AKSARBEN Friends is the general membership arm of the AKSARBEN Foundation. It is a community-based organization that supports the mission to leverage collective business leadership to build a more prosperous Heartland. With members throughout Nebraska and western Iowa, AKSARBEN Friends connects communities and provides a network dedicated to strengthening the Heartland through community grants and AKSARBEN Scholarships.
AKSARBEN Friends membership supports two main programs: Community College Scholarships awarded to need-based students in the Heartland and the Community Grants Program which funds matching grants for community initiatives. Together these programs have awarded $400,000 to date for deserving students and communities.
How do I get involved?
No matter where you live, you can be involved. Bring AKSARBEN to your community by volunteering as an Area Ambassador, nominating candidates for scholarships and awards, assisting with fundraising and working with your community organizations regarding grant applications.
AKSARBEN Friends receive:
• An AKSARBEN Friends Membership Directory
• AKSARBEN Foundation Newsletters
• Invitations to the Friends Annual Meeting and the AKSARBEN Stock Show Purple Ribbon Auction
• Two complimentary general seating tickets to the AKSARBEN Coronation & Scholarship Ball - available upon request
2018 AKSARBEN Friends Executive Board of Directors
President: Kim Banat, Omaha, Neb.
President-Elect: Carrie Jenkins, Omaha, Neb.
V.P. Ambassadors: Kimberly Hord, Omaha, Neb. and Jennifer Bettger, Omaha, Neb.
V.P. Community Grants: Kim Falk, Fort Calhoun, Neb.
V.P. Fundraising: Stephanie Harlan, Omaha, Neb.
Sally Stalnaker, Omaha, Neb.Corresponding Secretary:
Patti Pryor, Omaha, Neb.Recording Secretary:
Karen Burkley, Omaha, Neb.Treasurer:
Denise Reed, Omaha, Neb.Advisory/Nominating Chairperson:
Ann Tjaden, Omaha, Neb.
Member-at-Large: Patty Landen, Omaha, Neb. and Sally Brittan, Omaha, Neb.
Women's Ball Committee Liaison:Wine and Cheese Party Hosts:
Julie Liakos, Omaha, Neb.Annual Meeting Chair:
Tammy Gitter, Omaha, Neb.Annual Meeting Chair:
Shannon Hoy, Omaha, Neb.Parliamentarian/By-laws:
Katie Grabill, Omaha, Neb.
Dr. Rudy and Suzanne Kotula, Omaha, Neb.