2009.03.12 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
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College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media Hosts Transplant Benefit for Alumna
Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media will host a benefit performance, art exhibit and silent auction to raise money for a UNO theatre alumna’s transplant-related expenses.
The benefit, “A Breath of Fresh Art,” is scheduled for Sunday, April 19, at 2 p.m. at UNO's Thompson Alumni Center, 6705 Dodge St. The goal of the event is to raise $10,000 toward Lara Marsh’s recommended double-lung transplant surgery.
Marsh is in need of a life-saving double-lung transplant due to Cystic Fibrosis, which she has lived with since childhood. Volunteers are helping to raise the $100,000 needed for transplant-related expenses not covered by insurance. Double-lung transplant costs often exceed $500,000.
Through her active commitment to the arts in Omaha, Marsh has worked with and volunteered at Snap! Productions, the Bellevue Little Theatre, the Blue Barn Theatre, the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, the Aksarben Ball, the Great Plains Theatre Conference and many other arts organizations. She is currently employed by the Nebraska Theater Caravan and the Omaha Community Playhouse, and is the coordinator of the Theater Technology Apprenticeship Program, where she assists in the career training of high school and college students.
The benefit event will begin at 2 p.m. with the art exhibit and silent auction, which are free and open to the public. Tickets for the 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. performances are $20 and can be purchased online at www.ABreathofFreshArt.com or by calling (402) 554-2238.
Scheduled performers at the event include: The Moving Company, UNO’s modern dance performing group; Voci per Voi professional choral group; Omaha Pipes and Drums; the UNO Forensics Team; Tomm Roland, Department of Music associate professor and percussionist; Paul Coate, theatre alumnus and former KVNO operations manager; D. Scott Glasser, chair of the Department of Theatre; and several other performances by UNO faculty, students and alumni.
The Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA) is also assisting Marsh. To learn more about Marsh or to make a donation through COTA, go to www.cotaforlaram.com.
UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes 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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