This year, the Aksarben Ball received a new name and shift in direction, but our time-honored legacy of honoring families throughout Nebraska and western Iowa remained the same.

For over 122 years, the Aksarben Foundation has been honoring volunteerism and community service by recognizing individuals and families for their contributions improving the quality of life for our region. This has been and is one of the most important parts of its mission and the list of past recipients is truly the history of leadership in our community.

Each year the Ball’s most awaited recognition has been the naming of the Aksarben King and Queen. In a move designed to assure that all are eligible for Aksarben’s highest honor, the organization is introduced the Aksarben Citizens of the Year. Those recognized will be individuals who have shown remarkable dedication to our community and a broad range of causes sustained over many years.

Approximately 1,500 attended the 2018 Aksarben Ball at the CHI Health Center Omaha, on October 13th. The event included the formal introduction of the 122nd Royal Court honoring more than 200 Nebraska and western Iowa families and proudly celebrated the current 200 Aksarben | Horatio Alger Scholarship recipients and 100 Aksarben Career Scholars. But, the big reveal of the night had all focus on the Bays as Citizens of the Year and ambassadors for Aksarben’s new headlining initiative, workforce development.

Since 1895…

Since 1895 the Aksarben Ball has been recognizing and honoring citizens of Nebraska and western Iowa for their selfless contributions to our region.

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We crowned our first King and Queen of Quivira in 1895. Since that time, the Aksarben Ball has continued to grow and evolve each year, paying tribute to our treasured past while looking forward to hopeful promises of tomorrow.

Mark your calendars! The next Aksarben Ball will be held Saturday, October 19, 2019 at the CHI Health Center in downtown Omaha.