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2016 TOYO Logo

They’re passionate. They work hard. They’re committed. They lead. 

For over 84 years, since 1932, the Omaha Jaycees has honored individuals between the ages of 21 and 40 who show exemplary commitment to improving the Omaha community through selfless acts of kindness while excelling in their professional careers.

As in the past, this year’s winners were nominated by their peers, submitted an in-depth application, interviewed with a panel of nine judges and were ultimately selected as 2016 TOYO! Award recipient.

Congratulations to the 2016 Ten Outstanding Young Omahans!

  • Chinh Doan, KETV NewsWatch 7
  • Ryan Ellis, P.J. Morgan Real Estate
  • Leslie Fischer, Together A Greater Good (TAGG)
  • Kasey Hesse, Gallup
  • Megan Hunt, Hello Holiday
  • Sheena Kennedy, Live Well Omaha Kids
  • Emiliano Lerda, Justice For Our Neighbors of Omaha
  • Clifton McEvoy, The Buford Foundation
  • Emily Poeschl, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Tony Vargas, Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance and Omaha Public Schools Board

The 2016 awards program culminates with the Award Banquet on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, at The Paxton. Buy tickets online now and follow TOYO! on Facebook.

TOYO! is the longest running Jaycees event in the nation.

In 1939, JCI USA followed the model of TOYO! and brought the program to the National level, creating the Ten Outstanding Young Americans. It was eventually adapted at the international level with the Ten Outstanding Young Persons. Hundreds have been recognized as a TOYA or TOYP.