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WHAT ELSE IS possible?

Welcome, 2023! I love the New Year. New beginnings, new adventures, new possibilities, new choices. A blank canvas for us to perhaps choose something different and create another masterpiece along the journey of our lives.

As I look back over the past 30-plus years I’ve been in the publishing/media business, I realize where I am today is largely because of the choices I have made. Some of them created more ease and more joy in my life and business, and some of them did not.

We are all a work in progress and constantly evolving. There are hundreds, thousands—make that millions—of choices we can make at any given time.

We all are making choices. Every moment in every day there are choices to make. We are choosing what we wear, what we eat, what we do, who we do it with, where we work, how we nurture our bodies or how we don’t. We choose happiness and joy and we also choose sadness and struggle.

What I love about CHOICE is that you always have a CHOICE. If you choose something and it doesn’t work out or you change your mind, you can choose again. When I hear myself saying, “I have no choice,” that is a choice.

Gary Douglas, founder of Access Consciousness, encourages us to choose in 10-second increments. There is no right or wrong choice, good or bad choice. There is just CHOICE.

Ask yourself, “If I choose (fill in the blank), what will my life be like in a year, five years, ten years? (Or perhaps, in keeping with the above admonition, in the next 10 seconds?) Will this choice create more in my life or less?”

Only you can answer that question. My life continues to change by asking such questions. What are you choosing in 2023? And remember: If it isn’t working out or feeling light—choose again!

What else is possible (in the next 10 seconds, 10 minutes, months, years?) That begins with your next CHOICE!

What else is possible?

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roger weitz,

WHO DEPARTED OPERA OMAHA AT THE END OF 2022, LOOKS BACK AT HIS 11 YEARS AS GENERAL DIRECTOR OF OPERA OMAHA AND HIS CAREER IN THE ARTS.

Omaha native Roger Weitz thought he was lucky to land an internship at Opera Omaha between his junior and senior year studying voice at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Not only was he happy to be at home, the experience also revealed a new career path.

“I didn’t love performing and I hadn’t really found my operatic voice… In the summer of 1998, Jane Hill was the executive director and Hal France was the artistic director. And for a summer I just embedded myself; whatever needed to be done, I was happy to do. I had a lot of different kinds of jobs, including with the company’s community engagement programs, which at that time involved lots of run-out performances,” Weitz recalled. “And it was that experience at Opera Omaha as a summer intern that really opened my eyes to the creative world of managing an arts organization.”

After graduation, Weitz went on to serve as the artistic administrator for Chicago Opera Theater from 2000 to 2007, as a Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.) fellow from 2007 to 2008, and then back to Chicago Opera Theater, where he was general manager until 2011.

Then, in 2011, incredible luck struck again when the top position opened up at Opera Omaha.

“The opportunity for me to do this job—to run the opera company of record in my hometown—is so rare in the field. In 2011, I was looking to leave Chicago and this job became available and I applied. The stars were just lined up in such a unique and amazing way,” he said. “I was a general manager of Chicago Opera Theater, but to be the general director— which is really the not only the chief executive officer, but also the chief artistic officer—to get to run the company, to get to do that in my hometown where I had family and my wife and I were starting a family, that was incredible.”

Repertoire

Under Weitz’s leadership over the next 11 years, Opera Omaha was recognized for diverse and artistically excellent programming, and the company saw impressive growth. Ticket sales, season subscribers, the company’s endowment, and the annual budget all doubled in size. Plus, donations increased every year during Weitz’s tenure, and the company ended all but one year in the black.

Programming expanded, too, during Weitz’s 11 years with the company. Opera Omaha debuted 25 original productions including 19 Opera Omaha premieres and six world premieres. In addition, community collaborations, education and engagement programs, and the number of individuals served have all increased.

“Roger’s diverse talents and aptitudes have enabled the company to achieve prominent excellence, making Omaha a destination for opera,” Opera Omaha Board Chair Elisa Davies said, citing Weitz’s “outstanding leadership in making Opera Omaha artistically vibrant, relevant to today’s audiences, and fiscally responsible.”

“He will leave us in a strong position as we embark on our next chapter,” Davies said.

Acts

Weitz chose The Omar for the metroMAGAZINE photoshoot because it carries meaningful memories as the site of a 2014 special event that took place in conjunction with a new production of “Agrippina” by early-music specialist and conductor Stephen Stubbs and stage director James Darrah. “We went to the Omar Baking building because it had lots of unique architectural features with brick and wood and black and skylights and beams and all sorts of creative possibilities for us to incorporate production design—so that the guests, as they moved around the room, felt like they were in an opera. And we had singers in formal attire; the idea was that if they were walking next to you, you wouldn’t know if they were a party guest or if they were a part of the cast,” Weitz recalled, adding that the event garnered positive attention and the associated production signaled a creative evolution for Opera Omaha. “It was an indicator to me that I was on the right track.

Weitz said he sees his most significant professional accomplishments as “raising the bar on our productions inside and outside of the Orpheum Theater and expanding Opera Omaha’s civic footprint to be in true service of our community.”

Opera Omaha’s core programs beyond the Orpheum, its home performance venue, now include the Holland Community Opera Fellowship, the ONE Festival, Amplifying the Black Experience, Opera Outdoors, Student Dress Rehearsal, Opera In Conversation, Poetry and Music Project in partnership with Nebraska Writers Collective, Opera To Go, Classroom Visits by Artists, and more. Weitz’s tenure encompassed the introduction of all of these except the Classroom Visits by Artists program, which was in place when he joined the company.

The Holland Community Opera Fellowship launched in 2017 brings in entrepreneurial artists to help build reciprocal relationships with community organizations, schools, and health care and nonprofit service providers to support inclusive programming and workshops tailored to the groups it serves. In 2018, the ONE Festival (ONE being short for Omaha, NE) citywide event began its first year of celebrating new work and contemporary artists through multidisciplinary performances.

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STANDING OVATION: OPERA OMAHA’S ROGER WEITZ

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roger weitz’s OPERA OMAHA STORY

In 2020, artists Chabrelle Williams and Melanie Bacaling collaborated with Opera Omaha to create Amplifying the Black Experience with a vision to celebrate and introduce the multifaceted stories of the Black community through art, music and multimedia. This locally focused programming flourished under the leadership of Opera Omaha’s first Director of Belonging and Inclusion, Andrea Joy Pearson.

“Stereotypes about opera persist: that it is elitist, that you need knowledge of music or foreign languages to understand it, et cetera. We’ve tackled these stereotypes by striving to be one of the most relevant, accessible and innovative arts organizations in Omaha and one with a dedication to producing art and programs that resonate with our community far beyond the typical opera audience,” Weitz said. “Economic pressures, volatility and uncertainty compound issues around financial support for the company. Opera Omaha has wonderful, generous, and loyal supporters that have helped us weather these storms and I could not be more grateful for this community.”

One of those storms was the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It was the biggest challenge I faced as general director. How could we continue to serve the community when it wasn’t safe to gather artists, let alone perform for a live audience?” he said. “We found new ways to deliver programming online and adapted to find creative ways to rehearse and perform in ways that met our constantly evolving safety protocols.”

Finale and curtain call

As pleased as he is to see arts organizations bouncing back, Weitz announced in 2022 that he had made the decision to step down from his position at Opera Omaha, a move that took effect at the end of the year. He was motivated by personal reasons: his 11-yearold son, Freddie, has autism and a seasonal program under which he is thriving is based out of state. Weitz and his wife, Kate (see Common Senses cover story, metroMAGAZINE February/March 2022) will stay in Colorado part of the year so their son can receive the services that are working best for him. Weitz himself will still be involved with opera, he emphasized.

“I currently serve as a director on the board of OPERA America, the national service organization for the field of opera; I am active on several committees and am a co-leader of their new general directors forum. I will term out of OPERA America board service in June but plan to remain active with that organization,” he said.

He added, “I’m going to be looking for opportunities that I can engage with remotely.

I’m signed on as a project advisor for a new opera that is under development. I’m working with the composer and creative team, but it also involves a significant AI component. Now, that’s not my expertise; I’m more on the opera side. I’m going to be supporting that project and helping that come to fruition. And

I imagine, as I do that, that there may be lots of different kinds of projects like that… I love working with artists, I love the creative minds.

I love working with people who see the world in just a slightly different, more creative way.

I just love the creativity of it. So, whatever I do in the future, I want to continue to be supportive of working artists.”

STANDING OVATION: OPERA OMAHA’S ROGER WEITZ
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RogER’S diverse tALENtS AND APtItuDES HAvE ENABLED tHE ComPANy to ACHIEvE prominent ExCELLENCE, mAKINg omAHA A destination foR oPERA.
~ ELISA DAvIES boArd CHAir, oPerA omAHA

A ROGER WEITZ timeline

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2018 –
THE INAUGURAL ONE FESTIVAL, A MULTI-WEEK FESTIVAL THAT EXPLORES THE BOUNDARIES OF OPERA IN UNEXPECTED LOCATIONS AROUND THE CITY 2018 –
OMAHA MAKES ITS NEW YORK CITY DEBUT WITH TOURING PERFORMANCES OF PROVING UP
WEITZ
TO THE
– COMPANY NAVIGATES SUCCESSFULLY THROUGH COVID PANDEMIC PROVIDING VIRTUAL COMMUNITY PROGRAMMING, DIGITAL AND VIRTUAL REALITY PRODUCTIONS, AND A NEW NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERT SERIES 2022 – OPERA OMAHA OPENS THE SEASON WITH X, THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MALCOLM X, CO-PRODUCED WITH DETROIT OPERA, THE METROPOLITAN OPERA, SEATTLE OPERA AND LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO
GROUNDBREAKING
SERVE
A
roger weitz dePArts oPerA omAHA 2017 – COMMISSION AND WORLD PREMIERE OF STRANGER FROM PARADISE BY NEVADA JONES AND KEVIN LAWLER: DURING WEITZ’S TENURE THE COMPANY DEBUTED 25 NEW PRODUCTIONS INCLUDING 19 OPERA OMAHA PREMIERES AND 6 WORLD PREMIERES
OPERA OMAHA LAUNCHES
OPERA
BY MISSY MAZZOLI AND ROYCE VAVREK
ELECTED
OPERA AMERICA BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2020
2022
ROGER WEITZ STEPS DOWN FROM OPERA OMAHA 2017 – LAUNCH OF THE HOLLAND COMMUNITY OPERA FELLOWSHIP, A
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT DESIGNED TO
AS
CREATIVE AND ARTISTIC RESOURCE TO THE COMMUNITY. 2014 – NEW, ADVENTUROUS AND IMMERSIVE GALA FORMAT LAUNCHED IN CONNECTION WITH PRODUCTION OF HANDEL’S AGRIPPINA, BOTH DIRECTED BY JAMES DARRAH IN HIS OPERA OMAHA DEBUT
2011 – ROGER WEITZ JOINS OPERA OMAHA AFTER 11 YEARS WITH CHICAGO OPERA THEATER
FREE
THOUSANDS
YEAR
2013 – OPERA OMAHA JOINS SAN FRANCISCO OPERA AND THE KENNEDY CENTER IN CO-COMMISSIONING JUN KANEKO TO DESIGN A NEW PRODUCTION OF MOZART’S THE MAGIC FLUTE
2013 – FIRST OPERA OUTDOORS PRODUCTION HELD IN TURNER PARK: NOW IN ITS 10TH YEAR, THIS ANNUAL,
SUMMER CONCERT ENTERTAINS
OF COMMUNITY MEMBERS EACH

FROM new leadership…

…TO AN ORGANIZATIONAL LAUNCH, IT’S BEEN A BIG YEAR FOR SEVERAL ORGANIZATIONS THAT WORK TOGETHER TO SUPPORT PHILANTHROPY IN THE COMMUNITY AND PROVIDE A MEANS FOR ANYONE TO GIVE WITH EASE.

A lot of good things happened in the local giving sector in 2022.

In May, Pottawattamie County Community Foundation became Community Foundation for Western Iowa (givewesterniowa.org), reflecting an expansion of both services and service area since the foundation launched as Pottawattamie County Community Foundation in 2008.

By late summer, Community Foundation for Western Iowa had partnered with SHARE Omaha (shareomaha.org) to power SHARE Iowa (sharegoodiowa.org), an Iowa-local and regional philanthropic web platform to yield good in our communities. In preparation of the launch of SHARE Iowa and to support the larger footprint, Catrina Trabal became the new Community Partnerships Manager at Community Foundation for Western Iowa.

And late last year, SHARE Omaha’s founding executive director, Marjorie Maas, became the new chief executive officer of Share Good, the growing national nonprofit hub currently powering SHARE Omaha, SHARE Iowa and five other communities (Charlotte and Cape Fear in North Carolina; Greater Lynchburg, Virginia; Detroit, Michigan; and Middlesex County, New Jersey). On November 28, Teresa Mardesen became SHARE Omaha’s new executive director.

SHARE Iowa

“SHARE Iowa is our initiative,” said Donna Dostal, Community Foundation for Western Iowa’s president and chief executive officer. “So, it is something that we are sponsoring and we have not only put our own investment in through the community foundation’s dollars, but also have sought additional funding through the Charles E. Lakin Foundation, Iowa West Foundation, Google, and the Iowa Council of Foundations to bring the SHARE Iowa platform to the nonprofits that we serve at no cost to them… It’s our program that we’ve taken on as a way to better serve and better support the long-term sustainability of our nonprofit.”

The new SHARE Iowa platform, like the SHARE Omaha platform that debuted in January 2019, offers the giving public year-round opportunities to support the nonprofits of their choice through monetary donations, volunteerism, or material good donations from shopping wish lists.

SHARE Iowa can be accessed online from anywhere. “We see this a lot, folks that have moved away from their home communities but still want to support them,” Dostal explained.

Many of the nonprofits that participate in SHARE Iowa were formerly part of SHARE Omaha or serve both the OmahaCouncil Bluffs metro area and surrounding Nebraska and Iowa counties, Dostal said.

“We’re connected locally, but then we also can maximize the power on both sides of the river… We wanted to give our Iowa nonprofits something that they can really own, and have the Iowa name and really be able to embrace that identity and that culture, and all things that make Iowa fabulous,” she explained. “We are so honored and so excited to be able to bring this additional resource to the nine counties in southwest and western Iowa.”

SHARE Omaha

As the new executive director of SHARE Omaha, Mardesen said she continues to be impressed with the local giving spirit.

“People in the metro area have always been extremely philanthropic. Providing the ability to streamline caring/community service—in terms of dollar donations, volunteering and wish list items—is what the Share Good platform is all about. SHARE Omaha and SHARE Iowa pass on that benefit to nonprofits, and the community benefits overall in radical ways.”

Share Good

In 2012, North Carolinian Kelly Brooks saw the need for a platform to easily connect community supporters to local nonprofits and founded SHARE Charlotte. In 2018, Brooks created Share Good with the intent to scale nationally as a web-based community engagement platform. In 2020, SHARE Omaha announced the acquisition of the Share Good platform.

“Share Good is the national hub for the technology and best practices and services to all SHARE communities across the country,” Maas said. “It’s headquartered out of Omaha and it’s a newly formed nonprofit organization… Share Good really was the uniting factor across the current seven communities, and those span everywhere from the eastern seaboard to Nebraska.”

In her new position, Maas will oversee expansion of the Share Good mission to even more communities across the U.S.

“Probably the biggest honor of my career was to launch and see SHARE Omaha grow,” she said. “I’m leaving but I’m not far away. I still very much get to see all the success and all of the activity and impact that SHARE Omaha gets to have along with SHARE Iowa, and I couldn’t be more enthused to really take the lessons and the case studies that we’ve learned here at Omaha and bring those across the country for more communities to experience… I love that the partnership between two neighboring SHARE communities can be a model for other places in the country.”

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SHARE and share alike

share omAHA | share iowA
supporting COMMUNITY PHILANTHROPY
story by KARA SCHWEISS • PHotoGrAPHy by DEBRA S. KAPLAN • mmAGAzine
DONNA DOSTAL, MARJORIE MASS AND TERESA MARDESEN

csi ANNOUNCES $46M CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

HOPE IS DEFINED AS A FEELING OF EXPECTATION AND DESIRE FOR A CERTAIN THING TO HAPPEN. UNFORTUNATELY, FOR MANY CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, HOPE CAN SEEM UNFAMILIAR. CHILD SAVING INSTITUTE (CSI) HAS A RICH 130-YEAR HISTORY IN THE OMAHA COMMUNITY OF PROVIDING HOPE AND HEALING TO LOCAL CHILDREN AND FAMILIES.

CSI originated in 1892 and was first known as an orphanage to safely house infants that needed a home, later becoming Omaha’s leader in infant adoption and pioneer of early childhood education locally. Today, the organization has evolved to meet the changing needs of the community— continuously providing hope and healing across its 15 programs to more than 2,500 children and families each year. From foster care to mental health services, early childhood education to an emergency shelter, CSI works to help children and families heal, grow and find hope for the future.

While deeply rooted in history, CSI is looking to enhance the future of care in the Omaha community as it plans to expand its services and physical footprint by launching a $46,000,000 capital campaign. CSI’s Campaign for Hope will allow the organization to continue to meet the dynamic needs of those it serves today, and over the next 100 years.

“The Campaign for Hope will allow CSI to continue to provide the critical services to more children and families in need on an expanded campus in a more deliberate, responsive and timely manner. Our community has a need, we are responding,” said Cindy Heider, Campaign for Hope Chair. CSI has diligently evaluated the evolving needs of local children and families including the rapidly growing need for pediatric and adolescent therapy, an expanded emergency shelter, supportive early education services and additional access to high-quality early childhood education.

To expand these services, CSI will nearly double its physical building space centrally located at 45th and Dodge Street. This two-year project will allow for an on-site mental health clinic to be added to the facility, a newly built emergency shelter housing 16 beds for youth, four additional early childhood education classrooms with a STEAM classroom, and innovative treatment childcare classrooms added within its early childhood education center to address the needs of preschoolers unable to attend traditional school environments.

In the past six years, CSI has doubled the size of its mental health services program to meet the growing needs of the Omaha community. Yet, CSI has a waitlist of over 150 children and youth waiting to receive imperative therapy and medication management services. A purposefully designed mental health clinic providing therapeutic space that is conducive to address trauma, promote safety and allow for healing is critical for Omaha’s young population.

CSI's current emergency shelter was originally built for young children, but the older teens who live there today have very different needs. The new emergency shelter will add robust educational services, a physical activity space and allow for youth to have their own bedrooms—all of which are essential to a youth’s successful physical, emotional and mental health.

As a leader in early childhood education for the last 50 years, CSI has evolved with the changing needs of children who need additional support. Unfortunately, there are many vulnerable preschoolers living in poverty and experiencing the impact of trauma in the Omaha community. Their ability to develop healthy relationships—a key element of academic success—is negatively impacted by their experiences and environments, putting them at risk of expulsion. The Campaign for Hope enables CSI to directly provide supportive early education services for preschoolers unsuccessful in traditional early learning environments to help them to heal and prepare them for kindergarten... and for life.

Additionally, the need for high-quality early childhood education continues to outpace the availability on a national, state and local level. Locally, families often experience a ninemonth wait, or even longer, in order to gain access to a childcare facility. The proposed expansion of CSI's early childhood education center would increase its licensed capacity by 25%, enabling more Omaha families to receive high-quality early childhood education services and prepare more kids for kindergarten.

The project directly addresses the growing needs of the community, while also enhancing the day-to-day experiences of children, families and staff members at the organization. CSI has hired Kiewit to serve as the contractor and TACKarchitects to design the facilities.

“CSI is excited to be closing out yet another year with hope. Hope for all children and families living in Omaha despite their current or past circumstances. Together, we truly can build a stronger community. However, we can only do this work with the support of those around us. Thank you for the decades of past support, and we look forward to moving into the future together,” said Jaymes Sime, CSI President & CEO.

The Omaha community can join the effort in building a stronger community through CSI’s Campaign for Hope initiative by visiting childsaving.org/campaignforhope.

About Child Saving Institute (CSI)

Child Saving Institute (CSI) is dedicated to the prevention, intervention and healing of child abuse, neglect and trauma. For 130 years, CSI has been “Responding to the cry of a child” and meeting the changing needs of metro area children. CSI serves approximately 2,500 children and families each year. To learn more about CSI and the programs and services offered, please visit www.childsaving.org or follow CSI on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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WOMEN WHO WOW

As the city’s chief executive since 2013, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert oversees the operations of and financials for 13 city departments including the Mayor’s department and the Omaha City Council. She’s been described as “intense” by the media, and there’s no doubt she’s diligent, conscientious and hard-working. “‘The buck stops here’ is true,” she said. “Ultimately, it’s my responsibility. So, I take that role as chief executive very seriously.”

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert’s job is not easy. Being an elected officials means personal privacy is compromised. She strives to be media-friendly and foster open communication from her constituents, but that also means she’s often approached by citizens who want to talk city issues outside office hours, whether it’s at the gym mid-workout or during a run to the grocery store.

“Sometimes you just want to buy toilet paper,” Stothert said, with a laugh.

She also has to address unavoidable crises like windstorms that cause power outages or blizzards that cover the streets with copious amounts of snow.

“There are a lot of people that would prefer that snow is gone before it hits the ground,” she said, wryly. “The thing that I find the most challenging is when people don’t take time to understand what city government can do—and sometimes cannot do—and how quick we can get it done.”

As Omaha’s 51st mayor, Stothert is the first woman to hold the position and is now in her third term—another first— after being re-elected in 2017 and 2021. Her many accomplishments include reducing property tax rates, improving city services, fostering annexation, and increasing funding for law enforcement.

“I wouldn’t have run again if I didn’t think we were doing a good job,” she said. “I

felt like we have the best team I think Omaha has ever had in my office and our directors. We’ve seen such good progress in the things that are most important to me—namely, public safety, economic development, job creation, the city budget—which I’m all responsible for. I think we are on a good track.”

Stothert said she chose to run for reelection for an additional reason: she loves her job.

“I am not fatigued with this job at all. I’m not one of those people that has ‘Sunday-evening dread’… I look forward to coming to work,” she said. “I said when I became mayor that I represent all of Omaha; I don’t care what political party you’re in, the color of your skin, your gender, your age—I am your mayor and I will work for you. And the most rewarding thing is to help individual people on a daily basis, making their life in Omaha better.”

She may be considered intense, but Stothert also has a sense of humor about her experiences. She chuckles when she shares stories like an airline pilot announcing her as a special guest onboard but referring to her as a “gentleman,” assuming the Omaha Mayor (sight unseen) was “Gene” Stothert. She’s amused when sharing how people often seem compelled when they meet her to say either she looks better in person or looks better

on television. It’s all part of being a public figure, Stothert said, but she also has deep respect for the accompanying responsibilities.

“I often wonder why elected officials get into trouble, why they do stuff that is inappropriate or immoral or unethical, because you’re always going to get caught,” she said. “Everybody knows someone’s always looking.”

Stothert moved to Omaha in 1993 with her family and entered politics in 1997 when she was elected to the Millard Board of Education; she served three terms until 2009 including three years as board president. She was defeated by only 14 votes in a bid for the Nebraska Legislature in 2006. In 2009, she was elected to Omaha City Council, representing District 5 before her first mayoral campaign launched in 2012.

“Way back as far as I can remember, I just truly felt like everybody had a civic responsibility to give back,” she said. Even in high school, Stothert was a class officer, but she entered college to study nursing, not politics. She became a critical care nurse and ultimately served as head nurse at St. Louis University in Missouri. Nursing is not a common path to politics, but Stothert said the two career fields have commonalities from working with teams to communicating with a variety of people about issues ranging from routine to life-changing.

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“I think I can apply those skills that I learned, especially when I was a head nurse, to what I do today. It’s a lot of thoughtful, critical decision-making. It’s a lot of getting all the information you can but at the end of the day, making the decision. And then you have to live with it,” she said. “And it’s doing a million different things. I multitask really well.”

Stothert has seen some personal highs and lows during her term, including the birth of grandchildren (her son and daughter are now in their 30s) and the death of her former husband by suicide.

“We all had a hard time when Joe died… You go through every emotion you can imagine; we all did. It goes from acute sadness to anger to frustration, I mean everything, and a lot of ‘Did I do something wrong?’ ‘Could I have done something better?’” she said. “We went through all of that. And yet, at the end of the day, it wasn’t any of our doing, and you can’t change what happened and you have to move forward. And that’s what we chose to do.”

Last spring, Stothert remarried. She uses Stothert professionally, but her married name is now Jean Louise O’Rourke, which she said she recently realized makes her JLO, like tabloid favorite “J.Lo,” singer/ dancer/actor Jennifer Lopez.

“I think that’s funny. I was just writing my initials down one day, and I went, ‘Hey, wait!’” she said.

She’s no diva, but Stothert said if she had to have an official theme song, it would be Petula Clark’s “Downtown” in honor of the current and future redevelopment of downtown Omaha and its great commercial, entertainment, residential, and park and recreation offerings. The song’s lyrics include “Things will be great when you’re downtown; No finer place for sure.”

“If I can fix something and make that day better for that person, that’s rewarding,” she said. “That’s the most special thing about being mayor: it’s on a local level… It’s helping people solve those daily concerns they have that make their life and quality of life in Omaha better.”

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2023 CHARITY EVENTS PREVIEW

2023 is just beginning, but area nonprofits are already well into the process of planning their fundraising events for what promises to be a busy year. In our ongoing efforts to support our community nonprofits, metroMAGAZINE is featuring this special 2023 Charity Event Preview on the pages ahead.

We invite you to peruse the Charity Event Preview for the organizations closest to your heart, to search for the activities you enjoy most—from golf tournaments to galas—or to simply check out the many events you can enjoy over the next 12 months while supporting the wonderful work of our nonprofit community. Be sure to visit our website, SpiritofOmaha.com, throughout the year for the latest updates and new events that are added.

JANUARY

JANUARY 9

Ribbon Cutting to Start Construction Holy Name Men’s Club Restore the Glory http://www.hnmensclub.org/

JANUARY 21

2023 Reflection Ball Midlands Community Foundation https://midlandscommunity.org

JANUARY TBD

Return to Work/School While Breastfeeding Class MilkWorks http://www.milkworks.org/

FEBRUARY

FEBRUARY 2

What the Constitution Means to Me BLUEBARN Theatre http://bluebarn.org/

FEBRUARY 3

11th Annual Banquet with keynote speaker Coach Ron Brown Victory Boxing Club & Community Center http://victoryboxingclub.org/about-us/

FEBRUARY 4

Poker Night

Bags of Fun Omaha https://bagsoffunomaha.org/

FEBRUARY 11

Omaha Heart & Stroke Ball American Heart Association https://www.heart.org/

FEBRUARY 11

Winter in the 70s...I Will Survive Wings of Hope Cancer Support Center http://www.wingsofhope.org/

FEBRUARY 18

“Carnival of Love” Gala Heartland Family Service https://www.heartlandfamilyservice.org/

FEBRUARY 18

Defiance-Harley Davidson Chili Cook-off Rejuvenating Women https://rejuvenatingwomen.org//

FEBRUARY 18

Trek Up the Tower

The Wellbeing Partners https://www.thewellbeingpartners.org/

FEBRUARY 23

8th Annual Bags and Swag Fundraising Event Housing Foundation for Sarpy County http://www.sarpyhousing.org/

FEBRUARY 23

FILMFEST

Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands http://bgcomaha.org/

FEBRUARY TBD

Celebrate Black History Month at the Great Plains Black History Museum Great Plains Black History Museum https://gpblackhistorymuseum.org/

MARCH

MARCH 2

Celebrity Chef 2023: An Evening with Chef Marcus Samuelsson Food Bank for the Heartland https://one.bidpal.net/celebritychef2023/welcome

MARCH 5

19th Annual Walk & Roll for Disabilities Meyer Foundation for Disabilities https://www.mfdisabilities.org/

MARCH 7

Heroes in the Heartland American Red Cross https://www.redcross.org/local/nebraska/about-us/…

MARCH 7

YMCA Day of Giving YMCA of Greater Omaha http://metroymca.org/

MARCH 8

20th Annual Author Luncheon Completely Kids https://completelykids.org

MARCH 10

Annual Gala “Voices of Transformation” Table Grace Ministries www.tablegraceministries.org

MARCH 11

Dancin’ in the Dirt Gala Victory Riding Academy https://www.victoryride.org/

MARCH 16

Fontenelle Forest at Do Space Do Space https://dospace.org/

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MARCH 18

2023 Gala Honoring Ree and Jun Kaneko Omaha Symphony https://www.omahasymphony.org/concerts/kaneko-akiho

MARCH 21

Rock Your Socks for World Down Syndrome Day Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands http://www.dsamidlands.org/

MARCH 24

Women on a Mission for Change Annual Conference Women on a Mission for Change http://www.womenonamissionomaha.org

MARCH 30

The Chinese Lady BLUEBARN Theatre http://bluebarn.org/

MARCH 31

“All In Christ for Pro-Life!” Banquet LIFE Runners http://liferunners.org/banquetMARCH 31

Game Night Gala Bags of Fun Omaha https://bagsoffunomaha.org/

MARCH 31

Hops & Grapes Partnership 4 Kids https://p4k.org

APRIL

APRIL 1

Big Basketball Bash Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands https://www.bbbsomaha.org/

APRIL 1

Heart of Camp Gala

Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries (NLOM) https://NLOM.org

APRIL 1

Omaha Community Playhouse Annual Gala

Omaha Community Playhouse https://omahaplayhouse.com/

APRIL 1

vinNEBRASKA Stephen Center https://www.stephencenter.org/

APRIL 2

Rock the Nest “Rock the Nest Trivia Night” Central High School Foundation http://chsfomaha.org/

APRIL 4

Style Show Luncheon Assistance League of Omaha https://www.alomaha.org/

APRIL 14

Cabaret 2023 Child Saving Institute https://childsaving.org/

APRIL 16

Annual Global Gala Omaha Sister Cities Association https://omahasistercities.com/

APRIL 16

42nd Annual Corporate Cup, powered by Green Plains American Lung Association in Nebraska https://www.omahacorporatecup.org/

APRIL 16

Art & Soup Visiting Nurse Association http://www.vnatoday.org/

APRIL 17

Keynote Luncheon Ronald McDonald House Charities Omaha http://www.rmhcomaha.org/

APRIL 18

Speaking of Children Luncheon & Conference Project Harmony Child Advocacy Center http://www.projectharmony.com/

APRIL 19

FUSION 2023 - a blend of fun and philanthropy Nebraska Medicine Guild https://www.nebraskamed.com/about-us/guild

APRIL 22

2023 JDRF One Night: Better Together JDRF Nebraska-Iowa Chapter http://jdrf.org/nebraskaiowa

APRIL 22

Annual Step Into Spring Santa Monica, Inc. https://www.santamonicahouse.org

APRIL 22 artVenture Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska https://www.girlscoutsnebraska.org/

APRIL 22

Habitat HOMEcoming Fremont Area Habitat for Humanity http://www.fremonthabitat.org/

APRIL 23

2023 Walk of Hope Conceive Nebraska https://conceivenebraska.org/ APRIL 23

7th Annual Wining in the Dark Radio Talking Book Service http://www.rtbs.org/

APRIL 27

Drive Fore! Dreams Dreamweaver Foundation http://www.dreamweaver.org/

APRIL 28

Release’s 2023 Gala, Imagine... Release https://releaseinc.org

APRIL 28

Sip, Swirl & Support Children’s Hospital & Medical Center https://ChildrensOmaha.org

APRIL 29

130th Anniversary Gala Nebraska Children’s Home Society https://nchs.org

APRIL 29

Blue Jean Ball Make-A-Wish Nebraska https://www.wish.org/nebraska

APRIL TBD

Blue Jeans & Dreams Heartland Equine therapeutic Riding Academy (HETRA) http://www.hetra.org/

MAY

MAY 2

Boys Town Booster Banquet Boys Town https://www.boystown.org/

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MAY 4

Can Do Awards presented by Verizon Kids Can Community Center https://kidscan.org/get-connected/cando2023.html

MAY 6

Building the Future Gala Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands http://www.dsamidlands.org/

MAY 6

Champagne and Diamonds

The MICAH House https://www.themicahhouse.org/

MAY 6

For the Kids Benefit 2023: Hats off, Paddles Up, A Night At the Derby Omaha Children’s Museum https://www.ocm.org/

MAY 6

40 Year Celebration and Dog Walk Town and Country Humane Society http://www.townandcountryhumanesociety.org/

MAY 6

Holy Cross Gala 2023 Holy Cross Church http://www.holycrossomaha.org/

MAY 8

“Fore the Kids” Children’s Hospital & Medical Center https://ChildrensOmaha.org

MAY 9

D.J.’s Hero Awards Luncheon The Salvation Army https://salarmyomaha.org

MAY 9

FORE the Clubs - Golf Scramble Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands http://bgcomaha.org/

MAY 11

23rd annual Omaha Police Foundation Officer of the Year Awards Luncheon Omaha Police Foundation http://www.omahapolicefoundation.org

/MAY 11

Wine, Whiskey and Wishes - Omaha Make-A-Wish Nebraska https://www.wish.org/nebraska

MAY 12

15th Annual MHS Gala Midlands Humane Society http://www.midlandshumanesociety.org/

MAY 12 – MAY 13

Wild About BT Gala 2023 Brownell Talbot https://www.brownell.edu/gala

MAY 13

Fishing for Families

Ronald McDonald House Charities Omaha https://rmhcomaha.org/

MAY 17

ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference ICAN https://icanleaders.org | https://icanconference.com

MAY 18

Chip in for Children Golf Event Children’s Square U.S.A. https://childrenssquare.org

MAY 18

United Way of the Midlands’ 100th-Anniversary Community Concert United Way of the Midlands (UWM) https://UnitedWayMidlands.org

MAY 19

Women’s Power Luncheon Habitat for Humanity of Omaha https://habitatomaha.org

MAY 20

Greater Omaha Heart & Stroke Walk American Heart Association http://www.heart.org/

MAY 20

On the Road to Havana Nights Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands http://bgcomaha.org/

MAY 25

Dance Nation BLUEBARN Theatre http://bluebarn.org/

MAY 27

Patriotic Parade & Concert Patriotic Productions http://www.patrioticproductions.org/

JUNE

JUNE 2

First Friday PRIDE BFF Omaha http://www.bffomaha.org/

JUNE 2

Wings and Wheels Lincoln

Ronald McDonald House Charities Omaha https://rmhcomaha.org/

JUNE 4

Bloody Mary Fest

Ronald McDonald House Charities Omaha https://rmhcomaha.org/

JUNE 5

Chris Bremer Foundation Annual Golf Event Christopher Bremer Foundation https://www.chrisbremerfoundation.org/

JUNE 5

Central High School Golf Outing Central High School Foundation http://chsfomaha.org/

JUNE 7

Second Annual Golf Tournament Benefiting Bags of Fun Bags of Fun Omaha https://bagsoffunomaha.org/current-upcoming-events

JUNE 8

Evening of the Starz Alzheimer’s Association http://alz.org/nebraska

JUNE 8

Race, Religion & Social Justice Conference Tri-Faith Initiative https://www.trifaith.org/

JUNE 8

Scholarship Luncheon Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands http://bgcomaha.org/

JUNE 9

Dining With Dogs Nebraska Humane Society https://www.nehumanesociety.org

JUNE 10

Concert: Our Own Kind of Music - A Celebration of the 70s River City Mixed Chorus https://rcmc.org//

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JUNE 12

Goodwill Golf Classic Goodwill Omaha https://GoodwillOmaha.org

JUNE 13

Project Harmony Golf Invitational Project Harmony Child Advocacy Center http://www.projectharmony.com/

JUNE 24

Ride 4 Resilience and Recovery

Nat’l Alliance on Mental Illness / NAMI Southwest Iowa https://www.namisouthwestiowa.com/

JUNE 29

Tribute to Women Women’s Center for Advancement https://wcaomaha.org/

JUNE TBD

Welcome Home Big Red Sub Club https://www.bigredsubclub.com/

JULY

JULY 8

Pitch Black Competition Midlands African Chamber http://www.midlandsafricanchamber.com/

JULY 21

National Be Someone Day

Project Harmony Child Advocacy Center http://www.projectharmony.com/

JULY 23

The Infusion: Bloody Mary Mix-off Nebraska Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation https://www.nebraskanhf.org/

JULY 30

Ironhawk Juniors Triathlon

Ironhawk Juniors Triathlon Club https://ironhawkjuniors.org/

AUGUST

AUGUST 4

10th Annual New American Arts Festival BFF Omaha http://www.bffomaha.org/

AUGUST 7

QLI Annual Golf Challenge QLI http://www.teamqli.com/

AUGUST 19

Brush Up Project Houseworks https://www.projecthouseworks.org

AUGUST 19

PETFEST - Annual Music Festival & Fundraiser BFF Omaha http://www.bffomaha.org/

AUGUST 24

ISC World Bash Intercultural Senior Center https://www.interculturalseniorcenter.org/

AUGUST 26

Celebration Madonna School & Community-Based Services http://www.madonnaschool.org/

AUGUST 27

3rd Annual Bags for Bags Cornhole Tournament Bags of Fun Omaha https://bagsoffunomaha.org/

AUGUST 28

YES Golf Outing presented by Union Pacific Youth Emergency Services https://www.yesomaha.org/

TBD SUMMER HETRA Cornhole Tournament Heartland Equine therapeutic Riding Academy (HETRA) http://www.hetra.org/

SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER 9

Bunks Across America Bed Build Sleep In Heavenly Peace https://shpbeds.org/chapter/ne-omaha

SEPTEMBER 10

United We Walk Tri-Faith Initiative https://www.trifaith.org/

SEPTEMBER 14

13th Annual Divots for Down Syndrome Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome https://www.dadsomaha.org/

SEPTEMBER 14

9th Annual Restored Wings Gala Rejuvenating Women https://rejuvenatingwomen.org/ SEPTEMBER 15

Wings & Wheels Omaha Ronald McDonald House Charities Omaha https://rmhcomaha.org/

SEPTEMBER 21

Archbishop’s Dinner for Education Archdiocese of Omaha https://archomaha.org/dinnerforeducation/

SEPTEMBER 21

Boots & Buckets Dreamweaver Foundation http://www.dreamweaver.org/

SEPTEMBER 21

Music to their Rears 2023 Nebraska Diaper Bank https://www.nebraskadiaperbank.org/

SEPTEMBER 22

Halfway to St Patrick’s Day Project Harmony Child Advocacy Center http://www.projectharmony.com/

SEPTEMBER 23

A-Cross America Relay for Pro-Life LIFE Runners http://liferunners.org/banquet

SEPTEMBER 25

Children’s Charity Classic Children’s Hospital & Medical Center https://ChildrensOmaha.org

SEPTEMBER 28

Light the Night Omaha Leukemia & Lymphoma Society https://www.lls.org/ SEPTEMBER 29

Soirée 2023 KANEKO https://thekaneko.org/

SEPTEMBER 30

8th Annual Miles for Madonna Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals – Omaha Campus https://madonna.org

SEPTEMBER 30

A Vintage Affaire XV Autism Action Partnership https://autismaction.org

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SEPTEMBER 30

Little Giants Farm Festival Little Giants Foundation https://thelittlegiantsfoundation.org/

OCTOBER

OCTOBER 1

Food Truck World Tour Immigrant Legal Center https://immigrantlc.org

OCTOBER 1

Superhero Heart Run Heart Heroes, Inc. https://heartheroes.org/

OCTOBER 5

Shining Stars Luncheon Lift Up Sarpy County https://www.liftupsarpycounty.org/

OCTOBER 5

EthicSpace Conference Business Ethics Alliance http://www.businessethicsalliance.org/

OCTOBER 5

Let Love Lead Barn Bash Scatter Joy Acres http://www.scatterjoyacres.org/

OCTOBER 5

Signature Chef’s Auction Feeding Motherhood March of Dimes http://www.marchofdimes.org/

OCTOBER 6

Feather Our Nest Fontenelle Forest https://fontenelleforest.org/

OCTOBER 10

Climb Higher Luncheon NorthStar Foundation http://www.northstar360.org/

OCTOBER 12

Dance for a Chance Youth Emergency Services https://www.yesomaha.org/

OCTOBER 13

Kids and Clays Sporting Clays Tournament

Ronald McDonald House Charities Omaha https://rmhcomaha.org/

OCTOBER 13

Vision Beyond Sight Gala Outlook Enrichment https://www.outlooken.org

OCTOBER 19

Merrymakers Association Toast Merrymakers Association http://www.merrymakers.org/

OCTOBER 28

Aksarben Ball Aksarben Foundation https://aksarben.org

OCTOBER TBD

HETRA Fun Run

Heartland Equine therapeutic Riding Academy (HETRA) http://www.hetra.org/

NOVEMBER

NOVEMBER 1

Christmas Caravan Preview Gala Assistance League of Omaha https://www.alomaha.org/

NOVEMBER 2

Christmas Caravan Tour of Homes Assistance League of Omaha https://www.alomaha.org/

NOVEMBER 2

Jason Awards Children’s Square U.S.A. https://www.childrenssquare.org/

NOVEMBER 4 Gala 2023 Children’s Hospital & Medical Center https://ChildrensOmaha.org

NOVEMBER 9

Making Spirits Bright Dreamweaver Foundation http://www.dreamweaver.org/

NOVEMBER 10

Sentimental Journey The Durham Museum https://www.durhammuseum.org/

NOVEMBER 10

The BFF Ball BFF Omaha http://www.bffomaha.org/

NOVEMBER 16

PETFEST - Annual Music Festival & Fundraiser BFF Omaha http://www.bffomaha.org/

NOVEMBER 28

Giving Tuesday SHARE Omaha + SHARE Iowa https://SHAREomaha.org | https://SHAREiowa.org

NOVEMBER TBD

Celebrate Good Gala - 90th Anniversary Goodwill Omaha https://GoodwillOmaha.org

NOVEMBER TBD

Coming Together

Together

https://www.togetheromaha.org/ TBD FALL

Rock Your Risk

The Kamie K Preston Hereditary Cancer Foundation http://hereditarycancer.org/ TBD FALL MOI Hosts Joseph Goldstein Mindfulness Outreach Initiative http://www.mindfulnessoutreachinitiative.org/ TBD FALL

A Time for Hope & Healing The Kim Foundation http://www.thekimfoundation.org/

DECEMBER

DECEMBER 1

BSA Big Give Luncheon Mid-America Council, Boy Scouts of America https://mac-bsa.org

DECEMBER 2

Hot Shops Winter Open House Hot Shops Art Center https://hotshopsartcenter.org/

DECEMBER 2

Nutcracker Gala American Midwest Ballet https://amballet.org

DECEMBER 3

Hot Shops Winter Open House Hot Shops Art Center https://hotshopsartcenter.org/

DECEMBER 21

Omaha Symphony Debutante Ball Omaha Symphony http://www.omahasymphony.org/

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NONPROFIT Community Engagement

ALH Media is a strong and growing company supporting strong and growing communities. We value the ability as a media organization to enrich and support the nonprofit community through the following ways:

Each year our media company donates tens of thousands of dollars to local nonprofits through our Community Engagement packages, programs and sponsorships.

With the recently launched Buy One-Give One program, this allows local businesses to donate ad space to their charity of their choice during selected months each year.

In 2023 Midlands Business Journal will select a nonprofit each month to highlight through our Making a Difference advisory board.

Highlighting charity events has been at the forefront of ALH for over 30 years. Our event sponsorship program allows nonprofits to celebrate their successes through a visual and informative platform.

A variety of our targeted media throughout the year helps market nonprofit organizations to our influential and connected audiences.

Nonprofit Community Engagement packages allow for discounted annual plans that help reach both the business community and individuals.

For further information contact Andee Hoig at CONNECT@SpiritofOmaha.com 1308 S. 119th Street, Omaha, NE 68144 / 402-330-1760 metrroMAGAZINE • SpiritofOmaha.com Midlands Business Journal • mbj.com

MIDLANDS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

To be a catalyst for lasting impact in Sarpy and Cass counties and give opportunities to organizations and individuals so they can pursue their charitable goals.

HEARTLAND FAMILY SERVICE

The mission of Heartland Family Service is to strengthen individuals, families, and communities through advocacy, education, counseling, and support services.

MEYER FOUNDATION FOR DISABILITIES

The Meyer Foundation for Disabilities is dedicated to enhancing the lives of adults with disabilities in the Omaha metro area by offering recreational opportunities.

Featured Event: 2023 Reflection Ball

Date: January 21, 2023

Event Description/Theme: The Reflection Ball is a fundraising event for Sarpy and Cass counties. At the event, the MCF Board of Directors will honor Randy Sump with the 2023 Reflection Award for his dedication to Sarpy County and his leadership in restructuring MCF from a private foundation to a public charity, resulting in significant growth for the Foundation. The net proceeds of the 2023 Reflection Ball will benefit the mission of MCF and support the organization’s grants program.

Location: Embassy Suites La Vista Conference Center

Time: 6:00pm

Honorary Chair: Patricia and Rick Iske

Ticket Prices: $175 Attire: Formal

Event Contact: Diane Knicky (402) 991-8027 • dknicky@midlandscommunity.org

Other Fundraising Events: • MCF 2023 Golf Tournament – May 22, 2023

Midlands Community Foundation 217 North Jefferson St. • Papillion, NE 68046 (402) 991-8027 • E-mail: dknicky@midlandscommunity.org midlandscommunity.org

Featured Event: “Carnival of Love” Gala

Date: February 18, 2023

Event Description/Theme: Come One, Come All! The Heartland Family Service “Carnival of Love” Gala is back in town on February 18, 2023. Join us for an evening of fun, entertainment, games, food, silent and live auctions and more. Many individuals and families benefit daily from your support of Heartland Family Service and thank you for choosing to make a difference. Tickets are on sale now.

Location: Embassy Suites La Vista Conference Center, Time: 6:00pm

Honorary Chairs: Ted and Amee Zetzman

Event Co-Chairs: Chris Olson and Candy Golden

Ticket Prices: Individual – $175 or Seating for ten – $1,500

Attire: Casual

Silent Auction: Yes Oral Auction: Yes

Event Contact: Veronica Kuebler • (402) 552-7424 VKuebler@HeartlandFamilyService.org

Other Fundraising Events:

• “Strike a Chord” Gala – June 26, 2023

• Safe Haven Golf Tournament Auguest 11, 2023

Heartland Family Service 2101 S 42nd St., Omaha, NE 68105 https://www.heartlandfamilyservice.org

Featured Event: 19th Annual Walk & Roll for Disabilities

Date: March 5, 2023

Event Description/Theme: Event raises funds for adult recreational programs at the UNMC Munroe Meyer Institute Recreation Therapy department. Participants and their families can walk or roll around the second floor of Oak View Mall.

Location: Oak View Mall

Time: 10:30am

Ticket Price: Free Attire: Casual

Event Contact: Board President • (402) 979-6491 info@mfdisabilities.org

Meyer Foundation for Disabilities 985450 NE Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198 https://www.mfdisabilities.org/

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AMERICAN RED CROSS

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

COMPLETELY KIDS

Completely KIDS℠ educates and empowers kids and families to create a safe, healthy, successful and connected community.

TABLE GRACE MINISTRIES

To foster a healthy community by offering great food served with dignity and provide opportunities for transformation personally and spiritually through hospitality, music and fellowship.

Featured Event: Heroes in the Heartland

Date: March 7, 2023

Event Description/Theme: The Heroes in the Heartland honors individuals from the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area who have undertaken extraordinary acts of courage and kindness, exemplifying the true spirit of the American Red Cross. Join us as we celebrate these exceptional individuals who have made a personal commitment to creating a safer and stronger community.

Location: Virtual Time: Noon – 1:00pm

Ticket Price: Free; donations welcome

Event Contact: Erin DeWitt erin.dewitt@redcross.org

Other Fundraising Events:

• Red Cross Giving Day – March 22, 2023

Featured Event: 20th Annual Author Luncheon

Date: March 8, 2023

Event Description/Theme: This wonderful event offers an inspiring story as well as your chance to donate to Completely KIDS; proceeds from this event help us continue our work of providing vital services to KIDS in our programs.

We all have the power to positively impact the lives of those around us. Our actions today have an impact on tomorrow and shape the individuals that come after us. So please consider joining Completely KIDS for this afternoon of giving back to the community! Scan our QR code and visit our website to stay updated and learn more!

Location: Scott Conference Center

Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm

Ticket Prices: $75 • $50 Young Professional Attire: Business Event Contact: events@completelykids.org

Featured Event:

Annual Gala “Voices of Transformation”

Date: March 10, 2023

Event Description/Theme:

Table Grace gathers annually to share mission impact updates and music from a variety of musicians/singers as well as Table Grace’s own Community Choir, and a wonderful meal of hors d’oeuvres, desserts, silent and live auctions and more. Our goal in 2023 is to raise $75,000 to assist in funding operations of Table Grace Cafe and Mobile Grace Food Truck and offer job experience training stipends to 10-day trainees.

Location: St. Thomas Lutheran Church 17007 Q St. • Omaha, NE

Time: 5:30 – 8:30pm

Ticket Price:

• Sponsorship levels: $20,000/$10,000/$5,000/$960 (these include 8 tickets)

• Individual tickets $85

Attire: Business Casual

Event Contact: Simone Weber • (917) 992-8574 simonegweber1@gmail.com

Other Fundraising Events:

• Giving Tuesday – November 28, 2023

• SHARE Omaha’s Do Good Days – May 2023

• Matching Monday – ongoing

Table Grace Ministries

American Red Cross

2912 S 80th Ave., Omaha, NE 68124 (402) 343-7700 redcross.org

Completely KIDS 2566 St. Mary’s Ave., Omaha, NE 68105 (402) 397-5809 • E-mail: events@completelykids.org completelykids.org

1611½ Farnam St., Omaha, NE 68102 (917) 992-8574

• E-mail: simonegweber1@gmail.com

www.tablegraceministries.org

*Visit organization websites and SpiritofOmaha.com’s extensive Local Events Calendar for updated information as these event dates approach.

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WOMEN ON A MISSION FOR CHANGE

WMC will inclusively bridge women and girls to achieve their full potential and become empowered leaders of a greater society.

Featured Event: Women on a Mission for Change Annual Conference

Date: March 24, 2023

Event Description/Theme: This conference will empower girls ages 14-18 and women of all ages to grow from where they are at to a future with no limits in their personal and professional lives. Let’s connect these women and girls to empower each other to achieve their dreams.

Location: Bellevue University Administrative Services Building – Symposium

Time: 8:00 – 3:00pm

Honorary Chairman: Gina Ponce

Event Chairmen: Gina Ponce and community volunteers

Ticket Prices:

• Individual $66 before 12/31/2022

• College Students: $2

• High School Students: $15

• Vendors: $71 before 12/31/2022

Attire: Business

Event Contact: Gina Ponce • (402) 913-8954 gina.ponce8954@gmail.com

Other Fundraising Events:

• Women Influencing Girls Mentoring – July 2023

• Legacy Gala – October 2023

Women on a Mission for Change P.O. Box 642336, Omaha, NE 68164 http://www.womenonamissionomaha.org

PARTNERSHIP 4 KIDS

Partnership 4 Kids’ mission is to engage and inspire students from preschool to graduation, guiding them to success with individualized support, career exploration and scholarships.

Featured Event: Hops & Grapes

Date: March 31, 2023

Event Description/Theme: This event, chaired by Tracy and Mike Ostlund, will feature unlimited tastings of Napa Valley wines, local brews and spirits, plus live music from the Shenanigans. Guests will enjoy perusing extraordinary auction and raffle packages and will be inspired by the positive impact P4K is making on the lives of vulnerable youth in our community.

Proceeds will benefit Partnership 4 Kids programing, serving more than 3,000 Omaha students living in under-resourced communities, with a mission of keeping them engaged in school and pursuing higher education.

Location: The Scott Conference Center

Time: 5:30pm

Ticket Prices: Visit www.p4k.org/events for details.

Attire: Casual

Event Contact: Cheryl Murray (402) 930-3082 • cmurray@p4k.org

Other Fundraising Events: • Swing 4 Kids –Tiburon – July 31, 2023

Partnership 4 Kids 1004 Farnam St., Ste. 200, Omaha, NE 68102 (402) 930-3082 • E-mail: cmurray@p4k.org

p4k.org

STEPHEN CENTER

Stephen Center partners with individuals, families and the community to overcome homelessness, poverty and mental health challenges.

Featured Event:

VinNEBRASKA Wine Tasting and Grand Auction

Date: March 31 & April 1, 2023

Event Description/Theme:

VinNEBRASKA benefits Stephen Center in 2023! Festivities kick off Friday, March 31, 2023 with a Winemakers’ Reception and Gourmet Dinner. Guests will enjoy a multi-course meal with paired wines, and silent and live auction items will be available. A featured vintner will be seated at your table. Public Wine Tasting and Grand Auction takes place on Saturday, April 1. Attendees will sample wines and bid during the silent auction on a vast selection of gift-items and wine collectibles. This year includes a sit-down dinner and program. Live auction items include spectacular vacation getaways!

Location: Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District

Times:

• The Winemakers Reception and Gourmet Dinner Friday, March 31 • 5:30 – 10:00pm

• Public Wine Tasting and Grand Auction Saturday, April 1 • 5:00pm – 10:00pm

Event Chairs: Ann Jetter & Kim Burkhalter

Ticket Prices: Visit www.vinnebraska.com for more information on tickets, sponsorship and general information.

Attire: Friday – Cocktail | Saturday – Business Casual Event Contact: Teri Corcoran Teri.Corcoran@stephencenter.org

Other Fundraising Events: • Hearts that Heal – February 2023

Stephen Center, Inc. 2723 Q St., Omaha, NE 68107 (402) 731-0238 stephencenter.org

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NEBRASKA LUTHERAN OUTDOOR MINISTRIES (NLOM)

Faith: Alive! At NLOM, in places set apart, we live out faith in ways that show everyone they belong and are unconditionally loved by God.

CHILD SAVING INSTITUTE

Responding to the cry of a child.

OMAHA SISTER CITIES ASSOCIATION

OSCA is committed to promoting Omaha as a global city, developing international partnerships and networks, and sharing best practices through citizen-to-citizen connections.

Featured Event: Heart of Camp Gala

Date: April 1, 2023

Event Description/Theme:

Carol Joy Holling Camp is where faith comes alive—not only at worship but also fun activities like mud hikes, horseback riding, and paddleboating with a friend. The Heart of Camp Gala ensures that all children have the ability to attend.

Carol Joy Holling Camp will not turn away any camper that cannot afford the full camp fee. Without the generosity of our friends at the Heart of Camp Gala, this would not be possible!

Location: A View West Shores – Waterloo

Time:

• 5:00pm – Cocktails & Silent Auction

• 7:00pm – Dinner

• 8:00pm – Program & Live Auction

Gala Chairs: Dave Lutton, Helen Raikes, Dr. Jeff & Tanny Akerson

Ticket Price: $125 each/$1,250 table sponsorships available

Event Contact: Gera Schultz GSchultz@NLOM.org • (402) 944-2544

Other Events:

• Quilt Auction – July 29, 2023

• The Kearney Camp Classic Golf Tournament August 2023

• The CJH Camp Classic Golf Tournament September 2023

Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries (NLOM)

27416 Ranch Rd. • Ashland, NE 68003 (402) 944-2544 • E-mail: Info@NLOM.org

NLOM.org

Featured Event: Cabaret 2023

Date: April 14, 2023

Event Description/Theme: Cabaret 2023 – A night of comedy to benefit Child Saving Institute’s (CSI) services for the prevention, intervention and healing of child abuse, neglect and trauma. Come and enjoy an evening of cocktails, dinner and hilarity for a great cause!

Location: Embassy Suites La Vista Conference Center

Times: • 6:00pm – Cocktail Hour

• 7:00pm – Dinner & Event Program • 8:30pm – Entertainment

Event Chairs: Gina & Nick Patrick

Ticket Prices: • $250/$500

• Table sponsorships available

Attire: Business Casual Raffle: Yes

Event Contact: Lori Bechtold Chief Development Officer (402) 504-3660 • lbechtold@childsaving.org

Other Fundraising Events:

• PurseOnalities – Fall 2023

• Touch-A-Truck – Fall 2023

• Substitute Santa – December 2023

Child Saving Institute 4545 Dodge St., Omaha, NE 68132 (402) 553-6000 • E-mail: csiinfo@childsaving.org childsaving.org

Featured Event: Annual Global Gala Date: April 16, 2023

Event Description/Theme: Omaha Sister Cities Association is committed to promoting Omaha as a global city, developing international partnerships and networks, and sharing best practices through citizen-to-citizen diplomacy. Celebrate our achievements and network globally at our annual fundraiser and gala.

Location: Il Palazzo

Time: 5:00 – 8:00pm

Ticket Price: $75

Attire: Business Event Contact: Pat Fitzgerald • (402) 973-0823 omahasistercities19@gmail.com

Other Events: • Concert dates for our 40th season and beyond can be found on our website.

Omaha Sister Cities Association P.O. Box 241693, Omaha, NE 68124 https://omahasistercities.com

*Visit organization websites and SpiritofOmaha.com’s extensive Local Events Calendar for updated information as these event dates approach.

29 MARCH – APRIL
2023 CHARITY EVENTS 2023
THE OF GALA

VISITING NURSE ASSOCIATION

VNA delivers expert, compassionate care to underresourced individuals and families in our community.

Featured Event: Art & Soup

Date: April 16, 2023

Event Description/Theme: There’s never been a more important time for VNA nurses to be in local homeless shelters— and your support is needed more than ever! Enjoy delicious soups provided by some of the best chefs and restaurants in Omaha and Council Bluffs. Purchase unique art from local artists representing a variety of mediums, with 50% of sales donated to assure there are VNA nurses in every local homeless and domestic violence shelter.

Location: Omaha Design Center

Times: • 1:00-2:00pm – Patron Party • 2:00-5:00pm – General Admission

Ticket Prices: • $100 – Patron Party

• $50 – General Admission

Attire: Casual

Silent Auction: Yes

Event Contact: Samantha Livermore Art&Soup@vnatoday.org

Visiting Nurse Association

12565 W Center Rd., Ste. 100, Omaha, NE 68144 (402) 342-5566 vnatoday.org/artandsoup

SANTA MONICA, INC.

To provide a continuum of care that empowers women to live productively, drug and alcohol free.

Featured Event: Annual Step Into Spring

Date: April 22, 2023

Event Description/Theme: This year we will host our Step Into Spring event with a savory brunch, silent and piccadilly auction and a featured speaker who will share her story of success.

Location: Scott Conference Center

Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm

Ticket Prices: • $30 per person • $200 per table of 8

Attire: Casual Sponsorships: Available by contacting Heather Kirk • heather@santamonicahouse.org

Silent Auction: Yes Oral Auction: Yes

Event Contact: Heather Kirk • heather@santamonicahouse.org

Other Fundraising Events: • Diva Drive – December 2023

Santa Monica, Inc.

401 S 39th St., Omaha, NE 68131 (402) 558-7088 • E-mail: heather@santamonicahouse.org www.santamonicahouse.org

CONCEIVE NEBRASKA

To support individuals and couples facing fertility challenges in the Heartland.

Featured Event: 2023 Walk of Hope

Date: April 23, 2023

Event Description/Theme: Join Conceive Nebraska as we walk for those struggling with infertility. Walk for your friends, walk for your family, walk to raise awareness and find solutions.

Location: Turner Park at Midtown Crossing Time: 2:00-4:00pm

Honorary Chairman: Chantel Chulski

Event Chairmen: Megan Gifford and Kassandra Mayo Ticket Price: $10

Attire: Casual Event Contact: Kassandra Mayo • (402) 216-1418 director@conceivenebraska.org

Other Fundraising Events: • Fall Fundraiser – August 2023

Conceive Nebraska P.O. Box 471 Boystown, Omaha, NE 68010 https://conceivenebraska.org

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RELEASE

To affect youth and their families with the lifechanging love of Jesus Christ, releasing them to be all God intends them to be—safe, together, healthy, free.

MAKE-A-WISH NEBRASKA

Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

NEBRASKA CHILDREN’S HOME SOCIETY

To provide safe and loving care to children of all ages.

Featured Event:

Release’s 2023 Gala, Imagine...

Date: April 28, 2023

Event Description/Theme: Psychiatrist Dr. Curt Thompson suggests underneath all our longings is the desire to be known, and while this innate craving has been marred by cycles of trauma and shame, healing can emerge from the ashes. Drawing on his work in interpersonal neurobiology and clinical practice, Thompson presents a powerful picture of the capacity of the believing community to reshape our imaginations, hold our desires and griefs together, and invite us into the beauty of God’s presence.

Location: Hilton Omaha

Time: 6:00pm

Ticket Price: Tables start at $750

Attire: Business/Business Casual

Event Contact: Brenda Block brenda@releaseinc.org

Other Fundraising Events:

• Bill Ellett Memorial Golf Classic September 18, 2023

Release

3223 N 45th St., Building T, Omaha, NE 68104 (402) 455-0808 • E-mail: info@releaseinc.org releaseinc.org

Featured Event: Blue Jean Ball: Wishes Are Forever Date: April 29, 2023

Event Description/Theme: Join Make-A-Wish Nebraska as we celebrate “Wishes Are Forever” at our annual Blue Jean Ball. Spend the evening helping make local wishes come true! Take part in our silent and live auctions and hear how wishes have proven physical and emotional benefits that give children with critical illnesses hope and a reason to comply with their medical treatments.

Location: Embassy Suites La Vista Conference Center Times: • 6:00pm – Silent Auction • 7:30pm – Dinner and Program

Honorary Chairs: Randy and Candace Wood Event Chairs: Denise Willett

Ticket Price: • $150 per person • $1,500 corporate table Attire: Blue Jeans

Event Contact: Brigette Young, President/CEO byoung@nebraska.wish.org • (402) 333-8999

Other Fundraising Events:

• Lincoln’s Wish Ball – February 18, 2023

• Omaha Wine, Whiskey, and Wishes May 11, 2023

• Kearney Evening of Wishes – August 17, 2023

Make-A-Wish Nebraska 1005 S 107th Ave., Ste. 102, Omaha, NE 68114 (402) 333-8999 • E-mail: info@nebraska.wish.org www.wish.org/nebraska

Featured Event: 130th Anniversary Gala

Date: April 29, 2023

Event Description/Theme: Join us on April 29, 2023, to celebrate the NCHS 130th anniversary! Our event commemorates 130 years of providing compassionate guidance, innovative services, and workable solutions for children, families, and caregivers. This year, we welcome you to support our mission to provide safe and loving care to children of all ages.

For more information, please visit nchs.org.

Location: A View West Shores, Waterloo Time: • 5:30pm – Reception and Silent Auction • 6:30pm – Dinner, Program and Awards

Attire: Dressy-casual

Event Contact: Leah Lindell (402) 898-7783 • llindell@nchs.org

Nebraska Children’s Home Society

4939 S 118th St., Omaha, NE 68137 (402) 451-0787 • E-mail: events@nchs.org nchs.org

*Visit organization websites and SpiritofOmaha.com’s extensive Local Events Calendar for updated information as these event dates approach.

31 APRIL (CONT’D) 2023 CHARITY EVENTS
2023

BOYS TOWN

KIDS CAN COMMUNITY CENTER

DOWN SYNDROME ALLIANCE OF THE MIDLANDS

Changing the way America cares for children and families.

At Kids Can Community Center, our mission is to educate, engage, and inspire children through early childhood care and out-of-school experiences.

The Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands is committed to connecting those touched by Down syndrome through education, advocacy, and support.

Featured Event: 2023 Booster Banquet

Date: May 2, 2023

Event Description/Theme: Many children who arrive at Boys Town have never participated in organized sports. They haven’t had the opportunity to experience being part of a team or feeling a sense of accomplishment that comes from working together to reach a goal. Recognizing the tremendous benefit of participating in sports for the youth in our care, the Boys Town Boosters were formed to help ensure that any child who wanted to play sports could do so. Please join us for this worthwhile cause. For more information on our events, please visit boystown.org.

Location: Embassy Suites La Vista Conference Center

Time: 5:30pm – 9:00pm

Ticket Prices: $125 (sponsorship opportunities available)

Attire: Business

Silent Auction: Yes

Live Auction: Yes

Event Contact: Diane Achilles (531) 355-7952 • diane.achilles@boystown.org

Other Fundraising Events:

• Memorial Day Run – September 3, 2023

• Blue Water Bash – July 2023

• Light the Town – December 4, 2023

Boys Town 14100 Crawford St. • Boys Town, NE 68010 (531) 355-1508 • E-mail: helpkids@boystown.org www.boystown.org

Featured Event: Can Do Awards presented by Verizon

Date: May 4, 2023

Event Description/Theme: The Can Do awards luncheon showcases inspiring individuals with a “can do” attitude that make things happen, break down barriers, and find resolution to issues facing our community. 400 people are expected to attend and participate at this event to include over 40 corporate and community sponsors. This signature event raises funds for over 1,400 students to support our two core programs for student success: Early Childhood Education and Out-of-School programs.

Location: Scott Conference Center

Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm

Event Co-Chairs: Kristin Lund & Jill Feilmeier

Ticket Prices: $75

Attire: Business Casual Raffle: Yes

Event Contact: Cliff McEvoy • (402) 731-6988 cmcevoy@kidscan.org

Other Fundraising Events: • Giving Tuesday – November 28, 2023

Kids Can Community Center 4768 Q St., Omaha, NE 68117

https://kidscan.org/get-connected/cando2023.html

Featured Event: Building the Future Gala

Date: May 6, 2023

Event Description/Theme: The Building the Future Gala is an annual event to generate financial support for our local outreach and programs for individuals with Down syndrome and their families. The evening includes dinner, a live and silent auction, and an award presentation. Join us for a night of fun, food, and philanthropic giving!

Location: Embassy Suites La Vista Conference Center

Time: 5:00pm

Ticket Prices: $125

Attire: Cocktail Raffle: Yes Silent Auction: Yes Oral Auction: Yes

Event Contact: Samantha Kruse • (531) 375-5791 info@dsamidlands.org

Other Fundraising Events: • Rock Your Socks for World Down Syndrome Day!

March 21, 2023

• Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk & Family Festival – September 24, 2023

Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands 10824 Old Mill Rd., Omaha, NE 68154 http://www.dsamidlands.org/

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THE MICAH HOUSE

To provide a safe and nurturing environment with support services for families and individuals experiencing the crisis of homelessness.

OMAHA CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

The mission of Omaha Children’s Museum is to engage the imagination and create excitement about learning.

THE SALVATION ARMY

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

Featured Event: Champagne and Diamonds

Date: May 6, 2023

Event Description/Theme: Wear your Kentucky Derby finest attire to the annual Champagne and Diamonds event! After a gourmet dinner, guests socialize, compete for prizes, and bid on auction items. At the end of the evening is the classic champagne toast and diamond raffle. All funds raised help MICAH House sustain its mission: helping women, children, and families experiencing the crisis of homelessness.

Location: Mid-America Center

Time: 4:30pm

Ticket Prices: $75 Attire: Formal

Raffle: Yes

Silent Auction: Yes Oral Auction: Yes

Event Contact: Jenny Andersen • (712) 323-4416 jandersen@themicahhouse.org

The MICAH House 1415 Avenue J • Council Bluffs, IA51501 https://www.themicahhouse.org/

Featured Event: For The Kids Benefit 2023: Hats Off, Paddles Up, A Night At The Derby

Date: May 6, 2023

Event Description/Theme: The 44th annual For The Kids Benefit is a fundraising dinner to benefit Omaha Children’s Museum organized by the Museum’s Rainbow Connectors Guild. This fun-filled, tea party-inspired evening will take place on Saturday, May 6, 2023. Bid on one-of-a-kind auction packages, watch the Kentucky Derby live, enjoy games placed throughout the museum, and enjoy a delicious derby-inspired dinner with friends.

Location: Omaha Children’s Museum, Time: 5:00pm

Event Chairs: Amber Gard, Maddie Keeling, Maren Lakers, and Leora Werner

Ticket Prices: $150 Attire: High Tea Silent Auction: Yes Oral Auction: Yes

Event Contact: Luke Sutton • (402) 930-8020 lsutton@ocm.org

Omaha Children’s Museum 500 South 20th St., Omaha, NE 68102 https://www.ocm.org/

Featured Event: D.J.’s Hero Awards Luncheon

Date: May 9, 2023

Event Description/Theme: The 24th annual D.J.’s Hero Awards Luncheon will honor up to 17 deserving Nebraska high school seniors with $12,000 academic scholarships. Funds raised from the luncheon support Salvation Army programs that help children living in poverty in the Omaha metro. Peggy and David Sokol partnered with The Salvation Army to establish the D.J.’s Hero Awards in memory of their son, D.J., in 2000.

Location: CHI Health Center – Omaha

Time: 11:30am

Honorary Chairs: Elizabeth and Mike Cassling

Ticket Prices: • $150 Individual • $1,500 Table Sponsorship

Attire: Business Attire

Oral Auction: Yes

Event Contact: Todd Andrews Todd.Andrews@usc.salvationarmy.org

The Salvation Army 10755 Burt St., Omaha, NE 68114 (402) 898-7700 salarmyomaha.org

*Visit organization websites and SpiritofOmaha.com’s extensive Local Events Calendar for updated information as these event dates approach.

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EVENTS 2023

MIDLANDS HUMANE SOCIETY

To protect and nurture companion animals and enrich the lives of people who love them.

Featured Event:

Midlands Humane Society Annual Gala

Date: May 12, 2023

*Watch our website and social media for the most up-to-date details.

Event Description/Theme: Meet cat and dog ambassadors at Midlands Humane Society’s largest fundraiser of the year. This family-friendly event is a can’t-miss! There will be hundreds of silent and live auction items to bid on and activities to keep everyone busy from beginning to end.

Location: Mid-America Center

Times:

• 5:00pm – Doors Open

• 6:30pm – Dinner

Event Chairs: Alex & Jamie Gum

Ticket Prices:

• $60 per seat

• $550 per table

• Event sponsorships are available

Attire: Business Casual

Event Contact: Mariah Garcia Director of Operations & Events mgarcia@midlandshumanesociety.org (712) 396-2264

Other Fundraising Events:

• Wags & Wheels Car Show – August 2023

Official date will be posted on the MHS Website

Midlands Humane Society 1020 Railroad Ave. • Council Bluffs, IA 51503 (712) 396-2270 • E-mail: info@midlandshumanesociety.org

Midlandshumanesociety.org

ICAN

Developing Inspired, Authentic Leaders To Transform The Organizations And Communities They Serve.

CHILDREN’S SQUARE U.S.A.

Building a bright future for children and families.

Featured Event: ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference

Date: May 17, 2023

Event Description/Theme: The 30th Anniversary ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference will highlight the bold conversations emerging in the business world today. Attendees, both in-person and virtual, will explore what is impacting the future of women leaders in our community and the world at large through a day of learning and connection with 3,000-plus leaders from across the country. Global expert keynotes will inspire your leadership journey and encourage you to hold future conversations confidently and courageously in life and work.

Location: CHI Health Center + Virtually

Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Ticket Prices: Visit ICANconference.com beginning in mid-January for 2023 details and pricing information

Attire: Business/Business Casual

Event Contact: Allison Zach allison@icanleaders.org

Other Programs & Events:

• Defining Leadership for Women, begins February 9, 2023

• Defining Leadership for Men begins February 2, 2023

• 7x7x7 (7 speakers x 7 minutes each x 7 topics) November 2023

Featured Event: Chip in for Children Golf Event

Date: May 18, 2023

Event Description/Theme: This event helps us raise additional funds that support programs for vulnerable children who are in or near crisis. Proceeds from this event help fund our children’s emergency shelter services, Department of Education-approved special education program for grades 1-12, psychiatric residential treatment for children with moderate to severe mental health diagnoses, training and support of foster families, aftercare services and support for youth who have aged or are aging out of foster/group care, patient-centered and coordinated care for children with a serious emotional disturbance (SED), and supportive in-home interventions and skills building for youth and families

Location: Top Golf Omaha Time: 4:00pm

Ticket Prices: • $100 Individual

• $600 Team (6 people)

• $1,000 Corporate Sponsorship

Attire: Casual

Event Contact: Phil Taylor (712) 828-7456 • changinglives@childrenssquare.org

Other Fundraising Events:

• Run for Fun 1-mile & 5K run/walk – Spring 2023

• Jason Awards Gala and Dinner – November 2, 2023

ICAN – Institute of Career Advancement Needs 14217 Dayton Cir., Ste. 5 • Omaha, NE 68137 (402) 392-0746 • E-mail: ican@icanleaders.org icanleaders.org + icanconference.com

Children’s Square U. S. A. 520 N 7th St. • Council Bluffs, IA 51503 (712) 322-3700 • E-mail: changinglives@childrenssquare.org childrenssquare.org

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UNITED WAY OF THE MIDLANDS (UWM)

United Way of the Midlands UNITES our community’s CARING SPIRIT to build a STRONGER tomorrow.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF

OMAHA

We build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.

CHRISTOPHER BREMER FOUNDATION

Advocating connectedness and fostering resources for mental health and prevention of suicide.

Featured Event: United Way of the Midlands’ 100th-Anniversary Community Concert

Date: May 18, 2023

Event Description/Theme:

This free concert will celebrate the OmahaCouncil Bluffs metro and say “thank you” to the community for supporting UWM for 100 years. Featured performers will include local bands and crowd favorite, The Shenanigans.

Location: Gene Leahy Mall – Downtown Omaha

Time: 6:00-10:00pm

Ticket Price: Free

Event Contact: Sarah McMahon – Senior Manager, Events, United Way of the Midlands

Other Events: 100th Anniversary Celebrations

• 100th-Anniversary Community Block Party June 3, 2023

• 100th-Anniversary Community Block Party June 10, 2023

• 100th-Anniversary Community Block Party July 15, 2023

• Community Concert: The Shenanigans and The Travis Band, Gene Leahy Mall – May 18, 2023

• Community Celebrations:

Hitchcock Park – June 24, 2023

4220 Q Street, Omaha (11 AM – 2 PM)

Fontenelle Park – June 17, 2023

4220 Q Street, Omaha (11 AM – 2 PM)

Rivers Edge Pavilion – July 15, 2023

4220 Q Street, Omaha (11 AM – 2 PM)

Werner Park – July 22, 2023

4220 Q Street, Omaha (11 AM – 2 PM)

United Way of the Midlands

Sara McMahon – Senior Manager, Events

2201 Farnam St., Ste. 200, Omaha, NE 68102 (402) 342-8232

• E-mail: events@uwmidlands.org

UnitedWayMidlands.org

Featured Event: Women’s Power Luncheon

Date: May 19, 2023

Event Description/Theme: Habitat Omaha hosts this annual luncheon to honor and recognize our Power Woman of the Year and Power Partner for their expertise, time and resources given to the community. Funds raised support Habitat Omaha’s Women Build House and mission. Women Build spotlights the homeownership challenges faced by women and addresses those issues through the power of women. You can transform others by recruiting, educating and inspiring those in our community to fundraise and build.

Location: Hilton Omaha

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00pm

Ticket Prices:

• $75 (1 Ticket)

• $750 (Table)

• Sponsorships available

Attire: Business Casual

Event Contact: Jennifer Walcutt (402) 933-7631 • jwalcutt@habitatomaha.org

Other Fundraising Events:

• Habitat Fore! Humanity Golf Tournament –June 5, 2023

• Brew Haha – Sept. 7, 2023

Habitat for Humanity of Omaha 1701 N 24th St., Omaha, NE 68110 (402) 457-5657 habitatomaha.org

Featured Event: Chris Bremer Foundation Annual Golf Event

Date: June 5, 2023

Event Description/Theme: Join us for our 3rd annual golf event. Raising awareness and services for mental health and suicide prevention. Our event has sold out quickly each year. Join us for an awesome day of golf where all the proceeds provide services for the Omaha local community. Making a difference!

Location: The Players Club at Deer Creek

Time: 11:00am

Event Chairmen: Debbie Bremer, Traci Schmitz & Lori Rockwell

Ticket Prices: $500 a foursome

Attire: Golf Raffle: Yes Silent Auction: Yes

Event Contact: Debbie Bremer • (402) 968-7488 info@chrisbremerfoundation.org

Christopher Bremer Foundation 11067 W Maple Rd., Omaha, NE 68164

https://www.chrisbremerfoundation.org/

*Visit organization websites and SpiritofOmaha.com’s extensive Local Events Calendar for updated information as these event dates approach.

35 MAY – JUNE 2023 CHARITY EVENTS 2023

NEBRASKA HUMANE SOCIETY

The Nebraska Humane Society saves, protects, and enriches the lives of animals in the communities we serve.

RIVER CITY MIXED CHORUS

We are Omaha’s only LGBTQ+ Community Chorus! We are dedicated to creating exceptional musical experiences to support diversity, inspire change, and empower communities.

GOODWILL INDUSTRIES, INC.

Goodwill changes lives and strengthens communities through education, training and work.

Featured Event: Dining With Dogs

Date: June 9, 2023

Event Description/Theme: Bring your dog to dinner! Dining With Dogs is the only event in the metro that is designed specifically for human and canine guests. Hosted by NHS guild Friends Forever, this event really “puts on the dog.” Dinner follows a cocktail hour complete with doggie appetizers, silent auction bidding and a collar toss for great libations. Then its VIP (Very Important Pet) appearances and a chance for you to benefit the cause. You get to enjoy your dog AND help those still looking for a loving home. It’s a win for everyone!

Location: A View on State

Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Co-Chairs: TwiLea Fletcher & Adria Peterson

Ticket Prices: $125

Attire: Nice Casual (However the dogs love to dress up!)

Silent Auction: Yes

Event Contact: Gordon Krentz gkrentz@nehumanesociety.org

Other Fundraising Events:

• Walk for the Animals

September 24, 2023 – NHS Meadow • Whine Fest – TBA

Nebraska Humane Society 8929 Fort St., Omaha, NE 68134 (402) 905-3470 • E-mail: pwiese@nehumanesociety.org

nehumanesociety.org

Featured Event: Concert: Our Own Kind of Music – A Celebration of the 70’s

Date: June 10, 2023

Event Description/Theme: The 1970’s were characterized by love, war, freedom, scandal, peace and upheaval. And so much glorious music across a wide range of genres – hard rock, soft rock, pop, funk, soul, folk, R&B, country, punk, and, of course, disco. Join us as we celebrate iconic artists of the 70s whose timeless anthems were soundtracks for social justice movements that continue today. And because the beat does go on, stay afterwards for a post-concert disco party!

Location: Holland Performing Arts Center

Time: 7:05pm

Ticket Price: $20 – $45

Attire: Come as you are!

Event Contact: Travis Mullins • (402) 341-7464 travismullins@rcmc.org

Other Events: • Concert dates for our 40th season and beyond can be found on our website.

River City Mixed Chorus P.O. Box 3267, Omaha, NE 68103 https://rcmc.org

Featured Event: Goodwill Golf Classic

Date: June 12, 2023

Event Description/Theme: Join us at our 25th Annual Goodwill Golf Classic! Your support enables our employment programs to improve the lives of more people in the communities we serve as we help them find success and independence through work.

Location: The Players Club at Deer Creek Times: • 11:00am Registration • 12:00pm Shotgun Start

Attire: Golf Event Contact: (402) 341-4609

Goodwill Industries, Inc., Serving Eastern Nebraska and Southwest Iowa 4805 N 72nd St., Omaha, NE 68134 (402) 341-4609

goodwillomaha.org

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WOMEN’S CENTER FOR ADVANCEMENT

Assisting survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and stalking and their children to achieve safety and empower them to lead self-determined lives.

Deliver life-changing rehabilitation and care. Protect dignity, instill purpose, and create hope. Commit to excellence.

PROJECT HOUSEWORKS

Enhances lives and strengthens communities through the preservation of affordable housing.

Featured Event: Tribute to Women

Date: June 29, 2023

Event Description/Theme: Each year, we continue to shine the spotlight on deserving women whose work, dedication and commitment have grown and shaped women and girls in Omaha. Through Tribute to Women, the WCA has recognized more than 300 amazing leaders, teachers, impact-makers and movers and shakers over the last 35 years. The WCA will honor another ten women at the 36th Annual Tribute to Women Luncheon.

Location: Marriott Omaha Downtown Capitol District Time: Doors open at 11:00pm, program starts at 12:00pm

Honorary Chairs Dr. Katie Weitz, Ph.D. Ticket Prices: $75 Attire: Casual Event Contact: Mekenzie Looney • (402) 345-6555 mekenziel@wcaomaha.org

Other Fundraising Events: • REMIX – October 20th, 2023

Women’s Center for Advancement 3801 Harney St., Omaha, NE 68131 https://wcaomaha.org/

Featured Event: QLI’s Annual Golf Challenge

Date: August 7, 2023

Event Description/Theme: Join us for a unique mix of traditional golf and challenge golf to raise funds for QLI’s Life Path Services program. Our 19th annual tournament promises to be full of surprises and fun!

Location: The Players Club at Deer Creek Time: 11:00am

Attire: Golf

Event Contact: Don Terry • (402) 573-3700 dterry@QLIomaha.com

QLI 6404 N 70th Plz., Omaha, NE 68104 (402) 573-3700 • E-mail: dterry@QLIomaha.com www.teamQLI.com

Featured Event: Brush Up

Date: August 19, 2023

Event Description/Theme: The Brush Up event is a free exterior paint service for lowincome senior homeowners and provided by corporate sponsors and volunteer teams. In 2022, over 450 volunteers joined forces to paint 27 homes across the Omaha metro area! That would not have been possible without support from corporate partners and volunteers.

Location: Douglas and Sarpy Counties

Time: 8:00am – 4:00pm Attire: Work/Paint Clothes

Event Contact: Hailey Ghumm (402) 965-9201 hailey@projecthouseworks.org

Support Requested: • Corporate-sponsored volunteer teams

Project Houseworks 2316 S 24th St. • Omaha, NE 68108 (402) 965-9201 • E-mail: brushup@projecthouseworks.org www.projecthouseworks.org

*Visit organization websites and SpiritofOmaha.com’s extensive Local Events Calendar for updated information as these event dates approach.

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QLI

TRI-FAITH INITIATIVE

We cultivate inclusive environments to advance interfaith relationships and understanding.

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES IN OMAHA

The mission of RMHC is to create and operate programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children.

AUTISM ACTION PARTNERSHIP

Improving the quality of life of persons on the autism spectrum and their families through education, advocacy, and support.

Featured Event: United We Walk Fundraiser

Date: September 10, 2023

Event Description/Theme: United We Walk is a walk for an inclusive Omaha! Tri-Faith welcomes all of Omaha to a walk around our Commons to visit each of our partners (a synagogue, church, mosque, and interfaith center), and to celebrate the power of unity. Sponsorships come with T-shirts, ad space, and event recognition.

Tri-Faith Initiative is an interfaith education nonprofit that cultivates inclusive environments to advance interfaith relationships and understanding.

Location: Tri-Faith Initiative Our address: 13136 Faith Plz. • Omaha, NE

Time: 1:00pm

Ticket Price: • Sponsorships: $1,500 – $25,000

• Event Registration w/T-shirt: $25

• Event Registration: Free!

Attire: Comfortable Walking Attire

Event Contact: walk@trifaith.org • www.trifaith.org/walk

Other Fundraising Events:

• Race, Religion, and Social Justice Conference June 8, 2023

Tri-Faith Initiative

13136 Faith Plz., Omaha, NE 68144 (402) 934-2955 • E-mail: info@trifaith.org www.trifaith.org

Featured Event: Wings & Wheels Omaha Gala

Date: September 15, 2023

Event Description/Theme: Join us for an exclusive night of viewing exotic cars and aircraft in a private airplane hangar at Signature Flight Support, complete with local gourmet small bites and cocktails, entertainment, and a live auction.

Location: Signature Flight Support

Time: 6:30pm

Ticket Price: • $120 per person

• $1,200 per table

Attire: Cocktail

Event Contact: Emily Mozer • (402) 346-9377

Other Fundraising Events:

• Keynote Luncheon – Monday, April 17, 2023

• Fishing For Families with Central States Kayak Series – Saturday, May 13, 2023

• Kids & Clays Sporting Clays Tournament Saturday, October 13, 2023

Featured Event:

A Vintage Affaire XV

Date: September 30, 2023

Event Description/Theme: A Vintage Affaire is Autism Action Partnership’s annual gala fundraiser benefiting programming and services supporting Nebraska’s autism community. The event includes a silent and live auction, dinner, and program. In addition, AAP presents the annual Help is Hope Award to an individual or group who has demonstrated selfless support of autism support, acceptance and inclusion throughout Nebraska.

Location: Embassy Suites La Vista Conference Center

Time: 5:00-9:00pm

Ticket Prices: Please visit aap.givesmart.com for sponsorship and ticket information.

Attire: Semi-formal

Silent Auction: Yes Oral Auction: Yes

Event Contact: info@AutismAction.org (402) 763-8830

Other Fundraising Events:

• Swing for the Spectrum Golf Fundraiser May 8, 2023

Autism Action Partnership

Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha 620 S 38th Ave., Omaha, NE 68105 (402) 346-9377 • E-mail: emozer@rmhcomaha.org

RMHCOmaha.org

10909 Mill Valley Rd., Ste. 205, Omaha, NE 68154 (402) 763-8830 • E-mail: info@autismaction.org

autismaction.org

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MADONNA REHABILITATION HOSPITALS –

OMAHA CAMPUS

Madonna offers world-class rehabilitation for adults and children. We specialize in brain trauma, spinal cord injuries, stroke, severe pulmonary conditions, cancer, Post-Covid-19 and neurological diseases.

IMMIGRANT LEGAL CENTER

Welcoming immigrants into our communities by providing high-quality legal services, education and advocacy.

SCATTER JOY ACRES

A Place of Rescue A Journey to Peace

Featured Event: 8th Annual Miles for Madonna

Date: September 30, 2023

Event Description/Theme: Miles for Madonna is a 5K Run/1-Mile Walk for runners of all ability levels and families. The event features a Kids’ Zone with balloon artist, face painting and games. All runners and walkers receive a T-shirt and more. Door prizes, food booth and a photo booth top off this fun fall event. Proceeds go to an emergency fund for patients who need financial help to emerge from a crisis.

Location: Zorinsky Lake – Shelter #5

Time: 10:00am

Ticket Prices: • $25 for adults • $10 for kids

Attire: Casual Event Contact: Mike Gochenour (402) 401-5050 • mgochenour@madonna.org

Other Fundraising Events:

• Miracle Night for Madonna – December 1, 2023

The Madonna Foundation

John C. Glenn

17500 Burke St., Omaha, NE 68118 (402) 401-5050 • E-mail: MadonnaFoundation@madonna.org madonna.org

Featured Event:

Food Truck World Tour

Date: October 1, 2023

Event Description/Theme: Immigrant Legal Center’s annual Food Truck World Tour is a fundraiser to support immigration legal services in our community. Enjoy a variety of food from local food trucks, special desserts, cultural entertainment and good friends. Immigrant Legal Center depends on the proceeds from Food Truck World Tour to continue our work providing critical immigration legal services, advocacy and education for low-income immigrant families in Nebraska and Southwest Iowa. Thank you for your support!

Location: Stinson Park at Aksarben Village

Time: 3:00pm

Ticket Prices:

• Tickets start at $75

• Sponsorships are available

Attire: Casual Event Contact: Cailan Franz (402) 884-0416 • cailan@immigrantlc.org

Other Fundraising Events:

• Immigrant Heritage Month – June 2023

• Give online anytime

Immigrant Legal Center 4223 Center St., Omaha, NE 68105 (402) 898-1349 • Email: info@immigrantlc.org

immigrantlc.org

Featured Event:

Let Love Lead Barn Bash

Date: October 5, 2023

Event Description/Theme:

Let Love Lead Barn Bash is Scatter Joy Acres’ largest fundraising event of the year. Proceeds underwrite program expenses for all participants, help pay for food and hay for our animals, and directly impact individuals with special needs, seniors, veterans, trauma survivors and at-risk youth in Nebraska.

Enjoy a catered dinner and your favorite beverage while enjoying the entertainment, meeting the ranch animals, and much more ranch fun.

Location: Scatter Joy Acres

Our address: 4107 Waverly Rd. • Murray, NE

Times: • Cocktails – 5:30pm

• Dinner – 6:30pm

Event Chairs: Acela Turco • Dave Nielsen

Attire: Slip on your cowboy boots

Event Contact: Acela Turco • Acela@scatterjoyacres.org

Other Fundraising Events:

• Petting Zoo – Sunday–Saturday

• Live Nativity & Reindeer – December 16, 2023

Scatter Joy Acres

Joy Bartling, Executive Director

4107 Waverly Rd. • Murray, NE 68409 (402) 709-9401 • E-mail: heather@santamonicahouse.org scatterjoyacres.org

*Visit organization websites and SpiritofOmaha.com’s extensive Local Events Calendar for updated information as these event dates approach.

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LIFT UP SARPY COUNTY

The mission of Lift Up Sarpy County is to collaborate to meet the needs of people experiencing life challenges.

Featured Event:

Shining Stars Luncheon

Date: October 5, 2023

Event Description/Theme:

To fulfill our mission, Lift Up Sarpy County invites you to partner in our luncheon to be held on Thursday, October 5, 2023. The luncheon will celebrate and honor the businesses and organizations that have helped Lift Up Sarpy County continue to serve those most vulnerable in our communities.

Location: TBA

Time: 11:30am

Ticket Price: $75

Attire: Business Casual

Silent Auction: Yes

Event Contact: Angelica Carl • (402) 578-5788 hello@liftupsarpycounty.org

Other Fundraising Events: • Easter Breakfast Friend and Fun Raiser

YOUTH EMERGENCY SERVICES

Youth Emergency Services assists youth experiencing homelessness and near homelessness by providing critically-needed resources which support them in their desire to be self-sufficient.

OUTLOOK ENRICHMENT

Journey Beyond Vision

Lift Up Sarpy County

119 West Mission Ave. • Bellevue, NE 68005

https://www.liftupsarpycounty.org/

Featured Event: Dance for a Chance

Date: October 12, 2023

Event Description/Theme: For more than a decade, Youth Emergency Services has hosted Dance for a Chance to help fund programs that help homeless and near-homeless youth get back on their feet. Similar to Dancing with the Stars, YES recruits members of the community who partner with a professional instructor to perfect a short dance routine—while also fundraising for the organization. The pair then performs in front of a panel of judges and a sellout crowd of YES supporters for their chance at the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy.

Attire: Business Casual

Sponsorships: Available by contacting Director of Develoment Barb Farho

Silent Auction: Yes

Event Contact: Barb Farho • bfarho@yesomaha.org

Other Fundraising Events: • Golf Outing – Summer 2023 • Giving Tuesday -- November 28, 2023

Featured Event: Vision Beyond Sight Gala

Date: October 13, 2023

Event Description/Theme:

In Nebraska, more than 35,000 people report blindness or severe difficulty seeing even with glasses. You can help those in our community living with vision loss achieve their goals and live more independently, through Enrichment programs and activities. We invite you to attend our Vision Beyond Sight Gala, an eye-opening sensory experience. Our event will feature an inspirational speaker, whose story touches on the challenges of visual impairment. Most importantly, you will meet those in our community who directly benefit from your attendance and participation in this fundraising event. For more information scan the QR code below.

Location: Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District

Time: 6:00pm

Attire: Cocktail or Business

Event Contact: Nina Rongisch (531) 365-5342

Other Fundraising Events: • Tee It Up Fore Sight Golf Tournament (TBA)

Youth Emergency Services 2679 Farnam St., Ste. 205, Omaha, NE 68131 (402) 345-5187 • Email: info@yesomaha.org www.yesomaha.org

Outlook Enrichment

4125 S 72nd St., Omaha, NE 68127 531-365-5051 • E-mail: funddevelopment@outlooken.org www.outlooken.org

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AKSARBEN FOUNDATION

A unified network of business and community leaders seeking to influence change in heartland communities to better education, workforce development and growth of the economy.

ASSISTANCE LEAGUE® OF OMAHA

Assistance League volunteers transforming the lives of children and adults through community programs.

CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL & MEDICAL CENTER

To improve the life of every child.

Featured Event: Aksarben Ball

Date: October 28, 2023

Event Description/Theme:

The Aksarben Ball is an annual event to raise funds for the Aksarben Foundation and support the initiatives of education, community and workforce development. The Aksarben Ball is a long-held tradition during which the Aksarben Foundation honors the volunteerism and philanthropy of the citizens of Nebraska and western Iowa. The event includes distinctions for all ages and includes pages, standard bearers, princesses and escorts, and Court of Honor. The event culminates with the highest distinction of Aksarben’s Most Honored Citizens.

Location: CHI Health Center

Time: 7:00pm

2023 chairs have been announced online: https://aksarben.org/aksarben-ball/

Ticket Prices: Please visit www.aksarben.org for event details, or call (402) 554-9600

Attire: Formal

Event Contact: www.aksarben.org

Aksarben Foundation

7101 Mercy Rd., Ste. 320 • Omaha, NE 68106 (402) 554-9600

aksarben.org

Featured Event: Christmas Caravan Tour of Homes

Date: November 2, 2023

Event Description/Theme: Have a great “Day Out” with your friends, and help children and adults in the Omaha area at the same time! Visit the four beautiful homes chosen this year and decorated by professionals for the holiday season. Shop the designers’ boutiques at each home and get ready for the holidays. Also visit Assistance League’s special Thrift Shop Boutique and Bake Sale at Champions Run.

Location: Champions Run and four local homes

Times:

• 10:00am – 8:00pm

Ticket Price:

• $18 in advance

• $20 at the door

Attire: Holiday casual

Event Contact: Assistance League office • (402) 342-4288

Other Fundraising Opportunities:

• Style Show Luncheon – April 4, 2023

• Operation School Bell – October 2023

Assistance League® of Omaha

8502 W Center Rd., Omaha, NE 68124 (402) 342-4288

www.alomaha.org

Featured Event: Children’s Gala

Date: November 4, 2023

Event Description/Theme:

Join the Friends Board of Children’s Hospital & Medical Center for the 2023 Children’s Gala. Children in our community deserve the very best in pediatric care. Proceeds from the Gala will support Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in its mission to improve the life of every child through exceptional clinical care, advocacy, research and education.

Location: CHI Health Center Omaha

Times:

• 6:00pm – Cocktails & Silent Auction

• 7:30pm – Dinner & Live Auction

• 9:00pm – Live Entertainment

Attire: Cocktail

Super Silent Auction: Yes Live Auction: Yes

Other Fundraising Events:

• Sip, Swirl & Support – April 28, 2023

• Fore! the Kids – May 8, 2023

• Children’s Charity Golf Classic – Sept. 25, 2023

Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Foundation

Beth Greiner, Executive Director

8404 Indian Hills Dr., Ste. 650, Omaha, NE 68114 (402) 955-6851

ChildrensOmaha.org

*Visit organization websites and SpiritofOmaha.com’s extensive Local Events Calendar for updated information as these event dates approach.

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THE DURHAM MUSEUM

Provide relevant educational and entertaining opportunities within the region that exceed customer expectations, while preserving our community’s vibrant cultural history.

AMERICAN MIDWEST BALLET

Your resident professional dance company, American Midwest Ballet provides cultural enrichment through programs of the highest quality: breathtaking performances, inspiring education, and uplifting community engagement.

MID-AMERICA COUNCIL, BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

To prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

Featured Event: Sentimental Journey

Date: November 10, 2023

Event Description/Theme: The Durham Museum invites you to join us for Sentimental Journey, an annual gala celebrating our region’s rich history and heritage and the community that makes it possible. The evening includes dinner and exclusive entertainment set in Omaha Union Station’s iconic Art Deco architecture. Your participation advances the museum’s work to make history accessible to all through much-needed support for The Durham’s educational programs and first-class exhibitions.

Location: The Durham Museum Time: 6:00pm

Ticket Prices: $175 and up

Attire: Cocktail

Event Contact: Amie Prendes • (402) 444-5071

Other Fundraising Events:

• On Track Guild “Coming Home for the Holidays” Luncheon & Market – Nov. 20, 2023

• Corporate Membership Drive – Spring 2023

Featured Event: Nutcracker Gala

Date: December 2, 2023

Event Description/Theme: There is nothing quite like the magic of The Nutcracker, and American Midwest Ballet’s Nutcracker Gala is an event not to be missed! The evening begins with cocktails and the unforgettable opportunity to experience the production from the stage. Then dine with your friends and fellow art lovers along with the ballet’s extraordinary professional dancers. This biennial event helps sustain the ballet over a two-year period. In addition to breathtaking performances, your support makes American Midwest Ballet’s wonderful education and community engagement programs possible, helping bring joy to more than 60,000 people in our community.

Location: Orpheum Theater (Valet parking)

Time:

● 6:00pm Cocktails | ● 7:00pm Program

● 7:30pm Dinner | ● 9:00pm Final Bows

Honorary Chair: Andy Holland

Ticket Price: • Patron ticket – $375 ea.

● Gala ticket – $250 ea.

Attire: Black Tie Invited

Event Contact: Sarah Maloney, Development Director sarah@amballet.org

The Durham Museum 801 S 10th St., Omaha, NE 68108 (402) 444-5071 • E-mail: info@durhammuseum.org

durhammuseum.org

American Midwest Ballet PO Box 6413, Omaha, NE 68106 (712) 890-5590 • E-mail: info@amballet.org amballet.org

Featured Event: BSA Big Give Luncheon

Date: December 2023

Event Description/Theme: Join us in December for BSA Big Give, an all-day Scouting celebration kicking off our annual giving campaign for the upcoming year. This giving day will include Scout stories and program highlights posted at our designated website and social media. Our in-person BSA Big Give Luncheon, located in Omaha, will bring donors and community leaders together to hear a keynote address and stories from inspiring Scouts.

Location: CHI Health Center Omaha Time: 11:30am-1:00pm

Event Chair: TBA

Ticket Price: Free-will donation Attire: Business Event Contact: Grace Peterson (402) 514-3044 • 326fundraising@scouting.org

Other Fundraising Events:

• 53rd Annual Boy Scout Golf Invitational October 2023

• Annual Sporting Clays Tournament September 8, 2023

Mid-America Council, Boy Scouts of America 12401 W Maple Rd., Omaha, NE 68164 (402) 431-9272 • E-mail: mac@scouting.org

mac-bsa.org

*Visit organization websites and SpiritofOmaha.com’s extensive Local Events Calendar for updated information as these event dates approach.

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OPEN DOOR MISSION

Featured Event: Love Your Neighbor Gala Date: TBA Event

Men, women and children experiencing homelessness and poverty are constant reminders of how fragile life can be. Open Door Mission’s Love Your Neighbor Gala will share stories of hope and Mission updates. Join us for a night of good food, fun and celebration of lives changed. Bring your family, friends and coworkers for an enjoyable evening including an auction and dinner hosted by President/CEO Candace Gregory. Location: TBA

Candace Gregory, President/CEO 2828 N 23rd St. East, Omaha, NE 68110 (402) 422-1111 • E-mail: odm@opendoormission.org opendoormission.org

NOVEMBER – YEAR’S END
Ticket Prices: • $10 – Individual tickets • $750–
10 Attire: Business Casual
Description/Theme:
Sponsor a table of
Event Contact: Gwynne Gonnerman, Donor Relations Manager
Open Door Mission
Open Door Mission is a Gospel Rescue Mission that meets the basic needs of individuals and families while inspiring HOPE for lasting change.

workplace culture: BRINGING PURPOSE to your people

Your individual purpose is a driving force that brings value to your life. It may influence your decisions and motivate you in certain situations. McKinsey Global Institute research shows that 70% of employees believe their jobs express their individual purpose. This is good news because employees with a clear purpose are happier and healthier and stay at their jobs longer.

Additionally, organizational purpose is elevated when employees are aware of their individual purpose. As you look at upcoming people initiatives, consider what your company and people managers can do to help employees find their purpose.

Try this three-step plan to roll out at your organization:

1. Introduce purpose. Some employees may not be familiar with the idea of individual “purpose.” It can feel vague or fuzzy. Managers can provide their interpretation and ask employees for feedback on what it means to them. Leaders can provide space to explore this topic through icebreakers, articles and reflection. This is a chance for leaders to be vulnerable and share their purpose, too. Charting time on the schedule for purpose tells the team that this is valuable.

2. Share purpose prototypes. Finding your “guiding light” may feel like a heavy task without some guiding material and examples. Leaders can provide templates, tools and assessments to inspire their teams. Plenty of free resources are available, so don’t let the budget hold you back! Managers can pose questions to get the group thinking about options. (“What is important in your community? What skills do you use for the greater good?”)

3. Apply purpose. Identifying individual purpose is not the last step. Leaders can challenge employees to apply their purpose at work. Could their purpose influence how they do their job? (“I am using my purpose to care for others when supporting our clients.”) Or could it affect the interest groups they join at the company? It may be helpful to show how leaders within the organization use their purpose as an example.

Chances are your team will embrace “purpose.” Additionally, candidates are attracted to purpose-driven organizations, which gives you an edge in a hot employee market.

For more information, please contact your trusted advisor at Swartzbaugh-Farber – ‘Client Centered – Client Advocates™’

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MAKING changesrelationship

IN A POSITIVE FASHION

leave blessings, not wounds

Many assume that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is something that only applies to veterans who have experienced a trauma in the context of war or service. While PTSD is a significant issue for veterans—and significant attention should be given to the issue—in today’s article, my focus is on the type of trauma that many of us can experience in day-to-day life. That type of trauma is it friendship or relationship trauma. While trauma from relationships ending may seem obvious, friendship traumas can actually be a more difficult to deal with because they are often unexpected.

In recent years, I’ve experienced both a relationship and the friendship that ended in unexpected and hurtful ways. Those experiences have had a significant effect on other relationships in my life. As a result, I decided to become a student of this concept and share some of what I have learned.

Have a conversation with yourself about what your needs are and why you need to make a change. In the end of a recent friendship, I was stunned at the manner in which it ended. My friend of 20-plus years had been through a really difficult life period. She had retired early in hopes of being able to pursue some specific retirement goals that she had. Instead, her spouse became very ill shortly thereafter. My friend became a caretaker and ultimately lost her husband. At that time, a few other friends and I reached out, trying give our friend some special help through that year. After about a year, it was easy to see that our friend needed to make changes in her life and circle of friends to find a new path.

In my mind, the beauty of friendship is that we see who the other is and we let them be who they are. We don’t hurt them with the things we know they are vulnerable to. Acceptance, trust and support are the pillars of friendship.

Early in life, I was taught to see the relationships in my life as being on a wheel of concentric circles. At the very inner circle are those who are safest and most trustworthy. At any given time, it may be necessary to move someone from the inner circle to an outer circle. Sometimes, someone who is generally safe becomes less so because they are going through a difficult life experience. By the same token, there are those who are in the outer circle who may move in toward the center. By using the concentric circle approach, we can observe and be aware of our own needs as well as where others are in their life, and make good decisions about where people are in our life. By using the approach of the concentric circle in my life,

I have rarely felt the need to remove someone entirely from my life.

To be successful at maintaining relationships over the long term, we must be able to talk to ourselves about what is going on in our own world that is requiring us to make a change. Too often, instead of dealing with what we might need and how we are changing, we tend to start finding fault with the other person. We might even start hurting them with things that we have previously accepted. That really isn’t fair, and it is what leaves wounds as we make changes in a relationship.

Express gratitude for what was right. Before I make a change to any relationship, I seek to look at what has been right. I make a list of all the things about the person for which I’m grateful. This is hard to do when we are wanting to make a change, because we are afraid we will go to a soft spot in our heart and not make the change that we need; but finding gratitude and appreciation for someone is so important. We are doing them in injustice otherwise. If we spent 20 years as someone’s friend, there had to be a lot of things right about them.

Don’t tell yourself a false story to make the change you need be okay. I have seen in a variety of cases where someone comes to me and tell me all the reasons they need to change a friendship or relationship. If the comments are “he did,”“she does,” “he didn’t,”“she didn’t,” then the focus has become all the negative things about the other person rather than the fact that the person sharing the story simply needs a change or needs something different at this moment in his or her life.

In making changes to a friendship, a dramatic ending just isn’t typically necessary. Avoid making a big issue out of one email and using that as a way to angrily exit. Have the courage to have a real conversation. When you walk away in anger, telling yourself a story about the other person and being indignant, you miss the opportunity to grow personally as well as to leave the person who sought to be a friend without a wound.

Bless the path of others. When you make changes in your friendships or in a relationship, bless the path of the other. Know that no one learns anything from an angry departure, whether in silence or with angry words. Healing emotional wounds is not an easy process. By providing grace as you make changes, whether you are doing so because you need something different or because the other has changed in a way that doesn’t make sense for you anymore, you can allow healing for yourself and the other.

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Mary Vandenack, while a lawyer by profession, has studied extensively in mind/body areas of fitness and wellness. She is Yoga Alliance RYT-200, Power Pilates certified and ACE certified and has earned a Specialization in Foundation of Positive Psychology from University of Pennsylvania.

a mental health issue

DOES NOT MEAN A PERSON IS

legally incompetent

A stigma continues to exist with respect to mental health. The general reason that a stigma exists is because there is a lack of understanding of what a mental health issue really is. One of the misunderstandings that exists is an assumption that someone with a mental illness or mental disorder as defined by DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, a taxonomic and diagnostic tool published by the American Psychiatric Association) is legally incompetent.

DSM-5 defines mental disorder as follows: “A mental disorder is a syndrome characterized by clinically significant disturbance in an individual’s cognition, emotion regulation, or behavior that reflects a dysfunction in the psychological, biological, or developmental processes underlying mental functioning. Mental disorders are usually

associated with significant distress or disability in social, occupational, or other important activities. An acceptable or culturally approved response to a common stressor or loss, such as the death of a loved one, is not a mental disorder. Socially deviant behavior (e.g., political, religious, or sexual) and conflicts that are primarily between the individual and society are not mental disorders unless the deviance or conflict results from a dysfunction in the individual, as described above.”

To some degree, mental illness may be defined in the sense of being a social construct. There were times when mental disorders have included “hysteria” and homosexuality. To the extent of schizophrenia and manic depression, such disorders are less of a social construct, but there are a variety of mental illnesses that “come and go.”The DSM is revised every 5 to 7 years.

While the differences between mental illness and legal competence can pose some challenges in certain arenas, it is important to note that many people live with mental illness and have functional, competent lives.

Standards of legal competence vary. By way of example, the legal realm has a standard called “testamentary capacity.”This level of capacity refers to the ability of someone to make a valid will. As a general issue, this type of capacity requires that the person signing the will generally understand his or her property and who he or she is intending to benefit at the time of death. A testator is not required to be able to recite his or her entire history and a list of all state capitals. Clearly, it is possible to be suffering from depression or any of a variety of mental disorders and have testamentary capacity.

With respect to health care decisions, significant deference is given to the person whose health is affected. A person may be “incapable” of understanding and appreciating the nature and consequences of health care decisions, in which case an attorney-in-fact may act. The Uniform Law Commission is currently working on a Uniform Health Care Decisions Act to address issues that have arisen since such an act was initially promulgated in 1994.

Another area of legal competence is related to whether someone is incapacitated for purposes of having a guardianship or conservator appointed. The laws on this issue vary significantly from state to state. The law generally presumes competence unless it is proven that someone is not. A mental illness alone is never sufficient for an incapacity determination.

Mental health issues and legal competency issues intertwine in additional ways, and we will follow up on the same in later articles.

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matters • WITH VW LAW
planning

breathing easy THROUGH A

TRANSFORMATION:

erica’s story

Dr. Stephanie Vondrak is board certified by the American Academy of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine to treat patients suffering from sleep apnea with sleep apnea appliances.

unrefreshed in the morning and more.

I’ve always been a risk-taker. Or, better stated, a risk “experimenter.” I’ve always been willing to try or experiment with an idea, no matter the work involved, to achieve the desired outcome. I love creating new ways to accomplish difficult things while ignoring obvious obstacles and sidestepping barriers. For me, this equals risk.

To be clear, I’m not a gambler. In fact, gambling makes me extremely uncomfortable. I’m not interested in cliff diving or jumping out of an airplane. But when it comes to forging a new path of possibility for myself, my businesses or one of my patients that hasn’t been done before, I will take the risk. I am all in.

Meet Erica

“Smiling, kind, gracious and hopeful” describes Erica in a nutshell. Referred by word of mouth, Erica’s chief complaint was, “I cannot breathe through my nose, and I don’t want jaw surgery. Can you help?”

Before sharing Erica’s story, it is important to say that I am also an extrovert and a true optimist at heart. My outlook 99 percent of the time is positive, and I approach each challenge with a systematic plan for success. I live life with conviction that I will do whatever it takes to accomplish whatever I am working towards for myself, my businesses, my family, and my wonderful patients. And did I mention education? I love, love, love to learn! Through the rabbit hole of continuing education, an open mind, and little fear of failure, my ability to help Erica was born.

Risk=Dentistry=Education=Passion. YES, I can help you breathe better.

Erica had a very narrow upper jaw and a severely vaulted palate. Quick anatomy lesson: the roof of the mouth (palate) is the floor of the nose. If the palate is vaulted/peaked, less air can get in through the nose forcing the individual to mouth-breathe. Mouth breathing is the opposite of healthy. When forced to breathe through our mouth, we literally get sick easier, have disrupted sleep cycles, feel

Erica’s upper jaw had also grown in such a way that the inclination and narrowness was forcing her lower jaw back, also trapping the airway. This diagnosis can be corrected with orthognathic surgery in which both the upper and lower jaws are broken, widened, and moved into a more forward position.

Erica’s case was a challenging, and she knew it. I explained the risks, benefits and alternatives of what was available and what could be possible working together. I approached her journey with a clear objective of helping her live life to its fullest, one beautiful breath at a time. No guarantees, but if Erica was willing, I was in.

Fast forward two years: one TMJ splint to stabilize her joints and jaw position, two orthopedic appliances to “widen” her maxilla (upper jaw), and full braces to secure her bite. We did it!

The experience was long, and I asked a lot of Erica. I fully understand that wearing appliances day and night and full braces with rubber brands, and prioritizing lots and lots of dental appointments is not easy. Erica always had a smile on her face and the best disposition you could imagine. She knew we were in this together and that her ability to breathe more effectively through her nose meant as much to me as it did to her. And I am happy to report, her treatment was a success!

I often write about gratitude, and this article is no different. I’m grateful to my parents who always allowed me to see the positive side of things and believe I could do anything. I’m grateful to Erica for trusting me to guide her on her journey to better breathing and improved health. And I am always grateful to my brilliant mentors who have advanced my education, allowing me to help my patients in so many ways.

In this season of Thanksgiving, I hope all of you are breathing easy, choosing health, and thanking someone in your life for something wonderful that has been done for you.

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Seasonal Tradition

Name of Organization: American Midwest Ballet

Event Name: Nutcracker Gala

When: December 2, 2022

Where: Omaha’s Orpheum Theater

Why: Supports AMB’s education and community engagement programs

Special Guests: Honorary chair: Mary Ann (Andy) Holland; host: American Midwest Ballet founder and artistic director Erika Overturff

Attendance: 140

About: Now in its 13th season of professional dance, American Midwest Ballet (AMB) is a company of 21 talented professional dancers who hail from around the nation and abroad. It plays a key role in the cultural vitality of the region, inspiring people through expressive performing artists, acclaimed choreographers, skilled teachers and stunning productions. Under the direction of founder and artistic director Erika Overturff, AMB stages three mainstage productions per year at home and on tour.

For more information: (712) 890-5590 or amballet.org

Sponsors: GOLD: Holland Foundation, Fred & Eve Simon Charitable Foundation: SILVER: Amy Haddad and Steve Martin, Dan Hamann and Joan Squires, Cindy and Scott Heider, Lori and Paul Hogan, John Ritland and Greta Vaught, Omaha Zoo Foundation; BRONZE: Kiewit Corporation, Suzanne and Rudy Kotula, Karen and Larry Nelsen, Jeanie Owen

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WHITNEY WALSH, LORI HOGAN, KOGAN MURPHY, ELENA CARTER, ANNA SWENSON, PAUL HOGAN AMERICAN MIDWEST BALLET DANCERS AND STAFF SARA ACHELPOHL, MARY ANN (ANDY) HOLLAND, VICTORIA TAYLOR KOGAN MURPHY, WHITNEY WALSH, JOAN SQUIRES, DANIEL HAMANN, ELENA CARTER, ANNA SWENSON LUKAS MUÑOZ, HANNA RITLAND, MIA RITLAND

American Midwest Ballet: Nutcracker Gala

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF AMERICAN MIDWEST BALLET MARSALIS ANDERSON-CLAUSELL, BROOKLYNN OLDHAM, ERIKA OVERTURFF ELENA CARTER, CASEY KELLEY, ERIKA OVERTURFF SANDI BRUNS, WILLIAM BRUNS, ERIKA OVERTURFF, MICHELLE CLARK, RYAN CLARK

Children’s Miracle

Children’s Hospital & Medical Center: Gala 2022

Name of Organization: Children’s Hospital & Medical Center

Event Name: Gala 2022

When: November 12, 2022

Where: CHI Health Center

Why: To support the mission of Children’s Hospital & Medical Center: to improve the life of every child.

Special Guests: Honorary Chairs: Diane Duren and Drew Collier; Honorary Family: Ben and Nicole Fangman; Gala Co-Chairs: Sarah Freeland, Laura Essay, Kristin Carbullido, Katie McDonnell

Entertainment: Lee Brice

Attendance: 1,100

Amount Raised: $1,001,406

Event Summary: The 2022 Children’s Miracle Gala raised more than $1 million in support of Children’s mission to improve the life of every child. Community support ensures children in our community continue to receive the very best care. Children’s is grateful for the support of all the generous sponsors who helped make the 21st annual Children’s Gala a success.

Mission: To improve the life of every child through exceptional care, advocacy, research and education.

About: Children’s Hospital & Medical Center is the only full-service, pediatric health care center in Nebraska, providing expertise in more than 50 pediatric specialty services to children across a five-state region and beyond. Children’s is home to Nebraska’s only Level IV regional Newborn Intensive Care Unit and the state’s only Level II Pediatric Trauma Center. A regional heart center, it also offers expertise in pediatric heart transplantation.

For More Information: (402) 955-5400, www.ChildrensOmaha.org

Sponsors: Presenting Sponsors: Dvorak Law, Electric Company of Omaha, Heider Family Foundation; Platinum Sponsors: Lindsay Corporation, Scoular; Premier Sponsors: Dr. Ali & Melis Ibrahimiye, Kiewit, Mutual of Omaha, Northwestern Mutual, Prodigy, The Rocker Girls, Union Pacific; Signature Sponsors: Cox, Diane Duren and Drew Collier, Fraser Stryker, JRM Investment Counsel, MMC Contractors, The Pape Foundation

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PHOTOS BY SARAH FRANCES PHOTOGRAPHY CHILDREN’S THRIVE PROGRAM MANAGER DAVID HUSKEY, HOWIE, CHILDREN’S PRESIDENT & CEO CHANDA CHACÓN CINDY & SCOTT HEIDER GALA CO-CHAIRS: SARAH FREELAND, LAURA ESSAY, KRISTIN CARBULLIDO, KATIE MCDONNELL HONORARY FAMILY: THE FANGMAN FAMILY GRAMMY-AWARD WINNING ARTIST LEE BRICE PICTURED WITH HONORARY CHAIRS DIANE DUREN & DREW COLLIER FRIENDS BOARD PRESIDENT LAUREN & MATT MILTENBERGER HONORARY CHILD: KATIE FANGMAN GALA CO-CHAIRS SARAH FREELAND AND KATIE MCDONNELL CELEBRATE A LIVE AUCTION WINNER

Name of Organization: Aksarben Foundation

Event Name: Aksarben Ball 2022

When: October 29, 2022

Where: CHI Health Center Omaha

Why: Honoring Volunteerism, Community and Philanthropy

Special Guests: Most Honored Citizens: Dawn and Sid Dinsdale

Event Planner: Aksarben Women’s Ball Committee

Attendance: 1,750

Amount Raised: $1 million is awarded in Aksarben Scholarships annually

Event Summary: The Aksarben Ball has been a Nebraska tradition since 1895; a night of celebration as the Aksarben Foundation honors individuals and families of the Heartland for their volunteerism and civic pride.

Mission: Aksarben is a unified network of business and community leaders committed to preserving and expanding prosperity in our Heartland communities through advancements in education, workforce development and civic projects born from effective private, public and philanthropic partnerships.

About: First and foremost, about honor, the Aksarben Ball has been a treasured Nebraska celebration for over 125 years. As individuals and families across the state are honored for their volunteerism and philanthropy, funds are raised in support of the Aksarben Scholarship Program. To date, Aksarben has awarded more than $65 million to Nebraska and western Iowa students to pursue their dream of higher education in Nebraska.

For more information: (402) 554-9600, www.aksarben.org

Spotlight on the Heartland

Aksarben Foundation: Aksarben Ball 2022

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PHOTOS BY HOOTON IMAGES PRINCESS KATHERINE ROE ANDERSEN AND ESCORT JADEN MICHAEL DANNEHL PRINCESS OLIVIA KATHERINE MURPHY AND ESCORT DASHAWN JAMAR MCGARY AKSARBEN WOMEN’S BALL COMMITEE’S STEPHANIE PANTANO, MELISSA STEFFES, AND TIFFANY WHITE-WELCHEN AKSARBEN’S MOST HONORED CITIZENS 2022: DAWN AND SID DINSDALE GRAND FINALE PRINCESS ASHLEY LAUREN HRNICEK AND ESCORT CAMERON ALEXANDER COLEMAN AKSARBEN COUNCILLORS JOHN HENDERSON, MIKE HUPP, SAMANTHA MOSSER AKSARBEN’S MOST HONORED CITIZENS 2022: DAWN AND SID DINSDALE GRAND FINALE

Jason’s Juggernaut

Children’s Square U.S.A.: Jason

Awards

Name of Organization: Children’s Square U.S.A.

Event Name: Jason Awards

When: November 3, 2022

Where: Mid-America Center

Why: The Jason Awards event is held annually to recognize individuals, couples, organizations and businesses that exemplify the mission of Children’s Square U.S.A. Jason Award recipients demonstrate an extraordinary degree of Caring, Contribution and Commitment to children, families, communities, and related causes. Their lives and work exemplify the Vision, Courage and Will needed to embrace opportunities and challenges in life.

Special Guests: Matt Wilber and the Pottawattamie County Attorney’s Office, Juvenile Division; Dr. Carl L. Heinrich, Retired President, Iowa Western Community College; Richard Webb, President & CEO, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands; Donna Dostal, President & CEO, Community Foundation of Western Iowa; Tom Schmitt, retired publisher, Daily Nonpareil Attendance: 325

Amount Raised: $51,000

For more information: https://childrenssquare.org, (712) 322-3700 or (888) 245-3593

Sponsors: Lozier, Hy-Vee, PowerTech, Polina and Bob Schlott, Silverstone Group HUB, Iowa Western Community College, TS Bank, The Daily Nonpareil, US Bank, Scott/Susan Hartman, Friends of Children’s Square, Dr. Tom and Jeanette Schierbrock, Dennis and Cindi Keithley, Paul and Lisa Gilmore, Security National Bank, Dr. Alan and Cordie Fisher, John Marshall, Union Pharmacy, Frontier Wealth Management, American Western Corporation, Thermal Services, Midstates Bank, Schroer and Associates, Ed and Emma Chance, the Doll Family, Jim and Becky Burgart, Barb Schlott

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PHOTOS BY DEBRA S. KAPLAN 2022 CHILDREN’S SQUARE U.S.A. JASON AWARD RECIPIENT MATT WILBER, POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY (IA) ATTORNEY 2022 CHILDREN’S SQUARE U.S.A. JASON AWARD RECIPIENT DR. CARL HEINRICH, RETIRED PRESIDENT OF IOWA WESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND LONGTIME COMMUNITY SERVANT MASTER OF CEREMONIES TOM SCHMITT, RETIRED PUBLISHER OF THE DAILY NONPAREIL, ADDRESSES THE 300+ GUESTS ATTENDING THE 2022 CHILDREN’S SQUARE U.S.A. JASON AWARDS 2022 CHILDREN’S SQUARE U.S.A. JASON AWARD RECIPIENTS MATT WILBER, RICHARD WEBB AND CARL HEINRICH OVER 300 GUESTS ATTENDED THE CHILDREN’S SQUARE U.S.A. JASON AWARDS 2022 CHILDREN’S SQUARE U.S.A. JASON AWARD RECIPIENT RICHARD WEBB, BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF THE MIDLANDS PRESIDENT AND CEO HONORARY CHAIRS LARRY AND DONNA DOSTAL (COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF WESTERN IOWA PRESIDENT & CEO) SPEAK TO GUESTS AT THE 2022 CHILDREN’S SQUARE JASON AWARDS CHILDREN’S SQUARE U.S.A. BOARD CHAIR EMMA CHANCE (LEFT) AND PRESIDENT & CEO DR. VIV EWING

Bringing the World

The Durham Museum: Sentimental Journey

Name of Organization: The Durham Museum

Event Name: Sentimental Journey: Bringing the World to Omaha

When: November 11, 2022

Where: The Durham Museum

Why: Twenty years ago, The Durham Museum became our region’s first Smithsonian Affiliate, unlocking endless opportunities from the nation’s largest museum. Through the Smithsonian and other peer institutions like the Field Museum, Library of Congress and National Archives, The Durham has brought the world to Omaha. On Friday, November 11, the museum celebrated transformative partnerships that set The Durham Museum on course to become the institution it is today during Sentimental Journey: Bringing the World to Omaha. This unique event allowed guests enjoy a VIP glimpse of the museum magic that happens behind the scenes and experience our latest traveling exhibition before enjoying dinner in the Suzanne and Walter Scott Great Hall Special Guests: Ardente Voce of Papillion LaVista High School

Catered by: Abraham Catering Valet Parking by: Paramount Parking Multimedia/Rentals by: CTI Attendance: 150

Amount Raised: $200,000

For more information: (402) 444-5071 or DurhamMuseum.org

Sponsors: Platinum Sponsor: The John K. and Lynne D. Boyer Family Foundation; Gold Sponsors: Carmen and John Gottschalk, Claire M. Hubbard Family Foundation, Amy and Brad Knuth and D.A. Davidson, Stephanie and Jack Koraleski, Mary and Rodrigo Lopez and Valmont Industries; Silver Sponsors: Mike Fahey, Farm Credit Services of America, Kiewit, Mary and Matt Reckmeyer, Tenaska, Union Pacific, and Dian and Jim Warren

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PHOTOS BY HOWARD MARCUS FATHER DAMIAN ZUERLEIN AND FATHER STEVEN BOES KEN AND ANNIE BIRD SPONSORS BRAD AND AMY KNUTH WITH EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CHRISTI JANSSEN SPONSOR FARM CREDIT SERVICES SPONSOR KIEWIT LORI HARPER AND LESLIE LAUVETZ ERIC AND JULIE KEEN WITH MAGGIE KEEN ARDENTE VOCE OF PAPILLION-LA VISTA HIGH SCHOOL SPONSORS RODRIGO AND MARY LOPEZ AND THEIR GUESTS

Name of Organization: Heartland Family Service

Event Name: “Strike a Chord” Gala

When: June 10, 2022

Where: Mid-America Center

Why: Fundraiser to support vulnerable individuals and families in southwest Iowa.

Special Guests: Honorary Chairs Angela and Ryan Avis

Attendance: Over 150 guests

Amount Raised: Over $100,000 raised

Event Summary: The Heartland Family Service 18th Annual “Strike a Chord” Gala was a Roaring ‘20s-themed fundraising event. It was the bee’s knees honoring Matt Walsh, Mayor of Council Bluffs, with the Salute to Leadership Award for his dedication to the community, and celebrating the success of Heartland Family Service client Kathryn Hunter, our Salute to Achievement Award honoree.

For more information: HeartlandFamilyService.org, (402) 552-7400

Sponsors: Event sponsors: American National Bank, Lockton Companies, NuStyle Development, TS Bank, Ann and Ken Stinson, and Veridian Credit Union

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EVENT EMCEE AND CSI FRIEND, GINA MELTON CO-HOST OF “STEVE & GINA IN THE MORNING ON KAT 103.7” CSI GUILD BOARD PRESIDENT ASHLEY DIECKMAN INTRODUCES THE WINNING RAFFLE PRIZE PURSE TO AUDIENCE ON STAGE
February 18, 2023 • 6 p.m. • Embassy Suites – La Vista Come One, Come All, the is back in town! HeartlandFamilyService.org
‘20s Heartland Family Service: “Strike a Chord” Gala
Hosted by:
PHOTOS COURTESY OF HEARTLAND FAMILY SERVICE Roaring
ON LEFT, HONORARY CHAIR NANCY EDICK WITH FEATURED SPEAKER GENEVIEVE PITURRO PURSEONALITIES 2022 EVENT CHAIRS PICTURED LEFT TO RIGHT: JORDAN PETERSON, LYNDSAY RUMA, YOLANDA DELGADO AND SARAH DUKICH PICTURED ARE CSI GUILD BOARD MEMBERS CORRIE LOPER (LEFT) AND GINA PATRICK (RIGHT) WITH CSI PRESIDENT & CEO JAYMES SIME

Brilliant Experience

American Heart Association: Omaha Go Red for Women Expo

Name Of Organization: American Heart Association

Event Name: Omaha Go Red for Women Expo

When: October 18, 2022

Where: Embassy Suites La Vista

Why: Go Red for Women has evolved into a global movement and is a driving force in the world of health equity. We accelerate science, advance public health policy, and address the multitude of gender and racial gaps for women in research, healthcare and more, all thanks to supporters like you.

Special Guests: Chair: Melissa Marvin; Circle of Red Chair: Karen Linder

Attendance: 375

Amount Raised: Nearly $306,000 Mission: To be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.

About: The Go Red for Women experience continues to be the cornerstone of the Go Red for Women movement in local communities. This empowering gathering focuses on preventing heart disease and stroke, sharing stories of people impacted by cardiovascular disease and raises critically needed funds to save more lives.

For More Information: (402) 810-6842, www.heart.org

Sponsors: Presenting Sponsor: Methodist; National Sponsor: CVS Health

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CHAIR MELISSA MARVIN AND CIRCLE OF RED CHAIR KAREN LINDER SERVED AS LEADERS FOR THE RECORD-BREAKING CAMPAIGN A HIGHLIGHT OF THE EVENING, THE FACES OF GO RED, INTRODUCED THE AUDIENCE TO WOMEN IMPACTING AND BEING IMPACTED BY THE MISSION; CARI WILKE PICTURED OMAHAN ALYSIA RADICIA SHARED HER SURVIVOR STORY; SHE SUFFERED A STROKE AT 29 YEARS OLD AND WANTED TO SHARE THE MESSAGE OF FINDING THE BEAUTY IN RECOVERY AUCTIONEER SCOTT MOORE COMMANDING THE ROOM AS FOUR LIVE AUCTION ITEMS WERE AUCTIONED OFF, RAISING LIFESAVING DOLLARS GUESTS DEE OSWALD AND KATHY MORBACH STRIKING A POSE IN THE GO RED FOR WOMEN PHOTO BOOTH MARY NELSON OF KMTV 3 NEWS SERVED AS EMCEE FOR THE EIGHTH YEAR AND SHARED HER CONNECTION TO THE MISSION

Night Vision

Open Door Mission: Starry Night Reception

Name of Organization: Open Door Mission

Event Name: Starry Night Reception

When: November 3, 2022

Where: King of Kings Church

Why: President/CEO Dr. Candace Gregory of Open Door Mission was inducted into the Aksarben Court of Honor. The Starry Night Reception was held to recognize and thank donors, volunteers and staff for making this award possible.

Attendance: hundreds

Event Summary: Open Door Mission donors, volunteers and staff walked the red carpet as they entered the Starry Night Reception. There were delicious hors d’oeuvres, photos with Dr. Candace Gregory, and a short program highlighting the impact Open Door Mission volunteers and donors make each day in the lives of people experiencing homelessness and poverty.

Mission: Open Door Mission is a Gospel Rescue Mission that meets the needs of individuals and families while inspiring HOPE for lasting change.

For more information: www.opendoormission.org

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF OPEN DOOR MISSION THANK YOU TO OUR CARING COMMUNITY FOR SHARING HOPE FOR LASTING CHANGE AT OPEN DOOR MISSION THANK YOU TO OPEN DOOR MISSION’S BUSINESS PARTNERS FOR HELPING TO BREAK THE CYCLE OF HOMELESSNESS AND POVERTY THANK YOU TO OPEN DOOR MISSION’S HEARTLAND HANDS CLUB’S MONTHLY GIVERS THANK YOU TO OPEN DOOR MISSION’S VALUED VOLUNTEERS OPEN DOOR MISSION STAFF CELEBRATED WITH DONORS AND MINISTRY PARTNERS DURING A STARRY NIGHT RECEPTION DR. CANDACE GREGORY THANKED OUR COMMUNITY FOR THEIR COMPASSIONATE GENEROSITY MR. STEVE AND DR. CANDACE GREGORY AT THE 2022 AKSARBEN BALL WITH THEIR FAMILY PRESIDENT/CEO DR. CANDACE GREGORY WITH OPEN DOOR MISSION BOARD OF DIRECTORS AT THE 2022 AKSARBEN BALL

Showcasing Community Impact

United Way of the Midlands: 2022 Annual Meeting

Name of Organization: United Way of the Midlands

Event Name: 2022 Annual Meeting

When: October 21, 2022

Where: Hilton Omaha Downtown

Why: Opportunity for UWM to celebrate the organizations and individuals who have gone above and beyond to support our community and help build a stronger tomorrow for our neighbors in the metro area.

Special Guests: Nebraska Commissioner of Labor John Albin, State Senator Brett Lindstrom, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert and Omaha Councilman Danny Begley

Catered by: Hilton Omaha

Multimedia/Rentals by: Hilton Omaha

Attendance: 620-plus

Event Summary: More than 620 people representing local businesses and nonprofit agencies attended UWM’s sold-out Annual Meeting at the Hilton Omaha. During the event, Shawna Forsberg, UWM president and CEO, showcased 100 years of UWM giving back and how the organization is looking forward. Also, nine organizations were highlighted for their generous support with the 2021 Campaign Recognition Awards, and Julie and Lance Fritz were honored as UWM’s “Citizens of the Year.”

For more information: (402) 342-8232 or www.unitedwaymidlands.org

Sponsors: Presenting Sponsors: Union Pacific and Scoular; Supporting Sponsors: Security National Bank, Holland Basham Architects, Lindsay Corporation, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center; Community Sponsors: Ag Processing Inc., American National Bank, Merrill - Korkow & Associates, Cobalt Credit Union, Mutual of Omaha, Bank of America, Facebook, Nebraska Medicine, FNBO, Nebraska Total Care, Hudl, Lincoln Financial Group and Zachry.

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PHOTOS BY DEBRA S. KAPLAN DR. JAMES LINDER, UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA MEDICAL CENTER MOGENS BAY, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, VALMONT INDUSTRIES AND CLARK LAURITZEN, PRESIDENT AND CEO, FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF OMAHA CITIZEN OF THE YEAR HONOREE JULIE FRITZ WITH SHAWNA FORSBERG, UWM PRESIDENT & CEO UWM CORPORATE PARTNER OF THE YEAR - LEADERSHIP DONORS, UNMC & NEBRASKA MEDICINE UWM VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR, WERNER ENTERPRISES DINY AND JIM LANDEN, UWM’S 2021 CITIZENS OF THE YEAR SHAWNA FORSBERG, UWM PRESIDENT & CEO, WITH OMAHA MAYOR JEAN STOTHERT UWM ANNUAL MEETING ATTENDEES UWM NEW BUSINESS PARTNER OF THE YEAR, HUDL

Toasting Time…

Merrymakers Association: Toast to Dennis Pate

Name of Organization: Merrymakers Association

Event Name: Merrymakers Association Toast to Dennis Pate

When: October 20, 2022

Where: Omaha Design Center

Why: Fundraiser for senior music programs

Special Guests: Dennis Pate

Catered by: Attitude on Food Event Planner: Alyse Morgan

Valet Parking by: Paramount Parking

Multimedia/Rentals by: Dog and Pony/AAA Rents

Attendance: 300

Amount Raised: $300,000

Event Summary: Omaha Design Center set the stage for Merrymakers Association’s Toast to Dennis Pate. With the Zoo CEO as the honoree, design chair Alyse Morgan set a jungle theme for the 300 guests. Jungle Juice was the themed drink and birds of paradise centerpieces graced the tables. Guests enjoyed remarks from emcee Scott Voorhees and toasters Lance Fritz and Mogens Bay.

Mission: Merrymakers improves the quality of life for seniors by encouraging active participation, increasing social interaction, and sparking memories through professional musical entertainment.

About: Merrymakers Association serves 179 senior communities throughout Nebraska and Iowa with monthly professional musical entertainment. Merrymakers musicians play music geared to the seniors age group, sparking fond memories.

For more information: (402) 697-0205 or email sandy@merrymakers.org

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PHOTOS BY ROGER HUMPHRIES JONNA AND TIM HOLLAND ASHER STOLLER AND ANDREW GALARDI KEN BIRD, CHRISTINA FAZZONE, HENRY DAVIS MOGENS AND CINDY BAY LANCE FRITZ SHAWNA AND DAVID MAYER MIKE AND SALLY KAHRE ANNIE AND KEN BIRD DENNIS PATE AND TOM KERR WITH KERR’S ORIGINAL ARTWORK

Light the Tree!

The Salvation Army Western Division: Lighting Ceremony

Name of Organization: The Salvation Army Western Division

Event Name: Tree of Lights Tree Lighting Ceremony

When: November 11, 2022

Where: American National Bank, 90th and Dodge Streets

Why: Annual Tree Lighting kicks off The Salvation Army’s Tree of Lights fundraising campaign

Special Guests: Jimmy Weber; Major Greg Thompson; Union Pacific Chairman, President and CEO Lance Fritz and wife Julie; American National Bank Executive Co-Chair/CEO Wende Kotouc

Attendance: 250

Event Summary: More than 300 people braved the first frigid temperatures of the season to celebrate the lighting of the 90-foot tree at American National Bank on 90th and Dodge streets. It was the kickoff for The Salvation Army Western Division’s $4 million Tree of Lights campaign.

Mission: The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

About: The eight core programs and services of The Salvation Army Western Division are food, housing, material assistance, youth development, older adult services, behavioral health, anti-human trafficking and emergency disaster services.

For more information: (402) 898-7700, salarmyomaha.org

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PHOTOS BY JODI HAUPTMAN SANTA CLAUS LISTENED TO CHRISTMAS WISHES BEFORE THE LIGHTING OF THE TREE OF LIGHTS ON NOVEMBER 11 AT AMERICAN NATIONAL BANK GREG THOMPSON, LANCE AND JULIE FRITZ, WENDE KOUTOC AND JEFF BECKMAN POSE FOR A PHOTO UNDER THE MASSIVE TREE DESPITE THE FRIGID TEMPERATURES, A LARGE CROWD OF SEVERAL HUNDRED ATTENDED THE EVENING’S TREE OF LIGHTS ILLUMINATION MEMBERS OF THE SALVATION ARMY BAND WELCOMED PEOPLE PRIOR TO THE LIGHTING WITH A SELECTION OF CHRISTMAS CAROLS THE TREE OF LIGHTS BASE PIECES RECEIVE A POLICE ESCORT NORTH ON 72ND STREET TO BE ASSEMBLED AT AMERICAN NATIONAL BANK AT 90TH AND DODGE AFTER BEING STORED AT UNMC FOR THE PAST YEAR, THE MANY CONNECTING PIECES FOR THE 90-FOOT TREE OF LIGHTS ARE LOADED FOR TRANSPORT 2022 TREE OF LIGHTS CAMPAIGN CHAIRS LANCE AND JULIE FRITZ GREET THE AUDIENCE

From the Heart

ALO: 2022 Christmas Caravan Preview Gala Party

Name of Organization: Assistance League of Omaha (ALO)

Event Name: 2022 Christmas Caravan Preview Gala Party

When: November 2, 2022 Where: Champions Run

Why: Fundraiser for Assistance League of Omaha

Catered by: Champions Run Event Planner: ALO Chairpersons

Attendance: 300-plus

Amount Raised: Final numbers are not in yet, but it was one of the most successful events yet!

Event Summary: Once again, Assistance League of Omaha has presented a wonderful and successful Christmas Caravan Tour of Homes. This premier fundraising event features four lovely Omaha homes decorated beautifully for the holiday season. Each home also presents a boutique with numerous items for sale to those touring the homes. Tickets to the tour are purchased from ALO members, Hy-Vee or from the ALO website.

For more information: (402) 342-4288 or mainoffice@alomaha.org

“Clutch” Performers Child Saving Institute: PurseOnalities 2022

Name of Organization: Child Saving Institute

Event Name: PurseOnalities 2022

When: November 3, 2022 Where: Hilton Oma ha

Why: PurseOnalities has become a community favorite featuring a silent auction of fabulous purse packages and an inspiring speaker, all for a good cause: raising funds to support Child Saving Institute’s programs and services.

Special Guests: Honorary Chair: Nancy Edick; Event Chairs: Yolanda Delgado, Sarah Dukich, Jordan Peterson and Lyndsay Ruma; Featured Speaker: Genevieve Piturro; Emcee: Gina Melton

Attendance: 260

Amount Raised: $91,000

For more information: (402) 553-6000 or www.childsaving.org

Sponsors: Nancy Edick, Christina Fazzone, Heider Family Foundation, Kiewit, Bill and Jodie Mackintosh Family Foundation, Shikhar and Kristin Family Foundation

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ALO PRESIDENT CAROLYN MCCORMICK PRESENTS THE CRYSTAL BELL AWARD TO THE POSH PEACOCK ASSISTANCE LEAGUE MEMBERS ATTENDING THE CHRISTMAS CARAVAN PREVIEW GALA PARTY MEET OUR 2022 CHRISTMAS CARAVAN CHAIRPERSONS; CHERYL SHETLAR, DEE O’GRADY, JOANN LUTZ, LYNDA CHARTIER THESE LOVELY LADIES HEADED UP THE THRIFT SHOP BOUTIQUE SALES ON THE NIGHT OF OUR GALA, NOVEMBER 2ND PHOTOS COURTESY OF DEBRA S. KAPLAN ON LEFT, HONORARY CHAIR NANCY EDICK WITH FEATURED SPEAKER GENEVIEVE PITURRO CSI GUILD BOARD PRESIDENT ASHLEY DIECKMAN INTRODUCES THE WINNING RAFFLE PRIZE PURSE TO AUDIENCE ON STAGE PICTURED ARE CSI GUILD BOARD MEMBERS CORRIE LOPER (LEFT) AND GINA PATRICK (RIGHT) WITH CSI PRESIDENT & CEO JAYMES SIME PURSEONALITIES 2022 EVENT CHAIRS PICTURED LEFT TO RIGHT: JORDAN PETERSON, LYNDSAY RUMA, YOLANDA DELGADO AND SARAH DUKICH

Constitution What the Means to Me

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