Women’s Ball Committee

The Aksarben Ball has a mission of promoting, recognizing and celebrating volunteerism, philanthropy and community pride. It serves as a fundraising vehicle for the Aksarben Scholars program and awards over 200 scholarships each year to deserving students in Nebraska and western Iowa.

The original Aksarben Ball was established in 1895 to recognize individuals in the region for their civic endeavors. Each year since then, families have been recognized as outstanding leaders from the Heartland. Princesses, Escorts, and Pages represent their families who are being honored for their contributions to the region. The Court of Honor Recognition Award is also distributed at the Ball. Recipients throughout the region are recognized for one of the following eight categories: agriculture, arts, business and industry, education, philanthropy, professions, public service, and sports.

All aspects of the event are directed by volunteers who serve on the Aksarben Ball Committee and the Women’s Ball Committee.


Beth Wilson, Chairman, ABC Finance & Investment Committee

Christie Oberto, Advisor ABC

Jessica Covi, Princess Chairman

Sheila Nelson, Heartland Princess Chairman

Sarah McGowan, Escort Chairman & Regale Co-Chair

Samantha Wahl, Heartland Escort Chairman & Regale Co-Chair

Jennifer Alloway, Court of Honor Chairman, Royal Court Welcome Chairman and Treasurer

Libby Stiles, Page Chairman

Sam Hohman, Production Chairman

Anne Medlock, PR, Historian/Class Social Chair, and Royal Court Supper Assistant

Ellie Grace, Site and Social Chairman and Royal Court Brunch Chair

Lisa Krumwiede, Gifts and Tribute Card and Royal Court Luncheon Chair, Regale Assistant

Emily Jung, Royal Court Supper, Scholarship and Photography Chairman

Shelly Grote, Reservations Chair, Royal Court Brunch and Historian Assistant

Dana Zeiss, Page Assistant, Standard Bearer Chairman and Production Assistant

Christine Schulte, Page Luncheon Chair, Production Assistant and Yearbook Chair

Laura Enenbach, Invitations, WBC Concierge, Friends Liaison, and Page Luncheon Assistant

Shannon Hoy, Files and Lists, Program Chair and Community Support Campaign