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film streams is coming off its fourth and most successful year yet, capped by the record-breaking, exclusive run of ALEXANDER PAYNE'S THE DESCENDANTS. With the art cinema riding high, it's easy overlooking the determination founder-director RACHEL JACOBSON, 33, showed in turning her dream into reality.

film buff in the making The success has made her a respected leader among the young creatives and professionals set that's helping transform Omaha's once amorphous culture into an identifiably cool scene. The Omaha Central High graduate left here to attend the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign and to get her professional start but her plan always included coming back to her hometown. When she returned in 2005 the then-20something set about selling philanthropists on the idea of a film center in the barrens of North Downtown. Most embraced her vision. Some expressed reservations. But anyone who dealt with her soon fell under the sway of her informed passion to support the project. Before coming back to pursue her dream, she laid the groundwork for it back East. She immersed herself in an intensive arts administration course at New York University and made a study of art cinemas, all to formulate the nonprofit public film model Film Streams follows. She strategically worked at a SOHO art gallery, MIRAMAX FILMS and WNYC public radio to learn lessons for making her Omaha cinematheque sustainable.

"It was sort of grad school without having to pay for it," she says. She never intended going to New York City. Chicago was her choice out of college. But once there, she says, "I just fell in love with the city." She often describes an epiphany she had in college as the defining moment when she abandoned law school plans to pursue being a film curator-exhibitor. Her cinephile leanings began long before that, as a girl, when she accompanied her parents to see movies at the INDIAN HILLS THEATRE. "It was such a beautiful theater. It felt like this grand experience," she says. THE DUNDEE THEATRE and thenAMC WESTROADS 8 became frequent haunts. As a college English and political science major she fell ever more under cinema's spell via film studies courses and art movie house screenings.

a public film theater model Her film education continued in New York, where she devised the core principals behind her Omaha cinema. True to her vision she's made it "a mission-based" showcase for film as art. With support from memberships, grants, donations and other contributed revenue almost equal to box officeconcession revenue, she’s freed Film Streams from commercial pressure and compromise. "A big part of why I wanted to work in film is I wanted to figure out ways to get beyond the fact that film is seen as a product. You need to have a way to fight against that commodity perspective," she says. Serving on a NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS grants panel helped Film Streams win NEA and ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES funding.

Not having to turn a profit or pack the house means Jacobson can schedule the kind of limited appeal movies cineplexes rarely play: firstrun American independent and foreign features, repertory classics, documentaries and shorts. Unlike mainstream theaters, Film Streams presents panel discussions, educational programs and extras, often in partnership with community organizations. She strives for a schedule reflecting world cinema. "An important part of our mission is to be a platform for those underheard voices," she says. Early 2012 season highlights reflect this diversity. There’s a 10-film repertory series of international masterworks on restored 35 millimeter prints. Partnership screenings-panels are scheduled around documentaries about urban planning, education, women's self-image and developmental disabilities. First-run narrative features include PARIAH and WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, both by women directors on tough subjects. Theres also the annual Oscar-winning shorts series. As for the remainder of the year, she's working on bringing prominent filmmakers and eying a possible film noir series. INGMAR BERGMAN may be the focus of the next GREAT DIRECTORS series. The biennial Cinemateca of Spanishlanguage films is slated for September. The 2012 gala promises a film-pop culture icon in August. Past guests of honor have been LAURA DERN, DEBRA WINGER and STEVEN SODERBERGH. Board member ALEXANDER PAYNE gives Film Streams pull in attracting major names.

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Just as Jacobson's cultivated a close relationship with Payne and other celebs, she’s nurtured a growing audience at Film Streams, where ticket sales climbed to 54,000 last year. Memberships have held steady at nearly 2,000. "I feel really great about where we are as far as audience. Hopefully it indicates more people are seeing the kinds of films we're showing than would have if we didn't exist. "The interesting thing about what we've become that I didn't imagine is that I feel like people perceive us as not just a place for cinephiles but also as a community space because of the discussions and the partnerships we do. I feel like that's what makes us distinctive because that helps us reach new, wider audiences that may not otherwise come. Those connections help us serve the entire community." She strikes a balance serving both hardcore film buffs and casual movie fans. Along the way, she hopes general audiences sample more challenging fare. Film Streams has also expanded its administrative staff and budget. "It's over a million dollars now," she says. "We've just kind of grown incrementally every year." She's perhaps most pleased by how Omaha has gotten behind Film Streams. There's a sense of ownership in it, and that's precisely what she wants. "We're all sort of stakeholders in it – Omaha, our members, the board."

The island that FILM STREAMS, SLOWDOWN and SADDLE CREEK RECORDS anchors is gaining a foothold in North Downtown along with CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY, TIP TOP, HOT SHOPS, THE MASTERCRAFT and TD AMERITRADE PARK. She sees development there as a mixed-bag but the entrepreneurial spirit and energy on display make her optimistic. She feels young creative class professionals like herself and her friends are more and more being heard. She likes the vibrant Omaha that emerged while she was away and that continues spinning off creative new ventures. She's a big advocate of Omaha's indie music scene. “There's something distinctive about what people are creating and there’s a strong community around it,” she says. Film Streams gives her a little slice of the BIG APPLE in Omaha, where her life and work revolve around art, beauty, creativity, rock music, friends, donors and social entrepreneurs. “This job is that,” she says. Best of all, she gets to share her film passion. “I love that experience so much. It’s a way to connect with people. It feels really great to show someone something they appreciate. Man, I love that.”

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three filmmakers frustrated by the metro's sparse independent cinema offerings took matters in their own hands to launch the OMAHA FILM FESTIVAL. As the March 7-11, 2012 event approached, the founders expressed satisfaction at having made it this far and growing the area's film culture.

FILLING A GAP It's expected OFF will screen as many as 90 films from dozens of countries at the Great Escape Cinema 16. All the movies will make their Nebraska premiere. In its short history the event's presented some 500 films from around the world and hosted award-winning filmmakers working in features, documentaries, shorts and animation. Upwards of 4,000 moviegoers attend each year.

MOVIE MAKER MAGAZINE named the OFF among the “top 25 film festivals worth the entry fee" – high praise for a still young event. "I knew it was something we could do and do great," says OFF director JEREMY DECKER, an Omaha native now based in Austin, Texas. The vital film scene Omaha enjoys today simply didn't exist before. When OFF began, Film Streams was still two years from opening. When it came to indie art films, documentaries and shorts, cineastes had few options to feed their fix. JASON LEVERING, executive director for OFF, says, "The things that Film Streams and the festival offer are things that just weren't readily available to the community before. Without those two entities I don't think Omaha would have an outlet for it." Omaha Film Festival’s Program director MARC LONGBRAKE says the festival filled "a gap" no one else

seemed willing or able to fill at the time. Decker says the prevailing thought behind the fest was, "Wouldn't it be great if people here could get the same experience people get in many other cities across the country?" Besides, he says, everyone he and his comrades talked to agreed "it would be good for the city and for film lovers and for people who want to learn the craft." A festival is often the only theatrical screening filmmakers get for their work. Decker says there's nothing like the thrill of seeing your baby on the big screen.

CRAFT As the organizers are both film buffs and filmmakers, they designed a festival that not only screens pictures but presents film artists in Q&As and panel discussions. Its annual conference devoted to craft has

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featured many notables, including Oscar-winners MIKE HILL (editor) and MAURO FIORE (cinematographer), screenwriter SHANE BLAKE, producer-writer-director DANIEL PETRIE Jr. and script guru LEW HUNTER. Producer-director DANA ALTMAN, whose midtown Image Arts Building is where the OFF offices and parties, has also been a panelist. Filmmaker NIK FACKLER, too. "The conference is a huge part of what we do and it's got to be a special event every year," says Levering. "So we do our best to fill those professional seats with people who really understand the business and who are exciting to hear." Putting established film pros in the same room with emerging or aspiring filmmakers sparks a certain creative synergy and fosters connections and collaborations. Establishing more of a film community or collective is just what Decker, Levering and Longbrake hungered for. They got a taste of it attending other festivals and decided to make it happen here, where filmmaking circles once isolated from each other have grown more inclusive.

"It’s a like-minded thing,” says Longbrake. “We all have this common thing centered around filmmaking. We all bring that passion. That was a big impetus to do this. We've seen people meet at our festival and then a screenwriting group springs out of that or you see five people who didn't know each other last year working on a film together this year. It's a point of pride for us to see that. "The quality of locally made films has gone up significantly. If we've had a small hand in that with our conference then were proud of that and glad."

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producer Howard Rosenman made here: He said, 'You cannot make it in this business unless you know somebody and right now you know me. So, if something happens and you find yourself in L.A., you now have an in.'" Longbrake says one such connection led to a Hollywood gig. "We had a young filmmaker here in town who met Dan Petrie Jr. at the festival. They talked, shared a beer at one of our parties, and within six months he was out in L.A. working on a project with Dan. We hear stories like that every year."

CONNECTIONS In an industry all about relationships, every advantage helps. It’s about who you know and networking to get a foot inside the door for a pitch or meet. "You get a chance to meet producers, directors, screenwriters. It's an opportunity and a handshake that could lead to future business. We're connecting those dots for the local film artists," says Longbrake. "I'm always struck by a statement

we all have this common “thing centered around filmmaking. we all bring that passion.”

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This exclusive, in-the-know aspect of a festival is “a huge part” of the appeal, says Longbrake. People naturally like attending premieres and being privy to behind-the-scenes tidbits, not to mention rubbing shoulders with film veterans. “Screenwriter TED GRIFFIN last year talked about Tower Heist. He railed on how horrible this film he wrote was going to be. We got to interact with him, ask him questions, and then when it came out nine months later we knew some insider stuff about this movie,” says Longbrake. “Three years ago we had Mauro Fiore talk about how this movie AVATAR he worked on was going to be awesome. He went on about JAMES CAMERON creating a whole world with blue people...and then of course Avatar came out and smashed all the records,” says Decker. Levering says, “I think one of the biggest highlights was when we had Shane Black come back last year for a second helping of the festival. Shane talked about an upcoming project, IRON MAN III, that’s highly anticipated, and he actually shared some insight he hadn't shared with anyone before. We got some notoriety because no one else had heard that yet. It was kind of a cool thing that he felt comfortable enough to tell the audience.”

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THE SUM OF ITS PARTS Guest appearances by select cast and crew from featured films are another festival tradition, along with opening and closing night parties. Indeed, there’s an official party every night. Pre-release and Oscar parties in February whet film buffs’ appetites for the March fest. Special preview screenings in the summer give the fest a year-round presence. It’s all part of adding cinema value and extending the OFF brand. “We’re trying to create more memorable moviegoing experiences than just going to TWILIGHT and going home and talking about it with your friends,” says Longbrake. Then there are those films whose profile subjects attend: the parents of teens lost in the IOWA BOY SCOUT tornado tragedy; MADONNA Rehabilitation patients who survived trauma; and a young woman abducted by North Korean agents and held in servitude before her release. The months-long process of screening entries finds organizers and judges discovering their personal favorites and championing them for selection. A festival finally emerges from all the politicking and debating. “You get excited about a particular film and you just want other people to see it,” says Longbrake, “and then months later there’s a crowd of people watching the film and having a shared experience." He says he and his co-directors go from theater to theater as movies play to gauge response. Nothing's better than the thumbs-up or nods or approval appreciative audiences give as they file out. To make all the moving parts work smoothly the OFF relies on volunteers. Sponsors help underwrite OFF and its prizes.

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can expect more than a few breakout sessions during the 2012 Young Professionals summit on Feb. 29 at CenturYlink Center omaha. The Summit’s focus will be maintaining important partnerships among participants through collaborative breakout sessions and community activities. Breakout sessions will cover topics on personal and professional development, leadership, community and civic responsibility, and inclusivity. In addition, there will be a nonprofit fair to raise awareness for local nonprofits and participants will have extensive networking opportunities. The 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Summit features an opening general session with Joe gerstandt and Jason lauritsen of talent anarChY. BruCe mau, a world–leading visionary, innovator, designer and author is the lunch keynote speaker. Mau is the co–founder of massive Change network, an organization committed to developing purposeful projects in education, health, leadership and security. He is also the founder of the institute without Boundaries – an innovative, studio–based postgraduate program in collaboration with george Brown College, toronto. Mau partnered with his students to write the bestselling book“massive Change.” Following the lunch are community activities, breakout sessions and a closing general session with Peter kageYama, author of “for the love of Cities.” The 4:30 p.m. after party will be hosted at dJ’s dugout, at 1003 Capitol Ave. The after party is free of charge for Summit attendees with a hand stamp. The cost will be $5 for those without the hand stamp, and appetizer and drink specials will be available. Attendance to the entire Summit is $125 per person, or attendance for the lunch only, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., is $75 per person. Tickets can be purchased online at Omahayp.org/ypSummit through Feb. 22. The Summit is presented by the greater omaha Young Professionals, a program of the greater omaha ChamBer. The Summit’s featured sponsors are hdr, inC. and td ameritrade. Creighton universitY College of Business is a program partner of the Greater Omaha Young Professionals. To learn more about the Summit, visit Omahayp.org/ypSummit. the mission of greater omaha Young Professionals is to serve as a catalyst organization to retain and attract young professionals to the Greater Omaha area through engagement, opportunity and advocacy.

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World-leading visionary, innovator, designer, and author, Bruce Mau is committed to creative, healthy, ecological and economic abundance. Informed by 25 years of studio experience in design innovation and collaboration with some of the world’s leading artists, institutions and businesses, Bruce Mau has made a simple commitment to connect his life and work to education and human development. Motivated by the certainty that the future demands a new breed of designer, Bruce Mau founded the Institute without Boundaries – an innovative, studio-based postgraduate and his students created the groundbreaking exhibition and best-selling book, “Massive Change” – a project that declared, “Massive Change is not about the world of design; it’s about the design of the world.” Bruce Mau’s most recent book, “The Third Teacher” which he and his studio co-authored with OWP/P Architects and VS Furniture, presents a compendium of ways that design can transform teaching and learning for students, families and teachers to thrive in tomorrow’s world. Mau is an author and designer of award-winning books, including “LifeStyle”, “S,M,L,XL” in collaboration with Rem Koolhaas, and the iconic and celebrated “ZONE BOOKS” series. Translated into several languages, Mau’s “Incomplete Manifesto for Growth” has been an inspiration with his aphoristic articulation of his personal philosophy and design strategies for unleashing creativity. Mau seeks to prove that the power of design is boundless, and has the capacity to bring positive change on a global scale. "A new world is evolving. It is driven by purpose and committed to sustainable human development. The new world inspires and demands a new approach. Our future is no longer about selling more stuff to more people – it’s 16

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Originally from Akron, Ohio, he went to The Ohio State University and got a BA in Political Science, though he spent more time in the Dance Department. Played bass guitar in a decent alt rock band with his future business partner Ken Walker. Attended law school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and practiced law for two years. Didn’t take and now refers to himself as “a recovering attorney.” Started a web development firm with former bandmate (see above) Ken Walker. Cyberscapes Interactive was one of the earliest web dev firms in the Southeast, started in 1995. Didn’t get rich but learned an awful lot about business. Peter met Richard Florida in 2003 which changed his career path. Projects with the Creativity Group included producing the audio book version of The Rise of the Creative Class as well as an accompanying DVD and audio CD. The audiobook was a brilliant collaboration that saw guest readers, each taking a chapter of the book. Contributors included then Mayor of Baltimore (now Governor of Maryland) Martin O’Malley, syndicated radio host Carol Coletta, former Mayor of Austin Kirk Watson and Tina Weymouth, bass player of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees the Talking Heads. And Peter even got to read a chapter as well. In 2004 Peter and Michelle Bauer produced the first Creative Cities Summit in St. Petersburg, Florida. It was there the Peter first met Charles Landry with whom a long association would begin, including producing and directing the documentary film Charles Landry and the Art of City Making (2009). Peter has travelled the world learning and speaking about issues of local community development, talent attraction and retention and creative industries development. Highlights include Australia, England, Ireland, Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Trinidad and a very special trip to Rwanda to speak at a UN conference on creative industries. From 2006-2008, Peter was one of the developers and producers of the Sarasota International Design Summit, presented by the Ringling College of Art and Design. Peter served as mc and host of the event. In 2008 Peter developed and produced the Creative Cities Summit 2.0 with the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). The conference was held in Detroit and despite being in the midst of a once in a generation economic crisis, the conference drew over 800 attendees and speakers from all over the world. Peter also was the host of the event. Peter became a certified Innovation Coach in 2009 as part of a project with CIDA International. The project, funded by the EU will have the coaches providing training all over the world and sharing best practice development for how to develop innovation processes inside organizations. In 2010 he produced the third Creative Cities Summit in Lexington, Kentucky. Great experience and he met an amazing group of people there who are reinventing that city. For the Love of Cities is his first book but he already has an idea for the next one! continued

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What city were you born in? Arvada, Colorado How long have you lived in Omaha? 23 years What do you love about the Omaha metro area? Making new friends and discovering new places. I continue to make new friends as we welcome new people to our community. It’s exciting to live in a place where people are gravitating to while excited about the opportunities the community provides. There are still parts of the metro area I haven’t yet explored and experienced. That’s all wrapped up in people loving our community and continuing to reinvest. If you could change one thing about the metro area what would it be? I would have made some changes to the way Omaha developed years ago so we didn’t have as much sprawl and our city was more centrally-located. Since we don’t have a magic wand to change this, looking to the future it’s important that we focus on keeping existing neighborhoods and business districts vibrant and populated. What do you think is unique about the Omaha metro YP community? The community has identified areas in which Omaha can improve so that it is more competitive and YPs advocate for improvement in those areas. We are not just a social organization. We are working to change some major aspects about Omaha. Those include advocating for public transportation options, mixed-use developments, a vibrant and supported arts & culture scene, an engaged public and an inclusive community that is welcoming to everyone. How does the YP Summit help to strengthen that community? The Young Professionals Summit helps individuals understand the potential that exists and the resources available to us. Past attendees have walked away feeling part of the community because we helped them connect professionally and personally with others that share similar passions. What advice would you give YP’s who are looking to get more involved? Do some research. There are endless opportunities out there if someone is willing to look for them. A person needs to come to terms with what they are interested in getting involved with and why, then assess what opportunities are the best fit. Rightfully so, everyone has different motivations and talents to give and so it’s really important individuals come to terms with those two aspects before getting involved.

q&a • katrina olsen MARKETING SPECIALIST Allied Oil & Tire Company Event Chairman for the YP Summit

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What city were you born in? Omaha How long have you lived in Omaha? 32 years What do you love about the Omaha metro area? The people . I never cease to be inspired. Plus there is always something to do! If you could change one thing about the metro area what would it be? Improved city planning through denser urban living, including the redevelopment and beautification of Midtown business districts. What do you think is unique about the Omaha metro YP community? The Omaha YP community is not just focused on networking. It's become a movement focused on cultivating engagement to help launch initiatives that will make Omaha a vibrant, thriving city for years to come. How does the YP Summit help to strengthen that community? It provides a platform to inspire and educate attendees on how to develop personally and professionally, which inevitably helps strengthen our workforce and community. This year's YP Summit will provide the opportunity to get involved with area non-profits and community improvement projects. What advice would you give YP’s who are looking to get more involved? I would first suggest determining what it is you are passionate about. If you want to work with kids, consider mentoring; if you want to be involved with enhancing inclusion or community development/public transportation, attend a GOYP (Greater Omaha Young Professionals) subcommittee meeting. There’s no shortage of organizations to get involved with in Omaha - some of which will be represented at this year's Summit. I suggest checking out ready2serveomaha.org, (*or SpiritofOmaha.com) sites which connects volunteers & non profits.


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For more information contact: Lisa Thomsen, Associate Director of Development at 402.905.3347 lthomsen@bbbsomaha.org

For more information contact: Monica Mora-Handlos, Volunteer Services Coordinator at 402.884.6641 MMoraHandlos.oma@littlebrothers.org

completely kids

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www.omahastreetschool.com

For more information contact: Ann Lawless, Community Outreach Manager at 402.397.5809 alawless@completelykids.org

For more information contact: Tami Saunders, Director of Donor Relations at 402.451.5234 x 162 tsaunders@omahastreetschool.com

heart ministry

project harmony

www.heartministrycenter.org

www.projectharmony.com

For more information contact: John Levy 402.451.2321 x 101 john@heartministrycenter.org

For more information contact: Amy Chisholm, Development Director at 402.595.1326 achisholm@projectharmony.com

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www.projectinterfaith.org

For more information contact: Jodi Teal, HETRA Development Director 402.359.8830 jodi@hetra.org

For more information contact: Sierra Pirigyi, Program Coordinator at 402.933.4647 • sierra@projectinterfaith.org Tom Laird, Director of Development and Communications • tom@projectinterfaith.org

ronald mcdonald house charities in omaha

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www.hobynebraska.org and www.hoby.org

For more information contact: Mike Bird at 402.346.9377 mbird@rmhcomaha.org

For more information contact: Bo Gebbie, President, HOBY Nebraska: president@hobynebraska.org Melissa Glenn, Leadership Seminar Chair: seminar@hobynebraska.org

stephen center

inCommon

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For more information contact: Cindy Oelke, Development Director at 402.715.5476 cindy.oelke@stephencenter.org. Holly Kaffenberger, Volunteer Coordinator at 402.715.5445 holly.kaffenberger@stephencenter.org.

For more information contact: Travis Lavender at 402.933.6672 • travis@inCOMMONcd.org

kidscan www.kidscanomaha.org

ted e. bear hollow

For more information contact: Terri Lewis, 402.731.6988 • tlewis@kidscanomaha.org Robert Patterson, 402.731.6988 • rpaterson@kidscanomaha.org

www.tedebearhollow.org For more information contact: Andrew S. Dungan, MA, Development Coordinator at 402.502.2773 adungan@tedebearhollow.org

lutheran family services of nebraska http://www.lfsneb.org/

welCom – wellness council of the midlands

For more information contact: info@lfsneb.org

www.wellnesscouncil.org/ For more information contact: http://www.wellnesscouncil.org/MemberInformation/joinToday.aspx

literacy center For more information contact: Pierre Sagitteh, Program Director at 402.342.7323 psagitteh@midlandsliteracy.org

joslyn art museum – young art patrons www.joslyn.org/support/join-renew/young-art-patrons/ For more information contact: http://www.joslyn.org/shop/Join-or-Renew-Your-Membership-P69.aspx

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Bone Jour Dog Daycare

Your One Stop for Dog Care Omaha’s original Dog Daycare offers day play, overnight boarding and grooming too! Are you planning a fun weekend getaway? Fido can have his own fun at Bone Jour. We offer supervised play during the day, the same watchful staff overnight, and we can professionally groom your pooch too. Our staff has experience you can trust, and the best dog-to-handler ratio in the metro! Call 571-2273 or log on to www.Bonejour.org.

2012 Summer Camp Sign-up is Underway

Brian Paul and Brandi Petersen with son Easton and Mack Photo by Cathy Beeler

Brandi Petersen and Brian Paul

If your child or grandchild loves animals, don’t let them miss Camp Kindness. Children get a behind-the-scenes look at shelter life, plus visits from all sorts of furry, finned and feathered friends. Last year our campers fostered sheep from Love-a-lamb, and learned why birds of prey and wildlife don’t make good pets. Visitors included dog trainers whose agility, carting, and herding dogs strutted their stuff. The kids picked kennel buddies, bathed puppies and even watched cat agility! Our day camps run June and July in week long, half day, sessions. For more information and easy online signup go to www.nehumanesociety.org/campkindness.

There was something about the happy young Rottie mix that resonated with Brian Paul and Brandi Petersen. “From the minute I saw him, I knew he would be caring and fun loving,” says Brian. Mack became a part of Brian and Brandi’s growing family in November of 2006 and they’ve enjoyed him ever since. “He’s just a big bundle of love—an 80-pound bundle of love,” says Brandi. “All he wants is affection, and he’s always willing to give that in return.” Mack was the first ‘child’ and has been with Brian and Brandi through a wedding, several moves, and the birth of their son, Easton. “He’s transitioned very well,” said Brandi. “Just give him a bone and a few belly rubs, and he’s a happy guy.” With a baby in the house, the couple has worked with Nebraska Humane Society experts and made some conscious adjustments to make sure Mack still gets his one-on-one time and doesn’t feel overlooked. “No matter how hectic our lives are, when we get home, Mack always greets us with a warm, caring pant,” says Brian. “He gives our family unconditional love and joy every day.” Talk about a perfect match!

For more information go to “Programs and Events” on the NHS Website at www.nehumanesociety.org, or call 444-7800 ext. 273.

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OMAHA SYMPHONY ASSOCIATION GUILD DEBUTANTE BALL

MIDLANDS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION 30TH ANNUAL REFLECTION BALL

THE DOBLEMAN INSTITUTE A NIGHT AT THE SYMPHONY

WOMEN’S CENTER FOR ADVANCEMENT TGIF!

THE DURHAM MUSEUM SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY

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NEBRASKA AIDS PROJECT NIGHT OF A THOUSAND STARS

NEBRASKA CHILDREN’S HOME SOCIETY HOLIDAZZLE 2011


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MARK, ASHLEY, ABIGAIL AND JANE HASEBROOCK

PAIGE ALLEN, STUART HAEFFNER, JAKOB HAEFFNER, JORDAN HAEFFNER AND MARIE YANIKE

BRETT THOMSEN, RICK BETTGER AND RON TEKIPPE

formalDebut omaha symphony association guild Debutante ball The Debutante Ball benefits the Omaha Symphony Association Guild and its education programs. The event was held on December 27. 64 debutantes and 49 stags were presented at the 46th annual ball.

HALEY MENDLIK, KELSEY TEKIPPE AND TAYLOR THOMSEN

The college freshmen made their social debut to more than 900 family members, friends, and symphony supporters. A check for $130,000 was MAHA presented by Karen German, event chairman to James Johnson, president and CEO of the Omaha Symphony Association , and Beth Pusic President of the Omaha Symphony Guild.

ANNE SUNDELL, CAROLINE ILIFF, ALI SLOSBURG AND CHLOE HEYMAN

Tom Kerr was the evening's master of ceremonies. Sheila Nelson was the evening's choreographer. Andrea Ramsey of Andrea's Designs was the event florist/designer. Music was provided by Robert Glaser and the Sing, Sing, Swing Orchestra.

SANDRA DAVIDSON, KIM BANAT, KAREN GERMAN, DENISE FITZGERALD AND STACEY FALK

The Omaha Symphony Guild is a not-for-profit organization of volunteers, dedicated to promoting the growth and development of the Omaha Symphony Orchestra for the pleasure and education of residents of the Greater Omaha Community and the states of Nebraska and Iowa.

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DANIEL WILSON, ROBERT SUNDELL, JIM VANHAUER AND PAUL GNABASIK

DEBUTANTES BEFORE BALL 24

STEVE AND CHLOE NABITY WITH LISA AND MIKE HANSEN

AFTON, GAIL AND JARED ROBERTSON

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JACKIE BORYCA, CATHIE & JOHN FULLENKAMP, LISA & JEFF STROHMYER, KARLA RUPIPER AND TONEE GAY

PHIL KNICKY, PRISCILLA & BILL PHILLIPS WITH CHRIS & MARK ROTHERMUND

LOWELL FERGUSON AND KATIE HUSMAN WITH JANELLE AND BRAD ECKHOFF

good reflection midlands community foundation 30th annual reflection ball

EMCEES ROB MCCARTNEY AND BRANDI PETERSEN

More than $130,000 was raised at the Midlands Community Foundation’s 30th Annual Reflection Ball, held on January 7 at the Embassy Suites in LaVista. More than 450 guests attended the gala. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Mosaic, a nonprofit organization serving people with intellectual disabilities, providing opportunities for them to MAHA enjoy a full life.

LISA AND JEFF STROHMYER ACCEPTING REFLECTION AWARD

At the event, the Reflection Award was presented to Dr. Jeffry and Lisa Strohmyer for their commitment to our community and their countless hours of volunteer service, particularly in the areas of health care and education. Heading the event were Honorary Chairs John and Cathie Fullenkamp; Chair Jackie Boryca; and Co-Chair Kyle Black. The mission of Midlands Community Foundation is to benefit the diverse needs of the Sarpy and Cass County communities by providing financial support, involvement and service.

SHAWNA ANDERSON WITH DAN AND SUZAN SANGSTER

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STATE SENATOR JIM SMITH, ATTORNEY GENERAL JON BRUNING WITH PAPILLION MAYOR DAVID BLACK

Thank You! Midlands Community Foundation 30th Annual Reflection Ball Sponsors DIAMOND SPONSORS CORPORATE SPONSORS Pinnacle Bank ‹ SAC Federal Credit Union American Family Insurance (Ken Summerfield) ‹ GOLD SPONSOR Baird Holm LLP ‹ Bank of Nebraska ‹ Alegent Health Midlands Hospital & Midlands Medical Staff Black Hills Energy ‹ Great Western Bank ‹ Husch Blackwell ‹ Metropolitan Utilities District SILVER SPONSORS Bellevue University ‹ Cline Williams Wright Johnson & ‹ Mutual of Omaha Bank ‹ Nebraska Wine Oldfather LLC ‹ Koley Jessen P.C., L.L.O. ‹ & Spirits ‹ Norm’s Door Service ‹ Lakeside Orthopedics ‹ Rick Iske Insurance, Inc. ‹ Offutt Collision Repair ‹ Omaha Public Power Roloff Construction Co., Inc. ‹ Securties America District ‹Papillion Flower Patch ‹ Papillion Community ‹ SCHRIER Wells Fargo WINE PONSOR DAVINAFoundation LEEZA AND SCOTT STATE SENATOR JIM SMITH WITHSHIS WIFE RUTH GARY MICHELS, JAY BARNES, American Family Insurance (Dan Grzywa, Terri Scholting, Ken Summerfield) ‹ Werner Enterprises ‹ Yahoo!

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JIM AND MARY CZYZ, DR. TOM DOBLEMAN WITH MAGGIE AND JIM TIMMERMAN

LARRY AND KATHY COURTNAGE, VICKI COURTNAGE, TIFFANI WOLF, MARK AND DAWN WOLF AND CRAIG WOLF

KEITH AND STEPHANIE BASHAM, MIKE AND LESLIE PETERSON WITH CURT AND MOLLY WITZENBURG

symphony ofgiving the dobleman head and neck cancer institute a night at the syMPhony Approximately 150 supporters of Head and Neck Cancer joined the Dobleman Institute Board of Directors at a preconcert cocktail reception at the Holland Performing Arts Center on Sunday, December 18.

RANDI SCOTT AND BRETT LINDSTROM

With Christmas music played by the youth orchestra and the downtown lights surrounding; MAHA guests mingled and enjoyed signature antipasto dishes, baked appetizers and assorted holiday desserts, catered by Guckenheimer. Dr. Thomas Dobleman, Founder and Director of the Dobleman Head and Neck Cancer Institute, talked about the diligent work of his cancer team and new programs that have developed. He was joined by a head and neck cancer survivor sharing his story. Dave Webber, a long time supporter of the Institute was a greeter at the reception.

LINDA AND STEVE HAMILTON WITH MARY JO LANGDON

The Dobleman Head and Neck Cancer Institute is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and benign tumors of all kinds that affect the head, skin, skull-base, mouth, throat, and larynx.

LINDSEY SANTO AND SCOTT SHARP

KATHY AND JIM SIMPSON, JACQUELINE AND MATTHEW ROGERS WITH ANNE, MIKE AND JULIA FISCHER

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GRACE GREENWOOD

REV. FATHER SASA PETROVIC AND HIS WIFE MARIJA

JOHN WORSHAM AND MARK NELSON

GRISANT'S OWNER, DEMETRIS KOTSALIS & SHELTERING TREE FOUNDER, SHIRLEY MCNALLY

shelter fromthe storm sheltering tree funDraising Dinner On October 25, a fundraising dinner was held at Grisanti's Italian Restaurant, offering a chance to mingle, look at the architectural concept designs by phDesign llc, interior design boards by Dawn's Designs and a video highlighting Sheltering Tree's progress and past events by The Silver Screen. Dinner at 6:30 pm featured strolling musicians, black linen table cloths, festive fall decor and candle light. Among the 115 attending the event, were the future residents of the Sheltering Tree 11 unit residential community. The energy was high as attendees learned about the residential community to be located in Bellevue, and about creating a bright future for young adults with developmental disabilities. Approximately $5,200 was raised.

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DUELING DUO

BOB BUCKLEW “PHOEBEE”, SHAYLA SLATE, AND MADELINE FEINSTEIN

DR. CHRISTOPHER FISHER, DAN GARTIN, DEBBIE CABRAL AND TONY TYRRELL

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Musical Monsters? omaha symphony guild Music & MasterPieces Monster MasqueraDe

JAMES JOHNSON WITH WIFE JENNIFER KATZ

EVENT CHAIRS STEPHANIE HOREIS, MARI RENSCH AND MARI PAT PAUL

The Omaha Symphony Guild presented the 2011 “Music & Masterpieces MONSTER MASQUERADE at the MANSION” on Friday, Oct. 28. The annual event, with a changing theme, was held at Joslyn Castle. This year, the guild hosted an adult costume party. The event was catered by Celestial Cuisine, which was served in the spookily decorated Joslyn dining room. On the second floor, mystical entertainment was provided by Andrea Zardetto-Smith, palm reader and Clarinda, tarot card reader. The event was a sell out and $10,000 was raised which will benefit Omaha Symphony educational programs for area youth. Chairmen for the event were Mary Pat and Scott Paul, Mari and Jeff Rensch, and Stephanie Horeis and Rod Anderson. Beth Pusic is president of the Omaha Symphony Guild. Learn more at omahasymphonyguild.org.

OMAHA SYMPHONY GUILD PRESIDENT BETH PUSIC WITH MOLLY SEARL

JASON AMES, CINDY HUFF AND SUZANNE SHEHAN

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life’sJourneys the durham museum sentiMental Journey The Durham Museum welcomed over 300 supporters on November 18 to Sentimental Journey. The theme of this year’s celebration was It’s a Wonderful Life with festivities paying homage to the holidays and Union Station’s 80th Birthday. Learn more at www.DurhamMuseum.org Photos by Dan flanigan

ANNE MARIE KENNY, DAVID SCOTT, MARY MITCHELL, MARY JOCHIM AND RICK CAREY

BRETT AND LEIGH LINDSTROM, NICK NEMER AND KARI SCARBOROUGH WITH MICHAYLA AND PHILIP LEE

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blinginthe newyear nebraska children’s home society holiDazzle 2011 Over 150 guests came out in holiday spirit to raise $14,000 for Nebraska Children’s Home Society. The event featured a Younkers Fashion Show.

DARLENE MUELLER, LESLIE MUELLER, KAREN AUTHIER AND TAMRA JOHNSTON

BETTY WILSON, LINDA DUBS WITH KATHY AND BLAKE COLLINGSWORTH

MELISSA HOEMAN, MELISSA FRY AND ANN MCINTIRE

Photos courtesy of nebraska children’s home society

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huskerPower junior league of omaha 2nD annual big reD block Party Photos by Dan flanigan

BRAD AND J’LAINE MINDEN

LIBBY STILES, MARIA MINDERMAN, LESLIE MAYO AND JEN ZATECHKA

ROB AND JULIE HOCKNEY

MARY AND HAL DAUB WITH CAROL WANG

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Save the date as we honor

More than 150 guests partied the night away eighties-style at the Box Office Bash hosted by The PRESENTERS on November 4 at the Holland Performing Arts Center in support of Omaha Performing Arts. The benefit was themed around Broadway’s hit touring production ROCK OF AGES.

Fred and Eve Simon

For more information on Omaha Performing Arts visit www.OmahaPerformingArts.org.

Monday, April 23, 2012 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Happy Hollow Club Omaha, NE

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EVENT CHAIRS JOHN AND VICTORIA HALGREN, HONORARY CHAIRS DAVID AND LORI SCOTT WITH EVENT CHAIRS JESSICA AND KRIS COVI

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JENN RUDD

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DAWN BENTON AND SHELLEY MARANVEILLE

EMCEE MARY NELSON

Prevention Power pride omaha PoWer of Prevention luncheon Photos by Dan flanigan

VALLEY MAYOR MARY CAFFEY AND VALLEY POLICE CHIEF BRETT SMITH

MAYOR JIM SUTTLE, PAULETTE AND GUEST SPEAKER HENRY LOZANO, FIRST LADY OF NEBRASKA SALLY GANEM AND EMCEE CRAIG NEGRELLI

SUSAN WHIPPLE, KAREEN HICKMAN AND RICK LENARDUZZI

KIM WIELAND, RICK HELMS, CLINTON SCHLEINING AND MIKE LOSEE

SARPY COUNTY ATTORNEY LEE POLIKOV WITH OMAHA CHIEF OF POLICE ALEX HAYES

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CARLI COMINOLI AND SARAH SHARKA

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HONORARY CHAIRPERSONS DOUG AND MICHELE GREWCOCK

Happy Hollow Club was the setting for the October 14 fundraiser entitled “Operation Mask-Querade” presented by the Methodist Volunteers In Partnership (V.I.P.). This event raised approximately $120,000 for the Methodist Hospital Operating Room Expansion and Renovation Project.

CYNDY PEACOCK, BEV KARRER, AND DR. BILL SHIFFERMILLER

With a theme of “dinner, dance, and disguise”, all guests were encouraged to “wear black and don a mask”. Patrons arrived at 6 pm for a special Patron Party at which they could have their faces artfully painted by Patti Clemts. At 7 pm the “Mask-querade” officially began and guests enjoyed a silent auction and learning about the operating room project through a “Room for Your Generosity” fundraising opportunity (guests could purchase equipment for the operating rooms). Dinner was at 8 pm and dancing to the music of ShurThing followed. The Methodist Volunteers In Partnership (VIP) was organized in 1949 for the purpose of providing volunteer support to all members of the health care team at Methodist Hospital.

LISA AND DR. TAD FREEBURG

JENNY MILLER, JAY JADLOWSKI, D.J. DAVIS AND KATIE SMITH

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savethedate February 4 2012 OMAHA HEART BALL American Heart Association During this art-themed evening, the “HeART of the Matter”, patrons will enjoy a cocktail party, mini-live and live auctions, dinner, and entertainment by On The Fritz. Embassy Suites – La Vista For more information visit www.OmahaHeartBall.org.

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THE CARNIVAL OF LOVE Heartland Family Service Hosted by Heartland Family Service Friends, this fun-filled evening features cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, carnival games, dinner and silent and live auctions. Embassy Suites – La Vista – 6:00 P.M. For more information visit www.HeartlandFamilyService.org.

JDRF PROMISE GALA Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation This 15th annual gala is entitled “It’s Black & White: A Cure is in Sight” and includes cocktails, silent and live auctions, dinner and after-party featuring Crazy Keys Dueling Pianos. Embassy Suites – La Vista – 6:00 P.M. For more information call 402-397-2873.

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FIESTA 2012 Mercy High School FIESTA (Friends in Earnest Supporting Tuition Assistance) directly supports negotiated tuition, the heart of Mercy High School’s mission. The evening consists of Mass, dinner, silent and live auctions and a $10,000 raffle drawing. Mercy High School – 1501 S. 48th St. For more information visit www.mercyhigh.org.

CELEBRITY CHEF FEATURING RICK BAYLESS Food Bank for the Heartland Rick Bayless is the featured chef at this 11th annual Celebrity Chef fundraiser. At the event guests will enjoy cocktails and appetizers, a cooking demonstration during dinner, oral auction and dinner menu inspired by Chef Bayless’s recipes. Embassy Suites – La Vista – 5:00 P.M. For more information visit www.FoodBankHeartland.org.

ART & SOUP Visiting Nurse Association Art & Soup celebrates its 15th anniversary this year with incredible soups, original artwork, great silent auction items and live entertainment. Proceeds help VNA to provide public health nursing services to children and adults living in Omaha and Council Bluffs homeless shelters. Embassy Suites – La Vista – 2:00 P.M. For more information visit www.thevnacares.org.

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February 26 OSCAR NIGHT AMERICA the Alzheimer’s Association Midlands Chapter This event is an evening celebrating the magic of Hollywood and the Academy Awards, featuring extraordinary silent and live auction items, sparkling entertainment, cocktails and dinner. DC Centre – Omaha For more information visit www.alz.org/midlands.

February 29 2012 YOUNG PROFESSIONALS SUMMIT Greater Omaha Young Professionals The YP Summit is the place for young professionals interested in contributing to business and the community to gather and get inspired. Interesting speakers and breakout sessions. CenturyLink Center – Omaha – 8:00 A.M. For more information visit www.OmahaYoungProfessionals.org. continued

ROCKIN’ ROSIE The Rose Theater The Rose Theater Guild hosts this annual event, at which “Rosie” rocks a different theme each year. The evening offers dinner, dancing silent and live auctions, and fun and fabulous fundraising. Ramada Plaza Convention Center Omaha – 5:00 P.M. For more information visit www.rosetheater.org.

February 12 2012 OMAHA ENTERTAINMENT AND ARTS AWARDS This annual red carpet event honors supreme talent from the world of performing arts, visual arts and music. Hilton Omaha – 1001 Cass St. For more information visit www.OEA-awards.com.

February 17 FANDANGO: A SLAM DUNK FOR KIDS Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska Hoop it up with LFS at this fun, basketball-themed dinner and auction with a very serious purpose – supporting programs that help children at risk Champions Run 13800 Eagle Run Drive – 6:00 P.M. For more information visit www.lfsneb.org.

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20TH ANNUAL AMERICAN GIRL FASHION SHOWS 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 For more information visit www.juniorleagueomaha.org.

BLUE JEAN BALL Make-A-Wish Foundation of Nebraska Mutual of Omaha Dome Omaha – 5:00 P.M. For more information visit www.www.nebraska.wish.org.

IRISH FEST Catholic Charities This annual event includes silent and oral auctions, cocktails and gourmet dinner followed by a great dance band. CenturyLink Center – Omaha – 5:30 P.M. For more information visit www.ccomaha.org.

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GIRL SCOUTS ARTVENTURE Girls Scouts Spirit of Nebraska artVenture is a program that provides girls the chance to work closely with local artists in their studios. The artists teach the girls about a specific medium and work with them to create works of art. Mammel Hall – Omaha – 7:00 P.M. For more information visit www.girlscoutsnebraska.org.

SPEAKING OF CHILDREN Project Harmony This extraordinary day inspires and informs the community in the fight against child abuse. CenturyLink Center – Omaha For more information visit www.projectharmony.com.

GRAND GIVEAWAY Hosted by the Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce This year’s theme is “World of Sports,” so dress to support your favorite team! The event includes social hour, dinner, auction and raffle. Embassy Suites – La Vista – 5:00 P.M. For more information, visit www.sarpychamber.org.

March 3 EASTER SEALS NEBRASKA’S WINE EVENT! Easter Seals Nebraska This event features some of the country’s most prestigious and knowledgeable vintners and their wines. Embassy Suites – La Vista – 5:00 P.M. For more information visit www.ne.easterseals.com.

March 10 CRUISE AWAY TO THE ORIENT The Stephen Center Champions Run – Omaha – 6:00 P.M. For more information visit www.stephencenter.org.

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March 14 HEROES IN THE HEARTLAND American Red Cross This Recognition Luncheon honors individuals who have saved another person’s life during the past year or who have positively impacted the quality of life in Southwest Iowa or the Omaha Metro. Embassy Suites – La Vista – 11:45 A.M. For more information visit www.RedCrossOmaha.org.

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CATHEDRAL COMEDY AND CUISINE Saint Cecilia Cathedral Grade School Comedy and Cuisine is a semi-formal dinner that includes live and silent auctions and entertainment. Creighton Prep – Omaha – 5:30 P.M. For more information visit www.stcecilia.omaha.org.

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March 19-24 OMAHA FASHION WEEK: Omaha Fashion Week is the Midwest’s premier fashion event, featuring original work by local designers at a series of glamorous red carpet events taking place in the heart of Omaha Old Market District. KANEKO – 1111 Jones St. For more information, visit www.omahafashionweek.com.

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March 24 NIGHT OF KNIGHTS Mount Michael Benedictine School Theme for this 23rd annual event is “Knights on the Boardwalk”, with proceeds the education of students at Mount Michael Benedictine School. The Palace on Mount Michael Benedictine Campus – Elkhorn For more information visit www.mountmichael.com.

March 24 HERITAGE AWARD DINNER Alegent Health Mercy Hospital A fundraiser for Mercy Hospital nursing education, the Heritage Awards are a celebration of the community, honoring four people from Southwest Iowa for their professional and/or personal contributions. Harrah’s Casino – Council Bluffs – 6:00 P.M. For more information visit www.alegent.com/heritage.

March 24 KALEIDOSCOPE 2012 Nebraska Medical Center The University Hospital Auxiliary presents Kaleidoscope 2012. The theme is “Going the Distance … Helping Families through the Journey”, with proceeds funding a new family room on the renovated cancer floor of The Nebraska Medical Center. Embassy Suites – La Vista – 6:00 P.M. For more information call 402-552-6707.

March 24 THE GATHERING Sacred Heart School This fundraising dinner sponsored by the Christian Urban Education Service (CUES) helps to support Sacred Heart School. Doubletree Hotel – Omaha – 6:00 P.M. For more information visit www.sacredheart-cues.org.


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