There was a full house at the Champions Run Country Club on Feb. 1 as the Stephen Center's Guild sponsored its annual Cruise Away ... to Las Vegas fundraising event.
More than 300 guests joined in the fun at Vegas-style gaming tables, including blackjack, craps and roulette, while enjoying cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction. The event raised money for the Stephen Center, which works to overcome homelessness, addiction and poverty.
The venue was transformed with a red-and-black playing card theme. At each table setting was a deck of cards with a note thanking guests for participating. They dined on pine nut salad, sliced tenderloin and herb-encrusted chicken, with sautéed vegetables, roasted new potatoes and a selection of strawberry cheesecake or triple chocolate cake.
Steve Kutilek served as emcee. Honorary Chairmen Eloise and Perry Poyner were honored for sharing their talents for the good of the Omaha community's most vulnerable members. The Heart and Soul Award was presented to Brenda and Craig Nelson for their commitment to the guild and to the mission of the Stephen Center.
An auction featured adventures — including trips to Napa Valley and Miami Beach and a fishing trip to Canada. The evening concluded with the Save a Life auction, in which guests were given the opportunity to support the center by donating to furnishings for the new emergency shelter, transportation for HERO rehab clients, days of lodging for homeless families and short-term residential treatment for individuals with addictions.
Serving as event chairwomen were Cindy Maher, Amy Nebbia and Jennifer Storm. The event raised more than $100,000. Proceeds will go toward supporting the emergency shelter, the rehabilitation program and the new facility, which is scheduled to open in October.
The Stephen Center's current programs include the Emergency Shelter, the HERO program, a state-licensed substance abuse treatment center, a transitional living program and a thrift store with the goal of providing comprehensive services to overcome the cycle of homelessness. To learn more, visit www.stephencenter.org or call 402-731-0238.
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Child Saving Institute's Guild lassoed 77 cowboy-clad guests to attend its inaugural “Spirits of the World” fundraising event featuring “Bourbon & Beef.”
Held at Brix Village Pointe, attendees were invited to taste 10 premium bourbons along with samplings of exotic meats, including elk, wild boar, moose and Wagyu beef. The evening included a silent auction and raised nearly $20,000.
The event chairwomen were Lucy Newberry, Janis Winterhof and Laura Worick. A raffle for the chance to win a bottle of the coveted Pappy Van Winkle's 20-year-old Family Reserve Bourbon was a highlight of the night.
“The Guild was excited to kick off a new event this year,” Winterhof said, “and we hope to grow it in the future so we can continue our goal of raising funds to benefit the children served by CSI.”
CSI is dedicated to prevention, intervention and treatment of child abuse, neglect and abandonment. It has met the needs of area children for more than 120 years and believes that all children should have homes where hope is kindled and dreams can be achieved.
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The Pinot, Pigs and Poets Committee, in collaboration with the Nebraska Pork Producers Association, held its Kick Off meeting Jan. 23 for the fifth annual Pinot, Pigs and Poets. The event will take place on June 12 at the Happy Hollow Club with all proceeds benefiting Completely KIDS's weekend and after-school programs.
Vintners from around the country will offer more than 30 pinot noir wines for tasting while distinguished Omaha chefs will prepare savory pork dishes. The evening will include intriguing slam poetry presentations and vintner and chef competitions.
The Taste of Elegance Chef competition, sponsored by the Nebraska Pork Producers Association, judges each chef's pork entry. The winning chef is awarded a trip to the 2015 Pork Summit at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, Calif. A vintner competition will also take place with the winning wine announced during the evening and available for sale at the event.
The PPP committee chairmen are Jody and Gayle Carstens, Jodie and Bill Mackintosh, and Terri and Jack McDonnell.
“Pinot, Pigs and Poets started with an idea five years ago, and it has grown to be a truly unique event in Omaha,” said Jody Carstens. “By sipping on wine and sampling fine pork cuisine, guests directly impact Omaha children served by Completely KIDS's food programs.”
Completely KIDS's Weekend Food Program provides backpacks filled with healthy, child-friendly food to take home each Friday. The organization's mission is to develop youths and their families through out-of-school time and family strengthening programs in communities where they live. For event information, visit pinotandpigs.org. To learn more about Completely KIDS, visit completelykids.org.
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