Night in the Neighborhood Brings in $165,000
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Contact: Adrielle Griffin, Director of Marketing and Communications
Proceeds from Night in the Neighborhood to benefit programs serving at-risk youth, families
OMAHA (Oct. 2, 2017) – The Completely KIDS Guild-sponsored Night in the Neighborhood, a new fundraiser supporting Omaha nonprofit Completely KIDS, raised more than $165,000 to support the agency’s mission of educating and empowering kids and families to create a safe, healthy, successful and connected community.
Held at Founders One • Nine, 1915 Jackson St., more than 350 Night in the Neighborhood guests celebrated the 10 years of impact Completely KIDS has made at its current location on 26th and St. Mary’s, and 25-plus years of success under Executive Director Penny Parker.
“We are so appreciative of the many supporters, guests and volunteers who came together on this event and who are our true markers of success,” said Angela Rock, event co-chair with Christine Schulte. “It was Penny’s vision to try something new and really consider the experience of the guests that made this night so fun to plan. It goes to show that when we put people first, the profits will come and we are thrilled to have done so much good for the children and families in our neighborhood.”
The event embraced the culture and flair of the area’s Latino influences, including music and dancing by Mariachi Luna y Sol; Latino-inspired food stations by Jeff Snow of Catering Creations; beer and margaritas. While the event incorporated standard fundraiser components such as a live auction, raffle and gift card grab, it also included an opportunity to purchase individual pieces of an art installation, called Pieces of the Puzzle, created by Completely KIDS youth under the direction of local artist Kristin Pluhacek. Pieces of the Puzzle will be installed at the Completely KIDS building with the names of those who purchased the pieces.
“Though Completely KIDS has existed in Omaha for nearly 100 years, we positioned ourselves 10 years ago in the Park East Neighborhood at the heart of the communities we serve,” Parker said. “Night in the Neighborhood highlighted this vibrant area of our city while drawing support from others to advocate for the kids and families, many of whom struggle in poverty, who reside here.”
Honorary chairs were Lynne and John Boyer, and Holly and Mike Boyer. Event chairs were Angela Rock and Christine Schulte. The 2017 guild president is Kate Brownrigg. Guild members and committee volunteers include: Jen Alloway, Brandi Ballan, Mandy Bierman, Traci Copple, Jessica Covi, Karly Jurgensen Daniel, Shannon Dombrowski, Heather Efaw, Desri Gocken, Andrea Gutta, Andi Hallgren, Traci Harrison, Julia Hernandez, Alison Johnson, Lori Kleinschmit, Kara Krehbiel, Kristin Lewis, Amy Lindsay, Julie Lyons, Rebecca Maw, Sarah McGowan, Anne Medlock, Amy Parks, Jennifer Peterson, Beth Raper, Susan Richardson, Jennifer Slattery, Marjean Stamm, Janet Thayer, Barbara Tripp, Liz Walenz, Laurie Webb and Carrie Weiler.
Kris Covi served as emcee and provided auctioneer services for the live auction.