Sower Award Announced

Todd Simon to receive Sower Award in the Humanities

Humanities Nebraska is pleased to announce that Todd Simon, one of Omaha’s most prominent business and civic leaders, will receive the 2017 Sower Award in the Humanities. Mr. Simon will be honored on Tuesday, October 3 at Omaha’s Holland Performing Arts Center immediately prior to the 22nd Annual Governor’s Lecture in the Humanities.

“Todd brings more than his money to the organizations he supports,” wrote Annette and Paul Smith in their nomination letter. “We have seen his extraordinary creativity and management expertise be transformative for many organizations!”

A fifth-generation owner of the Omaha Steaks® group of companies, Mr. Simon has been extremely involved in shaping his company’s and his family’s leadership in supporting the arts as well as social and human services agencies and programs.

“Todd is actively engaged in all of the activities he supports,” wrote Kevin Lawler, Producing Artistic Director of The Great Plains Theatre Conference. 

“He is a ‘hands-on’ volunteer and a true champion of the humanities. Opera Omaha would not be as strong as it is today without him, and I believe the same can be said for many of the arts and cultural organizations in our community,” said Roger Weitz, General Director of Opera Omaha, in his letter of support. 

In addition to working as Senior Vice President of Omaha Steaks International, Inc., President of OS SalesCo, Inc. and Vice-Chairman of Omahasteaks.com, Inc., Mr. Simon currently serves on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations including the Omaha Comm-unity Foundation, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and United States Artists. He is also a member of the Executive Board of the Nebraska Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization. Previously, he served on the boards of Jewish Family Service and R.E.S.P.E.C.T.2 as well as the Nebraska Cultural Endowment advisory board.


Table sponsorships and tickets to the reception and dinner where Mr. Simon will be honored are still available. Please call 402.474.2131 to make your reservations.


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