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Gala to honor alumni, educators, boosters

Gala to honor alumni, educators, boosters

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The Papillion-La Vista Schools Foundation will honor alumni, educators and community boosters at its fifth annual gala Aug. 23.

During the gala, eight individuals and one community organization will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

This year’s inductees are:

• Distinguished alumni — Lt. Jennifer Malandra (Rubin), 2006; Major Gen. Peter Gersten, 1984; Gilbert Willett, 1982.

• Legendary educators — Ann Danner, Jean Brown, Michael Logan (posthumous).

• Community booster — Dr. Jeffry and Lisa Strohmyer, and Optimist Club of Papillion-La Vista.

The event will be held at Embassy Suites La Vista. A cocktail hour and silent auction will begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner and a program starting at 6:30 p.m.

To celebrate the gala’s fifth anniversary, guests will enjoy a special performance by Broadway star and PLSD alum, Merle Dandridge, and students from the district.

Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased at or by calling the foundation at 402-829-1340. Individual tickets cost $75 and a table costs $550 for eight guests and a company logo in the program.

Proceeds from Gala 2014 will support the Elementary Arts Program and additional programs benefiting students and teachers in the Papillion-La Vista School District.

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