Photos of some of the past kings and queens of the Aksarben Coronation and Scholarship Ball, which started in 1895 to recognize individuals in the region for their civic endeavors.
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.
Trading a scepter for a stethoscope is the latest step in Molly Kroeger’s mission to positively impact young lives.
Brenda Christensen calls it “the Hope Virus.”
For John J. “Jack” Koraleski, the highlight of his time as the 119th Aksarben king has been “getting to meet some of the Aksarben scholarship recipients, listening to them talk about their dreams and knowing that the Aksarben Foundation is helping them have those dreams. … These kids are so …
High school students long have found their dream careers with the help of an Aksarben scholarship at the college or university of their choice. These former Aksarben scholars represent the past seven decades.
Who wouldn’t want 'a ball of fur to love you and adore you?'
Volunteerism in Nebraska and western Iowa is recognized through the young men chosen as escorts for the annual Aksarben Coronation & Scholarship Ball. Meet them here.
Standard bearers, like all court members, are selected based on their parents’ volunteer commitment to the community. The court focuses on families in the metro area who have not previously been honored by Aksarben. Standard bearers are assigned to assist the queen or king during the coronat…
Proceeds from the Aksarben Coronation & Scholarship Ball, along with donations to the Aksarben Scholarship Fund, support two Aksarben/Horatio Alger scholarship programs that awarded more than $1.2 million this year to heartland students from low-income families.
Carly Rain Adams has faced adversity and come out fighting.
The Aksarben Coronation & Scholarship Ball salutes the families of these escorts for their commitment to volunteerism in the Omaha metro area.