Monday, March 2, 2015

Marchi Gras 7 to Benefit Sunshine Kids March 13 & 14

Who is behind that mask? It could be you jamming to the music at the Marchi Gras 7 on March 13th and 14th at Bushwackers Saloon in Ralston, NE. This year’s theme is (you guessed it) a masquerade party. Come on Friday for Rock N’ Roll or Saturday for Country Night or double your fun and come both nights. It is only $15 per person per night or both nights for $30 per person. Cory Fuller, a Real Estate professional with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate in Omaha, NE., founded and hosts Marchi Gras as a fundraiser for the Sunshine Kids. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is one of the largest backers nationally of the Sunshine Kids, an organization dedicated to providing recreational outings for children with cancer and their families.

I interviewed Brandon Deyo, PR and Media Relations for Marchi Gras 7, about the upcoming fundraiser. He starts brainstorming for the event in advance and keeps a keen focus on this year’s event while already looking ahead to the next one. He really believes that people come together when tragedy strikes.

There is a deep line up of talented artists and bands for the event including Jeremy McComb, The John Doe Band, Recaptured (A Tribute to Journey), and the Jason Earl Band. McKenzie Steiner will also be performing. He is thrilled that this 13 year-old-talent, who handpicked her own band, Mckenzie JaLynn & The Renegades will perform because she wants to help children with cancer.

Sunshine Kids is a national organization. Youth are chosen to participate in national events. The fundraiser will also support local activities for children and their families in the greater Omaha Metro area. Deyo said that a child with cancer impacts the whole family. The activities are geared to the whole family too so that the family can forget about the cancer while they participate in the sponsored activities. He is also aware that even with the best insurance policies that there is a heavy financial burden on the families. For children with chronic or even acute illnesses, community support for the families is so vital.

Vince Leisey allows the families and close friends of children with cancer to use his suites to attend events at such places as Creighton Basketball and Cox Classic; both in the surrounding Omaha areas. Leisey is a Real Estate professional with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in Omaha, NE.

Deyo has done individual activities with a Sunshine Kid and her family including attending the Omaha Lancer’s Hockey where the child had access to the locker room and received an autographed T-shirt.

Deyo also aka Brother B has a big heart. He pours his whole heart and soul into Marchi Gras. Pictures of Sunshine Kids that are forever in his heart are saved on his phone--so he sees them when he checks his messages. They remind him to do everything that he needs to do that day. I know Deyo’s grandparents, who were my childhood neighbors would be so pleased that he is doing such important work. Read more about living next door to Brandon's grandma, Goldie.

There will be a silent auction. Donations will be accepted for the auction until a week prior to the event to give them time to prepare the items for auction.

You may purchase tickets in advance at the following businesses around the Omaha and Ralston area: Bushwackers, Fuseweekly.com, VooDoo Taco and Bershire Hathaway HomeServices! Tickets will also be available for purchase on the night of the event at Bushwackers.

Some of the population-we LLC staff plan to attend Marchi Gras this year. They are looking forward to an evening of fun for a good cause. Deyo said it will be “an outright good time!”

-population-we™ blog post by Barb Bohan
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Monday, February 23, 2015

pop-we Dinner Club Reviews Jim and Jennie’s Greek Village

Opa! population-we™ (pop-we) foodie Randy decided we would have Greek this month at Jim and Jennie’s Greek Village located at 3026 N 90th Street in Omaha, NE. Established in 1985, Jim and Jennie’s has been serving up authentic Grecian food in this strip mall. In 2013, Jim and Jennie's was even named one of Best of Omaha by Omaha Magazine.

Jim and Jennie's Chicken Gyro.
When you walk through the doors you are standing in the dining area where you are greeted by one of the waitresses to seat you. Jim and Jennie’s is made up of two small dining areas: the first, when you immediately walk in; and the other, takes you past the kitchen immediately to the left until you arrive in the other small dining area. The restaurant's right wall is filled with mirrors and along the half wall, that separates the two dining areas, are Grecian statues as well as other artifacts. No matter if you're dining in for lunch or dinner, you will always spot Jim and Jennie working at the restaurant too.

Tonight I decided on trying the Lamb Kabob. The lamb was tender and cooked with a little pink in the center, which is perfect for me. The meal is served with rice, Greek potatoes, dinner roll and your choice of soup or salad. The rice cooked to perfection, but had little taste. As for the Greek potatoes, they were delicious, as they were cooked with a little olive oil and herbs. I loved the salad with the Greek olive, feta cheese and homemade dressing. The dinner roll; however, I never saw. Randy ordered the calamari for an appetizer, which is served with pita bread and a garlic lemon butter dipping sauce. Jim and Jennie's calamari is always well-seasoned and cooked to perfection with light breading. In my opinion, this calamari is one of the best in Omaha!

After compiling the surveys from the other foodies the pop-we Dinner Club gives Jim and Jennie’s Greek Village a 3.34 star average on a scale of 1-5.

Atmosphere/Decor – 3.20

Cleanliness – 3.40

Wait Staff – 3.20

Menu – 3.20

Food Presentation – 3.20

Food Portions – 3.7

Food Taste – 3.40

Cost (was the cost worth meal?) – 3.40

Noise Level – 3.30

Overall Experience – 3.40

For more information regarding directions, menu items, visit Jim and Jennie's website.

Fellow population-we™ readers, if you've been to Jim and Jennie’s leave us a comment and tell us what you thought?

Want to do this yourself? To review how to start your own dinner club, visit our January post about doing just that. Remember it is a template; tweak it to fit you and your friends' tastes. pop-we Dinner Club: good food…good friends…good times.

-population-we™ blog post by Brian Brown
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