There's No Place Like Omaha Children's Museum: The 33rd Annual For the Kids Benefit
This past weekend was the 33rd annual For the Kids benefit, hosted here the Museum. Tying into the museum’s upcoming summer exhibit, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the benefit theme was There’s No Place Like Omaha Children’s Museum. With more than 500 people attending, the benefit was a great success, raising more than $250,000 for the museum!
“We are truly humbled by the support for the museum and overwhelming success of the 33rd annual For the Kids Benefit.” said Lindy Hoyer, the museum’s executive director.
A big thank you goes to the museum’s Rainbow Connectors Guild, who each year plans and presents the benefit, as well as the honorary chairs, sponsors and volunteers. The 2012 honorary chairpersons for the event were Amy Haddad and Steve Martin who provided tremendous support. The Over the Rainbow Sponsor was Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska. Kara Krehbiel, Christine Stokes and Samantha Wahl were the guild’s benefit chairs and spent countless hours planning and preparing for the museum’s largest fundraising event of the year.
Leading the evening’s festivities were emcee Malorie Maddox of WOWT Channel 6 and auctioneer Scott Moore. The evening began with a cocktail hour and silent auction. Following the silent auction was dinner and the live auction, with many great offerings, such as vacation packages to Colorado and Hilton Head Island, and Creighton athletics tickets. All gifts were donated from various companies throughout the community, and we thank them for their generous support.
Following the dinner and auction, guests enjoyed an afterparty complete with a Candy Buffet created by Oriental Trading Company. The candy buffet depicted four different scenes from the Wizard of Oz and was nothing short of amazing! Oriental Trading Company also provided many decorations for the event, which completely transformed the museum into Oz for this very special evening.
We’d like to thank all of these supporters for the commitment and time spent on behalf of Omaha Children’s Museum. We would also like to acknowledge and graciously thank our Rainbow Connectors Guild and museum staff and volunteers for helping create such a successful benefit!