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camp fire usa becomes “completely KIDSSM” the name may be new, but the commitment to food programs, youth development, family and academics remains.

right now,” the boy named Joe said in imagining the likeliest scenario, the alternative to the way he’s spending summer days this year. And his friends, all the kids from the neighborhood? “A lot of them are probably watching TV right now,” said the 12year-old who is instead surrounded every weekday by an extended family of supportive peers and their adult mentors. His friends may be watching televised programs, but Joe (look for more on him in the story on page 12) prefers the real world programs of Completely KIDS. Camp Fire USA’s JUNE TRANSITION to their new Completely KIDS identity is more than just the launch of a catchy name, more than just the debut of a snappy logo. It’s a rededication to an ideal, one that builds strong communities one child, one family and one neighborhood at a time. “This is all aimed at the simplest of ideas,” explained PENNY PARKER, the executive director of Completely KIDS. “We want to be able to focus all of our resources, including financial resources, on a very specific mission in serving a very specific community here in Omaha,” she said of the move that severs ties with the national Camp Fire USA organization. “To the kids, it means we are going to keep on doing what we’ve been doing, but only with more resources because, among other things, we’ll be free of the costs associated with being part of a large national organization,” she added. As for the rest of the community, including those who support the non-profit’s mission with their passion, time and dollars? “The people who are closest to us, who know us well,” Parker continued, “are the very ones who have driven this whole process. They have been the idea people who have supported us all along as we refine our mission to make our impact as hyper-local as it can be.” AS WITH ANY MAJOR ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE, a rebranding decision is not without risks. How does one walk away from the allure of glowing embers and flickering flames, the ones that adorn an iconic Camp Fire logo?



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metroMagazine • The Spirit of Omaha “This is a good thing in so many ways,” said the woman who has been working with what she calls “my kids” for the last 20 years. “Most importantly, it gives us a truly unique opportunity, the opportunity to tell our story in a whole new way; our way.” Icons are powerful when it comes to instant recognition, but when the familiar conjures images that no longer match reality, there’s new work to be done. “When we brought up the Camp get from downtown to the interstate,” Fire name, it wasn’t unusual that any number of people would fondly recall Parker said. “but it’s still a neighborhood where people live, their own Camp Fire experience as a work and play. We work to be a youth,” she said. “Then we had to beacon of hope here in our remind them that that’s not who we neighborhood.” are anymore. Since as long ago as the late ‘80s there’s been a steady THE BACK-STORY behind the movement away from the traditional selection of the Completely KIDS club-type model that many of us name is charming in its simplicity. grew up with.” “Someone in one of our Besides creating a muddled brainstorming sessions pointed out message whenever a label no longer that the term ‘completely’ kept mirrors a mission, putting a nostalgic coming up time and again when we smile on someone’s face in one defined and discussed our moment and then taking it away in commitment to kids,” Parker said the next is no way to win friends. with a chuckle, “and suddenly it just “Now, for the first time,” she said, became so obvious to us.” “it’ll be about who we are and what Look for more on the people and we do, not who we aren’t and what programs of Completely KIDS we don’t do.” throughout this special section of Parker demurs that “I only steer metroMAGAZINE, but to get “the the canoe. It’s our staff, friends and whole picture” of the new face of volunteers that do all the paddling.” youth development in Omaha, you If so, all indications are that the should first understand the Completely KIDS canoe is being organization’s idea of “the whole child.” propelled by many strong oars; ones “THE WHOLE CHILD,” Parker that allow staff to concentrate on explained, “touches not just their core values of food security and own family but the entire community. nutrition, youth development, family The whole child is something beyond and academics. the individual child. When 350 “This is not easy work,” Parker said, people come to Family Nights once a “but we have an amazingly youthful month at each of our nine locations, staff. It’s also unusual for a youth we see the whole child. We see the development agency to have such a whole child at Liberty Elementary, highly educated staff. Three members for example, where our family room of our team earned their masters there is a magnet for a community degrees this spring alone. These are coming together for both education talented people who could easily be and recreation; for everything from in other sectors making lots of money, computer and tax preparation classes but they’re committed to our kids and to knitting sessions and Zumba.” their families in everything they do. THE COUNTDOWN CLOCK TO You’ll find them everywhere; kid’s soccer launch the organization’s new name games, graduations, you name it.” has ticked down to zero and, not missing a beat, Completely KIDS staff COMPLETELY KIDS’ one-child-atand volunteers continue their work a-time philosophy is perhaps in transforming the lives of those who particularly suited to a neighborhood will become Omaha’s future leaders. where progress is sometimes “But there is no clock on our staff’s measured one step at a time. commitment,” Parker asserted. The Leavenworth – Saint Marys “You’re only as good as your people Avenue corridors that draw many of and we have the best. They’re the kids in the organization’s wide array of best at developing character and programs is not the most picturesque. they’re the best at putting smiles on “This is a part of town that people kids’ faces.” may know only because it’s how they continued









“HI! WELCOME! I’M JOE. I’ll be your guide today.” It’s a common enough greeting, but those words are anything but common when spoken by a 12-year-old. Joe has been in the Completely KIDS program for half of his life. He’s about to transition from one of the agency’s schools to another, from Liberty Elementary School to Marrs Magnet Middle School. “Joe is our best ambassador,” said Completely KIDS executive director Penny Parker. “That’s why we have him do our tours. He’s our kid extraordinaire.” He didn’t want to talk much about family; I learned only that Joe now lives with his aunt and baby sister after his grandmother passed away last year. It’s a reticence that is, sadly, shared among many of the youth served in the program, but that very reluctance goes a long way in explaining why Completely KIDS is so vitally important to Joe and thousands of Omaha kids just like him. “I have friends here that I can talk to,” he explained. “The kids, Miss Sarah, all the other adults; they guide me.” “Miss Sarah” is Sarah Tulipana, a Completely KIDS program coordinator who just finished her master’s degree in social work at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. “There have been some tough things that you’ve had to go through,” Tulipana said in turning to Joe. That’s when his eyes dimmed for the fleetest of moments, a touching reminder that his otherwise sunny disposition is a success story in its own right. The young man with the perpetual smile wants to either play professional soccer or become a meteorologist. “I’m pretty much a weather nerd,” Joe said with a self-deprecating shrug. “I don’t know why, but I just got hooked on it a couple years ago. I watch the Weather Channel all the time. Weather is on my computer 24/7.” Tulipana knows there is always a danger of alternate forecasts as her friend, the aspiring weatherman, enters his teen years. The allure of the street is strong. “I’ve known Joe since he was a second-grader,” Tulipana said. “He’s an amazing kid and such a success story for us. He knows how to make the right decisions despite all the pressures out there.” Even the most tender of relationships can be marred by occasional storm clouds. A Completely KIDS spring soccer tournament found Joe’s Liberty team squaring off against a rival, one coached by Tulipana. “She was crazy,” Joe beamed as Tulipana shot back a gasp of mock indignation. The discussion then quickly devolved into a spirited debate– one that I sensed was a replay of many predecessors– about a particularly acrobatic Joe “goooooo-al” that Tulipana insisted was a no-goal. And what did the referee have to say about it? “That’s the problem,” Joe cracked. “The ref was another adult staffer!” As is the case on too many of Omaha’s streets, Joe lives in a world where wearing the wrong colors can invite trouble. Completely KIDS’ goal is that his soccer jersey– and the gentle ribbing that goes with it– is the closest he’ll ever come to worrying about a choice of colors. 12

That’s the number of dollars raised over the last decade by the Completely KIDS Guild. That number is also a pretty good estimate of the number of smiles put on the faces of kids over those same years. In addition to raising funds to support Completely KIDS’ community-based programs, the guild gives of their time and efforts to volunteer for both the CF26 and weekend foods programs and organizes other efforts throughout the year to ensure that programs have the materials they need to capture both the minds and hearts of all in Completely KIDS. “The Guild is so much more than just a money-raising body,” said Completely KIDS executive director Penny Parker. “They have also done so much in raising our visibility in the community and, after all, isn’t that what a great guild does?” “We are a working group, one that doesn’t shy away from jump-in-and-get-yourhands-dirty jobs,” explained Guild President Cindy Leiferman. “You won’t find a lot of honorary titles around here,” said the woman who founded the guild and now works for Completely KIDS. “For us the honor comes from working hard to make Omaha a better community for all of our neighbors.” This roll-up-your-sleeves attitude doesn’t mean that the group doesn’t know how to have a good time. Chants of “Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!” echoed at the organization’s annual Author Luncheon in April when motivational writer Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger took the stage to relay the story that inspired the blockbuster 1993 movie that chronicled his briefest of glory with Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish football team. Up next for the guild is the October 7th Big Red Tailgate, the scarlet-and-creamsplattered event where you get to carry the pigskin in support of programs which make a difference in the lives of thousands of kids every year. Last year’s Big Red Tail Gate raised a record$174,000. “Our guild has always had great leadership,” Leiferman added, “something that will continue when our current president, Dawn Dinsdale, passes the gavel to Brenda Christensen in January. We are fortunate to have so many people who care about the children in our community and making their lives better.” Visit for more information on how to join or support the guild.

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WEEKEND FOOD PROGRAM This program provides 305 elementary children with backpacks full of kid-friendly and nutritious food to take home over the weekend, making them better ready to tackle their school work when Monday arrives. Volunteers to stuff backpacks each week are also needed. Please donate Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup (pull tab), Vegetable Beef Soup (pull tab), Individual-Sized Easy Mac, Hormel/Chef Boyardee Dinner Cup (pull tab), Del Monte Salt-Free Corn (pull tab), Jell-O Snack Sliced Fruit or Applesauce (pull tab), granola bars (any brand), pudding snacks (any brand), individual-sized cereal (any brand), juice boxes and fresh apples CRAFT SUPPLIES, BOOKS AND GAMES From making thank you cards to practicing cursive and from quite reading to boisterous play, our kids are active! Please donate pencils, crayons, markers, composition notebooks, construction paper, drawing paper, jewelry beads, board games, puzzles, note cards, calculators, books, books and more books! DISPOSABLE CAMERAS Photography classes teach our kids self-reliance and confidence. As a bonus, scrapbooking supplies help to promote creativity as the children present their photos. GARDENING SUPPLIES Seeds, tools, and fertilizer give our kids the chance to grow their own vegetables and learn the importance of nutrition and healthy lifestyles. If you have a green thumb yourself, volunteer to help the children tend to their gardens and give them planting advice. SOCCER EQUIPMENT Soccer keeps our kids active, but also gives them the opportunity to learn about discipline, teamwork and personal commitment. Completely KIDS children also enjoy dodge-ball, jumping rope and yoga. All of these activities allow for the kids to release their energy. NEW EXPERIENCES All Completely KIDS youth love field trips as they provide experiences for learning something new about not only themselves, but also their community. Ranging from learning about the environment to our city’s culture to touring a college, field trips help turn our children into future leaders. AFTERNOON SNACKS For many of our kids, these snacks are their dinner and must hold them through the night. Fresh fruit, yogurt and other nutritious items are essential to keeping Completely KIDS children productive and healthy. To learn how you can help, contact Ann Lawless at 402-397-5809 x 207 or


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What are the building blocks that become the foundation for such startling numbers?

NUTRITION PROGRAMS Child hunger is a very real problem in our community. Kids are unable to learn when their stomachs are growling. The Completely KIDS Food Program was established to provide children and teens with nourishing food seven days a week. Children rely on Completely KIDS every day to offer them a well-balanced after-school snack which, for too many, acts as their evening meal.

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IT HAS BEEN SAID that math is a lot like love; it’s a pretty simple idea but it can become rather complicated if you’re not careful. No need for great care or even calculator on this one, but let’s look at the simplest of numbers for Completely KIDS 2010 operations, the ones that embody the spirit of the organization’s new tagline of “Creating Community for Kids and Families.”



The number of meals served in 2010


Partnerships with community organizations and businesses to maximize agency resources


The percentage of Completely KIDS youth who improved their abilities in reading comprehension



The percentage of kids (and this is our very favorite) who go on to four-year colleges and universities




Backpacks that carried much of that food last year

The percentage of Completely KIDS youth who improved their abilities in math


The number of kids, parents and teachers served in Completely KIDS’ Prevention Education Programs


Service learning volunteer hours racked up by 274 Completely KIDS youth


The number of children and teens served in Out-of-School Programs



Area shelters supported by Completely KIDS programs

LOTS 1:1,000,000

Extensive research in controlled laboratory settings has concluded that this is the ratio of Completely KIDS staffers to the number of smiles they put on kids’ faces


The Weekend Food Program sends home backpacks stuffed with healthy and childfriendly food every Friday. These programs and others like them are almost entirely volunteer-operated. EDUCATION PROGRAMS FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHILDREN Kids can be at their most vulnerable in those unsupervised hours after school and through the summer. Completely KIDS delivers a wide selection of Out-of-School programs through 10 area schools that offer an alternative to television or the street. EDUCATION PROGRAMS FOR TEENS Teenagers encounter a difficult world filled with drugs and alcohol. Violence is prevalent in the media, on the streets and in too many homes. Too many lack a sense of purpose in their lives. Through Completely KIDS schoolbased programs, 13- to 19-year-olds are outfitted with the skills they need to make ethical, responsible choices, ones that boost their ability to succeed academically, socially and emotionally. Help them and they, in turn, learn valuable lessons that inspire many to develop a firm commitment to a lifetime of helping others. PREVENTION EDUCATION PROGRAMS Complex decisions and potentially dangerous situations are thrown at kids at every turn in today’s culture. With the help of professional actor-educators, Completely KIDS interactive prevention education programs are used to take on such topics as child sexual abuse, Internet safety and peer pressure. These innovative educational opportunities are available for kids, parents and educators at elementary schools throughout the greater Omaha community. m

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KIDSSM, formerly known as Camp Fire USA, held the second annual Pinot, Pigs & Poets event on June 10th at Happy Hollow Club to raise money for programs that focus on “Creating Community for Kids and Families” through food security, youth development, family and academics. Executive Chefs from The Boiler Room, Flemings, Happy Hollow, Mahogany Prime Steakhouse, Stokes Grill & Bar, Taste and Twisted Cork prepared pork dishes that were complimented with tastings of 30 exquisite Pinot Noir wines. A vintner’s competition took place during the afternoon where the wines were judged and graded. The winner, 2009 Small Vines Russian River Valley, was announced that evening. The Freestone Sonoma Coast 2007 was the runner-up. The event organizers were Jody and Gayle Carstens, Cindy and Brian Leiferman, Jodie and Bill Mackintosh, Terri and Jack McDonnell and Ellen and Stavely Wright. For more information, visit

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serious when a game of musical chairs found Mandi Dye right back where she had begun. It was at co-owner Eric Burden’s station at BUNGALOW/8 that the bride-to-be was being prepped for what seemed an almost pseudosurgical procedure, one of having... “They’re called hair extensions,” came the whisper. “She’s having hair extensions put in.”

That whisper was necessitated by a “first” of sorts. Never before had we the need to employ an interpreter in one of our stories, but this one was too important. We couldn’t miss even the slightest of nuances, so metroMAGAZINE’s Elizabeth Ford did double duty that day in acting as translator/photographer for a hopelessly clueless, fish-out-of-water writer. Like the disembodied voice from the wings prompting an actor who had forgotten his lines, Ford was there to help capture the essence of what was unfolding at the salon that is so popular for wedding day hair and makeup machinations, ones that have become a rite of passage in their own right.



“Mimosas. Don’t use ‘champagne cocktails,’” she corrected as we passed the continental breakfast laid out for the party of 12 that represented the union of Mandi Dye’s and Clint Rathje’s families. A small army of black-clad stylists was a frenetic study in perpetual motion as the bridal party rotated, station to station, continued

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WEDDING TYLE from hair to makeup and back again so finishing touches could then be applied using all manner of doo-dads, thingamajigs and... Elizabeth was missing in action just when I needed her most.

“Classic Hollywood,” chimed in Heather Dizmang, the freelance makeup artist who was wielding an impossibly oversized brush as she painted... that is the right word, isn’t it, Elizabeth? Painted?

“This is all about controlled chaos, but it’s a fun controlled chaos,” BUNGALOW/8 co-owner Michael Skradis said. “Mandi has been just great to work with and we like to think that she and other beautiful brides would tell you that we have the most creative team in the business.”

It was then that my translator’s hands darted to her temples as she gently pushed her way through the crowd that had now gathered around Dye, the woman who was stunning when she walked in that morning and downright radiant when she left.

The nurse who is now married to a medical student agreed. “One of the first things I thought of when we were engaged last April was ‘what am I going to do now?’” Dye said. “But I’ve been going to Eric for two years now and I knew I could talk to him about anything and everything.” You mean like creating a signature style to bring to the altar?

Keeping it simple means that we help find the best ‘you,’ the real you. ~ ERIC BURDEN

Hmm. My colleague must be prone to the occasional headache, I keenly observed. And just when things were going so swimmingly as she made me feel ever so comfortable in an otherwise strange and alien world. Must make a note of that. Just like all the notes made at BUNGALOW/8 in leading up to that rainy Saturday.


“That too,” she said with a wry wink. “You After all, Burden explained, his is the should have seen him during our practice run.” memory business. It’s an enterprise where success is measured in “oohs” and “aahs” that live on; more than just in film and on Hold on there. Practice? You mean that video, but in the very cores of a now newly you’ve done all this before? wedded couple, their family and friends.


His advice for making the best memories for your wedding look? “Practice and the planning discussions are where the real work is done,” Burden said. “Keep it simple,” he said. “Be yourself and “This is just the fun part. Mandi began trust us to help do the rest. Keeping it with four basic ideas, four basic themes, and we refined them from there. We worked simple doesn’t mean that it can’t be dramatic, that it can’t have excitement and together to make sure we found a style flair. Keeping it simple means that we help that would reflect who she is... and who find the best ‘you,’ the real you.” she isn’t.” “I knew I wanted a fresh-faced look,” Dye continued, “Not too much makeup. Clean. Something that would remind us of...”

The accompanying photographs leave little doubt that the BUNGALOW/8 team found “the best” Mandi Dye that day. m


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looking. Spire also recommended antihumidity products to keep hair from frizzing up or dropping down.


BILL. BILL. CREDIT CARD PLOY. BILL. Pizza ad. Oh! An oversized envelope addressed with swirling, gold calligraphy grabs your attention. You know this envelope is different– it gives you a reason to find a babysitter for the day, to show off your summer glow and to flaunt that splurge purchase you earned for losing five pounds. But receiving a wedding invitation when the thermometer is flirting with triple digits may obliterate your excitement. No need to fear! We checked in with FIVE SALON DIRECTOR DENIE SPIRE for some head-to-toe tips to

You leave home with your face done to perfection. After 15 minutes in the relentless sun, you become a melted mess of shiny skin and running mascara. Spire’s secret weapon to avoid this horror movie look is travel-sized spray facial toner. Better yet, chill it in the fridge before you leave. Spritz it on whenever you need relief. It’s not only refreshing, but it helps set your makeup. Like hair, the trend in makeup is a natural look, so use soft colors and lines for eyes and lips. If you want to be a little more daring, Five Salon’s AMBER CARTER suggested a pink lip. “It’s not just any pink,” said the skincare, waxing and makeup specialist. “Bright pink. It’s crazy because it looks good on everyone.” Wear mineral-tinted moisturizer with SPF for a bit of coverage, color and protection.


Remember that expensive silk dress you’ve been dying to wear? Keep on waiting. Avoid ensure the heat doesn’t wilt your summer wedding style: silk, polyester and other fabrics that don’t breathe. Instead, find an airy dress made from silk chiffon, linen or cotton. Make sure to hide those hard-earned tan lines by wearing a dress that matches your swimsuit style. If you have a halter swimsuit, for example, select a Hairstyles can make or break an outfit. “You dress with the same cut. Finally, opt for light notice your hair way before anybody else does,” solids, florals or patterns. Remember, dark said Spire. “For most women, it’s the first colors absorb the sun. thing you see when you look in the mirror. It makes you feel good about yourself when you’re taking care of your hair.” Even if you have a killer dress, you won’t do your overall To take your look to the next level, add a little appearance justice with flat hair infused with sweat. Spire suggested a natural-looking updo. sparkle or splash of color with accessories. But don’t go overboard. Keep heavy, chunky “I don’t mean natural like you just got out of jewelry at home or regret the uncomfortable the shower, but soft curls. Updos tend to be burden they become. Invest in a small clutch less perfect. They’re not messy, but a little more unkempt.” Try a loose chignon or a chic for just the essentials so you don’t feel like a topknot to stay both cool and fabulouspack mule all day.




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Pump it up, but be comfortable with it. ~ DENIE SPIRE


Unless you want to aerate the lawn, leave your sky-high stilettos for a night on the town. Go with some wedges instead. They’ll give you that leggy, model height without sinking into the ground. Sandals can be a wonderful pick, as long as you never (ever, ever, ever) wear flipflops. In sandal season, Spire suggested women use a foot moisturizer and exfoliant to keep feet looking healthy. You can now RSVP with no worries of the sun’s hot rays smudging your style. Try out Spire’s hairstyle advice to “pump it up, but be comfortable with it,” for your entire look. Take calculated risks to step up your style, but make sure you still feel confident with yourself. All that’s left to do is to enjoy the champagne! m


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is just beginning for Nebraska’s outgoing Outstanding Teen, STACI CRAIGHEAD, but the legacy she has established is one that will continue to inspire others long after her reign is over. Staci has been confronted with her share of obstacles, but instead of letting them hold her back, she uses them as a reminder not to give up. Her goal as Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen was to “help teens remember that while our lives may not be what we envisioned, we can be successful in spite of difficulties.”

Staci won the title of Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen in June of 2010, but this is not her first crown. She started competing in pageants at the age of 12 and in 2006 won her first title as MISS NEBRASKA PRETEEN, NATIONAL AMERICAN MISS. A year later, she followed that with a win as MISS NEBRASKA JUNIOR TEEN, AMERICAN COED PAGEANT, but her achievements are not limited to the world of pageantry.

OVERCOMING ADVERSITY All of Staci’s accomplishments are rooted in her determination to succeed. She stresses that “tenacity is always going to get me where I want to go because I will never give up on anything that will help me achieve my goals.” Such willpower is influenced by the memory of her father, Michael, who passed away in 2007 from cholangiocarcinoma, a rare cancer of the bile ducts of the liver. Her father’s passing occurred during her reign as Miss Nebraska Preteen, but his absence has not prevented Staci from persevering. Instead, she has channeled the loss toward helping others by increasing awareness and connecting with families affected by cholangiocarcinoma. In 2009, she started working with the CHOLANGIOCARCINOMA FOUNDATION in honor of her father. Through her work with the foundation and through her position as Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen, she has become inspired to start a website geared to teenagers who have been affected by cholangiocarcinoma. The website will provide teens

the resources they need to connect with others who are dealing with similar circumstances. Staci acknowledges that “since this is such a rare form of cancer, it’s really hard for kids to be able to talk to people that actually know what they’re going through,” she said of the website that will provide comfort and strength to those who need it. She plans to continue to work with the foundation and hopes to have her website up and running soon. The loss of her father has created opportunities for Staci and her mother to bond in new ways as they work together to raise awareness about cholangiocarcinoma as they find meaning and purpose in loss. One such occasion was afforded the duo as they presented at WHOLE WOMAN’S DAY in November of 2007. In their seminar, “Walking Through the Fire,” they spoke out about their sense of loss with Mike’s passing, and how they are learning to deal with grief. Sharing such a moment impacted both of them and helped bring them “through the fire” together.

THE VOICE WITHIN Along with her work at the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation, Staci shares her vocal talents at various events. Last summer, Staci found a life-changing opportunity to tour seven countries in 18 days with the Midwest Honor Choir. She performanced in some of Europe’s most famous cathedrals, but it was singing at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris that really inspired Staci. “At the end of our performance we all stood there listening to the 10-second reverb and that really impacted me. That was a major moment where I knew singing is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.” That moment was such an epiphany for Staci that she had a change of heart regarding her plans to attend the University of Kansas, where she had planned to major in psychiatry. Instead she wants to focus on a degree in vocal music performance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with an eye to musical theatre. She also credits her decision to Miss America’s Outstanding Teen organization as having given her the edge she needs to ensure that nothing stands in the way of her success.

through triumph and tragedy staci craighead has learned that “succes is not the key to happiness, happiness is the key to success”



NOTHING FOR GRANTED Staci is still a teenager and, like most teenagers, spends time with friends who have become a huge support system. She has learned and now stresses the importance of the people in her life. Through struggles and triumphs, she has come to realize that the “real lesson in life is to never take anything or anyone you have for granted.” For Staci, the most meaningful thing she takes away from her experience as Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen is a “sense of impact.” Although the time she has spent in the pageant system has been productive, she is “riding the fence” when it comes to competing in 2012. Staci recently graduated from Westside High School. With college on the horizon, she anticipates a doubly busy year ahead and has yet to decide if she’ll pursue a fourth crown. In just seventeen years, Staci has accomplished numerous achievements and has laid a foundation for what could become an incredible future. Her experiences in the pageant world have taught her that “success is not the key to happiness; happiness is the key to success.” All along the way, she has demonstrated just how deserving she is of the title she held for the past year– Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen. m



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You want to participate. You want to contribute your ideas. You want to be involved in growing a stronger city. Attending community meetings gives rise to your creative voice, but can be a schedulebuster for busy young professionals.

Employing the “many hands make light work” philosophy of an Amish barn raising, Brush Up Nebraska has been beautifying the community since 1989. The group’s Paint-A-Thon’s that have spruced up almost 2,400 homes over the years do more than just apply a fresh coat on the canvas that is Omaha, they also serve to promote a sense of dignity and community for the low-income elderly and low-income disabled homeowners served in the program.

Enter Engage Omaha, the online town hall that seeks an entire community’s input on real life, actionable projects that may be adopted and implemented by the City of Omaha.

Designed to be the sort of high-impact, high-visibility, short-duration program that works for even the busiest of young professionals who want to give back to the community, the Paint-A-Thons are also great social experiences.

Solutions on such topics as Omaha as a tourism destination, transportation master plans and the condition of the city’s parks are being sought through the current round of proposals, which closes July 17th. After registering for an Engage Omaha account, a user can post an idea regarding any of the site’s eight topics.

The group serves the Omaha metropolitan area that includes Bellevue, Gretna, Elkhorn, LaVista, Ralston, Papillion and Council Bluffs.

Previously adopted Engage Omaha initiatives include establishing a FAQ section on the Mayor’s website and codifying the process by which streets may be named for an individual.

Homeowners are selected in mid-July, so now is the perfect time to gather a team for some fun, paint-splattered volunteerism. Where else can you wear latex (paint, that is) without drawing undue attention?

“Omaha residents can now engage their government 24 hours a day, wherever there is access to the Internet,” Mayor Jim Suttle said of the pioneering initiative begun in February. Visit

This year’s event is August 20th. Information on volunteering, donating and corporate sponsorship is available at


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SILICON PRAIRIE NEWS was recently presented with the Innovator Award at the inaugural Big O! Excellence Awards. Sponsored by the Greater Omaha Chamber and one of seven awards categories conferred at the May 17th event, the Innovator Award recognizes an individual or an organization that has both envisioned and executed on an opportunity.

Silicon Prairie News co-founders Jeff Slobotski and Dusty Davidson accepted the award from David Brown, the chamber’s president and CEO. “We’re humbled to receive the chamber’s Innovator Award,” Slobotski said. “It’s an honor we don’t take lightly and we’ll continue to work in building the city and region into a community that is conducive to entrepreneurial startups and change makers.”


The award came a mere four days after the conclusion of their third annual Big Omaha event (featured in the June issue of metroMAGAZINE) , the SPN-conceived conference focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship that drew over 600 people to KANEKO in the Old Market. “Our team at Silicon Prairie News realizes that, although we’ve collectively realized a great deal of growth and activity over the last few years, there’s still a long road ahead - paved with great opportunities for Omaha’s entrepreneurial community,” Slobotski added. Other honors went to Cella Quinn (Business Woman of the Year), Woodmen of the World (Corporate Citizenship), Frontier Bag Company, Inc., (Minority Business of the Year), Hope Center for Kids (Nonprofit of the Year) and Signs & Shapes International, Inc. (Small Business of the Year Award). Also recognized that day were businesses celebrating 25, 50, 75 and 100-year anniversaries, all highlighted by American Machine Works, Inc. hitting the century mark.

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katie wortmann chad eacker director of marketing and public relations • 27 OMAHA COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE OMAHA HAS AN EXTREMELY ACTIVE and creative class fueled by young professionals. I’m inspired by all the creative, young professionals I’ve met; from graphic designers to glassblowers, entrepreneurs to actors, photographers to musicians, bloggers to arts administrators and everyone in between. Their fresh outlooks and out-of-the box thinking shape creativity. I am privileged to be director of marketing and public relations for the Omaha Community Playhouse, the largest community theatre in the country, and work closely with the area’s most talented performing artists, technicians and idea-makers. It is truly amazing to work for an organization with more than 85 years of rich history that is open to new ideas. The role of the young professional in the creative class reaches much further than crafting one’s own trade. They support the community with their creative endeavors. OCP has a fantastic young professional subscriber group called the Rising Stars, as well as a social reviewer group called the OCP Buzz Team. Young professional support is crucial to the success of OCP now and will be in years to come.

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I MOVED MY MULTIMEDIA DESIGN business to Omaha with my partner, Matt Bross, four years ago to be closer to our clients and expand where there is a wealth of arts-based non-profits. We have been churning out branding, design, websites and video production for six years and are glad to add talented young professionals to our staff. When we moved just west of the Old Market, we discovered the area suffered from an identity crisis. I worked with the mayor, city officials, architects and enthusiastic community members to form a new neighborhood alliance, Market West, to help the historic area continue to develop. Already evident, the local arts and culture scene is always looking for new voices and vision. The Young Professionals Arts & Culture Committee on which I serve continues to expand. I also enjoy being a film contributor for Omahype, the Will Silvey-Simons and Laura Burhenn effort that’s building a “creative class” nucleolus encompassing all that is new, different and compelling in our city.

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MY PROFESSIONAL GOAL: bring an audience to the arts. Omaha’s metro area has a burgeoning scene of activity for such an ambition. I worked first on marketing the Mid-America Center on its buildingopening team. Concert tours are performing art ventures, but I yearned for something a bit more on the fine art side. The Omaha Symphony was the next stop before launching my own promotions consultancy while starting a family. I brought attention and professional communications to artists and galleries and invested in our community’s creative vibrancy while working with such art organizations as Omaha Creative Institute. I love how Omaha has amazing artistic resources for youth, adults and families. I used to think the art culture here was a secret. Not anymore. We pride ourselves on what happens here creatively and I’ve now moved into the sphere of arts advocacy with running Nebraskans for the Arts. Underscoring the importance of arts education, helping people invest in their creative economies, and encouraging constituents to voice their passion when it comes to art fulfills that professional goal to its core.


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YOUNG PROFESSIONALS in the Omaha community have an important role in pushing the city to new accomplishments and helping bring the city onto the national scene. As both an artist and one who works in the arts I’m thrilled to be part of a community that encourages and supports creative endeavors. In my own art exhibitions, most recently at Birdhouse Collectibles and upcoming this fall at the Haydon Art Center, this support has been essential to the growth of my practice. Originally from Omaha, I left to pursue undergraduate and graduate studies, but was pleased to move back to be a part of this active and creative community led by such organizations as the Bemis Center, Film Streams, and Slowdown. At the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, the support of the community is evident every day. We had an incredible turnout in late June when we dedicated the Bemis Center’s facility improvements, ones that also allow us to increase capacity to support outstanding artists with five additional studio spaces, thanks to the support of the Omaha community.

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metroMagazine • The Spirit of Omaha STORY & PHOTO BY ELIZABETH FORD

MEN & WOMEN alike just can’t get enough of this year’s hottest accessory. It comes in a variety of sizes, but let’s be honest, the bigger the better. You can spice it up with a pattern or get a transparent one so people know what you’re all about. Add a personal touch with your monogram or make an eco statement with one made only from recycled materials. All across the nation, people are getting up before the sun to wait in line for it – the coffee cup. What most don’t know about this popular treat is now it can come to you, and JO-ON-THE-GO can cater to all your caffeinated needs. An espresso catering service, Jo-onthe-Go launched six years ago with one woman seeing a need for something fresh in the catering world. Jessica Fitton’s previous work in pharmaceutical sales exposed her to a variety of catered events, and she saw the challenge of “working to set yourself apart from just bringing in a typical lunch by doing something different, unique and fun.” Aware of people’s thirst for coffee, Fitton began her business with familiar pharmaceutical clients. “It really caught on, not only in that industry, but it has evolved and grown into a wide variety of other businesses.” Fitton now has four baristas and caters around 40 events a month, ranging from corporate events and wedding receptions to graduation parties and grand openings. “We are all over the board with where we cater and what we do.” Going to these different events and meeting new people drive her enthusiasm and passion for the business. “We’re there making people’s day by creating their own made-to-order drink,” she said. “That’s why we like doing it.” Planning an event of your own? Jo-onthe-Go and a barista will come to your location to delight your guests with unlimited drinks. Did you catch that?

jolt on demand! espresso caterers bring the coffee to you: jo-on-the-go Unlimited. You can choose from three different drink bars. The Espresso Bar is great for those morning events to get your guests or business ready for the day. The most popular bar, the Espresso and Smoothie Bar, pleases both the coffee addict and opponent. The Cold Creations Bar, which has no coffee drinks, is perfect for summer parties. Jo-on-the-Go even has a pastry menu to complement their wide array of drinks. If you want to get a taste of their artistry, check them out any Saturday morning at the Downtown Omaha Farmers Market. Jo-on-the-Go is also making a difference through fundraising for various causes. Fitton has donated her services at events for such organizations as the CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION, ANGELS AMONG US and CONSERVATION FUSION. “We’ve also worked with March of Dimes when they have their March for Babies Walk,” she added. “We did that a couple years ago where we offered our espresso and smoothie 27

bar and a lot of different hot chocolates. I think there were a thousand people at the walk.” That’s a lot of smoothies! Through efforts such as these and others, Jo-on-the-Go finds a way to reach out to the community. Fitton is pleased with the progress the business has made over the years. “I like where we are now and the amount of work we are doing,” she said, “but we could always be a little busier.” Along with hoping to juggle more cups every month, she is always looking for the right fundraising opportunities. For more information on pricing, menus and general information, visit Just think, a turtle latte could be on its way to you! m

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one whose familiarity with HABITAT FOR HUMANITY only stretched as far as knowing that they are the internationally known nonprofit that sponsors a program where volunteers help build houses for those in need, heading down to the organization’s ReStore at 1003 S 24th St. was an adventure in itself. Before even stepping foot into the sprawling building, I was taken aback by the sheer volume of activity, from the flurry of customers pulling up in their cars to what seemed liked dozens of workers unloading donated goods from a truck. Walking inside, it became immediately apparent that this was no big box store. No wide open spaces or neat rows of perfectly arrayed goods here. The place was literally overflowing, but in a good way. Every inch seemed stacked to the ceiling with building materials, including everything from construction tools to a plethora of paint cans and even artwork newly dropped off from a recently remodeled Hilton Hotel. ReStore Director David Klitz took me on a tour, but I must admit my mind wandered just a little only because I was busy making mental notes on all the things I’d want to check out with a closer look when I get a chance to return. BIG DISCOUNTS, BIG HEART

The ReStore is in its 11th year of operation and strives to provide affordable building materials for anyone seeking an alternative to big box prices. Nine paid staff and a myriad of volunteers help to move inventory that’s marked 50 to 70 percent below original retail prices. Proceeds are used by Habitat for Humanity in their homebuilding


initiatives. Shopping at the ReStore, Klitz explained, has additional, greenthemed benefits; less junk ends up clogging area landfills. ReStore sales funded three and a half of the 27 habitat for Humanity homes built in Omaha last year. Klitz added that about 65 percent of donations are dropped off by individuals or businesses. ReStore truck drivers are kept busy in picking up the remaining goods, those offered by your neighbors who’ve contacted the organization. With spring-cleaning finished and summer in full swing, now is the perfect time to make your way to the ReStore. The strongest flow of donations come in during summer months and the selection is now at its broadest. There’s a good chance that you’ll be able to score all the basics in building materials, but look also for such oddities as an entire suite of stainless steel cabinets that came from a now defunct hospital. ReStore sales have bucked the trend of a downsized economy, Klitz said. The store saw an 85 percent increase in the number of business donors and a 36.5 percent increase in the number of individual donors in the past year alone. Also showing signs of prosperity is the 35 percent rise in cash register receipts. On the day of my recent visit, customer after customer stepped up to the counter, eager to purchase their often unique finds. The numbers above have the organization thinking about expansion. Look for more soon on plans for a second ReStore location.

yearned for something more. He knew he wanted to make a difference in the world around him and, hearing about the store four years ago, saw his career move full force in an entirely new direction. “I had great jobs at great companies, but something wasn’t quite there,” he said. “When I heard about the ReStore, I knew I wanted to be involved in some way. I wanted to be able to see the outcome of my efforts.” How can you support Habitat for Humanity through the ReStore effort? That’s simple, Klitz explained.


After jobs with a call center operation and a big box hardware store, Klitz

“Shop, donate, and volunteer.”

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noshing in the Campagna household can get a little dicey. Groggy sleepwalkers can’t just grab the first thing they see when the refrigerator light springs to life during a late-night raid.

The milk in those odd containers? That’s baby formula for Amy Campagna’s orphaned ground squirrels. Those bite-sized delicacies in the zip-lock bags? Mice for feeding a brilliantly-hued snake that shares a home with the family that lives on property situated among the rolling hills southeast of Blair. “I do have some interesting things in my fridge,” said Campagna with a wink. She’s just one of a small army of wildlife rehabilitators who volunteer with NEBRASKA WILDLIFE REHAB, INC. The non-profit that came into being in 1998 when a cadre of volunteers with extensive experience in rehabilitation launched a new entity to nurse our winged, slithering and furry friends back to good health. NEW HOME, SAME MISSION

Now for the first time, the homebased project that has had all manner of fauna being nursed in volunteers’ basements, sheds and barns has a home of its own. A historic 1929 building, one that was until 2009 the stately administrative offices of the Ash Grove Cement Company in Louisville, has been made available to the organization under an arrangement that carries the princely sum of $10 for an annual lease. “The great people at Ash Grove have been our friends for some time now,” explained Laura Stastny. Now operations chair of Nebraska Wildlife continued

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knowing NONPROFITS almost to start-up mode in dealing with such business baby steps as their first bills for such expenses as insurance, utilities, signage, maintenance and general upkeep. They also have eyes on another major milestone – the hiring of their first employee, an executive director.


The group will be showing off their new digs on Sunday, July 17th in an open house that will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The event includes activities for the entire family, including a scavenger hunt, building tours, food and entertainment. “Eventually NWRI would like to raise the funds to build our own specialized wildlife rehabilitation hospital and education center,” said Stastny, whose home is shared by 15 raccoons, two woodchucks, a turtle, half a dozen rabbits and others. “Wild animals have very specialized diet and caging needs that can be best addressed in that type of center, giving our animals the best chance of survival when they are returned to the wild. Our new Wildlife Center at Ash Grove is a stepping stone to that larger project, allowing us to grow our operations in a steady, sustainable manner.” Operating on the tiniest of budgets, the Nebraska Wildlife Rescue treats and releases up to 4,000 animals each year. The rewards of their work are many, but it is the group’s education efforts that promise broader benefits for all.

that also teaches the importance of volunteerism and action in our communities,” she added. “Our interdisciplinary approach that melds science and technology with everything from social studies, reading, writing, math and the arts is so important to the development of critical thinking skills. Students come to learn that every animal plays a role in our natural ecosystem.”

Students come to learn that every animal plays a role in our natural ecosystem. ~ LAURA STASTNY

The organization has long provided educational programs to schools and community groups throughout the area. Since introducing its outdoor science classroom project at Underwood Hills Focus School, the group’s programs have grown to encompass a wide array of learning initiatives. The organization is now developing summer school sessions focusing on science, math and technology, programs for underserved and at-risk children, prairie restoration efforts for high school teens, and even wildlife biology internships for college students.

Rehab, she joined the group in 2001 and originally carried the ominously SERVING THE NATURE DEPRIVED toothy title of Carnivore Team Leader. “For me it’s seeing when people, “We got to know Ash Grove when we especially kids, understand a bigger approached them about using their picture of the world and how vast riverside property for a coyote everything is interconnected,” Stastny Amy Campagna’s three children do release effort a couple years ago and not fall into the category of those said of programs where habitat one good thing led to another.” who suffer from Nature Deficit preservation is intrinsically linked to Disorder, but they do have to take rescue efforts. “Sometimes the “To see some of the things these care in grabbing something from that concepts of ‘conservation’ and ‘havolunteers do to treat injured animals bitat destruction’ are too large for most unusual of refrigerators. to be released back into the wild shows young students to wrap their brains true commitment,” said Ash Grove “It’s so amazingly enriching that my around, but you bring them these Plant Manager David Dorris, “and we kids get to grow up in this great lessons in the context of a single are proud and excited to be working animal’s story of rescue, rehabilitation environment,” said the farm-raised with Nebraska Wildlife Rehab.” women who kept a promise to and release back into the wild and it become more involved in wildlife all begins to make sense to them.” The non-profit has begun using the issues once her children became older. building as a base of operations for “I wouldn’t have it any other way. Just Stastny explained that a lot of kids hotline calls, training and animal look at all these wonderful people growing up in the city suffer from intake with 12-hour-a-day, seventhey’ve come to know and all these what some experts have called day-a-week staffing from volunteers. valuable lessons they are learning.” “Nature Deficit Disorder.” The group is now continuing fundraising efforts to retrofit the For more on supporting the work of “We seek to ensure that students learn space to meet their long-range vision. the lessons of habitat conservation and Nebraska Wildlife Rehab, visit Along the way, they’ve reverted restoration through hands-on learning 30

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nature’s soundtraCk blends celebrating the arts

with the orChestra pit in this

papillion-la Vista Community theatre produCtion

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Ambient noise is the bane of any performance experience. A space that has not been properly insulated from the outside world means that the spell of stage magic may too easily be broken. The muffled siren of a police car can arrest a kiss in a climactic love scene. The strangled drone of a jet flying overhead can elbow its way into the string section right in the middle of a toe-tapping musical number.

CriCkets Chirp along to 76 trombones in The Music Man

The very idea of blocking out all that acoustic bleed is turned upside down when the stage itself is of the al fresco variety, as is the case at the beautiful Sumtur Amphitheater.


Frogs croak, turkeys gobble and critters twitter at the pastoral scene on the hill abutting the western boundary of the Walnut Creek Recreation Area. But the trademark sound of the Sumtur, the non-stop soundtrack for any production there, is the lyrical chorus from that flock of... exactly what kind of birds are those anyway... that nest in a line of trees far to the east of the stage. Ambient noise, that which would cause you to squirm in any other performance setting, is the music that accompanies the music at the Sumtur, but even that nattering flock of birds won’t be able to drown out the 76 trombones of the Papillion-La Vista Community Theatre’s production of The Music Man. And their staccato rhythms don’t have a chance of keeping pace with the Professor Harold Hill’s tongue-twisting patter when he warns that “We’ve Got Trouble” right here in River City. continued


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The Sweet Sound of Success “It’s our very own multilayered sound system,” quipped Doug Huggins, the man who manages the amphitheater for the Papillion Recreation Department. “In other places, the music begins when someone steps on stage. Here at the Sumtur Amphitheater, I like to think that the music begins the moment you arrive.”

The Music Man, Meredith Wilson’s tuneful homage to turn-of-the-century Americana, runs July 7th through the 16th. “Every time I do this show I am reminded of Meredith Wilson’s genius,” said Jeff Nienhueser, The Music Man director and also board president of the Papillion-La Vista Community Theatre. “The way he put together that opening scene in the train is just one example of that genius. His rhymes and how he sets them to music, the music of the train, it’s just amazing. He has a way of capturing the distinctively midwestern rhythms of life in what is one of the great classics of musical theatre.” Like the Sumtur itself, the company is celebrating its fifth season. “It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to work with all these great people,” Nienhueser said of the company he founded. “We started out wondering if we had enough money to do a show. We wondered if anyone would audition. We wondered if anyone would come.” Unlike the steam locomotive slowly chugging its way out of the River City station, the Papillion-La Vista Community Theatre seemed to go from zero to 60 in about five seconds flat. From their inaugural effort with Fiddler on the Roof to last season’s The Sound of Music, the company skipped the usual baby steps and instead began life at a full sprint in playing to glowing reviews, strong ticket sales and cheering audiences when the temperatures rise every July.

Pick-a-Little-Talk-a-Little One of River City’s most prominent citizens is the mayor’s wife, Eulalie Shinn, so metroMAGAZINE thought we’d better pick-a-little-talk-a-little with Becky Noble, the actress who will play the ringleader behind the gaggle of prim, cheep-cheep-cheeping townswomen.


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as though she were descended from the Vanderbilts or Carnegies. She’s very happy with the idea that her husband is the mayor, but she really does care about her little town. For that reason, you have to play her as very sincere so she doesn’t come off as a caricature.” FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, 2007

Noble, a popular actress seen on countless Omaha stages, is not unfamiliar with the Sumtur. She played the equally colorful Bloody Mary in the 2009 Papillion-La Vista Community Theatre production of South Pacific and staged her crowd-pleasing Cabaret Theatre there in both 2008 and 2009. “There was something just incredible about singing ‘Bali Ha’i’ in front of 800 people in South Pacific,” she beamed. “The Sumtur isn’t exactly the same thing as Bali Ha’i, but it sure felt like. It was beautiful to see all those people sitting out there on the grass as the sun was starting to set. It’s just a thrilling place to perform.”

The Best Kept Secret


Perhaps like no other venue in the area, the Sumtur itself plays a starring role, chirping crickets and all, in any production that lands on its stage. “It’s really cool for our actors to get the chance to work outdoors,” Nienhueser added. “Many will be performing before the largest crowds of their careers,” he said of the space with fixed seating for 350 and berm seating for an additional 2,000. With single-night attendance figures that eclipse those of total ticket sales over an entire run of productions at many smaller community theaters, the Sumtur offers a unique experience for both actor and audience member alike. “For our people to be out there, to look at all those faces as darkness sets in,” Nienhueser mused, “it’s just a magical experience for them.”


The Music Man curtain may drop on July 16th, but the Sumtur will continue with a summer-long calendar that features such family fun as blues, movie nights, acoustic Sundays and even a senior center talent show. “The Sumtur is the best kept secret in Sarpy County,” Huggins added. “We work hard to get people out here, but the rest kind of takes care of itself once they visit for the first time.”



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20 years OF APPLAUSE celebrating the arts

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artfully speaking Oh, What a Night! The Smash Hit Jersey Boys rolls into town this September The story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Jersey Boys s a Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning musical that opened in 2005. Still playing on Broadway and around the world, I had the good fortune to catch it a couple of years ago at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis when Omaha native Andrew Rannells was in the cast playing the role of songwriter Bob Gaudio. Rannells was nominated for a Tony Award for his current role in The Book of Mormon. If you’ve never been in the Fox Theatre, it is worth the visit alone! Restored much like our Orpheum Theater but on a much grander scale⎯the Fox has almost twice as many seats⎯the cavernous former movie palace is an example of 1929 Byzantine Revival magnificence. Thanks to Rannells, I scored excellent house seats in the 8th row center. The show was a complete surprise to me. I was a huge Four Seasons fan in junior high through college, so I naturally knew all the music. What was so interesting and entertaining was the story of these blue-collar boys who wrote their own songs and invented their own sound in the ‘60s. This is more than just one musical number after another; it is a truly engrossing tale with the music cleverly used to advance the story. I was so proud to see Rannells, having known and worked with him here in Omaha when he was a teen. And I was doubly proud to see him nail a pivotal role. But it is the distinctive falsetto of the Frankie Valli style, the great tight harmony of the ensemble and period-perfect choreography that makes this musical soar. I have to warn you that the audience will sing along at this one. I decided to move at intermission. One reason was that I wanted a different view from a few rows farther back. Being a stage director/actor myself, technical aspects and staging are always of interest to me. The other reason was the two overly enthusiastic fans seated behind me who insisted on singing louder than the actors. Catching up with Andy after the show confirmed my suspicions.

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“That always happens!” he explained. “Audiences hum, sing and sometimes even dance along with the show!” So, be prepared!

“You’re just too good to be true. Can’t take my eyes off of you!” Classic! This is one show you do not want to miss and I can all but guarantee that even those not usually inclined to attend musical theatre will rave about it!

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KVNO’s award-winning Classical Kids program is made possible with support from the Soener Foundation, in honor of Mary Soener. Each month, KVNO honors the gift of the arts in our youth by recognizing an outstanding student musician, or “Classical Kid.” A panel of local music educators and KVNO staff members choose a youth whose musical efforts exemplify the value and richness of the arts in a young person’s life.


Nine-year-old Karoline Ford is July’s Classical Kid and will turn 10 this month. A student at Rumsey Station Elementary School, she plays the piano. Earning a trophy and certificate of distinction at her first competition, the 2010 Nebraska Summer Music Olympics, motivated Karoline. She likes the music that is played on KVNO because is inspires her to hear pieces by great composers and pianists. Thanks to the Soener Foundation, in honor of Mary Belle Soener for their sponsorship of KVNO’s Classical Kids program.


KVNO’s August Classical Kid is 14-year-old Monica Swenson, who was 13 when selected. A cellist, Monica attends Russell Middle School. She says the Omaha Area Youth Orchestra concert at the Holland Performing Arts Center was the most fun she ever had performing. Monica enjoys writing fiction and making movies with her brother because it is fun to make a movie look as professional as possible. She enjoys listening to KVNO in the car and dislikes “new music.” Classical 90.7 KVNO thanks the Soener Foundation, honoring Mary Soener, for their ongoing support of Classical Kids.


Anna Domet is September’s Classical Kid. She is a 13-year-old pianist and violinist who is an eighth grader at St. Cecilia Cathedral Grade School. She was inspired to return to playing the violin by an orchestra concert. Anna enjoys ballet because of the beautiful movements. She listens to KVNO because she enjoys the relaxing music. Classical Kids is sponsored by the Soener Foundation in honor of Mary Belle Soener. Classical Kids is sponsored by the Soener Foundation in honor of Mary Belle Soener. For more information, contact Anne Hellbusch at 559-5866, or by email at, or visit

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letting go release aparigraha

with mary e. vandenack

This year’s articles have focused on the yamas and niyamas of yoga, which have their roots in Hinduism. My son was taking a class this past semester that studied world religions and philosophies. One evening he said to me “You do realize that you have a very westernized view of yoga philosophy.” We discussed that off and on for several days. I agree that my perspective is westernized. My focus in writing about the yamas and niyamas is simply how some of these principles might correlate to living in our society today. Aparigraha is the concept of non-possessiveness. It is the Sanskrit word for “greedlessness” or non-grasping. It means taking what is truly necessary and no more. According to the Yoga Sutras, the more we practice non-grasping, the more happy and satisfied we will feel. LETTING GO OF PERFECTIONISM Perfectionism seems to run rampant in our society. We want to have perfect figures, wrinkle-free faces, perfect homes, cars and spouses. We want to achieve perfect grades, perfect bank investments and have everything be just right. The concept of aparigraha teaches us that the issue is not that of wanting to look better, do better, or have things. The issue is “clinging” to a particular desire in a manner where you do not feel okay until you have had the most recent botox treatment. For a period of time, I was not inviting people over to my house. Most of us are short of time because we have many commitments. While raising my son and pursuing a career, I finally gave in to letting clothes be on the floor when I walked out the door. For many years, that was unthinkable. Instead of picking up every object every day, I wouldn’t let anyone come over for fear that the house was too messy. Fortunately, I have let go of that type of grasping and am truly

comfortable with the fact that my house may not be in order until my son is off to college, if then. LESS STUFF Another area of grasping in our society is the world of “things.” We are often clinging to the need for the latest iPAD, iPhone, golf Garmin, exercise video, BMW or Nike shoe. We all have our type of “thing.” My thing has been collecting books on yoga, Pilates, fitness, and various philosophies. I have hundreds of such books. Many of them are unread. They are sitting around waiting for me to have the time to read them. One day it occurred to me that I likely couldn’t read all of those books in my lifetime and that there are others who might have time now. It took me quite awhile to let go of my need to have all my books around and I am still working on it, but I have donated several piles this year. VOLUNTARY SIMPLICITY In the process of writing this article, I read the views of others on the subject of aparigraha. One author wrote about the concept of voluntary simplicity. The article suggested going for one year without buying anything new and described the experiences of several people who had accomplished just that.

apartment. I don’t really know. I do know that it doesn’t seem to interfere with our mealtimes to use plates that could be, but don’t need to be, replaced. Give More Away – I live in more space than I need so it is easy to let stuff stockpile. For the longest time I figured that as long as I have the space, I may as well keep stuff “in case I need it later.” When the recession started a few years ago, I decided to give a lot of stuff away with the idea that others might need it more than I did and I have continued that process. The benefit is that I am beginning to feel less crowded in my home. It is amazing what a little clear space does for one mentally. Consider Different Gifts – I rarely remember a specific material gift that someone gave me. I do remember kind words, time made, and acknowledgements. In recent years I have done far less traditional gift-giving and far more “making time” and acknowledging. Conscious Buying – I rarely buy anything that I haven’t had on a list for a period of time and built into my budget. This prevents impulse buying. I often put something on my list and, before I get around to buying it, I realize I have eight other ways to take care of the need that would be served. I cross the item off.

I will admit that I have not yet made the commitment to go for a year without buying anything new, but I have begun to apply some of the concepts of voluntary simplicity. A few of them are as follows:

LETTING GO OF THE NEED TO CONFORM The biggest challenge to living simpler is the need to “keep up.” Fortunately, the impact of the recession has been that more people are willing to see a simpler Buy Less New Stuff – I have begun buying less new lifestyle as success rather than failure. Aparigraha stuff. My only son will be going off to college soon. I means “not having unnecessary things around and not am not sure what life looks like after that. My dishes hankering after what other people have.” Keep only and glasses are getting old and there are chips on some of my plates. I have decided not to replace them. that which you really want, need and adds value to Maybe I will send those with him for his first your life.

Mary E. 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, ACE certified and has completed her Stott Pilates comprehensive studies, as well as a variety of work in nutrition.


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courage fearlessness

the soul’s jouRnEY


with dixie clark

~ Indian poet and playwright Rabindranath Tagore Deep within us all is a place where “fearless” lives. “What if I make a mistake? What if they get mad at me? It is our innermost essence. Our soul. This place This is too much for me to handle. It’s all my fault.” where fearless lives knows that life is not about As you look at life, you may see many times possessing and holding on, but about learning and letting go. It lives for the adventure of experiencing when the voice of fear guided you.This journey is about learning which voice to listen to; which one and learning. This place where fearless lives knows we have a unique destiny that our soul brings to trust. We can spend a long time finding out who forward each day. we’re not before we discover who we are. We are all heroes of the stories we live. We all have our own dragons to slay and obstacles to overcome. It’s not always pretty, but we somehow find a way to move through these challenges. It’s not always by other people’s standards or even in our own timeframe, but we do it in timing that is perfect in its own way. Our soul brings forward the exact right situation and person for the next step in our journey. We have all shown our ability to be fearless, even if it doesn’t take the form of heroic deeds. As author/artist Mary Anne Radmacher reminds us, “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” If you look back over your life you will see many times where you tapped into that place of fearless and made it through another day, even when you thought there was no hope. When a part of you wanted to give up, you may have heard the voice of fearless say, “It’s okay. You can do this.” You may see all those small or large acts, the heroism of fearlessness, that are part of your journey.

Our true voice, our soul, brings forward the fearless in us when we: • Make room in our heart for all parts of ourselves, all the choices we’ve made... and love it all • Are willing to follow our heart’s desire, even with no guarantee of success • Sacrifice our need for approval and perfection • Let go of old patterns, conditioning, addictions • Are willing to love again, even after betrayal or hurt

Being fearless is learning to trust our soul’s agenda. It’s allowing for fear and moving forward anyway. There are some lyrics from a song called “Do It Anyway” by Martina McBride that speak to being fearless. You can spend your whole life building something from nothing One storm can come and blow it all away... build it anyway You can chase a dream that seems so out of reach And you know it might not ever come your way... dream it anyway This world’s gone crazy and it’s hard to believe, That tomorrow will be better than today... believe it anyway You can love someone with all your heart, for all the right reasons And in a moment they can choose to walk away... love them anyway

• Take action when it’s needed, even if it’s not a popular decision

You can pour your soul out singing a song you believe in That tomorrow they’ll forget you ever sang Sing it anyway God is great, but sometimes life ain’t good And when I pray, it doesn’t always turn out like I think it should

Also inside us all lives a place of fear, a place

• Are able to forgive and move on

But I do it anyway

where the world is seen as dangerous. Fear tells us that we’re not strong enough to handle life’s difficulties. It believes that our safety lies in things and people outside of ourselves. Fear would have us believe that we’re in this all alone and that we need to defend and justify what we do and who we are so that people love and accept us. You may have heard the voice of fear say such things as

• Are willing to stand up for what we believe despite judgment from others

I sing... I dream... I love... Anyway

• Learn to surrender to what is and let go of resistance

• Make honoring ourselves more important than the opinion of others • Are able to see our own worth and know that we’re all Divine

Maybe that’s the lesson fearless has for us. To have the courage to take that next step, to follow our heart, even with no guarantees of approval or success. To listen to the voice that loves us, believes in us and guides us on our path.

May we all have a fearless, joy-filled adventure on our journey. Dixie Clark, MS, MSS, LPC is Director and co-founder of Morning Star Center, a holistic wellness center. A licensed counselor and ordained minister, she holds a masters degree in both counseling and spiritual science. With over 26 years experience in mind/body therapies, she combines spirituality and psychology to help people release emotional blocks, heal past trauma and change limiting beliefs.

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livingan undividedlife


After last month’s reflections on the invitations of “Decide!” my mother impatiently demanded when I solitude, I had the opportunity to moderate a panel wanted to do and be more. It was clear, certainly to her, that I could only become a teacher or a at KANEKO, a program space that invites minister when I graduated from high school in progressive exhibits, performances and innovative 1958. That was it. I choose university teaching as programming in a handsome, new downtown my first path, and spent two decades “doing it,” all Omaha venue. while dabbling in writing, traveling, speaking, Led by Hal France, former orchestral conductor acting... wondering. and now KANEKO’s “impresario,” the program, “Undivided Lives: A Conversation about Career and I couldn’t see how I could link my passions with what I thought was my purpose. I have a sign in Creativity,” featured four artists and business my office: “If life is a stage, I want better lighting.” professionals who insist on leading lives that link I needed a life path with more illumination. commerce and artistic expression. Stanford Lipsey, Pulitzer Prize-winning publisher of The Buffalo The generous insights of our panelists confirmed News and a longtime senior leader at Berkshire that we don’t have to force ourselves into an Hathaway, offered his latest photographic exhibition, “Affinity of Form,” as the setting for the “either/or” life. They chose instead an undivided life of “and.” So many of us feel forced to live that life KANEKO conversation. Other panelists included divided from all that we wanted to be and become. Dr. James Salhany, a medical researcher, who sees The idea of a divided life, where one part of us elegant and inspiring structure in both science and remains invisible and eager to find a voice, can the music and poetry he creates; Tom Kaminski, become, over time, intolerable. Our day jobs are at who combines his role as a stockbroker with his odds with our hearts. sculpting, and Molly Jarboe, an online media specialist and photographer. In my Spring MBA Personal Leadership class at Creighton University (where I am a part-time I have always found the dynamic tension between our private and public lives to be a source clinical professor), my smart students—lawyers, physicians, dentists, accountants, bankers and of energy, if we understand it. Otherwise, we feel folks who have worked for 10 to15 years before split and splintered. If our life can be seen as art, deciding to study for an MBA—strive intensely to our work can make our life, indeed our love, understand their own True North. At the end of visible; first to ourselves and then to the people every term several students confess that they feel who share our life’s journey. like imposters, all the while living a life someone else chose for them. Their story is running out of But our early programming often demands that gas. They have always really wanted to do, to be, we choose.




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something or someone else. They feel stuck and anxious. And depressed. I spent a good deal of time helping them find permission and a voice for what they really want to do. But again, they saw their life, their choices, as “either/or,” not “and.” Oswald Chambers reminds us that the author who teaches and inspires us the most, who tells you something “you did not know before... [is the one] who gives expression to the truth that has been dumbly struggling in you for utterance.” When we decide that life means only “this” and not “that,” sometimes our role and our soul divide. Our lives can feel fraudulent, and we can become anxious that our secret will be discovered; that we are “secret sharers” of another passion or mission. When we choose (and we do choose) life as a binary either/or equation, our passion for our work and for how we express our lives dims.

Let me be clear. Living with a single focus invites clarity and accomplishment, for we know that time on task is a proven way to produce. But for many who want to transcend the script they were given, that’s not enough. We want more. It may mean, like the artists on the panel, doing more. Working more. Making more false starts and taking more chances. But sometimes we don’t have a choice. for more information.

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through the eyes of a child

with gordon h. parry

“IF YOU CAN PLAY, YOU WILL ALWAYS HAVE A CHANCE TO BE HAPPY AND TO DO SOMETHING GREAT.” ~ Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. I am blessed to have a 12-year-old son. Since he was a very little boy we have referred to him as “Mr. Goodtime Man.” He has a unique desire and capacity to have a good time. Last week while his sister and mom were away at a horse show, I had the opportunity to spend an early summer week with him and view the world through the eyes of a 12year-old-boy. While the week was rich with memorable moments, three key lessons stand out: the importance of choice, the value of humor and playfulness, and the incredible power of full engagement.

Play has the ability to refresh and recharge us. It changes our perspective and can stimulate creativity. In my work with executives, one thing we focus on is creating the discipline to take time away from work and to integrate play into work. This often requires planning, committing to choices and, in some cases, fierce determination. But when clients are successful in taking time for vacations and smaller breaks from the work at hand, they report new insights and solutions to problems that were not clear until they took time to have fun.

Dan Baker in his book, What Happy People Know, identifies choice as one of the six “happiness tools” that contribute to human thriving. According to Baker, “choice is the father of freedom and the voice of the heart.” He reminds us that we have choices and that those choices shape the course of our lives.

Early childhood is cited as one of the best times in our lives. It is not a coincidence that it is in early childhood that we start to play. In his book The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness, Harvard Medical School’s Edward Hallowell, M.D., states that playing in childhood leads to happiness in the moment and it leads to happiness many years later. According to Hallowell, “the skill of play, of being able to make creative use of time no matter where you are or what you are doing, is the skill that lies behind all discoveries, all advances, all creative activity.”

I had a series of choices to make last week. While I had a full work schedule, I chose to find ways to carve out time to spend with my son. From previous experience, I knew that this choice would pay dividends in renewed energy and focus when I returned to the office.

The week was marked by humor and playfulness, one of the 24 ubiquitous virtues outlined in the VIA classification of character strengths and virtues. At first glance, humor may seem inconsequential. This is not true. Research shows that humor is linked to good mood and helps in buffering the stresses and hassles of daily life. Laughter has been shown to have a positive outcome on health, with benefits to musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, endocrine, immune, and neural systems. Humor and playfulness have also been correlated with creativity and intelligence (Peterson & Seligman 2004).

Google, a company whose growth is dependent upon creativity and innovation, demonstrates an understanding of choice and playfulness. They believe that good ideas can and should come from anywhere. Company engineers reserve 20 percent of their week for exploration and creativity. That’s the equivalent of setting aside a full day each week to work on a pet project or idea. Google has created a structure to foster play and creativity.

Research shows that adults who have a great deal of freedom as to how and when to do their work often experience that work as play, even and especially when that work is difficult. Further research by the Gallup organization finds that “the ability to do what I do best everyday” is the single most impactful driver of employee engagement.

Jim Goodnight is the co-founder and CEO of SAS Institute, a global company with $2.3 billion in annual revenues and an enviable long-term record of revenue and profit growth. The SAS Institute has for five years running been named by Fortune Magazine as one of the best places to work. When Goodnight founded the company over thirty years ago, he already knew that work environments affect employee productivity and retention. He believes the work culture is critical to the creativity inherent in knowledge work. Employees at SAS can visit their children throughout the day, take a break to work out, or form teams to play basketball over the lunch hour. Goodnight has strategically created a culture that leverages the value of play. If you are not yet convinced of the importance of play, consider the results of the Terman Study at Stanford University. Begun in the 1920s as a study looking at the lives of gifted children, the work has evolved into a valuable longitudinal exploration of health and longevity. The study finds that participants who are still surviving and thriving are those who played the most throughout their lives.

What an incredible paradox; taking time away from the office to play like a 12-year-old boy yields creativity, innovation, and productivity. And what a week, all that and the chance to spend time with one of my favorite people. Thank you Mr. Goodtime Man, for reminding your dad about the critical value of humor and playfulness. Feeling a little stressed? Trouble finding enough time in your day? Can’t bring an issue to resolution? Take a break. Find a way to experience humor and playfulness in a way that you remember from your childhood summers. Make time for humor and playfulness and notice the impact.

Gordon Parry is the President of Aristotle Group, a firm dedicated to helping individuals, teams, and organizations achieve their full potential. In 2005, Gordon was one of 35 students selected globally to complete the first graduate program in the new field of applied positive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. 39

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planningMATTERS • with pvw law

starting a new business:

“i’m operating. what now?”

this is the third

in a series of articles addressing issues confronted by entrepreneurs starting and evolving a new business. This article focuses on changes to your business. As your business grows and changes, there are a variety of things to consider. The following summarizes a few of the basics. ADDING EMPLOYEES A good employee handbook (and following it) can provide protection against numerous employment claims. The law in the employment arena is constantly evolving and handbooks should be kept up to date. Upon the addition of employees, workers’ compensation insurance is required. In addition, review and reconsider your employee benefits. What worked just for you may not work as you add employees. Consider health insurance, retirement plans, incentive plans, wellness benefits, vacation and time off as well as other benefits. ADDING A PARTNER OR INVESTOR As a business grows, it may need more expertise or more money. Either may result in taking on a business partner. Adding a partner means that you no longer have complete control over your business. While many investors require ownership, this can be done in a way to avoid impacting your day-to-day business operations. MULTI-STATE OPERATIONS It is common for businesses to operate in more than one state. During the growth of your business you may expand into new states. This is an exciting time, but does require some homework. States will often require you to obtain permits, tax ID numbers, pay sales or use tax, pay payroll taxes and register to do business in the state, among any additional requirements. The penalties for missing some of these steps can be expensive.

ASSET PROTECTION PLANNING AND BUSINESS STRUCTURE As your business grows and evolves, consider protecting its assets (as well as your personal assets). If you add a new division, new product or new by mark a. williams investment type, it may be best to establish a separate entity. A separate entity may provide both liability protection and tax advantages. With every significant change to your business structure, a review of insurance should always be on your radar. TAX PLANNING Reducing taxes becomes important as your business grows and evolves. The tax plan that drove the particular entity choice at the beginning of the process should be revisited annually. There are numerous tax savings opportunities that may be found in a careful evaluation of the applicable taxes and the approach to and structure of operations. ANNUAL REVIEW It is important that you review the entirety of your business on at least an annual basis. One of our previous PVWLaw articles focused on the details of that annual review process. Those articles are available on our website or you can email to request a copy. Generally, we recommend that, on an annual basis, businesses should review insurance policies, tax status, important contracts, employment relationships, employee benefits/retirement plans, business succession plan and the estate plans of the owners. For more information visit


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todaysSAVINGS • swartzbaugh-farber & associates, inc.

lchanges... ife what to


with marsha anzalone

as employees we often keep our private life separate from our work life. At times, it is necessary to let your Human Resources Department know what is going on at home. Your benefits may be impacted by a turn of events in your life. It is important to give timely notice to your HR Representative about any changes. FOR THE MOST PART, when you enroll in coverage you are locked into that decision until your next renewal. There are certain instances, known as qualifying events, which allow for a change in your enrollment status. This means you are eligible to change who is enrolled in your plan without waiting for the next annual enrollment period. The federally recognized qualifying events are marriage, birth/adoption, death, divorce or loss of other coverage, and in certain instances, eligibility under another plan. If you experience any of these life changes, you need to contact your employer as the window to make changes to your plan is very small. Often you will only have 31 days following the event. THERE ARE OTHER LIFE CHANGES that may influence your enrollment status. For instance, the age of your children has a bearing on what coverage they are eligible for. Be familiar with the dependent age limits of your plans. Notify your employer when your child ages out of a plan. Other changes in your child’s life may also influence their eligibility. If your child leaves or returns to school, studies abroad or gets married, there could be an impact on their coverage through your employer. ANYTIME YOU MOVE you should alert your employer of your new address. All of your contact information will need to be updated. Your insurance networks may also need to be updated if you move far enough away. You will need to update your employment forms if your tax status changes. This may also impact your 401(K) or IRA deferrals. IF YOU ARE GOING THROUGH A DIVORCE OR SEPARATION tell your employer. You may want to update your beneficiaries and there are specific procedures you need to follow to change your enrollment. Your employer will also have to be notified about any child support orders. These are private life events but they do impact your benefits at work. To protect yourself you need to communicate changes. If you are uncomfortable talking to your employer, ask if you can call your company’s insurance broker yourself. There are many resources out there to help you navigate life changes. All you have to do is ask!

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Look Who’s Sheltering Shelter Pets!

Treat Fido (and yourself) to a Spa Day at Bone Jour Does your dog cower and bark at strangers? Maybe he’s too friendly and jumps on everyone? We can help. Our summer About Town class puts you in “real world” situations, then helps you train him to react appropriately. Fun with Fido combines training and dog play while Owly Growly is for dogs who don’t like other dogs around. Or have one of our trainers come to your home at your convenience. Train with us and you can enjoy your dog this summer! See schedules and details at or call 444-7800 ext. 702.

Save the Date!

Cat Expo • July 9 Nebraska Humane Society Calling all cat enthusiasts. Don’t miss our Cat Expo at Nebraska Humane Society from 11a.m. to 2p.m. National Cat Agility Competitor (yes, you can teach a cat agility!) Jill Archibald will be showcasing her cat’s talents and offering ring time for participants who want a taste of the action. See cat products, talk to cat behavior experts and learn the tricks to easy cat care. If you are a cat lover this is a not-to-be-missed event!

The Huerters: Shirley with Moose, Becca, Tom with Maude, Megan with Eloise, Jim with Bubba and Millie

Dr.’s Jim and Shirley Huerter Walk into the Huerter household and you are struck by the happy attitude of the dogs residing within. “Bubba is just a good guy, nothing really phases him,” says Dr. Jim Huerter. Bubba is the first dog adopted from NHS by the family, but not the last. “That’s our place now to find pets,” says Shirley, “we’ve gotten wonderful animals and it just feels good to give them a home.” It was actually the Huerter children who started going to the shelter to look at pets. Megan had adopted Eloise, a Hurricane Katrina survivor from Dallas, and son Jimmy was the driving force behind Bubba becoming a Huerter. “NHS had a litter of what appeared to be purebred boxers,” says Jim, “and I had owned boxers before. So Bubba came home with us. I gotta’ tell you he is the biggest boxer, by 30 pounds, that I have ever owned!” Bubba joined resident dogs Maude and Millie, but the Huerter daughters weren’t done. Becca found Moose, a small but mighty Yorkie mix. And Mary fell in love with Wint and Notch, two cats who were less than thrilled with the idea of a family photo and so graciously declined the opportunity. “We just love our pets,” says Shirley. "They are very much a part of our family." Judging by the wagging tails, we think the dogs feel the same way. gives you all the info!

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

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it’s Angie Schendt, Karen Wathen, Mary Craig and Tonya Kalb

not every day that men are sporting stilettos or pumps, but that was the norm at the Junior League of Omaha’s inaugural High Heel Dash on May 22nd.

Cheered on by Teresa Scanlan, who was recently crowned the youngest-ever Miss America, runners clad in sky-high footwear and crazy costumes dashed through Village Pointe. Attendees were also given the chance to meet Scanlan, who was making a stop in Omaha as she travels America in her duties as the first Miss Nebraska to take home the tiara in the 90-year history of the pageant. Celebrity guest runners included such familiar faces as Douglas County Treasurer John Ewing and such familiar voices as Dan Arthur, star of 104.5’s “Arthur and Riell.” They were joined by a gaggle of reporters and anchors from KMTV Action 3 News. Although Mayor Jim Suttle didn’t don a pair of heels, he was there to act as official starter for the first race. Carol Wang, Action 3 News anchor and Community Council Director for the League, was chair of the event. For more information, visit

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night of wine-tasting, hors d’oeuvres, jazz music, auctions, special performances and inspirational talks made up Ollie’s Dream, a wine-tasting gala, which raised $85,000 to benefit children, adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities under the services of Ollie Webb Center, Inc. On June 11th, around 330 attendees and 50 volunteers gathered at Mutual of Omaha Dome to show their support for this sixth annual gala. Guest speaker Mark Pinhasovich, from the popular television show “The Biggest Loser,” and cousin Merav Fiorella shared their personal journeys overcoming life’s obstacles. Pinhasovich lost over 200 pounds and become season 10’s at-home winner.

Marshal Rabe and Cassie Lacy

Casey Lacy and Marshal Rabe, both of whom have Down syndrome, showcased their dancing talents by waltzing to “So She Dances.” The audience was stirred by another number by Amanda Coker, who was born blind, in her duet with Kaitlyn Inserillo singing “Stand By Me.” The big raffle price was a 64 diamond bow necklace donated by Borsheims. Hosting the event was Greg and Nancy Trasher. Jim Siedlecki, “Daybreak” news anchor from WOWT, was the master of ceremonies, and Byron Menke of United Country Loess Hills Realty and Auction was the auctioneer.

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Walter Conrad, Rosie Conrad, Larry Pavel, Paul, McEvoy, Tracy Diehl, Duane Diehl, Cathy Brandon, Lynda McEvoy, Liz Crosson and Maria Sumpugnaro

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Rita Loseke and Gina Luedtke

National Association of Catering Executives (NACE) hosted their fourth annual Catering and Tablescape Challenge Gala on June 14th at Embassy Suites La Vista. NACE is the oldest and largest professional society that addresses all aspects of the catering industry. This year’s theme, “Cork the Fork,” inspired a night infused with wine, food and competition. Design was the focus of the first competition. Brimming with extravagant centerpieces, fine tableware and themed decorations, the tablescape challenge showcased the decor aspect of event execution. Taste buds were the primary judges in the next competition. While audience members enjoyed their meals, two local chefs had the challenge of creating a three-course meal each made with the secret ingredients, red and white wine. The winning chef, Rocky Rocha, was honored with the Golden Fork trophy. Another highlight of the evening was the appearance and speech given by NACE National President Greg Casella. For more information, visit

Emcee Carrie Dayton and Tablescape Winner Dianne Flynn

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Governor Dave Heineman

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May 18th, the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) opened the doors to its brand new building, the Harold M. and Beverly Maurer Center for Public Health. The 62,600-square-foot building at a price tag of $15 million was named after UNMC Chancellor Harold M. Maurer, M.D. and his wife, Beverly. Maurer counts opening the College of Public Health in 2007–the first new college at UNMC since 1968–as one of his biggest accomplishments as Chancellor. The College of Public Health focuses their attention on various health concerns that include diabetes, heart disease and childhood obesity. Lead donators Ruth and Bill Scott chose to name the building after the couple, who have tirelessly dedicated themselves to make a difference in Nebraskans’ health. Other principle donors include Eve and Fred Simon; the Carruth J. Wagner, M.D. Foundation; Dr. Gail and Michael Yanney; Richard Holland; and Robert Sparks, M.D.

Fred and Eve Simon

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Dr. Gail Yanney, Dr. Ayman El-Mohandes and Michael Yanney

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The Slosburg Family

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Communities raised over $200,000 at its 56th annual Humanitarian Dinner on June 2nd at the Embassy Suites LaVista. The efforts and funds gained through this event are utilized to support programs that confront prejudice, bigotry and discrimination through education and advocacy.

Dave and Sue Morris with John and Carmen Gottschalk

This year’s guest speaker was Soledad O’Brien, an acclaimed special investigations correspondent and host of CNN’s “In America” series. O’Brien motivated 650 listeners with personal stories, ranging from growing up bi-racial to covering worldchanging events. O’Brien also spoke on the power of allies, challenging the audience to make a difference by reaching out to people of different backgrounds. This year’s dinner raffle, a sparkling diamond pendant necklace donated by Borsheims, brought in scholarship money for deserving high school students attending IncluCity, a week-long summer residential workshop. All other proceeds from the night will support Inclusive Communities work and programs to raise awareness about social justice and enhance skills in leadership, teamwork, community-building and conflict resolution. Honorees selected for outstanding service to the community and commitment to Inclusive Communities’ mission included the late Dr. Rubens Pamies, Martha and David Slosburg, Ricardo Ariza and Emilio Herrera.

Stewart and Susie Smoler with honorary chairs Annette and Paul Smith

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Congratulations to the 2011 Humanitarian Dinner honorees and thank you to the donors, committee members and volunteers who helped make this year’s event a success! Special thanks to the following sponsors

Annette & Paul Smith & Henry A. Davis Foundation

Guest Speaker

SOLEDAD O’BRIEN Honorary Dinner Chairs Annette & Paul Smith

Otto Swanson Spirit of Service Award Ricardo Ariza

Humanitarian Award The Late Dr. Rubens Pamies Martha & David Slosburg

Inclusive Communities Volunteer Award Emilio Herrera


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Anne Brannigan and Chancellor John Christensen with Freddie Gray and David Brown

Aura Whitney-Jackson, Mayor Jim Suttle and Marta Nieucs

WCA 2011 Honorees

Mary Hawkins, Mike Simmonds, Lyn Simmonds and Ed Burchfield

Karen Hawkins and Emily Kozlik

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outstanding women were honored at the Tribute to Women luncheon hosted by the Women’s Center for Advancement, formerly the YWCA Omaha, on June 7th at CoCo Key Convention Center. People were eager to show their support as the event had its best turnout to date with 800 attendees whom helped raise over $120,000. The 2011 honorees included Rev. Stephanie Ahlschwede, Mary Balluff, Anne Branigan, Carol Gendler, Freddie Gray, Mary Hawkins, Ruth Henrichs, Susan Jacques, Adrian Minks, Andrea Skolkin and Gail Werner-Robertson. Also, the University of Nebraska–Omaha and Chancellor John Christensen were awarded with the Outstanding Community Leadership Award. Also in attendance was Emily Cunningham Kozlik, honorary chair and former CEO of the YWCA Omaha. For more information, visit

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over 3,200 members belonging to the Greater Omaha Chamber, the process of selecting nominees for any award effort, let alone the winners, is a task of some magnitude. Looking to recognize the contributions of individuals and businesses in our business community, the first ever Big O! Excellence Awards was held May 17th and showcased the professionals and companies that make Omaha great. Three finalists were considered for each award. Cella Quinn, owner of Cella Quinn Investment Services, was honored as Woman of the Year. Insurance veteran Woodmen of the World took home the prize for Corporate Citizenship and Silicon Prairie News won the award for Innovator. See the story on page 6 for more on the Big O! Excellence Awards.

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happens when you can wrangle 5,000 people behind a good cause? For Omaha, the answer would be the Omaha-Council Bluffs Heart Walk, an American Heart Association annual event. Nearly $500,000 was raised on May 21st at the association’s largest community event, which took place at a new location, Stinston Park at Aksarben Village. Mary Kay Miller, who alone brought in $8,500, was recognized for her contributions. Gary Honts, CEO of Creighton University Medical Center, was the chair of the event.

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was not just any old day trip. More than 400 bikers headed out for a ride on May 22nd as participants set out on 10-, 20-, and 50-mile journeys to support the American Diabetes Association in its annual Tour de Cure. Teams were encouraged to form and ride together in working towards a common goal: beating the disease that nationwide affects 25.8 million. The Sarpy County Fairgrounds provided a scenic backdrop as experienced cyclists, novices, families and kids pedalled along. Before the race, participants were able to prepare themselves with some carb loading provided by Trader Joe’s and Krispy Kreme. After crossing the finish line, Nebraska Brewing Company, Mangia Italiana and Glacial Till Vineyard served food and beverage while The Pat O Show added background music. For more information, visit

Nebraska Brewing Company

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than 1,400 people strolled through five Omaha gardens on June 12th to admire the work at the Munroe-Meyer Institute’s 43rd Garden Walk. Some guests obtained ideas for their own gardens while others attended to soak in the beauty. The $25,000 raised at the event will be used to benefit children and adults with developmental disabilities through programs and projects at UNMC’s Munroe-Meyer Institute. The Garden walk has raised over $1 million over the past four decades for programs at the institute. “About one-third of our members have a child with a disability,” said guild member Deb Timm, “and the other members know someone who does. This is a cause that is really close to our hearts.” For more information, visit


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Joslyn Art Museum’s Young Art Patrons hosted an evening of tasting beer, food and art to benefit Joslyn Art Museum’s education programs and future exhibitions on May 13th. Live music by Brett and Chase, Orion Walsh and All Young Girls are Machine Guns entertained over 200 guests during the event at Joslyn Art Museum. April and Kenny Rocker and Amy and Stuart Chittenden were the honorary chairs of Art on Tap: A Benefit for Joslyn Art Museum that raised $10,000. Young Art Patrons offers engaging social and educational events for a rising generation of art admirers between the ages of 25 and 40.

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TOURNAMENT VIEWING August 4th – 7th at Champions Run Nightlife: Live Bands Nightly, Wednesday – Saturday at the Michelob Ultra 19th Hole Nebraska’s only PGA TOUR event! Grounds Pass Tickets Only $10 at: Participating Bucky’s Convenience Stores For information and tickets, go to 54

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Jim Watson and Laura Guzman

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afternoon full of wide-brimmed hats, mint juleps and jockey competitions, Havana Garage hosted the Kentucky Derby Gala on May 7th to benefit Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy (HETRA). HETRA strives to enhance the quality of life both physically and emotionally of adults and children with disabilities through equine assisted activities. Guests began the event with a champagne and hat purchase social where they could buy festive hats from vendors Mad Hatter and Overland. Sprinkled throughout the rest of the afternoon was a competition for the best hat, a raffle, and a jockey challenge. Luckily, everyone who purchased a ticket was a winner as they received a gift of bourbon and a cigar. In attendance were Havana Garage owners, Chaz Kline and Mark Butler, as well as HETRAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Executive Director Edye Godden and Development Director Jodi Teal. HETRA looks forward to partnering with Havana Garage next year for the 2012 Kentucky Derby Gala. For more information, visit


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Katy Kallhoff, Kristen Anderson and Carly Roede

Jan Buckingham and Monte Thompson

Sam and Jan Cohen

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Jun and Ree Kaneko with Ramona Hamann

Brad Chapman and Tammy Moerer


celebration of the opening of its season-long exhibit of works by Jun Kaneko, Lauritzen Gardens hosted Outside Kaneko: A Preview Dinner with the Art on May 6th.

Approximately 100 donors and patrons gathered for an intimate evening with the internationally known artist in celebration of the largest ever exhibition of his work. The evening began with cocktails and the music of Joey Gulizia in the festival garden. Guests were then invited to stroll the garden at the height of its spring bloom, taking in the stunning artworks as the sun set. The 32 large-scale ceramic sculptures that make up the Outside Kaneko exhibition have each been carefully placed against the lush canvas of the sprawling Lauritzen property. Preview dinner guests took in the monumental works while enjoying champagne in the Victorian Garden or martinis and live music in the arboretum. Guests then gathered in the garden’s great hall for a dinner by Hap Abraham Catering. The evening was capped off with a bombastic surprise–a fireworks display followed by an equally sparkling dessert. The event kicked off what promises to be a memorable 10th anniversary season at Lauritzen Gardens. For more information, visit


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370 guests attended Fontenelle Nature Association’s (FNA) annual fundraiser, Feather Our Nest. The April 29th event was held at the Livestock Exchange Building and featured a silent auction, dinner, live auction and raffle. This year’s theme was “The Beginning of a Mammoth Adventure,” which celebrated the organization’s upcoming Ice Age: The Real Story exhibition. Highlights of the evening included a special seven-year-old guest, Jack Smith, who shared his passion for the Ice Age, a video presentation about FNA’s youth environmental education program, H2Omaha– which is supported by event honorees William H. Leopard and the Omaha Schools Foundation–and a lively auction that included a trip to Hawaii and a Nebraska golf package. Feather Our Nest was organized by more than 75 community volunteers, including 34 FNA guild board members. Event chairs were Jennifer Peterson and Kara Plumb. They were assisted by Denise Barrett, the guild president, and the chairs for community support–Ann Christiansen, Beth Smith and Cheryl Smith. For more information, visit

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Brian Becker and Carrie Spencer

Jordan Stevens, Marla Hannigan and Karen Stevens Ann Christiansen, Laura Shiffermiller and Bev Smith

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Rachel Stricklett and Catherine Mahoney


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Teresa Ekstein, Deb Smith, Kelsey Jorgens, Jean Masek and Barb Jorgens

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annual gathering of Berkshire Hathaway shareholders kicked off with a cocktail party on April 29th at Borsheims and ended on May 1st with a shareholder-only shopping day at Borsheims, Nebraska Furniture Mart and other destinations. Throughout the weekend, tens of thousands of shareholders attended the events.

Senator Ben and Diane Nelson

Highlights from the weekend included Bill Gates in a marathon three-hour bridge game while Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, sold jewelry at Borsheims Fine Jewelry & Gifts. Buffett’s skills, combined with the buying power of thousands of Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, led Borsheims to its best weekend ever. In all, sales at Borsheims, for the first week of the Berkshire Hathaway shareholder discount period, were up an economy-boosting 45% over last year. That period includes Berkshire Hathaway shareholders’ weekend and the time on Sunday when Buffett manned his position behind the counter. For more information, visit

Rich Stemm and Dana Swanson

Christina Demey, Julie Rogers and Kris Houston

Vincent and Joanne Myerly

Rordy and Ramona Smith, Danielle and Ryan Anderson

Craig Schlueter and Kristin Hagenhoff

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Lester Katz and Jack Becker, Ph.D. with Amy and Jeff Schmid


Joslyn Art Museum Association (JAMA) hosted its 2011 Gala on June 3rd for over 300 guests. The gala successfully raised $145,000 for Joslyn Art Museum, which serves as a major resource for the collection, preservation and interpretation of the visual arts. The exquisite and artsy evening benefited the Joslyn Art Museum and celebrated the opening of Joslyn Treasures: Well Traveled and Rarely Seen. This exhibition featured Joslyn’s most significant artworks that have traveled from Paris and Rome to Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Guests were among the first to view recent acquisitions, as well as reconnect with old masterpieces and hidden gems from the vault. JAMA’s Sandra Fossum and Elizabeth Rouse served as co-chairs of the gala and Shirley and James Young were featured as honorary chairs.

Honorary chairs Shirley and James Young

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Cattlemen’s Ball of Nebraska hosted a sold-out event on June 4th to benefit cancer research at UNMC Eppley Cancer Center and local health charities in the host community. The 2011 Cattlemen’s Ball was held at Knobbe Feedyards. The weekend of the ball included a golf tournament, brunch, fashion show, wild west shoot out and dinner. Dr. Kenneth Cowan, director of the UNMC Eppley Cancer Center spoke at both brunch and dinner. One of the biggest highlights was when award-winning country music star Sara Evans serenaded the 4,300 guests. The event was chaired by Connie and Gary Kaup and Cherly and Allen Meister of West Point, Nebraska.

Doris and Harry Knobbe

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Sara Evans



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dream of $90,000 in donations was exceeded for the 2011 Memorial Day Run that the Boys Town National Research Hospital held on May 30th, in which they raised over $105,800. More than 3,400 walkers and runners participated. This year, more post-race activities for children and family were introduced. This included music and entertainment by KAT 103, face painters, clowns, mascots from the Omaha Storm Chasers and Omaha Beef, cheerleaders, giveaways and more. The hospital’s Lied Learning and Technology Center for Childhood Deafness and Vision Disorders were especially grateful for this event as all the funds benefited their work. With state-of-the-art laboratories and education facilities, this center offers rehabilitative services for those children who suffer from hearing loss, visual impairment and other communication disorders. For more information, visit 59

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update Follow the process this summer with metroMAGAZINE & as ZONGKERS CUSTOM FURNITURE designs and delivers ROYANN HEDELL’S custom table!

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old world tools, old world craftsmanship SHOPPING for, selecting and buying new furniture is not without a certain amount of anticipatory excitement. In the best of experiences and when working with the nicest of people, it can even be downright pleasurable. But how often have you felt the urge to embrace your furniture guys? “Come here and give me a big hug!” was the greeting Royann Hedell received when one of her “furniture guys” greeted her into the cavernous mid-19th century factory space that serves as the home of Zongkers Custom Furniture.

Hedell is the winner of the $5,000 Dining Table Giveaway contest cosponsored by metroMAGAZINE and Zongkers Custom Furniture in celebration of our shared 20th anniversaries of doing business. Zongkers’ workshop is stacked high with cedar, cherry, chestnut and Cyprus—and that’s just the inventory listed under the third letter of the alphabet—but it was a particularly weighty piece of quartered white oak that we sought that day. Piece? Make that “pieces.”

intricate inlay work replicating a client’s corporate logo, an enormous Arts and Crafts Era four-poster bed whose upright columns were only slightly shorter than those found at the White House, and an old fashioned stand-up desk like the one used by Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol. It was there that we also passed a rack holding dozens of hand tools arrayed like some edgy contemporary art exhibit, tools whose design hasn’t changed for centuries. “We use old world tools for old world craftsmanship,” Dan Zongker said.

metroMAGAZINE popped in to check “In an old world building,” Dennis on construction of the massive table added. “Sure, we could operate out of designed to echo the look of the some pre-fab metal building anywhere, furniture Hedell wrote about in her but it just feels right to work here in winning submission, the dining room this old building,” he said from the table that served as the centerpiece of family life in her grandmother’s home. tiled office that once served as a cooler in an earlier millennia. An expansive work bench held an Forming a perfect bookend to our amalgam of table-in-waiting pieces meeting (yes, Zongkers can even that Hedell couldn’t resist treating like design custom bookends) it was hugs a life-sized jigsaw puzzle. She used all around before the brothers returned every ounce of her strength, with to their sawdust-strewn tasks. DENNIS ZONGKER acting as something akin to a weightlifter’s The next step? Check back with us again spotter, in an attempt to hoist a heavy, as we follow Zongkers’ oaken treasure scrolled-legged part into place. to its new place in the Hedell home. DAN ZONGKER, LYNN AND “I just love the grain of this oak,” ROYANN HEDELL WITH DENNIS ZONGKER beamed Hedell in caressing the wood “I’ve already warned Royann that we’ll have to deliver the table on a Friday,” as her husband, Lynn, looked on. “We build both strong friendships here, “This is going to be the most awesome joked Dan Zongker, “because that will right along with strong furniture,” give her the whole weekend to sit table in the whole world!” quipped DAN ZONGKER, the bearthere and stroke and pet it.” hugger who, with brother Dennis, The din of a busy work floor made TO BE CONTINUED… founded the company that is known conversation difficult, so we headed for its award-winning designs and to the office by wending our way past craftsmanship in residential, what seemed to be a mile-wide commercial and liturgical work. conference table with amazingly


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15TH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT Benefiting Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce Driving range opens at 9:30 a.m. for free practice for this golf event. Registration follows, along with Mega Putt, then shotgun start at 11:00 a.m. Tiburon Golf Club–Omaha–9:30 a.m. Visit

July 25 DRIVING FOR EXCELLENCE GOLF FEST A benefit for Mercy High School This event helps make a Catholic education possible for any young woman who wants to attend Mercy High School. Registration includes carts, drinks on the course, lunch, dinner, golf goodies and prizes. The Players Club at Deer Creek–Omaha Call 402-553-9424.

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DVCC GOLF TOURNAMENT Benefiting the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council Get your foursome ready to play! Set up a four-person scramble or golf per person and enjoy 18 holes of golf, golf cart, and BBQ dinner following golf and golf prizes. Stone Creek Golf Course Omaha–12:00 p.m. Call 402-398-9928.

OMAHA FASHION WEEK Omaha Fashion Week (OFW) is the Midwest's largest fashion week and features over 40 designers, 400 models, 100 make-up artists and hair stylists, and a ton of volunteers! The designers will all be from the Midwest and range from students to entrepreneurs that are about to release their lines in stores around America. General Admission, Reserved Seating, and VIP tickets are available. For more information on the designers, show lineups, or tickets email Nomad Lounge–Omaha Visit

5K/10K RUN AND REMEMBRANCE WALK A benefit for Ted E. Bear Hollow Now in its 13th year as a fundraiser for Ted E. Bear Hollow, the race occurs on the Keystone Trail and the Walk is held at Roberts Park. The event includes fabulous food, drinks, music, clowns, tattoos and raffle prizes. Outback Steakhouse Omaha–8:00 a.m. Visit

August 22 OMAHA BOY SCOUTS GOLF INVITATIONAL Benefiting Boy Scouts of America Mid-America Council This annual golf outing benefits the Scouting program of Mid-America Council, currently ranked as the number one council in the country. Registration and driving range opens at 11:00 a.m., lunch and program begin at noon, with 18 holes of golf starting at 1:00 p.m. A cocktail reception immediately follows. Omaha Country Club–Omaha Visit

August 27 DANCE FOR A CHANCE A benefit for Youth Emergency Services Please join us for the third annual Dance for a Chance event! This event is the metro’s local version of “Dancing with the Stars.” Skutt Catholic High School Omaha–6:30 p.m. Visit

SUMMER WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL A benefit for The Partnership For Our Kids It’s “An Evening Escape” presented by vinNEBRASKA and The Partnership For Our Kids where guests can sample fine wines and sumptuous selections on a tasting tour, bid on exceptional destination packages in the silent and live auctions, and enjoy the smooth sounds of live contemporary jazz. Midtown Crossing–Omaha–6:00 p.m. Visit

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STRIKE A CHORD 7 A benefit for Heartland Family Service Guests at this event will enjoy several different stations of themed food and drink while perusing silent auction items and voting for their favorite celebrity artwork. Harrah’s Convention Center Council Bluffs–6:00 p.m. Visit

August 6 JDRF WALK TO CURE DIABETES A benefit for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Elmwood Park–Omaha–8:00 a.m. Call 402-397-2873. 61

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August 27 ANGELS FOR ANGELS GALA CELEBRATION A benefit for Madonna School and Workshop This event is the major fundraiser for Madonna School and Workshop, the Catholic Archdioces of Omaha’s unique outreach to people with cognitive and developmental disabilities. The evening includes auctions and dinner. Mutual of Omaha Dome Omaha–5:30 p.m. Call 402-556-1883.

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Somewhat of a repeat, as July opens with a Solar Eclipse, just like June. The difference is that June 1st was Gemini (mercurial) and July 1st is Cancer (feminine/nurturing). Very different energies indeed! And the really big difference is that we have other “players” involved this time, making it a Cardinal Grand Cross; Sun-spirit, Moon-emotions, Uranus-freedom, Pluto-destruction, Saturn-do it right. Because eclipses signal dramatic endings that allow for new beginnings, you might want to see how you are faring now that we are on our third such major shifting in four weeks time. This is also the summer of the Pluto (dying to be reborn) square (friction-change) Uranus (chaos/revolution). We have this into 2018. As famed astrologer Robert Wilkinson observed on, “I’ll only say here that the number of revolts and economic upheavals when Uranus has been in Aries is more than a bit unsettling, given the global economic problems and oppressive conditions under which so many suffer in our world. I’d say we’re in for a few years of tremendous change, with technological breakthroughs and a lot of social upheaval.” And I’m only hitting the highlights. There is a great deal afoot and the name of the game is to evolve or else great catastrophe will be the least of our problems. To evolve, you need a spiritual practice that is honest and clear; doing good works and being the best person you can be, no matter your circumstances.


mar 21 - apr 19

The Cardinal Grand Cross will be in your 1st (relationship to self), 4th (home), 7th (relationship to others) and 10th (career/achievements). These areas will be calling your attention to eliminating old, outworn lifestyles and opening to your greater potential in all of these areas. Looks like you are getting a whole new makeover!


apr 20 - may 20

Your areas of greatest change will be work/health, karmic imbalances, everyday life and higher forms of spirituality/philosophy. The challenge here will be for you to realize what you need to let go of in order to live a life more in alignment with who you have now become.




nOV 22 - dEC 21

jul 23 - auG 22

Roar a little louder please. Uranus, in your higher mind, has quite a statement to make. Just be sure you check your facts. Everyday life may seem a little boring, but your dreams will make up for that; so write them down and maybe turn it into a book. Publishing is favored for you now and so is writing/communicating.


If you have children, they may surprise you this month. Just how is uncertain, as it is Uranus affecting this sector, but this is also the sector of having fun and creativity. Looks like it will be something unusual for you! Stay grounded and watch your temper. When the energies of your chart are stirred up this much, you must endeavor to step into your higher self to handle it all.


dEC 22 - jan 19

auG 23 - SEp 22

Unpredictable change and perhaps some loss. You are asked to develop your talents more and treat your money with more respect. If you have children, they may be a source of profound change. Your friends are undergoing some dramatic weeding out and some may be gone soon. Stay grounded and open. Cut the sarcasm and move into higher awareness and tolerance for all.

Some important relationship in your life is about to change dramatically. Caution against accidents in the home while Uranus (accidents) transits through this area. Career/life achievements are soaring and people see you as the great person you are. Take better care of your body, especially at the Full Moon on the 15th.


jan 20 - fEb 18

may 21 - jun 20

Two money houses (your $ and other people’s $) are involved in the big slam Cardinal Cross. The other focus will be on friends/small groups and on creatively having fun. If you have needed a better budget, this would be a good time to commit to fiscal responsibility in your life and make a better plan. Some of your friends are going to be way far out!


jun 21 - jul 22

A tad bit unsettling for you, dear Cancer, as this lifechanging energy is hitting you up close and personal in the body/personality sector, opposing your marriage/ partnerships and also home and career. Time to get a little more organized and clear about who you are and what you want and what is yours to contribute to the world.


SEp 23 - OCT 22

Career/home, relationships/enemies, taking care of your body and more… how are you doing with all of these things? If you feel like you could be contributing more, look around and see how. If you are confused, seek clarity. Exercise, eat balanced, whole, organic foods. Join a “cause.” Be the change as you seek–find peace within.


Dramatic revelations may be coming in through your dreams now. Your health needs full cooperation from you in the form of better diet/exercise, etc. There may be a change in jobs at this time. The New Moon in Leo on the 30th could herald a change in an existing relationship. Time to renew and reinvent some part of that.

OCT 23 - nOV 21

Your everyday life is emotionally charged and very profound. This includes family/neighbors, etc. The eclipse hits you in the higher mind/travel/spirituality area and you may find yourself understanding consciousness in a whole new way. Be careful of accidents, as Uranus is unpredictable in that area and He is in your work/health house.


fEb 19 - mar 20

New ideas and creativity can come flooding into your life. Children can create quite a stir for you now. A deeper change at a very fundamental level is possible while Saturn (accountability) transits your major change house. You are a very profound person at this time; just don’t take yourself so seriously while all this wisdom is flowing out to others. This is a good time to practice humility and other spiritual qualities.

Sue Moon has been a student of astrology since 1972 and is an experienced journeyman and practitioner in a number of life enhancement disciplines. You can find her astrology materials and dailies at and on Facebook. She is locally based at Bright Spirit Center • 62

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