Circle of Dreams 2015 event a great success!
The 2015 Circle of Dreams event was held on Friday, April 10th at the Mutual of Omaha Dome in Omaha. The event not only helps raise funds to support St. Augustine Indian Mission School, it also helps increase awareness of the Mission school. This year?s event was chaired by Amy and Jeff Schmid of Omaha, and the major event sponsors were Mutual of Omaha and Mutual of Omaha Bank. Amy and Jeff welcomed guests and gave some history of the strong relationship that exists between Mutual of Omaha and St. Augustine. Master of Ceremonies for the event was Charlie Moon, professional auctioneer and member of St. Vincent De Paul Church in Andover, Kansas, sister parish to St. Augustine Mission.
Nearly $300,000 was raised through the event through table sponsorship, donations, the sale of specially-made ornaments by national glass artist Peggy Karr, and a live auction.
The event included a cocktail hour, dinner, and entertainment by local comedian, Mary Maxwell.
The event also recognized the talents of St. Augustine graduate, Jeff Berridge. Jeff, at age 26, is the head coach of the 2015 Nebraska C-1 State Champion Winnebago Boys Basketball Team. A special video by Peter Soby chronicled Coach Berridge?s history and his goal to leave Winnebago to get a college education, but more importantly to return to his home and make a difference. The boys basketball program had not won the state tournament in 75 years. The video showed highlights of the state tournament and also featured the five starters from the team, all who are also alumni of St. Augustine Indian Mission School.
?I am humbled by the support we received for this event. Not only is it our largest attendance, but this is the most we have ever raised?, said Fr. Dave Korth. ?The story of hope that is coming from the Winnebago community is one that needs to be told and we were able to tell that story to nearly 500 people be told and we were able to tell that story to nearly 500 people that night.?