Visiting Nurse Association announces 25th anniversary Art & Soup event
Visiting Nurse Association (VNA), is excited to host its 25th Annual Art & Soup fundraiser on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Omaha Design Center from 2-5 p.m. Attendees can purchase a variety of art pieces from local artists while sampling soup from restaurants, including Avoli Osteria, Big Mama’s Kitchen & Catering, Jams American Grill and Metropolitan Community College’s Sage Bistro. All proceeds ensure that VNA nurses continue to provide public health nursing services to children, youth and adults in every local homeless and domestic violence shelter in the Omaha and Council Bluffs area.
New this year, VNA is also partnering with the three largest shelters in Omaha to provide soup from their shelter kitchen chefs. Chefs from Stephen Center, Siena Francis House and Open Door Mission will be creating signature soups for the event while raising awareness for our local shelters. VNA’s Shelter Nursing program is completely funded by community philanthropic funds and federal ARPA funds. These services are made possible by strong collaboration with the shelters and other community partnerships.
“For 35 years, VNA has been the primary provider of public health nursing services in the Omaha metro area homeless shelters, delivering needed support for more than a third of the community’s homeless population,” said Carole Patrick, VNA’s vice president of development and communications. “Those who are experiencing homelessness have unique health challenges, which makes it all the more important that they are seen by a healthcare professional. Their physical and mental health are crucial to their future self-sufficiency, and VNA is proud to play a role in that care.”
Chairing the 25th anniversary event are Hal and Mary Daub, longtime friends of VNA, and Therman Statom, acclaimed artist and supporter of VNA and Easterseals Nebraska. Statom has created commemorative 25th anniversary soup bowls and tureens that attendees can purchase the day of the event.
In light of the continuing pandemic, COVID-19 precautions and protocols will be in place for the event. VNA will continually monitor and adjust protocols to keep attendees safe.
- Masks are encouraged, and VNA will provide masks for those who don’t have one.
- Vaccinations are encouraged.
- Contactless payment.
- VNA and Omaha Design Center will designate separate eating and art viewing areas, staying mindful of social distancing.
- Tickets for Art & Soup are on sale
- Patron ticket holders receive early access starting at 1 p.m.
A list of participating artists and restaurants is available on VNAtoday.org/artandsoup.
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