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Dr. Nancy Biggs, Linda Johnson-Flowerday

Dr. Nancy Biggs (foreground, left), chair of Women United and founder of the Helping Hands Auction, visits with guest Linda Johnson-Flowerday at the 2018 Helping Hands event. See details about this year’s Jan. 31, 2019 event below.

Dec. 22 – Keelan Family & Friends Christmas Concert

The 30th anniversary of the Keelan Christmas Concert will be marked Saturday, Dec. 22, with a 7:15 p.m. show at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 40th and C streets. Malley Keelan, founder of the series, said the concert features volunteer performers and will donate all proceeds this year to Freed for Life, an outreach to help ex-prisoners and a current prison ministry. The show will be dedicated to the late Gil Savery, whose daughter, Pam, will read one of her father's essays about Christmas. Tickets available at the door, which opens at 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 31 – Helping Hands Auction

United Way Women in Philanthropy will present the 12th annual Helping Hands Auction, 6 p.m., at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel, 333 S. 13th St. A new twist to this year’s event: 1920s attire is encouraged, but not required! Auction items include Carrie Underwood concert tickets, a backyard barbecue and a Dismal River golf package. Proceeds provide diapers and winter clothing to Lincoln families in need, and benefit pediatric brain tumor research through the Team Jack Foundation. For details on tickets and sponsorships, contact Amy Jurgens at 402-441-7213 or

Feb. 1 – Chocolate Lover’s Fantasy

Get your chocolate fix with delectable delights from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. at Embassy Suites on Friday, Feb. 1. The 33rd annual Chocolate Lover’s Fantasy fundraising event brings professional and local chefs together with chocolate connoisseurs to raise money for Historic Haymarket District community events like the Farmers’ Market and Haymarket walking tours. Includes live entertainment and a silent auction. The Lincoln Haymarket Development Corporation, a nonprofit board, is committed to continuing the economic development, revitalization, preservation and growth of the Haymarket District. Tickets:, at the door or at Burlington Antiques, From Nebraska Gift Shop, Ten Thousand Villages, KD Designs and The Mill in the Haymarket.

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