AK-SAR-BEN CORONATION AND SCHOLARSHIP BALL
The Coronation and Scholarship Ball was established in 1895 to recognize individuals in the region for their civic endeavors. The 117th King and Queen were crowned on October 19th in the magical kingdom of Quivira - Queen Carolyn Lea German and King William A. Cutler. Bill Cutler, a dedicated businessman and true leader in the Omaha community, is a partner with Heafey Hoffman Dworak and Cutler Mortuaries. The German family was honored for their civic leadership and community service. Carolyn currently attends Creighton University in Omaha where she is majoring in English with a Language Arts Endorsement.
Also recognized during this event are outstanding leaders from around the Heartland. Princesses, Escorts, and Pages represent their families who are being honored for their contributions to the region. The Court of Honor Recognition Award is also distributed at the Ball. Recipients from throughout the region are recognized for one of the following eight categories: agriculture, arts, business and industry, education, philanthropy, professions, public service, and sports.
The annual Coronation and Scholarship Ball raises money for the Ak-Sar-Ben Scholarship Fund. Ak-Sar-Ben partners with the Horatio Alger Scholarship Program to provide 50 scholarships to deserving students from Nebraska and Western Iowa.
BROADCASTS OF THE CORONATION & SCHOLARSHIP BALL CAN BE VIEWED ON COX CHANNEL 126, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20TH AT 8:00 P.M. AND RE-BROADSCAST TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22ND AT 6:00 P.M.
STARTING TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22ND, THE 2013 CORONATION WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING THROUGH COX ON THE "ON DEMAND" PLATFORM UNDER "FREEZONE," THEN BY SELECTING "OMAHA METRO" AND THEN "LOCAL EVENTS."
The 2014 Coronation & Scholarship Ball will be Saturday, October 18, 2014
All aspects of the event are directed by volunteers who serve on the either the Ak-Sar-Ben Coronation Ball Committee or the Women's Ball Committee. The current members are as follows:
2013 Ak-Sar-Ben Coronation Ball Committee
Terry J. Kroeger, Coronation Ball Committee Chairman
Steven S. Martin, Coronation Ball Committee Advisor
Ann Tjaden - Women's Ball Committee Chair
Kelly Thedinger, Women's Ball Committee Advisor
2013 Women's Ball Committee
Ann Tjaden - Chairman, CBC, Endowment/Investment Committees
Kelly Thedinger - Advisor, CBC Endowment/Investment Committees
Jennifer Bettger - Page Luncheon Assistant, Photography Chair/Historian, Royal Court Supper Assistant
Karen Burkley - Production Chair
Kelli Draper - Princess Chair
Stacey Falk - Regale Assistant, Royal Court Welcome Chair, Yearbook Chair
Kate Grabill - Page Luncheon Chair, Production Assistant Scenario, Social Media Chairman/Photo Assistant
Dr. Victoria Halgren - Gifts/Courtesy/Tribute Cards, Regale Assistant, Royal Court Brunch Chair
Kimberly Hord - Program Chair, Publicity Chair, Scholarship Assistant
Jeanie Jones - Files and Lists Chair, Reservations Chair, Royal Court Brunch Assistant
Suzanne Kotula - Community Support/Endowment, Invitations, Production Assistant Inventory
Cydney Koukol - Endowment Committee, Royal Court Supper Chair, Royal Court Welcome Assistant, Scholarship Chair
Kathy Langdon - Court of Honor Chair, Regale Co-Chair
Susan McGillick - Ak Friends Liason, Heartland Princess Chair, Regale Co-Chair
Kathleen Pallesen - Page Chair
Elizabeth "Buffy" Ricceri - Page Assistant, Standard Bearer Chair
Kim Simon - Site Chair, Social Chair
Christine Stevens - Endowment Committee, Heartland Escort Chair, Treasurer
Stacy Wilson - Escort Chair