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Community First

September 17, 2018 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

First National Bank is known for “putting customers first.” Part and parcel of that commitment is reinvesting in the communities their customers call home.  

“Our success as a company is dependent upon the success of the communities that we operate in…so the purpose of our community work is to contribute to the success of the communities in which we operate in and serve,” says Alec Gorynski, vice president of Community Development and Corporate Philanthropy at First National Bank.

First National partners with nonprofit organizations across its seven-state footprint—Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota, and Texas—to support local communities with reinvestments that channel through nonprofit partners. The bank reinvests by direct philanthropy, impact investment, and volunteerism, and chooses its nonprofit partners based on their alignment with First National initiatives, history and track record of success, and potential for impact. 

While philanthropy and community development are not new concepts at First National, Gorynski says that in 2016 the bank specifically committed to reinvesting $85 million and 100,000 volunteer hours back into its communities by 2020. According to First National’s 2017 Impact Report, their two-year totals at the close of 2017 were at $56 million and 76,000 volunteer hours.

While Gorynski acknowledges there is lots of need and many excellent potential partner organizations, First National strategically aligns its community investments with organizations that are working to foster success in eight specific areas: strong local economies, stable housing, vibrant neighborhoods, an educated workforce, good health, community cohesion, access to culture, and sustained environment. Of those eight areas, First National focuses the majority of its efforts on an educated workforce, a strong local economy, and stable housing, each of which can act as essential building blocks to foster success in the other five areas.    

“Success is a wide net when we think about helping our communities succeed, so we think about success from the economic standpoint,” says Gorynski. “We want to help our communities, and the individuals in our communities, move above a certain economic threshold. Certainly it’s a spectrum, but there’s an economic line at which people are more likely to be more active in the economy and more independently prosperous. What we’re really focused on is helping move people above that economic line.”

In service of that goal, Gorynski elaborates, an educated workforce is fostered by education and
job training that helps individuals attain the skills and tools necessary to achieve economic success, often through avenues like youth and adult education, or vocational training. Similarly, their strong economy initiative is buoyed by investments in nonprofits that support small business development, and stable housing is achieved by investments in organizations that work to provide quality, affordable housing opportunities. 

“We believe that home ownership is a means to gain wealth and a pathway to economic stability and prosperity, so we want to invest in programs that help people own a home as a means to building wealth,” says Gorynski. “At the same time, we want to invest in programs that help low-income individuals get quality affordable housing, even if it is rental housing, because we know that housing should never take up more than 30 percent of your income and we want to ensure that people can get housing that’s affordable, but also quality.”

Amanda Brewer, CEO at Habitat for Humanity of Omaha, a prominent community partner of the bank, says the bank provides crucial support to her organization.  

“First National Bank is an incredible partner of Habitat for Humanity. In addition to sponsoring a house and having hundreds of team members volunteer each year, First National has helped by investing in our loan pool, servicing Habitat loans, leading budgeting workshops for our homeowners, and providing countless hours of technical expertise,” says Brewer. “They’ve helped more families realize the dream of homeownership through Habitat and helped us transform neighborhoods.”  

Not only does First National encourage employees to volunteer, they have a time-off policy that allows each employee eight hours paid time off annually to use for volunteering in their community. Gorynski says it all goes back to one of the bank’s guiding mantras: “When our communities are successful, we are successful.” 

For Gorynski, it is a privilege to help set the strategy and tone for First National Bank’s community development and corporate philanthropy efforts, while also leading the team that “puts our financial and human capital to work in alignment with that strategy.” He is quick to praise his team and the Lauritzen family’s ownership and leadership as drivers in making these efforts successful. 

“It’s truly an honor and a privilege to do this work for a company that has a 160-year history of being so committed to Omaha and to all of the communities in which it operates and serves,” says Gorynski. “The team does meaningful work developing really genuine, meaningful partnerships with nonprofit organizations. We have boots on the ground in Omaha and in every community in which we operate who are out there getting to know the communities we serve, getting to know the organizations that are addressing the needs in our communities, and finding meaningful ways for us to support the work of those organizations. It’s because of [the team] that we’re able to get to know the right nonprofit organizations, make meaningful investments in those organizations, and ultimately, realize our goal of successful communities.”


Visit firstnational.com/community to learn more about First National Bank’s community development and philanthropy efforts.

This article was printed in the August/September 2018 edition of B2B. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

September/October 2018 Giving Calendar

Featured Fundraiser:

Journey Through Time: A Gala Celebrating 20 Years at the SAC Aerospace Museum
Oct. 19 (6-10 p.m.)
Location: SAC Aerospace Museum
sacmuseum.org
A summary of U.S. military history would not be complete without mentioning Strategic Air Command, headquartered at Offutt Air Force Base during the Cold War. Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum, which seeks “to preserve the history of Strategic Air Command” and aerospace memorabilia, is hosting a gala to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Contact 402-944-3100 or events@sacmuseum.org for information. 

Sept. 2 (6-9 a.m.)
38th Annual Zoo Run
Benefiting: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
Location: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
omahazoo.com 

Sept. 2 (8 a.m.)
2018 Bingo Open Golf Fundraiser for the Kids
Benefiting: NWA Kids Fishing Clinics, “Fishing is Fun!”
Location: Grandpa’s Woods Golf Course, Elmwood, NE
nebraskawalleye.com 

Sept. 2 (noon-4 p.m.)
Packer Car Show
Benefiting: Omaha South High School Alumni Association
Location: Collin Stadium Parking Lot
omahasouthalumni.com 

Sept. 6 (10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.)
2018 SAC Foundation Golf Outing
Benefiting: Team Offutt Home Away from Home
Location: Tiburon Golf Club
sacfoundation.net 

Sept. 6 (5-9 p.m.)
Brew Haha: A Beer and Food Tasting Event
Benefiting: Habitat for Humanity
Location: Stinson Park at Aksarben Village
habitatomaha.org 

Sept. 6 (5:30-9 p.m.)
2018 Imagine Our Youth Fundraising Celebration
Benefiting: Omaha Home for Boys
Location: Marriott—Capitol District
omahahomeforboys.org

Sept. 7 (11 a.m.)
Sixth Annual Aerotek Charity Golf Event
Benefiting: Wishing Well Foundation
Location: Tiburon Golf Course
childrensfoundationomaha.org 

Sept. 7 (6:30-11 p.m.)
Holy Cross Parish Festival Concert
Benefiting: Holy Cross Parish
Location: Holy Cross Catholic Church
holycrossomaha.org 

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

Sept. 8 (9-11 a.m.)
24th Annual Siena/Francis House 5K Walk/Run
Benefiting: Siena/Francis House
Location: Stinson Park in Aksarben Village
sienafrancis.org 

Sept. 8 (11 a.m.-6 p.m.)
September Latino Festival
Benefiting: Centro Latino Council Bluffs
Location: Bayliss Park
sucentrolatino.com 

Sept. 9 (7:30 a.m.)
Freedom Run
Benefiting: YMCA
Location: Twin Rivers YMCA
boystown.org

Sept. 9 (8-11:30 a.m.)
Fight for Air Corporate Cup
Benefiting: American Lung Association
Location: Aksarben Village
action.lung.org 

Sept. 9 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.)
Eighth Annual Cruisin’ for a Cure Omaha
Benefiting: Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center
Location: Methodist Health System parking lot
cruisinforacureomaha.com 

Sept. 9 (noon-6 p.m.)
Holy Cross Parish Festival
Benefiting: Holy Cross Parish
Location: Holy Cross Catholic Church
holycrossomaha.org 

Sept. 9 (11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.)
14th Annual Omaha Out of the Darkness Walk
Benefiting: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Location: Lewis & Clark Landing
afsp.donordrive.com 

Sept. 9 (3-6 p.m.)
Glow Gold Rally Omaha
Benefiting: Sammy’s Superheroes
Location: Village Pointe Toyota-Scion
sammyssuperheroes.org 

Sept. 10 (11 a.m.-6 p.m.)
28th Annual Driving for Excellence Golf Fest
Benefiting: Mercy High School’s Negotiated Tuition Program
Location: Players Club at Deer Creek
mercyhigh.org

Sept. 10 (noon-6 p.m.)
25th Anniversary Safe Haven Golf Tournament
Benefiting: Heartland Family Service
Location: Oak Hills Country Club
heartlandfamilyservice.org

Sept. 13 (11:30 a.m.)
17th Annual Golf Classic
Benefiting: Ralston Schools Foundation
Location: Eagle Hills Golf Course
ralstonschoolsfoundation.org 

Sept. 13 (5:30-8:30 p.m.)
Fourth Annual Rejuvenating Women’s Restored Wings Banquet
Benefiting: Rejuvenating Women
Location: Embassy Suites-La Vista Conference Center
rejuvenatingwomen.com 

Sept. 13 (5:30-9 p.m.)
Night in the Neighborhood 2018
Benefiting: Completely KIDS
Location: Founders One Nine
completelykids.org 

Sept. 13 (6-9:30 p.m.)
Decades in Deco 2018: Meet Me at the Expo
Benefiting: The Durham Museum
Location: The Durham Museum
durhammuseum.org

Sept. 14 (7:30 p.m.-midnight)
OutrSpaces Lift-Off
Benefiting: OutrSpaces
Location: OutrSpaces
outrspaces.org

Sept. 14-23
Omaha Restaurant Week
Benefiting: Food Bank for the Heartland
Location: Varies
visitomaha.com/restaurantweek 

Sept. 14 (11 a.m.-5 p.m.)
23rd Annual Jailhouse Scramble
Benefiting: UNO School of Criminology and Criminal Justice Student Scholarships
Location: Tiburon Golf Course
unomaha.edu 

Sept. 14 (6-9 p.m.)
Closer to the Cure: Sixth Annual Fundraiser for Cancer Alliance of Nebraska
Benefiting: Cancer Alliance of Nebraska
Location: Omaha Country Club
cancerallianceofnebraska.org 

Sept. 14 (6-10 p.m.)
QLI’s An Evening at the Fair
Benefiting: QLI
Location: Baxter Arena
teamqli.com 

Sept. 15 (6-10 p.m.)
Jewels of Autumn
Benefiting: CHI Health Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program
Location: CHI Health Lakeside Hospital
chihealth.com 

Sept. 16 (11 a.m.-6 p.m.)
63rd Annual Fall Festival
Benefiting: Mount Michael Benedictine School
Location: Mount Michael Abbey
mountmichael.com 

Sept. 17 (10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.)
Mid-America Council’s 48th Annual Golf Tournament
Benefiting: Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council
Location: Shadow Ridge Country Club
macnewsroom.org

Sept. 17 (11 a.m.-7 p.m.)
Cougar Classic Golf Tournament
Benefiting: Gross Catholic High School
Location: Eagle Hills Golf Club
grosscatholic.org 

Sept. 17 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Great Friends to Kids Luncheon
Benefiting: Omaha Children’s Museum
Location: Omaha Children’s Museum
ocm.org

Sept. 20 (6 p.m.)
2018 Archbishop’s Dinner for Education
Benefiting: Archdiocese of Omaha Scholarships
Location: Embassy Suites-La Vista Conference Center
archomaha.org

Sept. 20 (4:30-9 p.m.)
Collector’s Circle Champagne Reception and Preview Party
Benefiting: Lauritzen Gardens
Location: Lauritzen Gardens
omahaantiqueshow.org 

Sept. 21-23 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)
Lauritzen Gardens Antique & Garden Show: Celebrating 15 Years
Benefiting: Lauritzen Gardens
Location: Lauritzen Gardens
omahaantiqueshow.org 

Sept. 21 (11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.)
The Camp Classic Golf Tournament Ashland
Benefiting: Carol Joy Holling Camp
Location: Ashland Golf Club
cjhcenter.org 

Sept. 21 (3-7 p.m.)
HETRA Participant Horse Show and Awards Party
Benefiting: Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy (HETRA)
Location: HETRA Barn, Gretna
hetra.org 

Sept. 21 (5:30-11 p.m.)
2018 Angels Among Us Gala: No Place Like Home
Benefiting: Angels Among Us
Location: A View on State
myangelsamongus.org 

Sept. 21 (6-10 p.m.)
2018 Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day
Benefiting: Project Harmony
Location: Champions Run Golf Course
projectharmony.com

Sept. 22 (8:30-9:30 a.m.)
Second Annual 5K Race
Benefiting: Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation
Location: Elkhorn High School Football Stadium
elkhornfoundation.org 

Sept. 22 (9-11 a.m.)
2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s—Council Bluffs
Benefiting: Alzheimer’s Association
Location: Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park
act.alz.org 

Sept. 22 (5:30-8:30 p.m.)
Light the Night Walk
Benefiting: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Location: Stinson Park at Aksarben Village
lls.org/nebraska 

Sept. 23 (9 a.m.-noon)
2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s—Omaha
Benefiting: Alzheimer’s Association
Location: Stinson Park at Aksarben Village
act.alz.org 

Sept. 23 (noon-4 p.m.)
Sixth Annual Superhero Heart Run Omaha
Benefiting: Heart Heroes
Location: Werner Park
superheroheartrun.com 

Sept. 23 (noon-9 p.m.)
Our Lady of Lourdes Fall Festival
Benefiting: Our Lady of Lourdes Church and school
Location: Our Lady of Lourdes Church
ollomaha.com


15th Annual MBCF-MBA Scholarship Scramble
Benefiting: Millard Business Community Foundation Scholarship Fund
Location: Oak Hills Country Club
millardbcf.org 

Sept. 25 (4:30-8:30 p.m.)
2018 Omaha Go Red for Women Expo
Benefiting: American Heart Association
Location: Embassy Suites-La Vista Conference Center
heart.org 

Sept. 26 (5:30-9 p.m.)
Fourth Annual Food Truck World Tour
Benefiting: Immigrant Legal Center
Location: Metropolitan Community College, Fort Omaha Campus
immigrantlc.org

Sept. 26 (6:30-8:30 p.m.)
Between the Lines with Amy Thielen
Benefiting: Omaha Public Library
Location: Institute for the Culinary Arts, Metropolitan Community College
omahalibraryfoundation.org

Sept. 27 (5-9 p.m.)
2018 Love Your Neighbor Gala
Benefiting: Open Door Mission
Location: Embassy Suites-La Vista Conference Center
opendoormission.org

Sept. 27 (6-9 p.m.)
Pure Inspiration: An Evening of Artistic & Culinary Expressions
Benefiting: Center for Childhood Deafness, Language & Learning
Location: Lied Learning and Technology Center
boystownhospital.org 

Sept. 28 (6-9 p.m.)
2018 Spotlight Gala
Benefiting: Voices for Children Nebraska
Location: Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District
voicesforchildren.com

Sept. 28 (6-9 p.m.)
Fifth Annual Open Space Soiree
Benefiting: KANEKO
Location: KANEKO
thekaneko.org

Sept. 29 (10 a.m.-10 p.m.)
Creighton University Dance Marathon
Benefiting: Children’s Hospital & Medical Center
Location: Skutt Student Center
creighton.edu 

Sept. 29 (6-10 p.m.)
20th Annual Black Tie Harvest for Scholarships
Benefiting: Iowa Western Pottawattamie Promise Scholarship Fund
Location: Iowa Western Kanesville Arena
iwcc.edu

Sept. 29 (6-9 p.m.)
Nebraska Ataxia Engagement Party
Benefiting: Nebraska Ataxia
Location: Creighton Prep High School
nebraskaataxia.org

Sept. 29 (8-10 p.m.)
Glow ’N’ Go 5K Run/Walk
Benefiting: Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Location: Aksarben Village
svdpomaha.com

Sept. 30 (9-11 a.m.)
Walk & Run the Park for Parkinson’s
Benefiting: Parkinson’s Nebraska
Location: Elmwood Park
parkinsonsnebraska.org 

Sept. 30 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.)
2018 Margre Durham Walk for the Animals
Benefiting: Nebraska Humane Society
Location: Nebraska Humane Society
nehumanesociety.org

Sept. 30 (1-7 p.m.)
St. Margaret Mary Parish Festival
Benefiting: St. Margaret Mary Catholic Parish & School
Location: St. Margaret Mary Catholic Parish
smmomaha.org

Oct. 1 (12:30 p.m.)
2018 Men for Others Golf Classic
Benefiting: Creighton Prep School
Location: Shadow Ridge Country Club
creightonprep.creighton.edu 

Oct. 2 (5:30 p.m.)
27th Annual Creighton Prep Sports Night
Benefiting: Creighton Prep School
Location: The Heider Center at Creighton Prep
creightonprep.creighton.edu 

Oct. 4 (5-7 p.m.)
Survivors Rising Friendraiser
Benefiting: Survivors Rising
Location: Highlander Accelerator
survivorsrising.org 

Oct. 4 (5:30-9:30 p.m.)
Signature Chefs Auction
Benefiting: March of Dimes
Location: SAC Aerospace Museum
signaturechefs.marchofdimes.org 

Oct. 4 (6-9 p.m.)
Boys Town National Hotline: Fine Wine & Hors D’oeuvres Fundraiser
Benefiting: Boys Town
Location: A View on State
boystown.org

Oct. 4 (6-9:30 p.m.)
20th Annual CHS Hall of Fame
Benefiting: Central High School Foundation
Location: Central High School
chsfomaha.org

Oct. 4 (6-9:30 p.m.)
45th Woman of the Year Gala
Benefiting: Arthritis Foundation
Location: Omaha Marriott-Regency
arthritis.org/nebraska 

Oct. 5 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Passing Periods: CHS Alumni Luncheon
Benefiting: Central High School Foundation
Location: Field Club of Omaha
chsfomaha.org

Oct. 5 (6-9 p.m.)
The Hope Center for Kids 20th Birthday Gala
Benefiting: The Hope Center for Kids
Location: CHI Health Center Omaha
hopecenterforkids.com 

Oct. 5 (5:30-8:30 p.m.)
Chariots4Hope’s Third Annual Gala: Under the Hood
Benefiting: Chariots4Hope
Location: Embassy Suites-La Vista Conference Center
chariots4hope.org 

Oct. 6 (10 a.m.-noon)
Omaha South Alumni Hall of Fame Brunch
Benefiting: Omaha South High School Alumni Association
Location: Stockyard Exchange Building
omahasouthalumni.com 

Oct. 6 (5-9 p.m.)
Joslyn Castle Unlocked
Benefiting: Joslyn Castle Trust
Location: Joslyn Castle
joslyncastle.presencehost.net

Oct. 6 (5-9 p.m.)
Vintage Affaire Gala
Benefiting: Autism Action Partnership
Location: Embassy Suites-La Vista Conference Center
autismaction.org 

Oct. 7 (7-10 a.m.)
25th Annual Komen Nebraska Race for the Cure
Benefiting: Susan G. Komen Great Plains
Location: Baxter Arena
komengreatplains.org 

Oct. 11 (5-9 p.m.)
Homegrown
Benefiting: Nebraska Children’s Home Society
Location: Kros Strain Brewing
nchs.org 

Oct. 11 (6-9 p.m.)
Good Apple Awards
Benefiting: Nebraska Appleseed
Location: Livestock Exchange Building Ballroom
neappleseed.org 

Oct. 13 (9 a.m.-2 p.m.)
2018 Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk and Family Festival
Benefiting: Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands
Location: Stinson Park at Aksarben Village
dsamidlands.org 

Oct. 13 (3-8 p.m.)
Fourth Annual HEALS to the Pavement for Pregnancy & Infant Loss
Benefiting: HEALing Embrace
Location: Lake Zorinsky
healingembrace.org 


122nd Aksarben Ball
Benefiting: Aksarben Foundation
Location: CHI Health Center Omaha
aksarben.org 

Oct. 14 (4:30-8 p.m.)
12th Annual Comfort Food Classic
Benefiting: Grief’s Journey
Location: Hotel RL
griefsjourney.org

Oct. 16 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)
A Time for Hope & Healing Luncheon
Benefiting: The Kim Foundation
Location: Embassy Suites-La Vista Conference Center
thekimfoundation.org

Oct. 17 (6-8 p.m.)
Taste the Season: The Nebraska Way Patron Party
Benefiting: Food Bank for the Heartland
Location: Omaha World-Herald John Gottschalk Freedom Center
foodbankheartland.org 

Oct. 18 (11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.)
Taste the Season: The Nebraska Way Luncheon and Marketplace
Benefiting: Food Bank for the Heartland
Location: The Marriott at Regency
foodbankheartland.org 

Oct. 18 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Eighth Annual Climb Higher Luncheon
Benefiting: Omaha Outward Bound School
Location: Metropolitan Community College Center for Advanced and Emerging Technology, Fort Omaha Campus
outwardboundomaha.org 

Oct. 18 (11 a.m.-1 p.m.)
PurseOnalities 2018
Benefiting: Child Saving Institute
Location: Hilton Omaha
childsaving.org 

Oct. 18 (6 p.m.)
2018 Annual Go Wild for Conservation Beer Tasting & Auction
Benefiting: Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation
Location: Mid-America Center, Council Bluffs
pottawattamieconservationfoundation.com 

Oct. 19 (5-10 p.m.)
2018 Bethlehem House Fall Fundraiser
Benefiting: Bethlehem House
Location: Marriott Courtyard
bethlehemhouseomaha.org 

Oct. 19 (6-10 p.m.)
Legacy Gala 2018
Benefiting: Women on a Mission for Change
Location: DC Centre
womenonamissionomaha.org

Oct. 19 (6-9:30 p.m.)
Ninth Annual TGIF!
Benefiting: Women’s Center for Advancement
Location: View on State
wcaomaha.org

Oct. 23 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Changemakers 2018
Benefiting: Nebraska Children and Families Foundation
Location: Embassy Suites-La Vista Conference Center
nebraskachildren.org 

Oct. 24 (5:30-10 p.m.)
Packer Sports Greats Banquet
Benefiting: Omaha South High School Alumni Association
Location: Anthony’s Steakhouse
omahasouthalumni.com

Oct. 24 (6 p.m.)
Loyola Dinner of Honor and Distinction
Benefiting: Creighton Prep School
Location: Henry J. Sullivan, S.J., Campus Center
creightonprep.creighton.edu 

Oct. 25 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)
2018 Annual Lead the Change Celebration
Benefiting: Women’s Fund of Omaha
Location: CHI Health Center Omaha
omahawomensfund.org

Oct. 25 (6 p.m.)
1877 Society Hosts Animus: Film vs. Book
Benefiting: Omaha Public Library Foundation
Location: Aksarben Cinema
omahalibraryfoundation.org

Oct. 26 (5:30-9:30 p.m.)
Benefit Art Auction
Benefiting: Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
Location: Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
bemiscenter.org 

Oct. 26 (7-10 p.m.)
Hops & Grapes Fall Festival
Benefiting: Partnership 4 Kids
Location: Hilton Downtown
p4k.org 

Oct. 26-28 (8 a.m.-3 p.m.)
Kids & Clays Sporting Clays Tournament
Benefiting: Ronald McDonald House Charities Omaha
Location: Oak Creek Sporting Club
rmhcomaha.org

Oct. 27 (7-11 p.m.)
Masquerade at the Castle
Benefiting: Joslyn Castle Trust
Location: Joslyn Castle
joslyncastle.com 

Oct. 27 (5:30-11 p.m.)
2018 Angel Flight: Masquerade Gala
Benefiting: Skutt Catholic High School
Location: Skutt Catholic High School
skuttcatholic.com 

Oct. 27 (5-9 p.m.)
PLV Schools Foundation Gala 2018
Benefiting: Papillion-La Vista Schools
Location: Embassy Suites-La Vista Conference Center
plvschoolsfoundation.org

Oct. 27 (5:30-10 p.m.)
BPS Foundation Purple Apple Gala
Benefiting: Bellevue Public Schools Foundation
Location: Beardmore Events Center
bellevuepublicschoolsfoundation.org 

Oct. 27 (5:30 p.m.-midnight)
Scare Away Cancer
Benefiting: Scare Away Cancer
Location: Anthony’s Steakhouse
scareawaycancer.org 

Oct. 28 (5-8 p.m.)
2018 TeamMates Tailgate Gala
Benefiting: TeamMates Mentoring Program
Location: Embassy Suites-La Vista Conference Center
teammates.org


Event times and details may change.
Check with venue or event organizer to confirm.

This calendar was printed in the September/October 2018 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

 

Charitable Giving

August 24, 2018 by

The new tax law’s impact on charitable giving remains to be seen, but Omaha nonprofits expect the holidays will reveal whether the changes will discourage philanthropists from stepping up during the most popular time of the year to donate. 

“Until we see the numbers, we won’t know for sure,” says Matt Darling, vice president of donor services for the Omaha Community Foundation, which connects donors with causes they want to support. “Nothing can be proven yet.” 

The new law took effect Jan. 1, with the most significant change affecting the standard tax deduction, which is a fixed amount that benefits everyone who pays federal taxes. The 2018 single filer’s standard deduction is $12,000—nearly double the previous deduction of $6,350. For taxpayers who are married and filing jointly, the 2018 standard deduction is $24,000—up from $12,700.

Darling says most people donate as the holidays approach in October, November, and December, with the largest gifts going to charities between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. Some people donate because they view the holidays as an emotional time of year and want to help those less fortunate; others see the season as a natural deadline or incentive for tax planning purposes before Jan. 1. 

But the fear among nonprofit organizations all over the country—organizations reliant on charitable contributions to fund their causes, pay their employees, and have a positive impact on their communities—is that under the new law, taxpayers who don’t itemize their tax returns will stop donating as much money as they had in the past.  

There are options for filers who want to give and receive a positive tax benefit, Darling says, if they use a strategy called “bunching.” 

Under bunching, taxpayers would give the same amount they would over a two-year period in only one year. Bunching in one year allows them to itemize dedications where they otherwise could not. 

“I’m hearing a lot of conversations about it, just tweaking the individual amounts,” Darling says. 

The Omaha Community Foundation has helped facilitate donor contributions of more than $906 million since it was created in 1982. Recipients have included more than 3,000 charitable organizations in Omaha and southwest Iowa, including nonprofits, initiatives, and funds. 

The foundation is made up of more than 1,200 donors. The city is nationally ranked fourth in per capita giving, according to its website. 

Despite the worries over the new tax law, Darling is confident that Omahans will donate as they always have. That’s how people are here, he says. 

“Nationally, I think there will be an effect,” Darling says. “But not every community is like ours. I have no reason to believe that Omaha will see a contraction of charitable giving.” 

He continues: “It’s our hope and the charitable community’s hope that we are going to continue down this track. We are a giving town.” 


For more information on the new tax law, visit irs.gov.

This article was printed in the September/October 2018 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Woodmen of the World

August 14, 2018 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

The Woodmen name has graced a downtown Omaha skyscraper for nearly 50 years, but the organization behind it, WoodmenLife, also stands tall with nearly $11 billion in assets, $38.5 billion of life insurance in force, and an A-plus/superior rating by the independent agency A.M. Best. Since its 19th-century beginnings, WoodmenLife has also built a towering history of philanthropy and service to the community. 

“WoodmenLife was founded in 1890 to provide financial security for families while making a difference in their community. As a not-for-profit fraternal organization, we’re able to offer competitive life insurance and cash-accumulating products,” President and CEO Pat Dees says. “When I say, ‘fraternal,’ it’s a not-so-common word, but it’s a description of our business model. My modern definition of ‘fraternal’ is ‘to find an unmet need in the community and purpose yourself to find a way to meet it.’ That’s the guidance that we give our individual local chapters throughout the U.S.”

Brook Bench is director of City of Omaha Parks, Recreation, and Public Property, which has benefitted from Woodmen’s beneficence through the donation of American flags. Woodmen has donated more than 3 million American flags to parks, schools, churches, and other civic organizations.

“WoodmenLife’s American flag donations have enhanced our parks for years. We are so fortunate to have brand-new American flags we can display in our parks to honor veterans and show patriotism towards our country,” Bench says.

Although the range of activities is too extensive to enumerate, Dees says WoodmenLife focuses its support in three primary areas: family, community, and patriotic endeavors.  

One example of supporting family is the WoodmenLife Focus Forward Scholarship program for WoodmenLife members and families. Applicants who meet basic eligibility criteria are considered for awards based on factors including volunteer activity, work history, career goals, and patriotism. 

“We created this two years ago to support their futures and a chance to get ahead,” he says. “This is one of the unique benefits of being a member of WoodmenLife that extends to families.”

One community-oriented activity specific to Omaha was providing funding to the Omaha Police Department Mounted Patrol. 

“WoodmenLife has generously donated funding to be used towards the purchase of new horses for the Omaha Police Mounted Patrol Unit,” says Sgt. Joseph Svacina of the OPD Mounted Patrol. “Several horses have been retired, creating a need for quality replacements. The Omaha Police Department welcomes and appreciates this relationship and financial support from our partners at WoodmenLife. This level of corporate support is invaluable in our growing city, particularly our evolving downtown riverfront area and entertainment district. We look forward to growing this relationship, as well as maintaining a highly professional mounted patrol unit.”

“We adopted a focus on a national scale to fight hunger,” he says. “One of the more powerful things we can offer is, that, because we have nearly 700,000 members throughout the country, we mobilize them for volunteer efforts in local food pantries, or to raise funds, or to have canned food drives to support food pantries. In just the last few years [since 2015] we have collected 627,337 pounds of food and donated $1,117,120 for community food banks.”

Even after more than a century of giving, the people of WoodmenLife continue to look for ways of serving others, Dees says. Because like a tall building, WoodmenLife was built on a strong foundation—of giving, Dees says. 

“There are so many ways we connect with the community. It’s part of our founding principles,” he says. “It is who we are.”


Visit woodmenlife.org for more information.

This article was printed in the August/September 2018 edition of B2B.

Pat Dees, president and CEO of WoodmenLife

Whispering Roots Takes Root

July 10, 2018 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

The Highlander Village on North 30th Street between Lake and Cuming is a dramatic new development meant to revitalize the depressed neighborhood surrounding it. The center of this community (planned by 75 North Revitalization Corp.) is the Accelerator. The 65,000 square foot, Z-shaped building serves as a Creighton University and Metropolitan Community College-led health-education hub. An event venue and a ground floor coffee shop will be joined by established eateries and entrepreneurial startups. 

But what most grabs the eye is the Accelerator’s futuristic-looking urban agriculture facility for nonprofit tenant Whispering Roots. A see-through greenhouse sits majestically atop floors dedicated to education and production—all centered on aquaculture, aquaponics, and hydroponic growing. As Whispering Roots founder and executive director Greg Fripp explains, nearly everything at the $4.2 million, 18,000-square-foot green site is designed for the next generation. Like the rest of Highlander, he says the custom design and construction, plus elevated location, are meant to raise people’s expectations in a high-poverty environment.

Slated to open by late summer, the facility is built on years of seeds sown by Fripp and company in inner-city public schools and neighborhoods. Whispering Roots teaches students how to build and maintain aquaculture systems that grow fish—tilapia or steelhead trout—for consumption. Fish waste is used to fertilize crops grown in the same system. The closed system’s water is naturally cleaned and recirculated. Floating raft crop, drip irrigation, and raised bed techniques are taught. 

The new digs will allow Whispering Roots to expand learning opportunities for youth and adults around organic agriculture, healthy cooking, and nutrition. It will refer participants in need of human and social services to on-site partners.

“We focus on growing, feeding, and educating,” Fripp says. “We’re touching different aspects of the community to address where the gaps are. By working with different folks and actually being out in the community and listening to the feedback—what’s working, what’s not working—it allowed us to design a facility that meets the needs of the community.”

Fripp says residents of the community have said they need more locally produced food, hands-on experiential learning, and STEM education, “and that’s what we do.”

To help address the community’s lack of access to fresh, local healthy food, Whispering Roots will sell the fish and vegetable crops it harvests on-site at farmers markets and select stores and to neighboring Accelerator food purveyors. 

Fripp sees this as just the start.

“The model is what matters—the techniques and how we build them and improve them in underserved communities—and then taking that model and replicating it at whatever scale makes sense for a community,” he says. “Where a lot of people make mistakes is they try to force a model and scale in a community that’s not ready to deal with it. The community’s overwhelmed.”

Fripp’s interest in urban ag and aquaculture goes back 20-plus years, to high school. After a U.S. Navy logistics career, he worked in the corporate world. He left an executive human resources position at TD Ameritrade in Omaha to follow his real passion full time.

He founded Whispering Roots in his home garage and basement lab with his own savings, and in less than a decade it’s now supported by major philanthropic players such as the Sherwood, Weitz Family, and Suzanne and Walter Scott foundations.

Funders bought into his vision, allowing it to ramp-up from micro to mega level. In learning to build and operate aquaculture systems, grow, harvest, package, market, and sell food, students will acquire portable skills.

Whispering Roots already has a presence as far away as Haiti and Madagascar and as near as Iowa and Missouri. It’s currently building a facility in Macy, Nebraska.

On the planning table is a full-scale commercial production facility that would supply food in quantity and create jobs.

“We not only want to replicate what we’re doing here but also to do economic development by developing this pipeline of kids and adults from the community who can then work in or run those facilities,” Fripp says.

Fripp and his team are much in demand as consultants.

“We’ve become subject matter experts for other communities that would like to do the same around the country. We have people calling from Kansas City, Minneapolis, wondering how we’re pulling this off in Omaha,” he says, adding that the model is what’s interesting to them. It challenges the way people view urban agriculture, hands-on experiential learning, and STEM in underserved and impoverished communities.

“We’ve been able to navigate government and policies and work on the community side, in schools, and to figure out how all these pieces work together,” he says.

From concept to completion, he says, “One of the biggest challenges is helping people understand the vision because it’s so new. When I started my organization in 2011 and said we’re going to put fish and plants in classrooms to teach kids about science, people thought that was crazy. They said, ‘It’s never going to work, kids aren’t going to be interested.’ Now our problem is we don’t have enough bandwidth to handle all the requests we get from the schools. But when I started, no one believed this was even possible.” 

Even after capturing the attention of kids—who started winning science fairs—and making converts of educators, he says, “In talking about where we were going to build our new facility, we had people questioning why we wanted to go into the inner city and offering us free land to build in rural areas. But the goal was to do it in an underserved community to prove it’s possible to go into the toughest areas, build this thing, and show it can work. That’s not easy because you run into a lot of roadblocks. There’s a lot of preconceived notions about what education looks like in an underserved community, what people will tolerate, what will work. What we’re trying to do is change that view.”

On a recent tour of the new Omaha facility, a woman who resides nearby told Fripp, “I’m glad that you are here. This is close to my heart. It needed to be here. This is such a beautiful and good thing that the community will protect you.”

“That feedback,” he says, “tells me we’re on the right path. The key is that you are a part of the community so that people feel like they have ownership—this is their resource. That’s what we want. We want that community base. If it’s just a community place and there’s no connect, people don’t care. They’re like, ‘That’s not ours anyway.’ But if it’s community-based, then, ‘It’s ours.’”

Part of that buy-in, he says, is “trying to build our own pathway and network of students who then become the experts who teach and train.” The goal is creating self-sufficiency so that communities can feed themselves. 

Having an African-American at the head of it all is a powerful symbol.

“When intersecting with the African-American community, students need to see people who look like them doing this work,” Fripp says. “Then they can internalize it by saying, ‘Me, too.’ They need to know this is a goal that is achievable.”


Visit whisperingroots.org for more information

This article was printed in the July/August 2018 edition of Omaha Magazine. 

Greg Fripp teaches aquaculture, aquaponics, and hydroponic skills to the next generation.

July/August 2018 Giving Calendar

June 20, 2018 by

July 7 (8-11 a.m.)
Superhero 5K!
Benefiting: CASA for Douglas County
Location: Stinson Park at Aksarben Village
casaomaha.org 

July 7 (9 p.m.-1 a.m.)
Ladies of Hip Hop Night
Benefiting: Women’s Center for Advancement
Location: Reverb Lounge
onepercentproductions.com 

July 9 (10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.)
Angels Among Us/Bland Cares Golf Outing
Benefiting: Angels Among Us
Location: Champions Run Golf Course
myangelsamongus.org 

July 9 (11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
25th Annual Golf Classic
Benefiting: Keep Omaha Beautiful
Location: The Players Club at Deer Creek.
keepomahabeautiful.org 

July 12 (5:30-10 p.m.)
Links to a Cure Golf Gala
Benefiting: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Location: Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District
nelinkstoacure.eventscff.org

July 13 (8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.)
Links to a Cure Golf Tournament
Benefiting: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Location: ArborLinks Golf Course
nelinkstoacure.eventscff.org

July 14 (5-11 p.m.)
Relay for Life of Greater Omaha
Benefiting: American Cancer Society
Location: Stinson Park at Aksarben Village
relay.acsevents.org 

July 15 (noon-3 p.m.)
ULN Guild Men Who Cook
Benefiting: Urban League of Nebraska
Location: OPS Administrative Building Cafeteria
urbanleagueneb.org 

July 19 (5-9 p.m.)
Iowa Western Reiver Athletic Golf Dinner
Benefiting: Iowa Western Student-Athlete Scholarships
Location: Bent Tree Golf Club
iwcc.edu/foundation

July 19 (6:30-9:30 p.m.)
Songs and Suds 2018
Benefiting: Merrymakers Association
Location: Pitch Pizzeria West Omaha
merrymakers.org 

July 20 (8:30 a.m.)
Iowa Western Reiver Athletic Golf Tournament
Benefiting: Iowa Western Student-Athlete Scholarships
Location: Bent Tree Golf Club
iwcc.edu/foundation  

July 21 (4 p.m.-midnight)
Block Out After Dark 2018
Benefiting: Cancer Alliance of Nebraska
Location: Sinnott’s Sand Bar
cancerallianceofnebraska.org 

July 21 (5-9 p.m.)
Joslyn Castle Unlocked
Benefiting: Joslyn Castle Trust
Location: Joslyn Castle
joslyncastle.com

July 22 (8-11 a.m.)
Head for the Cure 5K Run/Walk
Benefiting: Head for the Cure Foundation
Location: Lewis & Clark Landing
headforthecure.org 

July 27 (11 a.m.-5 p.m.)
Ninth Annual La Vista Community Foundation Golf Classic
Benefiting: La Vista Community Foundation
Location: Tara Hills Golf Course
lavistacommunityfoundation.com 

July 28 (8:30-11 a.m.)
PurpleStride Omaha 2018: Walk to End Pancreatic Cancer
Benefiting: PurpleStride Omaha
Location: Stinson Park at Aksarben Village
support.pancan.org 

July 28 (6:30-11 p.m.)
Seventh Annual Blue Water Bash
Benefiting: Boys Town Okoboji Camp
Location: Boys Town Okoboji Camp, Milford, Iowa
boystown.org

July 29 (7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)
2018 Packer Golf Tournament
Benefiting: Omaha South High School Alumni Association
Location: Eagle Hills Golf Course
omahasouthalumni.com

July 30 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.)
Fresh Start Classic
Benefiting: Fresh Start for All Nations
Location: Shadow Ridge Country Club
freshstartclassic.org

July 30 (10 a.m.-7 p.m.)
19th Annual CINCF Golf Tournament
Benefiting: Council of Independent Nebraska Colleges Foundation
Location: The Players Club at Deer Creek
nicfonline.org 

July 30 (11 a.m.-7 p.m.)
Swing 4 Kids Golf Benefit
Benefiting: Partnership 4 Kids
Location: Tiburon Golf Club
p4k.org 

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

Aug. 3 (11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.)
Fairways Fore Airways Fifth Annual Golf Scramble
Benefiting: Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center
Location: Tiburon Golf Club
lungs4lifefoundation.org

Aug. 3 (4-11 p.m.)
2018 New American Arts Festival
Benefiting: Lutheran Family Services
Location: Benson First Friday, Military Avenue and Maple Street
bensonfirstfriday.com 

Aug. 3 (6-9:30 p.m.)
10th annual Dance for a Chance: “Diamonds in the Rough”
Benefiting: Youth Emergency Services
Location: Omaha Design Center
yesomaha.org  

Aug. 3 (6-11 p.m.)
River Bash ’N’ Brew
Benefiting: Visiting Nurse Association
Location: Lewis & Clark Landing
thevnacares.org  

Aug. 4 (8 a.m.-3 p.m.)
Spirit of Courage Golf Tournament
Benefiting: Jennie Edmundson Hospital Cancer Center Charitable Patient Care Fund
Location: Dodge Riverside Golf Club
jehfoundation.org 

Aug. 4 (6-10 p.m.)
Spirit of Courage Gala
Benefiting: Jennie Edmundson Hospital Cancer Center Charitable Patient Care Fund
Location: Mid America Center
jehfoundation.org 

Aug. 4 (9-11:30 p.m.)
OwL Ride: Omaha with Lights
Benefiting: Meyer Foundation for Disabilities
Location: Lewis & Clark Landing
owlride.org 

Aug. 5 (noon-3 p.m.)
Spirit of Courage No Limits Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament
Benefiting: Jennie Edmundson Hospital Cancer Center Charitable Patient Care Fund
Location: Mid America Center
jehfoundation.org 

Aug. 6 (10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.)
Shootout for Cancer
Benefiting: Various local pediatric cancer organizations
Location: Champions Run Golf Course
omahanm.com 

Aug. 6 (10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.)
A-United Golf Classic
Benefiting: Scare Away Cancer
Location: The Players Club at Deer Creek
aunitedglass.com 

Aug. 6 (11 a.m.-7 p.m.)
Swing with Pride, A. Len Leavitt Memorial Golf Open
Benefiting: Roncalli Catholic High School
Location: Indian Creek Golf Club
roncallicatholic.org

Aug. 9 (7 a.m.-1:30 p.m.)
19th Annual Release Ministries Bill Ellett Memorial Golf Classic
Benefiting: Release Ministries
Location: Iron Horse Golf Club
releaseministries.org

Aug. 11 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.)
Fourth Annual Aqua-Run 10K Relay and 2K Walk
Benefiting: Aqua Africa
Location: Elmwood Park
aqua-africa.net 

Aug. 11 (5-9 p.m.)
Joslyn Castle Unlocked
Benefiting: Joslyn Castle Trust
Location: Joslyn Castle
joslyncastle.com 

Aug. 13 (11 a.m.-6 p.m.)
QLI’s 14th Annual Golf Challenge
Benefiting: QLI Tri-Dimensional Rehab
Location: The Players Club at Deer Creek
teamqli.com

Aug. 17 (8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.)
Step Out for Seniors Walk-A-Thon
Benefiting: Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging
Location: Benson Park
stepoutforseniors.weebly.com 

Aug. 17 (6-10 p.m.)
EXPOSED: That’s How We Roll Annual Benefit
Benefiting: Project Pink’d
Location: Hilton Downtown Omaha
projectpinkd.org

Aug. 17 (6-9 p.m.)
Jefferson House “Stand Up for Kids” Comedy Night
Benefiting: Heartland Family Services
Location: Fremont Golf Club
heartlandfamilyservice.org 

Aug. 18 (9-11:30 a.m.)
20th Annual Remembrance Walk
Benefiting: Grief’s Journey
Location: Miller’s Landing/Pedestrian Bridge
griefsjourney.org 

Aug. 18 (day-long)
Paint-A-Thon
Benefiting: Brush Up Nebraska
Location: Various
brushupnebraska.org

Aug. 19 (7-11 a.m.)
Boxer 500 Run/Walk
Benefiting: Great Plains Colon Cancer Task Force
Location: Werner Park
coloncancertaskforce.org   

Aug. 19 (7:30 a.m., end times vary)
Corporate Cycling Challenge
Benefiting: Eastern Nebraska Trails Network
Location: Heartland of America Park
showofficeonline.com

Aug. 19 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.)
Vintage Wheels at the Fort
Benefiting: Douglas County Historical Society
Location: Historic Fort Omaha
douglascohistory.org

Aug. 20 (10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.)
Heroes for the Homeless Golf Benefit
Benefiting: Stephen Center’s Pettigrew Emergency Homeless Shelter
Location: Shadow Ridge Country Club
stephencenter.org 

Aug. 21 (10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.)
Annual Golf Classic
Benefiting: Methodist Hospital Foundation
Location: Tiburon Golf Club
methodisthospitalfoundation.org 

Aug. 23 (5:30-8:30 p.m.)
World Bash “Global Homecoming”
Benefiting: Intercultural Senior Center
Location: Mainelli Center at Saint Robert’s
interculturalseniorcenter.org 

Aug. 24 (5-10 p.m.)
Wine and Beer Event
Benefiting: ALS in the Heartland
Location: Shops of Legacy
alsintheheartland.org 

Aug. 25 (5:30-9:30 p.m.)
12th Annual Summer Bash for Childhood Cancer: An Evening in Paris
Benefiting: Childhood Cancer Campaign
Location: Embassy Suites La Vista Conference Center
summerbashforccc.org

Aug. 25 (5:30-9:30 p.m.)
One Sweet School
Benefiting: Madonna School
Location: CenturyLink Center Omaha
madonnaschool.org

Aug. 26 (1:30-4 p.m.)
Grow With Us Gala
Benefiting: City Sprouts
Location: Institute for the Culinary Arts, Metro Community College
omahasprouts.org

Aug. 27 (noon-8 p.m.)
11th Annual Jesuit Academy Golf Tournament
Benefiting: Jesuit Academy Tuition Assistance Fund
Location: Indian Creek Golf Course
jesuitacademy.org 

Aug. 27 (noon-6 p.m.)
20th Annual Goodwill Golf Classic
Benefiting: Goodwill’s Real Employment Assisting You (READY) & Business Solutions Programs
Location: The Players Club at Deer Creek
goodwillomaha.org


Event times and details may change. 

Check with venue or event organizer to confirm.

2018 March/April Giving Events

March 1 (5:30-9 p.m.)
Celebrity Chef 2018
Benefiting: Food Bank for the Heartland
Location: Embassy Suites La Vista
foodbankheartland.org

March 2 (7-10:30 p.m.)
I-80 Cosmopolitan Club’s Gala: An Evening on the Italian Riviera
Benefiting: Diabetes-related causes
Location: il Palazzo
business.facebook.com/I80cosmos 

March 3 (7 a.m.)
Heat the Streets Run & Walk for Warmth
Benefiting: Common Fund of the Heartland
Location: Midtown Crossing
heatthestreetsomaha.org

March 3 (6-10 p.m.)
Irish Fest
Benefiting: Catholic Charities
Location: Marriott Capitol District
ccomaha.org

March 3 (noon-4 p.m.)
Omaha Barstool Open
Benefiting: United Cerebral Palsy of Nebraska
Location: the Old Market
ucpnebraska.org

March 3 (6 p.m.)
Cruise Away to Hollywood
Benefiting: Stephen Center
Location: Champions Run
stephencenter.org

March 4 (9-11:30 a.m.)
14th Annual Walk & Roll for Disabilities
Benefiting: Meyer Foundation for Disabilities
Location: Oak View Mall
mfdisabilities.org

March 4 (noon-6 p.m.)
Hooley! Hooley! Hooley!
Benefiting: Ladies Ancient Order of the Hibernians
Location: Firefighters Union Hall
aohomaha.org

March 8 (11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.)
American Red Cross Heroes in the Heartland Luncheon
Benefiting: American Red Cross
Location: Hilton Omaha
redcross.org/neia

March 8 (6:30-9 p.m.)
Assure Banquet with Franklin Graham
Benefiting: Assure Women’s Center
Location: Embassy Suites La Vista
assureomaha.com

March 10 (5:30-11 p.m.)
HOLT International Gala: A Benefit for Mongolia
Benefiting: Holt International
Location: Hotel RL
holtinternational.org

March 10 (6 p.m.)
Silver Ribbon Event: The Heart and Art of Caring
Benefiting: CRCC (Children’s Respite Care Center)
Location: Scoular Ballroom
crccomaha.org

March 17 (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Ancient Order of the Hibernians’ St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon
Benefiting: St. Vincent de Paul Society
Location: Firefighters Union Hall
aohomaha.org

March 18 (4 p.m.)
Celebration of Spirit Dinner
Benefiting: Notre Dame Sisters
Location: St. Robert Bellarmine Social Hall
notredamesisters.org

March 19, April 16 (6 p.m.)
Breathe & Brew Yoga Series
Benefiting: American Lung Association
Location: Scriptown Brewing Co.
lung.org

March 22 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Scholarship Luncheon
Benefiting: Phoenix Academy
Location: Hilton Omaha
phoenixacademyomaha.org

March 24 (4 p.m.)
Basketball Bash
Benefiting: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands
Location: UNO Milo Bail Student Center
bbbsomaha.org

March 24 (1-2:30 p.m. girl reception, 7-9:30 p.m. reception and silent auction)
artVenture Omaha
Benefiting: Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska
Location: UNO Mammel Hall
girlscoutsnebraska.org

March 24 (5:30 p.m.)
The Gathering
Benefiting: CUES Supported Schools
Location: Embassy Suites La Vista
cuesschools.org

March 24 (6-9:30 p.m.)
Celebrating Community
Benefiting: Omaha Together One Community
Location: KANEKO
otoc.org

March 28 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Fusion Luncheon 2018 featuring Jeff Lewis
Benefiting: Nebraska Medicine Guild scholarships
Location: Mariott Downtown
nebraskamed.com/giving/volunteer-services

March 31 (5-10 p.m.)
March Madnezz 2018
Benefiting: Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands
Location: The Grass Wagon
bgcomaha.org

April 4-5 (8 a.m.-4 p.m.)
Speaking of Children Luncheon and Conference
Benefiting: Project Harmony
Location: Embassy Suites La Vista
projectharmony.com

April 6 (6:30-10 p.m.)
Wine, Women & Shoes
Benefiting: Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Foundation
Location: Omaha Design Center
winewomenandshoes.com/omaha

April 7-8 (noon-5 p.m.)
NARI Remodeled Home Tour
Benefiting: Healing Embrace
Locations: various
omahanari.org

April 7 (5:30-10 p.m.)
Fourth Annual Pink Ribbon Affair
Benefiting: Susan G. Komen Nebraska
Location: Hilton Omaha
komennebraska.org

April 8 (5:30-9:30 p.m.)
Rock the Nest Trivia Night
Benefiting: Central High School Foundation
Location: Omaha Design Center
chsfomaha.org/events/rock-the-nest

April 10 (10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.)
Assistance League of Omaha Style Show
Benefiting: Assistance League of Omaha
Location: Champions Run
alomaha.org

April 11 (noon-1:30 p.m.)
2018 Author Luncheon, featuring Dr. Michele Borba
Benefiting: Completely Kids
Location: Hilton Omaha
completelykids.org

April 13 (6-9 p.m.)
Circle of Dreams
Benefiting: St. Augustine Mission School
Location: A View on State
staugustinemission.org

April 13 (5-10 p.m.)
Kicks for a Cure Annual Dinner
Benefiting: Kicks for a Cure
Location: Embassy Suites La Vista
kicksforacure.org

April 13-14 (times vary)
Big DREAM weekend with bowling, tailgating, and more
Benefiting: DREAM (Developing Relationships through Education, Athletics, and Mentoring)
Locations: various
joindream.org

April 14 (7-10:30 a.m.)
Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 Live Forward! Run-Walk to Remember
Benefiting: Keep Kids Alive Drive 25
Location: Skutt High School
kkad25.org

April 14 (9 a.m.-noon)
Autism Puzzle Walk
Benefiting: Autism Center of Nebraska
Location: Ralston Arena
autismnebraska.org/autism-walks

April 14 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.)
Seventh Annual Spring Luncheon
Benefiting: Santa Monica House
Location: DC Centre
santamonicahouse.org

April 14 (4:30 p.m.-midnight)
Cathedral Comedy & Cuisine
Benefiting: St. Cecilia School
Location: St. Cecilia Parish Center
stceciliacathedral.org

 April 14 (5-8 p.m.)
Spaghetti Dinner
Benefitting: Nebraska Miss Amazing
Location: Celebration Covenant Church
—@nemissamazing on Facebook

April 14 (5-9 p.m.)
vinNEBRASKA Public Wine Tasting and Grand Auction
Benefiting: Partnership 4 Kids
Location: Hotel RL
vinnebraska.com

April 14 (5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.)
Festa del Leone
Benefiting: Roncalli High School
Location: Roncalli High School
roncallicatholic.org

April 14 (6 p.m.)
Blue Jeans Ball: 35 Years of Wishes
Benefiting: Make-A-Wish Nebraska
Location: Hilton Omaha
nebraska.wish.org

April 14 (6 p.m.-midnight)
14th Annual Barrister’s Ball—“Escapes to the Tropics”
Benefiting: various legal projects
Location: Embassy Suites La Vista
nebar.com/nlfevents

April 14 (times vary)
Kicks for a Cure Soccer Exhibition
Benefiting: Kicks for a Cure
Location: Creighton Soccer Complex, UNO Caniglia Soccer Complex
kicksforacure.org

April 14 (6-9 p.m.)
Feather Our Nest 2018
Benefiting: Fontenelle Forest
Location: Omaha Mariott Downtown
fontenelleforest.org

April 15 (11 a.m.-4 p.m.)
Pork Dinner & Polka Fest
Benefiting: Notre Dame Sisters
Location: St. Philip Neri Activity Center
notredamesisters.org

April 15
Humanitarian Brunch featuring John Quinones
Benefitting: Inclusive Communities
Location: Omaha Mariott at the Capitol District
inclusive-communities.org

April 17 (6-9:30 p.m.)
Omaha Business Hall of Fame Gala
Benefiting: Greater Omaha Chamber
Location: Holland Performing Arts Center
omahachamber.org

April 18 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)
At Ease USA Annual Luncheon
Benefiting: At Ease USA
Location: CenturyLink Center Omaha
ateaseusa.org

April 18 (11 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Can Do Luncheon
Benefitting: Kids Can
Location: Hilton Downtown at the Capitol District
kidscanomaha.org

April 19 (7-8:30 a.m.)
BPS Foundation Community Breakfast
Benefiting: Bellevue Public Schools Foundation
Location: BPS Lied Activity Center
bellevuepublicschoolsfoundation.org

April 19 (6-9 p.m.)
A Night of Inspiring Hope
Benefiting: Fresh Hope
Location: Embassy Suites Omaha
nightofinspiringhope.com

April 20 (6 p.m.-10 p.m.)
Night of Celebration
Immanuel Auxiliary
Location: A View on State
give.chihealth.com/nightofcelebration

April 20 (7-10 p.m.)
RivALZ—Blondes vs. Brunettes
Benefiting: Alzheimer’s Association
Location: Omaha Sports Complex
act.alz.org

April 20 (5:30-8 p.m.)
13th Annual Men of Honor “Igniting Our Youth” Awards Dinner
Benefiting: 100 Black Men of Omaha
Location: Hilton Omaha
100blackmenomaha.org

April 20, 21, 27, and 28 (times vary)
Bowl for Kids’ Sake
Benefiting: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands
Location: Maplewood Lanes
bbbsomaha.org

April 21 (9-11 a.m.)
Claussen-Leahy Maverick Run
Benefiting: UNO Athletics
Location: Baxter Arena
omavs.com

April 21 (noon-3 p.m.)
Women Defining History Luncheon and Runway Show
Benefiting: Douglas County Historical Society
Location: Institute of the Culinary Arts
douglascohistory.org

April 21 (9 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Nebraska Lymphoma Walk
Benefitting:  Lymphoma Research Foundation
Location: Mahoney State Park
support.lymphoma.org

April 21 (5-8 p.m.)
Bowtie BASH
Benefiting: Creighton Prep
Location: Creighton Prep High School
creightonprep.creighton.edu

April 21 (5:30-9 p.m.)
Black Tie and Tails
Benefiting: Nebraska Humane Society
Location: Omaha Marriott Downtown
nehumanesociety.org

April 22 (2-4 p.m.)
Walk for Awareness
Benefiting: Conceive Nebraska
Location: Turner Park
conceivenebraska.org

April 23 (noon-1 p.m.)
Boy Scouts Citizen of the Year Luncheon, honoring Chris Murphy
Benefiting: Boy Scouts of America
Location: Scott Conference Center
mac-bsa.org

April 24 (6:30-9:30 p.m.)
Celebrating the Golden Age of Hollywood
Benefiting: Omaha Community Foundation
Location: Omaha Community Playhouse
omahaplayhouse.com

April 28 (9 a.m.)
March for Babies
Benefiting: March of Dimes
Location: Lewis & Clark Landing
marchforbabies.org

April 28 (5-11 p.m.)
Blue Jeans & Dreams
Benefiting: Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy
Location: HETRA Barn
hetra.org

April 28 (9 a.m.)
Third Annual Brunch 5K
Benefiting: Junior League of Omaha
Location: Midtown Crossing, brunch at CRAVE
jlomaha.org

April 29 (noon registration, 1 p.m. start)
Omaha Area Walk
Benefiting: ALS in the Heartland
Location: Baxter Arena
alsintheheartland.org

Event times and details may change. Check with venue or event organizer to confirm.

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