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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.

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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 supports Basset & Beagle Rescue of the HeartlandJoel Schlessinger recently donated a free SilkPeel treatment in support of Basset & Beagle Rescue of the Heartland’s barbecue fundraiser. All proceeds from the event will be put toward caring for basset hounds, beagles and other rescue dogs across Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and Iowa.

Donations like Joel Schlessinger’s helped make the fundraising event a success.

Held on July 12, the BBQ, Beer and Bingo event included a barbeque dinner, bingo games, a raffle and a silent auction. Joel Schlessinger’s SilkPeel donation was a featured item in the raffle and silent auction. All the funds raised will be used to rescue basset hounds, beagles and other dogs, helping each one find a forever home. Many of the animals that come through the shelter require medical treatment or life-saving surgeries. Donations like Joel Schlessinger’s help Basset & Beagle Rescue of the Heartland continue this mission.

Joel Schlessinger and his family are long-time supporters of local rescue shelters.

Joel Schlessinger has been a proud supporter of dog rescues and other animal events in the Midwest ever since he and his family adopted their beloved pug, Emmy. The whole family enjoys helping non-profit organizations save pugs and other breeds. Read more about Joel Schlessinger’s support for Pug Partners of Nebraska.

Joel Schlessinger supported Westridge Elementary's annual school carnival
Joel Schlessinger recently donated a free SilkPeel treatment to help make Westridge Elementary’s school carnival a success. All proceeds generated from the annual carnival will go toward helping the school continue to provide quality education for its students.

The SilkPeel donation from Joel Schlessinger helped students and families enjoy a fun-filled night.

Held on May 9, the Westridge Elementary carnival offered students and families a fun way to come together as a community. The event featured a Hollywood photo booth, face painting, carnival games and other exciting activities. During the carnival, Joel Schlessinger’s SilkPeel donation was included in a raffle and silent auction to raise money for the school’s operating budget.

Donations like Joel Schlessinger’s help Westridge Elementary continue to provide quality education.

Westridge Elementary encourages its students to become life-long learners. The dedicated faculty works closely with parents and the community to provide quality education while promoting the personal, social, intellectual, emotional and physical development of each student. Thanks to donations like Joel Schlessinger’s, Westridge Elementary will be able to continue this mission.

Joel Schlessinger and his family are long-time supporters of strong education and community values. Read more about their donations to Mount Michael Benedictine High School and Friedel Jewish Academy.

Joel Schlessinger supports Mount Michael Benedictine High School's annual fundraiser
To help make Mount Michael’s 25th annual fundraiser a success, Joel Schlessinger donated a free SilkPeel treatment. This treatment was used as part of a silent auction with all proceeds going to the school. This year’s event was a success, with nearly 600 guests in attendance.

The SilkPeel donation from Joel Schlessinger was auctioned off as part of Night of Knights.

Mount Michael’s annual fundraiser, Night of Knights, serves as the primary fundraiser for the school. The event includes a dinner, silent auction and raffle during which gifts and donations are offered to participants. All of the proceeds from the night go toward the school’s operating budget.

This year’s event, Knights in Flight, was held on Saturday, March 29, at the SAC Museum in Ashland, Neb. Thanks to generous donations like Joel Schlessinger’s, the event raised $366,000 for the school.

Donations like Joel Schlessinger’s help the school provide academic excellence for its students.

Mount Michael Benedictine School is a Catholic college preparatory school in the Omaha area that is committed to shaping well-rounded individuals. In 2012, the school was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School. This distinction is awarded to institutions that strive for the highest level of achievement.

Visit the website to find out more about Mount Michael Benedictine High School. You can also make a donation to help support the school.

Joel Schlessinger supports Kicks for a Cure to raise cancer awareness
To help make the 9th annual Kicks for a Cure a success, Joel Schlessinger donated a free Pellevé eye treatment to be auctioned off at the event. This fundraiser will raise money and awareness for cancer and prevention.

The donations from supporters like Joel Schlessinger will help raise money for cancer research.

Since its launch in April 2006, Kicks for a Cure has raised more than $1.4 million to benefit local cancer research. The two-day event is also an opportunity for the Omaha community to come together and support a good cause.

Kicks for a Cure showcases high school and college soccer games with local athletes. This year’s roster includes Skutt Catholic, Duchesne, Creighton, Drake, Elkhorn, Lincoln Lutheran and Marquette. Other activities include a youth soccer clinic for underprivileged youth conducted by participating teams and autograph sessions following collegiate games. The weekend also kicks off with a benefit banquet where auction items like the Pellevé eye treatment will be available for bidding.

Joel Schlessinger is a proud supporter of cancer research in Omaha and around the country.

Joel Schlessinger continues to support cancer awareness and research, both locally and nationally. Read more about his donation to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. The doctor, his family and his staff have also participated in several fundraising races.

The 2014 Kicks for a Cure will be held Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12. Learn more or donate to the cause by visiting the organization’s website.

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.

Joel Schlessinger supports Mount Michael's Night of Knights fundraiser

To help make the 25th annual Night of Knights fundraiser for Mount Michael Benedictine School a success, Joel Schlessinger donated a free SilkPeel treatment for the silent auction. This fundraiser will raise money for the school and all proceeds will help them continue to provide academic excellence for their students.

Donations from Joel Schlessinger and others provide support for this National Blue Ribbon School.

Mount Michael Benedictine School is an all-boys college preparatory school in the Omaha area that is committed to shaping well-rounded individuals. The school was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School. This distinction is awarded to institutions that exceed academic expectations.

The Night of Knights, which occurs on Saturday, March 29, is an annual event that serves as the primary fundraiser for the school. The event includes a dinner, auction and raffle during which gifts and services are given to participants. All of the proceeds from the drawings and auction go toward the school’s operating budget.

The SilkPeel donated by Joel Schlessinger will serve as a gift for the Night of Knights auction.

A SilkPeel procedure combats signs of aging and damage by exfoliating and renewing the complexion. This rejuvenating treatment will be given away as part of the Night of Knights auction. This donation is one way that Joel Schlessinger continues to support education in the Omaha area. He is dedicated to supporting organizations that help develop educated and community-oriented students.

Find out more about Mount Michael and their fundraiser by visiting their website.