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The Face on the Barroom Floor has featured brothers (Simons). Husbands and wives (five sets). Fathers and sons (the Lee Terrys and Jack Diesings). But never in the 41-year history of the “Face” have a father and daughter been spotlighted together. Until now. Publishers Bob Hoig and Andrea Hoig will become “Faces On the Barroom Floor” on Thursday, Sept. 27. A cocktail reception starts at 5:30 p.m. The roast and toast, which precedes the unveiling of the caricature illustration, will be at 6:30 p.m.. Dinner follows. Scheduled to roast the duo are humorist Mary Maxwell, who will serve as emcee, financier and author George Morgan, Stuart Chittenden and Mike DiGiacomo and Mary Nelson from KMTV's “Morning Blend” show. Bob Hoig is publisher of the weekly Midlands Business Journal, which he founded in 1975. In 1996, he launched the twice-monthly Lincoln Business Journal. The veteran journalist, who will mark his 80th birthday on Sept. 11, began his journalism career in 1957 when he accidentally wandered into the New York Daily News lobby and scored a job as a copy boy. Over the next 20 years, he held reporting jobs at the New York Daily News, Miami News, Lincoln Journal-Star and Omaha World-Herald. He became editor of the Douglas County Gazette and was managing editor of the Omaha Sun. After being assigned to Omaha by United Press International (UPI), he chose to stay in Omaha rather than return to New York. This year he was inducted into the Omaha Business Hall of Fame and honored as “Omahan of the Year” by the Suburban Rotary Club. Andrea “Andee” Hoig was metroMAGAZINE editor when she purchased the publication (a.k.a. Metro Monthly) from her father in 1996 with the dream of transforming it into a vital component of the Omaha philanthropic community. As publisher, she has introduced “The Event Book,” a resource guide to charity events and nonprofit giving guide. She created AHL Publications Inc., expanding products and publications offered, and created the “Big Event,” an annual Academy Award-style evening recognizing efforts of those involved in successful events. She started the weekly interview radio show “metroCONNECTIONS: Spirit of Omaha.” Andee Hoig launched a weekly e-newsletter for charity events, the WeeklyINSIDER, and is a weekly guest for metroMAGAZINE’S WeeklyINSIDER segment on KMTV’s “The Morning Blend” She launched the annual “101 Things to Love about the Omaha Metro.” Call 402-345-8008 for reservations. Cost for dinner is $40 for Omaha Press Club members and $50 for nonmembers. The event is open to the public. 7
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two felon. don’t agree ~ ANNE MEYSENBURG
to work on urban art murals with students. “When we do murals, the kids really get to facilitate the design,” Meysenburg said. Because the murals are sponsored IS LOOKING FOR THE KIDS THAT HAVE TO CREATE. by donors, preliminary sketches do have to receive “Are they writing on their lockers, on the walls, on their approval, and mentors oversee the execution of the arms?” asked the executive director of the murals. “We have to balance expectations, from the KENT BELLOWS STUDIO AND CENTER FOR students and from the donors.” VISUAL ARTS.“We need the kids who just can’t Though she confessed the balancing act to be a help but create. We have students who say if they delicate one at times, Meysenburg noted that the weren’t here they’d be in trouble.” Center has never had to paint over any of its 16 murals, nine of which are on the Keystone Trail. “We complete at least two a semester,” she said. not your average “after-school” “This fall semester, we’ll do four.” The youth mentorship program comprises the cornerstone of the Kent Bellows Studio. not a common man Every semester, a new range of options (based on Nurturing the growth of young art is the Studio’s various artistic disciplines such as digital arts, urban way of following in the footsteps of the late art, fashion art, and so on) are prepared for the 40 to KENT BELLOWS.“He really supported budding 50 students who’ve successfully applied and been matched with a mentor. “The model can be confusing,” artists,” Meysenburg said. “He provided feedback for emerging talent. He guided people to their passions in Meysenburg admitted, “because they’re not really general, not just in art.” A very charismatic man, the classes. The students drive what they want to do.” nationally renowned painter was something unique Because a student stays in the program until they to each person he encountered. “I mention where I graduate from high school, only five to ten are admitted at a time. “We have to determine whether or work,” Meysenburg said, “and everyone has a story to tell. He just had a huge personality.” not a student will thrive in our program,”Meysenburg The historic building on 33rd and Leavenworth said. “Not everyone will. It’s a unique model.” was Bellows’ home as well as the studio where he The Studio recruits with an eye for diversity from crafted his paintings in the meticulous realism style a variety of places, such as local schools, Girls Inc., until his death in 2005. Fundraising began in 2007 to and the Juvenile Assessment Center.“We love renovate his studio and apartment into a multi-use the wild cards,” Meysenburg said. She spoke of one young man in particular who, when first accepted into community art space. The first youth programs the program, wouldn’t talk or even make eye contact. produced by the new Kent Bellows Studio and Center After three and a half years, he converses comfortably for Visual Arts were held at the Bemis Center in 2008. By 2009, the first floor was finished, and the with adults and strangers. “When he graduates, that renovation was complete in 2010. will be a real measure of our success,” she said.
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Another measure of the Studio’s success may be its unique URBAN ARTS PROGRAM. “The Neighborhood Center approached us,” Meysenburg said. “They said, ‘We’re tired of painting over graffiti. Can you help us?’”The challenge was perfect for the Kent Bellows Studio. Participating students have the opportunity to take a love of graffiti, refine the art form, and benefit a public space with their talent. “Just two convictions of graffiti and you can be a felon,” Meysenburg said. “We don’t agree with that law. I mean, I get it. I’m a property owner too, and I don’t want my stuff tagged. But I don’t think we should be turning our young people into felons. Let’s talk about prevention and channel that voice.” In August, the Studio partnered with Impact One, a gang-prevention organization, to bring aerosol artist CHOR BOOGIE from San Francisco
To continue in Bellows’ tradition of fostering the education of young artists, the Studio will host WISHBONE 2012 at the Bemis Center from 7 to 10 p.m. on October 6. The inaugural fundraiser aims to grow a base of supporters and generate operating revenue. “We’re going to provide an experience,” Meysenburg said. “It’s an ungala.” Quixotic Fusion (“Think sort of Cirque de Soleil,” she said) will perform a routine inspired by the Kent Bellows Studio. Tickets start at $75 and include complimentary beverages. Premier-level tickets are $350 (access for four, a bottle of wine, a bistro table, plus the complimentary beverages), and lounge-level tickets are $700 (access for eight, a private lounge, and two bottles of wine, and of course the complimentary drinks). Guests may purchase tickets at wishbone2012.eventbrite.com.
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labor of love. NURTURING BUDDING ARTISTS the kent bellows studio and center for visual arts provides mentorship and guidance for omaha youth to explore their artistic talents. the studio will host wishbone 2012 in october to raise funds for future programming.
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FRED (DECEASED) & ROSE BRUNING
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owners, managers & caterers | Big Fred’s Pizza Luckily for pizza aficionados in Omaha, Fred chose restaurateur over police officer in 1965. Along with wife Rose they began what is now Big Fred’s Pizza and the tradition continues as a family owned business with the third generation involved. Active in the community, Big Fred’s support many charities and athletic teams in the metro area.
ROSE & FRED BRUNING
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.
education & Food service | westside HigH scHool Education for present and future generations is the core of Diane’s teaching philosophy. A dedicated educator, Diane’s career includes numerous recognitions for healthy eating, living and preventative maintenance. She has been recognized at local, regional and national levels for the work in education and government.
The 19th annual Omaha Hospitality Hall of Fame Annual Dinner and Induction Ceremony will be held Sunday, Oct. 21 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 of Culinary Arts at Metropolitan Community College.
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CONSTANTINE F. (DEANO) MEARES (DECEASED) cHeF Deano began his work in the hospitality industry as the young age of 10 working in his parents’ cafes. His career took off from there until his death when he was still active as owner and operator of Cascio’s. Deano established Omaha’s first Greek restaurant; Deano’s Greek Village in 1966 and was owner/chef of local dining spots including Casablanca and Harkert’s BarBQ.
ROSS (DECEASED), CHUCK, RON, BOB CANIGLIA
CHUCK, RON AND BOB CANIGLIA (NOT PICTURED: ROSS CANIGLIA)
owners, managers & caterers | caniglia’s Pizzeria Ross opened the original Caniglia’s Pizzeria in 1946. Known for his friendly smile, once you met Ross you were a friend for life. His hobbies were working at the restaurant and fishing. Pride of family, community and heritage mixed with spaghetti sauce creates a foundation for Caniglias’ commitment to Italian food. Chuck, Ron and Bob’s greatgrandmother founded the Santa Lucia Festival and the family has been honored by the festival as well as the Sons of Italy for contributions to the community. Along with restaurants over the years, the family has also been involved in commercial developments throughout the metro area.
CONSTANTINE F. (DEANO) MEARES
NICHOLAS C. PETROW (DECEASED)
owners, managers & caterers | Petrow’s restaurant As a young immigrant to the United States in the early 1900s, Nicholas developed a passion for providing good food and customer service working his way to Omaha via hotels and restaurants in New York, Chicago and Minneapolis. He joined his brothers at Petrow’s in Fremont and then partnered with Michael Giannou over a number of years to operate Crystal Candy Company, Candy Land, Sunset Tea Room, N and T Cafe, Igloo Drive In, Five Corners and opened Petrow’s in 1952.
NICK C. PETROW
owners, managers & caterers | Petrow’s restaurant Nick worked for family throughout his high school and college years; for his father at Petrow’s, and his godfather and uncles at their various establishments. A degree from UNL took him throughout the Midwest and he returned to Omaha in 1992 to take over the family business.
NICHOLAS C. PETRO, NICK C. PETROW, AND CHRIS PETROW
owners, managers & caterers | Petrow’s restaurant Chris celebrates a lifelong relationship with Omaha’s food and hospitality industry, having worked for his father and other prominent Greeks in the restaurant industry. Chris was instrumental in bringing the Greek Festivals to Omaha. He owned and operated Petrow’s for 35 years and is proud of his military service.
The event begins at 5 p.m. at the ICA, Fort Omaha Campus, located at 32nd and Sorensen Parkway. For ticket information, call (402) 493-4739 or order online at firstname.lastname@example.org
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STORY BY JAYME GEORGE | PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION
the right studies show THE AVERAGE U.S. ADULT IS FACED WITH AN UNBELIEVABLE 35,000 DECISIONS EVERY DAY. It starts the moment we get out of bed. Wait. Back up. Our first choice is simply to get out of bed. How many times did you “decide” to hit snooze this morning? Once we’ve decided to face the day on our feet, the decisions come at us like rapid fire. To shave or not to shave? Long sleeves or short? White toast or wheat? Walk, bike, drive or carpool? By the time we get to our first actual task of the day, we’re on the way to decision fatigue which can lead to the choice of least resistance. Decision fatigue is often the reason we reach for that candy bar in the grocery store checkout line when our cart is full of heart-healthy foods. Research reveals rash decisions or bad choices are often a result of mental exhaustion.
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The problem, according to the American Heart “Choosing to attend the Go Red For Women Expo is not Association, is that not all choices are created equal and only a fun choice, it could save your life or someone you know,” Hernandez said. the important ones for your health don’t always have the most immediate consequences. Joining Hernandez in event leadership roles are Honorary Chair Sandy Callahan, and Circle of Red Chair “The decisions we think least about - the ones we think Kate Dodge. are most insignificant - can actually be the ones that matter most,” said Jennifer Redmond, Omaha Metro The Go Red For Women Expo opens at 4:30 p.m. with executive director for the American Heart registration, health expo, empowerment sessions, Association.“Stairs or elevator. Baked or fried. and a “purse-inality” silent auction. At 6:30 p.m., The small choices add up and can literally be the guests will enter the ballroom for dinner and an difference between life and death.” inspirational program which includes a keynote address by Dr. Joann Schaefer. To address the importance of good decisions, Omaha Go Red For Women, the American Heart Association’s campaign rallying the community to fight heart disease in women, is using its signature event this year to educate guests in “making the right choices” for themselves and their health. “Our goal with the Go Red For Women movement and the Go Red For Women Expo is to empower, educate, and save lives one choice at a time,” Redmond said. The Go Red For Women Expo, presented by Methodist Health System on Sept. 18, features a health expo and sit-down dinner program focusing on the challenges and rewards of positive choices. Even thinking about the sheer number of choices you make in a single day can be exhausting, but Karen Cannia, cardiovascular service line executive for Methodist Health System, assures there is good news when it comes to decision making and your health. Just as bad choices can lead to more bad choices, one positive choice often leads to another, she says.
Schaefer is the state’s Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Division of Public Health for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. On the last day of her residency, Schaefer found out she would need a liver transplant. That news set her on an incredible journey filled with choices. “Joann’s story is one I could hear over and over again and get goose bumps every time. I think people will be surprised to learn about the starring role heart health and American Heart Association-funded research play in her story,” Hernandez said. “I know every person in the room will leave feeling inspired and empowered to make positive choices for their body, mind, and spirit,” Hernandez said. Omaha’s Go Red For Women Expo aims to raise $200,000 for the cause through this event. The campaign uses the dollars to increase awareness of heart disease among women and fund medical research and professional education.
“The key is to make positive choices part of your lifestyle. If you regularly take a morning walk, it doesn’t take long for it to become less of a choice and more of a habit,” said Cannia.
Tickets to the Go Red For Women Expo cost $75 each and must be reserved by Sept. 4. Purchase tickets and learn more by visiting www.OmahaGoRedForWomen.org or calling Terri at (402) 346-0771 ext. 12.
Go Red For Women Expo Chair Pam Alfrey Hernandez, executive vice president of Operations and Strategy at Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Company, says this year’s Go Red For Women Expo theme is significant for everyone.
“The Go Red For Women Expo helps women get the information they need to ensure they are not one of the hundreds of thousands of women that die from heart disease each year,” said Hernandez. “Make the right choice – Go Red!” m
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120 and one one years of faith in
ruth henrichs, 1976: FRESH OUT OF GRAD SCHOOL, STARTED AT LUTHERAN FAMILY SERVICES AS A PREGNANCY AND ADOPTION COUNSELOR. SHE MOVED UP UNTIL SHE REACHED HER PRESENT DAY POSITION AS PRESIDENT OF THE STATEWIDE FAMILY SERVICES ORGANIZATION. “I came on when LFS was very focused on children,” Henrichs said. “As LFS expanded its programs, I was given opportunities to grow professionally.”
the challenge Ever since its beginning in 1892 as two orphanages in Omaha and Fremont, LFS has had a mission. “We’re about building and strengthening families,” Henrichs said. “People don’t live in isolation. It might be just one person coming to see us, but they live in a family, no matter how they define it.”
IMMANUEL DEACONESS HOME | 34th Ave & Fowler, omAhA | circA 1891-1892
While the orphanages have long since given way to a multi-service human care organization with adoption, counseling, and refugee services, its mission has never been altered. “We express God’s love for all people,” Henrichs said. “Emphasis on all. Our mission doesn’t say ‘Lutheran neighbors.’ Ninety percent of the people we serve aren’t Lutherans.” Three core competencies manifest the organization’s mission: Behavioral health, children’s services, and community services. Just a few of the specific ways these are expressed are through immigration services, employment assistance, foster care, trauma treatment for veterans, substance abuse services, and mental health counseling. Add to that the complexity of funding a nonprofit organization of such size, and the human care service industry can seem a very daunting field indeed. “On my worst day, all I have to do is go home and think of someone who got help today,” Henrichs said. “Someone who avoided suicide. A child who found safety. A girl who had someone with her in the delivery room. What I do is a part of making sure that all happens.”
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action LUTHERAN FAMILY SERVICES the courage
Henrichs all but bursts with pride when she discusses the staff of LFS. For example, she noted with enthusiasm that on any given day, anywhere between 10 and 30 languages are spoken at the LFS offices. “People who work here need a paycheck like anyone else, but these people are called,” she said. “It’s part of their passion. They have the courage to walk into many situations.”
Henrichs hasn’t done direct service since 1984, but don’t start thinking that she doesn’t get to see remarkable stories first hand. Last April, she had the privilege of greeting a refugee family alongside Mayor Jim Suttle at the Omaha airport. “Usually by the time families reach the Midwest by plane, they’ve been traveling for a long time,” Henrichs said.
worst day, all I have to do is go home, “onandmy think of someone who got help today.” ~ RUTH HENRICHS PRESIDENT AND CEO, LUTHERAN FAMILY SERVICES
One situation Henrichs witnessed for herself was the nonprofit’s first international adoption six years ago in China. With its roots in child services (remember those two orphanages that started it all more than a century ago?), LFS has long been a leader in adoption programming. “We’re always open to new ideas,” she said. In the 1980s the organization was one of the first to implement open adoption. A birth mom would tell us what she was seeking in a family. She could select on paper a prospective family. It’s really changed.” Courage isn’t required only in the field. Those in the office need it too. “We’ve never been afraid to take on unpopular causes,” Henrichs said. “And it takes courage to have a program that has the word sex in it. The organization began an incest treatment program twenty years ago that ministers to both victim and perpetrator, and ten years ago, it introduced a program addressing the needs of children who have been sexually abused or those who are acting out sexually.”
The Mayor was so impressed with the experience that he asked Henrichs to make sure he met the family again in a year to see how they were adjusting to life in Omaha. “We are beginning slowly to embrace a global society in Nebraska,” she said. “And we’re learning that a global society means others can come here, not just us going there. We’re richer for it.” On August 26, that richness was celebrated in North Platte (a central location for the smaller towns served by the statewide organization) with the first of two parties for LFS’ 120th anniversary. Invitees from Omaha and Lincoln may find it easier to attend the La Vista festivities on the 16th of September, where Henrichs hopes that some guests may be able to visit with counselors from as many as 40 years ago. m
sweet couture is a fundraising event for the omaha restaurant association. money raised will be used toward culinary scholarships and a donation to the food bank, while highlighting the talents of omaha pastry chefs and designers, collaborating to design and create chocolate dresses to be worn by live models.
m’s pub/vivace WHAT OR WHO INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A CHEF? My Mom: she would make designs in cake batter with the beaters [and] form tiny pies for me. As a child, I watched cooking shows and pretended to teach my “audience” how to create sweet delights. Seeing the joy in someone’s eyes when you give them something homemade [is] still what I love most about being a pastry chef.
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WHAT OR WHO INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A CHEF? In Culinary School in my Chocolate/Sugar class I had that epiphany moment when I knew that Chocolate [was my dream] pastry chef [calling!]
WHAT IS THE CRAZIEST REQUEST YOU EVER RECEIVED? A cake that looked like a tree stump with the bride and groom’s initials “carved” WHAT IS THE CRAZIEST into it. But the craziest part was that she REQUEST YOU EVER RECEIVED? wanted a life size chocolate squirrel on this Outlandish bachelor/bachelorette cakes. tree stump, [and squirrels actually freak me My three year old cousin requested a out.] I searched for the perfect mold that “Red Rocketship Flying to the Moon.” was cute and storybook-ish. I loved him. It was the first time I had to find a way He was, after all, made of chocolate. for cake to defy gravity.
HOW DO YOU HOW DO YOU “ACCESSORIZE” YOUR SWEETS? “ACCESSORIZE” YOUR SWEETS? Piped chocolate designs, curly tuiles and For plated desserts I will use small dried fruits are among some of my favorites. crispy cookies, fruits, sauces, and chocolate garnishes. WHICH OF YOUR CREATIONS REQUIRE THE MOST TIME & PRECISION WORK? WHICH OF YOUR CREATIONS REQUIRE Molded chocolates are truly a labor of love. THE MOST TIME & PRECISION WORK? Every cavity of the mold is hand polished Artisan Chocolates which are each hand before being painted with different colors of crafted with specific fillings/decorations and cocoa butter. Tiny bits of gold leaf are specialty cakes which can take hours or days. added, and then [there’s still more work…]
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WHAT OR WHO INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A CHEF? My Grandma Sheldon: she was always making chocolates, pies, and cakes that were as beautiful as they were delicious. Her house was filled with [sweet aromas] and ornate antiques. It’s been my goal to recreate that experience for everyone who enters my shop. WHAT IS THE CRAZIEST REQUEST YOU EVER RECEIVED? Last year at Christmas we [designed and made] six different storybook themed cordial cherry boxes in just two hours! Three Blind Mice, Goldilocks, Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs, etc. The little pigs were absolutely adorable! We often get crazy requests– everything from ballerinas to Harley Davidson motorcycles! We’ve made cordial cherries that look like hamburgers, dice, elephants, polar bears, and more… WHICH OF YOUR CREATIONS REQUIRE THE MOST TIME & PRECISION WORK? Our Monarch Butterflies are true works of art– the wings are carefully shaped using chocolate and the body is sculpted by hand out of rolled fondant. Every detail is handpainted with colored cocoa butter.
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WHAT OR WHO INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A CHEF? My mom and family. WHAT IS THE CRAZIEST REQUEST YOU EVER RECEIVED? Decorated cakes for bachelor/bachelorette parties. HOW DO YOU “ACCESSORIZE” YOUR SWEETS? For plated desserts I will use small crispy cookies, fruits, sauces, and chocolate garnishes. WHICH OF YOUR CREATIONS REQUIRE THE MOST TIME & PRECISION WORK? Wedding cakes and bigger banquet parties that require a lot or pre-planning and prep work.
WHAT OR WHO INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A CHEF? I originally entered the pastry world with the intent of decorating wild cakes. The more immersed I became in this industry, the more my passion for plated desserts and chocolate work grew. HOW DO YOU “ACCESSORIZE” YOUR SWEETS? I love adding delicate chocolate accents to my desserts. Anytime I can incorporate color through the use of fresh fruit or fruit sorbets, it takes a dessert to the next level. WHICH OF YOUR CREATIONS REQUIRE THE MOST TIME & PRECISION WORK? I also work at Le Voltaire Restaurant Francais and we always have dessert specials running for the weekend. Many of the desserts are based on classical French technique, which take time and a lot of practice. You can’t skimp on anything or the results will be so-so.
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back to school FINANCIAL PLANNING
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your child off at college can be both nostalgic and nerve-racking. Memories of taking your child to kindergarten or pre-school on their first day come floating back; while the lingering expense of college weighs heavy in the back of your mind. With the cost of college rising annually, many parents are asking the question – when should I start saving and how much will I need?
These may seem like questions that do not need to be addressed while your child is just beginning to walk or still in diapers. However, that is the perfect time to begin discussing a college savings plan with your financial advisor. You may be surprised at how many decisions you will be making. What will tuition be for a four-year college education in 18 years? How much of my child’s college will I pay for? Will my child go to a graduate program or an Ivy-league school? While these are all questions to be considered when planning for your child’s college education, there are other questions you need to ask yourself- What if something happens to me? What if I am disabled or pass away, what will happen? How will I be able to send my child to the college of their choice? Saving for tuition through a Section 529 savings plan is a great idea for your child’s education. A 529 plan is a tax-advantaged program designed to help people and families save for their children’s future college education expenses. You can use the funds in a 529 to pay for higher education expenses such as tuition, required fees, books, supplies and in some instances even room and board. Moreover, a Section 529 plan is not just for parents! We all know it takes a ‘village to raise a child’, so even grandparents can open a Section 529 plan for their grandchildren. Like with many things subject to Internal Revenue Code, the specifics of the plan can be a little tricky for the average individual to maneuver, so it is best to rely on the advice of your financial advisor to help you determine what will work best for your specific situation. A 529 plan is not the only way you need to protect your child’s dream of going to college. If you were in an accident or suffered from a life threatening illness, how would you continue to contribute to the 529? Do you have adequate disability coverage in place to insure your income? What if one of these incidents actually took your life? Does your life insurance plan include the costs of sending your child or children to college? Most of us worry about the day-to-day expenses like the mortgage, car payments, food and clothing. But do we truly think far enough ahead to plan for our child’s education in the tragic event of our death or disability? Like choosing a college, there is never a “one-fit for all” solution to financing the expenses of higher education. It is best to sit down with your advisor and make sure you are considering all aspects.
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Walk for the Animals Sept 30, 2010 8:30 to noon on the NHS Campus Dog lovers won’t want to miss Walk for the Animals. Not only is it our biggest annual fundraiser, it’s also one of the biggest gatherings of dogs in the metro. This year as you enjoy the vendors and silent auction you can watch the Purina Incredible Dog Team in action. These high flying disc dogs really wow the crowd. If you haven’t signed up to participate there is still time. Go to www.nehumanesociety.org/walk for information and online sign up. Help us help homeless animals and have a great time too!
Bone Jour Dog Daycare Your One Stop for Dog Care Omaha’s original Dog Daycare offers day play, overnight boarding and grooming too! Are you planning a fun weekend getaway? Fido can have his own fun at Bone Jour. We offer supervised play during the day, the same watchful staff overnight, and we can professionally groom your pooch (and cat) too. Our staff has experience you can trust, and the best dog-to-handler ratio in the metro! Call 571-2273 or log on to www.Bonejour.org for boarding and daycare. For grooming call 402-571-8200. The Kings: Riley, TJ, Tina, Yogi, Steve, and Delaney (seated in front) with Gracie
Steve and Tina King Steve and Tina King are pet people from early childhood. You might have heard one of Steve’s many anecdotes as he hosts his morning radio program on CD-105.9. “I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have a dog growing up,” says Steve. While the Kings love their two cats, it’s the dogs who are more appreciative of the family’s active lifestyle. “We are crazy enough to take them all camping,” he adds. That doesn’t sound so crazy until you realize that their three dogs take up more space than the four humans. There is TJ, a golden retriever, adopted from NHS as a youngster about a year ago. “He was very submissive and had some big confidence issues,” explains Tina, “but we’ve taken him through a couple of classes at NHS and he’s really come out of his shell.” He joined Gracie, their resident Landseer Newfoundland who is also an NHS training class graduate. Yogi, their most recent addition, picked Tina. The labradoodle arrived at NHS after being housed in a barn, the product of a home breeding operation that got way out of hand. Tina couldn’t resist his curly face and Yogi can’t leave Tina’s side. “We actually used the Behavior Helpline because he started guarding me on walks,” she explains, “it was really helpful.” The Kings know that management is key with multiple dogs and active kids. But they wouldn’t have it any other way. “The house just wouldn’t seem like a home without the dogs.”
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JOSLYN CASTLE CLASSIC CAR SHOW & GALA
AK-SAR-BEN ROYAL COURT WELCOME WEEKEND
NEBRASKA MEDICAL CENTER POLO FOR PATIENTS
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PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAN FLANIGAN & AK-SAR-BEN WOMEN’S BALL CMTE.
AK-SAR-BEN CORONATION BALL CXVI
welcome week BRUNCH JULIE KENNEY AND JULIE TAYLOR
BRUNCH MATT HERGENRADER AND PARKER ANDERSON WITH BOBBY SCHMID AND BLAKE ALBERS
BRUNCH SALLY STALNAKER, JASON MARTZ, DREW MOYER, LAUREN DAVIS AND MARY KAY YOUNG
BRUNCH STEVE MARTIN AND DR. AMY HADDAD
KYLE ROBINO WITH HUSBAND MIKE AND 2011 KING DERYL F. HAMANN AND WIFE, RAMONA
SUSAN MCGILLICK (FAR RIGHT) WITH (FROM LEFT TO RIGHT) CYDNEY KOUKOL, STACY WILSON, KELLY THEDINGER, AND VIV EWING
BLAKE ALBERS, MADDIE WINUM, RICHARD CLAUSSEN, JENNA KRIEGER AND KANE WARREN
MEREDITH DE SOUZA, AVERY LEHR, SAMUEL CLARK, REBECCA NODDLE AND ABBEY DYER
PRINCESS RACHEL WARE WITH HER PARENTS TERRI AND TOM WARE
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KATHY LANGDON (SECOND FROM RIGHT) SURROUNDED BY (FROM LEFT TO RIGHT) STACY WILSON, KIM SIMON, AND SUSAN MCGILLICK
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end ON JULY 31ST The 2012 Princesses, hearTland Princesses, escorTs, hearTland escorTs, were welcomed aT a cockTail ParTy hosTed by The ak-sar-ben women’s ball commiTTee, in The Physician’s muTual building, 2600 dodge sTreeT. a light cocktail buffet was served as the 2012 royal court was introduced at this informal gathering. a traditional prelude to the formal brunch, the Princesses, heartland Princesses, escorts, heartland escorts, and their families meet for the first time at this casual affair. guests were greeted by the 2012 women’s ball committee chairman, kelly Thedinger, and her husband, britt; women’s ball committee advisor kyle robino and her husband, mike; The 2011 Queen mary catherine landen and her parents, Patty and c.l. landen iii; and 2011 king deryl F. hamann and his wife, ramona; and the coronation ball chairman steve martin and his wife, dr. amy haddad. susan mcgillick served as royal court welcome chairman and stacy wilson served as assistant chairman.
ON JULY 29TH The oFFicial inTroducTion oF The 2012 royal courT oF The 116Th ak-sar-ben coronaTion and scholarshiP ball was held aT cenTurylink cenTer omaha. guests were greeted by women’s ball committee chairman kelly Thedinger and kyle robino, advisor and the 2011 chairman. kathy langdon served as royal court brunch chairwoman. kim simon served as assistant chair. Jeffrey Taxman, ak-sar-ben coronation and scholarship ball’s Prime minister, announced court members - Princesses, heartland Princesses, escorts, heartland escorts, standard bearers and Pages, as well as the women’s ball committee members and governors and councilors of the knight of ak-sar-ben. court of honor 2012 members were announced: Joan h. squires, The arts; dr. ken e. bird, education; dr. linda b. Ford, Professions; and Paul c. Jessen, business & industry, posthumously. The ak-sar-ben Foundation staff, official royal court appointees, reigning monarchs 2011 Queen mary catherine landen and parents Patty and c.l. landen iii, and 2011 king deryl F. hamann, and wife, ramona, as well as past ak-sar-ben royalty were introduced.. The 116th Ak-Sar-Ben Coronation and Scholarship Ball will be saturday, october 13, 2012, at the centurylink center omaha. The public is welcome and tickets are available by calling the knights of ak-sar-ben Foundation office at 402-554-9600, ext.106. The coronation is a fundraising vehicle for the ak-sar-ben scholarships offered in conjunction with the horatio alger Foundation for students in need of financial assistance to attain a college degree. each dollar provided by ak-sar-ben is matched by the university of nebraska system and creighton university if scholars choose to attend those schools. The program has the highest graduation rate of any of the horatio alger scholarship programs at 96%. For a list of this year’s local scholars log on to: https://www.horatioalger.org/scholarships/2012awards. m
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WalkingTall JDRF Walk To Cure DiabeTes More than 4,000 walkers representing local corporations, families, schools and other organizations participated in the 21st annual Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF. This year’s Walk to Cure Diabetes was held Saturday, August 11th at the Lewis & Clark Landing. Fundraising efforts will continue through early September with the goal of exceeding last year’s walk total of $800,000 for type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.
CHRIS’ CRUSADERS “ROCK THE CURE”
New this year, JDRF hosted over 250 runners at its first annual T1D 5K Dash, sponsored by Land O’ Frost. CenturyLink was the presenting sponsor for the Walk and Danny Pate, Vice President and General Manager served as this year’s Corporate Chair. “CenturyLink is proud to partner with JDRF to find a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D) that affects as many as 3 million Americans,” said Danny Pate. “The costby of diabetes – both in terms of health care Photos linda shepard and the individual toll it takes on people with the disease and their families – will rise this year. Now more than ever, JDRF needs our support and funds to maintain the pace of research and expedite treatments for today and a cure for tomorrow. By working together, we will make a difference and find a cure for T1D.”
BRIAN ROSMAN, AMEE ZETZMAN, DANNY PATE, JAMES KRIST, KENDALL WERTS AND JACQUELINE PHILLIPS
T1D 5K DASH RUNNERS CROSS THE BOB KERRY PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE
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Heart2Heart american cancer society HoPe in THe HearTlanD The Inaugural Hope in the Heartland Gala benefitting the American Cancer Society was held on July 27th at Stinson Park at Aksarben Village with an "Evening at the Races.” In the inaugural year, event chair Bryan Slone felt the horse racing theme provided a more casual attire and relaxed atmosphere, with food stations rather than catared meals.
BILL AND JERI TECH WITH LESLIE AND BRYAN SLONE
TIM AND CONNIE SULLIVAN
Attendance: approximately 350 Funds Raised: $208,000 (gross) Catering: Donated by: Aksarben Cinema, A Catered Affair, Fernando's Mexican Cuisine, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Godfather's Pizza, Jones Bros. Cupcakes, Noodle Zoo, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Sullivan's Steakhouse, and Vivace. Chairs: Bryan & Leslie Slone Photos by linda shepard Honorary Chairs: William & Jeri Tech Governor Dave Heineman was in attendance C.S. & Marilyn Johnson and 2013 Hope in the Heartland Chairs Tim & Connie Sullivan
DEB SEATON, HOLLY GOODRICH AND JOY KING
Event Highlights: The horse racing tent. One could purchase "play money" and bet on a series of video races. Winners of the races would get put into a drawing for a fully stocked bar. There was also a successful live auction which included trips to Chicago, New York City and Napa Valley (to name a few), along with a beautiful Elisa Ilana diamond necklace, a Texas Hunting Adventure, and artwork painted by three brave little girls who are battling and/or cancer survivors.
MARY JO AND BOB LANGDON
BROOKE AND AARON WEGNER WITH MEGAN AND A.J. STEELE
C.S. AND MARILYN JOHNSON, JOY KING WITH LESLIE AND BRYAN SLONE
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. as raising funds to help cancer research. For more information visit www.cancer.org or www.hopeintheheartlandomaha.org Photos by Dan flanigan
KELLY THEDINGER AND JULIE TAYLOR
BRAD AND ANDREA HEFFELFINGER WITH TRICIA AND RICK MONTAGUE
The American Cancer Society would like to thank our chairs Bryan and Leslie Slone and the committee of the Inaugural Hope in the Heartland Gala which raised over $200,000! With such a strong finish, we want to acknowledge the support of everyone involved in our winners circle.
Nebraska Medical Center Oriental Trading Company Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center Travel & Transport Inc. MAHA C.S. & Marilyn Johnson 29
Bank of the West ConAgra Foods Deloitte First National Bank of Omaha
HDR, Inc. Kolley Jessen T.D. Ameritrade Wells Fargo Bank
Omaha World Herald Union Pacific Bryan & LeslieMAHA Slone
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TODD SIMON AND HESSE MCGRAW
ANGIE URZENDOWSKI FISHER, ASHELY URZENDOWSKI AND JAMES HERMSEN
DAVE NELSON, SARA JEAN AND NEIL NOVAK
HANK NOVAK, MIKE BATTERSHELL AND SENATOR HEATH MELLO
Emerging Terrain recently hosted Elevate, an epic dinner celebration on June 3rd along the 36th Street Bridge over I-80. The event was a follow-up to their 2010 Harvest Dinner that celebrated the first installment of Stored Potential: the covering of an unused grain elevator adjacent to the interstate. The first 13 art banners relating to food, land use, and agriculture created an iconic view for travelers along Omaha’s busiest corridor and served as a reminder of the effects of urban transformation. In May 2012, Stored Potential continued with the addition of 13 new banners that explored the theme of Transport(ation) and completed the covering of the entire west side of the grain elevator. To celebrate, Elevate was conceived as a one-of-a-kind dining experience at the intersection of both banner topics--food, land use, agriculture and transport(ation). The result was an unprecedented collaboration between teams of food and spatial designers in a unexpected public space. Teams designed and constructed 19 unique ‘elevation stations’ that lined the bridge and served a small dinner course of the freshest ingredients grown locally. All 500 Elevate attendees were assigned a unique sequence in which they visited 6 stations, with the intent that each would spark an engaging conversation about the interconnectedness of the food on our table and the way in which it gets there, ultimately encouraging citizens to examine the role they play in the structure and layout of our physical City. Emerging Terrain is a research and design non-profit organization operating with the mission to creatively engage the public on factors shaping the built environment. Their innovative projects look to make the Omaha Metro area a more engaging, thoughtful, vibrant and livable place. For more information visit emergingterrain.org.
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fonda&friends feature IV in suPPorT of filM sTreaMs’ ruTH sokolof THeaTer Special Guest: Jane Fonda in conversation with Alexander Payne Surprise Guest: Laura Dern (Laura was the special guest of the first Feature event in 2008) When It Happened: Sunday, July 22, 2012 Where: Holland Performing Arts Center Why: To support Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater, Omaha’s nonprofit cinema. Film Streams Mission: To enhance the cultural environment of Omaha through the presentation and discussion of film as an art form. Honorary Chair: Susie Buffett
LAURA DERN, ALEXANDER PAYNE, SUSIE BUFFETT AND JANE FONDA
LAURA BURHENN, RACHEL JACOBSON, STEPHEN OSBERG AND DEIDRE BACKS
BILL AND DEANNE FAIRFIELD WITH CHRIS AND RON BLUMKIN
Gold Hosts: Annette & Paul G. Smith, Sokolof/Javitch Family, Katie Weitz White & Watie White Silver Hosts: Laura & Michael Alley, Janice & Bob Batt, Sue, Chris & Madeleine Behr, Bluestem Prairie Foundation, Borsheims Fine Jewelry & Gifts, Roger B. Devor, Nancy & David Jacobson, Kiewit Corporation, Kutak Rock, LLP, Susan & Mike Lebens, Maggie & Robert E. (Bob) Mundy, The Porter Family, Dr. & Mrs. Joel Schlessinger, Betiana & Todd Simon, Jim & Kathy Simpson, Valmont Industries, Inc., Brenda & Michael Whealy. Attendance: 1,300 tickets reserved Funds Raised: $226,230 (gross) Film Streams is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the cultural environment of the Omaha-Council Bluffs area through the presentation and discussion of film as an art form. For more information, visit www.filmstreams.org.
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Gloriana, Jeremy McComb and Matt Stillwell
SEP 21 USAF Heartland of America Band Brass in Blue
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SEP 28 Hal France and Friends
SEP 14 Omaha Area Youth Orchestra and the UNO Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra
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CastlegoneMad! joslyn castle ClaSSiC Car Show & gala
JEANIE OWEN, JERRY VINCENTINA, NANO LITTLE
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The Joslyn Castle Trust held the 3nd annual Joslyn Castle Classic Weekend on July 27 – 29. The weekend culminated in a Classic Car Show on Sunday. The final weekend in July was filled with activities for Castle enthusiasts of all stripes – cars, fashion, history, style, and most importantly, fun. Offerings included a Fashion Show, a ‘Mad Men’ Gala and a Classic Car Show. “Nearly 1800 people came to the Castle’s events over the weekend. All of the events were filled to capacity,” said Mark Maser, director of Marketing & Development for the Joslyn Castle Trust.
MARY JOCHIM AND JOHN DEE
Mary and John Mitchell were honored at the Friday evening dinner, the Castle goes Mad Gala. The Mad Men theme, conceived by Joslyn Castle board member, Mary Jochim, began with signature cocktails and appetizers on the grounds of the estate, with a gourmet dinner served by Attitude on Food inside the Castle. The evening’s menu was created from the popular Omaha restaurant, the Golden Apple. The Golden Apple had been owned by the Mitchells. Guests enjoyed dancing to the sound of the live Mainstream Jazz Quintet band featuring Charles Kilgore.
JAMES AND POLO MARTIN DAVIS WITH MARY AND RICHARD PARRISH
Event Chair, Jeanie Owen, Fundraising Chair for the Friends of Joslyn Castle, a support group of the Joslyn Castle Trust, said, "The ’Mad Men’ theme was very well received and it was fun to see our lunch and gala attendees get into the spirit by dressing the part. Our tremendous volunteers, supporters and all the attendees made the entire weekend a fabulous success.” The Car Classic was chaired by Jerry Vincentini with a strong committee that was divided into committee chairs for automobiles representing every decade from 1900 to 1960. Paul Jensen and Rich Schultz chaired the organization of the motorcycles.
MARY AND JOHN MITCHELL WITH JEANIE OWEN
CATHERINE CATHERINE AND WAYNE AND WAYNE CRUMBLEY CRUMBLEY WITH WITH ANN MARIE KENNY AND SCOTT MORRIS
MARK MASER AND PAUL LEDWON
MICHAEL PARTAIN, MARY KATE SOSSI, KATRINA WELLS PARTAIN AND ANTHONY MAZZARA
An incentive to do more good.
Nano Little, executive director of the Joslyn Castle Trust, said, “this just a great event and a wonderful way to see the Joslyn Castle… over the weekend.” The event raised nearly $45,000.00. All proceeds for this event benefit the restoration and preservation of the Joslyn Castle and grounds. Photos by Dan Flanigan
Open a new charitable account by Dec. 15, and we’ll match 10 percent of your donation, up to $1,000. Thanks to the Carmen and John Gottschalk Foundation and the William and Ruth Scott Family Foundation, whose generous support made this incentive possible. For more information, call (402) 342-3458 or visit omahafoundation.org/incentive.
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The Thursday evening dinner event is the kickoff for the two day event which ends in a golf scramble on Friday at one of Nebraska’s finest golf courses, Quarry Oaks in Ashland. Sponsors, local and national celebrities and guests teed off and were able to celebrate $230,070 raised for the Nebraska chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation with the help of 5-year-old patient Sam who served as the honorary guest and assisted with announcing the start of the golf tournament on the microphone by saying, “Ready, Set, Go!” Golf and sponsorship packages include an impressive Nike player’s package, Bang Bang Shrimp & Crab Cakes from Bonefish Grill on the 18th hole and much more. The 2012 Links to a Cure committee chairs were Sam Tynan and Matt Hickey. “We are very humbled by the community’s generosity and support of Links to a Cure. It is because of events like this that we have come so close to finding the breakthrough drugs in which are giving so much hope to our patient families in that a cure/control for Cystic Fibrosis is within reach”, Angela Kros, Executive Director.
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wine,Swine &rhyme! completely kids℠ PinoT, PigS & PoeTS Proceeds from the third annual Pinot, Pigs & Poets supporting Omaha nonprofit Completely KIDS℠ exceeded $140,000, event organizers announced on Friday. Nearly 400 people attended what has become one of Omaha’s premier wine and food events for an evening of wine lover’s paradise and hog heaven cuisine on June 8 at Happy Hollow Club.
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“We were overwhelmed by the support from the community for this event and Completely KIDS℠,” said Jodie Mackintosh, one of the Pinot, Pigs & Poets committee members. “It was a great evening supporting a very worthy cause.” Due to the success of Pinot, Pigs and Poets, Completely KIDS℠ was able to increase the number of children enrolled in the Weekend Food Program. For more information visit www.completelykids.org.
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The Friends of the Omaha Zoo organization held Tails and Cocktails on Thursday, April 12, 2012 attracting 184 people. The event was held in the new Education Conference Center inside the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium. There were three sponsors for Tails and Cocktails for Sac Federal Credit Union, Nebraska Aquatic Equipment and Control Services. The event offered an exclusive behind the scenes tour, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. All money raised went towards scholarships for the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. Co chairs were Kara Pfister and Melissa KozakFreed, President Kim Burkhalter.
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gorgeous gardens munroe-meyer guild garDen walk Preview More than 1,200 people strolled through six Omaha gardens on June 10 to admire the work of the green thumbs who live there. Whether they came to get ideas for their own gardens or just to ‘ohh’ and ‘ahh’ at the landscaping, water features, plants and flowers, attendees were impressed with what they saw at the 44rd Garden Walk. The event brings in a large amount of funding for grants at UNMC’s MunroeMeyer Institute (MMI). This year’s event raised approximately $22,000. That money will be used to benefit children and adults with developmental disabilities through programs and projects at MMI. The Garden Walk is put on by the Munroe-Meyer Guild. “About one-third of our members have a child with a disability,” said Guild member Deb Timm. “And the other members know someone who does, so this is a cause that is really close to our hearts.” In the past, funds have supported: •Gait training to improve walking in children with cerebral palsy •Stipends for graduate student preparing to teach children with disabilities •Social skills training for children and adolescents with severe social impairments Mark your calendars for next year’s Garden Walk set for Sunday, June 9, 2013.
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TeDx omaha MoMenTuM TEDxOmaha has released the speaker lineup and location for its third annual public event. TEDxOmaha 2012 will be held from 12-6pm on Saturday, October 13th at Creighton University’s Harper Center, occupying the Hixson-Lied Auditorium, which seats 499 people. The independently organized event, licensed by TED, will be streamed live in its entirety and be professionally video recorded. Tickets will go on sale on Monday, September 10th, on the TEDxOmaha website, http://TEDxOmaha.com. Speakers and Performers include Dr. Renasia Anthony, UNMC, Ms. Ricki Duffy, Musician, Dr. Tom Gouttierre, UNO, Dr. Jim Harter, Gallup, Ms. Pamela Hernandez, Woodmen of the World, Dr. Kim Hoogeveen, MindSet, former CEO of Quality Living Inc, Ms. Catherine Lang, Nebraska Department of Labor, Ms. Karen Linder, author of The Women of Berkshire Hathaway, Mr. David Martin, CNN, Mr. Kent McCuddin, Brain Therapy, Mr. Michael Murphy, Musician, Mr. Jack Phillips, New Tree School, Mr. Mike Smith, Skate for Change, and Mr. Ian Vickers, Global Partners in Hope. TEDx talks follow a unique format: one speaker who gives the most powerful presentation of his/her life in 18 minutes or less. No podium, no note cards. Just the speaker and the community. TEDxOmaha is curated by Brian Smith, Brand Strategist at REBEL INTERACTIVE. Smith said, “TEDxOmaha is part of a global conversation. Our intention is to lift the veil of Midwestern modesty to highlight the remarkable accomplishments and ideas that we contribute to the city, the nation, and the planet. Our community deserves to witness what is happening – here, now – so they can be inspired to take bigger steps. This brings us to the theme of TEDxOmaha 2012: Momentum. We are exploring how an idea or action starts, gains speed and mass, and can be channeled to something larger than ourselves.” About TEDx: In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.) About TED TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland. For information about TED's upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration.
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Itâ€™s a â€œWear Your Purpleâ€? event!
Friday November 9, 2012 Michael F. Sorrell Center for Health Science Education 42nd & Emile, Omaha, Nebraska Cocktail Hour 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Dinner & Live Auction 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Live Music by The Confidentials 9:00 - 11:00 p.m. Bill Randby and Julie Cornell, Event Hosts Epilepsy Proclamation Signing and Speech by Mayor Jim Suttle
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EARTH AND WINE 2012 Omaha Zoo Foundation Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium – 3701 S. 10th St. Join the Omaha Zoo Foundation for a unique food and wine tasting experience highlighting the conservation efforts of Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, and featuring award-winning National Geographic photojournalist, Brian Skerry, celebrated for his intimate and stunning portraits of our planet’s ocean realm. Visit www.omahazoofoundation.org.
WALKRITE FOR RITECARE RiteCare Clinic at UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute Zorinsky Lake – 156th & F St. – 9:30 a.m. This family-friendly event features clowns, raffles and lunch. Participants who raise $100 receive a WalkRite t-shirt and other incentives. Visit www.walk-rite.org.
ON TRACK GUILD LUNCHEON The Durham Museum The Durham Museum – 801 S. 10th St. – 11:00 a.m. This year’s luncheon is entitled “Brass, Boots, Buttons & Braids: An American Soldier”. Luncheon guests will enjoy an exclusive tour of the museum’s fall exhibit, “Worn with Pride: Americans in Uniform”, followed by an elegant luncheon and special guest speakers. Visit www.durhammuseum.org.
SPOTLIGHT GALA Voices for Children in Nebraska Embassy Suites La Vista – 12520 Westport Pkwy. – 5:30 p.m. Join Voices for Children at this event celebrating 25 years in Nebraska and the individuals, organizations and youth that make a difference in the lives of Nebraska Children. Visit www.voicesforchildren.com.
September 13 BREW HAHA Habitat for Humanity of Omaha Stinson Park at Aksarben Village – 67th & Center St. – 5:00 p.m. This sixth annual event offers delicious food and beer tastings from local restaurants and breweries in a casual and festive atmosphere. Relax with friends and enjoy some of the best food and beer the area has to offer. Visit www.habitatomaha.org/brewhaha.
FAITH IN ACTION 120TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska Embassy Suites La Vista – 12520 Westport Pkwy. – 3:30 p.m. This is LFS’ annual recognition event with a special twist — the reuniting of families built over many decades through adoption and foster care with the placement counselors and case workers who placed children in their homes. Visit www.lfsneb.org.
BIG RED TAILGATE Completely KIDS Ramada Plaza Hotel – 3321 S. 72nd St. Put on your Husker gear and join Completely KIDS for this annual event to kick off the football season. The casual evening features a tailgate dinner, silent and live auctions, a raffle, and appearances by former Husker football players. Visit www.completelykids.org.
GO RED FOR WOMEN EXPO American Heart Association Embassy Suites La Vista – 12520 Westport Pkwy. – 4:30 p.m. In addition to raising lifesaving funds for research and education, the Expo offers breakout sessions addressing a variety of health topics, and a keynote presentation by Dr. Joann Schaefer. Visit www.heart.org/omaha.
September 7 BROADWAY BALL 2012: TOGETHER WE SHINE Omaha Performing Arts Holland Performing Arts Center – 1200 Douglas St. – 6:00 p.m. Join THE PRESENTERS in celebrating Omaha Performing Arts during an evening that pays tribute to the upcoming Tony Award-winning Broadway production, BILLY ELLIOT the Musical, featuring Tony Award-winner Ms. Sutton Foster. Visit www.OmahaPerformingArts.org.
September 7 AN EVENING AT THE FAIR Quality Living, Inc. CenturyLink Center – 455 N. 10th St. – 6:00 p.m. Join QLI at the Fair, where you will enjoy everything from mechanical bull rides to prizes to fun fair foods and live music. Visit http://QLIFair.EventBrite.com.
September 8 WINGS AND WHEELS Ronald McDonald House of Omaha Signature Flight Support – 3636 Wilbur Plz. – 6:00 p.m. This event features private aircraft and cars to be viewed while enjoying tastings of gin, single malt scotch, beer, and wine. Dave Wingert will emcee the evening, which will include music, live auction and raffle. Call 402-346-9377.
September 8 A VINTAGE AFFAIRE IV: PORTS OF CALL Autism Action Partnership Hilton Omaha – 1001 Cass St. – 5:00 p.m. Join AAP for a journey around the world exploring the distinctive flavors and characters of some of the world’s finest port wines. The evening includes wine tasting, dinner, silent auction, and more to support autism programs in Nebraska. Visit www.autismaction.org.
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September 19 SOIREE A PARIS Benefiting Opera Omaha Lucile’s Old Market – 510 S. 10th St. – 6:00 p.m. This season opening celebration will transport guests to a decadent Parisian salon circa turn-of-the-century, featuring artists and performers in impromptu performances, French food and wine pairings, champagne and dessert station, and the opportunity to learn more about Opera Omaha and their 212-2013 season. Visit operaomaha.org.
September 20 ARCHBISHOP’S DINNER FOR EDUCATION Archdiocese of Omaha Embassy Suites La Vista – 12520 Westport Pkwy. – 6:00 p.m. This annual event recognizes outstanding teachers and administrators throughout the Catholic school system. Proceeds raised are used to provide a gift to each honoree and to fund scholarships for families in need. Call 402-639-9075.
September 20-23 LAURITZEN GARDENS ANTIQUE & GARDEN SHOW Lauritzen Gardens Lauritzen Gardens – 100 Bancroft St. In its ninth year of bringing renowned experts in antiques, gardening, and various fields of design and art to Omaha, the show’s three days are filled with educational experiences, great decorating ideas, and fabulous and affordable shopping opportunities. A Preview Party on the 20th promises all of the above plus cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Visit www.lauritzengardens.org.
September 23 SWEET COUTURE – CHOCOLATE MEETS RUNWAY Omaha Restaurant Association Institute for the Culinary Arts – 32nd & Sorenson Pkwy. – 2:00 p.m. This event features edible fashion showpieces created by Omaha pastry chefs, and a chocolate fashion show with dress designs by Omaha designers. Dessert “accessories to sample, pastry chef demonstrations, and complimentary champagne make this a can’t-miss event! Visit www.dineoutomaha.com.
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September 23October 28 COTILLION The Opera Omaha Guild Marriott Regency - 10220 Regency Cir. Cotillion includes six weeks of classes where students learn the art of dining in a formal setting, communicating, being a proper guest as well as a host/hostess, and ballroom dancing. All children in the metro area enrolled in the 6th grade for the 2012/2013 school year are invited to participate. Visit www.facebook.com/OperaOmahaCotillion2012.
September 27 â€œHALFWAY TO ST. PATRICKâ€™S DAYâ€? CELEBRATION Project Harmony Anthonyâ€™s Steakhouse Grand Ballroom and Patio â€“ 7220 F St. This casual party will have Irish music on the patio and dancing to Avaricious indoors. Money raised will help victims of child abuse. Visit www.projectharmony.com.
EXPRESSIONS OF HOPE GALA Hope Center for Kids Embassy Suites La Vista â€“ 12520 Westport Pkwy. â€“ 6:00 p.m. Join other members of the community and dignitaries to help the Hope Center for Kids surpass their goal of 1,000 attendees at this annual event, and to continue their programs that provide life-changing services. Visit www.hopecenterforkids.com.
2012 WALK FOR THE ANIMALS Nebraska Humane Society Nebraska Humane Society Meadow â€“ 8901 Fort St. â€“ 8 a.m. Itâ€™s time to get excited! Lace up your sneakers, grab your leash and your best four-legged friend. Be a part of the most heartwarming events of the year and help us raise money for homeless animals. Visit www.NEHumaneSociety.org.
WISHBONE 2012 The Kent Bellows Studio Omar Baking Company â€“ 4383 Nicholas St. The Kent Bellows Studio will celebrate its five-year anniversary and introduce this inaugural signature event. Call 402-312-6238.
SUSAN G. KOMEN RACE FOR THE CURE Susan G. Komen for the Cure CenturyLink Center â€“ 455 N. 10th St. This event raises significant funds and awareness for fighting breast cancer. Visit www.komennebraska.org.
September 29 GIRLS NIGHT OUT PRE-CONCERT PARTY Omaha Symphony and Nebraska Affiliate Komen for the Cure Nosh Wine Lounge â€“ 6:00 p.m. As part of a partnership between the Omaha Symphony and the Nebraska Affiliate Komen for the Cure, a pre-concert party is being held before the Olivia Newton-John concert at the Holland Center that evening. The Girls Night Out event features goodies & giveaways. Call 402-342-3836.
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October 13 116TH CORONATION AND SCHOLARSHIP BALL Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Foundation CenturyLink Center â€“ 455 N. 10th St. â€“ 5:30 p.m. Call 402-554-9600 x106.
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metroMAGAZINE's Month 2012 Issue is online now! metroMAGAZINE is published monthly by ALH Publications, serving the Omaha/Lincoln/Council Bl...
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metroMAGAZINE's Month 2012 Issue is online now! metroMAGAZINE is published monthly by ALH Publications, serving the Omaha/Lincoln/Council Bl...