Kerry Oliver began working with Hope House in 1993. She served on the board of directors from 2000 to 2006, and has been on the advisory board since then. She has also served as the chairman for the Howlin’ for Hope event every year since 2008. Kerry served as chairmen for its 25th anniversary committee in 2008. Her countless hours of help over the past 19 years are invaluable to Hope House, Missouri’s largest domestic violence shelter.
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.
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.
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.
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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