Friends Forever guild, visit www.nehumanesociety.org.
“we knew many people who were not adopting animals through a shelter.” ~ JUDIE OLSON, FOUNDER: FRIENDS FOREVER
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pet oasis AFTER A LONG, COLD WINTER STUCK INSIDE, the idea of getting out in the garden, out in the yard, just outside in general, is enough to make most anyone jump for joy – especially four-legged family members. Working in the yard together, improving the yard together may seem frustrating at times, but with a little imagination, some research into petsafe products, nontoxic pet-repellents and some patience, everyone can enjoy a landscaped yard, vegetable garden and outdoor play time with the joy and the security of knowing the whole family is safe.
Landscaping with Pets in Mind Balancing pet play areas and pristine landscaping may seem like just a dream, but it can be a reality with some training, prevention and a little acceptance. Spring is a great time to consider changes that might help everyone enjoy the yard more. Consider areas where nothing grows because the dogs always run there – perhaps that twofoot space near the fence. Adding a permanent rock or hard-surface border may be the best bet. Planting dense foliage is another option – if you can keep pets out long enough for it to fill in. Most animals like room to move. Dense foliage isn’t fun so they may stay out. It’s also a good idea to consider a more informal planting style. A natural, freeflowing landscape can endure a few broken branches without losing its charm. This can provide another advantage by creating additional shade for pets on hot days. Unsightly bare spots or dangerous holes are other common problems for pet owners. To prevent digging in flower beds, try burying chicken wire just below the surface. Cover the area with mulch to improve the appearance. Dogs don’t like the feel of the wire, but it won’t hurt them either, and plants can still grow through the wires. Another option is to create a special digging area just for a pet. Combine sand and mulch together, throw in some favorite toys and encourage your pet to dig in this spot. Use a 10 | pet & ANIMAL enthusiast
consistent rock or other ornamental border around spots the dog or cat is not supposed to enter. Use positive rewards to train the animal to stay away from these spots and go back to the “approved” digging location. Over time, it can give you more control of the certain areas of the yard. Pet-safe repellents can aid in the training process. According to an article by Master Gardener Helen Kirkup, most animals will avoid the smell of vinegar, ammonia, moth balls and Listerine. Of course, smells must be fresh to work. It’s also important to insure that dogs don’t eat the moth balls. Bristled twigs like raspberry branches spread on the soil around favorite plants may help prevent further inspection, but watch for thorns in paws the first time. Some plants, like scented geranium Mosquito, citronella plant and coleus canina may have repellent properties.
Vegetable Gardens The idea of a plate full of home-grown corn on the cob, lightly buttered and salted, on the summer grill is enough to make many people’s mouth water. Others may grin at the thought of eating a fat tomato right off the vine. Of course, that’s assuming there are any ripe fruits to be had with pets around to take the first, and perhaps the last, nibble. For the greatest chance of success in the garden, consider adding a fence or adding another pet-approved digging area inside the garden. Training pets to go to one area of a garden with a digging hole including favorite buried toys, or special plantings like catnip and cat mint, may keep them occupied and away from the human favorites. Of course, spring is a time when many savvy gardeners amend the soil in their vegetable garden to provide the best growing conditions for new plants. Soil amendments include aged manure, compost, specialized soil mixes and more. Many of these amendments contain animal manure, fish parts and other things that smell bad to humans but yummy to pets. This is another good reason to consider fencing pets out of the garden. To keep pets happy, offer treats, and keep toys close by as
using pet-safe repellents can aid in your pet’s training process well as a place to watch their favorite person work. Make the fence see-though instead of a complete privacy fence. This may actually make pets feel more secure reducing the chances of barking. Pet deterrents or nontoxic repellents like those mentioned above may be another option in the garden. For those who started 2012 with a new puppy, it may be best to visit area farmer’s markets this year instead of trying to garden on their own. Puppies love to dig. Waiting until the dog is more mature can make gardening a more successful experience for everyone involved.
Spring Pet Safety Of course, all materials, fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides used by pet owners should be safe to use around pets. It is essential to read the labels of all purchased products for pet safety information. It’s also important to keep these chemicals separate from pet deterrents and other sprays that may be bad tasting but not harmful. Separate these products. This will help minimize chances of mixing spray bottles and potentially harming your pet. Keep pets indoors and off plants until the danger has passed. Also beware of yards and lawns on walks with posted fertilizer signs. Keep pets off these areas. Harmful chemicals can be collected on paws during walking and licked off later, causing digestive issues or other problems. CONTINUED ON PAGE 12
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Pet-safe landscaping materials should be used to prevent cuts and other injuries. For instance, metal garden edging with a top cap can be dangerous. Top caps often fall off as they age or become exposed to weather. This can expose a sharp edge causing cuts to tender paws. Consider using metal edging with a rolled top edge or a variety of pavers, brick or plastic, that are easy on padded feet. As temperatures warm, it is also important to remember that pets don’t have the allover cooling system that people have. Make sure water, shade and food are available at all times and keep poop cleaned from the yard. Both domestic and wild-animal feces may contain harmful bacteria. Keeping the yard cleaned regularly will prevent problems and illness. Avoid plantings that may be poisonous to pets or cause stomach upset. This may seem like common sense, but the list of indoor and outdoor plants harmful to pets is extensive. React quickly by calling your veterinarian if you see your pet acting oddly, salivating or wobbling, vomiting or stumbling. Bee and wasp stings may be painful to pets, even though the bites are difficult to locate. The best idea is to watch your pet for strange reactions and be ready to seek care if necessary. For a list of toxic and non-toxic plants, go to: http://www.aspca.org/petcare/poison-control/plants/.
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HEALTH & WELLNESS APRIL IS PET FIRST AID AWARENESS MONTH and the American Red Cross offers tips to the millions of pet owners as a way to keep their animals safe and healthy, especially as warm weather approaches. Many Red Cross chapters across the country offer Pet First Aid courses. The Red Cross has also developed Dog First Aid and Cat First Aid Guides with DVDs to help you care for your pet. From basic responsibilities like spaying/neutering and giving medications, to performing CPR and preparing for disasters, these guides provide the information pet owners need to keep their pets healthy and safe. Call 1-800-REDCROSS to find out about classes being offered in the Omaha metro area. One of the most common problems pets face in the warmer weather is heat stroke. This is because they are not yet acclimated to the warm temperatures. Some signs of heat stroke include heavy panting and being unable to calm down, even when lying down. The pet’s gum color may be brick red, their pulse rate may be fast, or they may not be able to get up. If someone suspects their pet has heat stroke, take the pet’s temperature rectally. If the temperature is above 105 degrees Fahrenheit,
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• GeT PeTS SPAyeD OR neUTeReD • KeeP DOGS On LeASHeS OUTSIDe – AnOTHeR AnIMAL MAy Be TOO MUCH TeMPTATIOn KnOW HOW TO PeRFORM CPR AnD PROvIDe • BASIC FIRST AID UnTIL veTeRInARy CARe cool the animal down. The easiest way to do this is by using the water hose. Stop cooling the animal when the temperature reaches 103 degrees. Bring the pet to the veterinarian immediately as heat stroke can lead to severe organ dysfunction and damage. At this time of year, windows and doors in the home are more likely to be open. Pet owners should know that animals may try to get outside which increases the risk of trauma from jumping or falling from windows or being hit by vehicles. Some plants and flowers can be hazardous. For instance, many lilies are very poisonous to cats.
IS AvAILABLe DOn’T FORGeT TO InCLUDe PeTS In eMeRGenCy PLAnS AS WeLL PLAn TO TAKe PeTS ALOnG IF ORDeReD TO evACUATe. ASSeMBLe A PORTABLe KIT WITH eMeRGenCy SUPPLIeS FOR PeTS: LeASHeS, HARneSSeS AnD/OR CARRIeRS FOOD, DRInKInG WATeR, BOWLS, MAnUAL CAn OPeneR MeDICATIOnS AnD COPIeS OF MeDICAL ReCORDS CURRenT PHOTOS OF THe PeTS To learn more visit www.redcross.org.
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BLACK TIE AND TAILS 2012 The Nebraska Humane Society Ramada Plaza Convention Center 3321 S. 72nd St. – 6 p.m.
SPRING BARK IN THE PARK Hefflinger Dog Park 111th & Maple St. – 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Visit www.omahadogparks.org.
RAISE THE WOOF The Nebraska Dachshund Rescue Come Sit Stay 7001 S. 181st St. – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit www.nebraskadachshundrescue.org.
BOSTON SPRING PAWTY The Nebraska Boston Terrier Rescue National Guard Armory 6929 Mercy Rd. – 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Visit www.rescueaboston.com.
April 20-21 THE INTERNATIONAL 2012 RFD.TV and The Omaha Equestrian Foundation CenturyLink Center – 455 N. 10th St. Visit www.OmahaInternational.com.
GRAND ISLAND KENNEL CLUB SHOW Nebraska State Fair Exhibition Hall 700 E. Stolley Park Rd. in Grand Island Visit www.gikennelclub.com.
DOGGIE MINI-SPA AND BARK-A-LICIOUS BAKE SALE Bryan High School – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Call 402-609-4886.
BARK! IN THE PARK All Paws and Dogtopia of Omaha Werner Park – 12356 Ballpark Way – 7:05 p.m. For more information, call 402-734-2550.
RICHMAN’S RUN DOG PARK CLEAN UP The Nebraska Italian Greyhound Rescue Ramada Plaza Convention Center 70th & Van Dorn in Lincoln Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
BLACK TIE AND TAILS 2012 The Nebraska Humane Society Ramada Plaza Convention Center 3321 S. 72nd St. – 6 p.m. Visit www.nehumanesociety.org.
PLANTS FOR POOCHES The Nebraska Humane Society Nebraska Humane Society – 8809 Fort St. Visit www.nehumanesociety.org.
BANDANA DOG DAYS Green Chiropractic 184th & Center – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Visit www.bandanadogdays.com.
SPRING TERRIER GAMES Local dog rescue organizations Chalco Hills Group Shelter – 154th & Giles – 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Call 402-415-6293.
WINE & HOWL The Lincoln Animal Ambassadors Deer Springs Winery 162nd & E. Adams in Lincoln – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit www.lincolnanimalambassadors.org.
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MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION 14TH ANNUAL BLUE JEAN BALL
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VISITING NURSE ASSOCIATION 15TH ANNIVERSARY ART & SOUP
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CHRIS AND PATTY KIRCHER WITH BILL AND GINA STOUFER
Nebraska’s Blue Jean Ball drew more than 360 people and raised over $201,000 to support granting wishes for Nebraska children with life-threatening medical conditions at its 14th annual event, “Wish Upon A Star,” on March 3rd for Make-A-Wish Foundation, at the Mutual of Omaha Dome. Michele Martin and Joan Getscher were event chairwomen, Rex and Deb Fisher served as honorary chairs, and WOWT’s MAHA Malorie Maddox served as the event’s emcee.
MIKE AND MAGGIE MCMEEKIN WITH JENNI AND DAN OWENS
The event featured silent and live auctions, a raffle for 2 tickets to every College World Series game, and an elegant dinner. One of the highlights of the evening was when emcee Malorie Maddox introduced 17-year-old wish kid Taylor to perform two songs, “Impossible Dream,” and “Your Song.” The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. With the help of generous donors and more than 300 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Nebraska has granted over 1,900 wishes to children throughout Nebraska since 1983. Visit www.nebraska.wish.org.
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Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Omaha took guests of its annual benefit gala on a trip around the world at the CenturyLink Center on March 10th. This year’s theme, “Irish Fest Goes International,” celebrated the traditional Irish spirit through an appreciation of international friendship, fun and generosity. Honorary chairs for the event were Amy and Joe Moglia and event chairs were Janice Fonda, Debbie Hallock and Mary Williams.
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Nearly 650 attendees enjoyed silent and oral auctions, a raffle, performances by Omaha Pipes and Drums and The Craoi na Tire Irish Dancers, and live music from The Confidentials. Mary Williams served as the master of ceremonies for the event, which raised over $460,000 to support programs and services that help more than 75,000 individuals and families in need throughout the community. Catholic Charities ministers to people affected by domestic violence, mental illness, substance abuse, unplanned pregnancy and other emergency situations. Visit www.ccomaha.org.
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JDRF raised almost $635,000 for research to find a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D) at their 15th Annual Promise Gala – “It’s Black & White…A Cure is in Sight.” On February 25th, over 630 guests enjoyed a night of fun and excitement with Honorary Chair Couple, Shannon and Rik Bonness and Event Chair Couple Dana and Jess Zeiss at Embassy Suites Omaha LaVista.
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Following the live auction, Daron Smith, JDRF MAHA Board Member and President of Better Business Equipment, as he shared his personal experience of living with T1D since diagnosis at the age of 5. His compelling story helped to raise almost $290,000 in Fund A Cure alone.
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JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is now the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF research is to improve the lives of all people affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. Visit www.jdrf.com.
EVENT CHAIRS DANA AND JESS ZEISS
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ROBERT PRUCHA, BRIDGET CANIGLIA AND MIKE ALSTON
STEVE AND LOIS HESS, RAMONA EDWARDS, DAN FRIEDLUND AND DEB AND KEN WELK
BETTY CERNECH, JAMES SUMMERFELT, MAGGIE SUMMERFELT AND MIKE ALSTON
Care&Share visiting nurse association 15th anniverSary art & Soup
MYRON BRIDGES, BETTY CERNECH AND MARVELL PIGGIE
This annual event showcases 55 juried artists and 25 local restaurants who come together to sell art (50% supports VNA's Shelter Nurse Program) and the restaurants compete for top honors in the soup competition. It was held at the Embassy Suites in La Vista on February 26th. This year, $150,000 was raised with over 100 Patron Party guests and over 800 general admission guests. Hal and Mary Daub served as the Patron Party honorary chairs.
ROBERT MURNAN AND JAMES SUMMERFELT
The event featured special dishes from Sodexo Health and Sodexo Education divisions. Chef Robert Murnan from Sodexo Health volunteers in VNA's Cooking Matters Program that teaches low-income families how to cook with the resources they have. For over a century, VNA (Visiting Nurse Association) has led in the delivery of in-home and community care. Today, VNA health professionals and caregivers are dedicated to serving residents of Omaha and Council Bluffs by providing community care through homeless shelter nursing, family support for young mothers and nutrition education for lowincome families.
MIKE AND BABS WEINBERG WITH MARY AND HAL DAUB
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BETTY CERNECH, GWEN HOWARD AND SARA HOWARD
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OMAHA MAYOR JIM SUTTLE, WITH RODRIGO AND MARY LOPEZ AND LINDA AND TERRY MCCLAIN
BARB MILLER, WENDY CHAPMAN, ROSE GLOCK AND MARCY KERKHOFF
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CHAIRS PHIL AND TERI KROHN
With over 250 people in attendance, Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS) raised over $115,000 at their Fandango! event on February 17th. All of the funds raised go to the Children Services programs of LFS to “restore and create safe and happy childhoods.” Such programs include early intervention and child abuse prevention programs for young families, treatment for sexually abused children, and adoption planning for Nebraska’s foster kids. MAHA
RIEKO HAYES WITH HER HUSBAND, OMAHA POLICE CHIEF ALEX HAYES
At the event, LFS formally announced the completion of the merger between Adoption Links Worldwide and Lutheran Family Services. “Adoption Links” is now the official name for all of LFS’ adoption-related programs. Teri and Phil Krohn served as co-chairs for the event, while Pam Finn, Kevin Jackson, and their children – Tehra and Brandon Finn-Jackson, served as the honorary chairs. John Oakey of KETV NewsWatch 7 served as the emcee.
LFS PRESIDENT & CEO RUTH HENRICHS AND NANCY JOHNSON
The Forever Families Guild created a high-energy event with exquisite live auction items. Those interested in joining the Forever Families Guild should contact Cheryl Murray at 402-661-3138. Visit www.lfsneb.org.
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HONORARY CHAIRS KEVIN JACKSON AND PAM FINN WITH THEIR CHILDREN BRANDON AND TEHRA FINN JACKSON
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the rose theater rockin' rosie: rosie rocks the ranch On February 11th, over 300 supporters of the Rose Theater, in western attire, attended the 19th annual Rockin’ Rosie gala at the Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel and Convention Center. The evening raised more than $135,000. All proceeds from the event benefit the educational programs provided by The Rose Theater. Proceeds raised benefit the unique programs of the Rose Theater, which bring disadvantaged youth to the theater, offer acreative outlet for teens, and provide low-income families access to all productions and classes. Visit www.rosetheater.org. photos by Dan Flanigan
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Nearly 650 attendees heard Medal of Honor recipient Sal Giunta speak during the third Annual At Ease luncheon Monday, January 30th at the CenturyLink Center. Giunta was the first living American to receive the Medal of Honor for actions that occurred since the Vietnam War. The Medal of Honor is the nation’s highest decoration for valor. Cindy and Mogens Bay served as honorary chairs. In addition, Admiral C.R. “Bob” Bell was honored with the first annual “At Ease Founders Award.” Walter and Sue Scott, Mike and Gail Yanney, Ann and Ken Stinson, as well as Mayor Jim Suttle were also among those in attendance. Proceeds from the event support At Ease, a trauma treatment and therapeutic support program that serves active military, veterans and their loved ones affected by untreated trauma reactions and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). All active military, veterans and their loved ones are accepted into the At Ease program regardless of ability to pay. Visit www.lfsneb.org.
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WENDY MOORE, CAROL WANG, CINDY HANLEY, ANDREA HOIG AND MARY LOU BRASEE
The 2012 “Carnival of Love” fundraiser continued to deliver a casual format and lively entertainment for about 480 guests on February 18th at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in La Vista. The Carnival is in its fifth year, a crowd-pleasing theme that continues to attract those who love to play while they support Heartland Family Service programs that help less fortunate residents of our community. Calliope music, tents and carnival games turned the ballroom into an exciting carnival atmosphere. This event is Heartland Family Service’s largest fundraising event of the year, growing in size and popularity since the first event was held in 1991. The Gala’s 2012 co-chairmen were Karen Burkley and Cindy Hanley, who together with Heartland Family Service Friends Guild volunteers, led by President Mary Zlomke, helped plan and conduct the event. Funds raised for the gala will support the mission of Heartland Family Service, which is to strengthen individuals and families in the community.
GALA CHAIRS CINDY HANLEY AND KAREN BURKLEY, FRIENDS PRESIDENT MARY ZLOMKE, PRESIDENT AND CEO JOHN JEANETTA AND HONORARY CHAIRS TOM AND KATHY MARTIN
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Visit www.heartlandfamilyservice.org. photos by Dan Flanigan
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ANNUAL MEETING & VOLUNTEER AWARDS LUNCHEON The United Way of the Midlands Hilton Omaha – 1001 Cass St. – 11:30 a.m. Call 402-522-7904.
FESTA DEL LEONE Roncalli Catholic High School Roncalli Catholic High School 6401 Sorensen Pkwy. – 5:30 p.m. Visit www.roncallicatholic.org.
THE INTERNATIONAL 2012 RFD.TV and The Omaha Equestrian Foundation CenturyLink Center – 455 N. 10th St. Visit www.OmahaInternational.com.
WOMEN’S POWER LUNCH Habitat for Humanity of Omaha Ramada Plaza Convention Center 3321 S. 72nd St. – 11:30 a.m. Visit www.habitatomaha.org.
2012 BARRISTERS’ BALL The NSBA Volunteer Lawyers Project Hilton Omaha – 1001 Cass St. – 6:00 p.m. Visit www.nebar.com.
DERBY BASH 2012 Creighton Prep School The Heider Center at Creighton Prep School – 7400 Western Ave. Visit www.PrepBASH.com.
PUTTIN’ ON THE PINK: A PARTY WITH PROMISE The Nebraska Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure Baxter Ford Showroom 8505 California St. – 5:30 p.m. Call 402-502-2979.
april 11 AUTHOR LUNCHEON Completely KIDS Ramada Plaza Convention Center 3321 S. 72nd St. – 11:30 a.m. Visit www.completelykids.org.
april 12 2012 WELL WORKPLACE AWARDS LUNCHEON WELCOM Ramada Plaza Convention Center 3321 S. 72nd St. – 11:30 a.m. Visit www.wellnesscouncil.org.
TRIBUTE LUNCHEON HONORING FRED AND EVE SIMON Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures Happy Hollow Club 1701 S. 105th St. – 11:30 a.m. Visit www.nebraskacures.com.
ALL ABOUT OMAHA’S TORCHLIGHT BALL Completely KIDS 120 Regency Pkwy. – 7:00 p.m. Visit www.allaboutomaha.org.
april 18 CITIZEN OF THE YEAR LUNCHEON Benefiting Boy Scouts of America Mid-America Council Scott Conference Center 6450 Pine St. – 12:00 p.m. Call 402-431-9272.
april 25 SPRING LUNCHEON & LECTURE Lauritzen Gardens Lauritzen Gardens 100 Bancroft St. – 11:00 a.m. Visit www.lauritzengardens.org.
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april 28 BLACK TIE AND TAILS 2012 The Nebraska Humane Society Ramada Plaza Convention Center 3321 S. 72nd St. – 6:00 p.m. Visit www.nehumanesociety.org.
savethedate april 28 BUCKAROO BASH: GOLD BUCKLE DREAMS Justin Boots Cowboy Crisis Fund Omaha Mounted Patrol Facility – Omaha – 6:00 P.M. Call 402-554-9600 x107 or visit www.rivercityrodeo.com.
april 29 2012 HIGH HEEL DASH Junior League of Omaha Stinson Park at Aksarben Village 67th & Center St. – 9:00 a.m. Visit www.juniorleagueomaha.org.
april 29 ROCK THE NEST “TRIVIA NIGHT” Central High School Foundation Scoular Ballroom 2027 – Dodge St. – 5:30 p.m. Visit www.chsfomaha.org.
May 1 KIDS CAN FUNDRAISER LUNCHEON Kids Can Community Center CenturyLink Center – 455 N. 10th St. Visit www.kidscanomaha.org.
May 3 2012 MAN & WOMAN OF THE YEAR GRAND FINALE The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Hilton Omaha – 1001 Cass St. – 5:30 p.m. Call 402-344-2242.
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APRIL 13â€“MAY 6, 2012 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 whoâ€™s who. Passion, double entendres, mistaken identities and absolute hilarity send this awardwinning farce to comedic heights!.
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