Soirée 2016, a benefit for The Friends of Chamber Music, will be held on April 23rd at The American. Guests will celebrate the organization’s 40th anniversary and enjoy a gourmet dinner with fine wines, silent and live auctions and a live performance by a world-class ensemble. Ellen and Irv Hockaday are the honorary chairmen, and Jeanne Sosland and Ann Readey are serving as co-chairmen.
Christie Hammond is a member of Centurions, class of 2016. She serves as co-chairman of the communications committee and will offer leadership on the upcoming Sports and Entertainment Task Force. Christie is the executive director of Hope Network, a faith-based social services agency in Raytown. She volunteers with Mother’s Refuge, a shelter for homeless teen moms. Christie and her husband, Shunton, have two children, Aniston and Adelyn.
Spotlight on Centurions
Matthew Gigliotti is a member of Centurions, Class of 2016. He is a co-chairman of the Benchmarking Trip Task Force and is a member of the projects committee. He and his wife, Nicole, are passionate about the Royals, backpacking, camping, and the preservation of nature’s special places. They have a daughter, Sophia, and a dog, Porter.
Women & Children
The Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri, developed Healthy U in partnership with University Academy from 2010 through 2015 to teach its students about nutrition and fitness. Thanks to their efforts, more than 155,000 pounds of healthy food was sent home with children over the weekends and summer months through the Harvesters Backsnack project and 92 percent of participants in the Family Dinner project implemented a behavioral change related to healthier living.
As a young black woman growing up in Our Town’s urban core, Melissa Robinson had a lot to overcome. Her life could have taken many turns, but she decided early on that she wasn’t going to let anything get in the way of her dreams.