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September 15, 2006

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>> EVENTS

New Cassel to present awards at fundraiser

Six people will be honored Oct. 6 at New Cassel Retirement Center's annual Spirit of Francis Celebration at the Waterfall Café, at Physicians Mutual Insurance Company, 2600 Dodge St. in Omaha.

The evening will begin with a social hour and silent auction at 6 p.m. and also includes dinner and a program. Three awards will be presented to the honorees.

The New Cassel Distinguished Community Service Award will be presented to The Alzheimer's Association, under the leadership of now retired executive director Connie Kudlacek. This award goes to an advocate for the aging person in the greater Omaha/Council Bluffs community.

Receiving the Spirit of Francis Award will be Richard "Dick" Coffey, senior vice president of AON Risk Services, Inc. of Omaha.

"Dick and his devotion to New Cassel and the senior population in Omaha is being honored for the many ways he has lived the caring spirit established by the sponsoring School Sisters of Saint Francis," said Joseph Schulte, president and CEO of New Cassel.

Thomas Belford, Patricia Donahue, and Robert and Betsy Reed will receive the Lempka Leadership Award. This award recognizes individuals who mirror the art of voluntary leadership and spirit of giving, demonstrated by the late Dr. Arnold and Agnes Lempka.

Guest speaker for the event will be Bruce Rasmussen, director of athletics at Creighton University.

For more information, contact Ric Miller at the New Cassel Foundation at 393-2277.

>> PARISHES

Shrines remodeled at Omaha parish

Two shrines at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Omaha - Marian and St. Joseph - were recently remodeled and will be blessed Sept. 24 at the 9 a.m. Latin Mass. Father William Sanderson, above, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi parish, created the design concept, which includes a wooden archway, lighting from above and a faux marble background. The Marian shrine will be dedicated in memory of the late Edmund Matras through a gift from his family.

>>SCHOOLS

Successful evening raises funds for school

More than 600 guests attended Madonna School's "Celebrating a Special Journey" Aug. 26 at the Downtown Doubletree Hotel, raising $226,000 for the school.

Four individuals - Clayton Byam, Steve Dwyer, Michael Jareske and Dr. Harold Kreski - were honored for their service to individuals with special needs.

Maria and Jeff Sauvageau were chairs for the event

The evening featured a performance by the Madonna School students.

>> PEOPLE

Partnership award given to Edney family

The Servants of Mary Partnership Award was presented to the Edney family Sept. 7 at a new fund-raiser in Omaha. John Edney, left, accepts the award on behalf of his family from Sister Ginny Silvestri, provincial of the Servants of Mary. The award will be given each year to those who have supported the community over an extended period of time and in a variety of ways. Two Edney daughters, Sister Mary Rosaria and Sister Mary Carmelita, were members of the Servite community. Funds raised through the event - Servite 06: Celebrating Partnership - will support Servite ministries, the Servite Center of Compassion at the motherhouse in Omaha and retired sisters.

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