To the theme of “Shamrock On!” the CenturyLink Center Omaha rang with the sounds of the Omaha Pipes and Drums and shook to steps from the Craoi na Tire Irish dancers on March 2.
The event, the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Omaha Irish Fest, raised more than $440,000 and drew nearly 680 people.
In addition to the Irish entertainment, the evening featured silent and oral auctions. Music and dancing from the Finest Hour followed a dinner buffet featuring peppercorn tri-tips with horseradish cream, char-grilled Niman Ranch lamb chops with mint jalapeño relish, chicken cordon bleu skewers, corned beef Reubens, garlic mashed potatoes, three-cheese spinach and artichoke baked pasta, and spinach and apple salad. For dessert, guests noshed on Bailey's crème brulée and assorted miniature dessert shooters and cookies.
Honorary chairmen were Amy and Jeff Schmid and event chairmen were Amy and Bryan Neary, Carrie and John Jenkins and Trish and Ted Walz.
John Knicely served as the master of ceremonies. Funds raised will support programs and services that help 75,000 individuals and families in need throughout the archdiocese.
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Karine Mentzer was honored with the Heart and Soul Award at the Stephen Center's Cruise Away to the Caribbean event March 2 at Champions Run.
“I was touched and honored to receive the Heart and Soul Award,” Mentzer said. “The Stephen Center means so much to me.”
The resort-themed evening drew more than 230 people and raised at least $65,000 for the Stephen Center.
The Stephen Center Guild sponsors the event. It featured silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing. Chairmen were Angie and Patrick Bingham, Lisa and Mark Houlton and Debbie and James Vihstadt.
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Lutheran Family Service's Fandango: All Stars fundraising event drew nearly 300 people and raised more than $131,000 on Feb. 22 at Champions Run.
Funds raised will support the agency's Children Services programs, which aim to “restore and create safe and happy childhoods.”
Parker and Alanna Schenken were honorary chairmen; event chairmen were Terri and Alan Wasmoen. Julie Cornell was the mistress of ceremonies.
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Nearly 200 people walked the red carpet at the 11th annual Oscar Experience Omaha benefiting the Alzheimer's Association Midlands Chapter on Feb. 24.
During the event at the Omaha Marriott, Erich Hover, an Omaha native and Hollywood actor and producer, shared his family's story of caring for his father with Alzheimer's. Up for oral auction was a chance to appear in Hover's next movie, which is slated to begin filming in Omaha this spring. The film will honor Hover's father and is based on the filmmaker's first-hand experiences.
The event raised more than $65,000 to provide information and support to individuals afflicted with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias and to their caregivers.
Event chairmen were Larry and Traci Guenther.
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ON THE CALENDAR
• Casablanca Gala benefit for CASA in Nebraska, the Cornhusker in Lincoln. www.nebraskacasa.org
• The Gathering, Christian Urban Education Service, Embassy Suites La Vista, Kimberly Ramsey at 402-451-5755
• Douglas County Historical Society's Costume Collection Runway Show, Institute of Culinary Arts Swanson Conference Center. www.DouglasCoHistory.org
• Omaha Press Club Show, Holland Performing Arts Center, www.opcshow.org
• MAD Fashion, Omaha Law League, Hilton Omaha, www.omahalawleague.org
• Big Bash for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands, Champions Run. bbbsomaha.org
• Notre Dame Sisters' Celebration of Spirit Dinner, Roncalli High School. www.notredamesisters.org
• Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce's Omaha Business Hall of Fame Gala, Holland Performing Arts Center. OmahaChamber.org/HOF
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