Reflection Ball raises nearly $100,000

The Midlands Community Foundation awarded its Reflection Award during the 2015 Reflection Ball. From left, Karla Rupiper, Midlands Community Foundation Board president; Dr. Harlan and Cherie Metschke and Dr. Rick and Kyle Black, Reflection Award recipients; and Tonee Gay, Midlands Community Foundation executive director.


The Midlands Community Foundation’s 2016 Reflection Ball raised nearly $100,000.

The gala, held Jan. 16 at Embassy Suites in La Vista, was attended by 400 guests.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to the foundation’s education fund and will be distributed to various schools, school foundations and other nonprofit organizations serving Sarpy and Cass counties in the area of education, including STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), literacy, arts, leadership, peer and counseling support, and backpack and clothing programs.

At the event, the Reflection Award was presented to Dr. Harlan and Cherie Metschke and Dr. Rick and Kyle Black for their commitment to supporting schools and students. All four have decades of experience teaching and working in education.

Honorary chairs were superintendents of school districts in Sarpy and Cass counties.

They included Frank Harwood, Bellevue Public Schools; Dr. Richard Hasty, Plattsmouth Community Schools; Brett Richards, Springfield Platteview Community Schools; Dr. Andy Rikli, Papillion La Vista Community Schools; and Dr. Kevin Riley, Gretna Public Schools.

The Reflection Ball committee was made up of Carrie Krist, Jan Davis, Martha Sopinski, Ken Summerfield, Mary Gawecki, Diane Knicky, Pattie Iske, Brenda Carlson, Leanne Sotak, Jackie Davis, Kris Zey, Donna Wilcox and Jill Govier.

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