Around and about: Mercy gala celebrates principal, enrollment -
Published Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 1:38 pm
Around and about: Mercy gala celebrates principal, enrollment

Mercy High School Principal Carolyn Jaworski was honored at the school's annual Fiesta gala on Feb. 9. Jaworski received the Cor Misericordiae (Heart of Mercy) Award from school president Sister Delores Hannon.

Jaworski, a 1964 graduate of Mercy High School, has worked at the school for the past 43 years, the last 25 as principal. She announced that she will retire on June 30.

“It has been my life. It is a part of my fabric of who and what I am,” she said.

This year's theme “Mercy … Soaring to New Heights” was in celebration of the school's largest enrollment in more than 40 years. The school for girls currently has more than 400 students.

Guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres served by Mercy High School National Honor Society students while bidding on the silent and super silent auction items available during the social hour. A dinner and live auction followed.

The Mercy High Singers, under the direction of Pat Yunker, sang the “Suscipe,” which is the prayer of Catherine McAuley, the founder of the Sisters of Mercy. They also performed “I Believe I Can Fly,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Up, Up and Away,” and “The Wind Beneath My Wings.”

Proceeds from the event, which drew 475 guests, will support Mercy High School's negotiated tuition as well as technology updates.

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More than $175,000 was raised for the Rose Theater at the Rose Theater Guild's Rockin' Rosie benefit on Feb. 9 at the Hilton.

“Rosie Rocks the Luau” drew nearly 450 guests. The Hawaiian-inspired party featured tropical cocktails, silent and live auctions, a Polynesian-themed dinner, and dancing to the Finest Hour.

Mary Maxwell and Scott Moore were the masters of ceremonies. Sam Taylor, CEO of Oriental Trading Company, and his wife, Stephanie, were honorary chairmen. Addie Hollingsworth and Mary O'Connell were chairwomen and Kate Schafer is guild president.

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Tri-City Food Pantry was the beneficiary of funds raised from the Papillion Community Foundation's Casino Royale Feb. 9 at the Embassy Suites La Vista. More than 200 people attended the event that featured table games, food and aerial acrobatics.

The Tri-City Food Pantry, which operates through the Tri-City Ministerial Association with the support of area churches, served more than 2,500 people last year.

“One of the things that drew us to support the Tri-City Food Pantry was the fact that they operate solely on what comes in the door from people in our communities,” said Jesse Ostdiek, Papillion Community Foundation Board president. He added that they also hoped to raise awareness for the pantry.

In addition to the Casino Royale event, the Papillion Community Foundation hosts a Winter Wonderland Celebration and Papillion Days.

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The Child Saving Institute Guild kicked off its year at a Feb. 11 meeting at the agency. Peg Harriott, president and CEO of the institute, gave an update on the agency. Institute staff member Rakel Reed spoke about teen parenting classes and the need for diapers and diaper wipes in the institute's Baby Boutique.

New executive committee members are Laura Worick, president; Janis Winterhof, president-elect; Jessica Covi, vice president; Lucy Newberry, treasurer; Kelly Sopinski, assistant treasurer; Tiffany Wade and Sarah English, secretaries; Susan Stults, assistant vice president membership; Becki Wiechman, past president and adviser.

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FRIDAY -- Fandango: All-Stars, Lutheran Family Services, Champions Run, or Cheryl Murphy at 402-661-3138

SATURDAY -- Wine Event Nebraska, 2013 Easter Seals Nebraska, Embassy Suites La Vista, 800-650-9880

SATURDAY -- 16th annual Promise Gala Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, CenturyLink Center, 402-397-2873

MARCH 2 -- Cruise Away to the Caribbean, Stephen Center Inc., Champions Run, Angie Bingham at angiebingham2 Shamrock On!, Catholic Charities Omaha, CenturyLink Center,

MARCH 6 & 7 -- Table Art “A Knight and Day of Excellence,” Omaha Symphony Guild,

MARCH 9 -- Kaleidoscope, University Hospital Auxiliary at the Nebraska Medical Center, LaVista Conference Center, 402-559-4197

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