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2008.04.24 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@mail.unomaha.edu

PWSA to Host Women of Wisdom Luncheon on May 1

Omaha - The Program for Women and Successful Aging (PWSA) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is hosting the fourth annual "Celebrate: Women of Wisdom. Because Aging is a Lifetime Event" on Thursday, May 1. The event will be held at the Holiday Inn Central, 3321 S. 72nd St., from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bestselling author of Julie and Romeo and Eat Cake Jeanne Ray will be the keynote speaker.

The luncheon will honor Karen Rossi and Patricia Swift of Omaha and Lela Knox Shanks of Lincoln, for their extraordinary contributions to the community and to provide awareness about the quality of life issues surrounding successful aging. Katherine Tukey will be presented with the 2008 Shirley Waskel Award for the Advancement of Women.

“We are very pleased to be able to honor women in the Omaha community who exemplify successful aging,” says Patricia Adams, executive director of PWSA. “PWSA is looking forward to our fourth annual WOW luncheon after the wonderful response we had last year and are lucky to have Jeanne Ray, an inspiring woman and author join us this year.”

Individual luncheon tickets are $40 for the general public and $35 for those ages 62 years and above. Corporate tables are also available and begin at $500.

PWSA is a membership-based, nonprofit organization housed in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service at UNO that serves nearly 200 active members and reaches out to hundreds of other elderly people in the community. Its mission is to create a climate that encourages an appreciation of the elderly, their wisdom, their cultural diversity, and the multiple aspects of their aging process.

For more information, contact Adams at (402) 554-2292 or padams@mail.unomaha.edu, or visit http://www.unomaha.edu/pwsa/

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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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