5.20.16 Issue

Patty Nogg has been chosen as Omaha’s Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award recipient. This award honors extraordinary women who set a high standard of philanthropy and volunteerism. Patty is among a distinguished group of women worldwide who have made a significant impact in their communities and who motivate other women to take an active role in philanthropy and Jewish community involvement. The award is bestowed every two years.

Honorees of the Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award are presented with their award at the Jewish Federations of North America’s International Lion of Judah Conference this September in Washington D.C. Patty will be recognized locally at the Jewish Federation of Omaha’s Annual Meeting, June 6.

“This award is so well-deserved,” said Steve Levinger, JFO Chief Development Officer. “Patty is someone who goes above and beyond in helping our community thrive. She will join previous award winners Maxine Kirshenbaum, Zoe Riekes, Anne Shackman, Dorothy Riekes, Nancy Noddle and Jan Schneiderman.”

Louri Sullivan, Director of Community Impact, agrees:

Patty Nogg2 web           “Patty is known in Omaha as an outstanding volunteer and supporter of the Omaha Jewish community. Many know her as “Miss Patty,” a favorite pre-school teacher, Judaic specialist and music teacher at the Pennie Z. Davis Child Development Center where she earned the Eileen S. Erman Educator of the Year award. Patty has been the recipient of multiple Volunteer of the Year awards through the Jewish Federation of Omaha and its agencies. She also was the recipient of the JFO President’s Award in 1993.”

Patty has co-chaired the General Campaign, the Women’s Division (more than once!) and the Lion of Judah Division. She currently serves as the Chairman of the Partnership2Gether Committee and is on the Board of the Center for Jewish Life. The National Council of Jewish Women recognized her with the NCJW Distinguished Service Award and the Hannah G. Solomon Award. She has served as a board member for Beth El Synagogue, helps out with toddler events at the synagogue, regularly reads Haftorah during services and was a recipient of the Beth El President’s Award.

“The list goes on and on. Patty is one of the most energetic people I know,” said Howard Epstein, Executive Director of the JFO Foundation.

“She is always eager, not just to help out, but to be a leader. Together with her husband Steve, she was absolutely instrumental in organizing the 100th anniversary of Jewish Family Service.

To honor the memory of loved ones, Patty and her husband Steve established three endowment funds at the JFO Foundation. Additionally, they made arrangements to create future endowment funds to support the Jewish Federation in Omaha in perpetuity. They both grew up here, Steve in Omaha, and Patty in Council Bluffs. They were married in Omaha, and chose to raise their children here. It is obvious they both care deeply about Omaha’s Jewish community.

“In many ways, Patty embodies philanthropy, by doing whatever is necessary and giving where it is needed, whether it is by setting up endowments, or donating her time and energy. And, she is not afraid to recruit others in the community, which means she gets additional people engaged.”

In a 2013 Jewish Press interview, Patty credited her family for her outlook on charitable giving:

“My parents and grandparents were volunteers in both the Jewish and general community of Council Bluffs, where I was raised.  They taught me, through their example, how fulfilling it is to actively participate in your community.”

Alan Potash, Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Federation of Omaha, said:

“Patty Nogg exemplifies what volunteerism is all about. She has taken the lead and assisted in many projects over the years with boundless energy.  She not only makes our community better by giving of herself; she always inspires others to do the same.  This award is very well-deserved and we are lucky she calls Omaha home.”

Patty and Steve have three children: Jeff, married to Kelly; Brian, married to Jamie; and Annie, married to Todd Jason. They are the proud grandparents of nine grandchildren.

Please take the opportunity to congratulate Patty during the Jewish Federation of Omaha’s Annual Meeting on June 6.