Preparations are well underway for the KCKCC Endowment Association’s 18th-annual Mid-America Education Hall of Fame dinner. Tickets are available to attend the dinner and ceremony, which honors educational leaders within the community.
The event is Nov. 2 in the J. Paul Jewell Student Center at Kansas City Kansas Community College. The evening starts at 6 p.m. with social hour, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and the main program at 8 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person or $600 for a table of eight. Reservations must be made by Oct. 29. In addition to the community recognitions, the event serves as a fundraiser for scholarships at KCKCC, helping students who would otherwise be unable to afford to attend college.
“The Mid-America Education Hall of Fame dinner is a positive event for the community because the ceremony honors some remarkable individuals and organizations that have done or are still doing extraordinary things in education,” said Patrick McCartney, executive director of the KCKCC Endowment Association. “We would like to encourage individuals and businesses to show their support to the inductees buy purchasing tickets or sponsorships to say thank you for their dedication to educating students.”
This year’s list of honorees include Bob Van Maren, long-time superintendent of the Bonner Springs School District; Harry McDonald, a 30-year teaching veteran in the Blue Valley School District; Dr. Howard Shaw, a physician and hospital administrator who was named the Outstanding Community College Student in Kansas during his time at KCKCC in the 1980s; Greg Graves, chairman and CEO of Kansas City-based Burns and McDonnell; AT&T, a company that has made a five-year commitment worth $250 million to address high school success as well as college and career readiness for students deemed at-risk and the 2nd Chance Scholarship Foundation, an organization founded by Matt and Jessica Brandmeyer that provides scholarships to high school graduates who have experienced adversity.
“This event raises funds for scholarships for students at Kansas City Kansas Community College,” McCartney said. “Many of these students would not be able to attend Kansas City Kansas Community College without this support.”
Sponsorship opportunities are also available, ranging from $250 as a dinner sponsor to $10,000 for a title sponsorship. For more information on the benefits included with the different sponsorship levels, contact Patrick McCartney at 913-288-7166 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mid-America Education Hall of Fame was started in 1996 by the KCKCC Endowment Association as a way to recognize individuals, organizations and corporate supporters in the community who have made notable contributions to education. Hall of Fame inductees are selected based on a demonstrated commitment to education, their effort to improve the quality of life in the community through a commitment to education, increasing educational opportunities for others and supporting significant changes that have improved the quality of education.
For more information on the Mid-America Education Hall of Fame or on donation opportunities, call McCartney at 913-288-7166 or Dawanna Fangohr at 913-288-7675.
- Story from KCKCC