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GARY A. PERKINS, BLAIR MARIE KELLNER HONORED AS 121st King and Queen of AKSARBEN THE NEW MONARCHS OF AKSARBEN ARE KING GARY A. PERKINS AND QUEEN BLAIR MARIE KELLNER. BLAIR IS THE DAUGHTER OF KIRK AND TERESA KELLNER.
As the former CEO of the Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, Gary spent over 40 years working in support of children and their health. Under his leadership, he led the hospital through major growth and change: a move from Methodist Hospital’s Together the new monarchs and their north tower to the facility at 84th & Dodge; families will work to raise critical scholarship quadrupled growth in patient volumes; and dollars for AKSARBEN scholars and help under his leadership, he and his team increase awareness for the AKSARBEN established Children’s as the a leader in our Foundation’s mission. region, specifically for children needing care in the areas of cancer, heart, infectious and Approximately 1,700 attendees witnessed the rare diseases. crowning of the 121st AKSARBEN Coronation & Scholarship Ball at Baxter Carol Perkins is passionate about her family Arena on the campus of the University of and cares deeply for others less fortunate. Nebraska at Omaha. The event included the She has been involved in mission work both formal introduction of the 2018 Royal Court in Omaha and internationally and recently honoring more than 200 Nebraska and returned from her 8th missionary trip to Western Iowa families and proudly Africa. celebrated 50 AKSARBEN Horatio Alger Scholarship recipients and over 300 The Perkins have two children, David AKSARBEN Horatio Alger Career Scholars. Perkins (Courtney) and Kristen Buttermore (Dan) and six grandchildren Will, Graham, The new king, Gary Perkins, is a native of Macy, Jude, Luke and Micah. Missouri Valley, Iowa, but has called Omaha home for over 40 years. The Perkins family will work closely with the Kellner family over the next 12 months. Perkins attended Midland College in Fremont, Nebraska, and majored in The new queen, Blair Marie Kellner is a fifth economics and accounting. He met his generation Nebraskan whose great, great future wife, Carol, while they were students grandparents immigrated from Germany to at Midland. Perkins has served his alma be farmers in the Heartland. mater as a board member and board chair. Her family has served on multiple mission Perkins has shared his time and talents with trips, Habitat for Humanity Builds, and is numerous boards and non-profits, including: active in their church. the Salvation Army, Youth for Christ, Childs Savings Institute, Fresh Start for All Nations, Blair’s father Kirk Kellner is a 36 year veteran Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, Project of the banking industry, serving as a Wells Harmony, Nebraska Safety Council, MidFargo region bank president in community America Council for Boy Scouts of America, banking for Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri. Building Healthy Futures, and Access Bank. He oversees 550 team members and 48 banks in the three states. The Kellners spent time Perkins devoted his career to Hospital working in Grand Island, NE, for Wells Fargo Administration and with his team in the late 1990s. transformed Children’s Hospital & Medical Center into a regional leader in pediatric The Kellners have donated time and talent to healthcare. many Midland Organizations including: the
Susan G. Komen Foundation, the United Way of the Midlands, Joslyn Art Museum, the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, St. Luke Teen Advisory Board, the University of Nebraska Foundation and the Midwest Housing Equity Group Board. Kellners also have a long history with the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Blair is the third generation to study Business at UNL where she is active in her sorority. Next semester, her dreams will come true as she has been accepted into the competitive Disney College Program at Disneyworld. The Kellner family has been previously honored by AKSARBEN. Blair was a page is 2006; Blair’s sister Miranda was a princess in 2017; and Kirk has served as both a Councillor and a Governor of the Knights of AKSARBEN. He is currently the Chairman of the Board. For more information on the AKSARBEN Scholars program, or to donate, please log on to www.aksarben.org
Established in 1895, AKSARBEN Foundation represents the premier employers in Nebraska and western Iowa. AKSARBEN Foundation works as a unified network to influence change for the betterment of youth, the economy and Heartland communities. We advance our mission to leverage collective business leadership to build a more prosperous Heartland by funding and guiding best practices, needs based scholarship programs, awarding more than $1 million annually; promoting the Heartland’s cultural heritage through topranking community celebrations attended by more than 100,000 annually; and honoring community leaders who carry on the Heartland’s tradition of philanthropy and volunteerism.
mquarterly • SPrING 2018
Published on Feb 14, 2018
Published on Feb 14, 2018
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