It’s official-school is back in session, but what a busy break it has been at the Partnership!
The Partnership kicked off the summer on a bittersweet note as former agency president of fourteen years, Julie Hefflinger retired from the organization and new president, Deb Denbeck was welcomed to the helm on June 20th. “I feel very blessed and fortunate to be following in the footprints of someone I have great respect for,” Denbeck said. “Julie has done an amazing job of building a strong team and a program that is so needed in the Omaha area.”
As Denbeck settled in to her new role, not a moment was wasted as students were
immersed into a multitude of activities including educational workshops such as “Cops and Kids”. Students who participated in the workshop learned more about their local justice system and received a first-hand look at trials in action at the Douglas County Courthouse. Students also got to explore their artistic side during a tour of Omaha’s Hot Shops, where they witnessed a glass-blowing demonstration and had an opportunity to paint their very own pottery. Summer tours even included a trip to Moylan Tranquility Iceplex where students got to cool off from the heat and glide around the rink with their fellow classmates and friends.
In addition to student events and outings, the Partnership also prepared for an end of the summer fundraiser celebration. The Partnership For Our Kids teamed up with vinNEBRASKA and Midtown Crossing to host the Summer Wine and Food Festival, “An Evening Escape”, on July 30th on the Midtown outdoor promenade. More than 350 guests enjoyed sampling fabulous wines from both vinNEBRASKA and local distributors. They also sampled extraordinary food from Midtown restaurants and bid on unique day-trips and dream-destination packages. Nearly $50,000 was raised to benefit the students of the Partnership.
While it has been a busy season, there are many more exciting activities planned for the 2011-2012 school year. Be sure to check our online events calendar for more details!