6.17.16 Issue

Naomi Fox Boehm and Shelly Fox

Rick Fox was passionately involved in the Omaha restaurant community for over 40 years. He was known for building lasting and positive relationships with his customers, employees, and the local business community in Omaha. His skill and natural abilities led him to this career, and he was zealously devoted to the relationships he fostered.

Last fall, Shelly and Naomi Fox knew they wanted to do something in Rick’s name to honor this commitment and service to the Omaha restaurant community. Knowing that Rick was an enthusiastic supporter of the Culinary Institute at Metro Community College, they chose to establish a scholarship fund there in memory of Rick. The Richard Fox Memorial Scholarship was established in 2015 to financially support students in the Culinary Arts and Management programs.

On May 15th of this year, a dinner was held at the Culinary Arts Institute to bring awareness to the beautiful facilities and educational programs that Metro offers and raise additional funds for the scholarship. Attendees had the opportunity to enjoy the creative menu and innovative cocktails that the Culinary Arts Institute students and chefs created for this special occasion.

Guests also enjoyed a short presentation after the meal on how their contributions support the culinary program and allow gifted young chefs and aspiring managers to achieve their educational and career goals.

Rabbi Aryeh Azriel presented the invocation and Mike Abramson was the Master of Ceremonies for the event. Speakers included Head Chef Brian O’Malley, a current MCI student, Tiffany Mainelli who was Rick’s business partner, and Shelly Fox, Rick’s wife, who shared more personal stories and thoughts about their beloved friend and partner. The room was full of love, tears, and fond memories for this special person who left us all too soon.

For more information on The Richard Fox Memorial Scholarship at MCI, please visit https://www.mccneb.edu/Community-Business/Foundation/Foundation-Scholarships/Available-Scholarships/Culinary-Arts-and-Horticulture/Richard-Fox-Memorial-Scholarship.aspx