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Cheers to Volunteers! – Kathy and Gary Bussing

Kathy and Gary Bussing make a fantastic philanthropic couple, and Jackson County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is very grateful to them for their time and talent. These longtime supporters have donated their efforts to the organization for the last 13 years. Kathy is a volunteer and former board member who has advocated for more […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Molly Krause

Molly Krause works as a tax manager for CBIZ. In her free time, Molly is a dedicated volunteer at Junior Achievement. She serves as a Future Women’s Leadership Forum mentor and is a member of the Young Professionals advisory board. In her role on the advisory board, Molly strives to involve other young professionals in […]

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Johnson County Library Foundation – Virtual 2021 Library Lets Loose

Save the date for Johnson County Library Foundation’s virtual 2021 Library Lets Loose celebration on September 18th. The free, family-friendly event will benefit lifelong learning resources in our community. Join Honorary Hosts Denise and Rick Mills for the festive event, which also coincides with the organization’s 25th anniversary. Also featured in the March 20, 2021 […]

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Cristo Rey Kansas City – Dancing With The Kansas City Stars!

The 15th Annual Dancing With The Kansas City Stars!, a benefit for Cristo Rey Kansas City, will be held on June 26th at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center. The Airline History Museum was the setting to announce seven stars, Nick Durand, Phil Glynn, Mike Jackson, Mary Haggerty Kroening, Kate O’Keefe, Julie Towner, […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Melynn Sight

University Academy is forever grateful to Melynn Sight. Several years ago, Melynn inquired about volunteering at UA. She had a desire to educate children about bullying. Out of her passion were born two projects: Step Up Sisterhood and Stand Up Brotherhood, two anti-bullying groups in University Academy’s fourth grade. Since then, a new group, the […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Doris Chrisenbery

Olathe Medical Center is very grateful for Doris Chrisenbery, who has been volunteering there since 2011. She brings warmth and cheer to the lobby of the hospital and the cancer center every week, as she greets people. Doris serves on the ambassador finance committee, preparing the annual budget. She also volunteers at special events and […]

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Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy – Civic Service Award Private Broadcast Celebration

March 21st is the date for Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy’s Civic Service Award Private Broadcast Celebration. Pella Fingersh and Neil Sosland are serving as co-chairmen of the virtual event. The late Tiberius Klausner, acclaimed violinist, concertmaster, educator, and parent and grandparent of HBHA graduates, will be posthumously honored with the Civic Service Award. The late […]

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Operation Breakthrough – 50th Birthday Celebration

It has been 50 years since Sister Berta Sailer and Sister Corita Bussanmas began what would grow to be Operation Breakthrough. They started by helping a few children, and ended up improving the lives of thousands. The Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy will be the site for the celebration of Operation Breakthrough’s 50th birthday […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Jennifer Malone

Jennifer Malone is a member of  Centurions, where she serves as the co-chairman for the diversity, equity, and inclusion committee and volunteers with Uplift, HappyBottoms, Harvesters, and Giving the Basics. Jennifer received a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and secondary education from Rockhurst University, while on a soccer and academic scholarship. After teaching for […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Wendy Saylin

Wendy Savlin has what sounds like a wonderfully rewarding career as senior director, employee experience and culture enablement at T-Mobile. She focuses on connecting employee programs, products, and services to elevate the employee experience. With two bachelor’s degrees from Truman State University in business and marketing, Wendy has spent most of her professional life in […]

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The Center For Practical Bioethics – Humility, Health and Healing: Where do we go from here?

February 25th is the date for The Center For Practical Bioethics’ private broadcast celebration of Humility, Health and Healing: Where do we go from here? Dr. Barry Kerzin, personal physician to the Dalai Lama, is the keynote speaker, and Dr. Steven Stites, The University of Kansas Health System, will be honored with the Vision to […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! Michelle Carlstedt

Michelle Carlstedt joined Urban Ranger Corps’ (URC) board of directors in May of 2019. Since then, she has served as chairman of the development and marketing committees. Michelle has also served on the annual dinner planning committee, and much more. She has been honored by the organization as its Volunteer of the Year.  Erik Dickinson, […]

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Cheers To Volunteers! – Brian Votava

Brian Votava is passionate about the Who Is Carter Foundation. He serves on the organization’s board of directors and is a driving force behind the annual Who Is Carter Gala. Brian is the director of development and founding partner of NorthPoint Development. He often engages other NorthPoint staff members in a variety of volunteer roles […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Zack Donnelly

Zack Donnelly is a member of the Centurions Class of 2021. He serves on the legacy project committee and is a member of the Tourist In Your Own Town Task Force. Zack earned a degree in finance and entrepreneurship from The University of Kansas. He is employed with The John A. Marshall Company. Volunteering with […]

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Children’s Mercy – Virtual Red Hot Night

Children’s Mercy’s Red Hot Night will be a virtual affair on February 20th. Randy Pope and Walter Porter are serving as co-chairmen of the 17th annual event. The evening promises to be great fun, including Dustin Colquitt as emcee, live entertainment, silent and live auctions, and inspiring mission moments. All proceeds will benefit the Children’s […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Demetrius Peterson

Demetrius Peterson is an attorney at Husch Blackwell, where he conducts investigations for schools on alleged violations of the institution’s policies and federal civil rights law, including sexual misconduct, racial discrimination, and harassment. He has very much enjoyed his time so far with Centurions, where he serves as the steering committee chairman. Demetrius earned a […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Chris Elkins MacFaden

Chris Elkins MacFaden started volunteering at The Folly Theater three years ago. Since then, she has become an integral part of the team. Chris has served on the volunteer council as secretary, ushered many events, worked in concessions, and served champagne at the Frolic Bubble Bar to patrons. She received the Volunteer of the Year […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Kellie Sullivan

Kellie Sullivan is a longtime member of the Kansas City Symphony Alliance. She served as chairman of the Symphony Designers’ Showhouse committee for the 2020 event which was completed, but never opened to the public, due to the pandemic. How did Kellie deal with that? By coming right back – she is now hard at […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Lisa Womack

Lisa Womack is the director of mobility services at the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority. She is responsible for managing paratransit and other contracted services under the RideKC brand of services. Lisa is a member of the Centurions Fall Class of 2020, where she has volunteered with Uplift, Kansas City Hospice, and HappyBottoms. Originally from […]

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Kansas City Young Audiences – Spark the Arts in Young Hearts

Michael Fields served as the honorary chairman for the Kansas City Young Audiences’ (KCYA) first Virtual Luncheon: Spark the Arts in Young Hearts, which was held on October 14th. Jill Warren was the chairman. Jim Cosgrove, better known as “Mr. Stinky Feet,” was the emcee, and appeared in a 30-minute video along with KCYA students. […]

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2020 Class of Rising Stars Jason Wright

Jason Wright is vice president of JE Dunn Construction Company. Recently, he and his colleagues at JE Dunn built a deck for Friends of JCDS (Johnson County Developmental Supports). “Helping people in need who cannot help themselves such as children or those with disabilities gives me great joy. Thanks to God for giving me the […]

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