D.J.'s Hero Awards Luncheon: Featuring Keynote Speaker Dr. Ben Carson


Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D.,
had a childhood dream of becoming a physician. Growing up in a single parent home, it was his mother who challenged her son to strive for excellence.  Young Ben persevered, and today is a full professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. 

Carson received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008. Among his career highlights include the first and only successful separation of craniopagus (Siamese) twins joined at the back of the head in 1987.
 

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ACTOR D. KEVIN WILLIAMS TO HOLD ACTING WORKSHOP FOR YOUTH


The Salvation Army
announced that it has been awarded a grant by the Nebraska Arts Council. The grant will support a youth acting program presented by Nebraska professional actor D. Kevin Williams. Beginning January 7, young people will have the opportunity to take eight weeks of after-school acting classes with Williams at The Salvation Army North Corps. The program is free and open to students ages 8-17.

Nebraska Arts Council’s Executive Director Suzanne Wise commended The Salvation Army for its programs, noting that “The Salvation Army does an outstanding job of providing arts activities in the Omaha community. It is through fine organizations like this that Nebraska’s children receive a better education in the arts, and the quality of life is improved for all Nebraskans.”

D. Kevin Williams has been conducting acting workshops for over 15 years, teaching students all aspects of theatre performance and allowing them to grow in their creativity and confidence. His performance credits include local and regional commercials, radio and television voiceovers, and a wide range of theatre performances, including the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival and the National Broadway Company tour of “The Color Purple.”     

For more information about the acting workshop, please contact Lisa Sagherian at The Salvation Army North Corps at 402-451-4048.

The Nebraska Arts Council grants monetary resources to Nebraska’s nonprofit organizations for arts projects and programs in communities throughout the state. This financial support is made possible by funds appropriated by the Nebraska Legislature, through competitive grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), a federal agency, and funds from the Nebraska Cultural Endowment (NCE). Nebraskans wishing to learn more about NEA grants or the NCE should visit the NAC website at www.nebraskaartscouncil.org.