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An Inspirational Evening to Benefit the Center for Childhood Deafness

On Thursday, October 22, the Lied Learning and Technology Center transformed its state-of-the-art hearing research and clinical facility into the Pure Inspiration Art Exhibit and Food-Wine Pairing Event.

More than 250 guests attended the event to support the Center for Childhood Deafness at Boys Town National Research Hospital, which is recognized as a center of excellence for applied research, early intervention strategies and rehabilitative services for children with hearing loss, visual impairment and related communication disorders and their families.

“Each year we hold this event to benefit children who are deaf and hard of hearing,” said John Arch, Executive Vice President of Health Care at Boys Town and Director of Boys Town National Research Hospital. “Thanks to the generosity of those who supported and attended this year’s event, we raised $35,000, which will go directly to the programs and services at the Center for Childhood Deafness and Vision Disorders.”

Guests who attended this year’s event were greeted with classical music from the Omaha Conservatory of Music and the University of Nebraska Medical Center ORL String Trio, while they enjoyed food and wine pairings from some of Omaha’s finest restaurants. The walls and hallways were filled with art exhibits by local artists and a special gallery by the Boys Town Hospital preschool children was positioned with a light display donated by Brite Ideas in the Boys Town Medical Campus walkway.

“Art gives children, especially children who are deaf and hard of hearing, another vehicle for communication and expression,” said Jill Dibbern Manhart, art therapist at the Center for Childhood Deafness.

In addition to the visual, musical and culinary arts, guests had the opportunity to engage in a community art project that was placed in the live auction later that evening.

The magical evening concluded with a diamond ring raffle donated by Gunderson’s Jewelry. This year’s ring winner was Karen Potter-Maxwell, one of the sign-language interpreters volunteering at the event. “Being here is truly inspiring and I love working and helping others at the same time,” said Potter-Maxwell. “Winning this ring only fills my memories of this wonderful cause and night!”

The event was co-chaired by Amanda Corrigan and Gina Lypaczewski and sponsored by Kiewit Corporation and Foundation, Access Bank, Abe’s Trash Service, Star 104.5, Runza International and Omaha Promos.