Annual Toast

A night filled with tributes and jabs, supporters and friends gather every year to honor a prominent Nebraskan with a toast – which may include a little roasting, too. During the evening, attendees have the opportunity via auction to adopt-a-home, providing sponsorship of Merrymaker’s professional performances for a senior care facility for a year. It’s a great way to have fun and do good at the same time.

“The Toast is a highlight of the fall social season and an opportunity to support culture for senior citizens. The evening is filled with friendship, laughter, great entertainment, and light- hearted jokes!”

It is our great pleasure to announce our 2022 Distinguished Honoree, Dennis Pate. Pate, President and CEO of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, will be honored Thursday, October 20 at the Omaha Design Center.

– Sandy Lemke, Executive Director

2021 Merrymakers’ Toast to Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert.


Toast Honorees Through the Years

  • 1991 Ben Nelson
  • 1992 Del Weber
  • 1993 Bob Kerrey
  • 1994 Chip Davis
  • 1995 Dr. Lee Simmons
  • 1996 J. James Exon
  • 1997 Walter Scott, Jr.
  • 1998 Reverend Michael G. Morrison
  • 1999 Bruce Lauritzen
  • 2000 Michael Yanney
  • 2001 Chuck Hagel
  • 2002 Ken Stinson
  • 2003 Dana Altman
  • 2004 Mary Maxwell
  • 2005 Mike Fahey
  • 2006 David Sokol
  • 2007 Dick Holland
  • 2008 Mogens Bay
  • 2009 Susan Jacques
  • 2010 Bruce Rasmussen
  • 2011 John P. Nelson
  • 2012 Sid Dinsdale
  • 2013 Tom Fangman
  • 2014 Cyndy Peacock
  • 2015 Michael Simmonds
  • 2016 Greg McDermott
  • 2017 Hal Daub
  • 2018 Stephanie and Jack Koraleski
  • 2019 Eldora and Jack Vetter
  • 2021 Jean Stothert
  • 2022 Dennis Pate

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