2020 Annual Report

Westside Foundation

The Westside Foundation provides student scholarships, classroom grants, facilities improvements and support for Westside Community Schools when tax dollars are not available. Supporters and donors include alumni, district residents, businesses, teachers, staff, parents and friends — most from within district boundaries and the metropolitan area but many from across the state, and around the nation, too. They all share a common belief that a strong public education is essential to the quality of life and the future well-being of our community.

STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

Assets
2020
2019
Current Assets Cash and Cash Equivalents Investments   Total Current Assets $315,807 $27,069 $1,722,355 $913,635 $1,193,561 $2,107,196
Assets Limited as to Use: Restricted Cash Restricted Investments   Total Assets Limited as to Use $876,975 $657,095 $1,534,070 $690,192 $561,689 $1,251,881
Property, Plant, and Equipment: Land and Building Equipment - Early Childhood Construction in Progress Less - Accumulated Depreciation   Total Property, Plant, and Equipment, Net   Total Assets $1,337,409 $275,905 -- $1,613,314 ($599,703) $1,013,611 $4,270,036 $597,171 $275,905 -- $956,441 ($561,174) $395,267 $3,754,344
Liabilities and Net Assets
2019
2018
Current Liabilities Accrued Benefits Net Assets Without Donor Restrictions With Donor Restrictions   Total Net Assets   Total Liabilities and Net Assets $10,964 $1,886,423 $1,520,288 $3,406,711 $4,270,036 $14,001 $2,502,244 $1,238,099 $3,740,343 $3,754,344

NEW WELCOME CENTER OPENS AT WESTSIDE HIGH SCHOOL

 

Whether you are in the Class of 2021 or the Class of 1971, you are in for a treat at Westside High School upon walking up to the school and through the front doors: a new and safer entrance made possible by WHS alum Robert B. Sturm, Class of 1977.

Sturm, investor and noted philanthropist, spent much of his childhood in District 66. He attended Loveland Elementary School, Arbor Heights Junior High and Westside High School. Sturm recalled his first years at Loveland, when his parents were advised to test him for special education services. Sturm would later learn he had Asperger’s syndrome on the autism spectrum in addition to a learning disability, neither of which were properly diagnosed. His mother, Mickey (Stern) Sturm, fought for her son and gained the support of Superintendent Vaughn Phelps. Sturm began working with a tutor and remained with his peers in a traditional classroom. His positive experiences continued at Westside High, as he was mentored by educators like LaNeta Carlock, his homeroom teacher, and Dr. Jim Tangdall, his principal.

“LaNeta Carlock was a good teacher, and like my second mother,” said Sturm. “Dr. Jim Tangdall was a good administrator. I remember the good days of Vaughn Phelps; he was a great man and a great superintendent.”

Before After Welcome Center

Sturm went on to earn two degrees from the University of Nebraska Omaha and embarked on a successful career in commercial investments. He has often shared his success with his hometown of Omaha by donatingRobert B. Sturm, Class of 1977 to multiple projects and endowment funds. His generous gift to the Westside Foundation enabled Westside Community Schools to invest in a new main entrance at Westside High School, requiring all guests and visitors to enter through multiple locked doors before being permitted into the building. “This helps us to maintain a safe environment for our students and staff now and in the future,” said Westside Principal Jay Opperman. “The community support we continue to receive from alumni like Mr. Sturm is invaluable to enhance everything we offer at Westside.”

Opperman, Superintendent Dr. Mike Lucas, Interim Board President Adam Yale and Westside Foundation Chairman Terry Kroeger were all speakers at the official dedication of the Robert B. Sturm Welcome Center, which Sturm attended in September. Kroeger, who attended Westside High around the same time Sturm did, noted his appreciation for Sturm’s generosity and leadership in inspiring others to invest in the district where so many found their start.

“I want to protect teachers, children and parents,” said Sturm, “I’m giving back to what was given to me at Westside.”

“Thank you Robert and supporters for your investment in the Welcome Center. Your commitment to the safety of the students, teachers, staff and community is truly appreciated by everyone associated with Westside Community Schools.” Tola Dada Assistant Principal Westside High School

Supports
Robert B. Sturm (Class of 1977)
W Club
Tack Architects
Westside Foundation

SUPPORTERS

Robert B. Sturm
(Class of 1977)

W Club
TACK Architects
Westside Foundation

“Thank you Robert and supporters for your investment in the Welcome Center. Your commitment to the safety of the students, teachers, staff and community is truly appreciated by everyone associated with Westside Community Schools.”

Tola Dada
Assistant Principal
Westside High School

2020 PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS

WESTSIDE FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER FOR DISTRICT FAMILIES

Westside Community Schools unveiled the Westside Family Resource Center in spring of 2020. This one-of-a-kind facility for a school district in the greater Omaha area is located in the Pipal Park Community Center at Westgate Elementary. It will provide food options, clothing and more resources to Westside students and their families at no cost to them. The Westside Family Resource Center is the first facility of its kind solely dedicated for a specific school district in the greater Omaha area. If interested in donating clothing or food to the Westside Family Resource Center, please email April Anderson at anderson.april@westside66.net.

VOCAL AND INSTRUMENTAL LESSONS OFFERED TO STUDENTS AT NO COST

Westside High School continues to invest in the performing arts. Now in its third year, the Westside Foundation, through the help of donors, has provided the high school with the first program of its kind in the state by offering vocal and instrumental lessons for students during the school day at no charge to the student or family. Providing these students with private lessons has made an enormous impact on the students’ and the school’s performing ensembles. The program involves students unable to take private lessons outside of school due to financial, time or other struggles with an emphasis on students in poverty. Since the program’s inception, the Vocal and Instrumental Lesson initiative has provided 2,500 lessons to students at the high school.

ACT PREP COURSE OFFERED DURING THE DAY AND AT NO CHARGE

Westside High School is a leader in ACT testing, annually scoring above state average. In spring of 2020, 43 students scored 30 or higher (36 is the highest score), and 83 students scored 24 or higher. Westside is committed to doing even better and giving our students what they need to do their best on the ACT. The Westside Foundation is providing all Westside juniors ACT prep during the school day, and they earn a school credit. It’s at no cost to the students or their families. On top of this, if students are interested in taking the ACT a second time, it also will be provided at no cost to the student or family.

If interested in learning more about these projects or other initiatives supporting students and teachers, please contact us at 402-390-2133/westside.foundation@westside66.net

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WESTSIDE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS 2019 - 2020

American National Bank Business Scholarship
Jack Kinney $750

Ben Silverstein Memorial Scholarship
Claire Benson $1,000

Bird Welding, Fab & Manufacturing Scholarship
Skylar Madison $1,500
Cameron Cody $1,500

Blazek Family Scholarship
Rebecka Holmstrom $1,000

Carla Beardmore Harding Memorial Scholarship
Reagan Fehr $500

Christy & Joe Ziskey Scholarship
Carl Brown $500

CS Perry Teacher Scholarship
Rylee Cain $1500
Lucy Kupka $1500

Emil F Vohoska Journalism Scholarship
Jonathan Snover $500

Fran Carr Memorial Scholarship
Mercedes Brown $500
Keelan Pleas $500

Glen L. Spaulding Scholarship
Maryam Akramova $500

Gary Ohm Westgate Scholarship
Siara Cramer $1,000

Vicki & John Hallett UNL Scholarship
Hannah-Kate Kinney $2,000

Howe/Karnes Journalism Scholarship
Claire Benson $500
Jonathan Snover $500

Jennifer Leigh Sayre Vocal Music Scholarship
Delaney Wetjen $1,000

John L. Hoich Paddock Road Scholarship
Jeremiah Kim $2,500

John Young Paddock Road Scholarship
Cynthia France $500

Joseph & Marge Moore Performing Arts Scholarship
Owen DeLaCruz $500

Bohdan Koszewski Scholarship
Jack Kinney $500

Lois Lucas Memorial Scholarship
Tyler Williams $1,000

Lou J. Miloni Scholarship
Jacob Vincentini $2,500

Masterson Scholar/Athlete Scholarship
Ella Wedergren $1,000
Jadin Booth $1,000

Michael C. Williams Business Scholarship
Isabella Tyler $1,000
Morgan Mumford $1,000

Mundy Family Journalism Scholarship
Julia Steiner $2,500
Malia Battafarano $2,500

Richard & Helen Kelley Scholarship
Hannah-Kate Kinney $2,500

Spirit of Service (Alumni)
Cynthia France $1,000
Dylan Folder $1,000

UNO Cooperating Teacher Scholarship
Elizabeth Grantham $1,000

Tom Carman Memorial Scholarship
Logan Brannan $1,000

W Club for Excellence Scholarship
Abigail Hellman $1,500
Theodore Jansen $1,500

Westside Connection Scholarship
Hannah-Kate Kinney $500

Westside High Eagle Scout Scholarship
Justin Sanders $500

Willsie Cap and Gown Scholarship
Meghan Maynard $500
Komlan Bokovi $500

Unlocking Answers (Alumni)
Cynthia France $1,000
Reese Pike $1,000

$46,750 Awarded through scholarships in 2020

WESTSIDE FOUNDATION

From Superintendent Mike Lucas for the Foundation...

The Westside Foundation continues to be an amazing partner and support system for District 66. That has never been more evident than during this global pandemic. The amount of resources and support the foundation has made available to the students and staff of Westside Community Schools is simply amazing. We have much to do as we work to rebuild from the numerous challenges that COVID-19 has presented to us all. The future of Westside is bright because we have amazing alumni, dedicated teachers and staff, supportive community partners, outstanding students and families, and the Westside Foundation. Being a TEAM has never been more important.

 

Together Everyone Achieves More.

CLASSROOM AND INNOVATION GRANTS

WESTSIDE LIBRARY GRANT

When the doors of our library unexpectedly closed in March, we had no idea what the future would bring and what impact COVID-19 would have on our school libraries. Once we were able to welcome students back, their faces lit up with the possibilities of new books and familiar experiences. However, many of those smiles quickly fell as they realized they had lost their library books from the previous year. As an elementary library team, we decided to waive all library fines for students. We did not want to penalize them for losing library materials due to the circumstances surrounding the abrupt ending to our school year. In doing so, we understood that each library would take a huge hit to our collection and budgets.

The librarians at Hillside, Loveland, Oakdale, Paddock, Rockbook, Sunset Hills, Swanson and Westgate requested financial support from the Westside Foundation to assist in rebuilding our library collections. With the foundation’s generous support, we were able to continue circulation with the eliminated stress of library fines, replace 594 well- circulated library books and increase student engagement in reading with loved titles.

All of the books donated by the foundation have a special plaque and have quickly left our library shelves to find their temporary home in the hands of a reader.

STEMBOTS AT ROCKBROOK

Rockbrook student (Hannah) had this to say about the Stembots that were donated to the school by the Westside Foundation:

“The robots are fun to build and drive. I like adding functions to the bots like building a scooper for the front of the bot.

“We are really luck to have people donate the Stembots so we can each have our own ... thank you!”

GATOR BOOKSHELF

As part of a grant from the Westside Foundation and additional support from
the United Way, we were able to provide our students with the opportunity to visit our “Gator Bookshelf” several times in spring of 2021! Our students were able to select two or three books from the Gator Bookshelf, which was filled with hundreds of fiction and nonfiction titles. After selecting their books, students were able to take these new books home and continue to build their home library. We are grateful to get the chance to “Feed the Read” and embrace “Readers Are Leaders” with Gator Nation and support our goal to increase our reading achievement scores by increasing excitement about BOOKS!

ONE SCHOOL ONE BOOK AT WESTGATE ELEMENTARY

One School One Book provided Gator Nation the opportunity during this year of challenges and social distance to come together as one school, one FAMILY. We kicked off One School One Book with several videos and clues posted in the building that hooked students. On the kickoff day, we revealed our title ... “Flora and Ulysses” and EVERY STUDENT received their own copy of the book! The characters in the book displayed perseverance, kindness and humor, which allowed our teachers and families to discuss these qualities with our students. Each night families read or listened to chapters read by our teachers together and then participated by answering trivia questions for prizes. The excitement was high and families appreciated the opportunity to connect with their children. We are incredibly grateful to the Westside Foundation for providing this opportunity to the students at Westgate Elementary!

The W Club was created in 2016 to help support the K-12 students and teachers of District 66 by providing funding for programs that further excellence and enhance collaboration. In just five short years, over $467,000 has been invested through the W Club! Thanks to all for their past support.

We are excited to announce that the following areas will be supported by the 2020 W Club funds: ACT Prep class for students, student identification technology, academic scholarships, Career Academy, Warrior culture, certified nursing scholarships, and much more. A full recap of the W Club projects are highlighted on our website (www.wcsfoundation66.org) and in the 2021 W Cub brochure that you will be receiving in May.

Please note, the W Club Campaign kicks off in May and you will have the opportunity to join the W Club campaign through December of 2021. If you wish to join the W Club today, please call 402-390-2133 or click the join today button below.

Thank you to our 2020 Co-Chairs:
Carissa (LeBron) and Tony Schrager (’95)
Jackie (Pfeifer) and Terry Kroeger (’80)
Karen (Olson, ’76) and Bob Sundell (’76)

W CLUB 2020 MEMBERS

Thank You For Your Support

Hall of Fame
Carolyn and Brian Halla*
Kayla and Chris Hawkins*
Sarah and Beau Konigsberg*
Barbara Stein Nelson*
Kristen and Jason Papenfuss*
Rotella’s Bakery
Michael and Carol Staenberg*

Warrior
Anonymous
Meg and Nate Dodge*
Maren and Tom Hood*
Jackie and Terry Kroeger*
Clarkson and Emily Lauritzen*
D.J. and Lisa Rezac*
Carissa and Tony Schrager*

Squire
Leslie and David Andersen
Brett and Stacey Atlas
Mogens and Cindy Bay*
Bekins Foundation*
Rick Berkshire*
Nick and Niki Bermel*
Irvin and Susan Blumkin
Crystal and Brian Brislen*
Anne and Scott Carlson*
Ann and Dennis Christiansen*
Nancy and Mitch Cubrich*
Susan and Bill Cutler*
Linda Daugherty
Judd and Traci Davies
Friedland Family Foundation*
Dan Hamann*
Karen and Kim Hawkins
Cindy Heider*
Randy Horn*
Rick and Nicole Kelley Family*
John and Wende Kotouc*
Patty and C.L. Landen*
Bruce Lauritzen*
Lippincott Family
Sarah and John Maaske*
Dan McPhail*
Olson Orthodontics
Dean and Jessie Rasmussen*
David and Teresa Rogers*
John Seaman and Kendi Fraser-Seaman
Seline Family Foundation*
Jeff and Becky Sharp
Scott and Amy Sladovnik*
Becca and Rory Sudbeck*
Karen and Bob Sundell*
Josh and Kim Weiss*

Shield
Emily Bannick*
A.J. Beauregard*
Brian and Shannon Boerner*
Bonnett Family*
Esther and Dan Brabec*
Cathie Richardson Conley*
Stephanie and David Cota*
Pat Dibiase
Terri and Jack Diesing Jr.
Stu and Dari Dornan
Ed and Casey Fehringer
Mark and Kristi Frei*
Mike Fuchs
Carol Gilbert
Jill and Joe Goldstein
Mike and Katie Grier*
Andrea and Rao Gutta*
Marianne and Fred Hawkins
Ron and Cathy Hinckley*
Steve Jennett Jr.
Channing Johnson*
Amy and John Kampfe*
Dan and Laurie Kemp*
Kevin Kerr*
Gary R. Kinloch*
Diny and Jim Landen*
Grant and Beth Leach*
Heather and Justin Madson
Mark McCormack*
Pete Ricketts
Amy and Matt Schuman*
Betiana and Todd Simon*
Jason and Kellie Tagge
Bob and Maureen Toy*
Wendy and Beau Ward*
Ron Wax*
Walter and Lareeni Wood*
James Woodland*
Sarah and Adam Yale*

Lance
Greg and Melissa Betts*
Annie and Ken Bird
Gary and Heidi Bliss*
Judy and Patrick Booth
Beth and Matt Breunsbach*
Deb and Sam Brower*
Phyllis and Norm Choat*
Marcia Combes
Valerie Davis*
Dottie and Bruce Deines*
Art and Barbara Denney*
Chris (Pinali) Dwyer*
Paul and Sandy Epstein*
Nancy and Butch Ethington
Ed and Lynn Fleming*
Dave and Kelly Fletcher
Whitney and Dave Goldner*
Steve and Cathy Haney*
Amy and Terry Hanna*
Liz (Sergel ’05) and Jason Hartman (’05)
Jason and Sarah Helvey
Katie and Doug Henningsen*
Curtis Huston and Siri Severa Huston*
Laura and John Iliff*
Randi Friedel Jablin/Friedel Family Foundation*
Sally Kampfe*
Sean Kelley
Kelly’s Carpet Omaha
David and Deborah Kline
Kari and Doug Krenzer*
Mike and Janet Kroeger*
Wendi and Scott Kroeger*
Dan and Tina Lonergan
Mike and Liesl Lucas*
Jeanne and David Lutz*
Cathy and Rick MacInnes*
Tom and Kelley Maxwell*
Carrie and Ed May*
Vic and Tammi Monson*
Mike and Stacy Ashley Murphy*
Jeff Platt
Melissa and Pat Regan*
Amie and Bill Schellpeper*
Greg and Pam Sears
Jessica and Andy Shefsky*
Sheri and Bob Shonka*
Erin and Justin Siebler*

Michelle Sullivan
Anne Sundell
Meagan and John Van Gelder*
Samantha and Andrew Wahl*
Valerie and Ken West*
Nancy and Warren Whitted Jr.*
Steve and Brigid Wilkening
Diana and Jason Williams
Steven Williams
Kim and Mike Williams*
Barbara and Todd Wimmer
Rob and Jennifer Zatechka*

Victory
Anonymous
Connie Mascher Acker
Carl Adrian*
Steven R. Anderson*
Paul and Cheri Andrews*
Susan and Martin Barnhart*
David and Carol Beavers*
Rory A. Berigan
Mark and Mary Berner*
Brent Bierman*
Rodney Brase
Diane Brewer*
Christy Smith Browning
David Bunkers*
Thomas M. Burns*
Kim and Shane Buscher
Mike Butler*
Jerry and Mary Caffey
Angel and David Carl*
Steve Carter*
Robyn and Kelly Caverzagie
Don Chase*
Teri Hinckley Chase-Dunn*
Marc Chauche
Linda Cheatham*
Catherine Clark*
Sylvia B. Cohn - Rose Blumkin Foundation
Susanne (Dempsey) Cook*
Brad Copple*
Steve and Becky Curlis*
Craig and Deb Daubman
Cynthia Ybarra and Joan Daughton
David DeBuse*
Kim De La Cruz*
Dr. Gregg and Debbi Schreiner Dimmick*
Dodie Kaplan Douglas*
Mark and Kelli Dudley
Bill Eilers*
England Family*
Gary D. Epstein*
Ken and Susan Ferrarini*
Sally and Jim Findley*
Monique (Mediratta) Forman*
Grant and Shawna Forsberg
Tammy Heinson Fowler*
Duncan Fraser*
Rick Freshman*
Steve Galloway
Chuck Garlock*
Lynne Friedel Gellman/Friedel Family Foundation*
Zachary and Jamie Gemar*
Michael Gibilisco*
Jeff Glass*
John and Kay Lynn Goldner*
Sandy Weiss Gordon*
Holly Goshinski (Womack)*
Kris and Doug Greenwald*
Andrew Grier
William Guild*
Liz and Brent Gunderson*
Amy Gurnett
Randall Hallett*
Vicki and John Hallett*
Greg Hand*
Bill and Kelly Hanley*
Debbie Hanslip
Anna and Kenton Hargis*
David and Michelle Hartley*
Jason and Courtney Hellman
Robert and Marilyn (Sedlak) Henderson*
Rob and Maryann Henrichs*
Dr. Michael Herman*
Shari Hofschire*
Jill Hollander*
Conner and Megan Holt
Annie Hovendick
John and Sally Hudnall
Jeanne (Kutilek) Huelskamp*
John and Chrisi Hughes*
David J. Humphry*
Harold H. Hunter*
David and Ashley Ingvoldstad*
C. James Irvine
Dean and Maria Jacobsen*
Lorrie and Gary Katelman*
Marty and Ann Kauffman
Nancy Landen Kerr
Tahnee and Robert King*
Bill King (’62)*
Andy and Liz Koepp
Jean Korff
Bill and Mary Kovar
Janet and William Kroeger
Bill and Nancy Krueger
Sharon and Richard Krueger*
Beth Kush
Cory and Laura Mann
Tom Mariucci*
Mick and Jean McCarthy*
Katie McNamara
Bryan and Mary McPadden
Scott and Jenny Meyerson*
Barbara (McCormick) Miller
Laura Havelka Miller*
Katie and Noah Mock
Kody Moffatt
Bruce and Bobbie Moore*
Garet J. Moravec*
Mary Morrisey*
Sean and Sandy Morrow
Paul and Karen Mullen
Debralee Nelson*
Kristi Newcomb*
Howie Norton (’73)
Gary and Carla Ohm*
Russ Olsen/Steph
Jay and Tiffany Opperman*
Sandy and Dave Parker*
Doug and Connie Paskach*
Jeremy and Laurie Passer
Dennis and Jessica Pate*
Gary and Kim Petersen*
Curt Peterson
Scott and Roxy Radicia*
Maryanne Ricketts*
Fred and Terri Rieser
Lisa (Johnson) Ringer*
Colby Rinker*
Marc and Keri Roberts

Kyle and Mike Robino*
Andrew and Kimberly Robinson*
Nancy Rohwer*
Brenda and Rich Rosenblatt*
Bob Saffer
Don Salyards*
The Phillip and Terri Schrager Foundation*
Mitch Schuler*
Betsy and Doug Schuring
Rich Secor*
Justin and Melissa Sheets*
Kent and Shelley Siemers*
Kevin Sladovnik
James L. Smith
Joan Smith*
Jennifer Staley
Janet (Sullivan) Stevens
Rita Studenberg*
Fred and Patty Suarez*
Patty Sundberg
Matthew and Shannon Tao
Athene Alsmeyer Tenney*
Clint Thute*
Del and Phyllis Toebben*
Kathy Tomasek
William Truhlsen*
Todd and Mary Urosevich*
Amy Vifquain*
Mr. and Mrs. J. Vilks*
Ryan and Nikki Villwok
Tom and Sandy Von Riesen
Mary and Tim Wahl*
Michelle and Scott Warner*
Gordon and Joy Watanabe*
Laura Watts*
Susan and Mark Wheeler*
Mr. and Mrs. Whitted III*
Judy and Jim Wigton
Dr. and Mrs. Stephen H. Williams
Sue and Brea Woodson*
Brian Worrall*
Kathe Keyes Yakus*
John and Sara Young*
Bruce and Stacey Zimmerman
Christy and Joe Ziskey*

Loyalty
Dr. Mark Allen and Louise Willing Allen*
Lance C. Antonson
Greg and Cheryl Armitage
Arnie and Shelly Ban*
Tom Berry and Ann Anderson Berry*
David Boyer*
Dan Carlson
Heather Carson
Dede McFayden-Donahue and Pat Donahue*
Cecily S. Frazier*
Jane Lyman Grady
Betse Taylor Grassby
Mary Jo Losen Greenup*
Eric and Sigrid Gustafson*
Robert L. Hardt
Cari and John Harris*
Eric Hofschire*
Brad and Shelly Holzworth
Sharon Igel
The Jernigans*
Erin Kaese*
Lori and Ty Kleinschmit
Chad Kracher*
Gail and Vern Krenzer*
Eileen Finn Kroeger*
Chuck Lang*
John LaRandeau*
Yoko and Mark Lincoln
Sonja Barton Loar*
Sue and Peter Maier
Linda Jackson McPhail*
Dee (Major) Mendez
Joe Meyers
John and Heidi Mogensen
Karen and Larry Nelsen
Kerri and Justin Palmesano
Dianne Kammerer
Polly Sue Quambusch*
Jeff and Nancy Quine*
Quinton Randall
Julie Ruchotzke*
Jackie and Joe Schaffner
Enid A. Schonewise*
Andrea and Mike Siegel*
Purnima Singh
Doris Sladek
Amanda and Derek Smith*
Mindee and Eric Swanson*
William Trowbridge
Tony and Jan Villotta*
Elizabeth Ruck Ward*
Jean Welch*
Fran Witt*
Lisa Worrall*
Debra (Beier) Young*
Brenda and Bruce Zabel

Red & Black
Ricky and Melissa Anderson*
Dean Arkfeld
Jim Armitage*
Betty Boodro-Birzer*
Gary Chasen*
Kathy Musil Claffey*
Kirby and Susan Clarke*
Jim and Jodie DeSordi
Kathy and Mike Duggan
Joan and John Ferguson*
Kjirsten Jessen Finnegan*
Matthew Focht*
Alison (Lisa) Roach Fox*
Michael R. Goodman*
Milo and Mack Greder
LeAnn Heflin
Sherry Kaiman
Wendy Kirkle*
Rick and Ann Kutilek*
Sandra Hetrick Lachtara
Kathy Pearse LaFayette
George and Cheryl Lapka
Gail Lovercheck
John Melton*
Paul and Laurie Meyers*
Fred and Marianne Rieser
Stan Saklar*
Kay and Robert Schmitt
Julie and Travis Schmitz*
Susan Schwarz*
Sally Stalnaker*
Linda S. Stroud*
Christine M. Tucker (Waldman)*
Joan Yaffe

*Renewal Member

We apologize for any omissions due to printing deadlines.

WESTSIDE EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTERS

The mission of the Westside Early Childhood and Club 66 programs is to provide a safe, engaging educational environment for children ages 18 months through sixth grade. The program offers developmentally appropriate opportunities for children to grow and develop socially, emotionally, intellectually, and physically with the support and guidance of competent and compassionate adults.

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION INCLUDES:

Toddler program for 18 months to age 3 (offered at Prairie Lane, Underwood Hills, and Westbrook). Preschool for 3 to 5-year-olds (offered at Oakdale, Pacific Heights, Prairie Lane, Rockbrook, Sunset Hills, Underwood Hills, Westbrook, and Westgate). Four-year-old program (offered at Pacific Heights, Paddock Road, Westbrook, and Westgate).

CLUB 66 INCLUDES:

Before and after school care for children kindergarten through sixth grade (offered at Hillside, Loveland, Oakdale, Paddock Road, Prairie Lane, Rockbrook, Sunset Hills, Swanson, Westbrook, and Westgate).

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

SUPPORT WESTSIDE THROUGH EVENTS

To support the events or learn more, email
Westside.Foundation@Westside66.net

WESTSIDE OPENS THE SWEDE CENTER: PREMIER GOLF CENTER IN A PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL IN THE UNITED STATES

State-of-the-art technology. A mini-museum paying tribute to Westside golfers and moments spanning decades. One room inspiring greatness and passion for a game spanning 600 years.

It’s called The Swede Center: 1,800-square-feet-plus of golfing paradise that would awe golfing veterans and beginners alike. It’s located inside Westside High School and is the first of its kind in a public high school in the United States.

 This state-of-the-art facility was unveiled to Westside student athletes and coaches in January, and officially dedicated February 15, 2021.

The Swede Center was constructed in an unused area of the school where the high ceilings made it the perfect place for a golf simulator and facility. A golfer can play one hole or all 18 on some of the most famous courses in the world. In addition to the Roger Hoffman Warrior Simulator, the training center also includes areas to practice putting and chipping, the Grant Jabenis Warrior Hitting Bay, a locker room and the Froendt Family Golfer’s Lounge. Along with the high-tech golf equipment, the facility provides a history lesson in Westside golf highlighting past state and metro champions, both individuals and teams.

Named for Merrill “Swede” Carlson, The Swede Center at Westside High School was made possible entirely through donations (100% privately raised through the Westside Foundation), many from alumni, community members and parents. Sixty-one donors in all supported the project, including the Carlson family who spearheaded this project to provide an elite facility for Westside golfers, and to grow the game of golf with future generations. The girls and boys golf teams are already planning a Junior Warrior Golf Clinic for the district’s elementary schools, allowing younger students the opportunity to be fitted for clubs and practice in the facility at no charge to them or their families. For many children, including students at Westside’s four Title I schools, this might be the only opportunity they would have to experience the game of golf. Merrill Carlson himself faced challenges in his life due to financial issues, including being forced to leave college due to lack of funds. His son Scott (’75) hopes The Swede Center and a new scholarship trust of the same name will allow Westside students the opportunities his father did not have.

“The Swede Center will always be about the kids. Students, families and kids throughout the district will be given an opportunity to learn the great game of golf, and the Carlson family is honored to be part of such an inspiring project,” said Scott Carlson.

If interested in a tour, please email the Westside Foundation at westside.foundation@westside66.net.

THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS

Anglim Family
Anonymous
Rick Berkshire
Bonnett Family
Amy and Kris Brown Family
Jason and Stacey Bryant Family
Kelly and Kevin Buscher
Anne and Scott Carlson Family
Curzon Promotional Graphics
Kristi and Matt Davis Family
Adam and Katy DiPrima Family
Foresight Sports
Brett and Jackie Froendt
Mike and Katie Grier Family
Vicki and John Hallett Molly Hallett
Amy and Terry Hanna Family
Cindy and Scott Heider
Jeff, Stephanie and Jacob Hellman Family
Bob and Karen Hill
Hoffman Family

Inman, Topp and Kammandel Families
Jon and Grant Jabenis
Jasa Family
Lois Jensen
Kris and Dave Karnes Family
Kelly’s Carpet Omaha
Kevin Kerr
Robert and Myrna Krohn Family
Foundation Basil and May LaRoda II
Todd and Katey Lenczowski Family
Sarah and John Maaske
Made in the Shade Blinds
John H. and Jane Ellen Makari
Michael and Charlene McHugh
Dan C. McPhail
Miller Electric Company
Pocras Family
Jerry and Mary Jo (Palmesano) Pont
Prairie Construction Company
In Memory of Ryan Renner

Kyle and Mike Robino
Eric and Molly Schlegel Family
Sherwin Williams
Joe and Nancy Sloan
Annika Sorenstam Foundation
Southwest Greens
Fred and Patty Suarez Family
TACK Architects
Alison and Gregory Topp Family
Stanley M. Truhlsen Jr.
U.S. Kids Golf
Gianna Velardi
Volberding Family
W Club
Warrior Girls Golf Camp
Kim and Josh Weiss
Westside Foundation
Mark Wheeler, Class of 1977
Christy and Joe Ziskey
Barry Zoob Family

SPORTS HALLWAY GETS FACE-LIFT

The addition of The Swede Center provided the high school an opportunity to renovate the Warrior Hall, which is the main entrance for our student-athletes lleading to the athletic locker rooms and the main gym. The Westside Foundation was able to provide much needed graphics and color throughout the atrium, tunnel and the pathway leading to the main gym. With the cool branding, Warrior red and black colors, highlights of our championships and red gameday lighting, it has provided a collegiate feel that our student-athletes and coaches absolutely love. Next time you are visiting the school, feel free to check out the best student-athlete pathway in a high school in the country!

2020 WESTSIDE FOUNDATION DONORS

Thank You For Your Support

Marilyn and Ernest Abariotes
Roger Abel
Mary and Matt Abels
Stephanie and Brian Adams
Stephanie Adams
Mary Adolphson
Adjovi Ahiakpor
Virginia Aita
Johnna and Dave Allen
Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority, Inc.
Kristine and Bruce Amborn
American National Bank
Jean Amoura
Carol Anderson
Karen Anderson
Emily and Will Andres
Katie and Ryan Anglim
Ron Anglim Anonymous
Dzemila Arap-Ward
Jim and Shirley
Armitage
Stacey and Brett Atlas
Trudy Averett
Tom and Susie Baechle
Cynthia Bailey
Emily Bailey
Shelly and Arnie Ban
Emily Bannick
Laura Ortmann and Brian Barkhurst
Sue and Marty Barnhart
Dana and Josh Bartee
Helen and Bob Bartee
Todd and Kelly Bartusek
Andrew Bateman
Danielle Battisti
Pam Beall
Jean and Adam Beckman
Kristin Behmer
Kristine Behrens
Angela and J.W. Bergman
Rick Berkshire
Mark and Mary Berner
Ann Anderson Berry and Tom Berry
Annie and Ken Bird
Dana and Darren Blakely
Carol and Steven Bloch
Margaret and Dean Block
Rachel and Charlie Blum
William Bluvas
Leah and Tim Bochnicek
Shannon and Brian Boerner
Sharon and Wendell Bohmont
Bonnett Family
Daniel Botos
Alyssa Bowron
Lynne and John Boyer
Mark Boyer
Tom Boyer
Jeffrey Boyum
Kate Bozarth
Kathleen and Brian Brady
John Brewer
Barbara and Marc Brey
Crystal and Brian Brislen
Mary Beth Broderick
David Brown
Martha and Bob Bruckner
Erin and Matthew Brumm
Stacey and Jason Bryant
Jill and Tony Buccheri
John Buller
Melinda and Greg Burnett
Kelly and Kevin Buscher
Kim and Shane Buscher
Business Breakfast Club of Omaha
BVH Architecture
Michelle and Patrick Caffey
Noni Cambridge
Shawn Campbell
Angel and David Carl
Anne and Scott Carlson
Susan Carlson
Heather and Scott Carson
Sarah and Bill Carver
Elaine Chapek
Charles E. Lakin Foundation, Inc.
Sue and Dave Chastain
Phyllis and Norm Choat
Rohit Chowdhury
Ann and Dennis Christiansen
Hannah and Andrew Christiansen
Elisabeth Christy
Judy Clark
Class of 1957
Jessica and Mike Cogswell
Conductix-Wampfler
Laurie and Rod Confer
Rosemary Conrad
Jill and Sean Conway
Jennifer and David Cooprider
Steve Costanzo
Stephanie and David Cota
Cynthia Cottrell Dawn and Jim Coury
Kimberly and Jeffrey Cowman
Diane and John Cox
Linda Cressey
Paul Critchlow
Laura and Ron Croom
Vickie Cullan
Terri Culy
Cuming Food Mart
Charlotte Conner and William Dana
Shelley and Bob Danenhauer
Mary and Hal Daub
Linda Daugherty
Joan Daughton
Liz and Paul David
Kristi and Matt Davis
Rebecca and Paul Deegan
Sharon and Edmond DesJardins
Jodie and Jim DeSordi
Martha DiLorenzo
Katy and Adam DiPrima
Laura and Damon DiPrima
Melissa Ditsch
Meg and Nate Dodge
Jean Doxon
Drake Williams Steel, Inc.
Mary Drew
Nicole Duffy
Dennis Carol and Gus Dworak
Bobbi and John Dyer
Elliott Enterprise Co.
Sara Ellis
Grant Empson
Kathy and Bill Encell
Jacquie and Brent Estee
Emily Ethington
Allison and Guy Evans
Marleen and Timothy Evans
Lauren and Jan Faist
Kristin Fearnow
Charlotte and Ronald Fehr
Casey and Ed Fehringer
Suzanne Feloney
Adrian Ferguson
Susie and Ken Ferrarini
Sandy Fey
Shirley Fey
Sally and Jim Findley
Paul Fischer
Andrew Fitzmorris
Carol and William Fleming
Katherine Foote
Jill and Nicholas Foster
Kelly Freeman
Mitzi Friedman
Friedman Foundation
Jackie and Brett Froendt
Peter Gadzinski
Sheila Galegher
Patrick Gaule
Judy and Harry Gaylor
Jamie Gemar
John Gentry
Melissa and Matt Gerard
Kristine and Jared Gerber
Kathleen Getty
Marisa and Alan Gift
Jennifer Gitt
Jennifer and John Glazer
Lori and Tim Goc
Kay Lynn and John Goldner
Whitney and Dave Goldner
Mary Gay Gordon
Jim Gorzka
Jeyalakshmi Govindarajan
Jane and Gary Grady
Lisa and John Graff
Matthew Grantham
Cynthia and Frank Greene
Mary Lossen Greenup
Kristine and Doug Greenwald
Katie and Michael Grier
Barb and Larry Hagan
Cecily Haggerty
Matthew Halfar
Anne and John Hall
Mary Lynn and Randall Hallett
Molly Hallett
Vicki and John Hallett
Julie and David Halstead
Dan Hamann
Jane Hamer
Amy and Terry Hanna
Carolyn and Robert Hansen
Emily and Joseph Hansen
Minerva Hansen
Ryan Hansen
Leone Harlan
Robert Hasebroock
Kayla and Chris Hawkins
Victoria Healey
Leann Heflin
Cindy and Scott Heider
Heider Family Foundation
Anne Hellbusch
Sarah and Jason Helvey
Jenny Henningsen
Kathleen and Richard Henningsen
Katie and Mike Herzog
Angela and Alex Hewlett
Rachel and Garret Higginbotham
Karen and Bob Hill
Cathy and Ron Hinckley
Debbie and Steve Hinrichs

Dean Hodges
Cara and Scott Hoffman
Dan Hoffman
Shari Hofschire
John Hoich
Mary and Bob Holsten
Mary Anne and David Hoover
Aaron Horn
Karen and Randy Horn
Nancy Hornstein
Joy Horton
Ashley Hosman
Jana and Rod Howe
Susan and Richard Hurst
Virginia Inglis
Ashley and David Ingvoldstad
Cindy and Kenneth Inman
Sondra Irish
Sara Irwin
Sharon Irwin
Jon Jabenis
Kristin Jackman
Amy and Jim Jackson
Claire Jackson
Jill Jansen
Caryn and Nick Jasa
Jennifer Jasminski
Paul Jedruski
Katie and Chris Jennings
Lois and Arnie Jensen
Sandy and Michael
Jernigan
Sheryn and Arnold Joffe
Robert Johann
Karen and Terry Johnson
Peggy Johnson
Russell Johnston
Carmen and Gordon Jones Gail Jones
Marcia and Jim Jones
Shannon Jones
Samantha Kaiser
Candace and Rich Kalasky
Dave Kalina
Amy and John Kampfe
Erin Kanne
Kris Karnes
Lorrie and Gary Katelman
Ann and Marty Kauffman
Dana and Mike Kaufman
Michael Kavan
Dick Kelley
Nicole and Rick Kelley
Laurie and Dan Kemp
Pamela Kenny
Amna Khan
Bertha and Ray Killion
William King
Christian Kingery
Megan Kipling
Kathy and Gerold Klein
Alexis Kline-Stearns
Angela and Dan Knight
Justin Koenig
Sarah and Matt Koenig
Andrew Koepp
Peter Kolar
Sarah Kole
Sarah and Beau Konigsberg
Jennifer and Brandon Koom
Wende and John Kotouc
Gail and Vern Krenzer
Kari and Doug Krenzer
Amy and Chris Kriegler
Janet and Mike Kroeger
Wendi and Scott Kroeger
Bob and Myrna Krohn
Gwen Kubasak
Linda Kucirek
Denise Kueny
Kathleen Kula
Lynn and David Kumm
Pam and Bruce Kutler
Tina and Paul LaFave
Sarah Lake
Patty and C.L. Landen
Carole Langan
Patricia and Robert Lange
Emilie Langenhan
Charles Langhoff
Shawn Lanka
Ann and John LaRandeau
May and Basil LaRoda
Linda and Lance Larson
Janet and Robert Laughlin
Emily and Clark Lauritzen
Carolyn and Larry Law
Daniel Leddy
Kristina Leeper
Lois and Edwin Lefebvre
Lisa and Thomas Leise
Katey and Todd Lenczowski
Colleen Lenners
Audrey Lewis
Carin Lewis
Carol and Roger Lewis
Holly and Tom Lewis
Kathy Lewis
Steve Likes
Yuliana and Benjamin Linares
Melissa and Ryan Lindberg
Ryan Litherland
Joann and Paul Lofties
Shari Logue
Loveland Community Club
Gail Lovercheck
Ellen and Henry Lucas
Gregg Lueder
Carol Lundberg
Judy and Richard Lundquist
Sarah and John Maaske
Heather and Justin Madson
Jane Ellen and John H. Makari
Marilyn and Carl Mammel
Laura and Cory Mann
Michelle Marino
Marilyn Marsh
Christin Marshall
Dede Marshall
Sarah Marshall
Meghan Martin
Michelle Martinson
Nancy and Monty Mathews
Carrie and Ed May
Trish and Royce Maynard
Kent McArdle
Jean and Paul McCarthy
Jo McCartney
Neysa McClellan
Deb and John McCollister
Elizabeth McCulloh
Monique McGee
Jodie and Tim McGill
Alison McGinn
Linda and Daniel McGlynn
Sarah and Chris McGowan
Charlene and Michael McHugh
Monica McKevitt
Maggie and Mike McMeekin
Molly McMeekin
Katie McNamara
Suzanne McNamara
Lisa and Mike Meehan
Heath Mello
Dee Mendez
Abby Meyer
Beth Meyers
Anne Miller
Barbara Miller
Don Miller
Laura and Chad Mitchell
Todd Mitteis
Tammi and Vic Monson
Bobbie and Bruce Moore
Megan Moore
Garet Moravec
Jon Morgan
Brenda Christensen and Michael Morris
Omayma Mroue-Serhan
Chrissta and Sumit Mukherjee
Karen and Paul Mullen
Maggie and Bob Mundy
Robert Mundy
Stacy and Mike Murphy
Rebecca and Tom Murray
Karin and Grant Mussman
Rajavel Natanasigamani
Timothy Neal
Anne and John Nelson
Charlie Neves
Irina and Michael Newcomb
Trisha Newell
Kate and Andy Nicolarsen
Alice and Jerry Norris
Laura and Jose Novoa
Laurie Nye
Dennis O’Neal
Oakdale Elementary
Meghan and Tom Oakes
Anthony Odhiambo
Kathleen and Lee Ogle
Carla and Gary Ohm
Colleen and Ben Olson
Julie Olson
Omaha Area Board of Realtors
Omaha Custom Manufacturing
Tiffany and Jay Opperman
Rita and Vernon Oswald
Owen Industries
Lisa and Matt Owens
Wanda and Rex Owens
Pacific Hills Lutheran Church
Kerri and Justin Palmesano
Lynn Palmesano
Puja Pandit Dhakal
Kristen and Jason Papenfuss
Parker Family Foundation
Katie Parr
Parsen Foundation
Gail Parsonage
Janet and Doug Parsonage
Jennifer Paskach
Mark Passer
Wendy Patry
Genevieve Patterson
Michelle Patterson
Lori Paul
Christy Payne
Lynda Payton
Kara Pedersen
James Peery

Pegler Family Foundation
Kaitlyn Pellegrino
Maggie Peron
Cindy and Fred Perry
Cynthia and Joshua Persky
Sara Petrovich
Crystal Piatt
Rebekah and Michael Pilypaitis
Gerri and Darin Plautz
Pocras Family
Deanna Polk
Mary Jo and Jerry Pont
Sarah Porter
David Potter
Prairie Lane Principal
Deborah and Timothy Preuss
Michael Price
Lynne Prout
Kathy and Jim Quinlan
Kendra and Trent Quinlan
Michele “Mimi” Quinn
Jennifer Racine
Roxy and Scott Radicia
Erin Rainey
Jeannette Randone
Brent Rasmussen
Faith Rasmussen
Christopher Rath
Mark Rathouz
RBC Wealth Management, RBC Foundation
Mary Reece
Kelly Rehan
Ginger and Theodor
Rehmann
Todd Reiser
Sherry and Mark Renner
Lisa and D.J. Rezac
Melodie and David Rice
Tim Rich
Sarah and Blake Richards
Judy and Ray Richelsen
Sarah and Adrian Rider
Louis Riedmann
Zach Ries
Marianne and Fred Rieser
Judy and Thomas Rine
Samantha Robb
Robert & Myrna Krohn Family Foundation
Kyle and Michael Robino
Rockbrook Community Club
Susan Rodda
Anne Rogers
Teresa and David Rogers
Nancy Rohwer
Kelly Rose
Brenda and Rich Rosenblatt
Carol and Lee Rowe
Sabrina Rowland
Elizabeth and Mark Rupp
Kathleen and James Russell
Grace and Jim Sadler
Debra Saetveit
Chong and Stanley Saklar
Jean and Patrick Salerno
Hector Santiago
Helen and Lyle Sapp
Sandi and Adam Sawyer
Mary and Jeffrey Sayre
Michaela Schaben
Jackie and Joe Schaffner
Kim Schenkelberg
Molly and Eric Schlegel
Dana and Andrew Schmillen
Sarah Schmitt
Carissa and Tony Schrager
Libby and Ray Schueneman
Amy and Matt Schuman
Wayne Schwarz
Beau Schwenka
Molly Sciscoe
Molly and Otis Seals
Rich Secor
Kim Secora
Kim Sedivy
Lindsey and Scott Semrad
Angela Sgourakis
Sandra Shanahan
Melissa and Justin Sheets
Susan and Mike Shepard
Jasonea and Jon Shockey
Christopher Shonka
Brooke Shown
Andrea and Michael Siegel
Jerrad Silke
Katie and Jon Sindt
Singer Foundation
Purnima Singh
Adam Skiermont
Doris Sladek
Amy and Scott Sladovnik
Nancy and Joe Sloan
Theresa and Dan Sloboth
Shannon Slobotski
Lisa Smeall
Abigail Smith
Amanda and Derek Smith
Cheryl Smith
Lisa and Mike Smith
Lora Smith
Angela Snarski
Hanna Solberg
Leslie Spethman
Michael Stadie
Dustin Stairs
Rachel and Dave Stearnes
Constance Steeples
Carrol Steiner
Jennifer and Andrew Steingas
Deanna Stevens
Ann and Ken Stinson
Kris and Noel Stoddard
Terry Stork
Gloria Stover
Joel Strecker
Steve Stromp
Linda Stroud
Judith Stucky
Amy Studts
Patty and Fred Suarez
Joy and Matthew Suder
Sunset Hills Community Club
Anne Svehla
Kendra Swanson
Mindee and Eric Swanson
Paul Swanson
Kellie and Jason Tagge
Betty Tangdall
Ed Taylor
Jonell and Richard Tempero
Barb and Don Terry
Neha Thakkar
Janette Thibodeau
Judy and Bob Thomas
Marilyn and Rodney Thompson
John Thomsen
Melissa Tibbits
Tim and Lauren Schrager
Family Foundation
Janie and Thad Tinder
Rachel Tobin
Christine Tomcak
Debra and Phillip Tomek
Marlo and Jason Tomich
Alison and Gregory Topp
Jacque Torson
Maureen and Bob Toy
Michael Tran
Jennifer Tritz
Stanley Truhlsen
Brian Umbarger
Anne and Ron Undajon
Union Pacific Corp.
United Healthcare
Meagan and John Van Gelder
Kimberly and Andrew Vasey
Heidi and Phil Velardi
Pamela Vermillion
Matt Vieceli
Ryan Villwok
John Vise
Kerri Vise
Rao Vootla
Virginia Wageman
Jennifer Waltemath
Sandra and Robert Walz
Jamie and Kevin Ward
Michelle and Scott Warner
Jamie and Patrick Watson
Ron Wax
Ashley and Jonathan Wegner
Kim and Josh Weiss
Anne and Arnie Weitz
Kathryn Weitz
Jean Welch
Marti Welch
Kathleen Wessel
Laurie West
Valerie and Ken West
Westside Athletic Club
Westside Education Association
Heather Wetzel
Mark Wheeler
Shelley Whitcher
Nancy and Warren Whitted
Sheryl and Steve Wiitala
Inessa Wilcox
Kim and Mike Williams
Barb and Todd Wimmer
Sydney Winstrom
Lareeni and Walter Wood
Marilyn and John Woodbury
Ruth Woodland
Lashawnda Woods
Sue and Brea Woodson
Wei Wu
Sarah and Adam Yale
Jianze Yang
Susan and Jim Yelinek
Samantha and Clark Young
Qi Yuan
Christy and Joe Ziskey
Denise Zmolek
Nora and Barry Zoob

WESTSIDE FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CHAIRMAN
Terry Kroeger

VICE CHAIRMAN
D.J. Rezac

TREASURER
Randy Horn

SECRETARY
Nate Dodge

BOARD MEMBERS EMERITUS
Ken Bird Jacquie Estee

PRESIDENT
Laura Iliff

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
Terry Hanna

LEGAL COUNSEL
Michael Coyle

DIRECTORS
Ricky Anderson
Josh Bartee
Ann Christiansen
Mark Frei
Jamie Friedland
Danielle Gordman
Dan Hamann
Chris Hawkins
Kris Karnes
Rick Kelley
John Kotouc
C.L. Landen
Clark Lauritzen
Mike Lucas
Mike Murphy
Sandy Parker
Tony Schrager
Mike Williams

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