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Spotlight Gala celebrates 25th Anniversary



Voices for Children celebrated our 25th Anniversary at the Spotlight Gala on Saturday, September 15, 2012.  Nearly 500 friends of Voices for Children were in attendance at the event held at the Embassy Suites-La Vista.  Guests enjoyed cocktails and silent auction followed by awards and live auction. We raised over $150,000 to support our mission of educating and motivating Nebraskan’s to take action on behalf of vulnerable children.

The evening’s festivities spotlighted the 25 years of accomplishments of Voices for Children in Nebraska and to begin looking forward to the next 25 years.

Mayor Jim Suttle and Former State Senator Deb Suttle served as this year’s honorary chairs.  They were recognized for their longstanding community involvement, especially Mrs. Suttle’s nearly ten years of service on the board of directors of Voices for Children in Nebraska.

We celebrated the people and organizations that ‘shine a light’ on the greatest needs of Nebraska’s children every day with our Spotlight Gala Awards.  Awards presented included: Champion for Children Award to State Senator Kathy Campbell, Individual Award to Tim Barry, Business Award to KETV Channel 7, Nonprofit Award to RESPECT, Youth Award to Project Everlast and Lifetime Achievement Award to Betty Cernech.

Brandi Petersen of KETV Channel 7 served as event emcee and Scott Moore led the live auction as auctioneer. The Spotlight Gala committee members were lead by Mary Hunziker, Patti Koraleski and Emily Tonniges.  Tessa Gifford and Wendy Koontz chaired the auction committee.  More than 30 other community volunteers helped put on the event!

The event’s Presenting Sponsor was Lozier.  Diamond sponsors of the event included KETV Channel 7, Alegent Creighton Health and Barnhart Press.  Platinum sponsors included Building Bright Futures, Husch Blackwell Sanders, Omaha Steaks, The Nebraska Medical Center and Dr. Tom and Jane Tonniges and family.  A thank you to all of our sponsors for making the evening a success!

Special thanks go to Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Just Good Meat, Quality Beers of Omaha and Upstream Brewery for their donations.

Thank you to all who  helped us celebrate; the honorary chairs, the Spotlight Gala committee, our board of directors, our sponsors, and our attendees.  Without all of your commitment and passion this amazing evening wouldn’t have been possible!


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