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HONORING GIVERS IN A I wish to express my thanks to all who nominated your favorite charitable organizations and events and to those who voted to select this year’s finalists– 52 events in 10 categories– for metroMAGAZINE’S presentation of The BIG Event 2011. What started out as a dream over 15 years ago came to fruition in 2007. The dream was to honor and celebrate event organizers, vendors, volunteers and non-profits who work diligently to make philanthropic fundraising successful, thereby impacting and supporting so many in our community who are in need (and in some way, at any given moment, that includes each one of us.) One of the most intriguing aspects of the voting each year is that we actually do receive thousands of votes and yet– in several categories– voting each year winds up running neck and neck. I invite you to attend metroMAGAZINE’S presentation of The BIG Event 2011 on November 29th at Aksarben Cinema. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at our metroMAGAZINE website– SpiritofOmaha.com. This red carpet, academy style awards celebration will include valet parking, complimentary champagne with heavy hors dourves, and all attendees will receive a copy of metroMAGAZINE’S “Little Black Book of Charity & Culture,” The Event Book & Giving Guide 2012… the sixth edition of our beautiful coffeetable book/annual event calendar, released exclusively at this event. You can scan the QR Code to the right, hovering over my photo, with your smartphone to reserve your seats right now! This year we are pleased to be working with these dynamic partners: event producers STEP Group, Attitude on Food Catering, Florals Etcetera, Counterparts, Mac Rae Productions, Meldeen Design, Dog and Pony Productions, Inc., Amoura Productions, and Aksarben Cinema. We look forward to seeing you on November 29th!

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is a pretty simple one. Cast a cadre of talented professionals, toss them all under one roof and – curtain up – it’s show time (insert razzle-dazzle “jazz hands” here).

DRIVING FORCES MARK MASER AND SUSAN MCMANNAMA

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But when that roof happens to be one that spans almost a quarter-million square feet of perhaps the city’s hottest urban property and when the pros happen to be the area’s most creative forces in their field, the stage is set for redefining the very notion of “designer showhouse.” MAGIC AT MIDTOWN: A TOUR OF UPSCALE URBAN RESIDENCES launches with a gala event on November 17th. The project is a fundraiser for the JOSLYN CASTLE TRUST and the opening night penthouse party will serve up both literal and figurative fireworks. Besides providing a first peek at designs in 12 luxury condominiums split into 32 distinct spaces, attendees will be afforded a bird’s-eye view of MIDTOWN CROSSING’S holiday lighting ceremony punctuated by bombs-bursting-in-air fireworks.

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Don’t look for lots of chintz or damask in this one. “Showhouses in historic homes (think BRANDEIS MANSION, the site of last year’s event) can be somewhat limiting to designers,” explained MARK MASER, director of marketing and development for the Joslyn Castle Trust. “The bones of that building naturally called for what might have been a more traditional approach, but the clean lines of Midtown Crossing render a thoroughly contemporary palette. Look for the hip and forward in ‘now’ and ‘it’ colors represented in work that is a full year or two ahead of what you can find anywhere today on showroom floors.”

The owner of SUSAN MCMANNAMA INTERIORS, she is also a member of the Joslyn Castle Trust board and is part of the team that curated this year’s slate of designers. “Just do some peoplewatching down at Midtown Crossing and you’ll find that same energy reflected in our designer’s work. That same vibe you feel outside on the street will be mirrored inside in the designs,” said the designer who described her Magic at Midtown contribution as a marriage of the contemporary and the traditional.

Backing the MAGIC AT MIDTOWN program are 60 designers who will transform an entire floor of condos in the MUTUAL OF OMAHA development that is Omaha’s most prominent example of city-within-acity planning. From young professionals to empty nesters, Midtown Crossing best embodies the possibilities of a live-work-play approach to transforming a community from within.

THE 2010 DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE RAISED $120,000 for the Joslyn Castle Trust, the nonprofit that is caretaker to one of the city’s most treasured architectural gems.

“This grouping of designs will have a broad appeal,” said SUSAN MCMANNAMA.

“Omaha has many beautiful and historic homes,” said Maser, “but we have only one castle.” “Magic at Midtown promises to be the most compelling design event of this or any other season,” Maser asserted. “It’s a showhouse turned upside-down because we’ve taken the idea of ‘house’ out of the showhouse.” 9

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MAGIC AT MIDTOWN CHAIRS: FRONT ROW: ELLEN PANDORF, SUSAN MCMANNAMA, JAN BUCKINGHAM BACK ROW: RON CRAMPTON, RICHARD KLAAS, LORRAINE JEFFUS, NANO LITTLE, MIKE KLUG, MARK MASER NOT PICTURED: DIANE LUXFORD

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DR. KIRSTIN GRAHN PEDIATRICIAN Dr. Kirstin Grahn has only practiced in Omaha for nine months, but already this pediatrician has made an impact on the community’s Latino population. Grahn is part of Children’s Physicians group and practices at the Spring Valley Office on 50th and F Streets. She completed her medical training in Arizona and split time working in Nogales, AZ and bordering Nogales, Mexico for four years prior to relocating to the Midwest where her husband grew up. LATIN AMERICAN ROOTS With a father in the military, traveling and moving was second nature. She spent her summers in college conducting microbiology research in Peru, and during medical school she served numerous rotations on the Apache Indian reservation. Here, she met a colleague who sparked interest in mission work in the Dominican Republic. Working with a largely Spanish-speaking population in Arizona and now South Omaha seemed a natural progression. “I was really actually relieved to find that there is a need here” for doctors fluent in Spanish and well-versed in the Latino culture, says Grahn. Grahn believes that her practice demands both evidence-based medicine and culturally sensitive medicine. She explains: “evidence-based medicine is practicing medicine in a way that is backed by science. But medicine is an art, too. And so there is not just one right way of doing something in medicine with certain options having better scientific backing or more data, or they having been proven to be more effective.”

it is a special person who dedicates his or her life to a stranger’s health, yet these individuals exceed the altruism of the average healthcare professional.

CULTURAL SENSITIVITY “You have to take that science which we all have,” she continues, “but the real skill comes in when interacting with families, knowing where they come from or why, for example, they don’t comply with the treatments we recommend. Maybe grandma is saying we don’t need that because we can take this herbal tea. You have to adjust.”

dan bohi of methodist women’s hospital, james phalen of the creighton school of medicine, and kristen grahn of children’s hospital and medical center, have dedicated their lives to safeguarding the health of their patients.

Family is a strong force within the Latino culture. Disregard its influence, and you undermine your attempts at treating Spanish-speaking patients. Gain parents’ and grandparents’ trust, and you effectively increase the likelihood that your patients will follow your instructions. And you gain their trust by knowing and working with the cultural differences. For instance, when a baby is suffering from stomach upset, Latino mothers and grandmothers will often administer chamomile tea, or te de manzanilla. As a doctor, Grahn may have suggested a more conventional, less homeopathic, course of action. But her awareness of the cultural ties to the tea coupled with her knowledge of its efficacy supports the choice. “We know it’s not harmful, and it opens doors. You and the grandma immediately connect. They know I am open-minded to that and knowledgeable of that belief system. They become more honest with me about other concerns that they might be embarrassed to bring up with a provider who maybe didn’t seem to be as accepting,” Grahn states.

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“I realized early on that I have a passion for helping people who are underserved, and children in my mind are sometimes innately at the bottom of the totem pole. We have to think outside of what is in our backyard. We live in a big world, and our experiences are only a small part of that much larger community.” 13

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JIM PHALEN THE MAGIS CLINIC PROFILE BY DAVID WILLIAMS

“Everyone should carry a good pair of tweezers,” the doctor mused in emptying his pockets in what turned out to be a vain quest to produce a business card. Three pairs of tweezers, three identical pens, three pairs of reading glasses and a hodgepodge of miscellanea formed an ever-growing pile on the table. “Yes,” I replied incredulously, “but three? Three tweezers?” “Long story,” he winked. “I thought you wanted to talk about the Magis Clinic?” Indeed I did. The fact that Dr. Jim Phalen is, needless to say, something of a character does not imply that he can’t keep an interview crisp and on point. The Magis Clinic provides free medical services and referrals to the homeless and uninsured. Founded and still led, managed and staffed by Creighton medical students, the clinic operates out of the Sienna/Francis House and is supported by Creighton University, the Hawks Foundation and Charles Drew. A cadre of almost 500 Creighton medical students is joined by 60 Creighton physicians every year in volunteering at the clinic. “Magis” means “the more,” explained the assistant professor of radiology and director of abdominal imaging. The word is derived from Ad majorem Dei gloriam, the Jesuit motto that translates from the Latin to “for the greater glory of God.” The phrase refers to a philosophy of doing more for others through Christ. “At first it seemed like the Magis Clinic was akin to the little Dutch boy who put his finger in the dike,” the doctor said as he slowly began to reload his pockets. “The problem was and still is so vast because – and this is a travesty – America’s access to healthcare is perhaps the worst among developed nations.”

Whether in terms of the number of tweezers an average guy needs to carry or in aspiring to re-sculpt the landscape of a community’s access to healthcare, Phalen seems to have a firm grasp on the essence of “the more.” Also a co-founder of both the Indian-Chicano Awareness Center (now OneWorld Community Health Centers) and the La Plaza Clinic, he has been the faculty advisor for the Magis Clinic since its founding in 2004. Phalen, now 72, has created a legacy grounded in the very core of the Jesuit mission. With each successive wave of graduates, his mark is made in producing doctors whose skills and compassion are often first tested at the Magis Clinic. In honor of his work, Phalen has twice been recognized with Golden Apple Awards, the student-voted initiative that allows medical students to fete those faculty members who best exemplify the highest ideals of the teacher/mentor/role model relationship. Phalen is proud of the awards and the Magis legacy, but there is always, he said, “more.” “Success begets success,” he said, “but it still sometimes feels like we’re that boy with his finger in the dike. A Catholic movement called The Christophers once adopted as a motto an old Chinese proverb that I’ll leave you with,” Phalen said in patting his now bursting pockets. “It is better to light one candle,” he said, “than to curse the darkness.”

Fostering a Lifelong Commitment to Service Seven years ago, Creighton School of Medicine students founded the Magis Clinic to offer free medical services to Omaha’s homeless and uninsured citizens. Creighton University and its School of Medicine is proud of faculty moderator James Phalen, M.D., and the students and physicians who continue to live out our mission at the Magis Clinic. Working with community partners, 475 students and 60 Creighton physicians annually staff the clinic at the Siena/Francis House. They offer compassionate medical care and service referrals for those most in need. www.creighton.edu 14

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DANIEL BOHI MD OB GYN In 2001, Bohi retired from active practice after forty years as an OB-GYN at Methodist Hospital. But not for long. He returned to practice part-time to help establish a urogynecology center at Methodist Physician’s Clinic because he felt the community needed this. Bladder control issues, though not limited to, are most common in postmenopausal women. The triple indemnity of gravity, childbearing, and decreased hormone levels often result in troubling bladder symptoms and/or loss of support to structures within the pelvis. He also suggested the creation of a center to treat sexual dysfunction in women. Many illnesses precipitate sexual problems for couples and threaten the stability of their relationship. Rarely, until very recent years, has medicine addressed these important quality-of-life issues. There has been major support for a comprehensive approach to treatment from Physician’s Clinic physician, staff, and administrators, says Bohi. There is frequent overlap in symptoms between patients with sexual difficulties and chronic pelvic pain. The latter is a disabling, poorly understood, multifaceted health problem that leaves patients with many questions, but oftentimes few answers. Causes for the pain are frequently elusive and require a very special type of medical expertise to help people find relief. Knowing that their explanation of symptoms is considered credible and worthy of thoughtful evaluation can be a life-changing moment. The combined sexual medicine and chronic pelvic pain clinic, now in its third year, is very much a group effort, Bohi asserts. “We created a team that made it a reality.” The combination of psychotherapists, physical therapists, gyn nurse practitioners, and a gynecologist working in the same quarters maximizes effective, collaborative treatment. The clinic has over 300 patient visits per month, and its website tallies in excess of 3000 hits per month, which reflects the need.

PRESENT PASSION His current project is an adolescent gynecology clinic scheduled to open in midDecember. Area pediatricians requested this service for their young patients who are experiencing very “grown up” gynecologic problems. Says Bohi: “The incidence of sexually transmitted infections and teenagers who are pregnant and in need of extra support and education is no secret. Being part of the community effort to help change these self-destructive behaviors is one of the goals that we are pursuing.” Having the necessary knowledge to solve a patient’s medical problems is of course a pre-requisite to being a fine doctor, owns Bohi. “But communicating care and concern for the person who has entrusted herself to us is a critical part of the healing equation. That close bond is why being a doctor is such a rare privilege.” Bohi is just about ready to hang up his white coat again after the opening of the Adolescent Gynecology Clinic. While he has had an active pivotal role in the creation of Methodist Women’s Hospital and its various specialty clinics, he is very quick to remind that he is just one cog in a well-oiled, medical machine. “A lot of people pulling together have made the Women’s Hospital a center of excellence and a place that is focused on meeting unmet needs in the community.” cont.

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doctors MAKING A DIFFERENCE jena munson of immanuel medical center has also dedicated her time & talents to helping promote health and wellness.

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“Working in the medical field makes a person realize that life is a precious gift and that we have so much to be thankful for because in a quick second a person’s life can be turned upside down,” Jena Munson has observed during her 19 years as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and Certified Brain Injury Specialist at Alegent Health Immanuel Rehabilitation Center.

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Munson has dedicated her professional life to enhancing the quality of life of her patients who have suffered an injury or diagnosis that has changed the way they function. Munson taps into each individual’s passion and reintroduces them to the sporting fields and courts they love. She is truly able to sympathize because she was born without a right hand. But that didn’t stop her from pitching for her college softball team.

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NUMEROUS PARTNERSHIPS TOUCHING MANY LIVES Munson has been instrumental in establishing numerous sports and physical fitness programs for people with disabilities. One example is the Back 2 Swing golf program at local golf courses. Single rider golf carts are available for people to use if they are paralyzed or have difficulties with balance. She also connects patients to adaptive water skiing, wheelchair softball, and hand cycling programs that take to area trails one time a week from May through October. She hopes to add adaptive snow skiing to her list of programming.

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“There really isn’t anything Jena doesn’t do for her patients,” attests Jill Powers, Operations Leader for Alegent Health Rehabilitation Services. Establishing programs locally for patients is one thing, but Munson often approaches national organizations for their help with accommodating athletes with disabilities. Collaborations include the US Golf Association, the US Tennis Association, and the U-Can Ski Team.

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The partnership with Paralympics means the local organization is affiliated with the United States Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs, CO, “which gives us many opportunities to be able to move athletes to an elite level if they are interested in moving in that direction,” Munson explains. If an activity requires special, adaptive equipment, Munson approaches companies that specialize in adaptive equipment for help meeting her clients’ needs. “My goal is to be able to give persons with a disability a choice of what activities they can participate with on a weekly basis instead of only having an opportunity every once in a while,” she states.

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DEDICATION RECOGNIZED For her creativity in getting her patients back to the sports they love and her tenaciousness in finding the support to do this, Munson was one of two people awarded the Spirit of Hope award in 2011. It recognizes people who have made outstanding contributions to Immanuel Medical Center. But Munson doesn’t do it for accolades. She does it because she knows life is precious and can change in a blink of an eye. What would we do if we or someone we loved faced a life-altering accident or illness? It is a sobering thought. Luckily for the Omaha community, it has health care professionals like Jena Munson who work tirelessly to heal our whole person, body and spirit.

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M E R R Y M A K E R S for 25 years, merrymakers has been enhancing the lives of seniors with music’s magical power. WHEN MERRYMAKERS WAS FIRST CONCEIVED IN 1986, it touched the lives of the elderly in eight facilities with just 10 performances and only two entertainers. Flash forward 25 years. Today, Merrymakers visits 115 nursing homes, assisted living facilities, low rent apartment complexes, and senior centers. With 19 professional entertainers on its roster, it provides over 50,000 contact hours through 1300 performances annually. Merrymakers has been busy making merry. The mission of Merrymakers is simple: to improve the quality of life for seniors by encouraging active participation, increasing social interaction, and sparking memories through professional entertainment. The entertainers must meet high standards. Performers audition and are evaluated to ensure the highest quality of entertainment. “Each entertainer has a unique niche musically,” says TRICIA COTTRELL, Executive Director. Many play the music their audience most respond to: what was popular when they were 17, she states. Think dramatic operatic voices, toe-tapping Rogers and Hammerstein numbers, and the Andrew Sisters singing “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” or Vera Lynn’s soulful “(There Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover.” Songs made popular by Rat Pack members are also a big hit. THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, and Perry Como hits make up the bulk of

Joe “Mr. Memories” Taylor’s repertoire. He has been on Merrymaker’s roster since its inception. JOE TAYLOR calls himself “an ambassador for the elderly.” He recounts how often blank, unanimated faces greet him when he first begins his performance. But soon his audience is smiling, singing along, and clapping. One performance in particular drew an unresponsive patient out her self-induced stupor. She refused to talk and make eye contact and, alarmingly, given up food. She came out of her shell during Taylor’s performance, “eating a full meal and drinking a malt, back to her old self,” he laughs. He calls these musical miracles “God winks”: “God winks and a lot happens.” “I stroll when I sing. I hold a lot of hands. It’s been a long time that some have had human contact, been a long time that someone has held their hand. They don’t want to let go,” Taylor says. MUSIC’S MAGIC Cottrell has witnessed music’s power repeatedly. “People who are non-verbal, stroke victims, can clearly sing because music resides in a different part of the brain than speech,” says Cottrell. After a World War II act finished a performance, a young woman approached Cottrell to say how grateful she was to Merrymakers. Her mother was in the facility’s memory care unit and was in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease. She could not carry on a conversation and no longer recognized her daughter. But for that one hour,

she sang all the songs, was animated, and interacted with her child. “You gave me my mom back for an hour,” she tearfully told Cottrell. That is what Cottrell calls a “mission moment.” Merrymakers perform during the week when visitors are few. The performances are a welcomed relief for activity directors with tight budgets. “Many homes cannot afford to hire professional entertainment and welcome the assistance provided by Merrymakers,” DICK COFFEY, long time member of Merrymakers’ Board of Directors, attests. Merrymakers is hosting its 25th Anniversary gala, a celebrity roast, on November 10 at the Century Link (formerly the Qwest) Center. John P. Nelson of Silverstone is the honoree. The evening includes a cocktail hour, dinner, and silent auction in which guests can bid on the chance to adopt a home to cover Merrymakers’ expenses for a month. Twothirds of the organization’s annual budget is raised in this one evening. Merrymakers dramatically touches the lives of our seniors, often a forget group in our population. It is a local, grassroots organization that has expanded from its metro area boundaries to include western Nebraska and Iowa. But the possibility for growth is there. Says Coffey: “Clearly with the graying of America, ‘MM’ has the potential of being a nationwide endeavor.” For more information, call 402-697-0205 or visit www.merrymakers.org.

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unburied treasure. BY S USAN M. JACQUES | BORSH EI MS PRESI DEN T AN D C EO WHEN THE SPANISH CONQUISTADORS came to South America searching for wealth, they found it in the form of gemstones, gold and silver. From some of the world’s most prized emeralds in Columbia to the rarest of gemstones in Brazil, the continent is widely known as a treasure-trove of exotic gems. A rainbow of color could be the theme for South America, housing the world’s most vivid green emeralds, pink and orange Imperial topaz, purple amethyst, golden citrines and blue aquamarine. Rare and unusual “phenomenal” stones are also found in the gem-rich deposits of Minas Gerais, Brazil, including cat’s eye chrysoberyl and tourmalines as well as colorchanging alexandrites. One of the most exciting recent gem discoveries is the Paraiba Tourmaline, which was discovered in 1989 in Paraiba, Brazil. Its color is an extraordinarily vivid electric blue-green and it has a unique glow. The glow is due to the presence of copper and is so rare that large, exceptional Paraiba Tourmaline can be valued at tens of thousands of dollars per carat. Tourmaline comes in more colors than any other gemstone and their vividness and range of color – from green to pink and red – make Brazil the world’s major source for this magnificent gem family. It was colorful rocks and shells that piqued my interest in the world of gemology as a young girl growing up in the British colony of Rhodesia, now

Zimbabwe. I turned that interest into a career by earning my Graduate Gemologist diploma from the Gemological Institute of America in 1982 and taking a job at Borsheims upon graduation. My time at Borsheims from a sales associate to President and CEO has only increased my love for and interest in gems and jewelry. It would be my honor to share my passion with you on a tour to many of South America’s beautiful eastern ports. The Jewels of South America cruise is my second tour with Silversea Cruises. Previous trips have included gems of Africa, which have provided lasting memories of discovering gems within their native countries. This year the seven-day cruise, February 12th to 19th, 2012, includes several days at port, exploring the history, sights, and shops throughout Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. It will also include a day at sea when I will give a brief lecture about the magnificent gemstones found in South America. I invite you to join me for this very colorful cruise through beautiful South America. Each day on land will be available for you to explore the city. The day at sea will allow you to spend a little time with me learning about gemstones and a lot of time sunning by the pool! It will be a beautiful, interesting and relaxing week. I look forward to setting sail with you.

Set Sail in South America. Join Borsheims’ President and CEO, Susan Jacques, on a “Jewels” cruise with Custom Cruises and Travel! Sail from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro on Silverseas’ Luxury 6-Star All-Inclusive Silver Spirit February 12th - 19th, 2012 and view inspiring scenery and rare gemstones. Pricing starting at $4838 per person, double occupancy. Single rates available. Visit ccruises.com for more information. *Must be booked through Custom Cruises & Travel to receive exclusive amenities.

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metroMagazine • The Spirit of Omaha

knowing NONPROFITS: NEBRASKA AIDS PROJECT

thered ribbon NEBRASKA AIDS PROJECT NIGHT OF A THOUSAND STARS STORY BY DAVID WILLIAMS

and its 2011 ancestor promise to be the most poignant. “We had the first party planned in honor of my brother, Tim, who had moved back to Omaha to be with family after his diagnosis,” she said, “but he died two weeks before Night of a Thousand Stars. This is a deeply personal event for me. It’s my way to honor the memory of Tim and all the other Tims out there. It’s a chance to join together with all the families, friends and neighbors who have been touched by HIV/AIDS.”

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was a time when it was downright de rigueur. Elizabeth Taylor, to cite just one memorable example, wouldn’t have been caught dead without it, the iconic symbol that, sadly, helped define the waning years of a bygone century.

“ The red ribbon is the original ribbon,” explained Susan Koenig, a founding member of the Koenig | Dunne Divorce Law firm and longtime advocate for the Nebraska AIDS Project (NAP). “One of the things we face in HIV/AIDS awareness, education, services and prevention,” she continued, “is that it no longer has the… well, the ‘glamour’ of being the headlinegrabbing issue of the day. The great news is that medical advances mean that people are now living longer with HIV/AIDS, but this is still a crisis that deserves our collective passion,” she said of the disease that in America brings a new diagnosis every nine and a half minutes.

The once ubiquitous red ribbon has since And now, for the first time in many years, been joined by a gaggle of multi-hued Koenig is addressing invitations alone. cousins competing for the public’s attention, Her late husband, John Mixan, heart and dollars, but that original swirl of succumbed to cancer in September. silk will reign supreme on December 3rd with Night of a Thousand Stars, the premier “Yes… yes, this year’s event will be… different,” fundraising event for the organization she acknowledged before a familiar twinkle formed in 1984. Philanthropist Dick returned to her eyes. “But Night of a Holland is this year’s honorary chair. Thousand Stars is a celebration. It celebrates life. The people I admire most are those who Counting every minute until a party ends are able to transcend their circumstances, so I normally spells “d-u-d,” but the opposite is true have some transcending to do, maybe even when more than 20 pre-parties hosted by NAP in a new dress!” supporters throughout the area close early and leave piles of dirty dishes behind so that 800 Look for Susan Koenig at Night of a revelers may converge on the Magnolia Hotel Thousand Stars and give her a big hug. later that same night for the gala finale. She’ll be the one wearing a red ribbon. Koenig was a guest at the first Night of a Thousand Stars event and has since hosted her own gathering in each of the 18 successive years. Book-ended by the bittersweet, her inaugural 1994 pre-party 20

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metroMagazine • The Spirit of Omaha

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS CONNECTING ON THE RADAR

YOUNG PROFESSIONAL NEWS

omaha’s rep continues to grow

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Omaha is on a roll. It seems that not a day can pass of late without some new national honor being bestowed on our increasingly vibrant city. The latest news includes a pair of nods that are of particular importance to young professionals. Known for its charming homes, tree-lined streets and eclectic mix of hip retail and dining haunts, Dundee has been named to the American Planning Association’s list of the nation’s 10 Great Neighborhoods. That follows the city pedaling its way to twowheeled success in being designated as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. Last month we reported that Forbes had ranked Omaha No. 5 on its list of America’s Best Cities for Young Professionals. And Kiplinger’s Personal Finance at the same time slotted Omaha in the No. 1 position on its list of Best Value Cities. “A lot of people, organizations, businesses and the city have worked hard in building this momentum,” explained Sarah Johnson, manager of the Chamber’s Greater Omaha Young Professionals, “but there’s always more work to be done in making Omaha a great 21st century city for young professionals.” If you decide to hoist a brew in celebration (better make that champagne on tap), why not do it at the Homy Inn? The legendary neighborhood bar was recently pegged for a second time with a spot on Esquire’s list of Top 50 Bars in America.

They are the most familiar of iconic sights; those large-scale images draped on the vacant grain elevator silos on the I-80 bend south of downtown. But what about the organizers behind the creative initiative called Stored Potential? Emerging Terrain is an educational non-profit research and design collaborative that creates exhibitions to educate the public about who we are and how that affects a changing landscape. Because the creation of Stored Potential made such a compelling, skyline-changing impact, the organization has since been awarded a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to fund Shifting Thresholds, a new project to be situated in Sarpy County. The effort will be a historical exploration of land, land use and population growth as cornfields yield to housing and commercial development in the rapidly growing, increasingly urban county. The site is yet to be determined, but the former Wal-Mart on La Vista’s 84th Street is eyed as a strong contender, one that offers a compelling juxtaposition of landscape renewal where “big box” meets a new, more intimate level of community interaction in education and the arts. The exhibition is targeted for May 2013. Visit www.emergingterrain.org for more on Shifting Thresholds.

Q.O.M. what is your favorite local area ride?

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THE 12-MILE ROUND TRIP in commuting to work on my bike is my favorite ride. The Old Market was my home for 10 years KEVIN REINER and, not owning a car at that time, HEAD VIDEO EDITOR I enjoyed the easy four-block walk to CLARK CREATIVE GROUP work. When my wife and I moved to the Metcalfe Park neighborhood, I made the decision to ride my bike to work. That was three years ago, before all of the share-ways, bike lanes and road signs went up. Today it’s a much easier route, thanks to those safety measures. Drivers have also become much more accepting. Now I get a lot more friendly waves.

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Before the bike initiatives drivers were more likely to give a different kind of hand gesture. The original purpose of commuting was to save money and to be a little more environmentally friendly, but I’ve also enjoyed rewards when it comes to health – both physical and mental. I’ve lost some weight and my blood pressure has plummeted, but what I enjoy most is the stress relief I get from my commute to and from work. I love riding under the trees in Metcalfe, flying down the winding roads of the Bemis Park area and pedaling down Burt Street through the busy Creighton campus. I feel more connected to my surroundings and to Omaha itself. You notice more things when cycling, much more so than when driving a car.

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JACK BROWN metroMAGAZINE CONTEST WINNER FOR “OVER THE EDGE”

“EVERYTHING JUST LOOKS SO SMALL!” These were the comments made by Jack Brown after his descent from “over the edge.” That sort of “people look like ants from up here” musing is not uncommon coming from somebody perched atop a 478-foot building, but Brown wasn’t talking about the dizzying view. And he wasn’t talking about what he saw when he glanced down in rappelling the Woodmen Tower during Over the Edge, the Boy Scouts of America MidAmerica Council fundraiser that delivered a gravity-defying experience to Brown and 49 others. He was referring to cone dystrophy, the inherited ocular disorder that has already begun to take its toll on the Millard North freshman’s eyesight.

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“It’s not that my vision is blurred or dimmed or anything like that,” he added. “It’s hard to explain to someone with normal vision but, to me, everything just looks, well, small.”

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DEFYING GRAVITY WITH THE MID-AMERICA COUNCIL

over the edge Brown’s “small” but big-hearted story as told in a social media essay contest led metroMAGAZINE to select him to be our guest in practicing his Spiderman skills. The magazine co-sponsored the event that netted almost $41,000 for the Mid-America Council. “Besides being a great fundraiser,” said Scout Executive / President Eric Magendantz, “Over the Edge allows us to showcase some of the thrill and excitement that we have to offer. Scouting teaches kids to be adults before they have to be adults.” When thinking about outdoor classroom experiences, s’moressmeared adventures at the council’s Camp Cedars or Camp Eagle may leap to mind. Over the Edge is a reminder that urban areas, even the sheer face of the city’s second tallest building, have a majesty all their own.

ANDREA L. HOIG metroMAGAZINE PUBLISHER BEGINNING HER DESCENT

the first to lower themselves from the Woodmen Tower. Nicely taped a mid-air promo for his newscast but Chapman topped that by landing 14 minutes after Rex Sport had put an engagement ring on her finger in a cleverly devised rooftop ruse. “I propose to a woman and she goes and throws herself off a building,” Sport later quipped. It has been suggested to me that it would be unwise to print that at least one participant made the descent with their eyes closed for much of the drop. Or that it’s a good thing that screams cannot be heard 30 floors below the precipice of the building whose familiar “Woodmen” letters measure the same height as a school bus.

“SHE’S A GUTSY AND FEARLESS GIRL. DOING WHAT SHE’S JUST DONE WOULD FRIGHTEN THE HECK OUT OF ME. AND THAT’S FROM A GUY WHO FLIES HIS OWN PLANE.” ~BOB HOIG

was an exhilarating experience and I’d do it again in an instant, but what is more important is that we had the chance to support scouting and that we provided Jack with what we hope is an experience of a lifetime.” Jack Brown doesn’t know how much or how fast his vision will deteriorate. In the meantime he continues to aim high– 478 feet high in this case.

ge over the edge metroMAGAZINE publisher Andrea “Andy” Hoig was joined by KMTV’s Erika Summers, KFAB’s Lucy Chapman, WOWT’s John Nicely and Chuck Amoura of Amoura Productions in testing the ropes as

“I’m glad I’m on the ground,” Hoig said with a smile as she was being disconnected from a jumble of ropes, harnesses, gizmos and doodads. “It

“I saw everything in a different way from up there,” he beamed. “I could see forever.” BY DAVID WILLIAMS

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Save the Date! Purse 4 Paws November 7, 2011 • 5:30-7:30 pm Market Basket at Countryside Village This girls night out is not to be missed. Your $35 donation will reserve wine and tasty appetizers for nibbling as you peruse the silent auction of designer purses and fun accessories. Come socialize, enjoy hors ‘d oeuvres, and know that as you shop, you help care for and heal homeless animals. Finally, purse buying that is guilt free!

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 overnights fill up fast so book holiday times today! Call 402 571-2273 or go to Bonejour.org.

The Bendons: John Jr., Marion with Ella Rose, John with Bogey

John and Marion Bendon Ella Rose and Bogey Bendon have their places in the Bendon family. Ella Rose is an 85 pound lap dog with an eager-to-please personality. Bogey, known affectionately as “No-no-bad-dog” is the ruler of the roost. It’s the perfect combination for Marion and John. “We’ve had Ella for three years and she is easy going and loves everyone,” laughs Marion, “so she gets along just fine with Bogey who is a bit more high maintenance.” Bogey arrived at the Bendons in 2002. He was surrendered twice to the shelter by owners who just didn’t match up. A typical cocker, he is active and occasionally naughty, admits Marion. Still, Bogey is a charmer. John adds, “His favorite activity is to climb up next to company and lie along the back of the couch.” This is, of course, while Ella is curled up right next to the visitor. Ella does have allergy issues, but Marion takes the vet visits in stride. “It’s all part of pet ownership…these two are part of our family and we wouldn’t trade either of them for the world.” Judging by the dogs’ expressions, they feel exactly the same!

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ONCE THOUGHT TO BE A GIFT FROM THE SUN, sunny citrine offers warm golden hues in a variety of shapes and sizes. From the French word "citron" meaning lemon, citrine is considered the color of logic and intellect and is thought to provide courage and self-discipline. Citrine is a member of the common quartz family, and a sister gem to amethyst. In fact, most citrine is actually heat-treated amethyst! Citrine is very abundant and affordable and is commonly used as an alternative for the November birthstone. Color is of utmost importance when selecting a citrine. Perfect for daily wear, this earth tone gem ranges from light yellow to vibrant orange. Although most is heat-treated amethyst or smoky quartz, the treatment requires no special care and is considered permanent. Citrine's warm hues lend itself to jewelry fashioned in yellow gold, although it is not uncommon to find it set in white gold or platinum.

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WITH OVER 60 shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues and numerous special events, VILLAGE POINTE is a destination for fun year round. But at the holidays, the shopping and dining center is even more of a draw, offering opportunities to connect with family and friends, tick through your gift list, and make a difference in the lives of others less fortunate. Being a successful commercial enterprise does not preclude community building. Profitability and promoting family are not mutually exclusive. Village Pointe, one of the premier shopping, dining, and entertainment centers in the city, is proof of this.Throughout the year, Village Pointe hosts special events that foster community connections and philanthropy. During the holidays, it takes this spirit of giving up a notch. HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS… The holiday season at Village Pointe kicks off with a spectacular tree lighting ceremony on November 25 that is expected to draw several thousands. The evening opens with a 6 PM concert by THE PEPPERMINT ELVES. Following the concert, strolling musicians and singers, plucked from the (happier) pages of DICKENS’ “A CHRISTMAS CAROL,” will entertain guests with traditional song. Santa’s elves will pass out jingle bells for children to ring old St. Nick in during the Santa Parade. At 7 PM SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS will make their way down Main Street in a horse drawn carriage fit for CINDERELLA. The inhabitants of Whoville will meet and greet parade attendees. Even the GRINCH himself will set aside his curmudgeonly ways and pose for photos with good boys and girls, and WINNIE THE POOH has traveled all the way from the 100 acre wood to be part of the festivities.

Sparks will fly from a “magical” giant switch that Santa will flip, and the once dark tree will light up the evening like a thousand twinkling stars, effectively announcing that the holidays are here! Don’t fret if you can’t make the tree lighting ceremony. Santa and Mrs. Claus make numerous visits to Village Pointe throughout the holiday season. Thursdays in December is STORY TIME WITH SANTA. From 10:30-11:30 Santa and Mrs. Claus will read holiday tales to young- and not so young-listeners at various Village Pointe locations. “It is intimate time with Santa,” says KIM JONES, Marketing Director for Village Pointe Shopping Center. SCHEELS will once again sponsor the second annual SANTAPALOOZA on Saturday, December 3 at 10 AM. Watch Santa’s sled land on-and almost teeter offthe roof of Scheels. There is a problem, however. Scheels does not have a chimney for Santa to slide down. But that won’t stop this “jolly old elf.” Surprisingly spry, Santa repels himself down the side of the building to mingle with his fans. From 10:30-1:00 PM, Scheels guests can pose for pictures with Santa and his friends, participate in a coloring contest, make a craft to take home, sample fudge and other seasonal treats, have their faces painted, and write letters to Santa to be delivered by the Reindeer Express. The following Saturday, December 17, at 10 AM is MERRY MOVIE WITH SANTA at the MARCUS VILLAGE POINTE CINEMA. Families are invited to join Santa and friends for a special holiday film and photo opportunity. A $3 donation for the event will go to the OMAHA JAYCEES “HOMETOWN HOLIDAYS GIFTS FOR KIDS” program, benefitting children from the NEBRASKA CHILDREN’S HOME.

SPREADING CHRISTMAS CHEER FOR THOSE LESS FORTUNATE Strolling carolers, story time with Santa, sipping cider while nibbling cookies: these are all part of the holiday season. But so, too, is sharing our bounty with those less fortunate. Village Pointe is dedicated to supporting local charities. This is its eighth year partnering with the Omaha Jaycees for the organization’s Hometown Holidays campaign. The Jaycees is a young professional, networking organization that emphasizes volunteerism, explains AMY EGGERS, VP of Individual Development. As part of Hometown Holidays, three giving trees will be posted at PARADISE BAKERY AND CAFÉ, SCOOTER’S COFFEEHOUSE, and MARCUS VILLAGE POINTE CINEMA. Their “ornaments” are tags with a child’s name, age, size, favorite color, and likes. Patrons can select a tag, purchase a gift for the child listed on the tag, and return the unwrapped gift to the giving trees. Alternatively, guests can make a cash donation, and Jaycee members will purchase gifts for children on unclaimed tags. 100 percent of contributions go to the children at Nebraska Children’s Home.

without businesses at village pointe generously allowing us to put our christmas trees in their stores, we wouldn’t be able to make as big of an impact. ~ AMY EGGERS, VP OF INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT, OMAHA JAYCEES

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aha m o r e t a gre o t t r o p s s your pa “Partnering with Village Pointe for Hometown Holidays has been wonderful,” Eggers says. “Without businesses at Village Pointe generously allowing us to put our Christmas trees in their stores, we wouldn’t be able to make as big of an impact in the Omaha community.” One of the most identifiable sounds of the season is the bell ringing signaling the SALVATION ARMY’S RED KETTLE CAMPAIGN. Village Pointe will host three Red Kettles from November 11 through December 24. This year’s city-wide goal is $3.1 million. “100 percent of the money remains here in Omaha, invested in programs to rebuild or change lives,” states JOANNE BEMIS, Divisional Director of Development for the Salvation Army. Celebrity bell ringers-local media, politicians, and Salvation Army Advisory Board and Women’s Auxiliary memberswill be on hand at the shopping center December 10, lending their notoriety to the cause. Says Bemis: “The public likes the opportunity to talk to them. It’s a fun way for celebrities to interact with the public, and all for a good cause-the $3.1 goal.” continued

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Bemis attributes the success of programs like the RED KETTLE CAMPAIGN to the support of the individuals who donate their time, citizen shoppers who toss coins and bills into the red kettles, and the businesses which support charitable giving. “Ours is a very, very caring community. The Salvation Army would not be able to transform lives without the support of the community,� Bemis recognizes. “We appreciate the good merchants of Village Pointe to allow us to come out and bell ring so we can provide help for those who need it most.� Shopping, dining, sharing a story with Santa, helping the hungry, and providing a gift for a child in need. It’s the right blend of making things “merry and bright� for your family and others at Village Pointe. Visit villagepointeshopping.com for more details on holiday happenings throughout the season.

events: HOLIDAY LIGHTING EVENT Center Court & Main Street • Fri., Nov. 25 Family Holiday Concert, 6 p.m. Holiday Parade (Santa’s Arrival) & Tree Lighting, 7pm HORSE & CARRIAGE RIDES Fireplace in front of Village Pointe Cinema Saturdays, Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 10, 17 from 1pm to 5pm STORYTIME & COOKIES WITH SANTA BEST BUY Sat., Dec. 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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Consider the following year end tax planning moves for individuals: • ANNUAL EXCLUSION GIFTS. You can make gifts of up to $13,000 per done in 2011 to an unlimited number of individuals. • CHARITABLE GIFTS FROM IRA. If you are age 70 ½ or over, own IRAs and are considering a charitable gift, consider making the gift directly to achieve tax savings. Distinguish a direct transfer from taking a distribution and then making a gift. • ESTATE PLANNING LARGER GIFTS. Consider whether 2011 is a year to make larger gifts. The estate tax credit exemption equivalent is currently $5 million. It is unclear whether that exemption will remain intact. Given strong moves for repeal of the estate tax over the past several years, you do have to consider the risk of making major gifts that are ultimately not needed. • BACKING OUT OF A ROTH IRA CONVERSION. If you converted assets from a traditional IRA to a ROTH-IRA earlier in the year when asset values were higher, you are subject o income tax on those higher values. You can back out of the transaction by recharacterizing the rollover or conversion back into a traditional IRA. • Health Insurance Options. Review and revisit the structure of your health benefits and your utilization of any flexible spending accounts or health savings accounts.

• TIMING OF INCOME AND EXPENSES. Review income and expense items and to the extent possible, consider whether you will be better off accelerating or deferring any of such items. • ENERGY SAVINGS CREDIT. Various energy by mary e. vandenack savings expenditures on your residence will qualify for a tax credit if installed before 2012. • RETIREMENT PLANS. Review your retirement plan to ensure you are maximizing your benefits. If you are self-employed, consider setting up a self-employed retirement plan. • Review gains and losses. Review the status of capital gains and losses. There are ways that you can realize losses while preserving your investment position. • STATE INCOME TAXES. If you are likely to owe state income taxes, increase your state income tax withholding so that you get a deduction for the taxes in the current year. • CLEAN HOUSE. Clean house and make charitable donations before year end. Keep track of the items donated. You can often claim a greater deduction than you expect. • ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX. Be aware of the alternative minimum tax. Many tax breaks allowed as deductions for regular tax calculation are not allowed for AMT calculation. Examples are property taxes on your residence, state income taxes, miscellaneous itemized deductions and personal exemption deductions. When considering deductions that are impact AMT, be sure you will get the deduction value. • HIGHER EDUCATION EXPENSE DEDUCTION. Unless extended, 2011 is that last year to deduct expenses for qualified higher education.

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LUTHERAN FAMILY SERVICES FAITH IN ACTION DINNER

SUSAN G. KOMEN FOR THE CURE–NEBRASKA RACE FOR THE CURE

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almostgreen project harmony halfway tO st. PatriCk’s day CelebratiOn! A large crowd enjoyed an Irish celebration at Project Harmony Service League’s eighth annual Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. The event was held at the Omaha Firefighters Union Hall on September 16th and featured live Irish music and the traditional corned beef, cabbage and potatoes provided by Omaha Steaks and prepared by Anthony’s Catering.

LINDSEY GROVE AND LIZ CULHANE

ROSE AND HARVEY COOPER Guests danced the night away at the casual party while raising money for an important cause. Project Harmony exists to protect children and engage the community to end child abuse and neglect. Overall $67,000 was raised to help victims of child abuse. The celebration included Pot O’Gold sponsors, the Rainbow sponsors and Lucky Leprechaun sponsors, most from the Omaha community. Christine Benson, Luke Klinker, Nicki and Brody Deren, and Gina and Mike McDevitt chaired the lucky Irish event with the assistance of the Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Committee. For more information visit www.projectharmony.com.

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actingonfaith lutheran family services faith in aCtiOn dinner Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska recognized community leaders at its annual Faith in Action awards dinner on September 20th at the Embassy Suites LaVista. The 2011 honorees included Dr. Tom and Nancy Osborne, Urban League of Nebraska and the Tewes family.

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Honorees at the dinner were recognized for their commitment to faith-based values and humble service. The Osbornes received the 2011 Douglas E. Parrot Faith in Action award for their tremendous commitment of time, talent and leadership in Nebraska. The Urban League of Nebraska was given the 2011 Community Partner of the Year award for outstanding leadership in building community partnerships that benefit the children and families of North Omaha. The League opened its third Center for Healthy Families in Omaha in November 2010. The Tewes family accepted the 2011 Volunteer of the Year Award for their work with refugee families and for welcoming the Paw Saw Say family into their hearts, homes and community.

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Matt Davison served as emcee for the event, which included a message from Ruth Henrichs, president and CEO.

DENISE STRANGE AND MATT DAVIDSON

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hopeexpressed hope center for kids exPressiOns Of hOPe gala The Hope Center for Kids Expressions of Hope, Blueprint for Success gala, Friday, October 7 in the LaVista Embassy Suites, raised more than $300,000 for the Hope Center’s after school mentoring, tutoring, service learning and employment readiness programs. Approximately 800 attended the event, according to Development Director Brenda Block.

TONY AND MISTY UNDERWOOD

Highlights of the event included the recognition of the Odell Pickett Scholarship recipients: James Buckley and Precious Temple, both students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha; the Hope Center for Kids Video produced by Sarah Seaton of the Food Network; and Board President Adam Wright’s personal story of overcoming obstacles through faith, education, family and community support.

ROXIE FRAZIER, PAM NOGEL, AND NANCY SHIELDS

Attendees were also entertained by a dance featuring Precious Temple, Jamia Houston and Djenaba Kelly. The three girls learned the dance in Belize where they participated in a short term mission trip. Attendees then pledged and contributed money to provide program support for children for the coming year. To learn more visit www.hopecenterforkids.com.

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DIANNE SEEMAN LOZIER, JAMIE GUTIERREZ, RHONDA HAWKS, REV. THOMAS FANGMAN, ARCHBISHOP GEORGE J. LUCAS, TESSIE EDWARDS, MARY HEIDER, CHARLES HEIDER AND JOHN GRIFFITH

HONORARY CHAIR DIANNE LOZIER WITH CO-CHAIRSCELANN LAGRECA AND JACK KORALESKI

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JIM HONZ, GABRIELLE DOMENGE, EMILY KOZLIK AND JOHN GRIFFITH

More than 350 people attended the Advocate Awards Luncheon hosted by Catholic Charities on September 19 at the Ramada Plaza Hotel. The luncheon, hosted in celebration of Catholic Charities' 85th anniversary, honored seven community leaders who have made significant contributions to the Omaha community. The honorees were selected for outstanding service as model advocates to Catholic Charities' mission to serve, empower and advocate for individuals and families in need. This years honorees were Tessie Edwards, the Rev. Thomas Fangman, Jamie Gutierrez, Rhonda A. Hawks, Dianne Seeman Lozier and Mary and Charles Heider. Catholic Charities has a tradition of serving and advocating for more than 75,000 voiceless, hungry, addicted, abused and forgotten individuals and families annually throughout the Archdiocese of Omaha.

CATHERINE FERGUSON AND MARY HENG BRALIN

For more information, visit www.ccomaha.org.

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JULIE MONACO, JEAN ENGLISH AND JULIE FOX

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MOGENS BAY, LAURA AND MICHAEL ALLEY

More than 400 guests in enjoyed delectable food, great music, and unique antiques at the eighth annual Lauritzen Gardens Antique and Garden Show Patron Preview Party. The party was presented by Omaha Steaks on September 22nd under a large tent at Lauritzen Garden’s festival garden, which helped create a true outdoor party experience. Lauritzen Gardens serves not only as a living museum, but also as a cultural institution. Throughout the evening guests were given the opportunity to shop from the 28 exhibitors from around the world. The exhibitors brought an incredibly diverse collection of quality items that encompassed a wide selection of antiques and collectibles.

CINDY BAY, SPENCER CREWS AND MARY SEINA

The event was filled with beautiful floral centerpieces arranged by Kyle Robino, food catered by Abraham Catering Services and the Chuck Pennington Band played lively music throughout the evening. The chairmen of the event were Dawn Dinsdale, Joani Mullin and Lori Williams. To learn more visit www.lauritzengardens.org.

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NATALIE PRUCHA, DENISE HILL, TAMMY CANE AND DEBBIE PRUCHA

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On Sunday, October 2nd the Nebraska Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® hosted their 18th annual Komen Nebraska Race for the Cure® at the CenturyLink Center Omaha. The 2011 Honorary Race Chair, Barb Schaefer Senior VP HR & Corporate Secretary for Union Pacific Railroad, shot the starting gun for the 8:00 a.m. 5k fun run/walk; the morning also included a competitive 5k run and a 1-mile family fun walk.

DANA MCINTOSH, CAROL EBERLY, JENNIFER SETLAK AND NICOLE ABRAHAMS

The Race is presented locally by Union Pacific, Baxter Ford, Methodist Health System and Baker’s, in conjunction with over 50 other local organizations. The Komen Nebraska Race for the Cure is executed each year by a fully volunteerstaffed committee. Learn more at www.komennebraska.org.

JESSICA BRAUN AND KAILA VENNER

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KIRK KELLNER AND DAVID BROWN

BRET GRIESS, RANDY WIESE AND KAREN ECKMANN

Habitat for Humanity’s CEO Build is a community-wide endeavor offering Omaha CEOs and their associates the opportunity to work together to build a Habitat Omaha home with a family partner. Each company is encouraged to have their employees take part in the construction, with the first CEO Build house scheduled for completion in the spring of 2012. A Habitat family partner will then purchase the house and move in. The official kick-off for the CEO Build took place on September 13, 2011 with a celebratory WallRaising and reception at the north Omaha home site and raised $70,000. More than a dozen CEOs and their executives from local corporations hoisted the southernmost wall of a Habitat for Humanity of Omaha home in north Omaha to kick-off the CEO Build. Future Habitat homeowner, Angela, spoke and thanked all of the CEOs for making her dream of buying and owning a house a reality.

MAYOR JIM SUTTLE AND ANDY HOIG

LINDSAY COSIMANO, STEVE CHAMBERS, MIKE HOMA AND MIKE CASSLING

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Habitat for Humanity of Omaha works to build communities through homeownership. Increasing the numbers of owner-occupied homes and fostering strong neighborhoods in otherwise improvised areas is imperative in this effort. The core programs are creating homeownership opportunities for low-income families, offering roof and exterior repair loans and the removal of blighted and abandoned houses. We serve families whose income is 25 to 50 percent of median for the Omaha area. Each Partner Family is required to complete 350 hours of sweat equity before purchasing their home. Sweat equity involves working on the construction site as well as attending a series of educational sessions related to financial planning, budgeting and home maintenance and repair. Every home owner pays 100% of the appraisal price of their home through a 20 -- 30 year 0% interest loan. Habitat's goal is to create successful homeowners who will improve their quality of life and transform neighborhoods. By the end of 2011, Habitat will have constructed 330 homes in partnership with over 7,000 annual volunteers since founding in 1984.

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spotlightonsandy arthritis foundation wOMan Of the year gala Sandy Parker, award legacy and Omaha community volunteer, was honored as the 2011 Woman of the Year by the Arthritis Foundation of Nebraska on October 6th at the Embassy Suites – La Vista. “A Legacy of Love” was the theme of this year’s gala, the Arthritis Foundation’s 38th annual event to honor an outstanding community volunteer. The theme was chosen in honor of Sandy’s mother, Carolyn Scott, who was the Woman of the Year recipient in 1982. Over 250 guests attended the gala that raised over $180,000. Lean more at www.arthritis.org. Photos by andrea hoig and dan flanigan

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ANN AND TOM BERRY

SILVIA AND BILL CONLEY

Nearly 500 supporters of Westside Community Schools gathered at the Embassy Suites LaVista on September 24 as the Westside Foundation raised $165,000 during VI-VI 2011, The Drive for Excellence. In addition to both a silent and oral auction, the evening featured an array of musical talent from the Westside High School Concert Jazz Band and the Amazing Technicolor Show Choir. American Idol finalist Tim Halperin, a 2006 graduate from Westside High School, served as the headliner for the Gala. All proceeds will provide support for elementary school projects and the Performing Arts Initiative for Westside Community Schools. VI-VI are the Roman numerals 6-6, and represent the District 66 name. It has become a biennial tradition that brings the entire Westside community together for an evening of friends and fun, while raising funds to benefit special school district projects. Carrie and Ed May served as honorary chairs for this year's fundraiser, while Buffy Ricceri and Heather Russell served as general chairs. To learn more visit www.westside66.org.

BUFFY RICCERI, HEATHER RUSSELL AND JACQUIE ESTEE WITH HONORARY CHAIRS CARRIE AND ED MAY

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fashion&function the durham museum's guild lunCheOn On September 19th, more than 400 people attended the Behind the Seams: Inside the World of Costume Design luncheon sponsored by The Durham's On Track Guild. Celebrating the museum's upcoming exhibition, Cut! Costume and the Cinema, the guild hosted special guest speaker Nancy Lawson, a representative for Cosprop, the renewed London costume house. Guests took part in a silent auction with stunning fashion-inspired items and a raffle for a 18KT pink sapphire and diamond brooch donated by Borsheim's. The event raised over $80,000 to support exhibitions and educational programming at The Durham Museum. To learn more visit www.durhammuseum.org.

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seaofred completely kids big red tailgate Party Husker fans and community supporters scored a big victory on Friday, October 7th for Omaha nonprofit Completely KIDS. Completely KIDS serves children and families in the Greater Omaha area who are struggling to meet their basic needs. Honorary Chairs for Tailgate 2011 were Cindy & Mogens Bay. The event was held at the Ramada Plaza Hotel.

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AMY WOLFE WITH BRAD AND KATE GRABILL

Readers may remember Completely KIDS as Camp Fire USA Midlands Council. On June 13, 2011, the name changed to Completely KIDS to better reflect the commitment to the Greater Omaha community and to ensure that 100% of the agency’s funding and resources go directly to the local community. Learn more about the org & name change. Visit www.completelykids.org.

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savethedate November 8 2011 GO RED FOR WOMEN EXPO Benefitting the American Heart Association This expo offers breakout sessions addressing a variety of health topics, a silent auction with "purse-inality," a hearthealthy dinner, health screenings, survivor testimonials and a keynote presentation by Omaha by Design Founding Director Connie Spellman. Embassy Suites – La Vista – 4:30 P.M. Visit www.heart.org.

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STOCK MARKET CHALLENGE Benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands Fifty four-person teams from the metro area business community battle it out in a Stock Market simulation, during which team members buy, sell and trade fictional stock from local companies as they vie for the title of “Stock market Champion.” The team with the largest portfolio at the end of the game will be crowned the winner. Scoular Building – Omaha – 6:30 P.M. Visit www.bgcomaha.org/smc2011.

CANDLELIGHT BALL A benefit for Bergan Mercy Hospital Join the Bergan Mercy Auxiliary for the 52nd Annual Candlelight Ball, this year honoring John J. Ferry, M.D. and R. Michael Gross, M.D. Embassy Suites – La Vista – 6:00 P.M. Call 402-398-6199.

SALUTE TO FAMILIES NEBRASKA Benefiting Heartland Family Service Heartland Family Service believes strong family life deserves to be identified and honored. Therefore, we created the Salute to Families Awards to promote the abundance of strong family life in our community. Happy Hollow Club Omaha – 6:00 P.M. Visit www.HeartlandFamilyService.org.

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LUNCH FOR THE GIRLS Benefiting Girls Inc. At this year’s event, Girls Inc. of Omaha welcomes Warren Buffett and Becky Quick, co-anchor of CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” to the stage for an insightful interview on the state of today’s economy. Buffett will be responding to questions from Quick, as well as selected inquires from Girls Inc. members and the audience. CenturyLink Center Omaha – 11:30 A.M. Visit www.GirlsIncOmaha.org.

SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY A benefit for The Durham Museum The Durham Museum – Omaha

November 11 November 9 “A NIGHT IN SICILY” Documentary Fundraiser & Launch Party A fundraiser and campaign launch party for Ex Pella S. Luciae V.M., this elegant evening of fine dining will include Oscarwinning cinematographer Mauro Fiore as guest speaker, and guest performance by mezzo-soprano, Kathryn Bisanti. Paxton Ballroom – Omaha – 6:00 P.M. Visit www.santaluciadocumentary.com.

November 10 MILAGRO DINNER A benefit for One World Community Health Centers This event recognizes the significance of contributions made by volunteers and partnering organizations. The evening includes social hour, silent auction, dinner and keynote speaker, Dr. Joann Schaefer. Historic Livestock Exchange Building ballroom – Omaha – 5:45 P.M. Call 402-502-8855 Visit www.oneworldomaha.org.

TGIF! A benefit for the Women’s Center for Advancement Join the Women’s Center for Advancement Partners Guild at the night of cocktails, games, live and silent auctions and dinner to benefit WCA Omaha. Dress is cowboy casual. Ramada Plaza Convention Center Omaha – 6:00 P.M. Visit www.wcaomaha.org. COTILLION GRADUATION DINNER DANCE Benefiting Opera Omaha Presented by the Opera Omaha Guild, this event is the graduation dinner dance for Cotillion, combining fundraising for Opera Omaha with lessons in social skills for area sixth graders throughout Omaha. CenturyLink Center – Omaha E-mail cotillion2011@hotmail.com.

A DICKENS OF A CHRISTMAS Benefitting the Omaha Community Playhouse Laugh, learn and be inspired by Dr. Elliot Engel as he returns to Omaha to lecture about the life and works of Charles Dickens. Join ACT II at one of several special events and have a Dickens of a good time! Events include Student Lecture, Patron Party, and Luncheon/Lecture. Omaha Community Playhouse Omaha • Call 402-553-4890 x145.

November 19 CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL & MEDICAL CENTER GALA A benefit for Children’s Specialty Pediatric Center A star-studded evening with singersongwriter Kenny Loggins as the featured performer, and Miss America 2011, Teresa Scanlan, serving as co-emcee for the night’s festivities. CenturyLink Center – Omaha – 6:00 P.M. Call 402-955-6856.

SALUTE TO FAMILIES IOWA A benefit for Heartland Family Service Heartland Family Service believes strong family life deserves to be identified and honored. Therefore, we created the Salute to Families Awards to promote the abundance of strong family life in Southwest Iowa. Mid-America Center Council Bluffs – 6:00 P.M. Visit www.HeartlandFamilyService.org. 45

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“WAIKIKI PARTY” Benefiting Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater This event is a special celebration in honor of Alexander Payne’s newest film, The Descendants, set it Hawaii and featuring George Clooney. Payne, a founding supporter of Film Streams, will be in attendance, and attendees will receive a reservation to one of two exclusive preview screenings of The Descendants happening that evening. Slowdown – Omaha Visit www.filmstreams.org.

A NIGHT AT THE SYMPHONY A benefit for The Dobleman Head and Neck Cancer Institute Join The Dobleman Institute this holiday season for an evening of festive food and music. The event begins with a preconcert reception and is followed by “Christmas with the Symphony” performed by the talented Omaha Symphony Orchestra. Holland Performing Arts Center – Omaha – 5:30 P.M. Call 402-393-7050.

November 29

DEBUTANTE BALL Benefitting the Omaha Symphony Embassy Suites – La Vista – 5:00 P.M.

THE BIG EVENT Hosted by metroMAGAZINE This entertaining red carpet affair is an evening of awards recognizing outstanding area charity events. Help us celebrate those who have earned special recognition for raising awareness and funds, while celebrating the release of The Event Book 2012! Winners will be announced that evening and will be invited to give a brief acceptance speech. Guests will enjoy cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres from area caterers and restaurants, and following the awards will be invited to celebrate with the winners and honorees at a champagne and dessert reception. Aksarben Cinema – Omaha – 6:00 P.M. Visit www.SpiritofOmaha.com.

December 27

January 7 30TH ANNUAL REFLECTION BALL Hosted by Midlands Community Foundation Proceeds from this year’s Ball will benefit Mosaic, a faith-based organization serving people with intellectual disabilities. The Reflection Award will be presented to Dr. Jeffry and Lisa Strohmyer, for their commitment to community service and support of Midlands Community Foundation. Embassy Suites – La Vista – 6:00 P.M. Visit www.midlandscommunity.org.

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March 7 know where to start… we are in a new field of potential for all of humanity. I hardly This month is so full of potential that you would have to be in a coma to miss it. We start SPEAKING OF CHILDREN Benefiting Project Harmony and end the month with a very energized, profound and beneficial blessing from the This extraordinary planets. Theday Fullinspires Moon in and Taurus on the 10th shines the brightest light and asks, “what do informs the community in the we really want now?” It’s fight followed by the global gathering of 11.11.11, one of the most against child The day includes potentabuse. numerology double digits for Christ Consciousness/The Teacher. People will pause morningatand afternoon training 11:00 a.m. wherever theysessions are that day to meditate on World Peace. Her in Omaha we for professionals, luncheon will gather and at thefeatures Om Center. Neptune moves Direct on the 9th, opening doors of creativity speaker,and Sugar Ray Leonard, Olympic gold inspiration for everyone. On the 25th we have a New Moon in Sagittarius and a partial Eclipse. Eclipsesinremind us to let go of the old or it will fester and sometimes be medalist,Solar world champion five weight a way that is less than pleasant. This is the day after Thanksgiving and will classes, removed and childinabuse survivor. CenturyLink Center – Omaha remind us of what we have to be grateful for. There is much in store as we continue Visit www.projectharmony.com. through 2015 under the knife of revolutionary change and regeneration. Notice where your life could use some enthusiasm, equality, compassion, honesty and kindness. Then give it to yourself and to everyone you meet.

April 4

ICAN WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE OCT 23 - NOV 21 Hosted by the Institute for Career Advancement Needs This 19th annual ICAN Women’s You will be busy this month taking care of the details and there will be many. You will find Leadership Conference, A Global new and better ways to make the daily grind into a more energized life. The first weeks of Conversation, will feature keynote the month will revolve around partnerships and the last few weeks will remind you to speaker Arianna Huffington. build a more secure life. Be open and honest and repair old relationships. Also a good Omaha month to work on your self-confidence.

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THE CARNIVAL OF LOVE A benefit for Heartland Family Service Hosted by Heartland Family Service Friends …. Embassy Suites – La Vista – 6:00 P.M. Visit www.HeartlandFamilyService.org.

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December 3 NIGHT OF A THOUSAND STARS A benefit for the Nebraska AIDS Project This gala includes entertainment by Dueling Duos, a piano show, complimentary appetizers and a cash bar. Magnolia Hotel – Omaha Visit www.nap.org.

ART & SOUP Benefiting the 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. 46

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UNO WOMEN’S WALK / 5K RUN Benefitting UNO Women’s Athletics ThisFieldhouse is a good month to work–on8:00 having more fun and just accepting yourself for who you UNO Sapp – Omaha A.M. are. The Full Moon on the 10th shines benevolently on money and better health. By month’s end there will be a powerful surge of supercharged Sagittarian energy. Are you Visit http://omavs.com/womenswalk. giving too much and not getting enough back? Think about what you need and go for it! You could meet someone new now.

June 8

Read horoscope for you by visiting SpiritofOmaha.com! HOPE IN THESue’s HEARTLAND A benefit for the American Cancer SocietySue Moon has been a student of astrology since 1972 and is an experienced journeyman and practitioner in a number of life enhancement disciplines. This event will offer a fun and You can findguests her astrology materials and dailies at www.suemoon.com and on festive way to support society’s Facebook. Shethe is locally based at Bright Spirit Center • programswww.brightspiritcenter.com. and services, while enjoying an evening of entertainment, food, socializing, midway games, beverages and more. Stinson Park – Omaha – 6:00 P.M. Visit www.hopeintheheartlandomaha.org.

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