I On Philanthropy

Rising Star Reflections

Trudy Gabriel

From the Rising Star Class of 2010, Trudy Gabriel is one of Our Town’s treasured volunteers. In 1996, she retired from Hallmark after 34 years, and began her “second career” as a volunteer. Her first volunteer experience was as a docent for the Kansas City Zoo. Since then, she has served on the boards of the Friends of UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, Quality Hill Playhouse and the Lyric Opera Circle.

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The Genevieve Byrne Speaker Series

Steering Committee
The Genevieve Byrne Speaker Series Steering Committee recently gathered at the lovely home of Jill Dean to assemble more than 3,500 invitations for the 2012 Speaker Series event featuring Mary Matalin and James Carville, set for October 23rd at the Folly Theater. Diane and Bob Johnson are the honorary chairmen and they will receive special recognition for their years of support at our local Red Cross. Debbie Kennedy and Ellen Merriman will serve as co-chairmen.

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The Faces of Gordon Parks

Centennial Celebration
On November 9th, Gordon Parks Elementary School will honor its namesake on what would have been his 100th birthday at the historic Gem Theater. The “many faces” of Gordon Parks will include his work with Life Magazine, the mainstream Hollywood film,The Learning Tree; and Essence Magazine. Dorothy and Bill Curry are the honorary chairmen, and Dr. Bernard Franklin will serve as the event chairman.

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Cheers to Volunteers

Janice Keller Williams

Janice Keller Williams has been committing a great deal of her time to the Love Fund for Children for the past three years. She has served as the silent auction committee chairman for theLove Fund Golf Classic and the Firehouse Texas Hold ‘em Poker Tournament. Janice loves knowing that her work makes a difference in the lives of kids right here in Kansas City.
Also featured in the September 15th issue 

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Rising Star Reflections

Jeanette Pregner

Jeanette Prenger has been a dedicated volunteer for Junior Achievement of Middle America (JA) for the past six years. JA is dedicated to providing students with education about entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy. Jeanette currently serves as the chairman of the board of directors for JA.  She enjoys being part of an organization that inspires students in Kansas City to pursue their dreams.

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