Harvest Ball awards
The Harvest Ball Society awarded $452,000 to 30 area nonprofits in January.
The philanthropic group raised the money through its annual Adorn Style Show & Brunch and Harvest Ball. Since its inception in 1987 the group has given almost $7.5 million to charities primarily in the Northland.
The organization is accepting applications for 2015 grants. For information go to: http://harvestballsociety.org/. Recipients will be announced in April.
Organizations that received grants for 2014 were: Alphapointe Association for the Blind; Angel Flight Central; Assistance League of Kansas City; Autism Works Inc.; Children’s Mercy Northland; Clay County Clothes Closet; Concerned Care Inc.; The Family Conservancy; The Farmer’s House; Gilda’s Club Kansas City; Harvesters — The Community Food Network; Heartland Habitat for Humanity; Hillcrest Transitional Housing; HOPE.wrx; Liberty Meals on Wheels; Miles of Smiles Inc.; MOCSA; NorthCare Hospice & Palliative Care; Northland Assistance Center; Northland Christmas Store; Northland Early Education Center; Northland Health Care Access; Northland Meals on Wheels Inc.; Northland Neighborhood Inc.; Shepherd’s Center of the Northland; St. Charles Food Pantry; Synergy Services, Inc.; Tri-County Mental Health Services Inc.; Women’s Employment Network; and YMCA of Greater Kansas City.
Recital at Park University
Violinist David Radzynski will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at Park University.
Radzynski is concertmaster for the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and a graduate student at Park. He was chosen as concertmaster for the Israel Philharmonic in December after auditioning in Tel Aviv.
He will be accompanied by Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich, a Park instructor of music and piano. The program includes: Sergei Prokofiev’s “Violin Sonata No. 1 in F Minor,” Cèsar Franck’s “Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano,” Fritz Kreisler’s “Recitative and Scherzo-Caprice,” and Maurice Ravel’s “Zigane.”
The concert will be held in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the Park University campus. For tickets go to: www.park.edu/academics/international-center-for-music/events.html.
Kemper to speak at MSBF meeting
R. Crosby Kemper III will speak at the annual meeting and luncheon of Midwest Small Business Finance (MSBF) Feb. 11, at Embassy Suites-KCI. Kemper is chief executive officer of the Kansas City Public Library and host of “Meet the Past” on Kansas City Public Television.
MSBF is an affiliate of the Clay County Economic Development Council and is authorized to process 504 loans through the United States Small Business Administration.
The meeting will include recognition of loan projects administered by MSBF by Patricia Brown-Dixon, Regional Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration's Region VII Office in Kansas City.
Small businesses that will be recognized include: Gladstone Gas N Stuff; Best Western of Platte City; Big Bowl Pho; Action Mailing Corporation; Central Missouri Auto Body; The Dry Cleaner of Kansas City, Inc.; Insight Eyecare Specialties, Inc.; Eagle Animal Hospital, Inc.; Platte City Service Center; Barry Road Service Center; Start Smart Academy; and Enzymes, Inc.
Kemper has a long history of public service. He currently serves on the boards of the Kansas City Symphony, Union Station and Lapham’s Quarterly. He helped Marilyn Strauss found the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival and co-founded The Show-Me Institute, a libertarian public policy think tank. He is currently chairman of the group.
Registration and networking begins at 11 a.m. and the meeting at 11:45. Reservations are required by Feb. 6.
To register or for information go to www.simplymoreloans.com/Annual or call 816-468-0400.
Embassy Suites-KCI is at 7640 N.W. Tiffany Springs Parkway, Kansas City, North.
The Excelsior Springs Museum and Archives is looking for volunteers to work at the museum and gift shop.
The museum needs volunteers willing to give tours, do research, help with the gift shop, do computer work or clean. “If someone just wanted to be a part of us and dust, that would be swell,” said Shannon Morgan, a museum board member and volunteer coordinator.
The museum, located in an old bank building, has “massive Excelsior Springs history,” she said.
For information or to apply call 816-630-0101 or email Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about the museum is at www.exsmo.com/museum.
Excelsior Springs Museum and Archives is at 101 E. Broadway Excelsior Springs.
Northlander of the Year award
The late Chris Byrd was named Northlander of the Year during the annual Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce (NRCC) banquet in January. The award was accepted by his wife, Tracy, and sons Ian and Colin.
Others honored at the banquet, held at Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa, were: Sheila Lillis with the Distinguished Volunteer Award for her many years of volunteer work with NRCC’s Parks and Recreation Committee as well as her work as Gladstone’s Director of Parks and Recreation; Janeel Smith of EyeSmith who was named the 2014 Ambassador of the Year; and Bruce Cramer of Cramer Capital Management, who was introduced as the 2015 Chair of the NRCC Board.
Byrd was honored posthumously for his dedication and hard work for the betterment of the Northland. Resolutions honoring Byrd were read by Missouri Rep. T.J. Berry and Kansas City Mayor Sly James.
Byrd, an attorney, was involved in many civic organizations such as the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Platte County Economic Development Council. As a licensed auctioneer, he donated hours of service to a variety of nonprofits. He was also praised as a loving father and husband.
Grandparent group helps
The newly formed Senior Northland Alliance Group (SNAG) completed its first adopt a grandparent project by providing Christmas gifts for a grandparent raising children in Clay County.
SNAG founder Trish Heinerikson said SNAG provided clothing, toys and gift cards for Jerri Dickens and her two grandsons. “Like so many others in her situation, this grandmother has faced numerous challenges and has made countless sacrifices to raise her grandchildren,” said Heinerikson.
Dickens is a member of the Northland Grandfamilies Program, which offers free monthly support group meetings and services for grandparents and other relatives raising children who live in Clay and Platte Counties. For information about Northland Grandfamilies or to attend a support group meeting call 816-407-3490.
For information on SNAG call Heinerikson with NorthCare Hospice at 816-589-6526 or Jill Hershley with Primrose Retirement Community at 816-545-9790.
“We really want to reach to the folks in the Northland, primarily the seniors, and try to be a resource in one way or another,” said Heinerikson.
| Norma King, Special to The Star