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Spotlight on Centurions – Davin Gordon

Davin Gordon is a member of the Centurions Spring Class of 2021. He has served on the Urban Neighborhoods Task Force and is a member of the recruiting committee. Davin has made a commitment to helping Kansas City’s underserved neighborhoods. As the business development officer for AltCap, he is promoting the catalyst for investment in […]

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Rising Star Reflections – Shelly Doucet

Since being named to The Independent’s Rising Stars, Class of 2017, Shelly Doucet has been extremely busy with her work at the UMKC School of Education, where she is raising scholarship funds for future educators. She completed her service as president of the local Association of Fundraising Professionals and remains on the board as past […]

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Catholic Education Foundation – Gaudeamus

Janet and Darren Lovick will serve as chairmen of the Catholic Education Foundation’s Gaudeamus. The October 24th gala will be held at the Overland Park Convention Center. Proceeds help children in need, ages kindergarten through 12th grade, with scholarships to attend Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. Also featured in the […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Jessica Blubaugh

Jessica Blubaugh is a member of the Centurions Spring Class of 2021. She serves on the steering committee and will step into the role of steering committee chairman in her second year of the program. Jessica is the director of WIN for KC (Women’s Intersport Network). As a division of the Kansas City Sports Commission […]

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2020 Class of Rising Stars Ruth J. Brackney

Ruth J. Brackney may be a partner/attorney with Lathrop GPM, but she spends a lot of her volunteer time supporting causes that involve animals. She is a volunteer with Wayside Waifs, which is committed to finding homes for all adoptable pets and is the largest pet adoption campus in Kansas City. Wayside Waifs does not […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – SevenDays-Make a Ripple, Change the World

SevenDays-Make a Ripple, Change the World volunteers are taking a tragedy and turning it into a ripple of inclusion, wholeness, and nurturing, and creating a wave of positive change for the future. Each year, seven days in the spring are designated to a variety of programs and activities focusing on kindness. This year, Virtual SevenDays […]

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Helping Hands at Children’s Mercy

Each April, Children’s Mercy celebrates its incredible volunteers, who serve important roles in a myriad of functions and brighten days for patients and their families. These are just a few of the hundreds of volunteers who allow Children’s Mercy to fulfill its mission of pediatric health care. Stephanie Simpson “Going to the doctor can be […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Kim Gile

Kim Gile is a member of the Centurions Fall Class of 2020, where she has served more than 100 volunteer hours. Kim is the president-elect of KC Downtowners and is past president of Consensus. She earned a bachelor’s degree in international business management from The University of Kansas, and a master’s degree in information science […]

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2020 Class of Rising Stars India M. Williams

India M. Williams is the Director of KIPP Through College at KIPP Endeavor Academy. Her team supports students as they prepare and select the right college and career based on their interests and passions. In May of 2019, the Kansas City native was appointed by United States Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II to the Black/Brown Coalition. […]

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