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Joel Schlessinger donates to the One World Baby Boutique

Joel Schlessinger and his wife, Nancy, recently made a monetary donation to One World Community Health Center’s Baby Boutique program. One of One World’s newest projects, the Baby Boutique has already seen great success assisting families in need.

Joel Schlessinger’s donation helps expectant parents provide for their newborns.

Baby care items add up quickly and become a large financial responsibility for new parents. Many of the under-privileged families served by One World Community Health Center struggle with the mounting cost of frequently used items like diapers and wipes. The Baby Boutique assists expectant parents with the purchase of newborn essentials such as diapers, wipes, bottles, clothing and more. Parents earn “Baby Bucks” toward purchases at the onsite Baby Boutique when they attend prenatal care appointments. These bucks may then be exchanged for newborn necessities.

Donations like Joel Schlessinger’s have helped over 500 parents in the Omaha area.

Since opening In September of 2013, more than 500 new parents have visited the Baby Boutique to redeem Baby Bucks for brand-new items. In addition to providing much-needed supplies, the program creates an added incentive for seeking proper care and education throughout pregnancy.

Located in under-served neighborhoods, OneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc. focuses on meeting the primary health care needs of the greater Omaha community. Joel Schlessinger and his family have made several donations to One World in recent years, and they are happy to support one of the Center’s most unique and valuable programs.

To make a donation of your own to One World Community Health Center, or to discover volunteer opportunities, please visit their site.

Fontenelle Forest

Joel Schlessinger is happy to support organizations like Fontenelle Forest that make Omaha more beautiful. This year, he has donated a LovelySkin Spa gift card to Fontenelle Forest’s annual benefit, Feather Our Nest, on April 24, 2015 at the Omar Bakery Building.

Fontenelle Forest provides unique opportunities for people of all ages to experience nature.

Fontenelle Forest, located just south of Omaha, is one of Nebraska’s largest deciduous forests. The park’s long history of preservation and conservation began in 1913 when it was first officially formed by area scholars and businessmen. Today, a board of trustees continues to care for the land and provide opportunities for education and exploration. The Fontenelle Forest Guild has expanded to offer programs for all ages, including several camps, clubs and weekly events.

Joel Schlessinger’s donation will give area children the chance to explore Nebraska’s forests.

Each year, the Guild holds a gala called Feather Our Nest, a benefit that helps raise money for the park’s youth programs. The proceeds help give over 40,000 area children the opportunity to “walk in the woods, wade through prairie grasses, [and] see animals in the wild.” The theme this year is “Farm to Table,” and it will showcase local ingredients and the talents of some of the area’s finest chefs.

To learn more about the Fontenelle Forest and make a donation of your own, visit their site.

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 continues to support Pug Partners of Nebraska's Pug-O-Ween

Joel Schlessinger shows his love for pugs with a fun tie.

When Halloween comes around, even man’s best friend wants to join in the festivities. This year, Pug Partners of Nebraska held the sixth annual Pug-O-Ween, Omaha’s largest pug gathering. Joel Schlessinger, his family and their beloved pug, Emmy, enjoy attending this event every year. In addition to attending Pug-O-Ween, Joel Schlessinger also donated a free SilkPeel certificate to be used in the silent auction.

Pug-O-Ween gives dog lovers like Joel Schlessinger a chance to celebrate with their four-legged friends.

This year’s event, which was held on Sunday, October 26, included costume contests, pug races, a pug kissing booth, a silent auction and a raffle. Although pugs were the guests of honor, all breeds were invited to attend. This year, Joel Schlessinger donated a free SilkPeel certificate to be included in the silent auction. All proceeds from the event will be used to support the Pug Partners of Nebraska’s mission to help dogs find their forever homes.

Pug Partners of Nebraska is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to rescuing pugs and helping them find loving homes. In addition to Pug-O-Ween, this organization hosts several events throughout the year, such as sponsored walks, meet and greets and benefit dinners.

Pug Partners of Nebraska’s mission is important to Joel Schlessinger and his family.

Joel Schlessinger and his family have been proud supporters of pug rescue groups in the Midwest ever since they adopted a pug of their own. They have attended Pug-O-Ween for the last several years and continue to support the cause. The whole family enjoys helping nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to saving this loveable breed. Read more about Joel Schlessinger’s support for Pug Partners of Nebraska.

Joel Schlessinger supports Pug Partners of Nebraska with a SilkPeel donation

Joel Schlessinger and his family with their pug, Emmy, at Pug-O-Ween in 2005.

Do you support animal rescue groups in your community? Share your story with us in the comments.

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.

Joel Schlessinger supports Urban Arts Partnership's Annual Benefit

Each year, the Urban Arts Partnership holds a star-studded benefit, “24 Hour Plays on Broadway.” Joel Schlessinger and his family recently made a donation to this year’s event, which will take place on Monday, November 17.

The event features 24 celebrity actors, six writers, six directors and two musical guests, all of whom collaborate to create six new plays and six original songs in just 24 hours. The event’s rotating cast includes celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Elizabeth Banks, David Cross, Billy Crudup, Rosario Dawson, America Ferrera, Seth Green, Scarlett Johansson, Ashton Kutcher, James McAvoy, Eva Mendes, Julianne Moore, Tracy Morgan, Rosie Perez, Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman, Naomi Watts and Olivia Wilde.

Donations like the one from Joel Schlessinger will help support the Urban Arts Partnership.

The Urban Arts Partnership is a nonprofit arts education organization that offers a variety of programs to help engage students from New York and Los Angeles’s most impoverished schools. These initiatives aim to improve overall test scores, promote academic excellence, develop art programs for special education students, equip teachers with the tools to incorporate art into their lessons, engage families to become involved in education and motivate students to succeed.

The cutting-edge programs have helped reach more than 12,000 students from 100 different schools in New York and Los Angeles. Urban Arts Partnership believes the arts are “the most powerful tool to help close the achievement gap” and each donation helps support artistic programs that incorporate digital media, visual art, music and storytelling into public school programs.

Joel Schlessinger and his family are long-time supporters of the Urban Arts Partnership.

Over the past several years, Joel Schlessinger and his family have donated to the Urban Arts Partnership, including last year’s “24 Hour Plays on Broadway.” Thanks to the generous donations of Joel Schlessinger and other supporters, last year’s Broadway event raised more than $60,000 through ticket sales and contributions, which is nearly twice as much as the previous year. This year, event organizers hope to raise even more funds to support the Urban Arts Partnership.

How do you give back to your community? Share with us in the comments.

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.