Charlie Hughes received the Pinnacle Award on April 25 during the annual Northland Community Foundation Celebration at Harrah’s North Kansas City. Hughes, a Liberty resident, is the retired director of social work at Liberty Hospital and was recognized for his leadership and charitable contributions.
“Charlie Hughes’ major contribution to the Northland has been his unwavering commitment as an advocate for the health and wellness of the under-served in our community,” said Northland Community Foundation executive director Louise Welborn. “During his time at Liberty Hospital, Charlie helped develop many essential programs, including the Hospital Wheel Chair Van Service, Long Term Care Clinic, Hospice Home Health, and the TreeHouse at Liberty Hospital.”
Hughes and his wife, Loretta, founded the Hughes Family Assistance Fund, part of the Liberty Hospital Foundation, which helps hospital employees; and were the first to establish an endowed scholarship that directly supports the Jewell Fund at William Jewell College.
In addition, Excelsior Springs High School student TJ Johnson received the Virjean Burton Youth Philanthropy Award for his philanthropic leadership. The award is named after the Northland Community Foundation’s founder, Virjean Burton, in honor of Burton’s dedication to the Northland community. The award includes a scholarship and a $1,000 grant to Johnson’s charity of choice.
“TJ has dedicated a vast majority of his high school career to contributing to various Northland organizations,” Welborn said. Those events included volunteering for his cousin’s i-ROK foundation events to raise money for pediatric cancer research, coordinating Stock the Stuffings for St. Jude’s and Children’s Mercy patients during the holidays, and raising money for the family of a fellow classmate who died.
Also at the event, Kevin Stump of St. Pius High School received the Pastor Otis L. Cobbins Sr. Memorial Scholarship. Jacob Boeding of Oak Park High School, and Nicole V. Trinh of Staley High School received the J. Harold and Mabel Hamil Memorial Scholarship. Jacob Johnson of Park Hill South High School received the Parkville Fine Arts Association Scholarship. John Erneste of Park Hill High School received the Prosperity Planning Scholarship. Jessica Pham of Oak Park High School received the Soroptimist International of Kansas City Northland Health Care Scholarship. Amanda Litster of Staley High School received the Virginia Whitsitt Scholarship.Suicide prevention
How to respond when someone is threatening suicide will be the topic of the next Family Support Group sponsored by Tri-County Mental Health Services.
The meeting is 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 7 at the Tri-County building, 3100 N.E. 83rd St. in Kansas City, North. Emily Roper-Parsons, older adult outreach coordinator at Tri-County, will lead the discussion.
For information call816-468-0400 or go to www.tricountymhs.org
.Liberty director of utilities
Brian Hess has been named as the new utilities director for the city of Liberty.
Hess has been the interim director since Oct. 2013 and has a 15 year career with the city, having served as city engineer and assistant director of public works.
During his time as interim utilities director Hess oversaw the city’s $95 million wastewater treatment facility project.
“He has done a wonderful job taking on this project that is so important to our residents and to the future of Liberty,” city administrator Curt Wenson said. “Brian is leading us through a design-build process instead of the traditional design-bid-build process. His attention to detail and project management skills have been outstanding throughout the interim period.”
Hess has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri and is a licensed professional engineer. He lives in Liberty with his wife and two sons.Learn about guardianship
“Missouri Guardianship and Conservatorship — What Does It Mean?” will be the topic of the Northland Grandfamilies program at 10 a.m., May 14 at North Cross United Methodist Church, 1321 N.E. Vivion Road in Kansas City, North.
Clay County public administrator Debra Gwin will give an overview of guardianship in Missouri, how it applies to grandparents and others, how to apply for guardianship, and the duties and responsibilities of guardians of minors and disabled adults.
Northland Grandfamilies meetings are free and open to grandparents, aunts and uncles who are raising children. It is a cooperative program between the Clay County Senior Services, the Platte County Senior Fund and the University of Missouri Extension.
To learn more about Northland Grandfamilies call816-407-3490
.Third Thursday program
A program on the history of African-American families in Clay County will be given by historian Shelton Ponder at 7 p.m., May 15 at Garrison School, 800 N. Water, Liberty.
Ponder’s presentation, “No Dust Hides Their Glow in the Road,” is part of The Clay County Museum and Historical Society’s Third Thursday series
“It’s like a historical glimpse of African-Americans, my family and other pioneer African-Americans in Clay County, “ said Ponder.
Ponder, a poet, playwright and historian, has gathered information eight generations back on his family while doing research for a novel for his granddaughter and great-granddaughter.
“We’ve been here almost 200 years. I live on the same street. Our great-grandfather was a Baptist minister and a house builder so we’ve lived on Main Street about 150 years,” he said.Society selects beneficiaries
The Harvest Ball Society has selected 30 area nonprofits to receive grants from its Adorn Style Show Brunch on Sept. 20 and the Harvest Ball on Nov. 15.
Those organizations are: Alphapointe Association for the Blind, Angel Flight Central, Assistance League of Kansas City, Autism Works, Children’s Mercy Northland, Clay County Clothes Closet, Concerned Care, The Family Conservancy, The Farmer’s House, Gilda’s Club Kansas City, Harvester’s, Heartland Habitat for Humanity, Hillcrest Hope Transitional Housing, HOPE.wrx, Liberty Meals on Wheels, Miles of Smiles, the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault, NorthCare Hospice Palliative Care, Northland Assistance Center, Northland Christmas Store, Northland Early Education Center, Northland Health Care Access, Northland Meals on Wheels, Northland Neighborhoods, Shepherd’s Center of the Northland, St. Charles Food Pantry, Synergy Services, Tri-County Mental Health Services, Women’s Employment Network, and YMCA of Greater Kansas City.
The Harvest Ball Society aims to connect donors to the causes they care about and to the needs of the Northland Community, as well as increase charitable giving, said society president Michel Ann Kaiser.
To society has raised nearly $7 million for charitable organizations. For information go toharvestballsociety.org.