Tom Sanders – 2017 Ivonne Goldstein Award

Tom Sanders

The Ivonne Goldstein Award for Community Volunteer, named for the late Ivonne Goldstein who served on the boards of or raised money for more than 50 Wichita organizations, is presented to an individual who through outstanding volunteer community service and commitment is making a measurable difference. The award was presented by Star Lumber. The 2017 recipient was Tom Sanders, former CEO of the DAV/VA Medical Center, who is active with 11 Wichita non-profit organizations. Continue reading “Tom Sanders – 2017 Ivonne Goldstein Award”

Fred Berry of Berry Companies, Inc. – 2017 Russ Meyer Award

Fred Berry - recipient of the 2017 Russ Meyer Award

The Russ Meyer Award for Community Leadership, named after longtime aviation advocate, philanthropist and community leader Russ Meyer, is given to an individual making a positive impact in our community through demonstrated excellence in leadership and outstanding initiative to create solutions for critical issues facing the area. Continue reading “Fred Berry of Berry Companies, Inc. – 2017 Russ Meyer Award”

‘Quiet Hero’ brought Coffee with a Cop to Wichita

Michael Pasco

April 26, 2017 | Amy Geiszler-Jones

Less than two years ago, about 30 police officers showed up to seek out Michael Pasco at Wichita’s Southeast High School.

They were there to thank the teenager for his efforts to bring a nationwide movement to Wichita that is designed to help improve trust and build relationships between citizens and law enforcement. Continue reading “‘Quiet Hero’ brought Coffee with a Cop to Wichita”

Bringing Broadway to Brookdale helps Janelle McGee give back

Janelle McGee stands next to Brookdale signage

June 6, 2017 | Ken Arnold

Just before the show, cast members warm up their voices and make final adjustments to their costumes, while audience members make their way to tables in the brightly lit hall. Slowly, the hall quiets down, as people take their seats in eager anticipation for this special treat — dinner and a live performance of a popular Broadway musical. Continue reading “Bringing Broadway to Brookdale helps Janelle McGee give back”

Wichita Difference Makers recognizes first Quiet Hero

Larry Kunkle

Oct. 27, 2016 | John Denny

The Difference Makers for Wichita Awards program was launched in October to recognize and celebrate community members for making a positive difference. Each month, individuals who do not seek recognition but rather are inspired through an unwavering commitment to the day-to-day service of others will be honored as a Quiet Hero. Continue reading “Wichita Difference Makers recognizes first Quiet Hero”

‘Difference Makers’ award to be named for the late Brian Bergkamp

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Dec. 5, 2016 | Ken Arnold

A new program that honors community members making a positive difference is naming its student service award for the late seminarian Brian Bergkamp, who died last July while saving the life of Kristen Eck.

The program, called “Difference Makers for Wichita Awards,” was launched in October 2016 to recognize and celebrate people and organizations whose contributions, value and positive influence are improving the greater Wichita community. Continue reading “‘Difference Makers’ award to be named for the late Brian Bergkamp”

‘Difference Makers’ award to be named for philanthropist and community leader Russ Meyer

A new program that honors people and businesses making a positive difference in Wichita is naming its community leadership award for longtime aviation advocate, philanthropist and community leader Russ Meyer.

The program, called “Difference Makers for Wichita Awards,” was created to celebrate people and organizations whose contributions and positive influence are improving the greater Wichita community. Continue reading “‘Difference Makers’ award to be named for philanthropist and community leader Russ Meyer”

Difference Makers ‘Quiet Hero’ Marcillene Dover advocates for KanCare expansion

Marcillene Dover

For the past few years, Marcillene Dover has spoken out to Kansas legislators, county commissioners, professional groups and many others about the importance of providing healthcare to people in need. Specifically, Dover is an advocate for expanding the Kansas Medicaid program KanCare to those who fall into the “KanCare Gap” – working people who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, and too little to qualify for federal subsidies to buy private coverage. Continue reading “Difference Makers ‘Quiet Hero’ Marcillene Dover advocates for KanCare expansion”