Heart research and education efforts will benefit from Heart of Gold, the Omaha Heart and Stroke Ball, held Feb. 6 at Embassy Suites La Vista. A patron party preceded the event, a benefit for the American Heart Association.

The ball’s 800 attendees experienced an aerial acrobatic performance by Ashley Prohaska and Emma Brown, with musical accompaniment from violinist Shane Borth.

Honorees for the evening included 2016 Heart Prince Colin Petersen and former Children’s Hospital & Medical Center CEO Gary Perkins.

Perkins received the 2016 Heart of Gold Award from Cameron Scott, chairman of the association’s metro Omaha board of directors.

Colin, 2, son of Jon and Stacy Petersen of Albion, Nebraska, was diagnosed with heart failure in June 2014 and received a heart transplant in October that year.

“With Gary’s leadership, Children’s launched the state’s only pediatric heart transplant program in 2012,” Scott said. “Twelve kids — like our Heart Prince Colin — are living with new hearts because of that program. Meanwhile, Children’s Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program provides state-of-the-art care for the unique, complex and growing population of individuals born with congenital heart disease and living into adulthood. … This was part of Gary’s vision.”

Those recognized during the gala also included the 2015-16 Sweethearts, high school girls who have been part of a national American Heart Association enrichment program that includes opportunities for community service and leadership development.

The event raised approximately $550,000.

Tim and Terri Burke were event chairmen. Honorary chairmen were Gary and Carol Perkins.

Founder’s Day Dinner

The Sullivan Center at Creighton Prep was the venue for Eat, Pray, Laugh — the 2016 St. Margaret Mary Founder’s Day Dinner.

Nearly 500 attended the Jan. 29 event, which raised $145,000. Proceeds will go toward landscaping and interior improvements at the school, and to support a variety of parish ministries.

Silent and live auctions were part of the event, as was entertainment by comedian Johnny Beehner, who was introduced by his mother, St. Margaret Mary parishioner Teena Beehner.

David and Beth Kramer were event chairmen.

Our Hopeful Hearts

Dancing priests helped boost the fundraising totals during Our Hopeful Hearts, a benefit for Our Lady of Lourdes-St. Adalbert Parish.

The Rev. John L. Pietramale, the parish pastor, said he and the other priests who attended the Feb. 5 event at the Livestock Exchange Building took part in a dollar dance. Taking the dance floor with Pietramale were the Revs. Mike Eckley, Peter Kieniewicz and John Montag.

The priests’ fancy footwork raised $460 for tuition assistance at Our Lady of Lourdes School.

Don Krupa received the Spirit of Our Lady of Lourdes-St. Adalbert Award for 15 years of volunteer service running the parish pickle card program. Matt Montag received the same award for the 15 years he volunteered as athletic director of the parish booster club.

National Catholic Education Association Distinguished Graduate Awards went to: Peg Carney, Our Lady of Lourdes School Class of 1968; the Rev. Mike Eckley, Our Lady of Lourdes School Class of 1979; the Rev. John Montag, St. Adalbert School Class of 1974; and Connie Tylski, St. Adalbert School Class of 1962.

The event attracted 211. A silent auction and various games helped boost the total raised to more than $25,000, with proceeds to the parish endowment fund.

Event chairmen were Lora and Dan Burke, and Evan and Rachel Kraft.

ON THE CALENDAR

TODAY

Art & Soup, Visiting Nurse Association, Embassy Suites La Vista, $50, theVNAcares.org.

THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY

Murder Mystery at the Castle: “Time to Kill,” Joslyn Castle Trust, held at the castle, 39th and Davenport Streets, $85, joslyncastle.com.

SATURDAY

JDRF Promise Gala: “Going Platinum for a Cure,” JDRF, CenturyLink Center Omaha, $225; Laci Naber, lnaber@jdrf.org.

MARCH 2

Completely Kids Author Luncheon, Completely Kids, Hilton Omaha, $75, completelykids.org.

MARCH 3

Celebrity Chef featuring Anne Burrell, Food Bank for the Heartland, Embassy Suites La Vista, $150, 402-331-1213.

MARCH 5

Columb’s Ceili, St. Columbkille Parish, Embassy Suites La Vista, $85, columbsceili.org.

MARCH 12

Semele Gala, Opera Omaha, Paxton & Vierling Steel Co., 501 Ave. H in Carter Lake; $300, 402-346-4398.

MARCH 19

Irish Fest, Catholic Charities, Embassy Suites La Vista, $150, ccomaha.org or 402-829-9205.

APRIL 1

Circle of Dreams, St. Augustine Indian Mission School, Hilton Omaha, $125, 402-878-2402.

Omaha Press Club Show, Omaha Press Club Foundation, Holland Performing Arts Center, $150 ($125 for ages 35 and younger), opcshow@gmail.com or 402-551-8526.

APRIL 2

artVenture, Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska, UNO’s Mammel Hall, $50, girlscoutsnebraska.org.

vinNebraska, Partnership4Kids, Ramada Plaza Omaha, $120, vinnebraska.com.

APRIL 16

Cathedral Comedy and Cuisine, St. Cecilia Grade School, held at the school gym, $125, 402-551-2313.

APRIL 18

Tribute Luncheon honoring Jim and Diny Landen, Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures, Happy Hollow Club, $50, nebraskacures.com or 402-390-2461.

APRIL 23

BASH 2016: Masters of Tradition, Creighton Prep, Heider Center at the school, $150, PrepBASH.com.

MAY 23

Liberty Mutual Invitational, Nebraska Kidney Association, Oak Hills Country Club, $1,200/foursome, kidneyne.org.

SEPT. 15

Imagine Our Youth, Omaha Home for Boys, Embassy Suites La Vista, $125, 402-457-7165.

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