Patrick Parkes is a volunteer with Variety KC. He drafted the language for its 2016 mission video and believes that conversations can educate others on the importance of inclusion as well as change attitudes about disability in the community. According to Patrick, each interaction is an important one for Variety and could lead to a connection with a future Variety child/family, supporter or volunteer.
Dean Newton is the managing director of Delta Dental and is a member of the 2017 Class of Rising Stars. “I have known Dean as a good friend and have seen him participate and be a leader in a variety of public service and business activities,” said Shannon Blades, Basys Systems. “I know him to be an outstanding individual, a person with superb leadership skills and one who is totally committed to improving the community through public service.
A Pink Party was held recently at Children’s Mercy’s Great HeighTS Clinic. Sporting KC and the Shadow Buddies Foundation hosted the event that featured tiaras, nail polish, hair and make-up, and Disney princess accessories. Turner Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder caused by a missing or incomplete X chromosome that affect’s a girl’s development.
Edgar Palacios is a senior director of resource development and community engagement at Connections to Success. He is a member of the Centurions, class of 2017. Edgar is a co-chairman of the social committee and serves on the Law and Order Task Force.
The ladies who lead the activities of The Jewel Ball each year share a very special bond, as well as a sense of humor, comfortable shoes and an enormous amount of respect for two cultural pillars of the Kansas City community – The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Kansas City Symphony.