Thanks to the Assistance League of Omaha’s third annual Cruise for the Kids fundraiser, 140 children from area schools will have winter coats, shoes and clothing.
Classic cars, motorcycles, buses and other vehicles, 350 in all, caravaned Aug. 10 through 90 miles of northeastern Nebraska in support of Operation School Bell, the Assistance League’s major philanthropic program. The cruise was designed as a poker run. Cruising through Fort Calhoun, Arlington and Nickerson, participants culminated the ride with a rendezvous in Waterloo, where food and music were provided by the Dog House.
Dottie Toelle, Cruise for the Kids chairwoman, was delighted with the response to the poker run, “giving many more in our community an idea of what we do for children in need.”
The Assistance League of Omaha is an all-volunteer organization, and 100 percent of its proceeds go to Operation School Bell and other programs.
The 40th annual Arthritis Woman of the Year Gala, scheduled for Oct. 10, was canceled after the passing of honoree Cindy Jones Leiferman. In its place, the foundation initiated a letter and online fundraising campaign with the theme: “We hoped to celebrate with her. Now we will celebrate because of her.”
“Although the event was canceled, we still wanted to celebrate her life and all the wonderful things she has done for the community,” said Andrea Milton, the special events director.
Leiferman was honored for her countless volunteer efforts in the community benefiting multiple organizations.
“She was a leader. She inspired us. She made a difference,” said Joani Mullin, event chairwoman.
More than $75,000 has been raised.
“Cindy was so honored and humbled to be chosen for this award,” said her husband, Brian Leiferman.
The gala is held each year to raise money to fight the debilitating illness that afflicts 50 million Americans, two-thirds under the age of 65, and more than 250,000 children.
For more information, go to www.honorcindy.com or contact the Arthritis Foundation at 402-201-2864.
“Everybody Plays a Part” was the theme for the annual Holy Name Harvest event Oct. 4. There were 275 people in attendance for the dinner and auction at the Holy Name Field House. Parents, students and alumni volunteered as servers for the dinner, prepared by Attitude on Food. Jim Siedlecki served as master of ceremonies. Carol and Michael McGlade and Chrystal and Joseph Kozol co-chaired the event, which raised $80,000 for tuition support, educational programming and operating costs at the school.
Actress Glenn Close and her sister, Jessie Close, spoke Oct. 3 to more than 700 people at the Joslyn Art Museum at the 17th annual Community Alliance Breaking the Silence event.
It is one of the region’s largest educational events focusing on mental illness and works to eliminate the stigma of mental illness while promoting greater understanding and family support for those affected. Close founded a nonprofit organization to fight the discrimination often associated with mental illness after her sister was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Stephanie and Jack Koraleski served as honorary chairmen. The event brought together families, health care professionals, business leaders and friends to raise $300,000 to support the programs at Community Alliance, whose mission is to help impacted individuals to live, work and contribute to the community.
A kickoff party for the 2014 Claussen-Leahy Run and Walk for University of Nebraska at Omaha athletics was held Oct. 4 at the home of chairmen Kacey and Joe Lempka. The walk will be held April 26 at Stinson Park.
Proceeds from the walk provide scholarships for 250 student-athletes. Former UNO Athletic Director Don Leahy, current Athletic Director Trev Alberts and College of Education Dean Nancy Edick were in attendance. Contact Pam Schwarting at 402-554-3689 to participate.
Leadership development will be the topic for the Women’s Fund Fall Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the CenturyLink Center Omaha. This year’s keynote speaker is Betsy Myers, director of the Center for Women and Business at Bentley University and author of the book “Take the Lead.” She brings experience as the first director of the White House Office for Women’s Initiative and Outreach, executive director of Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership, leadership roles within the Small Business Administration and senior presidential campaign advisor. Her lecture will be about core principles for successful leadership.
The Women’s Fund works throughout the year to identify critical needs for local women and girls and awards grants to qualifying programs at the luncheon. A special award of a refurbished 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt will be given this year under the Recycled Rides program, where nonprofit agencies nominate clients and a Women’s Fund selection committee makes the final choice.
Katrina Becker, managing director of communications, public affairs and events for TD Ameritrade, and Gail Graeve, director of public affairs for Cox Communications, are honorary co-chairwomen. General co-chairwomen are Stephanie Mattoon and Lindsay Cosimano. Tickets are $85 and are available online at www.omahawomensfund.org or by calling 402-827-9280.
The Women’s Fund of Omaha conducts research to provide informed support for initiatives that improve the lives of metro-area women and girls.
The newly formed Nebraska Medical Center Legacy Board will bring together 100 years of service. Merging the former Clarkson Service League and the University Hospital Auxiliary, the board will continue to support the services of the Nebraska Medical Center and its affiliates through fundraising, education and outreach.
Members from each organization formed the partnership committee to develop plans and by-laws for the new board. The 2013-14 executive board members were announced at the organizational meeting at the Happy Hollow Club: president, Jen Bartlet; president-elect, Suzanne Kotula; vice presidents, Brady Gibson and Jenny Meyerson; secretaries, Beth Asbjornson-McCashland and Janette Garvin; treasurer, Karen Kerstetter; advisers, Karen Nelsen and Gerri Plautz; and partnership advisor, Kim Reeves. Other members present joined as charter members. For more information, contact the Nebraska Medical Center Volunteer Services Department at 402-559-4197.
The Midlands Community Foundation announced the honorary chairmen for the 2014 Reflection Ball, scheduled for Jan. 19 at the Embassy Suites La Vista. The ball will raise money to support nonprofit organizations in Sarpy and Cass Counties that emphasize prevention and education in the areas of health, art, community and economic development. Chairwoman Jill Govier announced committee members: Kyle Black, Brenda Carlson, Jan Davis, Tami Field, Bindy Frederick, Mary Gawecki, Mary Beth Harrold, Patricia Iske, Carrie Krist, Bonnie Miller, Marlo Monico, Karla Rupiper, Leanne Sotak, Ken Summerfield, Donna Wilcox and Kris Zey.
“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” — Booker T. Washington
ON THE CALENDAR
“Rake in Wellness” auction fundraiser, EngAge Wellness, Home Instead Center for Successful Aging. 402-552-7210, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mosaic Centennial Gala Celebrates 100 Years: A Century of Service, A Legacy of Love, Mutual of Omaha Dome. mosaicinfo.org/centennial
Women’s Fund Fall Luncheon, CenturyLink Center. www.omahawomensfund.org
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 15th Annual Art Auction Gala. www.bemiscenter.org or 402-341-7130
Outward Bound Omaha Annual Luncheon, Scott Conference Center. 402-614-6360 x206, email@example.com.
Raise the Roof Gala, Habitat for Humanity of Omaha, Creighton University Harper Center. 402-884-5957, habitatomaha.org/gala
TeamMates Tailgate Gala, Together We Transform Lives, Embassy Suites La Vista. 877-531-9326, teammates.org
Christmas Caravan Tour of Homes, Assistance League of Omaha. www.alomaha.org
Fourth annual “Creating Futures” scholarship dinner, Omaha Christian Academy, Embassy Suites La Vista, omahachristianacademy.org, 402-614-5716
Women’s Center for Advancement TGIF!, Mutual of Omaha Dome. 402-345-6555
Children’s Hospital & Medical Center 65th Annual Children’s Gala, CenturyLink Center Omaha. www.childrensfoundationomaha.org, 402-955-6851
Big Red Block Party, Junior League of Omaha, Scott Conference Center, adults only. www.jlomaha.org
Neihardt Laureate Feast with photographer and author the Rev. Don Doll, Neihardt State Historic Site, Bancroft, Neb. 402-648-3388, www.neihardtcenter.org
Omaha Creative Institute Annual Bash to Recognize Local Creators, International Project. omahacreativeinstitute.org
OneWorld Milagro Dinner, Historic Livestock Exchange Building Ballroom. oneworldomaha.org/milagro-2013
Completely Kids Guild Annual Meeting, Happy Hollow Country Club. completelykids.org, 402-397-5809