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Event chair Suzanne Kotula with her husband, Dr. Rudy Kotula, during the Methodist Volunteers In Partnership’s Night Under the Big Top on April 20 at Happy Hollow Club, 1701 S. 105th St. The fundraiser, which supports the Methodist Hospital Emergency Department Expansion and Renovation project, raised a record $192,000.

It was a “Night Under the Big Top” for Methodist Volunteers In Partnership and its more than 370 guests.

Methodist VIP is a support group of Methodist Hospital and Methodist Women’s Hospital. The organization raised more than $192,000 — a record amount — during its annual spring fundraiser April 20. Proceeds benefit the Methodist Hospital Emergency Department Expansion and Renovation project.

The circus- and cirque du soleil-themed event, A Night Under the Big Top, was at Happy Hollow Club, 1701 S. 105th St.

Fire-dancing and fire-eating performers entertained at the entrance, and face painting and clothing accessories were offered at check-in.

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Night Under the Big Top Honorary Chair Bev Karrer has her face painted with a dove in honor of the Methodist “Heart and Dove” logo.

The event began with a reception featuring cocktails and hors d’oeuvres; acrobats, jugglers, stilt-walkers and living statues; circus-themed games and prizes; and a silent auction. A psychic home party for 10 was sold for $1,100 and a “Star Wars” set was sold for $600 at the silent auction.

Guests were then seated for dinner — filet with potatoes, seasonal vegetables and a chocolate mousse cup with Big Top cutout cookie — and participated in a live auction, which brought in $55,000.

Then, the event concluded with a grand finale performance, including acrobats, jugglers and cyclists. All entertainment was produced by Omaha Musicians Live featuring Flowtricks Entertainment.

To showcase themed decorations and entertainment, guests were asked to wear black. Tables were decorated with burgundy cloths and cream napkins with top hat centerpieces and white flowers.

Honorary chairmen were Bev and Bill Karrer, and event chair was Suzanne Kotula.

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Honorary Chairmen Bev and Dr. Bill Karrer

The mission of the Methodist Volunteers In Partnership is to promote and support Nebraska Methodist Hospital, Methodist Women’s Hospital and its affiliates through volunteer service and special event fundraising to advance the organization in the community.

Champagne and Diamonds

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A group of women gather during Champagne and Diamonds on May 5 at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs. More than 500 people attended the Kentucky Derby-themed fundraiser for MICAH House, 1415 Avenue J in Council Bluffs. About $105,000 was raised for homeless children, families and individuals staying at MICAH House.

More than 500 people showed up May 5 to support MICAH House during its annual fundraiser “Champagne and Diamonds.”

The Mid-America Center event raised about $105,000 for homeless children, families and individuals staying at MICAH House, 1415 Avenue J in Council Bluffs. MICAH House’s mission is to provide a safe, nurturing environment and support services for people experiencing the crisis of homelessness.

The theme was Kentucky Derby and it featured food, drink and live-stream horse racing.

Guests dressed up in derby attire, including shade hats and bow ties, for the hat and outfit contest.

A plated dinner included steak and chicken, mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables. Floral centerpieces were provided by Hy-Vee.

During the program, a video produced by Thomas Jefferson High School students was shown that focused on the life of a family currently staying at MICAH House.

An annual award recognizing a donor of support — the Laura Rutledge Open Hearts Award — was given to Hy-Vee. Through leadership on the MICAH House Board of Directors, volunteerism and donations, the grocery store company has shown continual support of MICAH House since its beginning. The nonprofit first started serving locals in need in 1987.

Champagne and Diamonds also featured a silent and live auction.

The highest-selling bid was two-day unlimited golf and a cart for four people at Dismal River Club in Mullen, Nebraska, which sold for $2,000. Season passes to the Stir Cover 2018 concert series went for $1,600; a Red Head smoker and Hy-Vee meat bundle for $1,400; and a four-night vacation in Cancun, Mexico for $1,025. A diamond necklace, donated by Gunderson’s, was raffled.



Omaha Home for Boys Golf Tournament, Omaha Home for Boys, Tiburon Golf Club, $150 to $2,000, 402-457-7165 or omahahomeforboys.org.


Tee it Up Fore Sight, Outlook Nebraska, Indian Creek Golf Course, 3825 N. 202nd St., $150, 402-614-3331 or outlookne.org.


Baseball, Brews and Babies, Too!, OneWorld Community Health Centers, Blatt Beer & Table, 610 N. 12th St., $50, oneworldomaha.org/spring-event.


Children First for 125 Years, Nebraska Children’s Home Society, Embassy Suites Conference Center, 12520 Westport Parkway in La Vista, $125, call 402-898-7753 or go to nchs.org.


Hope Golf Classic, the Hope Center for Kids, Champions Run Golf Course, $250 to $5,000, hopecenterforkids.com.

Children’s Scholarship Fund of Omaha Chance Luncheon, Children’s Scholarship Fund of Omaha, Omaha Marriott Downtown, 222 N. 10th St., $75, csfomaha.org.


Strike a Chord, Heartland Family Services, Mid-America Center, 1 Arena Way in Council Bluffs, $80, heartlandfamilyservice.org/events/strike-chord-14.


Mildred D. Brown Memorial Study Center Gala, Mildred D. Brown Memorial Study Center, Hilton Downtown, 1001 Cass St., $75, mdbmsc.org/gala.


Songs and Suds, Merrymakers Association, Pitch West, 17808 Burke St., $75, merrymakers.org/schedule/fundraisers.


Help Build A House Golf Event, Gesu Housing, Champions Run Golf Course, 13800 Eagle Run Drive, $150, call 402-614-4776 or email dalebarr@gesuhousing.com.

AUG. 18

Lyle Japp Memorial Golf Event For Men and Women, Good News Jail and Prison Ministry, Tiburon Golf Club, $125, goodnewsjail.org/lylejappgolf or 402-599-2293.

AUG. 23

World Bash Global Homecoming, Intercultural Senior Center, St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church Mainelli Center, 11802 Pacific St., $60, interculturalseniorcenter.org.


Imagine Our Youth Fundraising Celebration, Omaha Home for Boys, Omaha Marriott Downtown, $125, omahahomeforboys.org.

SEPT. 13

Decades in Deco, On Track Guild, the Durham Museum, $100, durhammuseum.org or Kim Henze, 402-444-5071.

Night in the Neighborhood, Completely KIDS Guild, Founders One • Nine, 1915 Jackson St., $75, completelykids.org

OCT. 4

45th Woman of the Year Gala honoring Leslie Andersen, Arthritis Foundation, Omaha Marriott, $150, 402-262-0144.

OCT. 18

Climb Higher, Omaha Outward Bound School, Metropolitan Community College Center for Advanced and Emerging Technology Building, Fort Omaha Campus, $100, outwardboundomaha.org/luncheon or 402-614-6360 ext. 214.

OCT. 19

Journey Through Time: A 20th Anniversary Celebration, Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum, 28210 W. Park Highway in Ashland, $150, events@sacmuseum.org or call 402-944-3100, ext. 253.

NOV. 16

Sentimental Journey “With Honor,” The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St., $175 and up, 402-444-5071.

If you have news for Around and About, send it to aroundandabout@owh.com. For more information, contact Kate Malott at kate.malott@owh.com or 402-444-1149.

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