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Giving Spirit

20 years of celebrating the spirit of Omaha

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Hoig said, “The vision has always been about passing on that inspiration to make a difference, whether you look at something and say, ‘I want to be a part of that,’ or, ‘That looks like fun,’ or reading stories about people who are doing inspirational things.

“I look at the magazine as having this ripple effect. I want people to have an emotional experience reading it and when they’re done to kind of sit back and self-reflect. It’s really about who’s getting involved, how people are getting involved and how you can get involved.”
Hal and Mary Daub agree. The couple consider Metro a lifeline for staying tuned in to the community’s pulse.

“My wife and I like the current events nature of it,” said Hal. “It keeps us up to speed on what’s going on. It gives us a great deal of pride every time we finish reading it about how much is going on in our community that we want to be sure to catch up to.

It [has always portrayed] Omaha in such a positive way… the volunteers, the organizations. We love the volunteerism of this town [and the way this magazine has captured] all that.”

As Wright sees it, Metro reflects Omaha’s famous generosity, something everyone at ALH emphatically affirm. “People in Omaha care so greatly. I feel philanthropy makes this city, makes this state function. Business and philanthropy are intertwined, and Metro has been able to mirror that. Andy’s motivation is sincere. She wants not only to do good but she sees the importance of [promoting and celebrating the work and focus of] these agencies.”

Wright said the way the philanthropic community responded to Metro’s setback was an expression of how much it would be missed if gone. “I think the fire shook us that this precious jewel could have been lost, but Andy wasn’t going to let that happen. People recognized how she’s extended herself to so many and how she’s filled a huge gap for us and how we are so incredibly fortunate to have this vehicle.”

Community volunteer Cheryl Wild said Metro’s coverage of fundraisers, particularly small grassroots ones, draws crucial interest and support: “I attribute so much of my success with events to Andy’s great coverage.”

Methodist Hospital Foundation president and CEO Cynthia Peacock said Metro “is a champion of collaborative community betterment. They are to be applauded for their continued commitment.”




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