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yuletide The Holiday’s… my favorite time of year! I love the sounds, the scents, the flavors and most of all the spirit of the season. This time of year always opens my mind and heart to truly see the Big Picture of life and to be grateful and there is so much to be grateful for. Family, friends, colleagues and those who are no longer with us are among my sources of gratitude. I am so thankful to have had the honor to spend time with them during my lifetime. I am also thankful for the challenges I have endured this past year… and there have been many. But from each of the challenges that I or those who work close with me have experienced there has (always) been a hidden blessing and multiple opportunities for tremendous growth… growth that would not have happened had it not been for the challenges; and so, for these too, I am grateful. I am indeed thankful for all of those who have been dedicated to our mission here at meroMAGAZINE for years, and also for those who have worked with us just during this past year– a year of transition and change and multiple opportunities for the lessons accompanying them in the bigger picture. And we do tend to DREAM BIG over here at ALH Publications, which requires a lot of exceptional commitment and hard work from everyone who is involved in this enterprise. I could not do what I do… what I love to do, without you. I am deeply grateful for all of the people who have come into my life this past year and I want to say “Thank you!” I look forward to building upon what we have begun together in 2012 during this coming year. There are reasons that our paths have crossed and though we may not know exactly what those reasons are (yet) I believe it is all part of The Big Picture. I am (and for decades have been) extremely grateful for this community– a community which has supported many a dream for thousands of individuals and organizations during my tenure as publisher. I can list my own dream for for this publishing house as among those this wonderful community has embraced during the past 22 years. I wish you all a happy, healthy and joy filled holiday season! anDrea L. hOig ahoig@SpiritofOmaha.com 7

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for her 40th birthday kirsten case asked friends to perform acts of kindness. the response to her request was nothing short of overwhelming.

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as her 40th BIRTHDAY APPROACHED LAST FALL KIRSTEN CASE DECIDED TO CELEBRATE THE MILESTONE IN A MOST UNUSUAL WAY. THE LITERACY CENTER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR USED HER PERSONAL BLOG TO ENCOURAGE FRIENDS AND STRANGERS ALIKE TO PERFORM 40 ACTS OF KINDNESS IN 40 DAYS AND TO SHARE THESE “SIMPLE, THOUGHTFUL” ACTS ONLINE.

just like kirsten Case, a longtime Omaha transplant from Denver, has devoted her life to nonprofit human services work that delivers tender mercies to people in need. Wendy Hamilton and Angie Schendt are among those who granted Case’s birthday wish. They say the project fit her to a tee. “It felt so natural that this idea came from her, and I was excited to participate,” says Hamilton, whose act of kindness involved reaching out to a young woman she didn’t know but who looked like she could use some friendly advice. “Kirsten does have a big heart and it wasn’t surprising to me at all that she came up with this idea,” says Schendt, who honored Case’s request by orgAnizing WorkmAteS to preSent A $500 cHeck to A retiree WHo’d loSt everytHing in A fire.

Shannon Smith, another friend who joined this mini-movement, says, “I’ve come to admire Kirsten both personally and professionally. She is one of the kindest people you will ever meet, always putting the needs of others before herself. When I first read her blog, I thought ‘of course.’ Of course Kirsten would come up with something compelling to motivate others to give back. Of course she would be selfless on her big day. Of course she would think big. The birthday request is everything that Kirsten is about.” One way Smith fulfilled Case’s request was by befriending A femAle co-Worker WHo rubbed Her tHe Wrong WAy.

“I could tell she needed a pick-me-up so I took her to lunch. We had a great chat, and I’m glad we did because I now have a greater understanding of where she’s coming from.” Other acts people checked in ranged from reporting grAffiti to giving Someone A ride to donAting unuSed clotHeS to a career closet to giving up A SeAt on A plAne (tWice).

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Also included were such acts as mAking dinner for A Sick friend and Helping A dog oWner find Her loSt pet in a park. comforting words. Helpful advice. lending a hand. opening one’s heart. Then there was the Saturday when Case and her daughter were in the family car in a ATM drive-thru when a man approached, speaking in broken Spanish. The bilingual Case made out he needed to deposit money and she assisted him. She says she drove off before realizing he could benefit from the literacy center, “and so I drove back and talked to him about it. It would have been easy to ignore him and been scared of him and to assume certain things but he was just a hard working guy that needed help.”

a helping hand Case says doing unto others is “the easiest and most inexpensive way we can improve the condition of somebody else’s life and our own. I mean, being kind or helpful to others isn’t just about them, it impacts our own life in a positive way, so it’s sort of a win-win.” “The reality is any of us could be in a situation that could cause us to have to lean on a support network,” she says. “We’re all a heartbeat away from being in somebody else’s shoes. Besides, we’re always leaning on each other and so that’s why it really shouldn’t be a foreign concept to reach out and do something.” She simply decided to be a conduit to help it happen. “I just put stuff out there and hoped that maybe somebody noticed it. I really wanted to do something fun and special for my birthday. I have friends who’ve had big blow out parties and that didn’t feel comfortable. I spend a lot of my life trying to get other people to get involved in the community and do nice things for people and so it made perfect sense that way.” She didn’t know who might respond and what they might do but as her birthday drew near she stumbled upon a Facebook event a friend created and to her delight she discovered plenty of folks had been heeding her request. “It was the best birthday I’ve ever had. I was so excited to hear about things people were doing. It just

put stuff out there “I just and hoped that maybe somebody noticed it.” ~ KIRSTEN CASE

brought me a lot of joy, it made me really happy to know they’d done things. I didn’t really know if people would do anything at all. I mean, how do you really ask people to do stuff? And I’m surrounded by people that are very giving and very involved, so how do you ask those people to do more?” But more they did. She says even though she and her friends already give-back to the community “a lot of us are working on a level where we’re not connected one-on-one, so it’s easy to get disconnected from the human side of the work that we’re doing.”

paying it forward She’s surprised her project’s elicited so much interest, saying, “A lot of people have talked to me about it,” and though the project ended Oct. 17, she adds, “Even now people still email me wanting to go to lunch because they want to talk about this. That part’s been fun – that people are still talking about it and telling me about things and wanting to do it themselves.” Case says she doesn’t know how many acts of kindness overall resulted from her appeal because she hasn’t counted but she likes to think its ripple effect is ongoing. “My hope is that there’s a lot more that happened or that might happen that I don’t know about, although I do like hearing about it because it makes me happy.” Encouraging kindness may just become her new birthday tradition. “I do think I’ll have to do this every year now. Honestly, it really was my favorite birthday, handsdown. I feel like the people that did it did it because they do care about me and in fulfilling this request they cared about doing something. It was just so meaningful to me that somebody would honor a request like that.” m

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JOINING FORCES: salvation army kroc center

last fall a meant-to-be match became reality when the omaha conservatory of music began offering music classes at the salvation army Kroc center in south omaha.

OCM provides top-notch instructors and instruments and the Kroc eager students and first-rate facilities.

community is a welcome addition. ocm executive director Ruth Meints says there’s good congruence between the center’s community focus and the conservatory’s mission of building artistic community through education and performance.

“it was kind of a perfect fit because the salvation army needed a music piece to offer the community and the omaha conservatory of music had expertise in that. it made sense,” says Mike Cassling, a Kroc advisory board member who brokered this marriage with ocm board member Betiana Simon. the pair got the two organizations talking and before long a full-fledged program was designed and launched for youth ages 3 to 18. cassling, ceo of cequence health group, helped fund the program. “we didn’t have the instructors in house for the music, and music is something the army loves, so it seemed like it would be a good fit if they could provide instructors and we could provide students,” says Major Catherine Thielke, the Kroc’s officer for program development.

music adds enrichment “i’m a huge proponent that the arts, which music is a part of, are a wonderful way to increase self-esteem, well-being and self-worth,” says Kroc arts and education coordinator Felicia Webster. “the classes are just perfect to introduce young people to music and to help them feel good about themselves.” where the salvation army has a long tradition of brass band music, it’s lacked much in the way of woods and strings. “we’re about finding out what children’s spark is, and that expands much broader than a brass band and into the strings and other types of instruments,” says thielke. “we’re just very excited to be partnering with the conservatory and we’re really glad mike and betiana saw what benefit this would have to both groups.” “they’re very visionary people who helped it become a reality,” adds ocm’s meints.

classes strike a chord the classes are free to Kroc center members and $10 for nonmembers. “Parents are loving the fact this is available to their children and that it’s not breaking their pocket,” says Kroc center arts and education manager Gina Ponce, who adds that music is a vital part of hispanic culture and having affordable classes right in heart of the

to increase self-esteem, well-being and self-worth.”

thielke agrees, saying, “the salvation army’s mission and purpose here at the Kroc center is to inspire people to discover their god-given talents and to develop those talents. we saw that the conservatory was helping kids start very young in finding their giftedness in music.”

a perfect fit ocm’s been looking to do more outreach with underserved populations and the Kroc center’s been seeking to expand its music offerings. so why not bring the conservatory’s resources to the Kroc?

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the classes have proven more popular than anyone imagined. ever since the first round began in early september sessions have filled, new spots have been created and waiting lists have formed. meints says there’s been “overwhelming response” and she adds “it’s great to see so many people get involved right away.” she expects enrollment for the next round

~ FELICIA WEBSTER

of classes in January to increase. in January a new guitar class will complement the brass, cello/bass, percussion, violin/viola, woodwinds and voice beat-boxing classes. “in the hispanic community the instruments that are very prominent for mariachi are violin, trumpet and guitar and so that will be a very neat addition,” says meints. more classes may be in the offing. at the conclusion of each six-week class a concert’s held featuring student performers from both organizations. the first concert, on oct. 27, was packed. meints says the individualized instruction offered youth helps them grow faster musically. some Kroc students are already showing great potential and may be eligible for ocm scholarships, according the meints, who’s excited about nurturing this previously untapped talent. officials with both organizations say the classes for very young children fill a vital need because music education doesn’t start until middle school. studies show getting kids started early in music can improve cognitive development and academic performance, says meints. she and thielke emphasize that the Sprouts class promotes family interaction by requiring parental-guardian participation. FoR deTailS oR To ReGiSTeR, viSiT WWW.oMahakRoC.oRG oR Call 402-905-3579. m

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BeDazzled! nebraska children’s home society holiDazzle The Nebraska Children’s Home Society Family Guild hosted HoliDazzle 2012 on Thursday, November 15, 6 – 9pm at the Omaha Regency Marriott. The evening featured fabulous boutique shopping, holiday-inspired festivities, and a Younkers’ Fashion Show featuring Miss Nebraska Mariah Cook, and other local celebrities. Guests enjoyed heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts and a complimentary drinks. Event Co-chairs were Marilyn Chollett and Beth Pantano. Over 150 people attended, raising more than $13,000 for NCHS services. Nebraska Children’s Home Society provides statewide pregnancy, parenting, adoption, postadoption services; foster care; community outreach; and early childhood programming. It’s mission is to provide safe and loving care to children of all ages. Learn more at www.nchs.org or call (402) 451-0787.

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swingin’affair the durham museum sentiMental Journey There was a patriotic drum beat of support for The Durham Museum at this year’s Sentimental Journey gala. Honorary Chair Richard D. Holland welcomed nearly 300 supporters at The Durham Museum on Friday, November 16, 2012 to Sentimental Journey. The theme for the USO-style affair was I’ll Be Home for Christmas with festivities paying homage to men and women who have served our country in the armed forces. The event began at 6 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the Swanson Gallery. Laughter erupted as guests enjoyed a special video presentation featuring humorist Mary Maxwell and honorary chair Dick Holland. Guests enjoyed an elegant dinner, catered by Abraham Catering. A swinging musical performance by Michael Lyon was followed by the lighting of The Durham’s magnifi cent Christmas tree. The festive evening concluded with dancing in the Swanson Gallery to the sounds of the Omaha Big Band. Proceeds from the evening’s celebration reached nearly $140,000. The Durham Museum makes its home in Omaha’s beautiful art deco Union Station, and home to permanent exhibits that preserve Omaha’s vibrant history, traveling exhibits covering subjects ranging from history and culture, to science and industry, and many entertaining, educational, family-oriented activities. The Durham Museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and has strong ties with the Library of Congress, National Archives, and The Field Museum. For more information visit the museum’s website at www.DurhamMuseum.org. Photography by andrea hoig

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An Evening Among Angels is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Angels Among Us, consisting of a silent auction, dinner, a short program, and a live auction. Malorie Maddox from WOWT emceed the event. Families who have received assistance from Angels Among Us spoke at the event. When It Happened: Friday November 2, 2012 Where It Happened: Harrah’s Casino Council Bluffs Catered by: Harrah’s Casino Honorary Chairs: Jerry and Janet Slusky Sponsors/Hosts: Feltz Wealth Plan and Bravadas

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allforliFe LIFE CeleBration gala The Annual LIFE Celebration Gala took place on Friday, November 9th at the Michael F. Sorrell Center for Health Science Education located at The Nebraska Medical Center. Proceeds from the event benefit LIFE, a not-for-profit servicing the region with epilepsy programs and services. This year’s event featured special guest speaker Mayor Jim Suttle and Presenting Sponsors were HDR, Inc. and Cyberonics, Inc. The centerpiece of the LIFE Celebration is the collection of exclusive auction items, a medley of hors d’ouvres accompanied by a night of outlandish cocktails and entertainment featuring The Confidential’s. One hundred percent of the evening’s proceeds directly benefited the programs and services of LIFE. LIFE provides critical assistance to people living with epilepsy and their families, and programs of interest to individuals using non-medical treatments to assist with seizure control. Committed to serving all persons living with epilepsy, LIFE serves a diverse client base and offers services and education to an estimated 25,000 individuals in the region while partnering with private and public organizations. LIFE’s mission statement is dedicated to helping people with epilepsy improve their quality of LIFE. About Lifestyle Innovations For Epilepsy, Inc. aka LIFE -- Founded in early 2011, LIFE is a nonprofit organization inspired by the dedication and commitment of local volunteers and created by four key persons in the Omaha community; Dr. Deepak Madhavan, Stacey Doty, William Woodruff and Sheryl Hess. Each has been active for many years in epilepsy support and advocacy through a variety of endeavors.

JOSH AND CRYSTAL PEARON WITH TRACY AND JAY JASINSKI

ERIC AND JULIE KEEN, BOBBIE AND TOM KEEN WITH ANNA AND GEORGE LITTLE

BILL AND BARB MERRITT, BARB MCLAUGHLIN WITH ANNETTE AND BOB GARDNER

STEVE AND STACEY DOTY

DR. DEEPAK MADHAVAN AND MELISSA RASMUSSEN, WITH DAN AND LAURA DONNELLY

LISA VIGNOLO AND VERONICA WORTMANN

For more information visit www.epilepsylife.org.

JULIE AND TOM KEEN

JEFF MCPHERSON AND CHERI DURYEA WITH LYNN AND BILL WOODRUFF

LAURA DONNELLY, SHERYL HESS, DR. DEEPAK MADHAVAN, MAYOR JIM SUTTLE AND STACEY DOTY

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MultiCultural oneworld community health centers, inc. Milagro Dinner The 2012 OneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc. annual Milagro fundraising dinner took place Thursday, November 8th at the Historic Livestock Exchange Building (4920 South 30th Street) in the 10th floor ballroom. 380 attended the event, helping to raising nearly $90,000 for OneWorld’s medical clinic. Guests & Dignitaries present: • Andrea Skolkin, CEO OWCHCI • Joel Dougherty, COO OWCHCI • Dr. Kris McVea, CMO OWCHCI • Mayor Jim Suttle • Dr. Paul Esposito, Chair OWCHC Board of Directors • Senator-Elect Sara Howard • Senator Gwen Howard, Champion Honoree • Senator Bob Krist, Champion Honoree • Senator Steve Lathrop, Champion Honoree • Senator Heath Mello, Champion Honoree • Senator Jeremy Nordquist, Champion Honoree • Dr. David H. Chait, Award Recipient • Kathy Gross, Award Recipient • Kellie Harry, JD, Award Recipient • Dr. Thomas J. Lanspa, Award Recipient • Nebraska Advanced Radiology, Award Recipient • David E. Williams, DDS, Award Recipient Established in 1970, OneWorld Community Health Centers, in partnership with the community, provides culturally respectful, quality health care with special attention to the underserved. For more information visit www.oneworldomaha.org. Photography by Dan Flanigan

SENATOR JEREMY NORDQUIST, SENATOR BOB KRIST, SENATOR, COUNCILMEN GARRY GERNANDT, ANDREA SKOLKIN, MAYOR JIM SUTTLE, SENATOR GWEN HOWARD, SENATOR-ELECT SARA HOWARD, SENATOR STEVE LATHROP, SENATOR HEATH MELLO

ONEWORLD STAFF

MICHELLE LEBENS AND DR. KATIE SAGRERO

MEGAN GEHRKE, CARLA KLOECKNER, CAROLYN MILLER, AND ALANNA SCHENKEN

VOLKER AND PAULA SCHULTZ

DREW WEITZ, MEREDITH WETIZ, ROGER WEITZ, KATHLEEN WEITZ, ANDREA OCHSNER AND DEIDRE OCHSNER

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loveBaskets lutheran family services WiCker & Wine Basket auCtion

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The Wicker and Wine Basket Auction is the annual fundraising event for LFS’ Pottawattamie County Center for Healthy Families. Well over 300 people attended November 1st at the Mid America Center in Council Bluffs. They enjoyed both a silent and live auction, where over $70,000 was raised for Center operations. Honorary Chair: Matt and Lisa Gronstal. Major sponsors were Bill and Leona Kernen, Alegent-Creighton Health, Council Bluffs Savings Bank, Bank of the West, Rasmussen Mechanical, Ameristar Casino, Doll Distributing, KPMG, the Narmi Group and RW Baird and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. In 2011, the Pottawattamie County Center for Healthy Families served: • 395 families (60.5% with income below $20,000/yr) • 438 children ages five and under For more information visit www.lfsneb.org Photography courtesy of lFs

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Look Who’s Sheltering Shelter Pets

Shop ‘til you Drop (and provide for homeless pets as you provide for yours!) Animal Outfitters at the Nebraska Humane Society carries everything your dog, cat or critter needs to be a pampered pet this holiday season. • Thundershirts to calm stressed dogs and cats • Gentle Leader and EasyWalk Harnesses • Furminator grooming tools • All natural (but yummy!) Zukes treats • Cat Dancer toys • Busy Buddy Interactive Toys • Critter “bubbles” for tiny pets Plus we carry all sorts of fashion collars, leashes, coats, beds, bowls, NHS Logo wear and more. As you shop your proceeds stay at the shelter to help animals still waiting to find loving homes. What could be more fun? Shop for yours and help ours! Animal Outfitters is open weekdays 10am–7pm and weekends from 10am–5pm.

Looking for a great cause for your business to support? Barb and Wally Weitz with Annie and Maggie

Barb and Wally Weitz Annie and Maggie Weitz are protectors of the house. “Intruders would hear them barking and be concerned…. until they got a visual!” says Wally. Annie, the matriarch, is a six year old terrier mix from the Nebraska Humane Society. She was missing her buddy Sirius – an older rat terrier who had passed away—but she was intimidated by most of the pairings that Barb and Wally tried. Enter Maggie, a scrawny, seven pound dachshund-poodle-something-else mix who had been dropped off at the shelter with no information. “We call her our Dr. Seuss dog,” explains Barb, “because she looks like one of his little characters.” Maggie was even less confident than Annie and two instantly connected. “Annie took over mothering her, cuddling and licking her,” says Barb, “and Maggie in turn has gotten Annie to play again.” Adds Wally “Annie is definitely enjoying her second childhood.” What a great match for these two once-homeless little dogs!

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The Nebraska Humane Society has corporate sponsorship opportunities for all types of businesses and companies. From matching your employees’ donations, to sponsoring programs or events, we can use your gifts to help the animals. Some companies help us with “in kind” donations of materials, products, or services. Others provide straight funding for medications, or supplies the animals need. Rest assured that all donations go directly to help homeless animals in our care. For corporate sponsorship information call 444-7800 ext. 273.


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Purses’nPets! nebraska humane society Purses 4 PaWs

PAM FLEMING AND KRYSTAL FLEMING-TALHA

ANNE WEAVER, JUDY VARNER AND CELLA QUINN

VANITA LUND AND SUSAN KNAPP

CHRISTIE, NANCY AND NIKKIE HANSON

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BARB FARHO, MAYOR SUTTLE AND NIKOLA JORDAN

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More than 150 ladies, and a few gentlemen, arrived at Regency Court in Omaha on November 8 to sniff out a deal and give a designer purse a new home. The Friends Forever guild hosted their fifth annual Purses 4 Paws to benefit homeless animals at the Nebraska Humane Society. Hors d ‘oeuvres by Bonefish Grill, Flemings Prime Steakhouse and Paradise Bakery provided sustenance for shoppers who also enjoyed sipping wine as they inspected the silent auction of fabulous bags and accessories. “This event is so much fun,” said Susie Knapp, co-chairwoman of Purses 4 Paws, “Everyone seemed to be having a great time.” Added co-chair Vanita Lund,” This is a great way to kick off the holidays, with guilt-free shopping.” The goal of the event was $17,000 and the tally looks to be right on track. Every penny spent at Purses 4 Paws goes right to the shelter to help support the homeless animals. The Nebraska Humane Society rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes companion animals in the Metro area. This event will help get them all a home for the holidays!

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Nearly 800 people attended the Women’s Fund of Omaha’s 12th annual fall luncheon Oct. 27 at Ramada Plaza Hotel. The event raised more than $135,000. Guest speaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom, director and producer of the documentary “Miss Representation,” talked about gender stereotypes and how these subliminal messages influence what girls and boys think they can and cannot be. “You really can’t be what you can’t see,” she said. Newsom created “Miss Representation to be a catalyst for change. “We are changing behavior, one individual at a time,” she said. “People are watching ‘Miss Representation,’ joining the movement and using their voices and power to affect change.” Grants totaling $149,500 were presented to nonprofit agencies for their work on behalf of Omaha-area women and girls. The Women’s Fund of Omaha identifies critical issues, funds innovative solutions and leads dynamic change as it works to improve the lives of Omaha-area women and girls. For more information, visit www.omahawomensfund.org. Photography courtesy of Women’s Fund


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MiracleWorkers children’s hospital & medical center gala A crowd of nearly 950 contributed more than $467,000 at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center’s annual Gala on Nov. 3 at CenturyLink Center Omaha. Attendees enjoyed silent and live auctions, a raffle, dinner and entertainment by vocalist Nathan Pacheco. WOWT’s John Knicely emceed the event.

CO-CHAIRS KATHY BECK AND MARY WILSON

HONORARY CHAIRS SHELLEY AND MIKE HOMA

The 2012 Gala’s theme was “Miracles Come in all Sizes.” Miracles really do come in all sizes at Children’s, including extra small. Proceeds from the evening will support Children’s new Fetal Care Center in affiliation with Alegent Creighton Health. Honorary chairs were Michael and Shelley Homa. Kathy Beck and Mary Wilson served as the event’s co-chairs. Christine Nikunen is the current president of Children’s Friends Board. Proudly serving children since 1948, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center is recognized as a 2012-13 Best Children’s Hospital by U.S. News & World Report in cardiology and heart surgery, and cancer.

LIZ OTTERBERG, SALLY ENGLISH, CHRIS LAFEVER, SALLY KAHRE AND MARY KAY YOUNG

ANNIE AND KEN BIRD, CAROL AND ROGER LEWIS WITH CAROL AND GARY PERKINS

For more information visit www.ChildrensOmaha.org Photography by Dan Flanigan

VOCALIST NATHAN PACHECO

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hope’s ambassadors unmc eppley cancer center aMBassaDor oF hoPe gala The 2012 Ambassador of Hope Gala was held Tuesday, October 23rd at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha. Honored guest was Jim Clifton, Chairman and CEO of Gallup, who received the Ambassador of Hope Award. The Ambassador of Hope Award is given to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the fight against cancer through research, patient care activities, or through raising public awareness about cancer. Previous recipients include Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Robin Roberts, Tom Brokaw, Chuck Durham, Sam Donaldson and General Norman Schwarzkopf. The Margre and Chuck Durham Spirit of Nebraska Award was given to Mike and Gail Yanney. This award is given to an individual or group who has significantly impacted the fight against cancer in Nebraska. Previous recipients include Mike and Lin Simmonds, the Cattlemen’s Ball of Nebraska, the family of Harlan Noddle and the Karnes and Lueder families. For more information visit www.eppleyambassadorofhope.org. Photography by Paparazzi by appointment

FORMER HUSKER QUARTERBACK AND NFL OFFICIAL CLETE BLAKEMAN

GAIL AND MIKE YANNEY RECEIVED THE MARGRE AND CHUCK DURHAM SPIRIT OF NEBRASKA AWARD

STEVE DURHAM AND DR. KENNETH COWAN

An incentive to do more good.

JIM CLIFTON, RECIPIENT OF THE AMBASSADOR OF HOPE AWARD

Open a new charitable account by Dec. 15, and we’ll match 10 percent of your donation, up to $1,000. Thanks to the Carmen and John Gottschalk Foundation and the William and Ruth Scott Family Foundation, whose generous support made this incentive possible. For more information, call (402) 342-3458 or visit omahafoundation.org/incentive.

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STAVELY WRIGHT HONOREE ELLEN WRIGHT, SON JESS WRIGHT AND, ROBYN NICHOLS

BRIAN AND KELLY WILLIAMS AND SON WYATT WITH JOCELYN AND LAURIE MULLEN

CORPORATE CHAIRMEN BARB FITZGERALD, SHARON MARVIN GRIFFIN, AND MELISSA MARVIN

DR. LEE SIMMONS AND MICHELLE GREWCOCK WITH STAVELY AND ELLEN WRIGHT

SHARON McDERMOTT, TAM WEBB AND GAIL SEATON

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Ellen Wright, Arthritis Foundation advocate and Omaha community volunteer, was honored as the 2012 Woman of the Year by the Arthritis Foundation of Nebraska on October 4th at the Embassy Suites La Vista. “Sempre Vero” or “Forever True” was the theme of this year’s gala, the Arthritis Foundation’s 39th annual event to honor an outstanding community volunteer. The theme was chosen in the spirit of Ellen’s Italian heritage and her amazing quality to always stay true and loyal to her friends and family. Over 200 guests attended the gala that raised over $185,000. The money will be used to fund research and provide services for the over 340,000 adults and 1,800 children in Nebraska that are affected by one of the many forms of arthritis. This year’s “Key to A Cure” auction was conducted by auctioneer and friend, Jeff Post. The auction rose over $80,000 for the Foundation. Phil Webb served as the master of ceremonies and provided a reminiscent and comedic glimpse into Ellen’s past as a former Arthritis Foundation staff member. Kyle Robino of Old Market Habitat created an array of exceptional floral arrangements. Guests dined on Caprese Salad with a Balsamic Reduction Garnish, Omaha Steak Filet and Grilled Chicken Duo and finished with Strawberry Cheesecake and Chocolate Crisp Cake. Cathy and Scot Bonnesen, Debra and Bruce Grewcock, Karen and Kim Hawkins, Sandy and Dave Parker and Loretta and Doug Patterson hosted the patron cocktail reception at the home of Sandy and Dave Parker preceding the event. Over 100 benefactors and patrons enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and the kind hospitality of the Parker’s and fellow hosts. Darlene Mueller served as the Gala Chairman, Joani Mullin as Co-Chairman with Corporate Chairman, Bill and Barb Fitzgerald, Bill and Sharon Griffin, David and Lori Scott, and Melissa Marvin. Notable Guests in attendance: Honoree’s Family – Stavely Wright (husband), Jess Wright (son) and Robyn Nichols (son’s girlfriend), Rabbi Azriel (gave invocation), Williams’ Family (Kelly, Brian and son Wyatt; Juvenile Arthritis Advocates), and Mullen Family (Laurie and daughter Jocelyn, Juvenile Arthritis Advocates). For more information about the Arthritis Foundation Nebraska Chapter visit http://www.arthritis.org/nebraska. Photography by Andrea Hoig

DEENIE MEYERSON, ELLEN WRIGHT AND TROY CRAWFORD

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lookingforward omaha symphony guild 2012 DEbutAntE bAll fAll libAtions AnD Hors D’oEuvrEs PArty Parents of the 2012 Omaha Symphony Guild Debutantes and Stags gathered to socialize on Tuesday, September 18th at the home of Jane and Craig Pohlman, longtime Symphony supporters. Guests were welcomed with fresh fall flower bouquets of orange, red and gold accented with black lanterns and orange ribbon. The casual evening of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres gave parents of the 51 Debutantes and 41 Stags the opportunity to socialize and connect. Parents were able to get updated Debutante and Stag information, draw for table assignments and schedule photography appointments for the night of the Debutante Ball, December 27, 2012. Dwyer Photography and the Debutante Ball Committee hosted the event. The evening menu was catered by Anthony’s. Ball Gown samples for mothers of the Debutantes and Stags were presented by Suburban Bridal. Participants were selected for the ball, now in its 47th year, in recognition of their family’s support of the Omaha Symphony and/ or their community service in the Omaha and Council Bluffs area.

COCKTAIL PARTY CO-CHAIR KYLE NELSON, 2012 DEBUTANTE BALL COMMITTEE CHAIR, KIM LUBECK AND COCKTAIL PARTY CO-CHAIR, BRIGID WILKENING,

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Halloffamers metropolitan community college foundation and the omaha restaurant association foundation HosPitAlity HAll of fAmE The 19th annual Omaha Hospitality Hall of Fame Annual Dinner and Induction Ceremony was held Sunday, October 21 to celebrate the achievements of the best in the Omaha area food and restaurant industry and to raise scholarship funds for culinary and hospitality students at the Institute of Culinary Arts (ICA,) at Metropolitan Community College, (MCC.) The event was at Metropolitan Community College’s Institute for Culinary Arts, Fort Omaha Campus. The event was catered by the ICA faculty, staff and students. Attendance was nearly 200 and monies raised is not available at this time. Co-Chairs of this year’s event were Erin Vik and Rich Barmettler. The committee is comprised of representatives from the restaurant and hospitality industries. The Omaha Restaurant Association promotes scholarship, philanthropy and advocacy. Metropolitan Community College serves the four county service area as a role model in higher education promoting student success. Photography by Dan flanigan

LINDA MCDERMITT, BOB UNRUH AND JIM TREBBIEN

DIANE ZIPAY AND JIM TREBBIEN

THE PETROW FAMILY

DON GIBBS, CHRIS CANIGLIA, RON CANIGLIA, RICK CANIGLIA, NICK CANIGLIA, ART BAKER AND CHUCK CANIGLIA

LARRY TARR, BOB MILLER AND DENIE HALL

TRACY RAWLINGS, MIKE ROTH, SCOTT AND MELANIE MCQUEEN WITH LEO AND PAT FASCIANELLA

KATIE VAP, DWIGHT BECKER AND MARY VAP

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out&up outward bound omaha Climb HigHEr lunCHEon

GUEST SPEAKER CHAD BUTRICK

SCOTT HAZELRIGG, ERIN MURNAN AND ROBERT DALRYMPLE WITH CHAD BUTRICK

SHARON MARVIN GRIFFIN AND WILLIAM GRIFFIN

SCOTT HAZELRIGG, CHAD BUTRICK, PETE RICKETTS, BARNEY MARVIN AND TODD MCQUEEN

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Outward Bound Omaha’s “Climb Higher Luncheon” drew a sold out crowd of 470 people to the Scott Conference Center for the organization’s second annual fundraising luncheon held Tuesday, October 23. The event raised more than $80,000 to support the programming it offers to underserved youth in the Omaha area. Luncheon Chairs were Micky and Barney Marvin. Barney Marvin has firsthand experience of the power of Outward Bound programming having participated in a one-month long expedition in the California Sierras while in his twenties. “I learned so much about myself in terms of overcoming my fears and self-perceived obstacles. It changed me forever. Every child should have the opportunity to learn the life lessons Outward Bound delivers.” Scott Hazelrigg, Executive Director of the NorthStar Foundation, said, “As a program of the NorthStar Foundation, Outward Bound Omaha has a mission to inspire character development and self-discovery in people of all ages and walks of life.” For more information visit www.outwardboundomaha.org. Photography courtesy of northstar foundation


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Kettlerun! the salvation army rED KEttlE run

WINNER SETH HIRSCH (RIGHT) SPORTS HIS MEDAL

On October 27, The Salvation Army held the third annual Red Kettle 5K Run as one of the kick-offs for the 2012 Tree of Lights Red Kettle Campaign. The goal of the run was to provide publicity for the campaign and collect donations of food for The Salvation Army food pantries. A record setting 44,516 perishable food items were collected by over 875 participants. The winner was 13 year old Seth Hirsch. The Chairperson for this event was Millard North High School senior Allie Baxter. When just a sophomore, she created the event. This year Allie is the United Way Volunteen of the Year. Sponsors for the event this year include: Harrison Financial Services, First National Bank, Peak Performance, Complete Nutrition and Channel 94.1.

TIM HARRISON WITH ALLIE BAXTER

OVER 850 RUNNERS TAKE OFF FROM THE STARTING LINE

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“Dream big…it really works.”

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KettleKickoff the salvation army trEE of ligHts KiCKoff The Salvation Army and American National Bank welcomed the public to the official lighting ceremony of The Salvation Army Tree of Lights on Friday, November 9th at American National Bank, located on the corner of 90th and West Dodge Road. In honor of the Omaha Salvation Army’s 125th Anniversary, new special effects lighting made the tree shimmer like never before. The enhanced lighting was the same as that which adorns the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center, according to Travis Freeman, owner, of Brite Ideas Decorating. The Tree of Lights weighs more than 6,000 pounds, stands 75 feet tall and is illuminated by 80,000 LED lights and 655 giant LED starbursts. The special lighting ceremony was emceed by Tyson Pearsall and Mike Surwe, Meteorologists, KETV NewsWatch Seven. The familiar Red Kettles began appearing in more than 100 locations around Omaha on November 9th. This campaign continues through December 24. Volunteer bell ringers can sign up online at RingOmaha.org or call 402-898-6000.

Photography by sandy Aquila

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bemisbenefit bemis center for contemporary arts 14tH AnnuAl Art AuCtion

TODD AND BETIANA SIMON

AUDREY DOBBE, MARK HINRICHS, SUSAN KRANTZ AND CAROLINE HINRICHS

The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts 14th Annual Art Auction on October 20, was an outstanding success, with over 1500 collectors, donors, artists and art lovers filling the galleries during the auction events. More than 220 international, national and local artists contributed more than 300 artworks for this year’s auction. The fundraiser grossed over $500,000 throughout the four-week auction exhibition and event, making it the most successful art auction to date. Every dollar raised is invested in the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts’ programs, which continually support artists of exceptional talent. Presenting Sponsors: Laura and Greg Schnackel Auction Sponsors: Karen and Robert Duncan, Betiana and Todd Simon, Annette and Paul Smith, Carol Gendler/Marathon Realty, Teresa and David Rogers Attendance: 1,300 Funds Raised: $226,230 For more information visit bemiscenter.org.

LORI REED AND JON IVERSON

ADAM LANGDON, MARK MASUOKA AND HEIKE LANGDON

DAN AND TINA LONERGAN WITH KATIE LONERGAN AND TIM SMITH

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EVENT CO-CHAIRS GREG AND KATHY BOULAY, ARCHBISHOP GEORGE J. LUCAS & EVENT CHAIRPERSONS KATIE AND SEAN MULLEN

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The Archdiocese of Omaha honored eight outstanding educators on Thursday, September 20th at the 35th Annual Archbishop’s Dinner for Education, which was held at the Embassy Suites – La Vista. A crowd of more than nine hundred celebrated Catholic education, while paying tribute to eight of the Archdiocese’s finest educators. Their combined experience totals more than 186 years of dedication to educational excellence. This year’s honorees embody the service, dedication and professionalism of so many educators who give so much to the youth they educate. Each honoree receives a $5,000 award. Chairpersons for the 2012 Archbishop’s Dinner for Education were Katie and Sean Mullen. Proceeds from this event are used to provide scholarships for families in need and are matched by the Children’s Scholarship Fund of New York.

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JENNIFER CARTER WITH STATE SENATOR KATHY CAMPBELL

BECKY GOULD, RACHEL JACOBSON AND DARCY TROMANHAUSER

BECKY GOULD WITH SERGIO SOSA , WILLIE HAMILTON AND CAROLINA QUEZADA

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Nebraska Appleseed recognized several courageous Nebraskans Thursday night whose work has contributed to the fight for justice and opportunity for all at the 2012 Good Apple Awards. More than 325 people attended the Good Apple Awards at the Omaha Livestock Exchange Building ballroom. Thursday’s event was the fourth such awards celebration for Nebraska Appleseed and drew its largest crowd ever. “It was an amazing night with so many friends and partners helping to recognize these outstanding community leaders and celebrate the tremendous successes of the last year,” said Becky Gould, Nebraska Appleseed Executive Director. “We could not have chosen a better group of recipients who have worked to tackle tough issues and illustrate what can happen when we all come together to stand up for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans.” The Nebraska ICWA coalition was recognized with the Seeds of Justice Award for their work to protect Native American children in the state’s child welfare system and ensure they remain connected to their culture.


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winterCaravan assistance league® of omaha CHristMas Caravan Approximately 3,000 people spent a beautiful Fall day visiting the Assistance League® of Omaha (ALO) 38th annual Christmas Caravan Tour of Homes on November 8, 2012. The event featured four amazing homes in Skyline Ranches, near 210th and Dodge Street, decorated by top area florists and designers. Florists’ decorations and boutique items were for sale at each of the homes. Participating florists/designers were Papillion Flower Patch, (105 S. Washington, Papillion), Andrea’s Designs, (2701 North Main Street, Elkhorn), JR Designs, and HyVee Floral (180th and Pacific Street). Caravan participants also had an opportunity to enjoy a buffet lunch at Champions Run, 13800 Eagle Run Drive, Omaha, 68164, and purchase bake sale goods and Assistance League’s Thrift Shop clothing and other items on Thursday. All proceeds from both Caravan and the Party and Auction fund Operation School Bell®. It is anticipated that approximately $72,000 will be raised to fund AL philanthropic programs.

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breathoflife cystic fibrosis foundation nebraska’s Finest The Nebraska Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, in coordination with the Nebraska Regional Cystic Fibrosis Care Center, is proud to announce the fundraising record of $140,000 for Nebraska’s Finest. The unique event took place Thursday, October 18th at the TipTop Ballroom.

MARIANNE HAWKINS, TRACY HIBBARD, CATHY BONNESEN, ELLEN WRIGHT AND KAREN HAWKINS

Among the honorees were CF patients Bailee Johannes and Chad Bautch, Sandy Strizek from Nebraska’s Regional Cystic Fibrosis Care Center, Everett & Helen Slechta, long time volunteers and fundraisers and Loretta Patterson who was awarded the first ever Barry Zoob Breath of Life Award. Keynote speaker, Lindsay Shipp, spoke about the Foundation’s landmark year of research. On January 31, 2012, the FDA approved Kalydeco; the first drug developed to treat the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis. Last week, this ground breaking drug received the Technology and Innovation Award from the Wall Street Journal for its clinical benefit. For more information visit Nebraska@cff.org.

LINDSAY SHIPP AND BARB WADLEIGH

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TakingtheleaP LEAP-for-a-cure 5TH annual MonSTer BaSH

XAVIER, JOSIE AND BRIELLE ABBOUD

JEN KOERTEN, HEATHER ROBERTS, DARBI WARDEN, RYANNE HASTINGS, “FROGGEN DAZS” ROBYN STIZMAN, KATHY BAER, SUE ROBERTS, NICK HEINRICH AND MICHELE ROBERTS

Monster Bash is a family-friendly yet adultfun annual event, which as always, was held the Thursday before Halloween (October 25th of this year.) Gerogetowne Club served as the venue hosting an area for a Children’s Corner, while the Photobooth offered an opportunity to capture the fun in pictures. Back by popular demand, Brandeis Catering provided a Mexican buffett and dessert bar. EJ from the KAT 103.7 emcees the event. Matt Cox was a special musical guest this year. Monster Bash committee: Kathy Baer, RyAnne Hastings, Nick Heinrich, Jean Koerten, Heather Roberts, Michele Roberts, Jon and Sue Roberts, Robyn Sitzman, and Darbi Warden LEAP-for-a-Cure is a grass-roots effort to benefit the Omaha community with better education, awareness, and treatment for brain tumor patients. These efforts have raised nearly $400,000 in since July 2008. All proceeds from LFAC remain in Omaha, benefitting the brain cancer community, specfically at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center. For more information visit leapforacure.org.

FOUNDERS JON AND SUE ROBERTS

MACKENZIE, CODY, DARBI AND KYLIE WARDEN

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ANN AND MARK SCHUMACHER

JOHN AND LORI BELFORD WITH REV. TOM FANGMAN

More than 400 friends of Marian High School experienced a bit of Parisian charm at the 31st annual MarianFEST (Funding Education in the Servite Tradition), Marian’s largest fundraising event of the year. This year’s event raised nearly $300,000, which will support tuition assistance for Marian students. The theme for the Oct. 13 benefit dinner and auction held at Marian was “Passport to Paris: A Journey in the Servite Tradition” in honor of the Servants of Mary, the founding order of Marian, which had its origins in the small village of Cuves, France. The night’s festivities began with a Mass at the Servants of Mary Chapel where Rev. Tom Fangman of Sacred Heart Parish presided. Executive chairs of MarianFEST 2012 were John and Julie Tarr Andresen ‘84, Jim and Patty Buser, Jeff and Dawn Gross, Buck and Susan Heim, Dan and Mary Ann Mulhall and Pat and Karen Campbell Rosenthal ‘84. For more information visit marianhighschool.net.

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JEN AND DUANE BARTELT

CHAIRS DUANE AND MARIA MINDERMAN WITH HONORARY CHAIRS JENNIFER AND ROB ZATECHKA

Junior League of Omaha along with Honorary Chairs Rob and Jennifer Zatechka held the 3rd Annual Big Red Block Party on Saturday, October 6, at 6 p.m. at the Scott Conference Center. Big Red Block Party raised just over $20,000 to support the Project Hope Pack and A Book of My Own community projects for the Junior League of Omaha. Corporate VIP experience tables were purchased by Banyan Medical Systems, Welch Law Firm, P.C. and PlanitOmaha. Junior League of Omaha members, their families, friends and colleagues purchased tickets to the event that started at $60. The Junior League of Omaha is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. For more information visit www.juniorleagueomaha.org.

KATE GRABILL WITH KATHY AND TRACEY BECK

BECKI WIECHMAN, KRISTIN LEWIS AND LESLIE MAYO

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Fortheboys southwest omaha rotary wine tasting Southwest Omaha Rotary Night Club had their 4th Annual Wine Tasting for the Boystown National Hotline on October 11, 2012, raising $30,000 for Boystown. The Chair was Darcy Michalek and Co-Chairs were Brian Brunken, Kristi Guinn, Mimi Rogers and Brad Rohrig. Our small but mighty Rotary club of 18 members were all very active. Members include: Angela Brandt, Brain Brunken, Bryan Dring, Kristi Guinn, Kevin McCroden, Dave Meyer, Darcy Michalek, Kent Nelson, Tim Novotny, Erin Oberhauser, Suzanne O’Donnell, Gail Petersen, Mimi Rogers, Brad Rohrig, Matt Saathoff, Mel Stuart, Steven Twohig and Jill Woodward. Many members from the Boystown National Hotline helped as well headed by Ginny Gohr and Thomas Lynch. Music was provided by Violinist Rick Ness, Pianist Mark Sanford and the band Sexy But We’re Not. Next year they plan a 5th Annual Wine Tasting for October. . Photography courtesy of sw rotary

teachingtolerance GLSEN omaha 4tH annual saFe sCHOOls beneFit: art & equality 2012 This annual event was held on Saturday, October 13, at the Gallery at Prouty Place. Diane Perry, GLSEN Omaha Co-Chair, and John Prouty cochaired the event. Dignitaries attending were John Ewing, Douglas County Treasurer; Anne Boyle, Nebraska Public Service Commissioner; and, Larry Bradley, Papio-Missouri Resource District. The event was catered by previous board members of the GLSEN Omaha Board of Directors. Tickets reserved approximately 150, raising $966.00. This annual fundraising benefit supports all GLSEN Programs and efforts working with educators, policy makers, community leaders and students on the urgent need to address anti-LGBT behavior and bias in schools. GLSEN strives to protect students from bullying and harassment, to advance comprehensive safe schools laws and policies, to empower principals to make their schools safer, and to build the skills of educators to teach respect for all people.

MARK SHIVELY, JIM PROUTY, DIANE PERRY AND TOM CHANDLER

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FeastofFriends friends of scottish rite FrienDs OF sCOttisH rite Dinner anD auCtiOn On Friday, October 5, the Valley of Omaha, Nebraska celebrated the 4th annual Friends of Scottish Rite Dinner and Auction at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center. This year, the Friends of Scottish Rite dinner grossed over $35,000 for the Scottish Rite Foundation of Omaha, including $8,500 raised for a special appeal for our principal philanthropy, the RiteCare Speech and Language Clinic. The sold-out dinner was emceed by Carol Schrader. Members of the Scottish Rite’s service crew, the Knights of St. Andrew, and the women of the Nebraska Speech Language Hearing Association assisted the Friends of Scottish Rite dinner by welcoming guests and overseeing the silent auctions. Each year, the Scottish Rite honors an individual with the “Friend of the Scottish Rite” award, which recognizes their contributions to the RiteCare Speech and Language Clinic. This year, the committee chose Hal Daub as our Friend of Scottish Rite. Hal has served Nebraska as Congressman for the 2nd District and as Mayor of Omaha, and has remained a firm and committed member of the Scottish Rite. He continues to be engaged with the Scottish Rite Foundation of Omaha. Photography courtesy of Friends of scottish rite 42

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OPERA OMAHA GUILD’S ANNUAL VICTORIAN TEA The Historic Brandeis Millard House 500 South 38th Street, Omaha – 11:30am Enjoy sharing a holiday moment with your opera friends. We will be treated to a selection of Old English Carols by Kirk Vaughn Robinson. He will be accompanied by the talented Mr J Gawf. Mona Christensen, tea expert, will serve traditional tea and answer your questions about proper tea etiquette. Mona and Celé Washington worked together to present Opera Omaha Guild’s Inaugural Victorian Tea. Opera Omaha Guild Members are our Guests. Bring a friend who might join the Opera Omaha Guild. RSVP to Sheila McNeill sheilamcneill@cox.net or 402.630.4077.

FARRELL’S EXTREME BODYSHAPING’S 2ND ANNUAL 24 HOUR KICK-A-THON Open Door Mission Farrell’s at 7610 Dodge Street Donations of food or cash will be accepted and donated to the Open Door Mission while the Farrell’s team will be constantly fighting for hunger – punching, kicking, for 60 minute intervals for the entire 24 hour period – in hopes to draw attention to the huge hunger problem here in the heartland. For more information contact Bridget Kilawee, bridgetkilawee@extremebodyshaping.com @ 402-612-3343

VODEC CHRISTMAS DINNER Mid America Center The VODEC Annual Christmas Dinner is the much anticipated event of the year! VODEC serves more than 500 men and women with developmental disabilities and this event attracts over 850 VODEC clients and their families for a FREE elegant dinner and dance event. The public is invited to sponsor a dinner for one of our deserving clients for just $25! Visit www.vodec.org.

DEBUTANTE BALL Omaha Symphony Embassy Suites La Vista 12520 Westport Pkwy. – 5:00pm

December 8-9 HOLIDAYS AROUND THE WORLD River City Mixed Chorus First United Methodist Church The River City Mixed Chorus (RCMC) presents its next concert that celebrates the holiday season on a global scale! Visit www.rcmc.org.

CONAGRA FOODS ICE RINK Food Bank for the Heartland ConAgra Foods Campus 10th & Harney, Omaha NE, The ConAgra Foods Ice Rink, located on the ConAgra campus at 10th and Harney streets, will be open from 1 to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays; 1 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays; and 1 to 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. The rink will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. The ConAgra Foods Foundation will match all rink income dollar for dollar up to $100,000 and donate all proceeds to the Food Bank for the Heartland as a component of the Shine the Light on Hunger campaign. Donations of non–perishable food and household goods will also be collected onsite. Visit www.shinethelightonhunger.org.

december horoscopes This month many will see stellar changes in their lives that began with the double November eclipses. All hype aside, 12/12/12 promises to be a day of awakening to a greater reality and the knowing that our world is what we make it. The 12/21/12 hoopla has some very dramatic support, one being a YOD (Finger of God) involving Pluto (power/death/transformation), Saturn (responsibility / accountability / structure), and Jupiter (expansion/higher mind). Benevolent Jupiter will be the funnel thru which all these energies flow and wherever that falls in your chart will bring much needed change and awakening. This focus will continue for years. Key words for December are FAITH, COURAGE, HONESTY, INTEGRITY, VISION, ACCEPTANCE.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR Mayor Jim Suttle and Downtown Omaha Inc. Fdtn. Gene Leahy Mall 14th & Farnam, Omaha As a grand finale to the 2012 Holiday Lights Festival, the Fireworks Spectacular co–sponsored by TD Ameritrade and Alegent Creighton Health will begin at 7pm on New Year’s Eve. The show will feature a mesmerizing display of fireworks designed by J&M Displays. The official viewing site is the Gene Leahy Mall located at 14th and Farnam. Spectators are encouraged to bring a radio tuned to Star 104.5 to enjoy the musical accompaniment. Admission is Free. Visit www.holidaylightsfestival.org.

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MIDLANDS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION REFLECTION BALL Midlands Community Foundation Embassy Suites 1111 Jones Street, Omaha, NE 68102 The Reflection Ball is an annual dinner and dance sponsored by Midlands Community Foundation. At the 2013 Ball, Dave and Lori Pankonin will be honored with the Reflection Award. The 2013 Reflection Ball proceeds will be donated to Ted E. Bear Hollow, a non–profit organization whose mission is to mend the grieving hearts of kids and their families. Honorary Chairs are John and Gail DeBoer and Event Chair is Kyle Black. Cost is $125. Visit www.midlandscommunity.org.

START UP ASSISTANCE BALL – A BLACK & WHITE AFFAIR Metro Omaha Womens Business Center Marriott Regency 409 S. 16th Street, Omaha, NE 68102 Mystery, intrigue, romance, auction & live entertainment 5:30PM Marriott Regency 10220 Regency Circle, Omaha, NE 68124 Help us financially grant women–owned, small business start–ups $45 Member | $60 individual for table of ten Get Tickets Here! Order Now And Watch Our Grant Tally Rise! Cost is $45 –$ 60 Visit www.mowbcf.org.

January 13 “ONE PITCH AT A TIME” Dobleman Head & Neck Cancer Institute Roncalli Catholic High School 6401 Sorensen Pkwy. “One Pitch at a Time”, an anti-tobacco event will be held at Roncalli Catholic High School. 80,000 Americans will be affected by some form of head and neck cancer this year. And 75% of these cancers of the skin, ears, nose, throat, thyroid, voice box, mouth and tongue will present in the later stages making it more difficult to treat. Major League Red Sox Pitcher, Mark Melancon, will join area coaches in providing a baseball clinic for kids 7-14 years on Sunday, January 13th from 1:30-4:30pm A dinner and auction will follow at 6pm. Contact Mary at Dobgolf72@cox.net or call 402-393-7050.

January 13 LINCOLN WINTER KIDNEY WALK Nebraska Kidney Association Lincoln Southwest High School 409 S. 16th Street, Omaha, NE 68102 Lincoln Southwest High School will be the venue for the Nebraska Kidney Association's Winter Kidney Walk. We can't let weather stand in the way of our health and wellness, so kick off your New Year with a resolution to keep active whether the weather cooperates or not! The walk is a non–competitive 2–mile walk on the track, but if temeperatures are dangerously cold or ciy, we will move to the indoor track. Visit www.kidneyne.org.

January 31 ANNUAL MENTORING SUMMIT & AWARDS LUNCHEON Midlands Mentoring Partnership DoubleTree Hotel 1616 Dodge Street, Omaha, NE 68102 The 2013 Mentoring Summit will feature nationally renowned mentoring experts, an awards luncheon to honor this year’s Mentor of the Year and Mentor Advocate of the Year, and break–out sessions. The 2013 Mentor of the Year will be awarded to Tess Larson of Girls Inc. The 2013 Mentor Advocate of the Year will be awarded to OPPD for their service to Partnership 4 Kids. Cost is $25 for the Awards Luncheon and $45 for the Summit registration. Visit www.mmpomaha.org.

January 31 GIRLS NITE OUT Girls, Inc. Mutual of Omaha Dome –3301 Dodge St., Omaha – 5:3pm – 9:00pm Girls Nite Out is a hilarious, fun-filled event to support the work of Girls Incorporated of Omaha and their mission of Inspiring all Girls to be Strong, Smart and Bold! GNO will feature Comedienne Karith Foster, a comedian, TV & radio personality, actress, inspirational and motivational speaker, entrepreneur and author. Cocktails, shopping and socializing, a raffle and buffet dinner will precede the evening of fun and merriment. Corporate tables are avalable. Cost: $75.00 or $100.00. Call (402)457-4676 and ask for Jane Allamong. 46

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