On New Year’s Eve in 1955, Dale and Dorothy Pillen drove from their farm in Platte Center, Nebraska, to the hospital in Columbus. After having two boys, Tom and Clete, they were hoping for a baby girl. However, James Douglas Pillen completed their family as their third son.
It began as intellectual rivalry in middle school, became a classic high school romance between cheerleader and football hero, and evolved into a relationship that is inspirational for its longevity — all thanks to world geography.
Forty young men chosen to be escorts.
For well over a century, Aksarben has been a source of generosity, pumping $65 million into Nebraska and western Iowa through scholarships, direct community grants and other programs.
Since its start, the Aksarben Foundation has focused on helping youths. Scholarships are a major way Aksarben does this. The foundation awards several types of scholarships.
Aksarben | Horatio Alger State Scholarships can be life changers for recipients. Like the rags-to-riches characters in Horatio Alger novels, these young people have overcome great personal adversity. They also need financial assistance to earn a college degree.
The Aksarben Foundation’s generosity has been evident throughout Nebraska and western Iowa for more than a century. Meet some of the college students who have benefited from scholarships the foundation funds. We'll also introduce the Court of Honor and others who exemplify the Aksarben mission.
Forty-nine young women chosen as princesses.
Christie Oberto is the chairman of this year's ball.
Each year, the Aksarben Ball recognizes pages — children who are in second or third grade — in honor of their parents’ dedication to volunteerism.
Quivira has new monarchs — Gary Perkins as king and Blair Kellner as queen.
“I’ve never been a real high-profile person in the community,” Perkins said, “so I was shocked when I was asked. I was more than blown away.”
The 20-year-old University of Nebraska-Lincoln junior from Omaha was crowned the 121st queen of Aksarben Saturday evening at Baxter Arena as the civic and scholarship group honored her parents, banker Kirk and fitness instructor Teresa Kellner.
The Aksarben Women’s Ball Committee has announced the escorts for the 121st Aksarben Coronation and Scholarship Ball, to be held Oct. 28 at Baxter Arena.
The lead-up to the Aksarben Coronation and Scholarship Ball moved into high gear last weekend with two events.
The annual Aksarben Coronation and Scholarship Ball, which celebrates volunteer contributions by members of the Royal Court and raises money for two- and four-year college scholarships awarded by the Aksarben Foundation, will be held Oct. 28 at Baxter Arena.
With new monarchs of the mythical kingdom of Quivira in place, the 2016 Aksarben Coronation and Scholarship Ball has taken its spot in history.
Traditions of the kingdom include a reverence for education, a commitment to help the less fortunate and an appreciation of community. Service and philanthropy also are Aksarben hallmarks.
Ken Bird will never forget traveling with his high school classmates to visit an Iowa school for children with disabilities.
Forty years ago this month, Kaitlyn Fitzgerald’s great-grandfather, William F. “Wyn” Fitzgerald, strode into Ak-Sar-Ben Coliseum to be crowned the 82nd King of Ak-Sar-Ben.
The annual Aksarben Coronation & Scholarship Ball recognizes young women and men in honor of their parents’ dedication to volunteerism in the Omaha metro area.
Aksarben pin collection reflects a century of tradition.
Each year, the Aksarben Coronation & Scholarship Ball recognizes pages, children who are in second or third grade, in honor of their parents’ dedication to volunteerism in the Omaha metro area.
The two-year scholarships provided by the Avenue Scholars Foundation at Metropolitan Community College were appreciated. But they were not enough.
These young women will represent their parents' volunteerism in Nebraska and western Iowa during the 2016 Aksarben Coronation & Scholarship Ball on Oct. 15 at Baxter Arena.