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Cheers to Volunteers! – Tom Reorda

Last summer, the Kansas City Royals invited Tom Reorda to sit in the Buck O’Neil legacy seat during a game. At a September luncheon, Tom received the Harvesters’ Circle of Hope Award as Hunger Champion – Individual. These are huge honors — what did Tom do to deserve them? The answer: Plenty! Tom first volunteered with Harvesters in 2010. He has given more than 250 hours of his time in support of a variety of events, including Operation Bread Basket, Forks & Corks, Check Out Hunger, and Take Your Can to Work Day, as well as food drives hosted by Dunkin’ Donuts and Mercedes Benz. Tom has lent his expertise to special projects, such as the 2014 study, Feeding America’s Hunger. A year ago, he decided to become a trained Harvesters’ Lunch Challenge facilitator, and he has already assisted in five Lunch Challenges with a total of 146 participants. Thank you, Tom, for all you do for Harvesters!

Features

Spotlight on Centurions – Jen Houston

Jen Houston is a senior vice president and community relations manager for UMB Financial Corporation. As a member of Centurions, Jen is the chairman for the Centurions’ Spring Cohort’s Environmentalism…

Cheers to Volunteers! – The Salvation Army

Sometimes the simple solution is the best one. The Salvation Army relies on a multitude of bell ringers stationed beside their signature red kettles for fundraising. Last year, volunteers spent…

2020 Class of Rising Stars Chuck Cuda

Chuck Cuda is a principal/broker at Opes Commercial Real Estate. He is on the board of trustees of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Mid-America Chapter. Chuck has served as a…

Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri – Karen Crnkovich

Karen Crnkovich has been a member of the Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri for 16 years and is serving as the 2020-21 president. Karen has served on the board…