Sisters raise a record $140,000, benefitting people across the Omaha Metro and beyond
April 6, 2021 — $140,000 was raised at our Celebration of Spirit event March 31. Although held virtually, The Most Reverend Archbishop George Lucas of the Omaha, Nebraska Archdiocese welcomed guests. Dick and Julie Bea Pierson were honored with the Mother Qualberta Service Award. The silent auction, with mostly hand-made gifts raised $19,000.
“We are incredibly humbled by the outpouring of support during such a strenuous year from individuals and sponsors,” said Sr. Margaret Hickey, Provincial President of the Notre Dame Sisters. “No one knows the future, but 2020 and 2021 have been nearly impossible years to plan. We just didn’t know if and how much financial support we could count on from people and businesses during the pandemic. We were surprised and honored that people saw the need for our ministries and decided to continue to fund our work.”
The Notre Dame Sisters work mainly in the Omaha Metro area (where they settled in 1917) where they established nonprofits and programs like Notre Dame Housing for low-income seniors in the area, Safe Homes for women leaving local domestic violence shelters, and the Coalition on Human Trafficking, educating local industries to see the signs of local human trafficking and report it. Additionally, Sisters take on individual ministries as educators, caretakers, advocates, and prayer makers.
In honor of their American Foundress, the Notre Dame Sisters established an award in her name. Each year the Sisters nominate a person or group who possesses the following qualities: witness to faith in God and love for people, service to others, a pioneering spirit, partnership with the Notre Dame Sisters and excellence in teaching others. Dick and Julie Bea Pierson received this award for their 50+ years of actively supporting their community together. From their active role in St. John’s parish in Valley, to sponsoring students on the Winnebego Reservation, or Micah House in Dick’s hometown of Council Bluffs, to the Omaha Community Foundation, and so much more, the Piersons have touched so many parts of the Omaha Metro.
“Both Dick and Julie Bea Pierson are an incredible example of citizens, parishoners, parents, you name it,” said Sr. Margaret Hickey, Provincial President for the Notre Dame Sisters.
The Sisters thank all those who donated to the auction, purchased meals or raffle tickets, and especially sponsored the event, especially Home Instead Inc., Colonel and Mrs. Timon Oujiri, and the Byron and Linda Stigge Foundation.