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New Cassel honors dedication to elderly

People committed to helping the elderly and those living with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other special needs were honored Oct. 13 at the New Cassel Foundation’s annual Spirit of St. Francis dinner in Omaha.

Attended by more than 200 people, the dinner also raised $65,000 for New Cassel Retirement Center, which is sponsored by the School Sisters of St. Francis and supported by the foundation, said Cindy Petrich, president of the foundation.

Julie Masters, professor and chairwoman of the Department of Gerontology at the University of Nebraska Omaha and a member of St. Joseph Parish in Omaha, received the Spirit of St. Francis Award for her work with the elderly. Masters also has served on the retirement center’s board of directors and the foundation’s board of trustees.

Paul and Lori Hogan, co-founders of Omaha-based Home Instead for seniors, received the New Cassel Distinguished Community Service Award.

And Hy-Vee grocery stores, which carries New Cassel Raw Honey, received the Lempka Leadership Award for a spirit of giving to New Cassel’s ministry.

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