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journeyman john beasley has made a nice living for himself as a supporting character actor in film-television-theater, and he’s done it all with ever having to move from his hometown of omaha.

john beasley admits being an in-demand filmtelevision-theater actor without ever having to relocate from Omaha is nothing short of “amazing,” adding, “I’ve just been blessed.”

making his mark After making his mark in regional theater, he became part of an acting brotherhood so identified with the canon of playwright AUGUST WILSON its members are dubbed WILSONIAN WARRIORS. “Oh, yeah, I’m definitely that,” he says. Beasley, who got to know the late Wilson, has made his JOHN BEASLEY THEATER & WORKSHOP a showcase for Wilson’s exploration of the American black experience. A production of Radio Golf last fall completed the theater’s staging of the entire 10-play cycle Wilson set in his native Pittsburgh’s Hill District. “I owe so much to August Wilson. He’s been a big part of my career,” says Beasley. “I credit August with getting me into Chicago theater and into that circle, because it is a nice fraternity.” Theater led Beasley to his first screen roles: opposite OPRAH WINFREY in TV’s, Brewster’s Place; co-starring with OLYMPIA DUKAKIS and AMY MADIGAN in the TV movie Lucky Day; supporting characters in a string of sports movies, most notably Rudy.

in the moment – “being that’s when you find things.”

A big break came when ROBERT DUVALL cast him in the prestigious art film, The Apostle. That “life changer” project led to more film parts such as

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metroMagazine • The Spirit of Omaha The General’s Daughter, The Sum of All Fears and TV guest roles (CSI, Judging Amy). Then came his recurring role in Everwood. He’s gone on to appear in dramas, comedies, horror films, even a western. He’s played ministers, detectives, coaches, fathers, grandfathers and heavies. He’s often played older than his years, and now that his age has caught up with those senior parts he figures he should be busy all the time.

foundations & directions His journey of late has ranged from acclaimed performances in August Wilson’s 20th Century cycle at the KENNEDY CENTER in 2008 to raising the roof at Boston’s HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY in 2009 to TV guest starring gigs, in 2011 alone, as in the highly praised Treme and in Harry’s Law, CSI: Miami and Detroit 1-8-7. Now comes the pilot for a new TVLAND series starring CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER that Beasley terms “a great opportunity.” Beasley plays a retired preacher whose once wayward son, played by Cedric, has left a secular music career behind to minister at his father’s church. The son can never quite please his old man. The untitled new show marks Beasley’s first foray into sit-coms. “It was a pretty interesting process. We rehearsed for about five days and then shot before a live audience. About 300 people,” he says. “The writers and producers were there and the network was there. We did several passes over some scenes and intermixed those together with prerecorded scenes. If we shot a take and they didn’t get the response or the laughs they wanted the writers would go back, huddle up and bring new lines, and we’d do it again.” There was also location shooting at a church. During a break TVLand president LARRY W. JONES sought him out to compliment his comedic work. Beasley feels everything’s in place for a hit. “It’s a very funny show. The writing’s good. The cast is pretty solid. The acting is believable, not over the top. It turned out to be a really great experience. The audience loved the show. The producers are really excited about it.” If anything’s made Beasley a go-to working actor it’s his rigor.

is “believability what i’ve always searched for.” ~ JOHN BEASLEY

“I had some really good teachers who taught me to always go inside for my characters. I always try to be in the moment. Being in the moment — that’s when you find things. I’m always trying to get my actors to be believable and play in the moment, and when I catch them acting, I’ll tell them, ‘Get rid of the acting,’ and they know what that means.” Along the way Beasley’s “worked with some of the best people in the business” and found he can not only hang with them but bring something uniquely his.

ripened with age Beasley feels that, if anything, he’s improved with age. “My concentration’s gotten even better. I’m even more aware of my presence on stage and I look more and more for the subtle, little things that make my characters more human, more interesting. It’s the same thing on camera. For me the excitement of doing a piece is finding things that maybe the writer wrote in-between the lines.” Ultimately, he says, the theater is his foundation. “It’s still where I sharpen my craft.” His own theater recently weathered hard times to launch its 12th season. He’s planning a new North Omaha theater. In March he joins Everwood star TREAT WILLIAMS for a staged reading of a new ATHOL FUGARD play at the UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA. And he still has faith his long-indevelopment Marlin Briscoe feature film project will happen.

He lived a full life before ever pursuing acting full-time — as athlete, Completely comfortable in his own skin, Beasley doesn’t wear success gypsy cabbie, longshoreman, family like a trophy. He prefers jeans and man. “I’ve seen the rough side of life, older model cars. “My work speaks too, where I thought maybe I might for itself and I don’t have to impress not make it out alive, but I always did, anybody, ” he says. His bucket list it always turned out, but you’ve got to includes acting on Broadway. stay the course...” He says his life Whether he does or not, he says, experience works to his advantage as “it’s been a really interesting journey.” an actor: “All of it, every last bit of it.” m “Believability is what I’ve always searched for. People say, ‘You gotta be bigger on stage.’ I don’t buy that, and so far I’ve proven myself right because when I did Fences at the HUNTINGTON director KENNY LYON saw what I was doing as something really brilliant and had the rest of the cast follow me — pick up the part of the song I knew. I just have a feeling for the rhythm. I know where the notes should be, I know where this song should be sung, I know where the pitch is. “I worked with the great LLOYD RICHARDS, in Two Trains Running at the GOODMAN THEATRE in Chicago. The company had just come off Broadway. Even for guys like ROSCOE LEE BROWN, Lloyd still had to give direction. One day Roscoe asked me, ‘How does it feel to be the only one Lloyd doesn’t give directions to?’ Because I do my homework.”

Follow the JBT at www.johnbeasleytheater.org. Read more of Leo Adam Biga’s work at leoadambiga.wordpress.com.

for more information about this article, including stage pix from productions at the john beasley theatre visit SpiritofOmaha.com or google john beasley, actor, acting, working actor, john beasley theater, august wilson, or “john beasley on a life in acting: his work in film, television and theater”


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mentoring AWARENESS STORY BY LEO ADAM BIGA

| PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF MIDLANDS MENTORING PARTNERSHIP

It’s no coincidence that NatioNal MeNtoriNg MoNth is observed in January and the MidlaNds MeNtoriNg PartNershiP (MMP) holds its annual conference Jan. 27-28.

more mentors needed

2012 mentor advocate of the year: kiewit company • teammates mentoring program kiewit employee kim vanbrunt with her mentee, brianna. kim serves as the company coordinator for the kiewit employee mentoring efforts, supporting more than 100 teammates mentors at kiewit.

The campaign and the event draw awareness to the need for more mentors and recognize the efforts of individuals and groups. Estimates put the number of Omaha youth who could prosper from a mentor at 30,000, compared with 3,000 mentors. Closing that gap is a priority because studies show mentoring reduces absenteeism and tardiness, improves grades and increases graduation rates. “Building Bright Futures believes in improving quality standards and diversity of mentors in our community in order to improve the academic success of at-risk students” stated JohN CavaNaugh, Executive Director of Building Bright Futures. MidlaNds MeNtoriNg PartNershiP aspires to make Omaha a model mentoring community by nurturing programs that use best practices. The City of oMaha and BuildiNg Bright futures partner is made up of 14 member mentoring organizations. Some, like Big Brothers Big sisters of the MidlaNds, girls iNC., PartNershiP for our Kids Child saviNg iNstitute and oMaha hoMe for Boys, have been around for decades. Others, like hoPe CeNter for Kids and 100 BlaCK MeN, are more recent. All have strong mentoring program track records.

raising the mentoring bar midlands mentoring partnership aspires to make omaha a model mentoring community by nurturing programs that use best practices.

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MMP adheres to strict National Mentoring Partnership standards. “Last year we became a formal affiliate member of the National Mentoring Partnership,” says MMP executive director deBorah Neary. “There’s only 22 organizations in the country that have that status. We are working together to roll out a data tool to continue to improve quality mentoring.” Neary expects member organizations will soon be collecting data via a new data software program that will help show more clearly the impact mentoring makes. She says it will be the most comprehensive mentoring data collection and analysis done anywhere in the U.S. To be an MMP member, she says organizations must “demonstrate they're following certain standards for mentoring, because we really advocate for high quality mentoring.” One standard requires a mentor make a one year, four hours per month commitment. “We don't want a

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metroMagazine • The Spirit of Omaha youth who's had lots of disappointments in life to be disappointed again by a mentor that doesn't last very long,” she says. Organizations are carefully vetted through a “peer review process” to ensure adherence to standards, says Neary. “We have some of the more established mentoring organizations actually mentor some of the newer programs. We’re doing that right now with two new mentoring programs in the pipeline -- Mercy Housing and Loves Jazz & Arts Center. They're being mentored by TeamMates and Partnership for Our Kids.”

working together She says an esprit de corps runs throughout the Partnership. “These organizations are really focused on the mission and working together. The thought is we don't want to reinvent the wheel. There’s no competitive spirit. They all believe in mentoring, they believe every kid can benefit.” Neary says MMP goes beyond national standards on mentor background checks. “We've put financial support behind that, so we pay member organizations’ costs for doing more extensive screenings.” Additionally, she says, “we see to it the mentor-mentee relationship is monitored by the organization on a monthly basis to make sure that student is benefiting and is safe and secure, that mentor has the training they need, and that there are resources available. I know a lot of our organizations offer free opportunities to visit attractions to give mentors things to do with their mentees so there’s no out of pocket expense for either one. “We've had 100 percent buy in by organizations in agreeing to uphold standards, it’s been an exciting process.”

lightly,” he says. “A good mentor has to have the ability to educate with some rigor, you can’t just be nice or friendly. I mean, there’s got to be a relationship where you're together trying to make some progress with regard to education and behavior. “There’s a whole list of things that should be changed and improved to help the educational opportunities for children living in poverty and mentoring is one of them.”

giving mentors their due Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle says he’s put the weight of his office behind mentoring initiatives like MMP to help prevent or mitigate risky behaviors in youth. The mayor says the city acts as “a catalyst” to funnel mentors and support where needed. MMP serves a similar function by sponsoring mentoring organization staff at professional conferences, offering mentor education workshops and granting monies to mentoring programs. Then there’s recognition. MMPs 2012 Mentor of the Year is laura hoPP. The Duchesne Academy senior mentors Cassie through the peer mentoring program Just frieNds at the ollie WeB CeNter. She's been mentoring since age 13. MeNtor advoCate of the year is the KieWit CorPoratioN, Kiewit has 107

employees volunteering as teaMMates. Kiewit CEO BruCe greWCoCK serves on the TeamMates board of directors. The company encourages and facilitates mentors spending time with their mentees. Mayor Suttle sees recognition as one way “to call attention” to an ever pressing need. “I don't know that we ever find the job is done,” he says. “This is a continual effort that seems to have more and more growing needs.” Neary says MMP can match inquirers to a youth program that best suits them. “There’s some way for everybody to be involved – as mentors, tutors, readers. Helping one youth at a time is so rewarding.” To learn more about mentoring and the Midlands Mentoring Partnership visit www.mmpomaha.org.

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Read more of Leo Adam Biga’s work at leoadambiga.wordpress.com.

more than window dressing Neary says the standards are more than window dressing. “All the research shows all the great things happening because of mentoring are based on mentoring being done by these certain standards. So while every single program is completely different, serving different audiences, structured differently, happening at different times of day, they all follow the same standards.” Omaha philanthropist diCK hollaNd, a BBF board Chairman and mentoring advocate, says the experience is too important not to have training and accountability guidelines and the need too great to not support proven mentoring efforts. “It really takes something to be a great mentor. It should not be undertaken

2012 mentor of the year: laura hopp • ollie webb just friends mentoring mentor laura hopp and her mentee, cassie.

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mentoring AWARENESS

mentoring directory .................................. big brothers big sisters of the midlands

gmbc amachi mentoring

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www.gethsemanembc.com

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands (BBBS) believes that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 7 through 14, throughout the Omaha/Council Bluffs area. BBBS help develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. As a donor and volunteer supported mentoring organization, they are here to help children reach their potential, and through them, transform families, schools and communities. For more information contact: Sheryl Lindau (slindau@bigomaha.org) or Shawna Singhoff (ssinghoff@bigomaha.org)

GMBC Amachi is a unique partnership involving both the secular and faith-based organizations working together to provide mentoring for children impacted by incarcerated parents and/or high crime areas. Launched in Philadelphia in 2000, Amachi has spread rapidly; there are now least 350 Amachi-modeled programs in more than 100 US cities and all 50 states. In Omaha, the Amachi Mentoring Coalition Project is a program of the Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church. For more information contact: Kainette Jones (k.jones@mbc.omhcoxmail.com)

boys & girls clubs of the midlands

hope center for kids

www.bgcmidland.org

www.hopecenterforkids.com

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands (BGCM) reach thousands of youth each year. BGCM deliver a proven youth development strategy, access to Club services five days a week, a safe and clean environment, life-changing programs, and the opportunity to receive mentoring experiences and relationships with diverse, trained and caring staff and volunteers in a supervised and structured environment. Just as a Boys & Girls Club staff member’s one-to-one work with each boy or girl is the key ingredient to deepening impact, a volunteer mentor’s personal attention and guidance can truly open new doors of hope and opportunity for them. For more information contact: Regina Tullos-Williams (rtwilliams@bgcomaha.org)

The Hope Center for Kids is an after-school and summer program located in North Omaha. Relationships are at the heart of our program as we work to faithfully inspire hope in youth and children through faith, education, employment and collaboration. Many of the Hope Center members simply need the support of a positive adult, to initiate significant change. Mentors spend six hours per month with a specific student in fourth through twelfth grade. This time can include a combination of program activities and pursuing interests one-on-one. For more information contact: volunteer@hopecenterforkids.com or phone 402-341-4673, 1002.

child saving institute

midwest trailblazers youth program

www.childsaving.org

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Child Saving Institute (CSI) provides three different mentoring opportunities to Omaha’s Community. In the School and Family Enrichment (SAFE) program, CSI partners with Omaha Public School students in developing social skills, increasing coping skills, enhancing their self image, learning strategies for responsible decision-making, assisting with homework and providing one-on-one support and friendship. In the Independent Living Skills (ILS) program mentors help with children aging out of the Foster Care System prepare for independent life. Mentors are instrumental in helping with job preparation and finding resources for continued education. Child Saving Institute also offers mentoring opportunities for Young Parents to help meet their goals of continued education, reducing the risk of abuse and neglect for their infants and learning problem solving and independent living skills. For more information contact: Sherri Harris (sharris@childsavings.org).

The Midwest Trailblazers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, composed of a group of committed volunteers – Board of Directors, coaches, parents, and administrators working together to support our young scholar athletes. Generous sponsorships and donations help offset the cost of running the program allowing us to minimize player registration fees. The Midwest Trailblazers Youth Program puts students, athletics, academics, and community first. Using grassroots strategies, Trailblazers works with students to help them hone interpersonal, academic, and athletic skills so they go on to be productive citizens for their community, state, nation, and world. For more information contact: Nicole Nash (nnash31@gmail.com).

girls inc. pathfinder

ollie webb center, inc.

www.girlsincomaha.org

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The Pathfinders Mentoring Program at Girls Incorporated of Omaha encourages all girls to be Strong, Smart, and Bold! In an inequitable society, mentoring has been critical to the success and achievement of many women. Pathfinders is a long-term match program where mentors work with a young lady until she is a senior in high school. Girls are accepted into the program between the ages of 10 and 14. At a minimum, mentors are asked to mentor a girl for three years. The time commitment for Pathfinders is: one 3-hour initial training session, one meeting with the mentee per month for at least two hours, weekly contact with the mentee via phone or e-mail, and quarterly group workshops. For more information contact: Antonia Valentine at (avalentine@girlsincomaha.org).

The Just Friends Program of Ollie Webb Center, Inc. is a peer mentoring and friendship program that matches adolescents (ages 13 – 18 years) with developmental disabilities (e.g., Learning Disabilities, Down syndrome, Autism, etc.) to adolescents without disabilities. Just Friends was created to bring social, recreational and friendship opportunities to individuals with disabilities. Volunteer Mentors are asked to make a one year commitment in which they hang out with their ‘friend’ twice a month by participating in social/recreational activities such as bowling, shopping, movies, etc. and making weekly telephone contact. For more information contact: Lisa Dougherty (ldougherty@olliewebbinc.org).

goodwill goodguides

omaha home for boys

www.goodwill.org/get-involved/volunteer/goodguides

www.omahahomeforboys.org

Goodwill® GoodGuides is a national mentoring program for youth between the ages of 12 and 17 who are at risk for making harmful choices such as dropping out of school or joining a gang. These youth may also be at risk for delinquency. The goal of the GoodGuides program is to help youth build career plans and skills, and prepare for school completion, post-secondary training, and productive work. Funded by a two-year grant to Goodwill Industries International from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Goodwill GoodGuides program is run by 56 independent Goodwill agencies around the country. For more information contact: Miriam Blair (mblair@goodwillomaha.org).

The Omaha Home for Boys is a non-profit residential group home that provides a structured living environment in a cottage setting with caring House Parents, balanced meals and educational support for boys ages 10-18. The Omaha Home for Boys is looking for adults who have a strong desire to work with youth and are willing to commit to a weekly phone call and one outing per month. For residents at the Omaha Home for Boys, being mentored is a chance for a youth to receive individual attention from a caring adult and, most importantly, a chance to just have fun. For more information contact: Nicole Heim (nicoleh@omahahomeforboys.org).

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.................................... release ministries www.releaseministries.org The Juvenile Justice Mentoring Program is designed to help youth lay a foundation upon which they can continue to build toward success in every aspect of life. This spiritual foundation is the launching point that empowers them to reach beyond themselves and their circumstances into an arena of promise for their future. The mentor is matched to a youth in a one-to-one relationship in order to become a trusted friend and guide. The relationship building may take place within a detention, group home facility and/or out in the community. The mentor and the youth meet once a week for 1 to 4 hours. The focus of the match is relationship building with emphasis on enabling the youth in their spiritual growth. Structured activities may include goal setting, strength assessment and vocational guidance, and discipleship exercises. For more information contact: Woody Winchell (woody@releaseministries.org). Marcus Brown (marcus@releaseministries.org). Sandra Preston (Sandra@releaseministries.org).

teammates mentoring program www.teammates.org The TeamMates Mentoring Program was co-founded by Tom and Nancy Osborne in 1991. Presently, there are over 5,000 mentors across Nebraska and Iowa in over 100 chapters. TeamMates is a school-based, one-to-one mentoring program. Volunteers who wish to be TeamMates mentors are screened and trained before they are sent to be matched to an elementary, middle or high school student. Mentors spend about an hour a week with a student in a school during school hours. The commitment is for a minimum of one year with the goal of following the same student through high school graduation. A TeamMates mentor is a positive role model that gives a young person a sense of hope, purpose and vision. For more information contact: Julie Swain (jswain@teammates.org). Tom Miller (tmiller@teammates.org).

the partnership for our kids www.allourkids.org All Our Kids is a scholarship program providing group mentoring to over 600 Omaha Public School students from 6th-12th grades. Mentors act as role models and participate in the age appropriate curriculum such as: community service projects, career exploration, college access, youth leadership development, academic goal setting, tutoring, prevention education and field trips. All Our Kids gives committed adults the opportunity to improve public education by spending time with students twice a month in a fun structured environment. For more information contact: Jessica Warren (jwarren@thepartnershipforourkids.org mailto:jwarren@allourkids.org ). Phil Jarrett (pjarrett@thepartnershipforourkids.org mailto:pjarrett@allourkids.org).

youth emergency services www.yesomaha.org Youth Emergency Services (YES) has four programs that strive to provide homeless, at-risk and street dependent youth with the support necessary to thrive. We have a Drop In Center and Emergency Shelter that serves youth ages 13-21. Our two newest programs are the Maternity Group Home and Transitional Living Program serving youth ages 16-21 in the Omaha and Council Bluffs areas. The mentoring program at YES serves the youth in the Maternity Group Home and Transitional Living Program. The mentors provide support and guidance as the residents work to become independent and successful. We ask our mentors to make a commitment to the youth for the duration of their time at YES, with one face-to-face meeting per month and regular contact. For more information contact: 402-345-5187

100 black men www.100blackmenomaha.org The 100 Black Men of Omaha, Inc. (100) was established in 1995 when a group of concerned men realized that the survival of the Omaha community rested on their willingness to join together and be a vehicle for positive change. Today the 100 Black Men of Omaha is one of over 100 chapters nationally and internationally that make up the 100 Black Men of America, an alliance of leading African-American men from a myriad of professions. For more information contact: Dejuan Reddick (dreddick@100blackmenomaha.org).


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CAROLINE HINRICHS WITH EVENT PLANNERS STEP GROUP, ANDY HOIG AND RACHEL RICHARDS WITH STEP GROUP

ANDY HOIG WITH JAMES JOHNSON, ACCEPTING FOR THE OMAHA SYMPHONY

BRIDGETT YOUNG ACCEPTS FOR MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION

andthe WinneRSare... metroMAGAZINE The Big evenT The stars came out in Omaha on the evening of November 29th, as metroMAGAZINE and ALH Publications, Inc. put on the fifth annual presentation of The BIG Event, ALH’s yearly Academy Awards styled extravaganza celebrating the previous year’s most outstanding fundraising events. The finalists are determined by thousands of voters who participated each year in nominating and then voting for the top events in several categories.

CINDY HANLEY ACCEPTING FOR CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

This year’s production featured winners in ten categories (see page 16 facing) and involved a collaboration with event planners STEP Group, exclusive official caterers Attitude on Food, host venue AKSARBEN Cinema, and concierge partners COUNTERPARTS. Each year this event heralds the accomplishments of those selected by voters as the best event in each category. The goal is to recognize and award, not just the winners, but all those who are engaged in preparing and presenting fundraising endeavors intended to support charitable organizations during the previous year.

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asset protecti o n planning trusts asset protection planning

has become a standard part of any estate plan. There are a variety of techniques that can be used for asset protection planning. Among those techniques are a variety of different types of trust. The best trust for your plan depends on your specific asset structure and goals.

Spendthrift trust. A spendthrift trust protects assets by placing control of them beyond the reach of both the beneficiary and creditors. This is accomplished by preventing the beneficiary from assigning the right to distributions to a creditor and by preventing the creditor from attaching the trust assets. Spendthrifts may not be created by a settlor for the settlor's own benefit. A spendthrift trust may not work against a beneficiary's spouse, former spouse or child who has obtained a judgment for support or maintenance.

Offshore asset protection trusts. Because the laws of many U.S. jurisdictions are creditor friendly, offshore asset protection trusts evolved. The advantages of offshore asset protection trusts include practical and psychological barriers to creditors pursuing claims, the lack of full faith and credit toward U.S. judgments, settlor-friendly laws and higher creditor expenses.

Foreign trusts can be complicated and expensive to set up. A recent tax compliance act imposes reporting requirements on U.S. beneficiaries of foreign trusts.

consider the particular rules of the jurisdiction being considered such as the extent of power a trustee can retain and still have the trust considered irrevocable, the degree of due diligence required before transferring assets to a trust, the availability of failsafe provisions, liability protection for trustees and attorneys and whether assets will be protected from different types of claims.

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One of the challenges of asset protection trusts include whether a state that recognizes such trusts will give full faith and credit to a judgment from a court in a state that does not recognize such trusts. Some commentators take the position that self settled spendthrift trusts violate the Constitution.

Dynasty trusts are perpetual trusts that are established in a state that has abolished the Rule Against Perpetuities, which resulted in distribution of a trust interest at a certain point (no later than 21 years after a life in being at the time a trust interest was created). Dynasty trusts are utilized to maintain assets in trust over generations of heirs and to perpetuate the asset protection features of using a trust. The dynasty trust is subject to a fair amount of criticism.

Discretionary trust. Even without going to the length of an asset protection trust, a

Domestic Asset Protection trusts. A variety of states now have laws permitting domestic asset protection trusts. The states that have adopted such laws vary as to the specific requirements. Those establishing a domestic asset protection trust should

discretionary trust can offer asset protection planning features by providing the trustee absolute discretion to make distributions of income and principal to a beneficiary without reference to an ascertainable standard. Not all states define discretionary in the same manner. For more information visit www.pvwlaw.com

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a new kind of resolution NOW THAT ALL OF THE HOLIDAY FUN has come to an end, the eggnog is gone and the last present has been unwrapped it’s time to start on the New Year. And much like all of the presents you bought over the last several weeks, the New Year brings a perfect time to “wrap up” some personal business too. Stop smoking, eat less, exercise more, or spend more time with the family – these are all perfectly good New Year’s Resolutions. Most of us can say that we’ve chosen one or two of these year after year. The problem with many of these resolutions is that they never stick. We pick one or two and usually by the end of February we’ve forgotten what our resolutions were. Let’s face it; it’s easy to pick a resolution but usually hard to keep at it. What about trying a new one this year? Let’s make 2012 the year of brand new resolutions and let’s call it something official with marsha anzalone like “personal update”. If you make a New Year’s Resolution for a “personal update” it would mean that you take the time to go over all of your personal and financial paperwork to make sure that everything is up to date and organized the way you want it. This could be one of those resolutions that you can actually scratch off of your list and then hopefully, not have to think about again until next year. So many of us make our beneficiary designations and then never think about them again. We just go ahead with life forgetting that big events or catastrophes happen. What happens if you have a life change – divorce, birth of a child or death of a family member? In the midst of it we’re trying to deal with the stress, joy or sorrow of the life change and sometimes we don’t remember that those events many times leave unfinished business. How many of us really want our ex-spouse to be the beneficiary of our life insurance? Shouldn’t you be sure that you have enough life insurance now that you’re a parent? What happens if a family member passes away and we don’t name a backup beneficiary? You never know this resolution could be easy and only consist of doing a little checking to be sure that everything is in order. Now don’t get me wrong, there is always a place for the “get healthy” resolutions. But why not put a fun spin on the old boring ideas? Instead of just resolving to become “fit” in 2012, why not resolve the whole family to become more fit together? There are lots of things that families can do together that promote good health. What about buying a new exercise game for the new game system that Santa brought and having family exercise night? Or the family could take a few walks during the week and use the time together to talk about each other’s days.

Regardless of what kind of resolutions I make this year – I’m definitely going to make a resolution to make them stick! Securities and Investment Advisory Services offered through M Holdings Securities, Inc., a Registered Bro2er/Dealer and Investment Advisor, member FINRA/SIPC. For more information, please contact your trusted advisor at Swartzbaugh-Farber, Client Centered – Client Advocates™ Swartzbaugh-Farber & Associates, Inc. is independently owned and operated.

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Look Who’s Sheltering Shelter Pets

Bone Jour Dog Daycare

Now Offers Overnight Boarding Your favorite dog daycare, operated by trusted NHS friends, is now offering overnight boarding. While you’re away, Fido can stay at Bone Jour day and night, where he has dog friends, and knows the staff. Bone Jour offers dog daycare six days a week with big and little dog areas, private cabins for napping, even professional grooming. But don’t delay, our overnight availability fills up fast so book today! Call (402) 571-2273 or go to www.Bonejour.org.

We Can Help You Put Your Best Paw Forward If your new pup needs some obedience training, or your adult dog needs a refresher, NHS can help. We’ve got classes for all ages and abilities, and at all times too. Can’t commit to a six week course? Try a few “drop in” classes. Need extra TLC? Work with our private trainers in the comfort and convenience of your own home.

Dr. Lee and Marie Simmons with Tilly, Sadie, Shadow, Trinket

Class descriptions and easy on-line sign up are available at www.nehumanesociety.org/training. Or call (402) 444-7800 ext 272. Let us help you start off 2012 on the right foot!

Dr. Lee and Marie Simmons If you visit the Simmons house and you will be happily greeted by a canine chorus. Leading the pack is Sadie, a 1 ½ year old schnauzer that Lee and Marie adopted last month from NHS. “She is the youngest and the most active,” says Lee, “and she doesn’t want to miss a thing.” Lee and Marie were on the lookout for another schnauzer after losing their 16 year old earlier this year. Sadie came into NHS about the time that one of Lee’s vet school classmates in Kentucky needed to find a home for Tilly, whose owner had passed away. Marie couldn’t leave either one of them homeless, and so the two girls arrived within a day of each other. There have been some expected scuffles, and sibling rivalry, but Tilly and Sadie fit right in with 6 year old Shaddow and 16 year old Trinket. “Sadie is active but she is also gentle, and a real lover,” Marie explains, “she climbs right up on your lap and snuggles under your chin.” The Simmons also credit Sadie with teaching Shaddow how to play. “We just love her, and can’t imagine anyone giving her up.” Rest assured the Simmons won’t. And it’s clear that Sadie is thriving in her new forever home!

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HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF OMAHA RAISE THE ROOF GALA

MIDWEST HEART CONNECTION HEARTS OF HOPE

ANGELS AMONG US FALL FESTIVITY

PREVENT BLINDNESS NEBRASKA PEOPLE OF VISION AWARD DINNER

OPERA OMAHA GUILD COTILLION GRADUATION DINNER

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angels assembled angels among us Fall Festivity On November 4th, Angels Among Us hosted An Evening Among Angels at Harrah's. The annual Fall Festivity raised more than $75,000 for Angels Among Us, who financially assist families with a child being treated for cancer. Since the organization started in 2006, over $500,000 has been distributed to over 100 families.

STACY AND MICHAEL OWENS

The evening, emceed by Brandi Petersen from KETV, featured silent and live auctions, music by Chris Saub and a lovely dinner catered by Harrah's. Three Angels families attended the event and pottery that they had painted was auctioned off.

KAREN KEEGAN, ANGIE KUBICEK AND KEN KEEGAN

The event was chaired by Dave and Sandy Parker. Co-chairs were Amy Robbins, Angie Kubicek, Katie Manganaro and Kristin Lundgren. To learn more about Angels Among Us, visit www.myangelsamongus.org.

MELANIE KRINGS AND ANGIE KUBICEK

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CO-CHAIRS DR. KERRI GEORGE AND TRACY GEORGE

MRS. OMAHA DARLENE KERSEY

BOARD MEMBERS HEATHER RUFF, KAREN RYAN, BRIAN LUKE, WENDY PROSSER, BARRY KNUDSON, ANDREA JOHNSON AND KAREN BURBACH

HopefulHearts midwest heart connection Hearts oF HoPe More than $125,000 was raised to support families with congenital heart disease during Midwest Heart Connection’s eighth annual fundraiser, Hearts of Hope. More than 480 people attended the October 15 fundraiser at the Mutual of Omaha Dome. Proceeds go to improve awareness, detection and treatment of congenital heart disease, as well as support those, young and old, as they navigate the medical maze of the No. 1 occurring birth defect.

ERIN UDEN AND KRISTEN GEISSINGER

HEATHER REESE AND STEVE HROMAS Retired Nebraska Cornhusker defensive coordinator Charlie McBride and his wife Debbie were this year’s honorary chairs. Benefit cochairs were Dr. Kerri George, a pediatric cardiac anesthesiologist at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, and her sister, Tracy George, a Christian author of children’s literature and designer for textiles in infant and youth for Easyway International in La Vista, Nebraska. Midwest Heart Connection is a non-profit support group designed to provide information, resources, and support to individuals with congenital heart disease and their families. Learn more at www.midwestheartconnection.com.

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CALIDA GARDNER, BOBBIE DARBY AND KATIE DOTY

Midwest Heart Connection cordially thanks everyone who helped make Hearts of Hope 2011 a huge success.

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KIT BARRETT WITH SHEILA ANDERSON AND AILEEN TOBIN

ALEXANDER PAYNE

Over 400 people turned out on November 20 to celebrate THE DESCENDANTS, the newest film from Academy Award-winning director, Omaha native, and Film Streams Board Member Alexander Payne. In keeping with the film’s Hawaiian setting, a “Waikiki Party” was held at Slowdown, featuring island-themed food provided by some of the area’s best restaurants, including The Boiler Room, Dario’s Brasserie, Dixie Quicks, The Flatiron Café, Hiro 88, and Marks. The night also featured a pair of special preview screenings of THE DESCENDANTS with Alexander Payne in attendance. The Waikiki Party raised more than $30,000 for Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater, Omaha’s nonprofit cinema dedicated to the presentation and discussion of film as an art form. THE DESCENDANTS opened exclusively at Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater on November 23rd.

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RACHEL JACOBSON AND JUSTIN JACOBSON

islandinthesun film streams Waikiki Party Over 400 people turned out on November 20 to celebrate THE DESCENDANTS, the newest film from Academy Award-winning director, Omaha native, and Film Streams Board Member Alexander Payne. In keeping with the film’s Hawaiian setting, a “Waikiki Party” was held at Slowdown, featuring island-themed food provided by some of the area’s best restaurants, including The Boiler Room, Dario’s Brasserie, Dixie Quicks, The Flatiron Café, Hiro 88, and Marks. The night also featured a pair of special preview screenings of THE DESCENDANTS with Alexander Payne in attendance. The Waikiki Party raised more than $30,000 for Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater, Omaha’s nonprofit cinema dedicated to the presentation and discussion of film as an art form. THE DESCENDANTS opened exclusively at Film Streams’ Ruth SokolofMTheater November argareton Block k,, M.D. 23rd. John M. Longo, M.D.

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GIRLS INC DANCERS

Warren Buffett was the featured speaker at Girls Inc.’s tenth annual Lunch for the Girls on November 14 at the CenturyLink Center Omaha. Over 800 people attended the event, which raised $125,000 for Girls Inc. Omaha.The event began with welcomes from Girls Inc. members D’Anshanique Gregory and Makay Weliyo. Born in a refugee camp in Kenya, Weliyo came to the United States at age eleven, joining Girls Inc. so she could become “Strong, Smart, and Bold,” as the program advertises. All proceeds from Lunch for the Girls will support the educational, cultural and recreational opportunities for girls ages 5 to 18 at Girls Incorporated of Omaha, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be “strong, smart, and bold.” Girls Inc. of Omaha is a national affiliate of Girls Incorporated and was recognized for “Excellence in Action” in 2009.

BRIGITTE MCQUEEN AND RACHEL JACOBSEN

JACASTA BARBER-HOLMES, WYLICIA DORCEY AND SHALONDA BURKHALTER

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Buildinglives habitat for humanity of omaha raise tHe rooF gala Habitat for Humanity of Omaha celebrated its third annual Raise the Roof Gala on November 7th at the Harper Ballroom on the campus of Creighton University on November 3, raising $107,000 with more than 335 guests present.

BOARD CHAIRS LISA AND BOB LACKOVIC

PATRON CHAIRS JOHN AND PEGGY HECK WITH DIANE DUREN AND DREW COLLIER

The gala honored the commitment and dedication of those organizations and individuals who have helped Habitat for Humanity fulfill its mission in the Omaha area in 2011. Peg and John Heck, Diane Duren and Drew Collier served as patron chairs. Pam Hoesing served as gala chair. Founded in 1984, Habitat for Humanity of Omaha is a grassroots organization that builds and renovates houses, forges community partnerships and breaks down barriers. Habitat Omaha partners with families that need safe and affordable housing. In 2011, Habitat Omaha will build or renovate 31 homes.

GALA CHAIR PAM HOESING WITH STEPHANIE HOREIS AND SHERRY TAXMAN

TONYA SUCHER, JEN WHITEING, CARLIE JONES AND TAELOR SCHULTE

For more information, visit the new www.habitatomaha.org. Photos by Dan Flanigan

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Full of warm humor and heart, this touching tale follows a couple in their golden years at their summer home on Golden Pond in Maine. Norman Thayer, an irascible retired schoolteacher, and his wife Ethel, who has a love for life, take us on a soul-stirring journey filled with trials of growing older, finding peace in old grudges and making unexpected friends who show them how to live again. On Golden Pond is an enriching masterpiece!

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KATE ALSETH, LAURA BURHENN, RACHEL JACOBSON AND ORENDA FINK

CATHY MCCARTHY, LISA SCHRAGER AND CARLO SKRUPA WITH SAM AND DAVE HOHMAN

ARTIST MARY ANN STANDELL MAHA WITH FRED CLARK AND MOLLY SPAIN

PROXIBID LISA BARRIENTOS, ANDY LIAKOS, DIANE HAYES AND TIM PETERSEN

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HonorisDue prevent blindness nebraska PeoPle oF vision aWarD Dinner Honoring JoHn anD lynne Boyer The People of Vision Award Dinner was held on October 12 at the Omaha Country Club, which was ablaze with beautiful fall colors. The 6:30 pm reception and 7:30 pm dinner was attended by 150 guests; a record $68,000 was raised for Prevent Blindness Nebraska. The People of Vision Award is given to an individual or couple, whose clear perspective and farsightedness in community service and devotion to their fellowman have earned them the respect of their community.

SUSAN CUTLER WITH KEN AND ANNIE BIRD

HONORARY CHAIRS STAN AND DOTTIE TRUHLSEN WITH HONOREES LYNNE AND JOHN BOYER

Founded in 1970, Prevent Blindness Nebraska’s mission is to prevent blindness and preserve sight so that all Nebraskans may enjoy a lifetime of healthy vision. Prevent Blindness Nebraska’s programs will touch over 50,000 individuals throughout the state during the fiscal year.

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LYNNE BOYER WITH SUE MORRIS

DENNY AND SUNNY LUNDGREN WITH JOAN SQUIRES AND TOM FAY

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Bruce Mau Leads the Massive Change Network and the Instititue Without Boundaries. Author & world-renowned desiger who continues to show the power and possibility of design while pursuing life’s big question: “Now that we can do anything, what will we do?”

Talent Anarchy The Omaha-based dynamic speaking duo, Joe Gerstand & Jason Lauritsen, will make you think, make you laugh and make you better.

Peter Kageyama Author of For The Love of Cities will teach us how to get the most out of where we live, work and play.

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TIFFANY, TYLER AND TONY WELCHEN

Held at the CenturyLink Center, the 27th Cotillion Graduation Dinner and Dance was a semi-formal event culminating six weeks of dancing and dinning lessons. The theme for the evening was 11.11.11 and started with a social hour and dinner. A brief program and raffle drawing were held during desert.

CO-CHAIRMEN WITH THEIR DAUGHTERS: ELLIE AND STACY SIMON, LIBBY AND ANGIE BEKINS WITH ABBY AND KATHY EMERY

The 900 people in attendance walked in to a beautifully decorated room of black and white, with large lighted gobos on the wall of 11.11.11 and Opera Omaha Guild. The entire crowd was treated to a surprise of Tiffany White-Welchen singing "At Last." Tiffany's son Tyler is a cotillion graduate this year. Immediately following Tiffany, the dance instructors called the classes to the floor to demonstrate their dancing and socializing skills to the tunes of the Lynn Scott Orchestra. Opera Omaha Guild's Cotillion is the largest fundraiser for Opera Omaha. Learn more at www.operaomaha.org.

CHAPERONE CO-CHAIRMAN SHANNON HOY WITH SARA AND PAUL SMITH

NICK MALOUF, TALIA SIMON, HALEY BEKINS, GRIFFIN WILLER, HANNAH EMERY AND TYLER EHRESMAN

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Bellringer! boys & girls clubs of the midlands stoCk Market CHallenge The 2011 Stock Market Challenge event benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands was held on November 10th at the Scoular Building. The bell rang and 136 Club members from the metro area competed to make the largest trade, the quickest trade, etc. The winning team shared a $5,000 Nebraska Educational Savings Trust account provided by First National Bank and $400 VISA gift cards. Over 200 people gathered to look at the three large screens projecting images of what is seen on the floor of the stock market.

MOLLY COURTNEY WITH KATIE VAP, ANTHONY GILLICK, KEITH NELSOE AND PAT COGULIN

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The event was emceed by Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands CEO Ivan Gilreath and Channel 6 newscaster Jim Siedlecki. At the end of the evening the Energizes from Tenaska came out on top with the winning portfolio. Stock Market Challenge 2011 event sponsors included Tenaska, First National Bank, First Data Corporation, Omaha Steaks, and The Ambrose/Lighthart Group of Merrill Lynch. The event raised over $115,000 for the Club.

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JANE MACHADO WITH LORI GRAESSER, AILEEN WARREN, AMY BLACK AND IVAN GILREATH, PRESIDENT/CEO OF BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF THE MIDLANDS

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On Thursday, January 26th, GIRLS INC. hosts the 18TH ANNUAL GIRLS NITE OUT presented by GALLUP. This event is every girl’s dream - an evening of shopping, cocktails, dinner and laughs! Girls Nite Out takes place at the MUTUAL OF OMAHA DOME located at 33rd and Dodge in Midtown. Jane Miller is the Honorary Chair. The general chairs are Jody and Alyson Carstens, Terri and Lauren McDonnell, and Maureen, Carly and Jessica Turner.

Q. What was your favorite childhood meal?

Q. How would you like to spend your elder years?

A. Working in the sweatshop.

There is even more fun following the shopping extravaganza as comedian MARYELLEN HOOPER entertains the crowd.

A. Alive. And/or: As the princess of a wealthy country that pampers it’s royalty.

Q. What song evokes the strongest memories for you?

A veteran in the world of stand-up, MARYELLEN HOOPER’s comedy has taken her from clubs and colleges to theaters and television. She’s appeared on “THE DENNIS MILLER SHOW”, “THE MARTIN SHORT SHOW”, “THE TONIGHT SHOW” with JAY LENO and has had her own ½ hour special on Comedy Central called “LOUNGE LIZARDS”. In 1998, the comedy industry awarded Maryellen “Female Comedian of the Year” at the American Comedy Awards. A physical, story-teller, Maryellen’s act is an ever-evolving story about her life as a woman, wife and mother. Maryellen just taped her latest stand-up special, “STINKY FLOWERS” which will air this fall. The special is based on her stories about Wifedom and Mommyhood from her hugely popular blog, Stinky Flowers. We had the occasion to spend a few minutes with MaryEllen. True to form, here are her answers to some of the questions we posed.

A. The ones I ate at my friend’s house...my Mom was a terrible cook. Q. If you owned a boat, what name would you choose for it and why? A. “Afloat.” I believe in the power of suggestion. Q. What do you miss about childhood?

A. “Memories” Q. If you could master one instrument, which would it be and why? A. Bagpipes. To annoy and payback years of torture at the hands of my drum-playing brother. Q. What’s the best way to spend a rainy weekend? A. Inside, watching movies about people singing & dancing in the rain.

Q. What life experience has strengthened you the most? A. Going to the gym. Q. When you’re down what do you do to feel better? A. Punch a clown. The squeak of the red nose makes me giggle.

Q. What’s your favorite quotation?

Q. Which temptation do you try the hardest to resist?

A. “Be good for goodness sake.” ~Santa Claus

A. Melvin Franklin. His deep voice makes me feel naughty.

Q. What does your perfect day look like?

Q. What was your most memorable meal ever?

A. Like all my other days, but without all the mistakes.

A. I can’t remember.

Q. What would you try, if you had no fear? A. Be a contestant on the show “Fear Factor”

Q. If you were to own a fabulously impractical car what would it be and why? A. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang because who couldn’t use a fine four fendered friend?

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savethedate January 7 30TH ANNUAL REFLECTION BALL Midlands Community Foundation Proceeds benefit Mosaic, a faith-based organization serving people with intellectual disabilities. Embassy Suites – La Vista – 6:00 P.M. Visit www.midlandscommunity.org.

January 14 DANCING WITH THE OMAHA STARS Ronald McDonald House and Angels Among Us Omaha Ballroom hosts this annual event, this year featuring Mayor Suttle, former Huskers Chad Kelsay and Aaron Graham, radio personalities J.J. Ryan and Hoss Michaels, news anchor Deanne Brink, and Mrs. Omaha Darlene Kersey. Harrah’s Casino Council Bluffs – 6:00 P.M. Visit www.dancingwiththeomahastars.com.

January 26 GIRLS NITE OUT Girls Inc. Enjoy this evening of shopping, cocktails, dinner and laughs, featuring extraordinary comedienne Maryellen Hooper, American Comedy Award’s Female Comedienne of the Year, 1998 Mutual of Omaha Dome Omaha – 5:30 P.M. Visit www.girlsincomaha.org.

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

February 11 FIESTA 2012 Mercy High School Mercy High School – Omaha

February 11 ROCKIN’ ROSIE The Rose Theater The Rose Theater Guild hosts this annual event, at which “Rosie” rocks a different theme each year. The evening offers dinner, dancing silent and live auctions, and fun and fabulous fundraising. Ramada Plaza Convention Center – Omaha – 5:00 P.M. Visit www.rosetheater.org.

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FANDANGO! Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska Hoop it up with LFS at this fun, basketball-themed dinner and auction with a very serious purpose – supporting programs that help children at risk Location TBA Visit www.lfsneb.org.

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

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THE CARNIVAL OF LOVE Heartland Family Service Heartland Family Service Friends Embassy Suites – La Vista – 6:00 P.M. Visit www.HeartlandFamilyService.org.

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

February 23 CELEBRITY CHEF FEATURING RICK BAYLESS Food Bank for the Heartland Rick Bayless is the featured chef at this 11th annual Celebrity Chef fundraiser. At the event guests will enjoy cocktails and appetizers, & a cooking demonstration. Embassy Suites – La Vista – 5:00 P.M. Visit www.FoodBankHeartland.org.

January 27-28 MENTORING CONFERENCE & AWARDS LUNCHEON Midlands Mentoring Partnership Join Midlands Mentoring Partnership at this annual event in January, National Mentoring Month. Doubletree Hotel – Omaha Visit www.mmpomaha.org.

January 30 AT EASE LUNCHEON Lutheran Family Services At Ease program Former Staff Sergeant Sal Giunta, US Army, Retired will be the keynote speaker for this 3rd annual event. Sgt. Giunta is the first living American to receive the Medal of Honor for service in Iraq or Afghanistan. CenturyLink Center – Omaha Visit www.LFSNeb.org.

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

20TH ANNUAL AMERICAN GIRL FASHION SHOWS Junior League of Omaha This event features historically inspired clothing and matching dolls from the American Girl clothing collection, American Girl of Today and the American Girl Bitty Baby collections. There is also several exciting raffles and each show will feature a silent auction and an expanded boutique filled with items for moms and daughters. Happy Hollow Country Club – Omaha Visit www.juniorleagueomaha.org.

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

OMAHA FASHION WEEK: MARCH 2012 Omaha Fashion Week is the Midwest’s premier fashion event, featuring original work by local designers at a series of glamorous red carpet events taking place in the heart of Omaha Old Market District. The March series will showcase Fall/Winter collections. KANEKO – Omaha

February 29 2012 YOUNG PROFESSIONALS SUMMIT Greater Omaha Young Professionals The YP Summit is the place for young professionals interested in contributing to business and the community to gather and get inspired. Be enlightened by interesting speakers presenting topics you care about, with breakout sessions and interactive discovery activities that will get you thinking and engaged. CenturyLink Center Omaha – 8:00 A.M. Visit www.OmahaYoungProfessionals.org.

March 3 EASTER SEALS NEBRASKA’S WINE EVENT! Easter Seals Nebraska This event features some of the country’s most prestigious and knowledgeable vintners and their wines at a multi-course dinner, followed by a live auction. Embassy Suites – La Vista – 5:00 P.M. Visit www.ne.easterseals.com.

March 7 SPEAKING OF CHILDREN Project Harmony This extraordinary day inspires and informs the community in the fight against child abuse. The day includes morning and afternoon training sessions for professionals, and features luncheon speaker, Sugar Ray Leonard, Olympic gold medalist, world champion in five weight classes, and child abuse survivor. CenturyLink Center – Omaha Visit www.projectharmony.com.

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

March 23 GIRL SCOUTS ARTVENTURE Girls Scouts Spirit of Nebraska artVenture is an amazing program that provides girls the chance to work closely with local artists in their studios. The artists teach the girls about a specific medium and work with them to create works of art, which is then auctioned off at this fundraising event. Mammel Hall – Omaha – 7:00 P.M. Visit www.girlscoutsnebraska.org.

March 24

NIGHT OF KNIGHTS Mount Michael Benedictine School IRISH FEST Theme for this 23rd annual event is Catholic Charities This annual event includes silent and oral “Knights on the Boardwalk”, with proceeds the education of students at auctions, cocktails and gourmet dinner Mount Michael Benedictine School. followed by a great dance band. This year’s entertainment is The Confidentials. The Palace on Mount Michael CenturyLink Center – Omaha – 5:30 P.M. Benedictine Campus – Elkhorn Visit www.mountmichael.com. Visit www.ccomaha.org.

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HEROES IN THE HEARTLAND American Red Cross This Recognition Luncheon, now in its 12th year, honors individuals who have saved another person’s life during the past year or who have positively impacted the quality of life in Southwest Iowa or the Omaha Metro. Embassy Suites – La Vista – 11:45 A.M. Visit www.RedCrossOmaha.org.

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

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CATHEDRAL COMEDY AND CUISINE Saint Cecilia Cathedral Grade School Comedy and Cuisine is a semi-formal dinner that includes live and silent auctions and entertainment, this year featuring Mary Maxwell. Kick off your Saint Patrick’s Day at this delightfully Irish celebration. Creighton Prep – Omaha – 5:30 P.M. Visit www.stcecilia.omaha.org.

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


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