Chamber to honor three
INDEPENDENCE | At its annual awards banquet Jan. 31, the Independence Chamber of Commerce will honor Kelly Lightfoot of Ampersand Creative as the Rising Star; Nina Anders of Scandinavia Place as Business Person of the Year and Shirley Baker as recipient of the Legacy Award.
Former Kansas City Royals player and coach Frank White, now a Jackson County legislator, will be the keynote speaker.
The 94th annual banquet begins at 6 p.m. at the Arrowhead Stadium North Club. Sponsorship opportunities and individual tickets are available by contacting Lois McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-252-4745, ext. 2.
City agency launches logo contest
BLUE SPRINGS | The city’s new Human Relations Commission, established in March of last year, needs a logo, so it’s holding a design contest.
The commission tries to foster better human relations among citizens of all cultural backgrounds, so everyone has an equal chance to participate in community life.
“We created this logo contest so community members can create a symbol that represents the Human Relations Commission’s mission,” said the commission chairman Lewis Jones.” This contest is our chance to form a relationship with the community we represent, and to show residents that they play an essential role in this commission and our future success.”
The winning logo must be an original work of the contestant and never been copyrighted. Entries should reflect diversity, inclusion, the city and the mission of the commission.
For specifications, go to bluespringsgov.com/hrclogocontest
Email entries to email@example.com by 11:59 p.m. March 16. All designs will become the property of the city and could be used in publications.
Tourney benefits football players’ charity work
BLUE SPRINGS | Local teams are invited to participate in a youth basketball tournament next month that will help football players from Blue Springs high schools travel to Jamaica to build houses for the underserved.
The Joey Butler Wildcat Football Memorial Basketball Tournament will be Feb. 21-22. All proceeds will benefit the Senior Football Community Service Trip to Jamaica and the 2014-2015 football players.
The games will be played at Blue Springs High School and Brittany Hill Middle School. There is a three-game guarantee for teams, fourth-grade through eighth-grade boys and girls divisions.
Early bird registration is $150 by Feb. 6 then $165 before final registration is due Feb. 16. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 816-289-4393.
Curious Cat Quiz Show
BELTON | The Belton-based HELP Humane Animal Shelter will raise money Feb. 7 through the Curious Cat Quiz Show at the Grandview Assembly of God Church, 12400 Grandview Road.
The event runs from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. and includes prizes, a raffle, face-painting and concessions.
Admission is $6 per person or $20 for family of four, Kids under 3 are admitted free. Call 816-318-4357 for details.
‘Rhapsody in Red’ to benefit symphony
LEE’S SUMMIT | An early Valentine’s Day party on Feb. 7 at the 100-year-old Longview Mansion will celebrate romance through the years.
“Rhapsody in Red” will benefit the Lee’s Summit Symphony.
The orchestra’s president, Shannon Lawrence, said, “This evening will be so special, we anticipate it becoming an annual event for couples and girls’ night out.”
KSHB-41 morning show host Joel Nichols will serve as emcee.
In addition to heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks, there will be silent and live auctions and entertainment by symphony musicians. Dancing will be encouraged.
Several chairs decorated by area artists to reflect themes of romance and music will be available for bidding. Also on the auction lists are a puppy, fine wines, home decor and a romantic moonlight boat ride with dinner on Longview Lake.
Bob and Marlese Gourley are honorary chairs for the event.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.lssymphony.org.