OMAHA — Building the heartland through their volunteerism, dedication and perseverance, the families honored at this year’s 123rd Aksarben Ball have been announced.  

The official introduction of the Royal Court was held Sunday, July 28 at CHI Health Center Arena. This tradition names this year’s princesses, escorts, standard bearers, pages and court of honor.

Named among this year’s Aksarben princesses was Tracy Chvala, daughter of Jan and the late Gary Chvala of O’Neill. Currently studying at University of Nebrasaka-Lincoln, she is a former graduate of St. Mary’s Catholic High School in O’Neill.

Beth Wilson, Women’s Ball Committee chairman, and Christie Oberto, Women’s Ball Committee advisor, greeted guests. Ellie Grace served as Royal Court Brunch Chairman assisted by Shelly Grote as Royal Court Brunch Assistant. Also in attendance, Aksarben Ball Committee Chairman Rob Reed; and 2019 Court of Honor inductees Christopher Abbott, Randy Schmailzl and Roberta Wilhelm. Court of Honor inductee Dr. Ken Cowan was unable to attend the brunch.

Jeffrey Taxman, longtime prime minister of the Aksarben Ball, announced the Royal Court.  

The previous evening, July 27, the families of the princesses and escorts attended a pre-announcement event hosted by the Women’s Ball Committee and organized by the Royal Court Welcome Chair Jennifer Alloway.  The event was held at Physicians Mutual Omaha.


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