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VNA’s 23nd Annual Art & Soup Fundraiser Benefiting Shelter Nursing Happening Feb. 23

January 8, 2020 | VNA Staff | Press Releases, Shelter Nursing

OMAHA, Neb., Jan. 8, 2020 – Visiting Nurse Association will celebrate the 23rd anniversary of its popular Art & Soup fundraiser on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020 at the Embassy Suites – La Vista Hotel and Conference Center. This annual event features some of the most delicious soups, breads and desserts served by the area’s best chefs and restaurants. Attendees will also have an opportunity to view and purchase works of art from local artists, who donate at least 50 percent of their sales to VNA.

This signature event enables VNA to put a nurse in every local homeless shelter. VNA’s Shelter Nursing Program provides nursing services in all homeless and domestic violence shelters in Omaha and Council Bluffs, as well as to youth living on the streets. These nurses are the first, and sometimes only, healthcare contact in the shelters for at-risk individuals and families. They provide physical and mental health assistance, refer homeless patients to community partner services, and help them understand how to navigate the healthcare system.

In just one year, because of the generosity of the community, VNA’s shelter nursing program:

  • Cared for 2,146 men, women and children, 46 percent of whom were children, women or youth living on the street
  • Provided 7,965 public health nursing visits
  • Made 2,576 referrals to community supportive services

This need is predicted to grow in 2020 and beyond. Art & Soup allows VNA to continue this life-saving work.

This year’s honorary chairs are VNA supporters John and Wende Kotouc, executive co-chairs of American National Bank. Advance Art & Soup tickets are now available for $50 online at or by calling 402-930-4170. Tickets will be $55 at the door when the event opens at 2 p.m. Those attending the Patron Party will have first access to the Art & Soup event, and be first to taste the delicious soups and specialty treats while previewing the silent auction, as well as receive first access to original artwork on sale. Patron Party exclusive access is from 1 to 2 p.m. for $100, which includes entry to Art & Soup through 5 p.m.


About Visiting Nurse Association

After more than a century, Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) continues to provide valued expertise, comforting perspective, innovative leadership and industry-leading solutions around the health issues of the day in the communities we serve. Our team of more than 400 compassionate healthcare professionals is dedicated to shaping tomorrow’s care, today, by providing the highest quality care to individuals at home and across the community – no matter their age, station in life or available resources. To learn more about VNA’s unique commitment to fostering a healthy, thriving community, and the services available to meet each client’s ever-changing needs, visit or call 402-342-5566.

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