Our Annual Scholarship Luncheon is the largest fundraiser for Phoenix Academy, with all funds directed towards scholarships for struggling students. Scholarship Luncheons feature exciting speakers and award ceremonies honoring literacy champions of our community.

February 25, 2025

Announcing our 2025 Luncheon Speaker, Henry Winkler

Henry Winkler will celebrate 50 years of success in Hollywood this year and continues to be in demand not only as an actor, producer, and director, but also as a best-selling author. His autobiography, BEING HENRY…The Fonz and Beyond, was published last October. It was on the New York Times best-seller list for 11 weeks and was a Good Reads Award winner for Best Humor book.

Henry co-starred as acting teacher Gene Cousineau on the hit HBO comedy, Barry. In 2018, he won his first Primetime Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy for his role on the series. He is also well-known for playing the iconic role of Arthur Fonzarelli, aka “The Fonz,” in the TV series Happy Days.

Through humorous anecdotes and inspirational life lessons about overcoming adversity to his storied career in television and entertainment, groups of all ages can learn from Henry’s speeches. His passion for supporting others is the result of a lifetime struggle with undiagnosed dyslexia.

Your Luncheon Support Changes Lives

For Brigg, every school day was a struggle. He was exhausted, had poor self-esteem and struggled with school anxiety. That is, until he started attending the Phoenix Academy. At the Phoenix Academy, things were different. His teachers took a personalized approach to his needs, and his confidence started to grow exponentially. Now, he often tells his mom that he loves Phoenix Academy because his teachers understand him and don’t judge him, and he no longer worries about being “different” because his peers are just like him! That wouldn’t have been possible without the help of donors and supporters like YOU!

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A Huge Thank You for Your Support at our 2024 Luncheon

Our work at the Phoenix Academy wouldn’t be possible without YOUR unfailing support. Thank you so much for everything you do to help children in our community succeed academically and personally!

Presenting Sponsors

Lozier Foundation • Ponca Hills Farm, LLC

Diamond Donors

American National Bank • Methodist Hospital • Methodist Hospital Foundation • George & Sandy Lozier • Diane Seeman Lozier

Platinum Donors

Jack & Stephanie Koraleski • Nancy & Bill Liebermann • Marietta Luellen • Joan Mactier • Mike & Nancy McCarthy • Promedcare Inc. • Bob & Polina Schlott

Gold Donors

Steve & Sharyl Baca • Vontarrius Cloy • John & Linda Downey • Emily & Tom Lischer • Linda & Gary Rohwer • Fraser Stryker, P.C., LLC • Union Pacific Railroad

Silver Donors

Dick & Pam Berry • Fraser Stryker , P.C., LLC • Daniel J. Guinan • John & Wende Kotouc McGill, Gotsdiner, Workman & Lepp • NewStreet Properties • Dick & Pam Berry Linda Burt Rebrovic • Constance Ryan & Streck • Seline Family Foundation • Union Bank & Trust • Union Pacific Railroad

Bronze Donors

Clark Creative • Jen & Luigi DiRuocco • Jessie Forrest • Lisa & Gary Gotsdiner Nancy Lischer • Omaha Pediatric Therapy • Nelson Mandela Elementary • Donna Rook Seline Family Foundation • Janis Silverberg • Union Bank & Trust