The Ak-Sar-Ben Coronation and Scholarship Ball held a fundraiser tasting with Levy Restaurants on June 4 at the CenturyLink Center Omaha. Presenting for Levy Restaurants was Lamar Nolden, executive chef.
Coordinating the event were Stacy Wilson, Royal Court Supper chairwoman, and Kathleen Pallesen, assistant.
Guests included Kelly Thedinger, Women’s Ball Committee chairwoman; her husband, Dr. Britt Thedinger, and their daughter, Ainsley Thedinger; Amy Haddad, wife of Steve Martin, Coronation Ball Committee chairman; Jackie Kroeger, wife of Coronation Ball Committee vice chairman Terry Kroeger; Viv Ewing, Court of Honor chairwoman; Al Martinez, Levy executive sous chef; Denise Niebrugge, vice president of CenturyLink Center; Krystal Shiers, MECA events coordinator; and other Levy representatives.
Nolan presented options for the salad, main entree and dessert in keeping with the ball’s theme, Harvest Fête Royale. He chose courses that played on the French harvest motif.
The 116th Coronation and Scholarship Ball will be Oct. 13 at the CenturyLink Center. Cocktails will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Royal Court Supper at 7 p.m. and the coronation at 8:30.
Tickets for the Royal Court Supper and the Coronation and Scholarship Ball, which are open to the public, are $225 per person. They are available through the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Foundation, 402-554-9600, ext.106.
The Ak-Sar-Ben Coronation and Scholarship Ball recognizes and celebrates volunteerism, philanthropy and community pride and is the primary fundraising vehicle for the Ak-Sar-Ben Scholarships, offered in conjunction with the Horatio Alger Foundation for students in need of financial assistance to attain a college degree.
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Skutt Catholic High School will celebrate Southern style at its annual Angel Flight fundraiser, “Under Southern Skies — An Evening of SkyHawk Hospitality,” on Sept. 15. This year’s event commemorates the school’s 20th school year.
Chairmen of this year’s event are Tom and Kathy Koley, Mike and Maryann Litz, and Charles and Jen Olson. The evening will begin with cocktails and a silent auction at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and a live auction.
Money raised will support the school’s general operating expenses and its financial aid program.
“We are honored to be a part of the Skutt Catholic family and are excited to be a part of this fundraising challenge,” said Tom Koley. “This annual event raises much more than dollars; it is the future for our children.”
The Outstanding Alumni Award will be presented for the third consecutive year. This year’s honoree will be an alumnus who has shown excellence in school, career and family endeavors.
Tickets for the event can be purchased by calling the Skutt Catholic Advancement office at 402-333-0818 or visiting Skuttcatholic.com.
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The Junior League of Omaha’s board of directors opened the 2012-2013 year with a recent meeting. This year’s board is led by its president, Leslie Mayo.
Mayo is married to Scott Mayo and they have two children. She is a former Bellevue Public Schools science teacher who currently spends her time as a community volunteer and mom.
Mayo said she plans to spend her presidency encouraging members of the league to focus on developing their leadership skills and individual potential as community volunteers.
Joining Mayo are Becki Wiechman, president-elect; Jen Alloway, president-elect-elect; Cindy Vaccaro, financial vice president; Kate Hansen and Courtney Hellman, secretaries; Brenda George, fundraising director; Sarah Helvey, membership director; Andi Hallgren, community impact director; Trish Liakos, by-laws; Sherri Mitchell, finance manager; Lexie Frahm, communications director; Amy Grohe, nominating; Amanda LaPuzza, Wendy Moore, Maria Markusen and Sarah Carse, members-at-Large; and Mary Johnson, sustainer adviser.