Seven Awards Recognize Individuals, Families and Companies for Outstanding Service to Youth

By December 11, 2018 News & Events


Annette & Paul Smith

The Spirit of Progress award is given to the individual or family for their exemplary efforts to move the organization forward.

Humble. Generous. Advocates. These words only begin to embody the work and passion of Annette & Paul Smith. Annette and Paul’s support and generosity to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands is immeasurable. Annette who serves as board president is also a member of our Resource Development Committee; providing insight and guidance in growing our continued youth development success. Annette and Paul served as 2018 On the Road co-chairs, applying their commitment, passion and mission to our youth and organization, and leading to a successful event. When defining the progress of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands, it is impossible to do without Annette and Paul Smith. Their guidance and leadership during our Capital Campaign are immeasurable.


Henry A. Davis

The Founders award is an award given to a person whose involvement, generosity or volunteering, provided Boys & Girls Clubs great movement in our community.

Henry Davis’ generosity and support can be seen across the Omaha community. His philosophy is focused on helping young people, especially those that are underserved and need more guidance and financial support. This past May, it was an honor to have the groundbreaking for the new Henry A. Davis Bryan Middle School Boys & Girls Club. This is a project near and dear to his heart as it serves the South Omaha & Bellevue community and instills the philosophy he so passionately believes in. We here at the Clubs are thankful for Henry’s continued support and generosity.


Tammi Bishop and B Gratton

The Woman & Youth Award is given to a woman who demonstrated generous support in the form of leading a program or special event.

Tammi Bishop & B Gratton served as Co-Event Chairs for the 2018 On the Road to Paradise…Hawaiian Style. From the fresh leis flown in from Hawaii to the beach themed backdrops and tiki bars to the Polynesian dancers Tammi & B creatively brought the surf and sun to Omaha. On the Road raised over $745,000 – the highest net revenue this event has ever reached. Tammi & B always had our youth and the Club’s mission at the top of their minds throughout the entire planning process. We are incredibly thankful for their ongoing leadership on the Family Guild as Vice President and Social Chair.


Tom Fellman and Howard Kooper

The Man & Youth Award is given to a man who demonstrates exemplary support for the Boys & Girls Club programs and members.

“I can’t think of a better duo then Howard Kooper & Tom Fellman to receive this award. Howard and Tom, and the entire Broadmoor family have continuously supported the work of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands.” -Tom Kunkel, CPO at BGCM


Holland Basham Architects

The Corporate Partner Award is presented to a corporation that has demonstrated being a true partner to the members of the Clubs.

Holland Basham Architects has been a longtime friend, supporter and partner of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands. Tim Holland, a product of the South Omaha Boys & Girls Club, wanted to give back to an organization that had been a critical part of his development as a young man. Tim has become an integral part of our organization from board member, to committee chair, to board president to chairman of the board. Very quickly, Tim also introduced his business partner, Keith Basham and all of HBA to the Clubs. Right from the start, Tim and Keith committed HBA’s resources to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands, to be available for consulting on small building projects, to major renovations and new construction. HBA makes you feel like you are the most important person in the room and yours is the most important project on their plate. Thank you for your leadership as we build four new Clubs.


Michelle Vu

The William R. Hinckley Distinguished Service Award is presented to a staff member who exemplifies untiring service and dedication to the Boys & Girls Clubs.

Incredible, so colorful, beautiful, eye-catching, a great look and representation of the Boys & Girls Club. These are all comments I have recently heard about our marketing materials. Making sure we keep our name out in the public eye with a consistent look and eye-catching message is an integral part of our work. Michelle Vu, our Graphic Designer and Communications Manager has done an outstanding job at doing just that! Her work is critical in getting the mission and values of the Clubs in front of our supporters, friends and other potential funders and Club champions. Since joining the Clubs in July of 2015, she has hit the floor running and works hard to always be there to capture the next Club member’s smile.


Olivia Escobedo

The William R. Hinckley Distinguished Service Award is presented to a staff member who exemplifies untiring service and dedication to the Boys & Girls Clubs.

Dedicated to her role with Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands, Olivia Escobedo shows great pride in her role as Site Director at the Spring Lake Boys & Girls Club. Club leadership staff will be the first to tell you that Spring Lake flourished upon Olivia’s arrival. Olivia slowly and methodically built a team and program that Spring Lake members and families believe in. While Olivia is first to give all credit to her team and peers for the success, every team needs a leader to develop the plan, motivate the troops and guide the team.


AnDante and Dalhia Lloyd

Volunteer of the Year is presented to the best Club volunteer who goes above and beyond the typical duties to help enrich the lives of the kids.

For the past 5 years, the Lloyds have been the North Clubs Volunteer Track Coaches. AnDante and Dalhia take on an eight-month season, with practice four days a week, coaching 60-70 kids each year. For the past 5 years, we have had at least 6-8 All Americans each year at the National Track Meet. As Dalhia has told the North Omaha Club staff many of times, “I just want to give back to inner-city kids and give them the same hope and opportunity that someone gave me. I want to make sure it is always affordable for these kids so they can showcase their talents and just maybe earn themselves a scholarship like I did”. AnDante and Dalhia are very deserving of this award and have spent countless hours working with the members at the North Omaha Boys & Girls Club.


Morning Star Lutheran Church

Volunteer of the Year is presented to the best Club volunteer who goes above and beyond the typical duties to help enrich the lives of the kids.

Morning Star Lutheran Church has had a longtime partnership with the Westside Boys & Girls Club. From hosting a Halloween Trunk-or-Treat, a Christmas Angel Tree where members receive gifts, some who may otherwise go without, to collecting supplies for when our members return to school in the fall. This year the church decided to do things a little different. For the month of July, the church hosted a “Green Envelope” Sunday. Where they pick a particular organization to give back to for that month. As you may have guessed, they choose to give back to the Westside Boys & Girls Club. The church raised over $1,000 for Club staff to purchase school supplies for our members. They are a true representation of a community helping another community.


The Hawkins Family

The Eagle Award is given to an individual or family for long-term sustained support for the Clubs through board leadership, generosity and community advocacy.

The Hawkins Family have given immeasurably to wonderful causes and charitable organizations, but none are more grateful for their gifts of passion, commitment and support than us at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands. Karen is a founding member of the BGCM Family Guild, serving as its first president. Kim has served in key leadership roles as Board President and Board Chairman and currently serves as Chair Emeritus. Karen and Kim have brought a strong sense of family to their involvement with the Clubs and introduced their children Ande, Chris, and Kim Jr. to the Clubs. Ande who is here today as a judge is a key example of the legacy Kim & Karen instilled in their children. Ande has served on the Guild, Guild President, Scholarship Committee and much more. Ande along with her two brothers, Kim Jr. and Chris are great examples in the community and Clubs on the lasting impact the Hawkins Family can make. It was a great honor and privilege this past May to be a part of the groundbreaking of the new Hawkins Family Westside Boys & Girls Clubs. We are forever grateful for the support they have shown us.