FIA Award Recipients

FIG’s annual philanthropic event honors individuals and organizations making an impact on the Midwest through the art of fashion design.


Education – Eulanda Sanders, Ph.D.

Economics – The Buckle

International Business & Design – Pam Finn

Influencer – Sara Sabaliauskas Roth


Business – Sheila Christ, Owner She-la

Education – Dr. Yiqi Yang, Textiles & Merchandising, UNL

Vision – Nick Huff, Hutch

Design – Amanda Valentine, Valentine Valentine


Business – Nancy Heller, Owner of NanC

Philanthropy – Lyn Wallin Ziegenbein, Director Emerita Peter Kewit Foundation

Education –  Dr. Robert Hillestad, Textiles and Apparel Designer

Vision – Mary Anne Vaccaro,  Mary Anne Vaccaro Design


Education – Michael James, M.F.A., B.F.A., Ardis James Professor of Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design Dept. Chair UNL

Vision – Tilly Chapman, Owner of Tilly’s Regency Court Omaha

Economic – John Mangiameli, Creative Hair Design

Philanthropy – Ultra Chic Boutique, Max I. Walker Cleaner, Inc.


Philanthropic Fashion Impact – Aksarben Women’s Ball Committee

Educational Fashion Impact – Dr. Barbara Trout

The Guild’s Award – Industry Icons Richard Carey & David Scott

Economic Fashion Impact – Gordmans, Inc.


Economic Impact – Borsheims Fine Jewelry

Educational Impact – Mary Mitchell

Philanthropic Impact – The Jeff Hanson Family

The Guild’s Award – Nick & Brook Hudson, Producers of Omaha Fashion Week and Founders of Fashion Institute Midwest