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2011 Upcoming Events -- MUST REGISTER AHEAD!
June 8 11 11 25 26 July 9 13 Teen Night 6:30 - 8:00 pm Monthly Support Group 9:30 - 10:45 am Doolin Classic Golf Outing KidsKamp 1:00 - 5:00 pm KidsKamp 1:00 - 5:00 pm Monthly Support Group 9:30 - 10:45 am Teen Night 5:30 - 8:00 pm October 2 Comfort Food Classic 8 Monthly Support Group 9:30 - 10:45 am 13 Teen Night 6:30 - 8:00 pm 18 Young Adult Group Begins 6:30-8:00 pm November 5-6 Camp Hope: A Retreat for Grieving Teens 12 Monthly Support Group 9:30 - 10:45 am 16 Teen Night 6:30 - 8:00 pm 19 Tinsel & Tears 1:00 - 5:00 pm 20 Tinsel & Tears 1:00 - 5:00 pm December 3 Tinsel & Tears 1:00 - 5:00 pm 4 Tinsel & Tears 1:00 - 5:00 pm 10 Monthly Support Group 9:30 - 10:45 am 14 Teen Night 6:30 - 8:00 pm
August 10 Teen Night 6:30 - 8:00 pm 13 Monthly Support Group 9:30 - 10:45 am 27 5K/10K Run and Remembrance Walk 29 Summer Bi-Weekly Support Group Begins (Mondays) 6:00 - 7:45 pm September 10 Monthly Support Group 9:30 - 10:45 am 14 Teen Night 6:30 - 8:00 pm 19 AHA (Adults Helping Adults) Group Begins 7:00 - 8:30 pm 23-25 Child Grief Facilitator Training
For a complete listing of upcoming events and registration details, please visit our website Events & Programs page at www.tedebearhollow.org
Hope from the Hollow . . .
Mending the hearts of grieving children and teens since 2001
Newsletter, Spring 2011
An Exciting New Chapter
Exactly ten years and three days after Ted E. Bear Hollow was approved as a non-profit by the State of Nebraska, we moved into our beautiful new home at 7811 Farnam Drive. Final touches were completed as we prepared for our ribbon cutting on March 23 and our 10th Birthday Party on March 27. Our guests included Mayor Jim Suttle, Councilman Ben Grey, representatives of the Chamber of Commerce, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center executives, TEBH board members, donors, volunteers, family participants and media representatives. The overwhelming response from all our constituents was, “This is a fantastic place.” The colors pop, providing a bright yet warm welcome to the children who come to find the support they need. Every age group has their special room, decorated appropriately for them to do their important work. The kitchenette is equipped for our pot-luck meals for families in support groups. Cabinets and storage accommodates the massive amount of “stuff” needed for all our groups and camps. Offices are well outfitted to house the growing staff. The new parking lot and signage are in place. The “10 Years… and Growing” Campaign is entering its final phase. The building is only a setting for the real work of Ted E. Bear Hollow—to support grieving children after a death so that they can heal. The addition of staff members will allow us to increase our programs in coming months and years. The usage of the Ted E. Bear Hollow space will increase and more children will go on to thrive in spite of suffering one of life’s hardest blows, the death of a loved one.
Welcome Andrew Dungan... Ted E. Bear Hollow is pleased to announce that Andrew Dungan has joined the staff as the development coordinator. Andrew comes with non-profit experience from Desert Ministries, Inc and is currently working on his doctorate in Leadership at Creighton University. His job responsibilities include fundraising, event planning, supporting the fund development work of the executive director, communications and social media. Andrew has increased Ted E. Bear Hollow’s presence on Facebook and Twitter. Get in on the buzz; join our online communities!
Thanks to the Nebraska Arts Council, kids, teens and volunteers who worked with artist Leslie Iwai on interactive art projects to decorate our new home. Five mobiles and one giant teddy bear now fill our group rooms with color, warmth and joy.
Letter from the Executive Director
Dear Ted E. Bear Hollow Supporter, A phrase often repeated during the last few months here at Ted E. Bear Hollow is, “The stars have aligned.” Because of many stars, we are now settled in a wonderful building, at an ideal location (mid-city), without monthly rent, thanks to the generosity of Children’s Hospital and Medical Center. We have the renovation bills paid thanks to many generous donors (see the list). We were blessed with the services of KVI Associates who did not charge us for the general contracting because the owner understands the importance of helping grieving children. A top interior designer of children’s hospitals nationwide volunteered to choose the materials and colors. These are a few of the “stars.” Now we are in the final phase of completing our “10 Years…and Growing Campaign” so that we can have the staff and infrastructure to “mend the hearts of grieving children and teens” in ever greater numbers. Yet our board is not about to sit back and rest on a plateau. We are now planning the next ten years of growth through strategies that will allow us to support many more children whose hearts are aching from their losses. We know we can put smiles on their faces as they discover they are not alone and that there is hope for their future. We are committed to making this happen by focusing the immense talent and resources of our board, staff, volunteers and donors on supporting many more vulnerable children. We invite you to join in the alignment of stars as we complete our campaign on July 15. Will you use the enclosed envelope to make your gift support the grieving children in the coming years? If you choose to make a gift of $250 or more, a leaf will be added to the Donor & Memorial Tree with your name. If you give the gift in memory of a loved one, we will put his/her name on a Memorial Apple. Gratefully, Nancy Hemesath
The recent move to our new home is one of many in the history of TEBH. Scott, Shawn and Bailey McCarville have been involved as a family with TEBH since TEBH’s infancy and have watched the agency grow throughout the years. “In looking to the first time we encountered TEBH, I was honestly a little skeptical as we pulled into the parking space in front of a tiny old gas station. ‘What is this,’ I thought. We went in not knowing what to expect, not knowing this would be the beginning of a 10-year relationship with this ‘new place’. I recall after that first meeting, all of us cramped into a small room and the kids being taken next door to a day care that was rented out for the evening, my girls came out talking and sharing and it was refreshing to know that maybe we found a place they can remember and share without it being a scary and sad event. I have watched TEBH grow and move to many facilities, each one just a little bit larger, each one holding its own memories and serving its purpose at that time, each one absorbing the tears and hopes of those that have walked through each door. It is truly amazing to have watched TEBH grow over the last 10 years to what it has become today, to have watched all of our kids take part in the program and to see my girls becoming volunteers. That is how it has touched our family – these ‘kids’ are now wanting to give back and watch others grow with TEBH into the next 10 years.” –Scott McCarville “Walking into a new place and not knowing what was going to happen was scary and was what I felt when I first walked into the day care next door. Being involved with this group from the beginning has been wonderful. I have seen so much growth and dedication from its supporters which is the reason it is still standing today, bigger and better than ever. I am so glad to have been a part of TEBH all of these years.” –Shawn McCarville, 16
Ted E. Bear Hollow 2011 Event Summary
The Ted E. Bear Hollow Memorial Day Tree Campaign
On May 1st Ted E. Bear Hollow launched its Memorial Day Tree Campaign. Concluding on May 25th, donors were invited to donate directly to Ted E. Bear Hollow or create personalized websites using an online platform called Firstgiving. While the campaign is concluding, the opportunity to add Memorial Apples and Donor Leaves will continue. Memorial Apples can be personalized and added for $250. Donor Leaves can be added for either $250 and $1,000. If you would like to make an addition visit the Ted E. Bear Hollow website, click “Donate Now,” enter the desired amount and specify the name(s) you would like affixed to the addition(s). Additions can also be made by check. We would love to place your additions on the Ted E. Bear Hollow Memorial and Donor Tree!
Comfort Food Classic
13th Annual Ted E. Bear Hollow 5K/10K Run & Remembrance Walk
UPCOMING FAMILY PROGRAMS
Don’t miss our last two KidsKamps for 2011! Join us for an afternoon of fun making comfort pillows, memory boxes, garden stones, flower pots and more. Volunteers work with kids and teens while adults are in their own group for the afternoon. Families and volunteers can register for one of the remaining camps: Saturday, June 25 - Salvation Army, Council Bluffs Sunday, June 26 - Ted E. Bear Hollow Register online at www.tedebearhollow.org. Day camps fill up quickly and you MUST register in advance to attend!
Monthly Teen Nights
Teens who have attended certain TEBH programs with their family are eligible to attend our monthly Teen Nights. Teens meet the second Wednesday of each month from 6:30 - 8:00pm. Contact TEBH for more information. You must register in advance and complete enrollment forms to attend. This is a great way to keep in touch with TEBH friends and to meet new people too! June - Smoothies & Gardening July - Movie Night at Hollywood Candy August - Photography September - Drumming October - Dia de los Muertos November - Dance Lessons December - Holiday Party
Family Support Groups
Join us for our free evening or monthly grief support groups. We currently offer the following: Evening: Groups meet for 8 sessions 6:00 - 7:45pm Groups are offered on Monday or Tuesday evenings. Monday groups are held every other week and will begin on August 29th. Tuesday groups are held weekly and wil begin on October 18th. Potluck meal is included.
2nd Saturday of each month 9:30 - 10:45am Open to any family at any time. We just ask that you RSVP so we know how many supplies to have ready. You must register in advance. Space is limited! More information at www.tedebearhollow.org
“Awesome”. “Invigorating”. “Life-changing”. These are just some of the words that teens who recently attended Camp Hope used to describe their experience. Teens who have participated in our family programs are invited to attend our Fall Camp Hope, November 5-6. Enjoy a fun, healing weekend with other teens and fabulous TEBH volunteers. Activities include drumming, photography, creative writing, video production and horseback riding. When asked if they would recommend Camp Hope to others, all of our teens said “Yes!” Attending helps you not be afraid to express your feelings. It helps you feel better about who died. It’s healing. TEBH provides all food and drinks and there is NO CHARGE to participate. However, you MUST register in advance. Visit our website at www.tedebearhollow.org or call the office at 502-2773 for more information. It’s never too early to register, so contact us today!
Child Grief Facilitator Training
Don’t miss our next Child Grief Facilitator Training! This amazing workshop will be held September 2325. Learn how to support grieving children, teens and families, develop your understanding of grief and become eligible to facilitate support groups with TEBH, all while having fun! CEUs available. This training fills up quickly, so register today at www.tedebearhollow.org.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Ted E. Bear Hollow is in the midst of piloting a brand new program for youth grieving a loss. “Growing Through Loss” is a 12-session support group that strives to help participants integrate the losses into their lives in a meaningful way and develop healthy coping skills. Studies demonstrate that this program has been effective in reducing both depression and aggression among participants. Ted E. Bear Hollow has piloted this program at both the Douglas County Juvenile Detention Center and the North Omaha Girls Inc. with successful results.
Growing Through Loss
Thanks to all who have made donations from December 1, 2010 through April 30, 2011
PANDA BEAR LEVEL $15,000+ Cleveland Foundation William & Ruth Scott Family Foundation A Little Hope Foundation POLAR BEAR LEVEL $5,000 - $14,999 Mammel Foundation Pat Langford James M. Cox Foundation KOALA BEAR LEVEL $1,000 - $4,999 D. A. Davidson & Co. Linda and Bruce Potash Catherine Eberle GRIZZLY BEAR LEVEL $500 - $999 St. James-Seton School - staff & students Omaha Assn of Health Underwriters Lani Roberts The Harry A. Koch Co. and staff Merchants Credit Adjusters, Inc. Cynthia Peacock Judi & Jerry Lachner Mary Lee & Ed Fitzsimmons Julia Cook BROWN BEAR LEVEL $100 - $499 The Omaha Chapter of C.P.C.U. James & Patricia Phalen Dianne Jenden Kathy Smith Shannon Laubenthal Sandra Hobson BROWN BEAR LEVEL $100 - $499 Maggie Steenson Patrick Flynn USA Insulation CSG Systems John A. Gentlemen Mortuaries Concentric Corporation Del Witherwax Curtis & Jo Ann Reed Robert & Elna Peirce Patricia Oehler Edward & Beth McGill James & Pat Manion Kay Kronholm Karen Grigsby Dan Fucinaro Linda Daugherty Glen & Julie Carl
GROWTH CAMPAIGN DONORS
Thanks for making our dreams come true!
Mammel Foundation Peter Kiewit Foundation William & Ruth Scott Family Foundation H. Lee & Carol Gendler Charitable Fund KVI Associates Todd & Betiana Simon Foundation Anonymous Hawks Foundation Iowa West Foundation Quest Roger Fransecky Pay Pal Mary Lee & Ed Fitzsimmons Debra Romberger Anonymous Kathy English Angelia Thomas Kevin Parks Arbor Family Counseling Jon & Denise Meyers JoAnn & David Bouda Chuck & Susan Adams Nancy Hemesath Mike & Cindy Tomcak Scott & Amy Kinkaid Patrick Davis & Jeffrey McPherson Gene & Deb Hilgenkamp Rev. Stephanie Ahlschwede & Dr. Todd Wyatt Brook & Nick Hudson Marcia Blum Mary Vondra Marv & Joy Johnson Irene & Bob Dodder Paul & Annette Smith Trudi & Ron Crosby Mark & Mary Lou Brasee Fred Henninger Becky Vinton-Dorn Charles & Donna Corr Beverly & Norman Carlson Debbie, Keith & Nan Dodge Carol & Phil Hemesath Sherri Wehr American Natioinal Bank Lucile Woods Jim Sullivan Dr. Phil Strevey Carolyn Peters Connie Johnk & Mark Ware Michael & Mary Beth Manninger Charles & Edith Johnson Kids Inc. Kathy Daniel JoAnn Bradley Lowen & Ruth Kruse Andrea Gambill Sarah, Jesse & Rory Flanagan Helen Fitzgerald Joan & Lloyd Byerhof Richard & Lynn Blackburn Merri Vinton Dene & Joan Pruett Judi Boe Jacque Bell Inkind Donations: Children’s Hospital & Medical Center ASD Stanley J. How Architects Bob Holm Graybar Electric Webster Design Associates Renze Display Nebraska Arts Council Hearthstone Homes Pierce Communications Servant Moving Co. Ed & Mary Lee Fitzsimmons Johnston Supply Together, Inc. MSA WG Technologies Quicktron, Inc. Electrical Products
Many thanks to the community-minded restaurants who have so generously donated food to our programs.
Noodle Zoo Old Country Buffet Sam & Louie’s Great Harvest Bread Stokes Olive Garden Italian Restaurant Bruegger’s Bagel HyVee on Cass Street Bag & Save Godfathers Pizza - L&M Restaurants Noodles & Company Buffalo Wild Wings Mark’s Bistro Sgt. Peffer’s Blue Planet
Special gifts given in memory of special people who have died . . .
BERNICE M. ELLIOTT Brenda Soukup AARON & JASON Susie McCowen AGNES “PAT” BARRETT Tammy & Dan Allen Thomas & Deborah Antisdel Marvin Barrett Bob & Marlene Brady Connie Cornelius Terry Leahy Margaret Parks Steve & Michelle Perotto Mike & Mary Pat Peters Terrence & Judy Wendt Dayl & Darcie Wendt ALEX MORROW Mary Morrow AMANDA FLORANCE Troy & Rebecca Florance ANDY MURCEK Kipp & Jennifer Dimig ANGELA GONZAGA Drew & Johanna Utman ARLENE GODEK Frank Godek BEVERLY FLYNN Pat Flynn UPS Foundation CARLA NIGRO Carolyn Scoville CLIFF JACOBY Tim & Karen Galvin CLINT HAMMANG Donna & Coyner Smith DANA & TED HITES Elmorine McKiernan DAVID HALEY AIMEE HALEY GRETCHEN HOLZFASTER Cheri Connealy DILLON HAYES William Rauth DORIS MAE BENNETT Geraldine Webb DR. & MRS. JAMES J. THEISEN Diane & Bob Kohout DR. DEB LYDDON Gary & Bob Goldstein ERIC J. JARECKI Cori Jarecki ERIC LEE Mike & Jenny Buckingham Tim & Karen Galvin Ron Cordahl FRANKIE BIANCHI Roberta Coss DONNA LEE STEINER Peter & Joan Hill Mike & Ducky Milder William & Karen Engelsman Don & Betty Guttau Jerry & Pat Jones Suzanne Knudsen Dale & Marty Paulson William & Kim Roberts Geraldine Sherry Ervin & Nancy Smith JAYONNA BYARS Mary & Tom Vondra JEAN’S FAMILY Dianne Jelden JILL FOLSOM John & Cynthia Kugler Michael Goldstein JIM OWENBY Bill & Christina Fitzpatrick JOHN MCDONALD His loving family JORDYN & TAYLOR Kelly Podraza JOYCE M. RYNAZEWSKI Richard & Cecelia Rynazewski KEVIN STEWART Joyce & Larry Kochen THERESA MARTIN Rose & Kaitlin Martin TIM O’KANE Sandy O’Kane TONI LOOTENS Jan Bates VICKY FITZPATRICK Bill & Christina Fitzpatrick Keryl & Michael Mines BRIAN RILEY Sue Aschinger LISA MARIE BRADDOCK Mark Braddock LOUIS F. O’KONSKI III Kathleen & Jack O’Konski MARJ MEISINGER Becky Wetenkamp MARK FISHER Bill & Christina Fitzpatrick MARK SALOMON & ANNE PORTELLI Debbie Salomon MATTHEW APPLEGATE Dana & Mark Applegate NICHOLAS ANDREW MUTCHLER Christine Pope NORA VOLKER Luke & Angela Cahill NORM BOELTS Judy Boelts JESSICA BEDIENT Miichael Goldstein PHYLLIS KING Debbie Salomon RICHARD P. DOBESH Roseann Dobesh-Degraff ROBERT MUELLER Darlene & Randy Mueller RON DUDLEY Dianne Jelden ROSE FEUERBACH Gail & John DeBoer SHAD NICKS Jim Tomanek SIMON ROBB Colin Robb TERRY KIRSCH Mary & Tom Vondra
BILL “PAPA” TOMCYKOWSKI Kay Kronholm GAIL FANGMAN GARDNER Karen Galvin Stephanie Kremla Mary & Tom Vondra HADLEIGH FAITH MULLENBERG BRANDON TOMCAK Stephen & Karrie Mullenberg Terri & Mike Fuqua HENRY & JEANNE CORDAHL Jay & Bonnie Savine Tim & Karen Galvin BRIAN HEDRICK JACOB BULL Michele Hedrick Don & Lori Archer Don, Jeanna & Molly Bull JACK BOGGUST Michael Goldstein MRS. BEV GILINSKY Michael Goldstein
Special gifts given in honor of special people in our lives . . .
ALAYNA MENTZER-FRANCH-MADISON Don & Marilyn Mentzer AVORY FRENCH Alayna Mentzer-French CORI HOFFMAN Karen Simms DR. DEBRA ESSER & LESLIE THIELE RN Patricia Oehler HARVEY & BETTY SANDERS Christine Laue KAY KRONHOLM Elizabeth Krebs KRISTEN PAYSANT Julie Paysant MARY VONDRA Frances Petersen TOM VONDRA Mary Vondra NANCY HEMESATH Norma & Jim Cahill RACHEL MCKEOWN James Baird STAFF AT ALL SAINTS EPISCOPAL CHURCH Laura Palmer SHIRLEY STARA Monica Murphy
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