It was all “Glamour and Glitz” as the Douglas County Historical Society celebrated Women’s History Month.
Guests took a step back in time for the organization’s third annual costume collection runway show, luncheon and exhibition, held March 23 at the Swanson Conference Center on Metropolitan Community College’s Fort Omaha Campus.
The runway show highlighted fashions from the 1920s through the 1960s. As dresses from the historical society’s collection were modeled, commentary was provided by Sue McLain, vintage fashion expert and owner of Yesterday’s Lady in Beatrice, Neb.
The historical society’s “Women Defining History Award” was presented to Joni Fogarty during the luncheon.
Fogarty — an educator, historian and preservationist — was an American history teacher at Central and Benson High Schools and spent nine years as an administrative staff member at Benson. She was a founder of the Gold Coast Historic Preservation Association, served three years on the Douglas County Historical Society board of directors, was president of the Cathedral Arts Project board of directors and was president of Women’s Alumnae Pan-Hellenic Association. Fogarty was also vice president of the Joslyn Castle Trust.
She served as a consultant for the NET production of “Devil Clouds: Tornadoes Strike Nebraska,” a program commemorating the 1913 Easter Sunday tornado that hit Omaha.
Metropolitan Community College’s Institute for the Culinary Arts created the luncheon menu, with each dish prepared at individual chef stations.
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Good works were showcased at the 30th annual Heritage Awards Dinner on March 23 at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs.
Award recipients were honored for their work in four areas: Margarite Goodenow, arts and humanities; the late Doris Heineman, business; the Rev. Paul Monahan, education; and Dr. Charles Pigneri, health and human services.
Robin and Curtis Boeck were event chairmen; co-chairmen were Jane and James Whalen. Other event committee members included Heather and Barclay Monaster, Martha and Dan Peterson, and Mary Pat and Larry Raynor.
The event raised more than $65,000 for Mercy Hospital in the Bluffs.
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Nature photographer Joel Sartore drew a crowd to St. Andrew United Methodist Church on March 27 for an Omaha Town Hall Lecture. At least 1,000 people heard his talk on world travels for National Geographic Magazine.
The Town Hall Lecture Series is presented by a nonprofit organization. Admission to the lectures is by membership only. For information about the series or membership, contact Stephanie Horeis, 402-556-6906 or visit www.omahatownhall.com.
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Southern author, gardener and designer James Farmer will be the speaker at the annual Lauritzen Gardens Guild Spring Luncheon and Lecture on April 24. This year’s theme is “A Time to Plant.”
Farmer is the author of four books and is an editor-at-large for Southern Living Magazine. The two-hour luncheon will begin at 11 a.m.
Helen Kenefick is honorary chairwoman and LaDona Rowings is general chairwoman. Guild president is Carol Lynch.
Luncheon tickets are $75. The $150 patron tickets include a copy of Farmer’s book, “A Time to Plant.”
For more information, call Kayla Scott at 402-346-4002 or go to www.laurtizengardens.org.
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The seventh annual Habitat for Humanity Women’s Power Luncheon on May 2 will be the kick-off for the group’s 2013 “Women Build” project.
The event, starting at 11:30 a.m. at the Marriott Regency, will support the all-woman coalition that builds homes in partnership with low-income families. More than 400 women volunteers give their time and talents to build the “Women Build” houses.
Sandy Parker is Power Woman of the Year. Mary and Rodrigo Lopez are honorary chairmen. David Parker is the honorary STUD chairman, and Jane Pohlman is general chairwoman.
Tickets are $50 general, $75 patrons and $35 for those 35 or younger.
For more information, go to habitatomaha.org/womenspowerlunch.
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ON THE CALENDAR
• “See the Story” fundraiser for Omaha Youth for Christ/Campus Life, Embassy Suites La Vista, www.yfcomaha.org.
• Notre Dame Sisters’ Celebration of Spirit Dinner, Roncalli High School, www.notredamesisters.org.
Completely Kids Author Luncheon with Dr. Michael Osit, Hilton Omaha. (completelykids.org)
Omaha Creative Institute’s Spring Fling, Omaha Creative Institute.
Roncalli’s Festa Del Leone, at the school. (www.roncallicatholic.org)
Reception-fundraiser for the Kim Foundation, Corkscrew Wine & Cheese. email@example.com
Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary “Tastes & Treasures Gala,” Field Club of Omaha. Lindowolf2002@yahoo.com
• “Blue Jeans and Dreams” fundraiser for Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy, Five Star Stables. (www.HETRA.org)
• Creighton Prep Bash fundraiser, Heider Center on campus. (www.PrepBASH.com)
• Silent Auction and Dinner for the Open Door Mission, Embassy Suites La Vista. (www.opendoormission.org)
• Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce’s Omaha Business Hall of Fame Gala, Holland Performing Arts Center. (www.OmahaChamber.org/HOF)
“Feather Our Nest” fundraiser for Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, Mutual of Omaha Dome. (fontenelleforest.org)
• Friends Forever “Dining With Dogs” fundraiser for the Nebraska Humane Society, DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown.
• “Buckaroo Bash” for Omaha Mounted Patrol and the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund, Omaha Mounted Patrol Facility. (www.rivercityrodeo.com)
• Torchlight Ball to benefit DREAM youth programming, University of Nebraska Medical School Truhlsen Events Center. (www.allaboutomaha.com)
• Gross High School’s Celebration 29, at the school. (grosscatholic.org)
“A Comedian, a Choir and a Cantor” fundraiser for Beth El Youth Scholarships, Beth El Synagogue. (www.bethel-omaha.org)
Domestic Violence Council’s annual breakfast, Thompson Alumni Center, University of Nebraska at Omaha. firstname.lastname@example.org, 402-210-2195
Girls Inc.’s Lunch for the Girls with Chelsea Clinton, CenturyLink Center Omaha. (www.girlsincomaha.org)
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