I On Philanthropy

Rising Star Reflections

Christina Eldridge
Christina Eldridge has been volunteering for the Medical Missions Foundation (MMF), an organization that sends teams of medical volunteers to developing countries around the world, since 2009 and has been the mission coordinator for the annual trip to Mali, West Africa for three years. She’s been in charge of recruiting the medical team, coordinating with the country’s government, budgeting and fundraising, and setting up many more projects for the trip.

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Cheers to Volunteers

Rodney Minkin
Rodney Minkin dedicates countless hours to the Jewish Federation of Kansas City. He has served as a board member, treasurer and devoted many years to serving on the management services and audit committee. Rod is the president-elect for the board of directors at Village Shalom, and he is also the chairman of the Jewish Community Center’s Heritage Center committee. Rod’s tremendous generosity is greatly appreciated.

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Cheers to Volunteers

Kerry Oliver 

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.

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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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