Plenty to smile about at Habitat’s Brew HaHa event

Rain and cold did not dampen the spirits of about 1,800 people gathered at Stinson Park at Aksarben Village for Habitat for Humanity Omaha’s eighth annual Brew HaHa fundraiser Sept. 11.

The attendance was a record for this event, as was the amount of money raised, $118,000, with proceeds slated to build or renovate 50 homes in the community this year to help end the cycle of poverty. Cheap Jerseys free shipping Habitat Omaha’s Young Professionals Group sponsored the festivities.

The rain let up in time for guests to stroll through the grounds and sample food and beverages from food trucks and local restaurants. As guests entered the venue, they were given an etched beer glass to take home after they enjoyed their fill of finely crafted brews. Lemon Fresh Day provided live music under the pavilion as guests enjoyed games and prize activities.

Honorary chairmen were Jodie and Bill Mackintosh, Regan and Mike Mackintosh, and Ashley and Clark Horgan.

Honorary brew master was Randy Wiese. Patron party chairmen were Jessica and Ron Duce and Nancy and Bob Edick. Event chairmen were Melissa and Robb Steffes and Holly and Tom Worthington. Amanda Brewer is Omaha Habitat’s executive director.

The 2014 board members are Nate Lindley, president; Rebekah Clausing, vice president; Heidi Voelker, treasurer; and Jared Rohrer, secretary.

The Children’s Respite Care Center annual gala raised more than $88,000 Sept. 12 at the Harper Center Ballroom at Creighton University.

Children and staff at the event, “Noteworthy Night,” serenaded the crowd of more than 215 with The Beatles’ “I Get by With a Little Help From My Friends,” in a musical nod to the center’s community partners and volunteers. The singers had been practicing for weeks leading up to the event.

Cocktail hour featured piano music by Susan Steinke, with dinner of Cape Cod salad, halibut with cranberry maple vinaigrette and grilled fillet with roasted garlic demi glace, roasted fingerling potatoes, sweet braised red cabbage, roasted carrots and French green beans. Dessert was a selection of chocolates or traditional cheesecake with berry coulis. Tables were covered in black linens with gold napkins. Centerpieces were of contemporary styling with amber vases filled with mambo roses, orange spray roses and hydrangea created by Hy Vee Floral Linden Market.

Monty Eich and Kayla Thomas Haire served as emcees. In lieu of an oral auction, guests were invited to “Raise the Paddle” by auctioneer Trish Brauer. Tonic Sol Fa, a Minneapolis area a cappella group, provided the entertainment.

Honorary chairmen were Mike McCarthy and Dawn and Kevin Nokels. Event chairwoman was Judi Finkle. Children’s Respite Exceptional Workforce volunteer organization president is Nancy Wackerhagen; vice president of fundraising is Dawn Buchanan.

Tennis legend Billie Jean King delighted the crowd at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church Sept. 24 by hitting more than 100 autographed tennis balls into the audience.

King helped kick off the Omaha Town Hall 50th anniversary year. Her presentation included a video and commentary on her tennis career as well as her works in the area of human rights. Following the lecture, more than 300 members attended a birthday themed luncheon at Regency Marriot with a question answer session with King.

At a dinner the night before, a historical perspective video was shown to board members and invited guests. It featured interviews with Town Hall founder Dick Walters and early leaders of the organization. Chairwomen Jodie Mackintosh and Kathy Wells were assisted by Cathy Bonnesen, Mary Lee Coco and Connie Pera.

The next featured speaker is Timothy Egan, Pulitzer Prize winning reporter, on Oct. 22. Omaha Town Hall president is Betsy Strain.

The Omaha Home for Boys welcomed more than 300 guests on Sept. 25 to the organization’s Restoring Hearts with Bike Parts celebration at Hilton Omaha. At the Omaha Home for Boys, he said, the brothers discovered what it was like to be cared for and loved.

Rudy Reyes went on to serve terms in Afghanistan and Iraq, and his battalion’s invasion of Baghdad in 2003 was chronicled in the Rolling Stone story and subsequent book “Generation Kill.” That book was made into an HBO Films miniseries, and Reyes played himself, jump starting his acting career.

Rudy and younger brother Ceasar, who drove up from Kansas City for the event, were reunited with former house parents and staff who were at the Home during their short stays.

At the conclusion of the evening, which raised $80,000 Beverly VanArsdel of Omaha heard her name called as the winner of Ole Black Rose, a 1987 Harley Davidson FXR motorcycle rebuilt and customized by Home youth for the evening’s raffle.

Woodmen of the World was the event’s Premiere Event sponsor. Mary Nelson, co host of KMTV Channel 3’s The Morning Blend, served as emcee.

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