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Our cover features (from left) Dan Vokoun, Madonna Foundation board chair; Suzanne Sughroue, Madonna Foundation director of development; Lauren Pugliese, Madonna Foundation board treasurer; and Paul Dongilli, president and CEO, Madonna Foundation and Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals.

In recent years, all of them have helped the Madonna Foundation, which was established in 1972 as a nonprofit organization to accept donations and gifts, enhance the rehab hospital’s patient care and services.

Since 2000, the foundation has raised more than $25 million to support the work of Madonna, which has campuses in Lincoln and Omaha and employs over 2,000 people.

The foundation helps the hospital bridge the gap between insurance reimbursements and what it really costs to provide world-class rehabilitation that makes a huge difference in patients’ lives, says Sughroue.

Some may be surprised to learn that Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals provided specialized care to patients from 45 states during the last five years. They treated 2,295 adults and children during the past year alone.

See Kim Quade’s cover story ("Madonna Foundation: Funding innovative programs to help patients heal"), due to be posted Jan. 21 on this website, to learn how specialized equipment purchased by the Madonna Foundation has helped Alex McKiernan, who was injured in a traumatic motor vehicle collision five years ago. The foundation has helped thousands of other patients regain their independence by raising funds to help build facilities, enhance services and purchase innovative technology.

We thank John F. Keller for contributing this month’s cover photo and a photo that accompanies the story.

One of the Madonna Foundation’s fundraising events, the inaugural Miracle Night, recently raised over $150,000 for Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals. As part of the evening activities, Dongilli presented the Crystal Angel Award to longtime Madonna supporters Tom and Lisa Smith. See more event details and photos on this website in the article titled "Miracle Night event raises $150,000 for Madonna Rehab."

Dining out

Are you looking for an interesting place to dine out? Larry L. Kubert’s story tells how Tandoor Indian Cuisine owner/chef Rinzin Wangchuk has developed his cooking skills over the last 40 years. Having arrived in New York City from Bhutan in 1979, Wangchuk cooked Indian cuisine at New York City’s Indian Oven restaurant, Omaha’s Indian Oven, and later Taj Mahal (now closed) and The Oven, both in Lincoln. He opened Tandoor in August 1999. Watch for more details and photos in "Dining out at the Tandoor Indian Cuisine," to be posted Jan. 20 on this website.

John Mabry writes about The Mill and its four locations – all of which work hard to make sure customers feel at home and want to stay a while. See his article titled "It's not enough to just produce good coffee" on this website for details and photos.

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Mark Schwaninger is L magazine and Neighborhood Extra editor.

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