Comedy & Cuisine 2018

Comedy & Cuisine is the annual spring fund raiser for Saint Cecilia Cathedral School. Inaugurated in 1997, this evening of gourmet food, silent/live auctions, entertainment and socializing brings together school parents, parishioners, alumni and friends of the parish school. Hundreds of volunteers serve in a wide assortment of roles in a process that requires months of preparation.


This annual event has become an integral funding source for our school and its tradition of excellence in education, in community and in spiritual formation - a tradition that has become a hallmark of our school in Omaha since 1907.


 Adult Night Out Party  -  February 17




2018 Honorary Chairs, Jerry and Patti Maguire


We are excited to celebrate Jerry and Patti as our Honorary Chairs for Comedy and Cuisine. We are proud of their participation in our school and our parish.






2018 chair couples: Jay/Christine Koehn and Crystal/Drew Gerken

Jay and Christine Koehn joined Saint Cecilia have been members of the school and parish for three years. They joined the community when Christine was hired as the art and resource teacher. She has been a teacher for 17 years in various public districts and in the archdiocese. Teaching at Saint Cecilia is truly a calling for her, and she feels extremely lucky to be here. Christine was born and raised in Omaha and attended Catholic schools for 12 years until she graduated from Mercy.

Jay was born and raised in Watertown, South Dakota, also attended Catholic elementary school and came to Omaha for school at Creighton. Although he worked in retail and credit card fraud investigation for many years, studying law was his passion. Jay attended law school at Creighton. He joined McGrath North while in law school and has been an attorney there for three years. 

Christine and Jay met in Omaha and have been married for 12 years. They have two children, Millie and Liam, who attend the school. Millie is a fourth grader this year and Liam is in kindergarten. They also have two dogs named Daisy and Clark who keep them on their toes. As a family, they like taking advantage of all of Omaha’s amenities like the zoo, Wildlife Safari and Mahoney State Park.

As new parishioners, the Koehns were welcomed warmly at parish breakfasts and school events. As they started to get involved in Cathedralfest, soccer games, the garage sale, Saint Mary’s circle and Comedy and Cuisine, they began meeting other families and felt right at home. After searching for a parish that was a good fit for their family, it didn’t take long for them to realize that Saint Cecilia was where they belonged. They feel extremely grateful to be here, involved, and co-hosting Comedy & Cuisine.   



The 21st annual Comedy and Cuisine dinner and auction will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018 in the Monsignor Graham Building on the Cathedral campus. Our theme, Taking Saint Cecilia to the Winner's Circle, salutes a proud tradition of personal presence and financial support for Saint Cecilia Cathedral Grade School and to continue its positive impact on our community.

The dedication, generosity and hard work over the years of the annual Comedy and Cuisine event has raised over $2 million in support of our nationally recognized, award-winning school. We invite you to show your appreciation for this proud tradition and the mission for educational excellence at Saint Cecilia Cathedral Grade School.


We’re bringing the band back together, back to Comedy and Cuisine! Bring your friends and dancing shoes to cut a rug to the Personics. The dancing will begin after the Live Auction, ending the night on a fun note! The Personics are a 4-piece cover band wrecking crew that everyone will want to dance to. They play a range from Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison, and Neil Diamond to Matchbox 20, the B-52s, the Violent Femmes, the Go-Go's, the Stray Cats, Sheryl Crow, James, INXS, Jimmy Eat World, and Pink. A smattering of their work can be found at


We want you and we need you!! 

If you would like to attend this fun event or help underwrite it, please contact Brigid Morrison Burbridge at the parish office 402-551-2313 ext 1107 or download this form and get it back to us.


Honorary Chairs

1999   Joe and Jeanne Barmettler

2000   Bob Matt

2001   John and Michaela Blazek

2002   Mary Lindsay

2003   Bob Soener

2004   Paul and Lori Hogan

2005   Mike and Ann Boyle

2006   Terry and Sue Wilwerding

2007   Larry and Karen Dwyer and Tom Dwyer

2008   Frank and Helen Matthews

2009   Barry and Mary Gerken and Bob and Mary Kay Gerken

2010   Deacon’s Joe Archibald, Dave Gurney, Fred Sommer, Jim Watson

2011   John and Joyce Passarelli

2012   Michael and Mary Beth Barmettler

2013   Tom and Betsy Morrison Family

2014   Tom and Jane Werner

2015   Previous Comedy and Cuisine chairs

2016   Paul and Janet Lehn family

2017   Phil and Emily Sauvageau 

2018   Jerry and Patti Maguire




2007   Great Teacher: Sister Marie Juan Maney

             Great Coach: Roger Higgins

             Great Principal: Bonnie Pryor

2009   Great Stewards: Leo Batenhorst family

             Great Family: Stoffels

2013   Great Steward: Pete Larson

             Great Family Award: Higgins

2014   Great Stewards: Dorothy and Alice Lammers

             Great Family: Lindsay

2015   Great Alum: Herbert Rhodes

             Great Teacher: Dorothy Buchan 

2016   Great Priest: Reverend Monsignor James Gilg

             Great Teacher: Margaret Swanson

2017   Great Alum: Adam Herold

2018   Great Teacher: Cathy Lyons



1998   Mike and Anne McGuire

             John and Joyce Passarelli

1999   Mark and Lori Winkler

2000   Rod and Mary Jewell

2001   Albert Macchietto and Michaela White

2002   Jo and Molly Lang

2003   Bill and Julie Erickson

             Alan and Denise Nunn

2004 John and Mary Beth Lindsay

             Alan Thelen and Sandy Maass Thelen

2005   Lee and Ellen Ehlers

             Brad and Cassandra Poeckes

2006   Matt and Sheryl Fitzgerald

             Fred and Ellie Grossman

2007   Brian and Jana Donahoe

             Tony and Laura Romero

2008   Tom and Kelly Hickey

             Ron and Robin Woita

2009   Mike and Martha O'Connor

             Rus and Marci Biven

2010   Michael and Kimberly Joyce

             Mike and Julie Swartz

2011   Christopher Burbach and Judith Nygren

             Brian and Lyn Rhoten

2012   Chip and Pam Maxwell

             David and Noelia Weber

2013   Jim and Tricia Elliston

             Frank Zitek and Shannon Sullivan-Zitek

2014   Jerry and Mary Lynne Bushman

             Tim and Pam Lammers

2015   Jim Dowse and Margie Gazinski

             Tim and Magan Smith

2016   Matt and Christi Schill

             John and Teresa Ryan

2017   Tom and Elizabeth McGuire

             Dan and Molly Haske

2018   Drew and Crystal Gerken

             Jay and Christine Koehn