Morrison Exon Annual Awards

Each year at our annual fundraising event, the Morrison Exon dinner, we celebrate the volunteers and Party leaders who build and grow the Nebraska Democratic Party.

Award Committee 2017

Chuck Riedesel, Honorary Chair

Willie Hamilton and Dulce Sherman, Co-Chairs of Awards Committee
Christa Yoakum, CD1 Representative
Jason Valandra, CD2 Representative
John Berge, CD3 Representative

Award Nomination Form 2017

Nominations are due Sept. 6, 2017. You can complete the nomination form online. 

Award Descriptions


State Party Chair Award
Nominations are not accepted for this award. The State Party Chair designates a person in the Party for this annual award.

Bob Kerrey 1st/2nd/3rd District Volunteer Award

Nominees for this award should be volunteers who personify the spirit of the Nebraska Democratic Party. The award is given to an individual who is tireless in supporting the Nebraska Democratic Party activities and campaigns for Democratic candidates, and creates a positive image of the Party and its candidates within the 1st/2nd/3rd District respectively. An award is given to one volunteer per Congressional District.

JFK Award
Nominees for this award should be a young person (using the age criteria of the Young Democrats which is under 35 years old) honored for their exceptional volunteer activities and participation within the Party. The award is given to an individual who is active in energizing other young Democrats with Nebraska Democratic Party ideals and principles. Nominees do not have to be affiliated with an organized Young Democrats group.

FDR Award
Nominees should be a volunteer who personify the spirit of the Nebraska Democratic Party. The award is given to an individual who is tireless in supporting the Nebraska Democratic Party activities and campaigns for Democratic candidates, and creates a positive image of the party and its candidates.

Hall of Fame Award
Nominees should be elected officials who are dedicated to the principles of the Nebraska Democratic Party and who have contributed above and beyond the call of duty to the Nebraska Democratic Party and Democratic candidates for public office.

Morrison-Exon Award
Nominees for this award should be a County Party officer who have worked tirelessly to promote the activities and values of the Democratic Party in their county and throughout the state. The award is given to an individual who has served, or continues to serve as an officer of their county party in the last year. Nominees should demonstrate a dedication to service, integrity, the organizing of their county party infrastructure, and support for local Democratic candidates.

Sunshine Award
Nominees should be individuals who are dedicated to improving both the Nebraska Democratic Party and their community. This award is given in honor of Carrie Howard and is open to anyone meeting the core requirements listed above.

Award Recipients 

Year Award Winner
2015 Bob Kerrey CD1 Ellen Moore
2015 Bob Kerrey CD2 Romona Lisa Fricke
2015 Bob Kerrey CD3 Ismael Valadez
2015 Kathleen Fahey Young Dems Service Meg Mikolajczyk
2015 John F. Kennedy Marque Snow
2015 Franklin Delano Roosevelt Tom Tilden
2015 Hall of Fame Dave Newell
2015 Morrison-Exon John Yoakum
2015 Sunshine Dave Domina
2015 State Chair Andy Holland
2014 Bob Kerrey CD1 Marta Nieves
2014 Bob Kerrey CD2 Bryon Line
2014 Bob Kerrey CD3 Shaun Baker
2014 Kathleen Fahey Young Dems Service Jeremy Nordquist
2014 John F. Kennedy Lacey Merica
2014 Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jim “Doc” Moore
2014 Hall of Fame Senator Bob Kerrey
2014 Morrison-Exon Charlene Ligon
2014 Sunshine Amanda McGill
2014 State Chair Deena Province
2013 Bob Kerrey CD1 Jon Rehm
2013 Bob Kerrey CD2 Susan Tafini
2013 Bob Kerrey CD3 Terry Sigler
2013 Kathleen Fahey Young Dems Service Bob Holmstedt
2013 John F. Kennedy Rebekah Caruthers
2013 Franklin Delano Roosevelt Peg O’Dea Lippert
2013 Hall of Fame
2013 Morrison-Exon Jeff Leanna
2013 Sunshine Joey Adler
2013 State Chair Ken Mass
2012 Bob Kerrey CD1 Mary Herres
2012 Bob Kerrey CD2 Shelisa Minnifield
2012 Bob Kerrey CD3 Deena Province
2012 Kathleen Fahey Young Dems Service
2012 John F. Kennedy Bri McLarty
2012 Franklin Delano Roosevelt Lanny Munson
2012 Hall of Fame Benjamin Nelson
2012 Morrison-Exon Bud Pettigrew
2012 Sunshine Chuck Hassebrook
2012 State Chair
2011 Bob Kerrey CD1 Bennie Shobe
2011 Bob Kerrey CD2 Joe Higgins
2011 Bob Kerrey CD3 Judy Vohland
2011 Kathleen Fahey Young Dems Service Jim Rogers & Missy Wigley
2011 John F. Kennedy Karlee Coleman
2011 Franklin Delano Roosevelt Joan Killingsworth
2011 Hall of Fame Don Eret
2011 Morrison-Exon Bill Forsee & Christa Yoakum
2011 Sunshine Jane Raybould
2011 State Chair Mayor Jim Suttle
2010 Bob Kerrey CD1 Becki Gaston
2010 Bob Kerrey CD2 Charlene Ligon
2010 Bob Kerrey CD3 Frank Johannsen
2010 Kathleen Fahey Young Dems Service Danielle Conrad
2010 John F. Kennedy Crystal Rhoades
2010 Franklin Delano Roosevelt Ted Kessler
2010 Hall of Fame James Quigley
2010 Morrison-Exon Tom Brown
2010 Sunshine Jan Osten
2010 State Chair John Yoakum
2009 Bob Kerrey CD1 John Yoakum
2009 Bob Kerrey CD2 Sandi Skorniak
2009 Bob Kerrey CD3 Bud Pettigrew
2009 Franklin Delano Roosevelt Mark Fields
2009 Hall of Fame Mike Fahey
2009 John F. Kennedy Jessica Rathbun
2009 Kathleen Fahey Service Kyle Michaelis
2009 Morrison-Exon Carol Blood
2009 Special Services to the State John Berge
2009 State Chair Award Chris Jerram
2008 Bob Kerrey CD1 Vic Covalt
2008 Bob Kerrey CD2 Peg O’Dea Lippert
2008 Bob Kerrey CD3 Carolee Koehn
2008 Franklin Delano Roosevelt Donna Noll
2008 Hall of Fame Don Preister
2008 John F. Kennedy Heath Mello
2008 Kathleen Fahey Service Vince Powers
2008 Morrison-Exon Marion Bahensky
2007 Bob Kerrey CD1 Rick Carter
2007 Bob Kerrey CD2 Phyllis Ebey
2007 Bob Kerrey CD3 Mike Zgud
2007 Franklin Delano Roosevelt Selma Mesner
2007 Hall of Fame Colleen Seng
2007 John F. Kennedy Jeremy Nordquist
2007 Kathleen Fahey Service Bill Avery
2007 Morrison-Exon Duane Jones