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DICK HOLLAND

DICK HOLLAND WITH HIS DAUGHTERS ANDY HOLLAND AND BARB KARL

JOHN GOTTSCHALK, MIKE KLUG AND MIKE YANNEY

is hardly going on a press junket for the release of his autobiography, “Truth and Other Tall Tales.” In fact, he wrote the book only at the repeated urging of his friends, JOHN CAVANAUGH AND MIKE YANNEY. “I never thought [my life] was worthy of an autobiography,” admits Holland. Reluctance aside, is he glad he undertook the literary adventure? “Ya,” he replies half-heartedly. “I’m still sort of wondering if I did the right thing.” His mood changes sharply when asked if he expects a best seller. He responds with a quick, and emphatic, “No.” “I’m amazed that 100 people are coming to the book launch,” he laughs self-deprecatingly. “That’s 95 too many.” But gather they did on November 9th at, appropriately enough, the Holland Center for Performing Arts. It is no surprise that Holland presents a fun romp through some pivotal episodes of his life. In addition to being one of the city’s leading philanthropists, Holland was a well-known advertising executive for over 40 years, a writer as well as a visualizer, he maintains. He wanted his autobiography to be different from books of a similar ilk. High on his list was to avoid at all costs a “recitation of accomplishments,” a trap that other autobiographies fall into. So he opted for a lighter, comedic tone. Holland thought it would be more fun to write and hopefully more engaging to read if he didn’t take himself too earnestly.

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metroMagazine • The Spirit of Omaha “If I was serious, it would be boring. It wouldn’t be any good without being funny,â€? he maintains. “The last thing I wanted to be was a big bore.â€? The book is episodic with each chapter divided into what Holland calls “happenings, both pleasant and unpleasant.â€? It reads like a warm and witty conversation between friends. Much of the book’s content is a transcript of Holland free-associating about the various events and escapades of his life. His writers added historical context, for instance, about the city at the time of Holland’s birth and background family history. Though it is not meant to cover the entirety of Holland’s life, he does admit that he thought of at least a half dozen other stories he could have included in the collection after the book was completed. “People who know me will enjoy at least part of it,â€? he asserts. There are tales of his growing up on Pine Street just south of Dundee during the Great Depression, of his service in World War II, and his post-war studies at Omaha U. Included is his career at his advertising agency Holland, Dreves and Reilly Advertising, and his lonesome stand as an out-spoken, liberal democrat in a very red state. He laughs when he (proudly) recalls how his fellow Omaha Country Club members dubbed him (lovingly, he is sure) “a country club pinko.â€? But while he takes his family, his causes, and his politics seriously, he does not take himself seriously. Which makes Truth and Tall Tales so much fun. “I hope it’s enjoyable,â€? the selfeffacing Holland confides. “I really hope it’s not a best seller. This whole thing is nutty.â€? m

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here I’d probably just be at home being bored,” explained Virgil Smith. “We learn to make good decisions here. I choose this over gangs.” The Central High School junior is just one of an increasing number of older kids who participate in the Salvation Army’s North Corps Community Center After School Program at the nonprofit’s facility at 24th and Pratt streets. An instructional basketball program launched by Program Director Jim Sells is just one of the draws that has accounted for a 30 percent increase in attendance since the Fort Dodge, Iowa native became the center’s leader in May. The after school program serves students pre-K through high school. “Jim has an incredible rapport with the kids,” said Major Barbara Shiels, the Salvation Army’s divisional director of older adult ministries. “All the kids sign in at the door, but their arrival isn’t really complete until they check in with Jim and give him a high five or a hug. He’s making a huge difference in the lives of our kids and has initiated some truly innovative community efforts.” A recent visit to the free after school program found the building echoing with laughter in a hardscrabble neighborhood where opportunities for brevity are often all too rare.

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“Right now I’m just trying to get them all tired out so we can feed them,” said Sells as we began a tour above the din of cheers and bouncing basketballs. “This is the last food that many of these kids will have today, so it’s important that dinner is a quieter time.” The arts and crafts room was an explosion of vibrant creativity as crayons met paper before a chorus of “Aw, do we have to” pleas arose as dinner was announced. Calls of “Hey Mr. Jim” and “Look over here Mr. Jim” rang out as joysticks clattered in the game room. Screens were paused so kids could be ushered into the gym for that day’s menu of mac and cheese, ham and a selection of side dishes from the kitchen that served almost 6,000 hot meals in 2010.

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“That’s what families do,” Sells added. “They eat together. They come together at a table. Work schedules and other things make that hard to do for many of our families, but I want my kids (he calls all the participants “my kids”) to have the same experience that so many of us take for granted.”

Adult outreach goes beyond an invitation to the table. The center’s adult program serves over 100 meals every weekday, but Sells aims to offer additional lures to attract more grown-ups from the neighborhood. “I’m inviting adults into our computer lab,” he said of the facility equipped with a dozen stations, several of them new due to his fundraising efforts. “It’s hard to get a job if you’re not computer literate.” It’s even harder to get a job, he added, if you don’t know how to put together a resume. “Hey Cornell, how ya doin’” chirped Sells to one of the younger kids. “You’re going to play flag football with us again next season, right?” It was a throwaway question. Sells already knew the answer. The bright-eyed Lothrop Elementary School secondgrader had worn his football cleats to bed last fall the night before kicking off his introduction to organized sports in the league that is yet another Sells innovation. “I love coming here to play football and basketball” beamed the boy sporting a faux-hawk who wants to become a policeman, “but my mom likes Mr. Jim because he helps me with my homework.” m


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NATIVE SON ROGER WEITZ ASSUMES THE ROLE OF

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Roger Weitz is back home. The native son assumed the role of Opera Omaha general director last summer following a long stint as Chicago Opera Theater artistic administrator and general manager. The Westside High graduate’s return marks a homecoming in many ways. While studying arts administration at Carleton College (Northfield, Minn.), where the legacy student followed his parents, Weitz worked an Opera Omaha internship. That experience proved formative. "It gave me my first peek at what it would mean to be in the professional world of arts administration and from then on that was my path," he said. "I found out just how many things go into arts administration. All the planning. You're not a performer but it takes almost as much creativity to make it all come together."

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TO MAKE IT ALL COME TOGETHER. ~ ROGER WEITZ

A lifelong choir singer, Weitz studied piano and voice, majoring in music in college, but never seriously considered a professional performing career. "To be a performer you have to have this real fire burning inside you, and I didn't have that passion." Besides, he battled "horrible stage fright."

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Weitz remains unfazed by public speaking and often does so touting Opera Omaha. Community engagement is a major focus for Weitz, whose philanthropic parents, Wally and Barbara Weitz and their Weitz Family Foundation, seek to break the cycle of poverty by supporting education programs. Like his family, Roger believes the arts enrich lives, saying, “We need to be a part of the community, serving the community and improving the life of the community to make a better Omaha.”

ROGER WEITZ WITH DICK HOLLAND

He foresees the company’s educational outreach efforts adding more opportunities for youth participation in opera. "If you can get them creating it I think you really hook them for life, and the wonderful thing about opera is that it involves so many forms of expression. I think opera is actually a great way to introduce kids into the arts." Giving youths a solid foundation is a focus of Building Bright Futures, among the educational initiatives his family supports. His parents always emphasized giving back.

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"They've really set a great example. I wouldn't think of doing it differently myself. They're huge shoes to fill. I want to honor them, so I'm very much aware of that. The fact this is my hometown and I have this legacy only raises the stakes. I need to do everything in my power to do the best job possible. I don't want to let down the community, my family or the wonderful people that brought me in and who are taking a chance on me." At 34 Weitz may seem young to head an opera company but he's already led one of comparable size and scope. The wunderkind enjoyed a fast rise in Chicago and enhanced his training as an Arts Management Institute Fellow at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He’s worked opera’s expense and income sides, giving him a deep appreciation for what it takes to mount and sell productions. He can answer donors’ hard questions.

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If anything, he sees his age as “an opportunity” to reach a younger generation and thus cultivate new audiences. Getting opera more love, he said, takes quality programming, good communication and relationship building. Referring to Omaha’s “arts renaissance,” he said, “I would love for Opera Omaha to get caught up in that wave of new energy and excitement. That’s a challenge and an opportunity because I don't think we’re quite in that wave yet.” He’s confident interesting programs and new partnerships will draw new members. "We need to state our case for support."

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Opera Omaha welcOmes rOger weitz “One way to get the word out and to get some extra buy-in is by collaborating. Future productions are going to have a highly collaborative nature to them. If we can get other groups involved and get their patrons to give opera a chance, then we can open up doors. We just need people to give it a chance.”

TOM AND NANCY HICKS WITH CINDY AND MOGENS BAY

Opera Omaha's 54th season kicked off with This is Opera! and Hansel & Gretel and continues Feb. 17-19 with The Marriage Contract and April 13 and 15 with The Mikado. He expects future seasons to represent similar range. Meanwhile, he champions opera as "the best deal in town," saying. "For the price of one ticket you get a night at the symphony, the theater, the art gallery.” Opera, too, he said, is great literature and design. Where else, he asks, can you get so much? He didn’t expect the stars would align to bring him home to run Opera Omaha but he’s glad it happened, especially as he and his wife Kate have just started a family. ROGER WEITZ AND MIKE YANNEY

“I’m thrilled.”

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the city’s italian population celebrates its long-standing traditions in festival and film.

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Omahans have been the happy beneficiaries of the city’s vibrant Italian heritage. You’ve experienced Italian hospitality if you have walked through the doors of the VENICE INN or MANGIA ITALIANA or tucked into a plate of mostaccoli at a SONS OF ITALY lunch or LA FIESTA ITALIANA celebration. You’ve sampled a little hometown culinary history when you serve Orsi’s or Rotella’s bread at your family meals. And if you were lucky enough to grill up some of Frank Marino’s hand-ground links before he closed up his S. 13th Street grocery store, you know the simple but sublime pleasure of a darned good sausage. Many of the above are family businesses. The importance of food and family plays heavily in Italian culture, and so does faith. Every year, these three form the backbone of the SANTA LUCIA FESTIVAL, a longstanding tradition among Omaha’s Italian community. Omaha’s first Santa Lucia Festival was in 1925. Modeled after the 300 years old Santa Lucia Festival in Carlentini, Sicily, it was a reinstitution of homeland traditions in the “new world.” The originators of the event went door to door, raising funds to replicate the statue of Santa Lucia, or Saint Lucy, used in the Sicilian festival. The duplicate was shipped to Omaha and has been the focal point of the festival all these years. Today, a group of Italian-Americans in Omaha are recording their ethnic heritage in film. The documentary uses the Santa Lucia Festival, says MIKE DIGIACOMO, producer, writer, and videographer of the project and Vice-President of the 2011-2012 Santa Lucia Festival, as a “vehicle to tell a much more important story. That story is: the traditions that Italian immigrants brought with them, and the ties that still exist today between the Omaha Italians and those Italians who never left Italy.” Since its inception, the festival’s mission is to give back to the local community. This philanthropic spirit is the driving force behind the Santa Lucia Festival Committee which seeks to fund its charitable works through monies raised by the festival. The group provides coats to the needy, visits the sick, and supports programs and aid for the vision impaired. Saint Lucy is the patron saint of the blind. DiGiacomo and his fellow producers are casting a wide distribution net and will pitch the film both locally and nationally once it is completed in 2012. “But more than anything, we want churches to show it to parishioners, community groups to show it to their members, and most importantly families to show it to their kids to preserve the history of Italian/Americans in Omaha,” states DiGiacomo. LEWIS AND CLARK LANDING is the home of the five-day festival today. The area that once comprised “Little Italy” is no longer predominantly Italian. Though Omaha’s Italian population does not share physical proximity like it once did, its spirit remains intact. One guest equated the grassroots support of the documentary at its launch party on November 9 to a “new Italian Renaissance.” Notes DiGiacomo: “So many Italians, from different Italian organizations, came together in one room to support one cause.” For more information about the Santa Lucia documentary, visit www.santaluciadocumentary.com.

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MagicCastle joslyn castle trust MagiC at MiDtown Patron Preview Guests were dazzled the evening of November 17th as they received a first look at the Magic at Midtown design tour. Twelve Midtown Crossing condominiums (divided into 32 professionally-designed spaces) are on display through December 4th. Proceeds from the tour benefit the Joslyn Castle Trust.

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JIM SIEDLECKI, RUTH HENRICHS AND HONORARY CHAIRS MICHAEL AND MARIE KNEDLER

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goodspirits lutheran family services wiCker & wine 2011 Guests arrived in record numbers for Lutheran Family Services’ annual “Wicker & Wine Basket Auction.” At least three hundred people attended the cocktail and auctions at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs. A final tally showed over $120,000 was raised, which will go directly into services at the Pottawattamie County Center for Healthy Families.

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Marie and Mike Knedler were the honorary chairs of the 2011 event, and each spoke briefly to the large crowd. LFS CEO Ruth Henrichs introduced a video about the Center’s role in the community which included client testimonials. Guests also bid on a great variety of silent auction baskets, and one lucky live auction winner will spend a weekend in Chicago in box seats at a Cubs game!

JESSICA BOONE AND AARON THARP

Lutheran Family Services is a community-based organization which impacts over 35,000 individuals annually, from 31 offices in 18 cities in the areas of behavioral health and children and community services. Learn more at www.lfsneb.org.

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ANN BREETZKE, KIRK FOSTER, LAURA DIMAIO AND LIZ HEESE

On November 2nd, Christmas Caravan- Glitz, Glamour and Gifts Galore A Tour of Homes, decorated by outstanding florists for the holiday season. The highlight of the event was the preview party held at Champions Run. Guests had the opportunity to shop at the Christmas Caravan Boutique, bid on silent auction items, make donations "wish list" for ALO's philanthropic programs and enjoy dinner. Funds raised through this event support the league's philanthropic programs.

PATTI FUDGE, RITA SEILER AND TRUDY MOCK

Assistance League of Omaha is an all volunteer nonprofit organization providing philanthropic programs to serve specific needs of children and adults in the greater Omaha community. Operation School Bell provided new clothing to over 3,000 children in October. Fundraising activities include Assistance League's Yesterday's Best Thrift Shop, Christmas Caravan, Cruise for the Kids, grants and tributes to support their philanthropic programs. For more information about this event visit www.omaha.assistanceleague.org.

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PENNY LYONS AND LYNDI DUDIK

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safetyFirst national safety council soiree 2011 Almost 400 people enjoyed Soiree 2011 on October 21 at the Embassy Suites LaVista. The event featured the induction into the Safety and Health Hall of Fame of David M. Ambrose, PhD and NE Senator Daniel C. Lynch, a silent auction, dinner and entertainment by “Yesterday, A Tribute to the Beatles.” The event brought in more than $90,000. Beneficiaries of the event include community safety programs of the Council.

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TOM BELFORD AND CAROL CASEY NE Senator Daniel C. Lynch and David M. Ambrose, PhD were inducted into the Safety and Health Hall of Fame. Honorary Chairmen were Tom and Lee Belford, Chairman were Brad and Ann Ashford. The unique mission of the nationally recognized and award winning National Safety Council, Nebraska (formerly Greater Omaha Chapter) is to promote safety and health by providing programs, resource services and education to reduce both the personal and economic loss associated with injuries, accidents and health hazards. Learn more at www.safenebraska.org.

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The 4th Annual Friends of Scottish Rite Dinner and Auction was held on Saturday October 15th, 2011 at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center. The event served as a benefit for the Scottish Rite Foundation of Omaha. This year, the dinner raised $12,000 to support the Scottish Rite Foundation of Omaha. 150 guests joined Honorary Chairs, the Hon. Lee and Robyn Terry for an evening of cocktails, silent and live auction items.

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The evening was emceed by Charles Sederstrom III, Scottish Rite member and community volunteer, and other notable guests included Hal and Mary Daub, the 2010 Honorary Chairs for the Friends of Scottish Rite Dinner and Auction. Scottish Rite Masons recognized the need for all Nebraska children to have access to services to diagnose and treat speech and language disorders. To learn more about the Scottish Rite Masonic Center and the Scottish Rite Foundation of Omaha, visit www.scottishriteomaha.org.

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-OMAHA NATIONAL STUDENT SPEECH LANGUAGE HEARING ASSOCIATION OLIVIA HORNER, GRACE LALLMAH, KELSEY PAUL AND ASHLEE LILLEY

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ANDREA SKOLKIN, SENATOR GWEN HOWARD, DR. JOANN SCHAEFER AND DR. PAUL ESPOSITO

SARA HOWARD, STEPH GOULD AND HALEY ARMSTRONG

MakingMiracles milagro dinner OneWOrlD COMMunity HealtH Centers inC. The 2011 OneWorld Community Health Centers Inc. annual Milagro fundraising dinner took place on November 10th at the Historic Livestock Exchange Building. The evening began at with a social hour and silent auction, followed by dinner with key note speaker Dr. Joann Schaefer, Nebraska’s Chief Medical Officer.

REGAN AND MIKE MACKINTOSH

Each year the Milagro (The Spanish word for miracle) dinner recognizes the significanceMAHA of contributions made by volunteers and partnering organizations. This year’s award recipients included: Bergan Mercy Medical Center, Building Bright Futures, Robert Fitzgibbons, M.D., Midwest GYN Oncology, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center-Department of Family Medicine. Over 350 people attended and together raised $72,500 for OneWorld’s mission.

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Established in 1970, OneWorld Community Health Centers, in partnership with the community, provides culturally respectful, quality health care with special attention to the underserved. Learn more at www.oneworldomaha.org.

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OneWorld would like to congratulate our Milagro winners and thank our Milagro level partners on a successful 2011 event! 2011 MILAGRO AWARD RECIPIENTS Bergan Mercy Medical Center Building Bright Futures Robert Fitzgibbons, M.D. Midwest GYN Oncology University of Nebraska Medical Center - Department of Family Medicine

2011 MILAGRO SPONSORS American National Bank, Creighton University, UNMC College of Public Health & Center for Reducing Health Disparities, US Bank and the Weitz Family Foundation

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EMILY AND DR. MARK PUCCIONI AND JULIE CORNELL WITH LORA AND BART SLADOVNIK

DR. DEEPAK MADHAVAN, TIM MASTERS, MICHELLE BUNTON, EMILY GERCH AND KIELY MADHAVAN

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MEG BUSING, MONICA BENTZINGER, SUMMER WHALEY-HULL, KAEL BUSING, AMBER BENTZINGER AND ERIC BENTZINGER

The 1st Annual LIFE Celebration took place on Thursday, November 3rd at Nomad Lounge in the Old Market. The proceeds from the event benefit LIFE, a not-for-profit servicing the region with epilepsy programs and services.

DR. JAMES AND DR. JENNIFER HANOWELL, LAURA NEECE-BALTARO AND DR. RICHARD BALTARO WITH STACEY AND STEVE DOTY

Guests enjoyed hors d’ouvres, cocktails and the latest culinary creations prepared by local chefs. The Nebraska Wind Symphony performed while guests bid on a variety of silent auction items. The evening ended with a live auction which inspired bidding wars for highly coveted items. 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. Learn more at www.epilepsylife.org.

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RENEE GOTTULA, STACEY DOTY, MARY SCHLIEDER AND MATT LAHM

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The Omaha Hospitality Hall of Fame was the largest ever, with 320 people in attendance. All proceeds go to support Culinary Education through the ORA Foundation and through the ICA. The event is to honor people of distinction in the Omaha community for their contributions to the Hospitality industry. In attendance were Katie O’Connor, president of the ORA, Jack Kawa,President of the ORAF, Steve Oltmans, representing the Mayor’s office, and David HO, VP of Academic Affairs at MCC.

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Doin’JustFine cystic fibrosis fdtn nebraska’s Finest The Nebraska Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, in coordination with the Nebraska Regional Cystic Fibrosis Care Center at UNMC, hosted Nebraska’s Finest, a unique dinner and dance featuring over 350 guests, on October 14 at Omaha’s historic TipTop Ballroom.

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Those honored included CF Patients Autumn Zgambo, Sarah Pinkleman, Jill Fliege & Toni Blazek from Nebraska’s Regional Cystic Fibrosis Care Center at UNMC and Kevin O’Malley of Travel & Transport, long time volunteer for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. CF Parents Erica & Aaron spoke about their son’s challenges with CF and thanked all those that have been a part of the fight against CF. The entire room gave them a standing ovation and paid tribute to the couple after they shared their heartfelt story about their love for 4-year-old Sam. Keynote speaker was Steve Warren, former Husker and Green Bay Packer as well as founder of D.R.E.A.M and Warren Academy.

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KEN AND BEVERLEY POHLMAN HEROES AWARD WINNERS

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More than $200,000 for scholarships was raised at the annual Ak-Sar-Ben 4-H Stock Show’s Buyers Club Purple Ribbon Auction on September 25. The auction featured 38 champion 4-H youth exhibitors and their award winning livestock projects being auctioned in the form of college scholarship dollars. Over 1,000 exhibitors from the region showcased their livestock projects, competing throughout the weekend against their peers for a spot in the auction. For many it was the ultimate reward for a year’s hard work, raising and caring for their animal. During the event, Mr. Ken Pohlan of Omaha was regonized for his dedication to the cause with the 2011 Hero’s Award. Mr Pohlman has been a longtime supporter of the Purple Ribbon Auction and Ak-Sar-Ben 4-H Stock Show, which celebrates the region’s hertiage and educates families and youth. To learn more visit www.rivercityrodeo.com.

KEN BIRD, DEL TOEBBEN AND ANNIE BIRD

2011 GRAND MARSHALS DOUG AND LORETTA PATTERSON

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FortheChildren nchs HOMegrOWn HomeGrown returned for its fifth year on Friday, October 14, 2011 at the Nomad Lounge. Organized by Nebraska Children’s Home Society Young Professionals board, B.R.A.N.C.H., HomeGrown was a casual, fun evening featuring a charming photographic exhibit of children served through Nebraska Children’s Home Society. This year the photos were the work of photographer Stacey Kinney, Friedland Studio, Inc. The event was chaired by B.R.A.N.C.H. Board President Beth Benton. The event raised more than $15,000, and 335 people attended. Photos by ariel Fried

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the literacy center aDult sPelling bee A frolic through the dictionary gave the community a fun way to get involved in helping adults learn to read. The third annual Adult Spelling Bee, held October 14 at the Scott Conference Center, raised more than $20,000 for the Literacy Center. The audience of 130 included closet bibliophiles and philomaths, who took part in an audience spelling quiz. Honorary chairs for the Spelling Bee were Terry and Jackie Kroeger. Event Chairs were Leilani and Dan Harbeck. Learn more at www.midlandslitearcy.org

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Nearly 900 people attended the Women’s Fund of Omaha’s 11th annual fall luncheon Oct. 27th at the Ramada Plaza Hotel. Guest speaker Carla Harris, managing director at Morgan Stanley Investment Management and author of the book “Expect to Win,” provided advice on how to thrive in the workplace. Honorary co-chairs were Kathy Mallatt, plan president for UnitedHealthcare Community and State, Share Advantage, and Connie Ryan, president of Streck Inc. Luncheon cochairs were Renee Black and Susan Schnase. Grants totaling $133,000 were presented to nonprofit agencies for their work on behalf of Omaha-area women and girls. Learn more at www.omahawomensfund.org.

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localHeroes kvc health systems 41st HerO aWarD KVC Health Systems, at its annual meeting, recently presented its 41st Hero Award to brothers Robert and Will Scott of the Lincoln-based Kinder Porter Scott Foundation. The Scott brothers were recognized for their dedication to KVC Behavioral HealthCare Nebraska and its mission of enriching and enhancing the lives of Nebraska children and families in the local area. Last year, as KVC celebrated its 40th anniversary, it recognized 40 heroes who, through their unwavering support, had made a profound impact on the organization throughout the past four decades. The annual meeting is a chance to gather KVC staff members, stakeholders and those special heroes to celebrate the successes that they have inspired in the past year. Among those heroes were Robert and Will Scott, who made the nearly fivehour drive to Kansas City to receive the award. The Kinder Porter Scott Foundation has been a leader in supporting KVC Nebraska’s efforts with the Families Matter initiative and has become a valued community partner. “The Scott brothers helped pave the way for KVC in Nebraska,” KVC Nebraska President Sandra Gasca-Gonzalez said. “As KVC entered Lincoln, Will and Robert were very accommodating and served as our ambassadors, introducing us to many community professionals and legislators in the area. KVC’s 41st Hero Award was our way to show our gratitude for the Scott brothers’ selfless efforts to keep KVC ingrained in Nebraska communities and to thank them for their ongoing support of KVC’s work with the Family Matters initiative.” KVC Behavioral HealthCare, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit organization established in Nebraska in 2009. KVC Nebraska is a subsidiary of KVC Health Systems, Inc, which provides medical and behavioral healthcare, social services and education to children and families. KVC Health Systems also provides services in Kansas, West Virginia, Missouri and Kentucky. KVC Nebraska is one of the lead agencies in Nebraska’s Families Matter initiative and serves children and families in crisis in 19 southeast and eastern counties.

The Scott brothers helped pave the way for KVC in Nebraska. ~ Sandra Gasca-Gonzalez KVC NEBRASKA PRESIDENT

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ROBERT SCOTT AND WILL SCOTT WITH B. WAYNE SIMS, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF KVC HEALTH SYSTEMS

Learn more about KVC by visiting www.kvc.org.

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February 18

HOLIDAZZLE Benefiting the Nebraska Children’s Home Society Enjoy exhibitors and live presentations, including a Younkers Fashion Show featuring local celebrities. DC Centre – Omaha – 6:00 P.M. Visit www.nchs.org.

THE CARNIVAL OF LOVE Benefiting Heartland Family Service This event is hosted by Heartland Family Service Friends Embassy Suites – La Vista – 6:00 P.M. Visit www.HeartlandFamilyService.org.

December 3

ART & SOUP Benefiting the Visiting Nurse Association Art & Soup celebrates its 15th anniversary with soups, original artwork, silent auction items and entertainment. Embassy Suites – La Vista – 2:00 P.M. Visit www.thevnacares.org.

NIGHT OF A THOUSAND STARS A benefit for the Nebraska AIDS Project This gala includes entertainment by Dueling Duos, a piano show, and a silent art auction. Magnolia Hotel – Omaha – 8:00 P.M. Visit www.nap.org.

December 18 A NIGHT AT THE SYMPHONY A benefit for The Dobleman Head and Neck Cancer Institute The event begins with a pre-concert reception and is followed by “Christmas with the Symphony” performed by the talented Omaha Symphony Orchestra. Holland Performing Arts Center – Omaha – 5:30 P.M. Call 402-393-7050.

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December 27 DEBUTANTE BALL Benefitting the Omaha Symphony Join the Omaha Symphony Guild in honoring the debutantes, stags and their families of 2011. Embassy Suites – La Vista – 5:00 P.M. Call 402-342-3560.

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January 7 30TH ANNUAL REFLECTION BALL Hosted by Midlands Community Foundation Proceeds from this year’s Ball will benefit Mosaic, an organization serving people with intellectual disabilities. Embassy Suites – La Vista – 6:00 P.M. Visit www.midlandscommunity.org.

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March 2-4 20TH ANNUAL AMERICAN GIRL FASHION SHOWS Benefiting Junior League of Omaha This event features historically inspired clothing and matching dolls from the American Girl clothing collection, American Girl of Today and the American Girl Bitty Baby collections. Happy Hollow Country Club – Omaha Visit www.juniorleagueomaha.org.

March 7 SPEAKING OF CHILDREN Benefiting Project Harmony The day includes training sessions for professionals, and features speaker, Sugar Ray Leonard, Olympic medalist. CenturyLink Center – Omaha Visit www.projectharmony.com.

April 4 ICAN WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE Hosted by the Institute for Career Advancement Needs This 19th annual ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference, A Global Conversation, will feature keynote speaker Arianna Huffington.

April 21 UNO WOMEN’S WALK / 5K RUN Benefitting UNO Women’s Athletics UNO Sapp Fieldhouse – Omaha – 8:00 A.M. Visit http://omavs.com/womenswalk.


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metroMAGAZINE's December 2011 Issue  

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metroMAGAZINE's December 2011 Issue  

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