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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The president of the United States has pardoned a turkey on Thanksgiving Day since the days of Abraham Lincoln.  In Omaha, Mayor Jean Stothert will pardon a pig on behalf of The Salvation Army‘s BaconFest Omaha.

The pardoning of the appropriately named “Sal” (“Sal“, of course, is short for Salvation) will take place at 2 p.m., on Monday, Aug. 5 at the Omaha/Douglas Civic Center on the Martin Luther King Plaza, 18th & Farnam Streets.  

BaconFest will be held Sunday, Aug. 11 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.. The event is an important fundraiser for the Kroc Center.  Proceeds will provide scholarships for under-served families in Omaha so that they can participate in the program services that enrich their lives at The Salvation Army Joan Kroc Corps Community Center.

BaconFest will be a day of vendor booths, local bands and bacon-inspired cuisine with entertainment and fun family activities.  Highlights include a chef’s competition.  The Farmland Bacon Cook Off begins at 4:00 pm.  Celebrity judges will announce the winners at 5:15 pm. 

Major Todd Thielke, Senior Kroc Center Officer, will introduce Mayor Stothert at the Aug. 5 pardoning. 

Also present will be “Sal’s” owner, 8-year-old Landri Loos, and her mother, Kelli from Kearney, Neb.  Landri is an active 4-H member. 

Tickets are available at all metro HyVee stores, Crave at Midtown Crossing and the Kroc Center at 2825 Y St.  Prices are $25 for adults and $5 for children, ages 5-12.  Children under age 5 admitted free.

Tickets (for general admission and children 5-12 years) include $5 worth of Bacon Bucks to be used to taste and vote for the bacon recipe competition and an all-day pass to the Kroc Center.