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Boy Scouts Honor Citizen and Corporate Partner of the Year

April 17, 2014

The Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council will honor Lee G. Simmons, M.D., Chairman of the Omaha Zoo Foundation as Citizen of the Year and Gallup, Inc. as Corporate Partner of the year on April 21, 2014 at the Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine St., Omaha at noon.

The Citizen of the Year Award is presented annually to an individual who exemplifies the ideals of the Boy Scouts of America. The award salutes their outstanding leadership and service to the community.

During Dr. Simmons’ 40 years of leadership, he elevated the zoo to an unprecedented level. In 1966, he began his work with the Henry Doorly Zoo as resident veterinarian, where he quickly ascended to Director in 1970. During his tenure, the Henry Doorly Zoo has added several state-of-the-art exhibits, such as the Lied Jungle, the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium, the Bill and Berniece Grewcock Center for Conservation and Research, Desert Dome and nocturnal exhibit, Hubbard Gorilla Valley, and others. More than $150 million in development has benefited the community through attracting more than 1.3 million visitors annually, with an economic impact of over $100 million per year.

The Corporate Partner of the Year Award is presented annually to a corporation that exemplifies the ideals of the Boy Scouts of America and assists with providing service to the program.

Gallup is a research-based, global performance-management consulting company. Founded by George Gallup in 1935, the company became known for its public opinion polls, which were conducted in the United States and other countries. Today, Gallup delivers forward-thinking research, analytics, and advice to help leaders solve their most pressing problems. Combining more than 75 years of experience with its global reach, Gallup knows more about the attitudes and behaviors of the world’s constituents, employees, and customers than any other organization.

Gallup associates help private and public sector organizations boost organic growth through measurement tools, strategic advice, and education. Gallup’s 2,000 professionals deliver services at client organizations, through the Web, and in nearly 40 offices around the world.

The Citizen of the Year luncheon is being chaired by Carey & Brian Hamilton, President of Beardmore Chevrolet-Subaru.

Eagle Scout Sponsors: Kiewit Corporation and Valmont.
Life Scout Sponsors: Gallup, Inc. and HDR, Inc.
Star Scout Sponsors: Bank of the West John & Lynne Boyer, Dixon Family Foundation, Dan & Jennifer Hamann, Miller Electric, Chris and Betsy Murphy, and FWBank, TD Ameritrade, UltraAir LLC/Scott & Gail Robertson, and Union Pacific Foundation.
First Class Scout Sponsors: Bellevue Medical Center, Beardmore Chevrolet and Subaru, DLR Group, Drake-Williams Steel, Five Points Bank, Lockwood Development, Mutual of Omaha Bank, SAC Federal Credit Union, The Hawks Foundation, The Nebraska Medical Center, UNO Chancellor’s office/UNL Foundation, US Bank, and Waitt Company.

Contributors: Atchley Ford, David Scott Foundation, DMSi Software, Great Western Bank, H&H Chevrolet, Husch Blackwell, LLP, Omaha Public Power District, Richmont Village, and Streck.

To register, contact Lisa Russell or 402.431.9272. For more information, visit

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