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2017 Class of Rising Stars – Jake Jacobson

  Jake Jacobson is the director of public relations at Children’s Mercy. According to Rachel Hodgson, Great Plains SPCA; he has accomplished more than many non-profit public relations professionals in their entire careers and continues to reset the bar higher and higher. “Jake is able to tap into skills and experience from a diverse background […]

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Catholic Charities Foundation of NE KS – Snow Ball

Catholic Charities Foundation of Northeast Kansas’ 44th Annual Snow Ball  will be held on January 20th at the Overland Park Convention Center. Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, formal dinner and dancing into the night. Susan and Mike Gangel are the honorary presidents, and Maureen and Mike Bukaty are serving as the presidents of the […]

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Spotlight On Centurions – Rhonda Dolan

Rhonda Dolan is a member of Centurions, class of 2018. She serves as co-chairman of the recruitment committee and is a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure and Healthcare Task Forces. A graduate of Illinois State University, Rhonda is external sales director with Truman Medical Centers. Much of Rhonda’s volunteer work is centered around youth/teen […]

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Cheers To Volunteers! – Leo Handzlik

If your to-do list includes coordinating the set-up, the volunteers and the electricity for a big event, in addition to managing the behind-the-scenes operations, that makes you head of logistics. If you’re doing all that for Stems: A Garden Soirée at The Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, you’re Leo Handzlik. If you’re Leo, your […]

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Spotlight On Centurions – Lydia Allen

Lydia Allen spent seven years in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she studied at Butler University and worked for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Four years ago, she moved back to Kansas City. Lydia is the Manager of Individual and Leadership Gifts at ArtsKC. She is a member of Centurions, class of 2018. Her current Centurions activities include serving […]

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UMKC’s Crescendo – Laurel Weir

Soprano Laurel Weir is a native of Canton, Ohio. She is the face of UMKC’s Crescendo, a scholarship fundraising event for the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, which will take place at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts on November 10th. Laurel is working on her Artist’s Certificate in vocal studies and chose […]

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Spotlight On Centurions – Matthew Schulte

Matthew Schulte describes his job (coordinator – marketing) this way: he is part of the team that handles giveaways, special events, theme nights, promotions, and advertising for the Kansas City Royals. He has been employed with the Royals for more than six  years. Matthew is a member of Centurions, class of 2018. He serves on […]

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