There is only one thing that Lisa loves more than her family…jazz music! Growing up in Chicago with 15 brothers and sisters, there was always a jazz concert to attend and someone to go with.

Being the second oldest in her family, Lisa knew she wanted a big family of her own. She raised 6 children, 4 boys and 2 girls and her legacy lives on with 17 almost 18 grandchildren! Lisa dedicated her life to giving to others. She was a chef at a homeless shelter most of her life.

In 2012 while living in Chicago, Lisa suffered a brain aneurysm and stroke. Soon after, she moved to Omaha to be closer to her children.

Colleen, Hillcrest Hospice Chaplin, was chatting with Lisa when she learned about Lisa’s love for food and music that remind her of Chicago. Colleen nominated Lisa in hopes Dreamweaver Foundation could help fulfill her dream.

It wasn’t long before Lisa was dressed for a night on the town! Looking stunning in a beautiful black dress with a pink jacket that complimented her eyes and new hairdo, she was ready for a fun night with her children and grandchildren. First stop was dinner at her favorite restaurant, Olive Garden. She enjoyed pasta, a cocktail and of course a chocolate dessert. After dinner, she headed to Turner Park for Omaha Performing Arts’ Jazz on the Green. OPA reserved the perfect viewing spot for Lisa and her family. Lisa was dancing and singing to Gooch and His Las Vegas Big Band for hours. It was as if she was transported back to her early 20s, hanging out with her siblings at an outdoor jazz concert in Chicago. Lisa said, “I feel like Cinderella!”

Thank you Hillcrest Caring Companions, Von Maur, Midwest Medical, Olive Garden, Bravadas and Omaha Performing Arts.

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