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Joel Schlessinger completes the ice bucket challenge to raise money for ALS research

If you’ve been on the internet within the last month, chances are you’ve seen the numerous videos of your friends and family taking the ice bucket challenge. Everyone from Bill Gates to Tom Cruise has undergone the challenge, including Joel Schlessinger, his wife, Nancy, and son, Daniel. The campaign helps raise awareness about ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and encourages participants to donate to the ALS Association. Watch a video of the Schlessinger’s ice bucket challenge and see who else they have nominated.

Joel Schlessinger and his family accepted the challenge in honor of Nancy’s grandmother.

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain. This condition causes loss of muscle control and patients often become paralyzed due to the loss of muscle action. Nancy’s grandmother, Fannie Wels, suffered from ALS and passed away before Nancy was able to meet her.

The ice bucket challenge is a way to raise awareness about this disease and nominate others to take the challenge and donate to the cause. Challengers must dump ice water on themselves and then nominate their friends to complete the challenge or donate to the ALS Association. Joel Schlessinger and his family chose to accept the challenge from Lee Nakamoto and donate to the organization.

Joel Schlessinger’s donation will go toward researching treatments and cures for ALS.

More than 5,000 individuals are diagnosed with ALS each year yet there is still very little known about this disease. Donations to the organization go toward research as well care for those affected by the disease and support for their family and friends. Clinics and centers across the country provide care and services for thousands of patients every year.

To learn more about the challenge or to donate to the cause, visit www.als.org.

Joel Schlessinger supports United Way through a UPS golf tournament
On August 2, UPS Omaha sponsored a charity golf event with all proceeds going to United Way. Joel Schlessinger sponsored a hole on the golf course during the event. He and his staff also donated 100 goodie bags, which were handed out to tournament participants. Each goodie bag contained a spa coupon and sunscreen samples from LovelySkin.

Donations like Joel Schlessinger’s help support health and human service programs across the metro.

United Way of the Midlands is a nonprofit organization that supports health and human service programs across Omaha, Council Bluffs and Bellevue. The organization believes that all people deserve a quality education, a stable job, good health and a steady income to support their family through retirement. Donations like those made by Joel Schlessinger help United Way of the Midlands continue to support this mission.

Through various community programs, United Way supplies education to children and youth, promotes financial stability programs and independence, and improves people’s health. Each program addresses key issues like basic needs, employment, housing and income, health, mental health, safety, volunteers and disaster, senior recreation, sexual assault and domestic violence, youth mentoring and parent education, youth recreation and youth resources. With generous donations and support, United Way of the Midlands can continue to make a positive change in the community.

Joel Schlessinger and his family donate to a number of outreach programs around the Omaha area.

Joel Schlessinger and his family are long-time supporters of programs that help make the Omaha community a better place. They have donated many goods and services to organizations that help those in need around the metro, including United Way of the Midlands. Read more about Joel Schlessinger’s donation to United Way.

Have you donated to the United Way of the Midlands? Share your experience with us in the comments.

Joel Schlessinger helps send dancers to the Outback Bowl through Just for Kix

Through organizations such as Just for Kix, dance students have the opportunity to travel, perform and meet other dancers from across the country. Joel Schlessinger recently made a donation to help students from the Omaha area travel to the Outback Bowl in Tampa Bay, Florida through Just for Kix. The dance tour brings together teenage dance students and performers for an unforgettable experience.

The donation from Joel Schlessinger will go toward travel and activity expenses.

Donations from generous sponsors such as Joel Schlessinger are one of the main sources of fundraising for participants. This fundraising helps pay for travel, hotel accommodations and other expenses. The trip consists of seven days and six nights that include dance practice, a banquet and trips to local destinations.

Just for Kix provides information to help participants reach their fundraising goals. The fundraising guide helps students bring together individuals and local businesses for a common goal. Along with ideas and organization tips, the information helps teens set guidelines and reach their goals.

Thanks to sponsors such as Joel Schlessinger, dance students get to perform for crowds of over 60,000.

Just for Kix brings together 500 performers along with coaches and choreographers from across the country to perform during the pre-game and halftime shows of the Outback Bowl. Students perform at Raymond James Stadium in front of over 60,000 fans. During the practices, performers learn choreography and field formations to create a unique show. Following practices, participants get to experience some of Florida’s attractions including the beaches, Disney World and Busch Gardens.

Each year, Just for Kix helps dance students pursue their dreams. Throughout the year, Joel Schlessinger donates to other organizations that help teens pursue their interests such as Louder Than a Bomb, a teen poetry festival, and the Omaha Burke High School band.

Joel Schlessinger MD supports the annual American Cancer Society gala

In support of the American Cancer Society’s mission to create a world with more cancer survivors, Joel Schlessinger MD recently donated a SilkPeel to be used during the silent auction of the Hope in the Heartland Gala. This event helps raise money for the ACS to continue their research and lead the fight to end cancer.

Joel Schlessinger MD’s donation to the Hope in the Heartland Gala benefits local programs.

This year, the ACS of Omaha held the third annual Hope in the Heartland Gala to unite local leaders and business owners in the fight against cancer. The event included live music, silent and live auctions, and a dinner. All of the proceeds from the event went toward the local ACS to keep community programs running.

For the silent auction, Joel Schlessinger MD donated a SilkPeel treatment from the LovelySkin Spa. Donations such as this raise money for the organization so they can continue research and community outreach.

Donations from people such as Joel Schlessinger MD help raise money for this nationally recognized organization.

ASC is a community-based organization that is dedicated to research, education, advocacy and service. The organization runs several community programs including a 24-hour call center that provides information and support for those suffering from cancer as well as their families and friends.

This nonprofit organization is also dedicated to providing information on how to reduce the risk of cancer and encouraging individuals to utilize early detection methods. With hundreds of events held nationwide, the ACS unites volunteers and survivors to raise awareness and education about cancer.

Joel Schlessinger MD has supported many organizations dedicated to cancer research including Kicks for a Cure and the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.