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WE ARE HERE TO STRENGTHEN THE NONPROFIT COMMUNITY… TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER AROUND ISSUES OF IMPORTANCE \ SO THAT THERE'S SOME COLLECTIVE MOVEMENT AS A COMMUNITY TOWARDS PROGRESS…WE'RE HERE TO GROW THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR OUR COMMUNITY IN THE CHARITABLE ARENA.

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STORY BY LEO ADAM BIGA | PHOTOGRAPHY BY ©LAURIE AND CHARLES

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bringing a collective of donors together to make more impact, omaha community foundation sets high giving bar

SINCE ITS 1982 INCEPTION the low profile but high impact omaha community foundation has been a facilitator and catalyst for philanthropy that improves quality of life and helps local nonprofits best use resources.

MAKING A DENT over a 31-year history the foundation has made cumulative gifts of $1.2 billion, including $906 million in grants. more than 1,200 active donors support 3,000-plus nonprofits. nationally, ocf is in the philanthropy 400 despite a totally local focus compared to many peer foundations with national giving models. ocf granted a record $125 million last year and has $654 million in assets. it has ranked as high as fourth in per capita giving among u.s. foundations.

“we are here to strengthen the nonprofit if you’re wondering how an organization that community. we’re here to bring people does this much has so little name recognition together around issues of importance so that it’s because new president and ceo sara boyd there’s some collective movement as a says “we’ve been pretty quiet about how we’ve community towards progress. and then we’re done our work.” that changed somewhat in here to grow the resources available for our 2013 with the may 22 omaha gives campaign that brought the foundation into the millennial community in the charitable arena,” says boyd. “omaha gives is one of those unique things age. the 24-hour online charitable challenge raised more than $3 million, attracted in excess that actually touches on all of those. of 10,000 donors, many of them first-time “we can’t do any of that without our donors and givers, and benefited 100 percent of the 318 the partnerships we have with the nonprofit participating nonprofits. community because they’re the ones on the ground pursuing missions to actually make the the campaign’s success has other cities change happen. we’re an amalgamation of lots inquiring how omaha did it. of different people. we’re a participatory GROWING PHILANTHROPY organization. we don’t exist on our own boyd says omaha gives coalesced the without the 1,200 or so individuals, families, foundation’s mission “to increase giving and its companies making donations in our impact when we come together as a community to make it better. when we focus community.” ocf has three main ways of together on different efforts that’s where the fulfilling that mission. ultimate benefit to our community is that much greater.”

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A NEW APPROACH omaha gives provided an accelerated community donor platform. “the idea was we can come together in one concentrated period of time as a community and really do some pretty amazing things,” says boyd. “and by coming out in that visible way we can reinforce and demonstrate what it means to participate in a bigger universe of community.” ocf board member Jennifer hamann, who championed and helped organize omaha gives, says, “it wasn’t about necessarily bringing donors to us, it was really about bringing people to philanthropy.” boyd says, “it’s an easy, accessible, low-entry way to support organizations that align with donors’ interests. they learn about more opportunities to give and ways to plug-into the community. the long term goal is that people get more involved, not even monetarily but through volunteerism.” part of the appeal the effort held is what omaha steaks senior vice president todd simon calls “the gamification” aspects that included a time limit, a countdown and prizes. in simon’s view, the fun ways omaha gives was able to engage people “captured our imagination.” it’s why omaha steaks provided a $1,000 match to individual donations picked hourly at random for a grand total of $24,000 in matching donations by the company during the 24-hour challenge. similarly, american national bank supported participation prizes to small and large nonprofits netting the most unique donors. “we wanted to encourage further and deeper giving and saw this as an opportunity to do that,” says american national bank executive chairman John Kotouc. “this seemed like an exciting way to encourage giving, especially encouraging smaller gifts to bolster the charitable framework we rely on in this community.”

giving connection OMAHA GIVES GENERATES BUZZ boyd says the excitement around omaha gives events that many nonprofits held was palpable: “the energy and enthusiasm made me feel like it was bringing the community together in a way i haven’t seen for awhile.” that excitement extended to the literacy center, whose executive director Kirsten case describes omaha gives as “a powerful fundraising tool” to increase visibility and connect with new donors. as with many participating groups, the center exceeded fundraising expectations.

OMAHA GIVES IS ONE OF THOSE UNIQUE THINGS THAT ACTUALLY TOUCHES ON ALL OF [THESE GOALS]. ~ SARA BOYD

“our goal was to raise $2,500,” says case. “we raised a total of $7,551, three times our original goal. two thirds was raised through small individual donations  the remaining amount consists of matching dollars as well as a participation prize of $1,000 for the number of unique donors that participated. the funds raised are supporting our growing ged program where we are helping adult students move towards self-sufficiency.” nebraska humane society development and communications specialist elizabeth hilpipre says omaha gives aligned well with the organization’s heavy online and social media presence. the nonprofit raised $72,000 during the campaign, including a $10,000 participation prize for having the most unique donors among large organizations. “we are already using those donor dollars to provide medical treatment and care for animals in our facility,” says hilpipre. Kotouc says omaha gives is just the latest expression of ocf “applying themselves in a creative way to bringing together those who want to give money to those nonprofits with needs. that day stimulated a lot of interest and it spurred others on to make donations.” 10

STRENGTHENING NONPROFITS boyd notes that ocf is far more than a transactional organization funnelling monies. its capacity building program, for example, is designed to enhance and strengthen participating nonprofits. “we take on about 10 organizations a year. our leadership does a 12-month assessment of where the organization is and what it needs to take it to the next level. it’s a pretty intense, deep, time-intensive program. a lot of analysis goes into it. an organization has to be in the right space for that to work well.” she says capacity building “is increasingly focused on strategic planning as a way to focus the energies of organizational leadership. if we have organizations that have some longer term thinking behind where they’re headed and a more focused resource allocation attention then we’re going to be better able to help them meet their missions. they in turn will be more effective and the outcome for the community will be greater, so, it’s really an investment in those organizations.” additionally, ocf offers fiscal sponsorship, account management services, including planned giving support, and some turnkey marketing assistance. “nonprofits are always welcome to call us with questions if they get in a spot or better want to understand an opportunity.”

RESPONDING TO COMMUNITY NEEDS to better meet pressing and emerging community needs ocf is partnering with the united way of the midlands and the iowa west foundation in doing a needs assessment through wilder research. “it really came out of our strategic planning dialogue,” says boyd. “we asked ourselves, if we’re bringing people together around specific issues how do we prioritize what the issues are? what we thought we were lacking was the voice of the community. we did a survey and we went out and had conversations in different pockets of the community.

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“the best value we add in our community is as a lever. by having the omaha community foundation involved in philanthropy in omaha we’re able to increase what we’re able to accomplish as a community on the back end. that means the kid that needs a flashlight from youth emergency services or the homeless person that needs assistance finding housing stability or somebody hungry not only finding food but meeting with prevention specialists. if we’re doing our job well more of that is happening across the community. we’re part of a chain of organizations trying to affect that positive change.” boyd says the success of omaha gives is further evidence of the metro’s generosity and suggests “there’s a lot of energy and support around the idea of giving that we can still do more with.” learn about giving opportunities at omahafoundation.org.

• Number of donations: 19,038 • Number of donors: 10,861 • OCF donors contributed over $1.23 million • Nonprofit participants: 318 • Amount raised: $3,075,533.57 • 30% of donations (5,581) were self-reported first-time donations to an organization • 100% of nonprofits received a donation • #omahagives was one of the top trending topics on Twitter during Omaha Gives

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Yano R. Caniglia

Owner | rOyal BOy and Mister C’s Yano, more widely know as Mister C, was born to Italian immigrants. Raised in Omaha, Mister C brought many “firsts” in dining to the area. With only a high school education, Mister C and his wife, Mary, built a restaurant legacy from nothing more than Depression-era style, hard work and sacrifice. He was co-owner of Caniglia’s Pizzeria in the mid-40s and then opened the Royal Boy drive-in in 1953, turning it into Mister C’s full-service restaurant in 1969. In 1988, he was cited by the Nation’s Restaurant News as owning one of the leading independent restaurants with annual sales in the $6 -7 million bracket. That year, he also opened Piazza di Maria, an Italian-style outdoor garden, and formed Mister C’s Wholesale Food Division. Over his long career, he has owned multiple businesses, received numerous awards and remained active in the business community.

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FOunder | dOugherty BrOkerage CO. Born on a farm in Dixon County, Neb., Paul spent most of his life in Omaha. After serving in the Korean War, Paul began his career with Ocoma Foods in 1954, first as a poultry processor, then branch manager, retail division manager and sales manager.

Hospitality Hall of Fame was created to recognize achievement and significant contributions in the hospitality industry. The Hall of Fame is a collaborative endeavor of the Omaha Restaurant Association and the Institute for the Culinary Arts at Metropolitan Community College.

In 1968, he founded Dougherty Brokerage Co., the first food service only brokerage company in Nebraska, and was proud to have Ocoma Foods (acquired later by Tyson) as a client. During his leadership, the company grew into one of the leading sales agencies in the Midwest and was nationally recognized. Paul received National Broker of the Year recognition awards from Tyson, Pillsbury, Simplot, Fish King, Hillshire, Quaker, Ventura and others.

YANO R. CANIGLIA

The 20th annual Omaha Hospitality Hall of Fame Annual Dinner and Induction Ceremony will be held Sunday, Oct. 20 to celebrate the achievements of the best in the Omaha area food and restaurant industry and to raise scholarship funds for culinary and hospitality students at the Institute for the Culinary Arts at Metropolitan Community College.

PAUL J. DOUGHERTY

In 2012, DBC became part of Advantage Waypoint, a national sales and marketing agency still owned by four of his sons.

Nicole M. Jesse

general Manager/CO-Owner | laCasa Pizzaria Nicole started working at the age of 14 and has worked for LaCasa Pizzaria from 1976 to today. She started managing in 1981 and became co-owner with her brother Joel and cousin Anthony Vacanti in 1985. LaCasa celebrated 60 years in business this year and has received numerous awards, including founder (their grandfather) Joe Patane’s induction into the ORA Hall of Fame.

NICOLE M. JESSE

They also received the Blue Enterprise Award in 2000, the Omaha Chamber’s Golden Spike Award in 2003, multiple Best of Omaha awards, Reader’s Choice awards and recognition from “Pizza Today” as a top 100 Independent.

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Robert P. Mancuso

FOunder and President | Mid-aMeriCa exPOsitiOns inC. Born and raised in Omaha, Robert founded Mid-America Expositions Inc. in 1964 and has played an instrumental role in the development of sporting events, agricultural expositions and the food industry for almost 50 years. He brought together people and businesses at some of the finest presentations in the U.S. – many of which have become the largest events in the Midwest, including the Taste of Omaha – plus business and industrial shows, home and garden shows and agricultural expositions. Robert contributed many hours to the community, serving as chairman and member on several boards and committees, and has been the longest serving member in history (20+ years) on the City of Omaha Planning Board and the Douglas County Visitors Promotion Council.

Anthony O. Messineo, Jr.

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exeCutiVe CheF/Owner | Catering CreatiOns Chef Jeff began cooking at such an early age he can’t remember a time he wasn’t in the kitchen or studying culinary arts. Graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., he benefited from opportunities to work and learn at many New York catering companies and restaurants. His experience brought him to the kitchens of the Peabody Hotel, Orlando, Fla., Sarducci’s Restaurant, Dallas, and the French Café in Omaha. He also worked as Rosenblatt Stadium’s stand manager.

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In 2002, he opened Catering Creations, a three-time Best of Omaha winner, and was a finalist in the International Catersource “ACE” Award for Achievement in Catering Excellence for the Midwest Division. Chef Jeff teaches as an ad-hoc culinary professor at the Institute for the Culinary Arts at Metropolitan Community College and has served as an advisory board member.

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HUSKER LEGEND JERRY MURTAUGH HAS A HEART FOR FORMER ATHLETES MURTAUGH STARTED THE HUSKER GREATS FOUNDATION IN ORDER TO HELP FORMER NEBRASKA ATHLETES WITH THEIR MEDICAL AND EMERGENCY NEEDS. THANKS TO MURTAUGH’S VISION, SEVERAL PEOPLE HAVE RECEIVED THE HELP THEY NEED TO LIVE FULLER LIVES. The “Big Red Runway” event on October 20 at Omaha's Regency Shopping Center aims to raise more funds to further assist those affected by illness or disabilities. Murtaugh is living proof there truly is no place like Nebraska. The phone rings and a gentleman on the other end of the line struggles to lift the receiver to his ear. There’s a slight notion that someone is breathing, but no words have been spoken. Finally, the man says ‘hello’ in a faint whisper. His name is DAVID HUMM, former starter for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Huskers football team (1972-74) and retired professional NFL football player. He mentions he’s in a wheelchair and needs a minute to get comfortable. Sadly, Humm was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 36 and lost use of his legs in 1997. Since then, he’s found it difficult to take care of his daily needs. In fact, it was hard for him to ask for help. Even after it was offered, he still had trouble accepting it.

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Humm is just one example of why fellow Husker player Murtaugh started the Husker Greats Foundation. Its mission is clear: “to provide medical and emergency assistance to former athletes, both men and women, who lettered in their respective sports while attending a university or college in the State of Nebraska.” Murtaugh, a former AllAmerican linebacker in 1970, initially got involved after throwing a fundraiser in Omaha in November 2005. He invited former Husker fullback ANDRE FRANKLIN to the event and could have never predicted what would transpire. “That night, I’m introducing myself to these guys and there’s this young man, very heavy, profusely sweating and shaking,” Murtaugh explains. “And I introduced myself and he says, ‘Well, I’m Andre Franklin.’ I said, ‘Oh, nice to meet you Andre. What’s wrong?’ He said, ‘I have been sick lately and hitchhiking from Lincoln to your event didn’t help me.’ I couldn’t believe what he had just told me. “He looked me in the eyes and said, ‘I gave my word to a Husker that I’d be there and I’m here,’” he continues. “ I was worried about how he was going to get home. He told me he was going to hitchhike again. I didn’t let that happen. We got him home, but I hadn’t heard anything from him after that. A couple of years later, he died, destitute and alone in Nebraska.”

“I am humbled and embarrassed by the position I am in,” Humm admits. “I’m a quarterback and I’m used to taking care of my huddle. I’m used to Murtaugh carried that guilt around with him for taking care of the guys. I’m used to taking care of years. He blamed himself for not being able to the ladies in my life. I’m used to taking care of my help him. friends. It’s hard to be in this position. I also have a little girl and I’ve lost our security. It just breaks my “This project was brought to me to help former heart. I’m in a position where I don’t have any athletes at Nebraska, men and women, with their options anymore.” medical and emergency needs,” he said. “I jumped right on it because I was thinking about Andre. That’s where JERRY MURTAUGH and the Husker I thought Andre was giving me a second chance to Greats Foundation come in. The Husker Greats help. I know he had a lot to do with this.” Foundation is a 501c3, non-profit organization started by Murtaugh in 2012. “Jerry has a heart as big as this state,” Humm continues. “He heard about my MS and reached out to me. Over the last 2 years, I’ve been in and out of the hospital so many times I’ve lost count. Because of my medical bills and copay charges, I’ve gone through all of my money. So Jerry says, ‘we’re going to come up with a foundation that can help any Husker take care of their medical bills.’ And he did. He helped me pay my medical bills.”

Since then, the Husker Greats Foundation has produced several fundraisers to help ex-Huskers like Humm, and on Sunday, October 20, the foundation hosts the “Big Red Runway,” an event honoring Husker women athletes. Sponsored by metroMAGAZINE and CHRISTIAN NOBEL, the “Big Red Runway” is held at Regency Shopping Center in Omaha. It features a style show, silent auction, refreshments, and raffle. All profits benefit the Husker Greats Foundation.

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husker greats foundation GIVES BACK “[‘ Big Red Runway’] is the brainstorm of MARGIE SMITH,” Murtaugh says. “She thought of the idea and I back her 100%. I do what she tells me [laughing]. Like everybody says, I played without a helmet for all my life so I’m not the smartest guy running around.

THERE ARE NOT MANY PEOPLE LIKE JERRY MURTAUGH IN THIS WORLD. THERE AREN’T MANY PEOPLE LIKE THERE ARE IN NEBRASKA EITHER. ~ DAVID HUMM FORMER HUSKER

Lady Huskers, representing 6 different sports, will serve as models, including the great Karen Jennings who is also a board member. “She’s so good at what she does,” he adds. “This event is getting Husker women involved with the foundation. What a neat idea. I would have never thought of it. They are a big part of it all. Without the fans of the former athletes, we could not have this.” Murtaugh’s concept is spreading across the country. Once Humm’s Oakland Raiders teammates heard about what he was doing, they started a foundation of their own. Members of the NFL team were blown away by the Husker athletes’ camaraderie and were inspired to give back, something Murtaugh thoroughly understands. “Wherever I go, a lot of people know who I am and they

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are Husker fans,” he says. “They are the greatest fans in the country, bar none. So many of them have the opportunity to give back. And I’m so proud of the old guys before me, the guys right now that are my age and the young men and women in all sports today. They help the community. It’s out there and it’s not publicized enough. They only write the bad things about what goes on with our youth. That’s 1%. The rest of them are giving back and helping.” The “Big Red Runway” event is another example of Murtaugh and the rest of the Husker Greats Foundation’s unrelenting determination to make a positive difference. “Jerry is touching a lot of lives,” Humm concludes. “There are not many people like Jerry Murtaugh in this world. There aren’t many people like there are in Nebraska either. The line in the state song, ‘there is no place like Nebraska,’ well, that’s true. They had it when I played forty years ago and it still works today.” Visit www.huskergreatsfoundation.org for more information. m

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The Elisa Ilana Breast Cancer Lollies are the newest edition to help raise funds for cancer research. It is our company’s hope that we will make a difference in the race to find a cure. A percentage of the sale of these bracelets is donated to Liz’s Legacy, a fund to advance cancer research. Liz’s legacy performs this role through advocacy, education and fund raising. It is dedicated to the physicians, nurses, and scientists who are diligently working towards new, more effective cancer treatments and ultimately a cure.

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grief has many faces

by deb brockmann

Death is a funny thing.* We all recognize its inevitable nature but We rarely face it, that is, until it’s in our faces. tWo men, that i love Dearly, recently left for “home”. both men haD quick pithy Wit, brilliant spirit anD stubborn souls; Which is precisely Why i Was so DraWn to them. In loving memory of Tom Mayer and Roger Fransecky TOM tom and my relationship can be summed up in a type of sentence that tom used for many different occasions, “We were such close friends…until we weren’t.” We fought like siblings and laughed more than any two people should be allowed. no matter where we were on our friendship roller coaster ride, we knew we loved one another deeply. losing him is a travesty to many. ROGER roger and i had a soul love with a hefty spoon full of power struggle. he, dubbed “the most connected man in the world” and i, well, just plain bull headed, didn’t fight openly. our “dance” was more energetic and subtle; not my style but roger was a word smith and always in control. i have grieved very similarly for each of these amazing men. first, i was in shock and then i desperately sought out their voices. this medium thing has to come in handy in my life right? my “stages of grief” have not been orderly. the biggest surprise was my range of emotions toward my lost guys. The faces of grief are many and unpredictable. one moment, i’m yearning for one more road trip with tom and just five more minutes with roger to soak up his brilliance and then next i’m “fighting” with them and telling them where they can “go”. both men died and left me with swirling emotions, unanswered questions and three year-old type tantrums. that’s what death does to us. it robs us of the answers we need, the goodbye, the heart felt “i love you”, and that boat trip to new orleans. What death also brings, if we allow it, is closure. i was furious that we would not continue our life’s “game of chess” that i planned to win. i had all my “ammunition” (aka: why i was right) and needed both of them to “concede” to my victory. it would never come to pass. i hated that i felt this way. Wasn’t i supposed to be upset and sad, not stuck in our competitive and defensive whirlpool? the faces of grief were confusing and difficult to navigate. another “grief face” showed up as understanding and acceptance of each of their perspectives. When it knocked on my door i resisted it. if i accepted their positions that mean that a: i lose and b: i was “bad” in some fundamental way. both were untrue. let it ride and let them guide. allowing the “next”, as roger would say, was the best possible thing i’ve done for myself. i let the faces of grief guide me and they ushered in levels of healing that i never dared to hope for. tom, you’d better be on my next road trip and roger, heaven knows that it’s lucky to have you. *(except when it isn’t.) 20

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a healthy holiday plan

creating the extraordinary

by mary e. vandenack

you always be pleased with freedom, both inside and outside of yourself!” • “May creating out of the orDinary holiDay experiences involves a combination should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.” • “We of aDvance planning, consiDeration, courage anD some minDfulness. you fall in love with yourself, you begin to feel the positive • “When The Merriam that Webster dictionary “treat” asourselves.” “an event or item that is out of self-esteem comes when wedefines don’t deflate

the ordinary and gives great pleasure.” as we move into the annual holiday season, my BECKER HOLSTEIN “FOUR GATEWAYS HAPPINESS” thought is ~ weBARBARA should be giving thought now toFROM how we can create amazingTOholiday experiences without gaining five pounds.

i write this column on a hot august day. i stopped at hy-vee today for some iced green tea and noted an aisle filled with halloween candy of every kind. i managed to find a few “sugar free” items among the pile but the vast majority of the halloween candy was replete with fat and sugar. last week, i sent my one and only off to college. all summer long, i received mailings from his college urging me to sign up for a program that would deliver “treats” in the form of a welcome basket, a halloween basket, a mid term basket, and more for each and every event that the seller could come up with as an opportunity for a basket to be delivered. the baskets would be filled with candy, snack bars, and energy drinks. as i ignored the letters, the letters became more frequent and persistent and informed me that my son would feel sad and left out when everyone else received their goody baskets except him. Set New Standards i spoke to my son about the letters. We have both had challenges in adopting a life of healthy eating. it isn’t easy. my son laughed when i showed him the most recent letter. i offered to send “treat baskets” supportive of the lifestyle values we are seeking to adopt in our lives. We brainstormed on some basket ideas that would support healthy living. the first one will be a gift certificate from the vegetarian store he found near his dorm. his first call home was to tell me about the store. as we move into a season filled with holidays, and food, and gift exchanges, consider doing your own brainstorming on what might give your family and friends great pleasure without jeopardizing their health. some might value the gift of your time. some might get great joy from a massage. perhaps there is someone in your world who could use a pair of orthotics to relieve feet pain. maybe you have a friend that needs a workout buddy.

autumn love

by “mulberry lane”

from it all...

isn’t it funny hoW a turn of season can trigger a rush of memories? in summer you breathe in Warm air scenteD With sunscreen anD freeDom anD all too soon you breathe out faDing summer nights. in autumn, the falling leaves anD football air surrounD you like a fleece throW. And then sometimes those turns of seasons bring back the memory of a certain someone –maybe not as clearly as if they were standing right there, but the essence of who they were, like a comforting hand on your shoulder, linking you to the past. for us, this time of year brings back great-aunt christie. you may have someone like her in your family. she’s one of those characters, almost out of a book. great aunt christie never married. she survived cancer. she quilted. she was friends with everyone from the pharmacist at Walgreens, to her hairdresser who fixed her hair every week. While all her neighbors went to shelter during a tornado, she lit a candle in her kitchen and said the rosary. her house was the only one on the block that was never damaged. she drank a beer every day and understood something that gaga has made a fortune on. people like to be shocked and entertained. she loved telling jokes that pushed the envelope for a churchgoing woman in her 80s. she talked about how beer “doesn’t make me fat… it makes me lean,” then she would dramatically lean against the wall and laugh. she talked about how she went to bed with ben gay, slept with charlie horse, and woke up with arthur itis. she spoon-fed us coffee when we were just a few months old (starting our addiction-thanks aunt christie!). and, she came to every one of our recitals and performances. this time of year really brings her back. as kids we would go to oktoberfest at her church in council bluffs, and learned a few things at a very young age. you don’t need a man to be happy and fulfilled. you can flirt with anyone-all you have to be is genuinely interested. When you do thoughtful things for others, you are loved. people are drawn to optimism and humor, even when you’re old and wrinkly - and if you’re fun to be around, someone will always invite you somewhere. after packing up the oktoberfest, aunt christie would go to work in her kitchen on 6th avenue and work for the next 9 weeks, making homemade apple strudel, razor thin sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, glass candy, and anise toast for all her nieces, nephews, the mailman, the pharmacist, and the hairdresser. Which brings us to another thing we learned from great aunt christie. love is found in the little sacrifices, not the big gifts. love is memorizing a joke you know the pharmacist would get a kick out of; love is remembering the name of your hairdresser’s niece and her fiancé; love is baking for your loved ones ‘til your back hurts; love is making a quilt for each of your great-nieces that will outlast the oktoberfest, the house on 6th avenue, and your time on this earth. the quilts you know they will wrap up in, feeling your love in a very special way.

Set A New Trend as to halloween candy, i often hear “it’s the expectation.” my thought is “change the expectation. it’s hard to buck the candy trend when everyone else is doing it. imagine if we all got creative and handed out items that gave great pleasure but didn’t cause diabetes and obesity. the expectation would change. i acknowledge there was a time i gave out large candy bars to get a crowd at my door at halloween. it worked. i decided many years ago to practice what i preach. i give out items that contribute to health. While my doorway is less crowded on halloween, i sleep well that night.

We have them still.

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

You can hear “The Mulberry Lane Show,” a music, arts, and lifestyle talk show every Saturday morning on The Mighty 1290 KOIL from 10am – noon, brought to you by Elisa Ilana Jewelry. Visit www.facebook.com/mulberrylane. 21

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1. Wobble Ball: Each Wobble Ball is made with tough and durable polycarbonate and ABS thermoplastic. Its unique shape is designed to roll around unpredictably, and the sound of dog treats spinning inside encourages dogs to play. The balls are dishwasher safe and have strong threading, which allows parts to be cleaned easily and stays secure during playtime.

2. Pup-kin Spiced Latte: Back by pup-ular demand the Pup-kin Spiced Latte gets all the tails waggin’. These yummy cookies are made with  pumpkin, vanilla, ginger and cinnamon and are available for a li”mutt”ed time.

3. Lotus Grain Free Fish:

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One of our favorite oven baked food companies just released a fish version to their lineup. This recipe would be great for dogs with allergies, sensitive tummies and helps with skin and coat!

4. Husker Gear: It’s that time of year again to show support for the Huskers. We just received in new styles of jerseys, collars, and bandanas. Stop in and check them all out! 

5. Buddy Biscuit Cat Treats: Our store name may be Three Dog Bakery but we would never leave out the kitties! These grainfree  bite-sized soft & slightly chewy treats are perfectly sized and shaped for cats to enjoy. They’re available in tuna or  turkey.  

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••• howlin’ good time Pets Invade MIdtown CrossIng for three dog bakery’s annual halloween nhs fundraIsIng event, growl-o-ween THREE DOG BAKERY’S “GROWL-O-WEEN” MAKES ITS SIXTH ANNUAL OMAHA APPEARANCE ON OCTOBER 20, 2013 TO BENEFIT THE NEBRASKA HUMANE SOCIETY. Featuring a costume contest and several games, the event is the largest affair in Three Dog Bakery’s history. Owner Krystal Fleming-Talha is looking forward to, once again, giving back. In late October 2012, hundreds of welldressed dogs showed up at Omaha’s Midtown Crossing with trick-or-treat bags. This time, they didn’t have to beg. As participants in Three Dog Bakery’s annual Growl-O-Ween event, the dogs had a sense of what they were there for that year.

Concept Krystal Fleming-Talha, owner of Three Dog Bakery, adopted the Growl-O-Ween extravaganza six years ago. Billed as “a Halloween costume party for dogs and dog lovers to benefit The Nebraska Humane Society,” the event has grown so much over the years, it’s been moved from Three Dog Bakery’s Village Pointe location to the Midtown Crossing store to utilize more space. Last year, Grow-O-Ween attracted over 300 participating dogs dressed in outrageous costumes and looking for treats. One of the most memorable was a “circus train” costume, which featured three dogs dressed up as a lion, tiger and giraffe being pulled behind their owner in a train. This event is truly a chance for people to get creative with their pets. “The name comes from Three Dog Bakery Corporate as just an event to do,” FlemingTalha explains. “I think we probably have the largest Growl-O-Ween out of all the stores and raised the most money. I always wanted to do something that supported all of the hard work the Humane Society does. We have a different type of event every month, but this is just our largest.”

Info On Saturday, October 26, the 6th Annual Growl-O-Ween descends upon Midtown Crossing establishments from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There are prizes awarded in four different categories including Best Small Dog, Best Big Dog, Best Group, and Fleming-Talha’s favorite, Best “Oh No, You Did NOT Do That To Your Dog!” Judging begins at 10:30 a.m. Register online at www.threedogomaha.com or call the Midtown Crossing store at (402) 715-4500. The suggested donation for the Nebraska Humane Society is $10 per dog.

OCT/NOV 2013 VOL. 4 NO. 10/11 www.PAEMagazine.com CONTACT PET & ANIMAL ENTHUSIAST P.O. BOX 241611 • OMAHA, NE 68124 402-932-3522 ADVERTISING/SALES INQUIRIES sales@SpiritofOmaha.com PRESS RELEASES/GENERAL INQUIRES information@SpiritofOmaha.com Contents of this magazine are copyrighted by Pet & Animal Enthusiast Magazine in their entirety. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means – electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise – without the prior consent of the publisher. ©Copyright 2013 Pet & Animal Enthusiast Magazine. All rights reserved.

“Grrrreat” Games and Events In addition to the costume contest, there are several pet-friendly games implemented into Growl-O-Ween. Bobbing for Beagle Bagels, Candy Corn Catch and Pin the Tail on the Cat (not a real cat, of course) are just a few of them.

PUBLISHER/EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Andrea L. Hoig EDITOR/CREATIVE DIRECTOR Robert P. Killmer

Pet owners can also bring a can or bag of pet food to enter the prize raffle. For every pound of food donated, owners get one raffle ticket for a chance to win a deluxe dog bed, harnesses from Bessie & Barnie, gourmet treats, new toys, and even the grand prize, which is free dog food for six months.

The NHS Connection Aside from the silly costumes, the most intriguing part about Growl-O-Ween is all proceeds are donated to the Nebraska Humane Society. It’s something Fleming-Talha has been passionate about since day one. “I’m very involved with them and am still on their Friends Forever board,” she says. “I said ‘I’m going to be doing events and giving you money.’ I think they were ok with that [laughing].” CONTINUED pet & ANIMAL enthusiast | 25


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cover story ••• howlin’ good time 6TH ANNUAL GROWL-O-WEEN October 26th Midtown Crossing 10 am to 1 pm REGISTER ONLINE AT: www.threedogomaha.com

A dog owner herself (she has two rescue dogs that are, as she puts it, “Shih Tzu-y”), Fleming-Talha looks at the Growl-O-Ween event as another opportunity to give back to assist those animals that may not have a home yet or need medical assistance. “A pet is like another family member who happens to be furry and four-legged, or three-legged. We’ve seen all types of dogs,” she says with a laugh. “Dogs all have different personalities just like people do. That’s why we love them.”

suggested donatIon to the nebraska huMane soCIety Is $10 Per dog

~ krystal fleMIng OWNER, THREE DOG BAKERY

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STORY BY RYAN PENDELL • PHOTOS COURTESY OF HANDS, HEARTS & PAWS | PET & ANIMAL ENTHUSIAST

HANDS, HEARTS & PAWS

champions ••• unwanted wanted EVERY DAY ANIMAL SHELTERS THROUGHOUT THE REGION MUST MAKE THE DIFFICULT DECISION TO EUTHANIZE UNWANTED PETS. DEBBIE DAVID AND KAREN OSBORN STARTED HANDS, HEARTS & PAWS IN 2011 TO RESCUE THOSE PETS FROM DESTRUCTION, TO GIVE THEM PROPER MEDICAL CARE, AND TO FIND QUALITY OWNERS TO ADOPT THEM.

In only two short years Hands, Hearts & Paws has saved hundreds of animals from kill facilities. They now have 20 to 30 volunteers who assist with transportation and provide foster homes for pets while they await new adoptive owners. They also have an avid fan base on Facebook, where adoptive owners provide updates on the lives of the animals that have been saved.

home the stray kitten,” says David. “I would bring home the birds that fell out of the tree. I was always the little kid who was bringing home the strays. I’ve been an animal lover my entire life.” Hands, Hearts & Paws has saved hundreds of animals from kill facilities. Their Petfinder profile lists over 500 animals, mostly dogs, who have found good owners through their rescue. Adoptive pet owners have found Hands, Hearts & Paws by word of mouth, their Petfinder page, and on Facebook. Those who adopt from them often come back and post updates and photos on Facebook. “We have a very busy Facebook page,” says David. Hands, Hearts & Paws volunteers gather with their foster dogs on Saturdays at local area pet stores. “Since we don’t have a physical shelter it’s a great way for people to come and meet [the animals] and fall in love,” says David.

Meet Weeble On any given Saturday in Omaha you might just spot a celebrity wheeling around outside your favorite pet store. “Random people driving by will stop and get out of their cars and go, ‘Oh my God! Is that Weeble?’” says Debbie David, co-founder of Hands, Hearts & Paws. “Lots of people have watched him grow up. He’s a great boy.” Weeble is a 1-year-old Rottweiler with a wheelchair. He was born in a puppy mill with a deformity in his back. At 8 weeks old he and his brother Wrangler were both given to a vet clinic to be killed. At that moment Hands, Hearts & Paws stepped in and saved them. “If we had not said, ‘Yes, we’ll take these dogs,’ they would have been euthanized then and there,” says David. Today Weeble has hundreds of fans on Facebook. His photo album on the Hands, Hearts & Paws Facebook page has over 280 ‘Likes.’Weeble fans can also watch videos of him fetching balls and playing with other dogs.

Meet Debbie In September 2011 Debbie David started the animal rescue Hands, Hearts & Paws with her friend Karen Osborn. David had been involved in the Omaha animal rescue community for over ten years. In fact, she’s been rescuing animals since she was a child. “When I was a little kid growing up, I would bring

It Takes Love

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Disreputable groups take dogs from animal shelters and sell them without caring for them, testing them, or checking the background of the buyers. Hands, Hearts & Paws is licensed by the Department of Agriculture and is inspected annually. Hands, Hearts & Paws cannot accept stray animals. Stray animals should be brought to the Nebraska Humane Society. Owners who wish to surrender their pets directly to Hands, Hearts & Paws are expected to pay for their pet’s medical care prior to acceptance. Volunteers help Hands, Hearts & Paws by transporting animals and providing foster homes for pets while they wait to be adopted. If you are interested in volunteering, you can contact Debbie and Karen at handsheartspaws@cox.net or by their Facebook page. Hands, Hearts & Paws also accepts donations. Donations help pay for food, transportation, and vet bills.

David is picky about the owners for these rescued pets. “Most of these animals have had a tough life already, so we want to make sure that they’re going to be taken care of,” she explains. Potential owners must go through a vet check to see how they have treated animals in the past. They must have a history of keeping their vaccinations and testing up to date. Happy Endings Owners also sign a life contract so that if they ever David tells the story about a little puppy named Velcro. decide they don’t want their dog, it comes back to Hands, Velcro lived in a Kansas City animal control facility. Hearts & Paws. They labeled him ‘feral.’They told David that he was a wild What David looks for is someone who is willing to do and dangerous puppy. about anything for their dog. When he was delivered to David, he was taped inside “You don’t have to have money to be a good pet owner,” of a box. says David. “They put him in a box, taped it closed, and put it in Getting Involved the back of a truck. And they drove from Kansas City to Hands, Hearts & Paws is always looking for good Omaha with this poor puppy taped up in this box,” adoptive owners. explains David. “There’s not an overabundance of good homes,” But after five minutes out of the box Velcro was sitting explains David. “But there is an overabundance of animals. quietly in her lap, eating food out of her hand. That population is booming.” Velcro’s adoptive owners fell in love with him even David emphasizes the importance of spaying and before he was ready to be adopted. After two months in neutering pets. She also says that if you can’t keep your pets rescue, his new family welcomed him home. you need to find a reputable rescue group to take them. “And he’s a happy, normal dog today,” says Debbie. pet & ANIMAL enthusiast | 27


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FROM THE PAGES OF THREE DOG REPUBLISHED BAKERY COOKBOOK FROM THE • THREE BY DANBOG DYEBAKERY & MARKCOOKBOOK BECKLOFF*

OCT/NOV

••• howl-o-ween tricking treats

recipe: ingredients

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• Preheat oven to 350 degrees. • In a bowl, mix water, pumpkin, vanilla and egg thoroughly. • Combine flour, pecans, baking powder, nutmeg and cinnamon in a separate bowl, stirring well. • Add wet ingredients to dry and mix well, making sure no dry mixture is left. • Spoon into a greased muffin tin, filling each cup completely. Sprinkle the top of each muffin with oats and bake for 1 ¼ hours. Cool completely and store in a sealed container.

2 ½ cups of water ½ cup canned pumpkin 1/8 teaspoon vanilla 1 egg 4 cups whole wheat flour ¼ cup chopped pecans 1 tablespoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon nutmeg ¼ teaspoon cinnamon ¼ cup oats

MAKES 14 BEWITCHING TREATS – PERFECT FOR GOBBLIN’. THESE FRIGHTFULLY GOOD HOWL-O-WEEN TREATS ARE GUARANTEED TO GIVE YOUR PUP A VERY SPOOKY BOO-ST.

NO GOBLIN THE CHOCOLATE! Halloween can be even scarier if your dog raids the candy. Chocolate can be extremely toxic to dogs (and cats), resulting in anything from an allergic reaction to cardiac arrest. Be sure that all chocolate is safely out of sniffing range.

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growl-o-ween season APPROACHING OCTOBER, WE AT THREE DOG BAKERY ARE ALWAYS EAGER TO START PLANNING FOR ONE OF OUR MOST FAVORITE SEASONS: HALLOWEEN. This holiday is extended to an entire season for our bakery because the fresh-baked pastry treats are so cute and themed perfectly for you to enjoy visually while your dog enjoys them gastronomically. On top of baking and decorating the ghoulishly good bakery treats, we are also busy organizing Growl-O-Ween–our largest and most exciting event. At Growl-O-Ween, upwards of 300 dogs come to Turner Park in Midtown Crossing to show off their costumes and go trick-or-treating. The best part is that all the proceeds from Growl-O-Ween go to the Nebraska Humane Society! After having fun at Three Dog Bakery’s Growl-O-Ween and getting plenty of goodies, we’d hate for your four-legged family member to go home and get sick eating something your children got while trick-or-treating for candy. With that in mind, it is worth reiterating that chocolate is a toxic food for dogs. The reason behind chocolate’s toxicity for canines is due to its naturally occurring compound called theobromine. There’s a science behind theobromine that lends itself to the following idea: the darker the chocolate, the more toxic it will be for your dog. This fact, however, should not make you believe that giving white chocolate or a light milk chocolate to a dog is okay. Chocolate, in all its forms, should be avoided. Not only is theobromine bad for dogs, but the caffeine and sweeteners found in chocolate products aren’t good for our furry friends, either. Although chocolate seems to be the most common (and most well known) food intoxication issue around the big holidays–Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Easter—there are other common foods and food products that need to be kept away from dogs.

These include, but definitely aren’t limited to: avocados, grapes (raisins, too!), alcohol and beer, macadamia nuts, and xylitol. Many figurative ears may perk at the word xylitol (pronounced zahy-litawl). This artificial sweetener is very common in sugar-free chewing gum and sugar-free baked products. Xylitol indigestion in dogs can lead to very serious issues such as seizures and other types of disorientation. There are many other types of foods, ingredients and plants that are hazardous to a dog’s health. It’s important that you know these items. Additionally, it’s equally important to explain to any children who may be feeding table scraps or unwarranted treats to your dog what he or she can and cannot have. I’d recommend doing a simple Google search to find a well-compiled list of all toxic items for dogs and storing it near the place in your house where you keep your dog’s food, toys, collars and leashes, etc. This can be a great reference if your pup starts having weird symptoms and you need to take him or her to their veterinarian. Some of the best lists I’ve seen are on the ASPCA and The Humane Society of the United States’ websites. Referring to your veterinarian’s office is always a great option since they may have specific literature referring to food toxicity.

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Paws to Angels Pet Loss Center National Pet Memorial Day September 8, 2013 On September 8th, Paws to Angels Pet Loss Center hosted a memorial event in Omaha’s Memorial Park to honor this day with the families in the Greater Omaha Community who have suffered loss of a special pet.  Paws to Angels facilitates with the strong bond between pets and owners. “We hope to educate people about the grief process that occurs when a beloved pet dies and we aim to increase awareness of the many options available to memorialize pets who have passed away.  Pets are a part of the modern family and it is our mission to assist them in expressing their love, accepting their grief and remembering these family members in a meaningful way.” said Cherie Fry of Paws to Angels.  “The loss of a pet is especially difficult, they bring out the best in us so when we lose them, we feel like  we’ve  lost a part of ourselves.  Our pets bring us joy; we owe it to them to carry on their legacy of love.    I believe this was a joyous occasion to celebrate the lives that have touched us so”  said Jackie Roach, founder of Taysia Blue Siberian Husky Rescue. The special event started with a Memorial Dog Walk hosted by Kelly McAtee of Pawfect Pet Services followed by a Celebration of Life Service by Paws to Angels where guests were joined by guest speaker, Mayor Jean Stothert. After the services we shared in a picnic and pet blessings.

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National Pet Memorial Day was created in 1972 by the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories.  It was created to honor our pets both past and present. National Pet Memorial Day is held each year on the second  Sunday  in September, in recognition of the important role that beloved pets play in many people’s lives.

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COMMUNITY ALERT!

Calling All Puppy Lovers:

Puppy Mill Activism Alert!

Do you want to help shut down puppy mills? This is your chance! Hearts United for Animals is leading an effort to shut down a puppy mill in Malcolm, Nebraska, just 15 minutes north of Lincoln. The Taj Mahal breeding kennel, has been cited for animal cruelty and neglect. Hearts United has rescued 19 dogs from this facility, all in very poor condition, but more are still there. You can help get them out! HOW YOU CAN HELP Please write to the Lancaster County Attorney asking him to include a request that Nebraska Statute 28-1019 be part of the sentencing so that the owner cannot own animals again for a period of 5 years (the maximum allowed by law). Also ask that the dogs currently on the property be turned over to Hearts United for Animals immediately after sentencing. The County Attorney’s office has done a wonderful job in the prosecution of this case, so please feel free to thank them for their hard work on it as well. Lancaster County Attorney 575 S. 10th St, 4th Floor Lincoln, NE 68508 Email: coattorney@lancaster.ne.gov The Taj Mahal consists of a small makeshift shack with tarps over it. The conditions noted in inspection reports and in photos taken at the facility are appalling. Many of the dogs did not even have water and dogs kept outdoors had no shelter. As many as 35 dogs are still there. This is your chance to make a difference! Please visit the Hearts United website at www.hua.org for updates on this case. Sentencing is to take place October 25th. A demonstration was already held and another is planned for the day of sentencing. Visit the Hearts United Facebook page for more info on attending the demonstration. This is an opportunity to make a difference as a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. Hearts United for Animals is a no-kill shelter and sanctuary, dedicated to the relief of suffering. Hearts United has rescued over 10,000 dogs from puppy mills. Dogs for adoption can be viewed on their website. The shelter and sanctuary is located just one hour south of Omaha.

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Fore the Animals October 18 Join us October 18th at 2 p.m. as we tee off at Field Club of Omaha for nine holes of fun! This NHS benefit is a twist on the traditional golf tourney because Fido is invited to walk the course too. We’ll provide Canine Caddies (dog handlers) so you can drive and putt with confidence. And we’ll have unique pin prize opportunities…but we’re not letting the cat out of the bag just yet. Other tournaments are par for the course, but ours allows you, your guests, clients, and friends to have a tail-waggin’ good time AND benefit a doggone great cause! Call Gordon at (402) 905-3483 or gkrentz@nehumanesociety.org.

Bone Jour is a “Good Day” for your dog

Linda and Rich Pollard with Maverick, Sophie, Cody, Kiley, Peyton, and Laurie

Linda and Rich Pollard When you enter the Pollard household there is no doubt that dogs rule! You are welcomed with a chorus of happy barking, sniffing and then general acceptance as you show your appreciation. As Rich explains, “We had no intention of adopting so many dogs, it just worked out that way.” It helped that Rich is a volunteer dog walker at NHS and gets to know all the dogs on a first name basis. Maverick was the first NHS adoption for this lifelong, dog-loving couple. “He’s just a good ol’ boy,” says Rich. “He works to make other dogs feel comfortable—sort of a social director—so it was easy to add another dog because he’s so accepting.” Laurie was a hard luck case who was semi-feral when she arrived at NHS. “She is the most remarkable dog I’ve ever known,” says Rich. “She was unapproachable even after weeks of working with her.” Finally his gentle persuasion (and bribery with hot dogs) broke down her defenses, and Laurie’s true easy going and gentle demeanor came shining through. Kylie was terrified at NHS and is still the shyest with strangers, while Peyton was originally a hospice foster dog. Explains Linda, “He has a debilitating disease that is specific to shelties, but two years later he’s still running with the pack, so we got a pet avocation permit and adopted him too.” Sweet Sophie is number five, and Cody actually belongs to Tammy, the Pollard’s daughter. The pack is surprisingly peaceful as each dog has a place, a role, and a special spot in Rich and Linda’s hearts. “We love them all.” And it’s obvious the dogs return that sentiment!

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Bone Jour Dog Daycare, Boarding & Grooming offers a one-stop shop for your pet. Our Daycare has the best dog-to-sitter ratio in the Metro. Our groomers are professionally trained and top notch at grooming AND handling your precious pooch. And we offer your dog the same dedicated care in his private cabin during overnight stays. Whether Fido needs a day of play to tire him out, or a week of care while you’re on vacation, he’s in good hands at Bone Jour! Call (402) 5712273 for general information or (402) 571-8200 for grooming. www.Bonejour.org *All proceeds stay at NHS, so as you care for your pet you help care for hundreds of homeless animals too!


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thundering herd ESSENTIALS: Special Guest: National Geographic Photographer, Joel Sartore When It Happened: Saturday, September 7, 2013 Where It Happened: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium Why/How It Happened: As Omaha’s most primal bi-annual fundraiser, Zoofari generates significant funds for projects at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium. Zoofari 2013 – The Trunk Show focused on the giants of the African Savannah in anticipation of the return of elephants to Omaha's Zoo. It is the goal goal of the Zoo to become a leader in elephant conservation and to set the standard for the management and care of the captive population. Bringing elephants back to Omaha will also ensure that Omaha’s Zoo remains among the best in the world. Catered by: Hap Abraham Catering Honorary Chairs: Suzanne and Walter Scott Sponsors/Hosts: Gerry and Bruce Lauritzen Attendance: 1,200 tickets reserved Funds Raised: $2.5 million The Omaha Zoo Foundation was founded in 1984 and supports the mission, research and programs benefiting Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo. Throughout the last several years, Omaha’s Zoo has broken new ground with state of the art exhibits, launched innovative learning opportunities for visitors, educators and scientists alike and has become a major global force in conservation and research. For more information: Omaha Zoo Foundation (402) 738-2073 JOSEPH AND MAYOR JEAN STOTHERT WITH JANICE AND BOB BATT 34

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runway regalia ESSENTIALS: • Where it Happened: Underneath the 25,000 square foot tent on 11th and Capitol in the Capitol District • When it Happened: August 19-24 • How it Happened: The designer applicant pool included 45 designers who were narrowed down to 30 for the upcoming season. Designers applied online with a limited number selected to pitch their ideas for their upcoming collection to a panel of industry experts brought together by the Fashion Institute Midwest. The experts scored each designer and provided feedback that OFW organizers used to make final selections. • Special Guest: Celebrity designers: Borris Powel, Paulie Gibson, Jeff Hanson, Patrick Cooper, John Bartlett ALI BABE, KYLIE BOLLWITT, BROOK HUDSON, LEANN NEVELS, NICK HUDSON, BECKY JOCHIM AND PAYTON RODEWALD • Surprise Guest: Omaha Fashion Week veteran, Dan Richters was the grand-prize winner of the $20,000 prize package provided by Omaha Fashion Week, Oxide Design Co., Fashion Institute Midwest, Develop Model Management, and the University of NebraskaLincoln (see below for package details). Dan competed against fourteen other designers for the package. • Catered by: Garden Café, M’s Pub, 7M, Jones Bros. • Sponsors: SAC, Kiewit, Borsheims, Pepsi, Totally Vein, Younkers, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, FIAT, Grey Goose, BMW, Oxide Design Co. KM3, Develop Model Management, Q98.5

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runway regalia ALL ABOUT: • About Omaha Fashion Week Omaha Fashion Week is a talent incubator that seamlessly connects designers, stylists, photographers, artists and models through nurturing platforms and engaging opportunities. On the outside, Omaha Fashion Week is Midwest’s premier fashion event; spotlighting fashion innovations and celebrating creative excellence. Learn more at www.omahafashionweek.com.

REBECCA BERRY, LORI FALTER, JENNIFER SHELDON AND LEANN JESINA

• About Fashion Institute Midwest The Fashion Institute Midwest is a non-profit that nurtures aspiring fashion designer talent by supporting and developing the Midwest fashion ecosystem through programming that provides creative inspiration, training opportunities, resources and business incubation to unlock the creative entrepreneurial potential in our young people. Support the Institute at www.fashioninstitutemidwest.org. $20,000 Finale Prize Package Details • 10,000 Logo design package from Oxide Design Co. • $1,000 award from the Fashion Institute Midwest • $2,500 sponsorship package from Omaha Fashion Week (Finale VIP table for 2014 + ad in OFW publication) • $5,000 campaign model from Develop Model Management • $1,500 scholarship from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. (The winner must be admitted to UNL in the department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design.) • For more information: www.omahafashionweek.com

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Pawsingat Regency hearts united for animals 4TH ANNUAL LAKESIDE BUFFET PAWTY & FUNDRAISER

When It Happened: August 29th Where It Happened: Regency Lake and Tennis Club MAHA Catered by: Catering Creations

DENNIS WHEELER, CAROL WHEELER, JULIE LAVIN, TERA BRUEGGER, JENNY RITTER AND LORI HOOK

Mission: Hearts United for Animals is a no-kill shelter, sanctuary and animal welfare organization dedicated to the relief of suffering. Sponsors/Hosts: Mobile Animal Clinic, Long Dog Fat Cat, John Roth & Son, Midwest Wheaten Rescue, Veterinary Eye Specialists of Nebraska, Three Dog Bakery, Heritage Homes, Ideal Construction, Clearview Pet Care Centre, Urgent Pet Care Omaha, The Green Spot, K9 Lives Rescue Boutique, Immediate Solutions, Everyday Angels Pet Cremation & Memorial Gifts, Lamar MAHA Outdoor, Bozell, Rebel Interactive, ihelppets.com

JESSICA ELLIS AND JENNIFER HAINES

BONNIE PRICE, LISA TEGTMEIER AND KATHY JANUS

Attendance: 165 Funds Raised: $25,000 About Hearts United for Animals: Hearts United for Animals is located one hour south of the Omaha metro. We specialize in the rescue and rehabilitation of puppy mill dogs. We have rescued over 10,000 dogs from puppy mills. There are over 400 dogs at the shelter and sanctuary awaiting their forever homes. We also specialize in low cost spay/neuter MAHA services, recently adding the Fix Omaha program, a free spay/neuter program for pets of the indigent in the Omaha area.

BOB AND NOELLE BUSCHER WITH ALMA AND KENT KNOLL

MARY STRIGGOW, JULIE LAVIN, ANN MACDOUGALL AND REBECCA SCHREINER

Points of Interest: A dog theme quilt went for $1,000 on the silent auction. A painting done by one of the dogs adopted by HUA went for $250. His name is Noah and he was rescued from a dog fighting situation. He was emaciated, had been bound and abused. He weighed only 43 pounds when he arrived at HUA and when he left a few months later he weighed 75. He is now living happily with the Sammons family in Omaha. For more information visit www.hua.org or www.facebook.com/heartsunitedforanimals MAHA

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Smokin’HOT! heart ministry center HOLY SMOKES

FR. TOM FANGMAN AND HOWARD AND RHONDA HAWKS WITH JOHN LEVY

BOB BATT, FR. TOM FANGMAN, MARYBETH FRANKMAN-ROSSITER AND JANICE BATT

The 8th Annual Holy Smokes event benefitting the Heart Ministry Center took place on Thursday, August 29, 2013 from 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. at Anthony's Steakhouse. Holy Smokes always takes place on the Thursday before Labor Day so guests can come, have fun by starting their holiday weekend early, and, most MAHA importantly, support the Heart Ministry Center! This year, the Honorary Grill Masters were Janice “the Spark” Batt and Bob “the Flame” Batt, Sarah Lukas, member of the Heart Ministry Center Board of Directors chaired the event, and John Levy, Executive Director of the Heart Ministry Center led the “grill team” (Board of Directors) to make it the Heart Ministry Center’s most successful fundraiser to date.

SARA LUCAS, JOHN LEVY AND MIKE FINDLEY

THERESA FRANCO, TAMELA MCCREADIE AND LESLIE SPETHMAN

Holy Smokes was attended by more than 700 attended and raised over $160,000. Special thanks to all of our sponsors, and, in particular our Heart of Gold and Giant Heart MAHAsponsors including: Arkfeld Wealth Strategies; the Bob & Janice Batt Foundation; BioVi; Coventry Cares of Nebraska; Creighton University; The Nebraska Medical Center; SEi Security; and Lin & Mike Simmonds. The Heart Ministry Center aids individuals and families in North Omaha and surrounding areas who are in need. 93% of every dollar raised for the Heart Ministry Center goes directly to programs. In 2013, the Center is projected to provide over 67,300 acts of assistance through our food pantry, clothing closet, healthcare clinic, youth mentoring and several other programs.

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KATHY GRANDSAERT, DIANE AND SENATOR BEN NELSON AND CARL ANCONA

MIKE MERIDITH, MARIA SAUVAGEAU, RICH BETTGER, ADAM HERINK AND CHRIS HEDICAN

MARYBETH FRANKMAN-ROSSITER, ROB MUCCIACCIO, ANN LAUGHLIN, LESIE SPETHMAN AND BETH MOBERG

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DEANDRE AND KENTRELL, PARTICIPANTS IN THE HEART MINISTRY CENTER’S MENTORING PROGRAM

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PORKIeS! the salvation army kroc center BACONFEST OMAHA

BaconFest Omaha offered a day full of familyfriendly activities including a Kid’s Corral, several food vendors, 15 retail vendors, five area bands and the Farmland Bacon Cook-off. The competition consisted of nine chefs, a panel of judges, public voting, seven prizes and nearly 1000 pounds of pork bellies donated by Farmland. An estimated 1,000 people attended BaconFest Omaha and $80,000 was raised. Michelle Lebens served as Event Chair.

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BILLY BLUEJAY, PINKY THE PIG AND R.J. KROC

• Special Guest: Celebrity judge, Franco Lania • When It Happened: August 11, 2013 • Where It Happened: The Salvation Army Kroc Center, Omaha • Why/How It Happened: Fundraiser for Kroc Scholarship Fund • Catered by: Nine chefs and Farmland • Attendance: More than 1,000 • Funds Raised: $80,000 (gross) For more information visit www.givesalvationarmy.org GREG STOCK AND DYLAN STOCK

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Merrymakers presented its first friend-raising event “Songs & Suds” at MOJO Smokehouse and Ales in Aksarben Village on August 8th.

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Over fifty guests enjoyed the unique format: karaoke featuring live Merrymakers musicians who provided both instrumentals and backup vocals for aspiring singers. Virtually every musical taste was available to guests from Patsy Cline to Frank Sinatra to Lady Gaga.

LYNNETTE STAROSKA AND TRICIA COTTRELL

Fortified by a complimentary libation and light hors d’oeuvres, guests came to sing or just enjoy the festive atmosphere with friends and family. The event was sponsored by Merrymakers whose goal was to educate a broader audience in Omaha about the work they do. Attendees also saw first-hand the talent of the musicians who visit senior facilities in the area. Merrymakers’ mission is to provide free professional musical entertainment to the underserved senior population in Nebraska and Western Iowa. Merrymakers twenty entertainers last year visited 107 locations including retirement villages, rehabilitation facilities, senior centers and hospice homes. In total the group gave more than 1,300 performances for the elderly. BETH PANTANO AND KARIN ANDERSON

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MICHAEL TODD, EMILY HARDING, JORDAN HIEBNER AND CASSIDY HOBLER

LONNIE MICHAEL JR., TAM WEBB, BETH SMITH AND THERESA MCCLURE

MAKESHA CARTER, ALISON MCCLAIN, MATT WURTH, BETH RILEY AND DREW HECKMAN

KATRINA OLSEN AND KIRSTEN CASE

The Maha Music Festival was formed in 2008 by a group of area professionals who were interested in leveraging the vibrancy and national prestige of the local independent music scene to bring Omaha a new community event. In its fifth year, the 2013 Maha Music Festival was held on Saturday, August 17th at Aksarben MAHA Over 5,100 people attended and tickets were Village. sold in 29 states. The Maha Music Festival is a nonprofit event and is 100% volunteer-run. Thirteen bands played on two stages, including seven local bands. The festival headliner was The Flaming Lips. To support other nonprofits, Maha introduced the Community Campus in 2012. The Community Campus gives organizations the chance to interact with festivalgoers and engage them with the organizations’ missions in fun and creative ways. The fourteen organizations that participated this year engaged attendees in diverse activities such as writing wishes forMAHA the community on paper lanterns, registering to vote, trying their hand at trivia, and creating art pieces that included T-shirts, jewelry, and spray painting a "graffiti wall”. Through the Omaha Community Foundation, attendees were also able to donate to the organizations, and each organization was given a contribution after Maha. Giving back to other nonprofits has been a dream of Maha’s organizers since the festival’s inception and they were thrilled to realize that dream this year.

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Maha’s 2013 presenting sponsor was Schnackel Engineers. The festival’s main stage sponsor was Weitz MAHA Management and local stage sponsor was Investment Centris Federal Credit Union. Bellevue University sponsored the Community Campus. The festival is led by an eight-member board of directors and run by more than 300 total volunteers. For more information visit www.mahamusicfestival.com.

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ChanceaDAnce youth emergency services FIFTH ANNUAL DANCE FOR A CHANCE

Youth Emergency Services hosted its fifth annual Dance for a Chance fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 10 at the Slowdown in downtown Omaha. Dance for a Chance is a dance competition similar to the television show Dancing with the Stars. Local celebrities took the stage with professional dance instructors, raising MAHA $32,000 for homeless and at-risk youth in Omaha. Doors opened at 6:30 p.m. for a silent auction, raffle and heavy hors d'oeuvres from Catering Creations. More than 200 people attended the event. Dancers recruited $5 votes before and at the event. Kristin Klaus, NorthStar Financial Young Professionals, took home this year's Dance for a Chance trophy, personally raising more than $3,000 of the event proceeds. Local celebrity dancers included Weston Thomson, Kent Bellows Studio and Center for Visual Arts; Lynda Shafer, Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce; Erin Natalicchio, Cabela's; Kristin Klaus, NorthStar Financial Young Professionals; Tim Clark, WOWT HeartlandMAHA Focus; and Kahm Broham, The Mighty 1290 KOIL.

DANCE FOR A CHANCE CHAMPIONS KRISTIN KLAUS & TERRY VARGAS

EMCEES HEIDI WOODARD AND KAYLA THOMAS

JUDGES ANDEE HOIG, TOM BECKA AND CYNTHIA BUETTNER

Judges Panel: Tom Becka, The Mighty 1290 KOIL; Andee Hoig, metroMAGAZINE; Cynthia Buettner, SAC Federal Credit Union Emcees: Kayla Thomas, Omaha Morning Blend; Heidi Woodard, Momaha.com For more information visit www.yesomaha.org MAHA

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LiteraryFeAST the literacy center STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT CELEBRATION

The Literacy Center held a Student Achievement Celebration on Saturday, August 3, to recognize 60 students’ hard work and accomplishments. Students were recognized in five categories, including an essay contest, perfect attendance, positive attitude and outstanding achievers. Eleven students also graduated from the program.

ANDY AND CAITLIN DAVIS WITH VIV EWING AND MICHAEL YOUNG

GINA ROODE AND DENISE HALLQUIST

The Literacy Center also took this opportunity to honor more than 100 volunteers who have contributed 8,353 volunteer hours as classroom instructors and one-on-one tutors. The time donated by volunteers is equivalent to $152,952 of in-kind support in the last 12 months. “I couldn’t be more proud of our students for their hard work and dedication to their education. Their efforts will not only change their own lives but will positively impact their families, neighborhoods and our entire community,” said Kirsten Case, executive director of the Literacy Center. For more information about the Literacy Center, contact Kirsten Case at (402) 342-7323 or visit GiveLiteracy.org. STUDENT GRADUATE

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Bashing cAnceR metro area youth fdtn. SUMMER BASH

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DAVE WEBBER AND JACK SWANDA

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Numbering 350 people in attendance, the Summer Bash for Childhood Cancer was held Saturday, August 17th at the Tip Top Ballroom in downtown Omaha. Pre-Dinner entertainment was provided by Mark MAHA Sanford. Dinner was catered by International “Sharky” Catering, Inc. – Brandeis Catering. Dinner music was provided by Jennifer & Jehong Ahn. Following dinner, a live Dessert auction was held, and thirty desserts were auctioned off raising over $8,800. A short program followed outlining the work of the Metro Area Youth Foundation and the families served. The night ended with a live auction, with the final item being “Send a Kid to Camp.” Over $4,500 was raised to support Camp CoHoLo and Camp Quality. Throughout the night a 50/50 raffle and Sparkle Raffle were also held. Borsheims MAHA of Omaha and Stevens Jewelers of Council Bluffs made donations of a woman’s necklace and man’s watch for the Sparkle Raffle. Approximately $40,000 was raised through the auctions and raffles! Throughout the evening, student volunteers from Central High School assisted Metro Area Youth Foundation volunteers.

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Brine&RHINE omaha jaycees BEER AND BACON FESTIVAL

Beer and Bacon, what more could you ask for! The First Annual Beer and Bacon Festival tempted your taste buds for a good cause on August 3, 2013 at the Old Mattress Factory in downtown Omaha. MAHA

The festival, organized by the Omaha Jaycees in cooperation with the Old Mattress Factory, was comprised of a bacon competition with six local restaurants competing for the ultimate Beer and Bacon Festival trophy. Plank Seafood Provisions prevailed at the end of the day and won the title of 2013 Omaha Beer & Bacon Festival Champion! The participants provided samplings of their delicious bacon-themed dishes for attendees to try. Various craft breweries were on hand passing out samples of over 50 hand crafted beers. Volunteers from the Omaha Jaycees and the Ronald McDonald House, along with the “Good Guys” from Pacific Life teamed up to help throughout the event to make the day a great success.

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The event benefitted The Ronald McDonald House. The first annual Beer and Bacon festival was sponsored by Z92, CD 105.9, Action 3 News, Quality Brands Budweiser, Bacon University & Westin Foods. The festival raised more than $10,000 for the Ronald McDonald House. This annual event will kick off again on August 2, 2014, save the date!

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RunningforLOVe ted e. bear hollow 5K FUN RUN & REMEMBRANCE WALK

TEAM FAITH IN MEMORY OF HADLEIGH FAITH

STAR 104.5 RENEE DUBAY AND CAMI CARLISLE

“It was wonderful to feel the competitive love between the families and the loving energy MAHAthat surrounded the event.” ~ Cindy Tomcak, Board Member

An event benefitting Ted E. Bear Hollow, groups of all types gathered to honor and remember their special loved ones at the 15th Annual Ted E. Bear Hollow 5k Fun Run & Remembrance Walk on August 24th. The celebration was emceed by Star 104.5 and ran from approximately 8:00 - 10:30am.

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ERIN ELLIS, SHELBY STRATTAN AND DEBBIE MCNERNEY

An exciting affair sponsored by Star 104.5, New York Life and Outback Steakhouse, the event was one filled MAHA with memories and mixed emotion for participants – both tears and laughter. “It was fun, it was emotional, and you could feel the community -- it was everything it should have been,” said event attendee Bobbi Garcia. At event start, more than 400 individuals donned in shirts remembering special loved ones filled the Keystone Trail. One by one, teams completed the run or walk and returned to Outback Steakhouse to the applause of their peers.

CARLO RINALDI AND REBECCA TURNER

BRIANNE SAMBO, ROGER AND KAY KRONHOLM AND BRENNAN KESTER

Storyteller Rita Paskowitz partnered with Ted E. Bear Hollow by leading the families during a special remembrance time and community balloon release. MAHA During this time, three butterfly balloons were released that were covered in special family messages. At the time of this article Ted E. Bear Hollow estimated the event returned approximately $15,000. Ted E. Bear Hollow offers a variety of free grief support services for children, teens, and adults, including support groups, day camps, and retreats. For more information about Ted E. Bear Hollow and its services, visit tedebearhollow.org.

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TEAM JOJO BOOGIE IN MEMORY OF KYLIE REMMEREID

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It’s Time toVOTE! 2013

Cast Your Ballot for your favorite event in 11 categories!

For events presented between June 1, 2012 & May 31, 2013

BEST EVENT: 1st - 2nd Annual • American Cancer Society Hope in the Heartland Gala • The Kent Bellows Studio - WISHBONE • Opera Omaha - The Magic Flute Gala • Outward Bound Omaha Climb Higher Luncheon • Children's Hospital & Medical Center Wine, Women & Shoes

BEST EVENT: Theme

BEST EVENT: Food & Wine

• Lutheran Family Services Fandango ALL STARS! • The Rose Theater Rockin' Rosie "Rosie Rocks the Luau" • Omaha Community Playhouse Destination Vegas Baby! • Omaha Children's Museum - For the Kids Benefit "Things that GO & Things that GROW" • Completely KIDS - Big Red Tailgate

• Ted E. Bear Hollow - Comfort Food Classic • Junior League of Omaha Riverfront Wine Festival • vinNEBRASKA Foundation benfitting Ronald McDonald House vinNEBRASKA Wine Event 2013 • Omaha Restaurant Assocation Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen • Food Bank for the Heartland Village Pointe Wine Festival

BEST EVENT: Pet & Animal • Nebraska Humane Society - Dining with Dogs • Hearts United for Animals Lakeside Buffet Pawty & Fundraiser • HETRA - Blue Jeans & Dreams • Midlands Humane Society - Let's Talk Derby • True Buddy Farms/Luv a Lamb 2nd Annual Pumpkin Festival & Hoofin’ It 5K Trail Run /1 Mile Trail Walk

BEST EVENT: Over 500 • Catholic Charities - Irish Fest "Shamrock ON!" • Child Saving Institute - Cabaret 2013 • Heartland Family Service Carnival of Love Gala • Voices for Children 25th Anniversary Spotlight Gala • Sunshine Kids - Dancing with the Omaha Stars

BEST EVENT: Under 500 • The PRESENTERS / Omaha Performing Arts Broadway Ball "Together We Shine" • The Durham Museum - Sentimental Journey "I'll Be Home for Christmas" • Omaha Zoo Foundation 2012 Earth & Wine 2012 • Fontenelle Forest - Feather Our Nest • Make-A-Wish Foundation - Blue Jean Ball

BEST EVENT: Over 1,000 • Nebraska Children's Home Society Sand in the City • Visiting Nurses Association - Art & Soup • ICAN - Ignition Women's Leadership Conference • Fashion Institute Midwest Omaha Fashion Week • Inclusive Communities - 75th Annual Humanitarian Dinner

BEST EVENT: Young Professional • Joslyn's Young Art Patrons EVE: a New Year's Gala • Nebraska Children's Home Society/BRANCH HomeGrown • Habitat for Humanity Omaha Young Professionals - Brew Haha 2012 • All About Omaha benefitting D.R.E.A.M. Torchlight Ball • Omaha Chamber Young Professionals YP Summit

BEST EVENT: Heath & Wellness • Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center & Project Pink'd - 2012 Exposed: Real Women for a Real Cure • JDRF - Promise Gala • Autism Action Partnership A Vintage Affair IV "Ports of Call" • American Heart Association Heart Ball "Heart Goes to the Silverscreen" • UNMC Eppley Cancer Center Ambassador of Hope Gala

BEST EVENT: Education • Brownell-Talbot School Illumiation: A Time to Shine! • Mercy High School FIESTA: Soaring to New Heights • Creighton Prep - BASH: Greek Odyssey • Marian High School MarianFEST: Passport to Paris • Duchesne Academy CONGE: We've Got Spirit!

BEST EVENT: Speaker/Guest • The Salvation Army - DJ's Hero Awards Luncheon featuring Emmitt Smith • Omaha Symphony Gala featuring Condoleezza Rice & Al Jarreau • Girls Inc. - Lunch for the Girls featuring Chelsey Clinton • Film Streams - Feature IV with Jane Fonda & Alexander Payne • Project Harmony - Speaking of Children featuring Ashley Judd

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Speake-Z joslyn castle LITERARY FESTIVAL

ALLISON HUNT AND ETHAN BONDELID

HUNTER SADLE AND KATHERINE NEARY

JILL ANDERSON AND JOHN DEE

MOLLY HOBSON, SHERRI MOORE AND PRIYANKA BORAH

“One of the best planned, well executed, and most interesting events we've been to.” ~ Richard Carey and David Scott

MAHA The 2013 Joslyn Castle Literary Festival Speakeasy was held on August 9th and 10th. It was the culminating event of the two week-long festival exploring the life, times, and works of F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Speakeasies were held at the Joslyn Castle, beautifully decked out as a 1920s secret Speakeasy. They began at 7:00 pm and were catered by Patricia Catering. Decorations were provided courtesy of Sterling Financial, The Durham Museum, and Spirit World. Over two thousand attended the Festival with over fifty in attendance at each Speakeasy. Festival MAHA Artistic Director Jill Anderson and her cast and crew created an evening to remember from the intricacies of period craft cocktails by Ethan Bondelid of Berry and Rye, to Charleston lessons, to the intimacies of the flapper’s boudoir, all punctuated with a fan dance and a raid by the police! All proceeds from Castle fundraisers and programs support the mission of the Castle to preserve and share the Joslyns’ magnificent Castle and beautiful Gardens for the enrichment of the community.

MELISSA HOEMAN AND ZACH CARLBERG

RON AND MERI CRAMPTON

NATE WOODHAM AND JOSIE LANGBEHN

COPPERS MARVIN ERVIN, JACOB DINGESS, JOE HODGES AND CALVIN JONES

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BRENDAN KELLY AND DAVID PETERSON

COPPERS MARVIN ERVIN, JACOB DINGESS, JOE HODGES AND CALVIN JONES

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Broadway BASHeRS omaha performing arts BOX OFFICE BASH 2013

• When It Happened: Friday, August 23, 2013 • Where It Happened: Holland Performing Arts Center (Ovations Lounge and Courtyard) MAHA

DANIELLE AND JEFF GORDMAN

BRAD AND KATE GRABILL, LISA AND MATT KRUMWIEDE WITH JEN AND ROB ZATECHKA

• Why/How It Happened: The biennial “friendraiser”, put on by the volunteer guild THE PRESENTERS, benefits Omaha Performing Arts and its operations, including education and community engagement programs that seek to provide access to the arts for all. • Catered by: Guckenheimer • OPA Mission: Omaha Performing Arts is dedicated to enriching the lives of the citizens of Omaha and MAHA surrounding communities through the presentation of the highest quality local, national and international artistic performances. We are committed to: the stewardship and management of the Orpheum Theater and the Holland Performing Arts Center; the presentation of a variety of the finest performing arts events; and education and community involvement programs to support, enhance and expand appreciation for the arts.

BOB AND CHRISTY TURNER WITH JACK AND STEPHANIE KORALESKI

BILL AND BEVERLY DONALDSON

HENRY DAVIS AND DAWN BUSENBARK

STEVE MARTIN AND AMY HADDAD WITH REX AND DEBBIE FISHER

• Honorary Chairs: Danielle and Jeff Gordman • Event Chairs: Kate & Brad Grabill, MAHA Lisa & Matt Krumwiede, Jennifer & Rob Zatechka • Sponsors/Hosts: Omaha Performing Arts and THE PRESENTERS • Attendance: 150 • Funds Raised: $50,000 For more information: (402) 345-0202 MAHA

BLUE HOUSE AND THE RENT TO OWN HORNS

SAM HOHMAN, LISA RUSSELL AND DAVE HOHMAN

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hOLy Name harvest Holy Name School

Livestock Exchange Building | Omaha | 6:00 pm Join us for a celebration honoring those who have made significant contributions to CF research locally. The evening features food presentations from some of Omaha’s most popular restaurants as well as complimentary beer and wine. Attendees are sure to enjoy the cuisine, company and art-centric auction held in this historical and architecturally significant setting. More information: 402-330-6164 | nebraska@cff.org

2901 Fontenelle Blvd | Omaha | 5:30 pm – 10 pm Each fall, Holy Name's Harvest raises money to benefit the students of Holy Name School. The evening features a dinner created by local chefs, raffle, silent and live auctions, and entertainment. Support the students of Holy Name School, and have a wonderful time in the process! COST: $100.00 More information: 402-451-6622 | www.holynameschoolomaha.org

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LegaL aid Of NeBraska's 50th aNNiversary CeLeBratiON Embassy Suites La Vista Hotel & Conference Center

2013 susaN g. kOmeN NeBraska raCe fOr the Cure® Susan G. Komen Nebraska

12520 Westport Pkwy | La Vista | 5:30 pm – 9 pm Legal Aid of Nebraska will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with a cocktail and dinner party event. Special guest speaker is Morris Dees, civil rights activist and founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center. COST: $100 per person

CenturyLink Center Omaha | 455 N. 10th Street | Omaha | 7 am – 11 am In 2013, Susan G. Komen Nebraska will be celebrating the 20th annual Komen Race for the Cure in Omaha. COST: $30.00 for adults, $10.00 for kids 3-12; breast cancer survivors complimentary More information: 402-502-2979 | www.komennebraska.org

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sixth aNNuaL expressiONs Of hOpe gaLa HopeCenterforKids CenturyLink Center Omaha | 6 pm – 9 pm The Gala is a vital part of the Hope Center for Kids and each year helps fund a large part of our programs for youth and children ages 5 to 29. The new Hope Employment and Learning Academy equips students with the skills necessary to successfully graduate high school and pursue a career path. Home of Hope Skate, Hope Center kids also have a fun and safe place to build relationships with staff and peers. Hope’s high school graduation rate in 2011 was 95% and all of those graduates went on to higher education or a military career. More information: 402-341-4673 | www.HopeCenterForKids.com

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ON traCk guiLd preseNts “triCks & treats: the stOry Of gOOseBumps” A Luncheon For The Durham Museum The Durham Museum | 11 am Guest speaker is Dr. Pierre Fayad, Reynolds Centennial Professor and member of the Department of Neurological Sciences at the University Of Nebraska College Of Medicine. Money raised from the event will support the Durham Museum and it’s programs. The exhibit, “Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear”, will be at the museum from September 28 to January 5. Tickets start at $75. More information: 402-444-5071

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40TH ANNUAL WOMAN OF THE YEAR GALA

5TH ANNUAL GLSEN OMAHA SAFE SCHOOLS BENEFIT: ART & EQUALITY 2013 GLSEN Omaha

Embassy Suites LaVista | 12520 Westport Parkway | La Vista | 5:30 pm – 9 pm 40th Annual Woman of the Year Gala 40th Annual Woman of the Year Gala, honoring Cindy Leiferman COST: $150 More information: 402-330-6130

October 10 HOMEGROWN Nebraska Children's Home Society BRIX | Village Pointe | 4 – 8:00 pm Nebraska Children's Home Society young-professionals BRANCH board presents the 7th Annual HomeGrown. The event features wine and beer sampling and a photo exhibit by Kathy Byers with Kathy Rae Photography of children and families served by NCHS. COST: $35 in advance and $40 at the door More information: 402-451-0787 | www.nchs.org

October 10 THE 2013 GOOD APPLE AWARDS Nebraska Appleseed Livestock Exchange Building North Ballroom | 4920 South 30th Street | Omaha | 6 pm until 08:30 pm The 2013 Good Apple Awards is Nebraska Appleseed's annual event to celebrate Nebraskans from across the state who stand up for justice and opportunity for all. COST: $50 individuals; 35 young professionals; 20 students/low-income More information: 402-438-8853x110 | www.neappleseed.org/goodapple

October 11 HOPS & GRAPES FALL FESTIVAL Partnership 4 Kids Field Club of Omaha | 3615 Woolworth Ave. | Omaha | 6 pm – 10 pm Hops and Grapes Fall Festival is a bi-annual event, benefiting local youth program Partnership 4 Kids. The 2013 date is tentatively set for October 11, 2013 at Field Club of Omaha, 3615 Woolworth Ave. The festival will be a fun and casual evening consisting of beer and wine tastings, appetizers, music, live auction and more. An upscale patrons’ reception will take place prior to the festival and will feature tastings of premier wines from the cellars of vinNEBRASKA. Event sponsors will receive recognition on all promotional materials, preferred event seating and additional amenities. seating, and additional amenities. COST: $85+ More information: 402-930-3002 | www.p4k.org

Gallery at Prouty Place | 4825 S. 25th Street | Omaha | 5 pm – 9 pm Located in the South Omaha Historic Business District, this annual fundraising benefit offers an evening of art, socializing and fun - striving to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN Omaha, the local chapter of the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network - a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. COST: Pre-Party & Adm. $30 / General Adm. $20 More information: 402-980-6228 | www.glsen.org/omaha

October 13 COMFORT FOOD CLASSIC Ted E. Bear Hollow Omaha Ramada Plaza | 3321 S. 72nd St | Omaha | 5 pm – 7:30 pm A chef competition featuring six of the areas most talented chefs. Benefiting Ted E. Bear Hollow, chefs create a unique rendition of the year's comfort food. The winner, chosen by those in attendance, takes it all: the bragging rights, the traveling trophy and the $500 cash. Single tickets and reserved tables available. COST: $90 More information: 402-502-2773 | www.tedebearhollow.org

October 17 ENVISION: SOWING THE SEEDS OF JUSTICE Justice for Our Neighbors-Nebraska Lauritzen Gardens | 100 Bancroft Street | Omaha | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm enVISION is Justice for Our Neighbor's (JFON-NE) Annual Fundraiser. This year's event will feature a reception, silent auction, dinner, and live music in a beautiful ambiance. Tickets are available online: www.envisionjfon.eventbrite.com. COST: $75/ticket More information: 402-898-1349 | www.jfon-ne.org

October 18 2013 CELEBRATE THE CAPABILITIES OF THE BLIND BANQUET Outlook Nebraska, Inc. Embassy Suites Omaha-LaVista Hotel & Conference Center | 12520 Westport Parkway | LaVista Reception with cash bar: 6 pm | Banquet : 7:00 pm Camp Abilities Nebraska, a week-long sports camp developed to help blind children grow their self-confidence and independence, was co-sponsored by Outlook Nebraska, Inc. and Boys Town National Research Hospital. COST: $60 per ticket or $600 for a table of 10 More information: 402-614-3331 | www.outlooknebraska.org

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ak-sar-BeN COrONatiON & sChOLarship BaLL Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Foundation

phOeNix aCademy sChOLarship LuNCheON With mrs. Laura Bush Phoenix Academy

CenturyLink Center Omaha | 455 North 10th Street | Omaha | 5:30 pm – 12 pm The Ak-Sar-Ben Coronation & Scholarship Ball is a fundraiser for the Ak-Sar-Ben Scholarship Fund, which awards 50 need-based scholarships every year in conjunction with the Horatio Alger Association. COST: $225 per person More information: 402-554-9600ext106 | www.aksarben.org

CenturyLink Center Phoenix Academy is a non-profit, private K-8 school that helps students with learning challenges get back on track by using a multi-sensory phonics based reading program and intensive math curriculum. All proceeds will support student scholarships. For more information, go to: www.phoenixacademyomaha.org More information: www.phoenixacademyomaha.org or lwinton@vgagroup.com

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hOspitaLity haLL Of fame diNNer 2013 Institute for the Culinary Arts Metro Community College | Fort Omaha Campus 32nd and Sorensen Parkway | 5 pm The Hall of Fame is a collaborative endeavor of the Omaha Restaurant Association and the Institute for the Culinary Arts at Metropolitan Community College. This year will celebrate the achievements of the best in the Omaha area food and restaurant industry and to raise scholarship funds for culinary and hospitality students at the Institute for the Culinary Arts at Metropolitan Community College. More information: 402-493-4739 | Order online at dineoutoften@cox.net

WOmeN’s fuNd Of Omaha faLL LuNCheON Women’s Fund of Omaha CenturyLink Center Internationally known leadership expert Betsy Myers is guest speaker at the Women’s Fund of Omaha’s 13th annual Fall Luncheon on October 24. The event also includes presentation of grants to local nonprofit organizations for programs targeting what Women’s Fund research has identified as the most critical needs for local women and girls. More information: 402-827-9280 | www.omahawomensfund.org

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Big red ruNWay Husker Greats Foundation

6th aNNuaL mONster Bash fOr BraiN CaNCer Leap-for-a-Cure

Regency Court An invitation only, ladies only fur fashion show to benefit the Husker Greats Foundation. All models will be former or current Husker athletes. Cocktails, celebrity hosts (former Husker players), silent and live auction, hors D'oeuvres, desserts. Up for auction- a custom fur, a trip to Vegas, a trip to a winery in Reno, signed sports memorabilia, athletic camps, Old Gringo boots, and much much more.

Georgetowne Club | 2440 South 141 Circle | Omaha | 6:30 pm – 10 pm Family Friendly / Adult Happy, Monster Bash is a fun evening for everyone. Live music, Children's Corner, Traveling Magician, Photo Booth, Raffle, Silent Auction, COST:ume Contests (with great prizes!), Food, Dessert, and More, this event is jammed packed with something for everyone. All proceeds support Brain Cancer Awareness, Education, and Treatment at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center. Sponorsips are still available. COST: $25/per adult; $20/children 3-12 More information: 402-333-9370 | http://leapforacure.org

October 20 art iN the Bag 2013 Wear Yellow Nebraska / Midwest Lampworkers Guild

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Hot Shops Art Center 1301 Nicholas Street | Omaha | 2:00 pm – 4 pm Art in the Bag 2013 Join us for an afternoon tea with hors d'oeuvres, sweet delights and live jazz music featuring a silent auction of handcrafted bags, purses and totes. COST: $20/25 More information: 402-660-2329 | www.artinthebag.com

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mOsaiC CeNteNNiaL gaLa Mutual of Omaha Dome | 3301 Dodge Street | Omaha | 6 pm – 9 pm Please join us as we celebrate our history and our hopes our future at this formal affair. Keynote Speaker - Mr. Timothy Shriver, Chairman and CEO, Special Olympics COST: $50 More information: 402-896-3884 | www.mosaicinfo.org/centennial

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purse0NaLities LuNCheON Child Saving Institute

rONCaLLi CathOLiC high tea Roncalli Catholic High School

Hilton Omaha | 1001 Cass St. | Omaha | 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Speaker Carol Hunter, Topic Women in Philanthropy including silent auction of over 50 purses and purse packages. Luncheon to recognize 3 CSI clients receiving $2500 each to attend college. COST: $85 More information: 402-504-3664 | www.childsaving.org

6401 Sorensen Parkway | Omaha | 11:30 am A long-standing Roncalli Catholic tradition, High Tea raises funds for students while inspiring creativity and fun for participants. From the Rat Pack years to the 1980s, and from traditional elegance to Mickey Mouse and Legos, the themes show that this event truly has something for everyone. COST: $40 per person More information: 402-571-7670 | www.roncallicatholic.org

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Omaha's great pumpkiN Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska Village Pointe | 168th and West Dodge Road | Omaha | 10 am Omaha's Great Pumpkin is the Lutheran Family Services event that draws attention to the need for foster child adoption. In early October, the “tree” rises over the Center Court at Village Pointe. Then the weekend before Halloween, all of the pumpkins come down for carving at a free family festival. After carving, the pumpkins go back on the tree, where they come to life during an evening lighting ceremony. COST: FREE More information: www.lfsneb.org

purses 4 paWs Friends Forever for Nebraska Humane Society Regency Court | 120 Regency Parkway | Omaha | 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm This girl's night out includes yummy appetizers and wine as you peruse the silent auction of purses and accessories. Every penny benefits animals at the Nebraska Humane Society, so this is guilt free purse shopping. Seriously, what could be better? www.nehumanesociety.org/purses4paws COST: $30 More information: 402-905-3483 | www.nehumanesociety.org/purses4paws

November 7 WiCker & WiNe Basket auCtiON Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska

October 29 OutWard BOuNd Omaha CLimB higher LuNCheON Outward Bound Omaha Scott Conference Center | 6450 Pine Street | Omaha | 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Jasper Hunt, renowned climber, educator, scholar and writer, is the Special Guest Speaker. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Individual tickets are $100. Table sponsorships available. More information: 402-614-6360 X 203 | http://outwardboundomaha.org/events/luncheon

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Mid-America Center | Council Bluffs | 5:30 pm The Wicker & Wine Basket Auction is Lutheran Family Services' annual fundraiser for the Pottawattamie County Center for Healthy Families. The Center serves over 500 children each year, with a focus on the early intervention and prevention of child abuse and neglect, especially for children age 5 and under. The Center offers an incentive program, parenting classes and support, and the RSafe program, which provides therapy to those impacted by child sexual abuse. COST: $35 More information: www.lfsneb.org

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Andee Hoig with Marilyn Maye

October 5 & 6 mariLyN maye siNgs the ameriCaN sONgBOOk Omaha Symphony Holland Center | 1200 Douglas Street | Omaha | 8 pm & 2 p.m. The Omaha Symphony will open the 2013/14 Pops series with Marilyn Maye Sings the American Songbook. Legendary singer and Tonight Show regular Marilyn Maye will perform classics like “Luck Be a Lady,”“Somewhere Over the Rainbow,”“Put On a Happy Face,” and other American Songbook hits. A dynamic performer for more than seven decades, Maye appeared on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show a record 76 times, more than any other singer. Tickets are $19-$68, and $10 Student Rush tickets are available with a valid student ID. More information: 402-345-0606 | www.omahasymphony.org

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