Sharon Nazarian, Senator Brett Lindstrom, Congressman Don Bacon, Senator Tony-Vargas, Senator John McCollister and Douglas County Commissioner Marc Kraft. Credit: Mark Kirchhoff
Community Development Liaison, ADL-CRC
The Omaha community had the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the ADL-CRC and to wish Regional Director Dr. Mary-Beth Muskin mazel tov on her retirement. Rosé at the Rose, our second annual summer fundraiser, was held on July 28.
One hundred and twenty-five people attended the event at the Rose Theater– enjoying food, music, a silent auction, and the chance to connect with the mission of the ADL-CRC. $25,000 was raised for educational programming to combat bias, bigotry and anti-Semitism throughout our region.
Special guest Sharon Nazarian, ADL’s Senior Vice President for International Affairs, spoke about ADL’s work combatting anti-Semitism in the Middle East, Europe and around the globe. She also spoke in a more intimate setting to 40 people who attended a VIP dinner at Stirnella following the main event.
Congressman Don Bacon, who attended the event, surprised Dr. Muskin with a floor speech for the Congressional Record. The resolution honored Dr. Muskin’s career as an educator in the Omaha Public Schools, Creighton University and, of course, leading the ADL-CRC for the past four years.
A special highlight of the silent auction was a gallery of student artwork representing all of the high schools in the Omaha Public Schools District. Bret Anderson, retiring principal of Wilson Focus School, was also honored for his outstanding commitment to the No Place for Hate program at the school. Along with this recognition was announcement of a one-time scholarship in his name to be awarded to a Wilson Focus School student.
The ADL-CRC would like to expressing thank event chairs, Toba Cohen-Dunning and Eric Dunning, and honorary chairs Alan and Carol Parsow for their passion and hard work in making Rosé at the Rose a success.
Event sponsors included Kutak Rock, LLP; Omaha Public Schools Foundation; David Kohll; Nebraska Furniture Mart; Alan and Carol Parsow; Bruce and Anne Shackman; Broadmoor Management Company; Belle Terre Vineyard and Reception Hall; Carol and Steve Bloch; Michael Erman; Momenta Pain Care; Abrahams, Kaslow and Cassman; Bloom Companion Care; W.H. Ferer Co.; Julie and Jim Fried; Ron Giller; Sheila and Gary Nachman; Stephanie Shakhirev and sons; Kathleen Starr; Danny Cohn and Andrew Miller; Becki Brenner; Gary and Lisa Epstein; Andrew and Kimberly Robinson and Dr. Joel and Nancy Schlessinger. The Gudgel family sponsored the wine.