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Joel Schlessinger MD supports Sweet Adelines, an all-women singing groupJoel Schlessinger MD and his wife, Nancy, recently donated to Sweet Adelines, an all-women singing group. One of the doctor’s patients is a member of the singing group and Joel Schlessinger MD enjoys supporting the arts.

Sweet Adelines is a highly respected organization of women that are committed to the art form of barbershop harmony with the use of education, competition and performance. This non-profit association is one of the largest in the world for women.

There are two Sweet Adelines chapters in the Nebraska area – the Lincolnaire Chapter and the Acappella Omaha Chapter. You can find a local chapter near you here.

The next concert for the Acappella Omaha Chapter is on November 10, 2012 at the Papillion La Vista High School in Papillion, Neb. Tickets are $14.00. The theme of this show is “The Gospel Truth: A Musical Adventure at Heavenly Harmony Congregational Church!”

Joel Schlessinger MD and his family are long-time supporters of the arts. They have made large contributions to other art organizations, such as Film Streams, a non-profit theater for education and local art. Read more about the Schlessinger’s involvement in Film Streams here.

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger donates to University of Rhode Island Alumni Association
Dr. Joel Schlessinger and his wife, Nancy, recently donated to the University of Rhode Island Alumni Association. The donation goes to help fund programs, services as well as scholarships and programs.

The University of Rhode Island is located in Kingston, Rhode Island. The university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as engineering, nursing, oceanography and nursing programs.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in biology and minors in chemistry and mathematics. For the past 20 years, Dr. Joel Schlessinger and his family have donated to the URI Alumni Association.

To donate to the URI Alumni Association, visit the website here.

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Joel Schlessinger MD donates to his alma mater, Brown University
Dr. Joel Schlessinger and his family recently donated to Brown Medical Annual Fund. This fund provides support for scholarships and curricular development for the Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Brown University is an Ivy League university located in Providence, Rhode Island. It is the seventh-oldest college in the United States and is a leading research center.

Brown University is a special place for the Schlessinger family. Joel Schlessinger MD attended Brown University from 1981 to 1983 for the basic science portion before transferring to Baylor University in Texas. Also, Dr. Joel Schlessinger’s daughter, Claire, is a current student in the undergraduate program.

Joel Schlessinger MD is still active with the Brown University community. He volunteers his time to interview high school seniors for admission to Brown.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger and his family have donated to both the medical and undergraduate programs over the years. They are large supporters of Brown University and enjoy assisting in any way they can.

For more information about Brown University, visit the website here.

What university do you donate to? Tell us in the comments.

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Nancy, Dr. Joel Schlessinger, Daniel, Claire and Emmy at a Pug Rescue event in 2004

Besides being a board-certified dermatologist, cosmetic surgeon and pediatrician, Dr. Joel Schlessinger is also a lover of pugs. The doctor and his family have been longtime supporters of pug rescues and pug-related events around the Midwest since they received their pug, Emmy.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger and his family recently donated to Pug Partners of Nebraska, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to rescuing and re-homing pugs. This organization puts on several events throughout the year, including meet and greets, sponsored walks and the popular costume event, Pug-O-Ween.

“We take great pleasure out of helping out other pugs and rescue societies,” the doctor said. “In fact, we went to Sioux Falls this summer to help out with a home pug adoption.”

Joel Schlessinger MD and family donate to Pug Partners of Nebraska

Emmy joined in for a LovelySkin.com barbecue this spring.

Joel Schlessinger MD and family are proud owners of a pug named Emmy.

“We have had Emmy for 10 years now,” said Joel Schlessinger MD. “She was the puppy of one of my patients. My daughter, Claire, and I were desperate to have a dog, but my son was set on a snake. My wife, Nancy, wanted to wait until the kids grew older.”

However, on Claire’s 11th birthday, the Schlessinger family picked up Emmy and she has been loved ever since.

“Daniel, my son, forgot about the snake, thankfully, and now Nancy dotes on Emmy.”

The Schlessinger family and Emmy enjoy participating in Pug-O-Ween.

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Claire, Daniel, Dr. Joel Schlessinger, Emmy and the doctor’s parents, Junie and Bernie, at Pug-O-Ween 2005.

Pug-O-Ween is a yearly event where pug owners dress up their beloved pets and show off their dashing duds. This year’s Pug-O-Ween event will be held on Sunday, Oct. 28 at the National Guard Armory. It costs $8.00 per ticket and all proceeds go to benefit Pug Partners of Nebraska.

“We have encouraged Pug-O-Ween for many years now as it is a great way to meet new friends of pugs and highlight the issues that surround ill or mistreated pugs,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

“We hope this year is a success!”

Joel Schlessinger and his wife donate to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of NebraskaJoel Schlessinger and his wife, Nancy, recently made a donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Nebraska. Their donation made in memory of Donald Janke, will go to help children with life-threatening illnesses experience one of their most hoped-for wishes.

Donald Janke was one of Dr. Joel Schlessinger’s favorite patients. Joel Schlessinger says he was “a great guy.”

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Nebraska plans the specific wishes of children across Nebraska. Each wish is designed especially for each child. The event extends farther past just the wish – it also involves the anticipation, planning and memories for the family.

Donations like the one made by the Schlessinger family go to children like Payton, a 3-year old who has been diagnosed with Leukemia. Her favorite story is Green Eggs and Ham and she loves to play with Legos. Her wish is to ride in a train to go fishing with her grandfather.

To learn how you can help donate to this great cause, visit the website here.

Joel Schlessinger donates skin care products to benefit the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home
Joel Schlessinger recently donated to the League Offering Volunteers for the Elderly (L.O.V.E.), a volunteer and fundraising auxiliary of the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home. He donated many lotions, moisturizers and cleansers to be used by almost 100 men and women who live at the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home.

The Rose Blumkin Jewish Home is a premier long-term care facility in Omaha. Registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and certified nursing assistants work to provide the best care for residents 24 hours a day. Although established in a Jewish setting, this home welcomes all backgrounds and faiths.

Joel Schlessinger and his family are proud supporters and members of the Omaha Jewish community. This generous donation will help improve the skin health of all residents that call the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home their “home.”

To learn more about the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home or to donate, click here.

2012 Omaha Go Red for Women Expo -- September 18, 2012

Joel Schlessinger recently donated to the 2012 Omaha Go Red For Women Expo. This event, sponsored by the Methodist Health System, was created to dispel the myths and raise awareness about heart disease, the number one killer of women. This event provides emotional, passionate and social initiatives to empower area women to take charge of their health.

Joel Schlessinger donated a gift certificate for a BOTOX or Dysport treatment for the silent auction. All money that the silent auction accumulates will go toward education resources on heart disease and women’s health.

Past funds donated have impacted women in the following ways:

Joel Schlessinger MD donated to the 2012 Omaha Go Red For Women Expo

  • Over 2 million women have taken the Go Red Heart CheckUp to assess their personal risk of developing heart disease
  • Over 200,000 healthcare providers have received crucial information about their patients risk of heart disease
  • Over 900,000 women have joined the Go Red For Women Expo to receive information that will help improve their health.

As a board certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, Joel Schlessinger knows how important it is to ensure that your heart is healthy. He supports this cause and finds it to be a pertinent part of all women’s health.

The 2012 Omaha Go Red For Women Expo will take place on September 18 at the Embassy Suites in LaVista. To donate to this cause, visit their website here.

Joel Schlessinger MD donates to the University of Alabama Children's Hospital Foundation

The University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Pediatrics has been treating children for over 40 years. Recently, Joel Schlessinger MD has lent his support to the hospital by donating to the UAB children’s hospital fund.

Joel Schlessinger treats children with skin conditions daily and is a strong supporter of research and development in children’s health care. As a medical professional, he supports the UAB children’s hospital and its dedication to treating children with the best in medical standards and technology.

The UAB pediatrics department has been ranked one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals, serving thousands of children and their families every year. From general pediatrics to critical care, the children’s center is continuously expanding and developing new methods and technologies to treat children.

The UAB children’s hospital is also dedicated to research and development and has recently added ten new pediatric specialty departments to the hospital. Each department strives to continuously integrate advanced technologies and innovations into their practices to treat patients.

Joel Schlessinger’s donation to the UAB children’s hospital fund will allow the hospital to expand and continue their research so they can maintain the best health care for children possible.

Donate to the University of Alabama children’s hospital fund here.

Joel Schlessinger recently made a $50 donation to the OneWorld Community Health Centers‘s annual Milagro Dinner.

OneWorld Community Health Centers is a non-profit organization that provides quality health care to people who may fall through the cracks due to their economic status. This empowering organization helped more than 22,000 individuals in over 89,000 encounters in 2011.

The annual Milagro Dinner is a special event that recognizes outstanding volunteers as well as raises money for the future of the organization.

Joel Schlessinger is a strong supporter of non-profit organizations and particularly those that impact the health care industry. As a board certified dermatologist and pediatrician, Joel Schlessinger feels strongly about easily accessible health care for all people.

The donation made by Joel Schlessinger will help raise money for OneWorld Community Health Centers so more people can have access to quality, culturally respectful health care.

All donations are welcomed – donate to OneWorld Community Health Centers here.

Jane Fonda made a recent appearance in Omaha in support of the acclaimed non-profit Film Streams cinema, home of the Ruth Sokolof Theater, where Joel Schlessinger is a board member.

Jane Fonda was interviewed by Oscar-winning and Omaha-native Alexander Payne who also serves on the board of Film Streams. The event, called Film Streams’ Feature IV, helped raise proceeds for Film Streams as well as provided valuable discussion on film.

Joel Schlessinger, his wife Nancy, and his parents, Bernie and June, attended the event and met Jane Fonda.

Joel Schlessinger and his family are large supporters of independent film in Omaha. They have served on the advisory board and the education committee. Learn more about their involvement in Film Streams here. 

What’s your favorite independent film?