I On Philanthropy

Alex Couchonnal McManus

Spotlight on Centurions
As part of the Centurions Program, Class of 2014,  Alex Couchonnal McManus is co-chairman of the community leadership committee, where she identifies board member positions and provides leadership training opportunities. Alex is currently the business development manager at Bayer HealthCare – Animal Health, where she works to acquire new products, technology and companies to increase the critical mass of the Animal Health business.

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Walk With Us

To Cure Lupus
Eddie Kennison, one of Our Town’s most beloved former Kansas City Chiefs, is leading the way to raise funds to battle lupus at the Walk with Us to Cure Lupus on November 2nd at the CommunityAmerica Ballpark. Proceeds from the event will raise funds to find a cure for lupus, an autoimmune disease that affects 1.5 million people, including his wife Shimika. Eddie Kennison and Erik Gaucher are serving as co-chairmen.

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Spotlight on Centurions

John Burgess
John Burgess joined Walsworth Publishing Company in 2009 and serves as director of strategy and innovation. John is a member of the Centurions Class of 2014 and serves as co-chairman of the Curriculum Committee. John also contributes his time and talent to the Gillis Center for Children and Families, Cornerstones of Care and Junior Achievement. John and his wife, Amber, have a daughter, Isabel.

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Human Relations Dinner

Special Award
November 24th is the date for the Jewish Community Relations Bureau l American Jewish Committee’s Human Relations Dinner to be held at the Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center. Anita B. Gorman, Phil Kirk, David H. Westbrook, and Kristi Wyatt are serving as the co-chairmen. The Honorable John Lewis, Congressman from Georgia and civil rights icon, will be the featured speaker. James B. Nutter, Sr. will receive the 2013 Henry W. Bloch Human Relations Award.

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Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Girl Power
On December 6th, the Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City will host the 21st Annual Luncheon at the Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center. America Ferrera, who plays Betty Suarez on ABC’s Ugly Betty, will be the featured speaker. America is a passionate advocate for women and girls, devoting her time to Save the Children, Night Light and working on the documentary Half the Sky.

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