Photographer John F. Keller contributed to our July cover photo (left to right) Alynn Sampson, Chairman of the Board of Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach; Susanne Blue, Executive Director; and Lori Wellman, director of development, ready to rain or shine with umbrellas at the site where Matt Talbot’s $1.15 million addition will be built in the agency’s 30th anniversary year.
Plans call for a 900 square foot addition that includes offices, a garage, storage areas, and space for conferences and training. Blue said about 60% of the cost of the addition is already covered with a $250,000 grant from Lancaster County through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and $500,000 in a fund of capital reserve, “so our real fundraising goal is $400,000,” she said, adding that the facility’s kitchen and outreach efforts will be bolstered by the expansion.
Read all the details in our cover story on pages 14-15.
Members and guests of the Friends of the Opera were treated to an evening at Joan Hruza’s home, 2501 Sheridan Blvd., with eight performances by University of Nebraska-Lincoln opera students, an alumnus and members UNL staff.
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“Due to COVID-19, we have not been able to hold our annual fundraising gala in the fall for two years,” said Ann Moore, chair of the board of directors of Friends of Opera. “This was a new event this year designed to be an awareness and thank you to our Friends of Opera members and their guests.”
See my coverage on pages 6-7.
Other performing arts featured in this issue include the unveiling of the Lied Center’s next season which will feature more than 30 events, including the world’s top artists and ensembles in dance, music and music. classical music, jazz, musical theatre, family, illusion and more. See details on page 11.
A three-day reunion and concert by the Abendmusik choir celebrated their 50th anniversary at First-Plymouth Church. See page 18 for details.
In the visual arts, L. Kent Wolgamott reviewed the “Surface Impressions” exhibits at Lux and Constellation Studios (pages 20-21), and the Sheldon Art Association awarded Candy and Tom Henning the Sheldon Prize at “Evening of Lights”, a gala in support of the Sheldon Museum of Art.
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Be sure to see our Inspire Q&A featuring Dr. Susan Fritz (page 13), a restaurant review from Cooks Café (page 19), the all-volunteer nonprofit Orphan Grain Train (pages 16-17), fundraisers supporting the Capital Humane Society (pages 8-9) and GIRLPowR (page 10) and much more.
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