Thursday, January 3, 2013

Duran Honored as Young Adult by Omaha Jaycees

Since 1933, the Omaha Jaycees has annually honored 10 people between the ages of 21 and 40 who demonstrate a commitment to community service and to personal and professional development. 
Oscar Duran
As a neighborhood revitalization specialist for Habitat for Humanity of Omaha, Duran is responsible for building relationships with community partners, establishing programming to maximize local neighborhood assets and cultivating new community leaders. A graduate of Omaha Creighton Prep, he earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and is pursuing his master's from UNO.
He has been a member of the Deer Park Neighborhood Association since 2007 and has served as the organization's president for two years. He is a board member of the South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance, has served as the vice president since 2011 and was recognized as the alliance's South Omaha Volunteer of the Year in 2012. He is active in the South Omaha Violence and Prevention Partnership, serving as both the vice chairman and chairman since 2011, and in the Greater Omaha Neighborhood Center.

The 2012 TOYO (Ten Outstanding Young Omahans) Award recipients are: 
» Oscar Duran, neighborhood revitalization specialist, Habitat for Humanity of Omaha.
» Adrienne Fay, director of marketing, Borsheims Fine Jewelry.
» Dan Gilbert, special assistant to the senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, University of Nebraska at Omaha.
» Christian D. Gray, executive director, inCOMMON Community Development.
» Sarah Helvey, attorney, Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest.
» David Patterson, employee of Merck & Co. and adjunct professor, Midland University.
» Angie Schendt, editor, Woodmen of the World.
» Meagan Schnoor, environmental scientist, HDR Inc. \
» Angel Starks, educational director, Growing Hearts Collaborative.
» Erin E. Swanson, director of planned giving, Goodwill Industries Inc. 
The 80th annual presentation of the TOYO Awards will be Jan. 30 at CenturyLink Center Omaha. A cocktail reception will be held at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and program at 7 p.m.

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