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Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals

Miracle Night for Madonna: Generosity in Action

January 22, 2019

Wilderness Ridge in Lincoln was ablaze in silver and gold as guests gathered for the inaugural Miracle Night for Madonna on Nov. 30, 2018.

Highlighting the beautiful evening was the presentation of the Crystal Angel Award to loyal Madonna friends Tom and Lisa Smith. Powerful patient stories and generous community support made for a magical evening.

Special gratitude goes to our valued sponsors: Sampson Construction, Landscapes Unlimited, Ameritas Life Insurance Corp., Hafner Vineyards,, V2 Content - Brandon and Tiffany Verzal and Wilderness Ridge.

Thanks to generous donations from businesses and friends, guests chose from a wide array of live and silent auction items, including a California wine country trip, a foursome golf weekend at Victoria National Golf Club in Indiana, Disneyland passes, unique artwork, a “glamping” trip and much more.

Congratulations to our dedicated event committee, chaired by Lauren and John Pugliese, including Kaylen Akert, Marilyn Dongilli, Paige Flynn, Julia Gale, Adam Hayes, Lisa Kiechel, Liz Koop, Kris Love, Britta Muhleisen, Melissa Murante, Kim Shirk, Tawnya Starr, Audrey Svane, Dan Vokoun, Brittany Wesch and Susan White.



Tom and Lisa Smith received the prestigious Crystal Angel Award at Miracle Night for Madonna in honor of their years of dedication to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals. Tom Smith served on the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital Board for nine years beginning in 1995 and rejoined the board in 2007, serving through 2013. He was board chair in 2000 and 2001.

Lisa served the Madonna Foundation Board from 2007 to 2016 and as board chair from 2012 to 2014. The Smiths' sense of mission extends to a patient perspective as well. Members of both Tom’s and Lisa’s families have experienced first-hand the world-class rehabilitation offered at Madonna.

“We are most grateful to Tom and Lisa for their steadfast advocacy for Madonna,” Paul Dongilli Jr., Ph.D., Madonna president and CEO, said. “They helped guide us through multiple capital campaigns and their leadership helped ensure our success as we expanded into Omaha.”

The Smiths also have been involved with a wide variety of nonprofit organizations. Lisa is vice chair of the Tabitha Board of Directors and Tom currently serves as board president of the South of Downtown Community Development Organization and chair of the Lincoln Community Foundation Board.