Due to the growing concerns around COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Bourbon and Bluegrass Gala. We are extremely saddened that we will not be able to pay tribute to our incredible honoree, Elaine Jabenis, or celebrate the Bright Star production with you. But we do believe this is the best decision for everyone involved.

While we intend to find a way to honor Elaine in the future, we do not currently have plans to reschedule the gala as a whole. However, this event cancellation creates new challenges for our organization as we rely on the funds raised at our annual gala to support our work. We ask you to consider making a 100% tax-deductible donation - which can even be made in honor of Elaine. Your support makes an important impact, especially now.

Please contact Emily Andres, Development Director, at if you have any questions.

Join us as we celebrate OCP's upcoming production of Bright Star with bluegrass music, bourbon drinks and good old-fashioned southern hospitality! We will also honor long-time OCP volunteer, supporter and advocate Elaine Jabenis with the OCP Legacy Award.

Friday, March 27, 2020
Omaha Community Playhouse | 6915 Cass Street

6:30 p.m.
Patron Ticket: Cocktails and Appetizers in the Owen and Scott Lobbies
VIP Ticket: Cocktails on the Hawks Mainstage and Seated dinner in the Howard Drew Theatre

8:00 p.m.
All Attendees: Remarks, Tribute to Elaine Jabenis and Sneak peek performance of songs from OCP's upcoming production of Bright Star

8:30 p.m.
All Attendees: Coffee and Dessert in the Owen Lobby

For information on Sponsorships click here

Honorary Chairs:                 
Bruce & Pam Friedlander
Anthony & Andee Scioli
Jim & Sophie Friedlander

Legacy Award Honoree:
Elaine Jabenis

Southpaw Bluegrass Band in the Owen Lobby
Cast members from OCP's upcoming production of Bright Star

Proceeds from this event will support the productions, education programs, and outreach efforts of the Omaha Community Playhouse.

Contact the OCP Development Department or call 402-661-8532

THANK YOU to our generous sponsors!


Bruce and Pam Friedlander

Lynne Boyer and Ann Pape



Del and Phyllis Toebben



Pinnacle Bank

Fran and Rich Juro

Dusty and Marlina Davidson