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Joel Schlessinger donates to the DC West Schools Post-Prom Party

Prom is a milestone event in any high school student’s career. While schools strive to put on a fun event with great music and dancing, many schools are also looking for ways to provide safe activities after the dance is over. After parties give students a fun and safe environment to enjoy and Joel Schlessinger has chosen to help DC West Community Schools put on their after prom party this year.

The donation from Joel Schlessinger will support the after prom party on April 18.

DC West High School will be holding their dance and post-prom party on Saturday, April 18. The event is open to all seniors and juniors at DC West High School, which is located in Valley, NE. Following the dance, all students are invited to the Post-Prom Party organized by parents and volunteers.

The goal of the event is to provide a safe environment where students can continue to enjoy their night. The event will be held at the VFW and all students who attended prom are welcome to attend. To help put on this event, parents are asking for donations of time, food, auction items and money.

Auction items have been donated by supporters such as Joel Schlessinger.

This year’s party will include a meal with soups and desserts as well as an auction. Not only will students have a hot meal after the dance, they will also have the chance to win prizes that have been donated by members of the community such as Joel Schlessinger.

Joel Schlessinger enjoys donating to causes that support students including the Westridge Elementary school carnival and the Mount Michael annual fundraiser.

Joel Schlessinger donates to the Basset & Beagle Rescue of the Heartland

The owners of a wonderful pug named Emmy, Joel Schlessinger and his family are long-time supporters of local and national groups that help bring dogs and loving families together. This year, Joel Schlessinger’s donation to the Basset & Beagle Rescue of the Heartland went toward their annual Souper Bingo benefit.

BBRH helps rescue and find homes for dogs in the Midwest.

A non-profit organization, the BBRH serves pets and their owners in Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and Iowa. The group is devoted to rescuing and rehoming bassets and beagles that have been abandoned or placed for adoption. The group also helps organize foster homes for pets while they wait to be placed with families.

BBRH also focuses on education of these breeds as well as responsible pet ownership. They help families learn how to care for their pets and the specific needs of these breeds. Families can visit their site to see dogs that are available for adoption in their area.

Joel Schlessinger’s donation to the Souper Bingo benefit will help raise money for the organization.

Each year, the BBRH holds a fundraiser to raise awareness about pet adoption as well as funds for the organization. This year the Souper Bingo event included a soup meal, bingo games, raffles and a silent auction. Joel Schlessinger donated a Silk Peel certificate to be auctioned off during the event.

The money raised during this event helps provide medical services for the bassets and beagles that are rescued by the group. BBRH provides heartworm tests, flea and tick prevention services, vaccinations as well as spay and neuter procedures for the animals. All of these treatments allow the dogs to be adopted into caring and loving homes.

To learn more about this group and to see the dogs that are available for adoption, visit their site.

Joel Schlessinger donates to the IowaDance Marathon for youth cancer support

Throughout the year, Joel Schlessinger and his family make several donations of time and money to organizations that are dedicated to helping people and their families who are affected by cancer. Recently, Joel Schlessinger made a donation to the University of Iowa Dance Marathon, an organization that provides year-round support for young people with cancer and their families. This donation will help fund research, new treatments and support services for children.

The Dance Marathon raises money for cancer patients at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.

The University of Iowa Dance Marathon is a student organization that raises money for year-round support of children with cancer. Throughout the year, the group holds events and fundraisers to raise money for cancer research, as well as emotional services for patients and families. Last year, the organization raised $1.8 million for kids who are staying or receiving treatment at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.

The group is also dedicated to raising awareness about the illnesses facing children as well as their triumphs and successes. There are more than 2,000 student participants in Dance Marathon and the organization has reached more than 400 families through their programs and funding.

Donations from Joel Schlessinger and others to the yearly Big Event make providing support to children possible.

Each year, the group holds a Big Event during which participants dance for 24 hours straight without sitting, resting or drinking caffeine. During this event, they raise money that is used year round to support families battling cancer. Donations are used for everything from wigs for children, funeral services and medical bills.

Find out more about this organization from their website.

Joel Schlessinger and his wife, Nancy, have made a generous donation to Sweet Adelines International, a worldwide organization of women singers, for the third year running. Their donation this year went toward the Acappella Omaha Chorus chapter’s annual Fall Show. The 2014 show was titled, “Reflections,” and it took place on November 15 at Papillion/LaVista High School.

Support from Joel Schlessinger and others helps bring area women together in barbershop harmony.

Sweet Adelines International was founded in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1945, and today it consists of more than 30,000 members, 500 choruses and 1,200 quartets over a span of five continents! This respected nonprofit is comprised of women from all different backgrounds who are committed to pursuing and advancing the art of barbershop harmony through education, competition and community performance. Sweet Adelines offers a wide range of programs and services, including special certification programs, musical arrangement print and publication, educational conventions and youth performance opportunities.

The Acappella Omaha Chorus chapter includes 40 women of all ages who meet weekly to practice, perform and share their love of music. The group’s main passion is performing, and they sing at annual shows and events, as well as a yearly competition. The group is always striving to learn more about barbershop harmony through master classes and other educational opportunities, and they seek to share their excitement for this classic art form with the community.

Joel Schlessinger and his family are dedicated to supporting the arts in Omaha.

The 2014 Acappella Omaha Chorus Fall Show, “Reflections,” featured a variety of classic numbers like “Fly Me to the Moon,” and “Sweet Georgia Brown,” as well as new hits like Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.” For the second half of the show, the chorus sang the family holiday favorites, “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!,” “Winter Wonderland,” and many, many more. Despite inclement weather, the show was a wonderful success!

Joel Schlessinger and his family are great appreciators of music, and they are pleased to donate to Acappella Omaha Chorus and other art organizations around the Omaha metro area each year.

To learn more about Acapella Omaha Chorus and make a donation, visit their website.

Joel Schlessinger donates to the YMCA's Pumpin' In Pink breast cancer awareness event

During the month of October, there are many different fundraisers and events that you can participate in to show your support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year, the YMCA in Norfolk, Nebraska is putting on their third annual Pumpin’ in Pink Party. Joel Schlessinger recently donated samples of skin care products that will be used in care packages for patients.

The donation from Joel Schlessinger will be given to women who are fighting breast cancer.

During the Pumpin’ in Pink Party, which will be held on Friday, October 24, members of the community can come together for a day of games, events, guest speakers and crafts. With specific events for adults, teens and children, there is something for the entire family. All of the proceeds from the event will go toward creating personal care packages that will be given to local breast cancer patients and survivors.

If you know a woman in the Norfolk area who is undergoing treatment for breast cancer or is a breast cancer survivor, you can nominate them to receive a care package and help brighten their day. Joel Schlessinger donated 50 sample packs of skin care and beauty products to be used in the packages.

This donation is the latest in Joel Schlessinger’s support for breast cancer awareness.

In the past, Joel Schlessinger has donated to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer which is put on by the Avon Foundation for Women. Events such as this not only raise awareness about breast cancer, but also raise money that goes toward research and patient care.

To learn more about how to raise money for the fight against breast cancer and the Pumpin’ in Pink event at the YMCA, visit their website.

OneWorld Community Health Centers

On November 13, 2014, OneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc. will be holding their annual Milagro Dinner and silent auction to help raise money for affordable health care in the community. Joel Schlessinger and his family donated a LovelySkin gift certificate that will be auctioned off for the cause.

Donations from Joel Schlessinger and others help raise money for affordable health care in the Omaha area.

Located in under-served neighborhoods, OneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc. focuses on meeting the primary health care needs of the greater Omaha community. OneWorld maintains an open-door policy, providing quality, affordable health care based on an individual’s income and insurance coverage. What began as a walk-in clinic founded and run by volunteer providers has evolved into a federally qualified establishment with multiple locations, an on-site pharmacy and more comprehensive coverage that includes dental and behavioral health.

OneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc. strives to create an environment that fosters respect, compassion and human dignity for all patients, family and staff. In the nearly 45 years that they’ve served the city, they have worked to improve access to quality health care, built a support network of resources and maintained financial stability with donations like Joel Schlessinger’s.

Joel Schlessinger and his family support quality health care for the Omaha community.

Joel Schlessinger and his family are proud to support affordable, accessible health care for the city of Omaha. This is their third donation to the Milagro Dinner and silent auction, and they hope to continue to provide their support for years to come.

Visit www.oneworldomaha.org to learn more about OneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc., and make a donation.

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 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.

Joel Schlessinger continues his support of the Acappella Omaha Chorus

Local art programs in the Omaha area are an important part of the community and Joel Schlessinger continues to support these groups with his recent donation to the Acappella Omaha Chorus, a musical group for women in Omaha. This donation helped make the group’s “Wish Upon a Star” show a success and allows the chorus to continue traveling and performing.

Support from individuals such as Joel Schlessinger allows chorus members to pursue their love of music.

The Acappella Omaha Chorus is a chapter of Sweet Adelines International. This non-profit organization is based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and includes 30,000 chorus and quartet members worldwide. Women of all ages and backgrounds can join this organization for the opportunity to sing, dance and perform with a community of other female artists.

Acappella Omaha Chorus brings the goals and values of Sweet Adelines International to the Omaha area. With over forty singers from the community, this group travels to national competitions and puts on events for the residents of Omaha. While performing, the group promotes music education and strives to provide its members with new skills and abilities.

Joel Schlessinger’s donation allows the group to put on shows for the Omaha community.

In the fall, the Acappella Omaha Chorus performed “Wish Upon a Star.” During this program, the group performed a number of Hollywood favorites and members portrayed famous characters from shows such as “The Wizard of Oz,” “Mary Poppins,” “Mamma Mia!” and “South Pacific.” Donations made by Joel Schlessinger and others help the group promote their performances, cover travel expenses and bring on new members.

Read more about the group by visiting their website. Learn about other local groups supported by Joel Schlessinger including the Urban Arts Partnership and Omaha Community Playhouse.