Unique Ways to Support Saving Grace 
There is still time to participate in Dining for Good, Saving Grace's signature fundraiser on Monday, August 15. 

A limited number of tickets are available for dinner at Dante, 16901 Wright Plaza, featuring a gourmet meal prepared by Chef Nick Strawhecker that incorporates rescued food in some of the menu items. Make your reservation now, as a limited number of tickets remain. Tickets are $100 per person and include a two-course meal with a glass of wine, special take-home dessert and gratuity. Select your reservation time at checkout, based on availability.
You don't have to attend the event for a chance to win fabulous raffle packages. Raffle tickets are $25 each or five for $100. Packages include Omaha Dining Experience, Dante Catering Package, Omaha Sports Package and Go Big Red Sports Package. For more details visit our event site 

You can donate to our event in support of Saving Grace's work to Nourish People and Nurture the Planet by connecting surplus food that would otherwise go to waste with people facing food insecurity. Donations can be made online or mailed to Saving Grace Perishable Food Rescue, 4611 South 96 Street, Suite 154, Omaha, NE 68127. 

Dining for Good is presented by Gold Plate Sponsor CHI Health. Thanks also to Silver Plate Sponsor Pinnacle Bank and our Bronze Plate Sponsors listed on our event webpage.
Abraham Catering Provides Financial and Food Donations
Abraham Catering began partnering with Saving Grace as a financial donor and a food donor early this year. Saving Grace is this year’s charity of choice for A Casserole to Go, which provides pre-ordered homemade meals for pickup or delivery. Ten percent of gross sales from A Casserole to Go are being donated to Saving Grace each month throughout 2022. Additionally, Abraham Catering donates excess perishable food from events to Saving Grace.

“We wanted to have the food component, and Saving Grace seemed like a natural fit,” said Ann Pitschka, vice president, about selection of Saving Grace as this year’s charity.

Brian Kobs, president/COO, appreciates that Saving Grace’s drivers pick up the donated food from the business. “It makes it a lot better for us and a lot more efficient,” he says. Prior to partnering with Saving Grace, Abraham Catering’s employees delivered leftover food to nonprofit locations. Now, employees prepare the excess food for pickup. “They love it. It makes everyone feel good.”

Ensuring leftover food is not thrown out is important for the company and for its clients. “We don’t want anything to go to waste, if at all possible,” Kobs said.

“With the price of food and with food insecurity, it just seems nuts to waste food,” Pitschka said.

Shown in photo: Beth Ostdiek Smith, Brian Kobs and Ann Pitschka.
Saving Grace Founder Receives Tribute to Women Honor
Saving Grace Founder, CEO and President Beth Ostdiek Smith was recognized as a Women’s Center for Advancement (WCA) Tribute to Women honoree during a luncheon celebration on June 22.

Beth, who founded Saving Grace in 2013, is an accomplished professional with more than 30 years in leadership roles with nonprofit and for-profit businesses. Her experience includes managing operations for four travel offices to building two grassroots nonprofit organizations.

Tribute to Women, which celebrated its 35th year in 2022, recognizes women whose work, dedication and commitment have grown and shaped women and girls in Omaha.

“Beth strives to inspire those she meets to use their unique gifts and to acknowledge that we all have a purpose to honor and live,” the Tribute to Women program noted.

Shown in photo: Susan Lebens, honorary chair; Beth Ostdiek Smith, Saving Grace founder, CEO and president; Jannette Taylor, WCA president and CEO; and Denise Powell, WCA board chair.
Rita Heaston-Clark Joins Saving Grace Staff
Rita Heaston-Clark has joined the Saving Grace staff as development manager. In this full-time position, Rita will play an essential role in our marketing and fundraising strategies. She will handle day-to-day tasks related to events, fundraising campaigns, individual and corporate fundraising, as well as donor and volunteer engagement.

Rita comes to Saving Grace with more than 10 years of nonprofit experience working for organizations such as Catholic Charities, Aksarben Foundation and, most recently, Siena Francis House. Rita is a graduate of Marian High School and Bellevue University. She is an active volunteer in her neighborhood, church and other organizations since moving back to Omaha from Denver in 2000. She and her husband, Mick, have four grown children, one grandson, Milo, and two Zoom-crashing fur-babies, Gizmo and Tiny.
"I have seen the work Saving Grace has been doing in the community from the nonprofit partner agency perspective. Now, I am excited to have the opportunity to work with all the nonprofit partners and make the lives of those experiencing food insecurity better, while doing my part to ensure Omaha is a leader in protecting the land we live on and ensuring an equitable distribution of food to all."

-         Rita Heaston-Clark, development manager