Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that Nancy and Dennis Carlson will receive the second annual Lincoln Luminary Award at the Winter Lights event Friday, December 1. The event from 6 to 7 p.m. at Tower Square at 13th and "P" streets. The Mayor will present the award at a brief ceremony at 6:30 p.m. The event will also include music from the Pius X Catholic High School and La Iglesia De La Comunidad Church choirs, treats, refreshments and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Nancy was a teacher, and she and Dennis taught Sunday School for more than 40 years. Dennis was an attorney in the Lancaster County Public Defender's Office, was the Disciplinary Counsel for the Nebraska Bar Association, served on the State Foster Care Review Board and now serves on the City's Taxicab Review Board. The couple were part of a group that recruited Senator Patty Pansing Brooks to work on the Whiteclay issue, and they testified before the Liquor Control Commission. They spend many holidays volunteering at the People's City Mission.
Leadership Lincoln facilitated the selection process for the award, which honors an individual who "has displayed consistent and intentional actions that demonstrate Lincoln's values and has gone above and beyond in making an impact on Lincoln and its citizens." Randy Hawthorne, Executive Director of Foundry (formerly the Nonprofit Hub) and VolunteerLinc, received the inaugural award in 2016.
Event partners include the City Parks and Recreation Department, Leadership Lincoln, the Downtown Lincoln Association and the Lincoln Parks Foundation.