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2017 September/October Giving Events

August 28, 2017 by
Photography by contributed

Featured Event

March of Dimes’ Signature Chefs Auction 2017
Embassy Suites-La Vista
signaturechefs.marchofdimes.org

Local chefs will prepare culinary delights to raise money for research, education, and prevention of birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. Eat and support a good cause while participating in the Live Auction and Fund the Mission at Embassy Suites-La Vista on Oct. 5 (5-9:30 p.m.).


September/October Charitable Events

Fourth annual 9/11 benefit at Omaha Design Center

Sept. 7 (5-9 p.m.)
Fourth Annual 9/11 Memorial Benefit
Benefiting: The First Responders Foundation
Location: Omaha Design Center
firstrespondersomaha.org/event/4th-annual-911-memorial-benefit

Sept. 7 (5-9 p.m.)
11th Annual Brew Haha
Benefiting: Habitat for Humanity
Location: Stinson Park at Aksarben Village
habitatomaha.org/brewhaha

Sept. 8 (7-9:30 p.m.)
Wings & Wheels
Benefiting: Ronald McDonald House Charities Omaha
Location: Signature Flight Support
rmhcomaha.org/fundraising-events/wings-wheels

Sept. 9 (5-9 p.m.)
Vintage Affaire Gala
Benefiting: Autism Action Partnership
Location: La Vista Conference Center
autismaction.org/events/vintage-affaire-gala

Sept. 9 (9-10:30 a.m.)
23rd Annual Siena/Francis House 5K Walk/Run
Benefiting: Siena/Francis House
Location: Stinson Park at Aksarben Village
siennafrancis.org

Destino Dinner at Baxter Arena

Sept. 9 (6-9 p.m.)
Destino Dinner 2017
Location: Baxter Arena
Benefiting: Latino Center of the Midlands
501auctions.com/destino

Sept. 10 (8 a.m.)
Fight For Air Corporate Cup
Benefiting: American Lung Association
Location: Aksarben Village
action.lung.org

Sept. 10 (noon-4 p.m.)
Out of the Darkness Walk
Benefiting: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Location: Lewis & Clark Landing
afsp.donordrive.com

Sept. 10 (1-5 p.m.)
Taste of Florence
Benefiting: Senior Health Foundation
Location: Florence Home Healthcare
tasteofflorence.net

Sept. 15-17 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)
Lauritzen Gardens Antique & Garden Show
Benefiting: Lauritzen Gardens
Location: Lauritzen Gardens
omahaantiqueshow.org

Sept. 15 (5:30-9 p.m.)
Zoofari 2017: Night of the Tiger
Benefiting: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
Location: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
omahazoofoundation.org

Sept. 22 (6-9 p.m.)
Open Space Soiree 2017
Benefiting: KANEKO
Location: KANEKO
thekaneko.org

Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day at Champion’s Run

Sept. 22 (6-9 p.m.)
Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day
Benefiting: Project Harmony
Location: Champion’s Run
projectharmony.com

Sept. 22 (6-9 p.m.)
30th Birthday Gala
Benefiting: Voices for Children Nebraska
Location: Omaha Design Center
voicesforchildren.com

Sept. 15-24
Omaha Restaurant Week
Benefiting: Food Bank for the Heartland
Location: varies
facebook.com/omaharestaurantweek

Sept. 28 (5:30-9 p.m.)
Night in the Neighborhood: Celebrating 10 Years
Benefiting: Completely KIDS
Location: Founders One Nine
completelykids.org/events

Sept. 28 (5-8:30 p.m.)
Love your Neighbor Annual Auction & Dinner
Benefiting: Open Door Mission
Location: Embassy Suites Conference Center
opendoormission.org/news-and-events

Ice Cub is the featured speaker at the Imagine Our Youth Fundraiser at Embassy Suites La Vista

Sept. 29 (6:15-9:30 p.m.)
Imagine Our Youth Fundraising Celebration
Benefiting: Omaha Home for Boys
Location: Embassy Suites La Vista
omahahomeforboys.org

Sept. 30 (6-10 p.m.)
Black Tie Harvest for Scholarships
Benefiting: Iowa Western Student Scholarships
Location: Iowa Western Kanesville Arena
foundation.iwcc.edu/blacktie

Sept. 30 (6-9 p.m.)
Nebraska Ataxia Engagement Party
Benefiting: Nebraska Ataxia
Location: Creighton Preparatory School
nebraskaataxia.org/events

Oct. 1 (4-7 p.m.)
Blues & Barbecue Harvest Party
Benefiting: No More Empty Pots and Florence Mill
Location: Florence Mill
nmepomaha.org

Oct. 5 (5-9:30 p.m.)
Signature Chefs Auction
Benefiting: March of Dimes
Location: Embassy Suites La Vista
signaturechefs.org/omaha

Oct. 6 (7-10 p.m.)
Hops & Grapes Fall Festival, A Special Benefit for Partnership 4 Kids
Benefiting: Partnership 4 Kids
Location: Founders One-Nine
p4k.org

Komen Nebraska Race for the Cure Oct. 8 at Baxter Arena

Oct. 8 (7-10 a.m.)
Komen Nebraska Race for the Cure
Benefiting: Susan G. Komen Great Plains
Location: Baxter Arena
komengreatplains.org

Oct. 10 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Changemakers 2017
Benefiting: Nebraska Children and Families Foundation
Location: Embassy Suites La Vista
nebraskachildren.org

Oct. 13 (5-9 p.m.)
HomeGrown
Benefiting: Nebraska Children’s Home Society
Location: Nebraska Brewing Co. Taproom
nchs.org

Oct. 14 (3-8 p.m.)
HEALs to the Pavement for Pregnancy and Infant Loss
Benefiting: HEALing Embrace
Location: Lake Zorinsky
healingembrace.org

Legacy Gala Oct. 13 at DC Centre

Oct. 13 (6:30-11 p.m.)
Legacy Gala 2017
Benefiting: Women on a Mission for Change
Location: DC Centre
womenonamissionomaha.org/legacy-gala

Oct. 19 (6-9:30 p.m.)
44th Woman of the Year Gala, Honoring Melissa Marvin
Benefiting: Arthritis Foundation Nebraska
Location: Omaha Marriott
arthritis.org/nebraska

Oct. 21 (10 a.m.-noon)
Quarter Mania
Benefiting: Open Door Mission
Location: Garland Thompson Men’s Center
opendoormission.org/news-and-events

Oct. 21 and 22 (8 a.m.-3 p.m.)
Kids and Clays Sporting Clays Tournament
Benefiting: Ronald McDonald House Charities
Location: Oak Creek Sporting Club
rmhcomaha.org/clays

Oct. 22 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.)
Ladle of Love
Benefiting: Open Door Mission
Location: Garland Thompson Men’s Center
opendoormission.org/news-and-events

Oct. 27 (5:30-9:30 p.m.)
Benefit Art Auction
Benefiting: Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
Location: Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
bemiscenter.org/benefit

Oct. 28 (6-9 p.m.)
Aksarben Coronation and Scholarship Ball
Benefiting: Aksarben Foundation
Location: Baxter Arena
aksarben.org

Oct. 28 (7-11 p.m.)
Masquerade at the Castle
Benefiting: Joslyn Castle Trust
Location: Joslyn Castle
joslyncastle.com

Giving to the Dogs

August 4, 2017 by
Photography by Sarah Lemke

Ella Alberts has loved dogs since she could remember. That’s how the 5’4” girl ended up standing next to the 6’4” swimmer who has won more Olympic medals than any athlete.

Ella’s helpless at the sight of round puppy eyes, floppy ears, and wiggly tails. Squeal! The pitter-patter of tiny puppy paws wins her over—every time. In fact, they are the inspiration of her volunteer work.

The 12-year-old Westside Middle School student has dedicated the better part of her young life to raise money to help animals at local shelters.

Ella’s big heart for small animals became evident when she was a tot, and the thought of a homeless animal tugs at Ella’s heartstrings.

“She’s not allowed to go into the Humane Society alone because she leaves crying,” Mary says.

Ella, an only child, has three dachshund siblings at home: George, Dodge, and Dolly. Quite active little pups. Mary and husband Ron Alberts say there’s never a dull moment in the family’s home.

The Alberts have fostered animals on-again, off-again throughout the years, but exclusively began serving as a foster family for dogs in 2013. That’s when the Alberts visited a local animal shelter where Ella found a small, aging dachshund named Paris with no eyes, no teeth, and a tumor.

“I just have to take her home to love her,” Ella told her mother, who explained that the animal may not live long.

Caring for terminally ill dogs is not about wishing the pets back to better health, but more about finding a place for them to comfortably live out the last days of their lives.

Then, it happened. One of the foster pets didn’t make it. Ella was heartbroken.

“She was in the room as it drifted off,” Mom recalls. “Ella was very comforting and calm. You don’t want them to pass in the shelter after many of them have lived neglected lives. This dog in particular was in a puppy mill her whole life and then went to the shelter…poor thing.”

The experience moved Ella to help others. She was 8 when she came up with the idea to host a lemonade stand. Sales increased once word got out that she was raising funds to help homeless animals. Ella’s one-day lemonade stand is a now-annual fundraiser for Hearts United for Animals.

The first year, Ella raised $600. Now, four years later, she’s since raised more than $1,300 and given countless shelter supplies such as dog food, beds, laundry detergent, and other puppy goods. Ella is pleased that the money raised pays for surgeries for needy dogs.

Ella’s love for dogs, and unwavering dedication to service earned her a special recognition. She was named the Nebraska recipient of the 2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Award.

The national award program recognizes exemplary middle and high school students. Two students from each state and Washington, D.C., are chosen based on volunteer efforts.
The honorees received $1,000 and an engraved silver medal, which was presented by Olympic gold-medalist Michael Phelps.

Needless to say, the trip was life-changing for Ella. While in D.C. the Alberts visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, which touched Ella deeply. She has since read several books about those who sacrificed their lives in the Vietnam War.

Ella kept busy with dance lessons and track this summer, along with her continued effort in promoting her lemonade stand, collecting donations, and fostering dogs.

“Isn’t that wonderful,” says Carol Wheeler, founder of Hearts United for Animals shelter. “Ella has done the lemonade stand for several years. It’s simply charming.”

The 65-acre no-kill shelter just an hour outside of Omaha is grateful to see such a young, dedicated person believe in its mission of rehabilitating animals medically and socially.

“I think she is exceptional for having done this for many years,” Wheeler said. “We do see young people who have their birthday parties and they have guests bring gifts for the dogs instead of them.”

Ella’s dedication is striking, says Wheeler.

“She’s exceptional because she’s dedicated herself…not just one year or one event, but continues to give. It’s very touching to receive her gifts.”

This article was printed in the Fall 2017 edition of Family Guide.

July/August 2017 Giving Calendar

July 7 (7-10 p.m.)
Ales for Tails
Benefitting: Nebraska Humane Society
Location: Bärchen
—nehumanesociety.org

July 8 (8-11 a.m.)
5K Superhero Run and Post Race Party
Benefitting: CASA for Douglas County
Location: Turner Park at Midtown Crossing
—casaomaha.org/calendar/

July 10 (11:30 a.m.)
24th Annual Golf Classic
Benefitting: Keep Omaha Beautiful
Location: The Players Club at Deer Creek
—keepomahabeautiful.org

July 13 (6:30 p.m.)
Links to a Cure Golf Gala
Benefitting: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Location: Embassy Suites La Vista
—nelinkstoacure17.eventscff.org

July 14 (8:30 a.m.)
Links to a Cure Golf Tournament
Benefitting: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Location: Arborlinks Golf Course
—nelinkstoacure17.eventscff.org

July 15 (5-11 p.m.)
Relay for Life of Greater Omaha
Benefitting: American Cancer Society
Location: Stinson Park at Aksarben Village
—relay.acsevents.org

July 16 (noon-3 p.m.)
ULN Guild Men Who Cook
Benefitting: Urban League of Nebraska
Location: OPS Administrative Building Cafeteria
—urbanleagueneb.org

July 25 (6 p.m.)
Hope in the Heartland Gala
Benefitting: American Cancer Society
Location: Stinson Park in Aksarben Village
—gala.acsevents.org

July 28 (6-9:30 p.m.)
Screw Cancer Fundraiser 2017
Benefitting: Cancer Alliance of Nebraska
Location: Omaha Country Club
—cancerallianceofnebraska.org

July 29 (6:30-11 p.m.)
2017 Blue Water Bash
Benefitting: Boys Town Okoboji Camp
Location: Boys Town Okoboji Camp, Milford, Iowa
—boystown.org

July 29 (8-10:30 a.m.)
Omaha Head for the Cure (HFTC) 5K
Benefitting: Head for the Cure Foundation
Location: Lewis & Clark Landing
—headforthecure.org/omaha

July 29 (9-11 a.m.)
The Walk to End Pancreatic Cancer
Benefitting: PurpleStride Omaha
Location: Sinson Park at Aksarben Village
—support.pancan.org

July 29 (1:30-10 p.m.)
Golf 4 Lungs
Benefitting: New Hope 4 Lungs
Location: Eagle Hills Golf Course
—newhope4lungs.org

July 31 (11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.)
Help Build a House Golf Event
Benefitting: Gesu Housing
Location: Champions Run
—gesuhousing.com

July 31 (1-6 p.m.)
Swing 4 Kids Golf Benefit
Benefitting: Partnership 4 Kids
Location: Tiburon Golf Course
—p4k.org/2014-swing-4-kids-golf-benefit/

Aug. 4 (5-9 p.m.)
New American Arts Festival
Benefiting: Lutheran Family Services
Location: Benson First Friday, 60th-62nd and Maple streets
—bensonfirstfriday.com/news–events.html

Aug. 4 (6-10 p.m.)
Dance for a Chance
Benefitting: Youth Emergency Services
Location: Omaha Design Center
—yesomaha-org.presencehost.net/news-events/dance.html

Aug. 4 (6-11 p.m.)
River Bash N Brew
Benefitting: Visiting Nurses Association
Location: Lewis & Clark Landing
—thevnacares.org

Aug. 5 (6-9 p.m.)
10th Annual Nebraska Walk for Epilepsy
Benefitting: Lifestyle Innovations for Epilepsy
Location: Turner Park at Midtown Crossing
—nebraskaepilepsywalk.com

Aug. 5 (8 a.m.-noon)
Spirit of Courage Golf Tournament
Benefitting: Jennie Edmundson Hospital Cancer Center
Location: Dodge Riverside Golf Club
—jehfoundation.org

Aug. 5 (6-10 p.m.)
Spirit of Courage Gala
Benefitting: Jennie Edmundson Hospital Cancer Center
Location: Mid-America Center
—jehfoundation.org

Aug. 5 (6-9 p.m.)
Jefferson House “Stand Up for Kids” Comedy Night
Benefitting: Heartland Family Service
Location: Fremont Golf Club
—heartlandfamilyservice.org/events/stand-kids-comedy-night/

Aug. 6 (noon)
No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament
Benefitting: Jennie Edmundson Hospital Cancer Center
Location: Mid-America Center
—jehfoundation.org

Aug.10 (7 a.m.-1 p.m.)
18th Annual Release Ministries Bill Ellett Memorial Golf Classic
Benefitting: Release Ministries
Location: Iron Horse Golf Club, Ashland, Nebraska
—releaseministries-org.presencehost.net/news-events

Aug. 11 (9 a.m.-noon)
Step Out for Seniors Walk-A-Thon
Benefitting: Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging
Location: Benson Park
—stepoutforseniors.weebly.com

Aug. 12 (8:30 a.m.)
HETRA’s Little Britches Horse Show
Benefitting: Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy
Location: HETRA, Gretna, Nebraska
—HETRA.org

Aug 12 (5:30 p.m.)
11th Annual Summer Bash for Childhood Cancer
Benefitting: Metro Area Youth Foundation
Location: Embassy Suite La Vista Convention Center
—summerbashforccc.org/

Aug. 13 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.)
Vintage Wheels at the Fort
Benefitting: Douglas County Historical Society
Location: Historic Fort Omaha
—douglascohistory.org/

Aug 14 (11 a.m.)
QLI Golf Challenge
Benefitting: QLI Tri-Dimensional Rehab
Location: The Players Club at Deer Creek
—teamqli.com/team_events/qli-golf-tournament

Aug. 18 (6-10 p.m.)
Exposed: Voice
Benefitting: Project Pink’d
Location: Hilton Downtown
—projectpinkd.org/exposed.html

Aug. 19 (day-long)
Paint-A-Thon
Benefitting: Brush Up Nebraska
Location: Various
—brushupnebraska.org

Aug. 19 (8 a.m.)
JDRF One Walk
Benefitting: JDRF Heartland Chapter
Location: Lewis & Clark Landing
2.jdrf.org

Aug. 20 (7-11 a.m.)
Boxer 500 Run and Walk
Benefitting: Great Plains Colon Cancer Task Force
Location: Werner Park
—coloncancertaskforce.org/boxer-500

Aug. 20 (7:30 a.m., end times vary)
Corporate Cycling Challenge
Benefitting: Eastern Nebraska Trails Network
Location: Heartland of America Park
— showofficeonline.com/CorporateCyclingChalleng

Aug. 21 (2-4 p.m.)
Grow with Us Gala
Benefitting: City Sprouts
Location: Metro Community College’s Institute for the Culinary Arts
—omahasprouts.org/gala

Aug. 22 (11:30 a.m.)
Annual Golf Classic
Benefitting: Methodist Hospital Foundation
Location: Tiburon Golf Club
—methodisthospitalfoundation.org

Aug. 24 (5:30-10 p.m.)
120th Anniversary of the Summer Fete
Benefitting: Joslyn Castle Trust
Location: Joslyn Castle lawn
—joslyncastle.org

Aug. 25 (5:30-8:30 p.m.)
Wine & Beer Event
Benefitting: ALS in the Heartland
Location: The Shops of Legacy
—alsintheheartland.org/news-events/

Aug. 26 (5-10 p.m.)
Gala 2017
Benefitting: Papillion-La Vista Schools
Location: TBD
—plvschoolsfoundation.org

Aug. 26 (5:30 p.m.)
Red, White & Madonna Blue
Benefitting: Madonna School
Location: CenturyLink Center Omaha
—madonnaschool.org/celebration

Aug. 26 (6-9 p.m.)
Mission: Possible
Benefitting: Angels Among Us
Location: Hilton Hotel downtown
—myangelsamongus.org/

Aug. 28 (11 a.m.)
10th Annual Jesuit Academy Golf Tournament
Benefitting: Jesuit Academy Tuition Assistance Fund
Location: Indian Creek Golf Course
—jesuitacademy.org/golf-tournament.html

Aug. 28 (noon)
19th Annual Goodwill Golf Classic
Benefitting: Goodwill’s Real Employment Assisting You (READY) & Business Solutions Programs
Location: The Players Club at Deer Creek
—goodwillomaha.org/events/golf/

Aug. 28 (11:30 a.m.-7 p.m.)
Golf Outing Invitational Fundraiser
Benefitting: Open Door Mission
Location: Oak Hills Country Club
—aunitedglass.com/golf-classic.html

Anne Hindrey’s Helping Hands

March 2, 2017 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

The Nonprofit Association of the Midlands is a resource dedicated to helping the thousands of nonprofit entities scattered across Nebraska and western Iowa.

CEO Anne Hindrey stands at the helm of the organization that connects so many disparate nonprofits—from sports (Omaha Fencing Club) to social services (United Way of the Midlands). Roughly 330 total nonprofits hold a registered membership to NAM. Each works to serve the community in its own way.

Hindery’s job involves helping nonprofits navigate the often sticky world of public policy. It is a role she is well-qualified to assist with.

She started her career as the law enforcement coordination specialist with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Omaha.

“I wanted to change the world, but I realized that, in government, every four years someone changes the world back,” says Hindery, a Missouri native with a bachelor’s degree from Creighton University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Her previous job in the Nebraska branch of the Department of Justice involved writing grant applications. Her grant-writing experience carried over to her next role as program director at the Omaha Community Foundation. She served on boards, and deepened her involvement in the community. She eventually joined NAM in 2008.

“I was on the board for five minutes,” Hindery says, half-jokingly. “I took someone’s place on the board in November, and they just had a staff change. Because NAM had a good staff policy in place, they needed someone on the board to step in. I said I could do it, and after a time, I was hired full-time.”

Hindery and her staff at NAM develop relationships with various nonprofits. They offer assistance with human resources, insurance, and legal needs; create partnerships between advocacy and public policy groups; and provide tools and training to members. NAM is also part of the National Council of Nonprofits, which keeps Hindery at the forefront of industry trends and changes in public policy.

“We find our membership in the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands very beneficial,” says Peg Harriott, CEO and president of the Child Saving Institute. “We use the annual salary and benefits report to make sure that our salaries are competitive in the market, and we participate in the health insurance trust to help moderate the cost of health insurance for our employees.”

CSI’s 150 employees benefit from NAM’s insurance trust, but Hindrey and her team make sure they offer services to small nonprofits as well as large ones.

Joining NAM is not free, however. According to the organization’s website, the cost to register ranges in eight tiers from $50 (for nonprofits with an annual budget less than $49,999) to $1,000 (for nonprofits with an annual budget greater than $10 million).

The Inclusive Life Center offers Christian rituals to people who may not belong to a church but want a minister for a wedding, baptism, or funeral. The center’s staff of one says he has greatly benefited from belonging to NAM.

Chaplain Royal D. Carleton says, “We work off of donations, and it helps us to be mindful that we have to be very transparent and good stewards of the funds that are bestowed on us.”

“I went to my first NAM conference [in 2016], which was ‘Who’s telling your story?’” Carleton says. “I learned more that day about marketing than I have in some ways in six years [of running Inclusive Life]. There were very strategic marketing insights that I did not know before.”

He also learned that his audience is wider than he originally thought.

“I’ve never marketed to those who are religious, because I figured they have a church they belong to,” Carleton says. “I had people stand up and say, ‘Listen, I’m Catholic, but I have friends who are not religious, and I need to know who you are so I can share that resource with my friends.’ That was a big eye opener for me.”

That connection to people, and other nonprofits, is one of the biggest resources that NAM offers.

“We encourage our members to not reinvent the wheel,” Hindery says. “In many cases, someone has gone through the same problem, and the solution is already available. You may want to tweak it, but it’s there.”

Visit nonprofitam.org for more information.

This article was printed in the March/April 2017 edition of Omaha Magazine.