Around and about: Fighting childhood hunger with pinot and pigs -
Published Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 1:43 pm
Around and about: Fighting childhood hunger with pinot and pigs

The fight against child hunger got a big boost at the fourth annual Pinot, Pigs & Poets event on June 6.

The benefit for Completely KIDS at the Happy Hollow Club raised more than $190,000. The nonprofit group will use the proceeds for its Weekend Food Program, which provides backpacks filled with food to children on Fridays.

More than 350 people enjoyed food from The Boiler Room, The Grey Plume, Happy Hollow Club, J. Coco, Le Voltaire, Lot 2 Restaurant & Wine Bar, Mahogany Prime Steakhouse, M’s Pub, Ryan’s Bistro and Sullivan’s Steakhouse. They also had a chance to try more than 40 pinot noir wines while listening to slam poetry from members of the Nebraska Writers Collective.

“We were overwhelmed by the support from the community for this event and Completely KIDS,” said Jodie Mackintosh, a Pinot, Pigs & Poets committee member, in a press release.

The Nebraska Pork Producers Association sponsored the Taste of Elegance chef competition in conjunction with the benefit. Chef John Ursick of Stokes Grill & Bar was the winning chef. He won a trip to the 2014 Pork Summit at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, Calif. Morgan’s 2010 Twelve Clones won the vintner competition at the event.

Three couples — Jody and Gayle Carstens, Cindy and Brian Leiferman and Terri and Jack McDonnell — founded Pinot, Pigs & Poets in 2010. The first event brought in $30,000, and funds raised have grown each year.

Completely KIDS serves hundreds of children and provides thousands of meals each year in its after-school and summer programs. Penny Parker is the group’s executive director.

For more information about Pinot, Pigs & Poets, visit To find out how you can help Completely KIDS, visit

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Golfers came out in full force on June 10 at Shadow Ridge Country Club to support Elkhorn Public Schools students and teachers.

They participated in the 14th annual Golf Fore Grants Tournament, which raised $27,000 to help fund classroom grants ranging from anti-bullying and life skills programs to chemistry equipment and technology enhancements.

The four-person scramble began with lunch prior to a noon shotgun start. Golfers had a chance to win prizes including cash, a new Cadillac and pizza for a year in games along the course. Dave Raymond, Steve Baker, Tim Hughes and Danny Szegda won the tournament for the third straight year.

The Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation sponsors the tournament. It will award 77 grants worth more than $130,000 to the Elkhorn Public Schools this school year.

“The generosity and support from this community is unparalleled,” foundation executive director Stacey Falk said in a press release.

For more information about the grants program or the foundation, contact Falk at 402-289-1727 or visit



• Golf Fore Kids tournament for Child Saving Institute, Players Club at Deer Creek.

• Stephen Center Golf Outing, Shadow Ridge Country Club.

• Swing 4 Kids golf tournament for Partnership 4 Kids, Field Club of Omaha. 402-930-3002


Dare to Believe Gala for the Center for Holistic Development, Scott Conference Center.


ALS in the Heartland’s Bob Hohn Memorial Golf Classic, Tiburon Golf Course.


Lexus Champions for Marian Golf Tournament for Marian High School, Indian Creek Golf Course., Shari at 402-571-2618, ext. 167


• Driving for Excellence Golf Fest for Mercy High School, Players Club at Deer Park.

• Golf 4 Grace fundraiser for Grace University, Indian Creek Golf Course.


Fore Arts Fore Fun golf scramble for Lincoln Arts Council, HiMark Country Club.

AUG. 5

Roncalli Catholic School’s Swing With Pride Golf Open, Players Club at Deer Creek,, Julie Grosse-Rhode at 402-571-7670

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