Toast to Our Towns Gala

Humanitarians...Our Heroes.

Each year, THCF recognizes individuals whose generosity in charitable giving and volunteerism tremendously impacts the region we serve.  We are privileged to recognize those whose philanthropy make our community a better place to live and serve.

Brad and Sandy Cox – 2017

THCF is pleased to announce Brad and Sandy Cox as the 2017 Heartland Humanitarians of the Year. Service to community is engrained in the hearts of both Brad and Sandy. Their undying passion for the betterment of their community is evident in their business practices and their philanthropic engagement.

In addition to running their five businesses: Langsford Funeral Home, Langsford Pre-Arrangement, Langsford Development, The Emaline Ballroom, and Five Petals Floral, Brad and Sandy passionately serve on numerous boards and commissions.

Sandy is a past member of the John Knox Village Foundation and current treasurer for the Lee's Summit Parks Foundation. Brad currently serves on the John Knox Village Foundation, Lee's Summit Medical Center Board of Trustees, St. Luke's East Hospital Executive Advisory Board, and is the President of the Lee's Summit Missouri Municipal Building Authority. He is a past Chairman of Lee's Summit Economic Development Council and served on the Lee's Summit Advisory Board for Truman Heartland Community Foundation. They are both members of the Rotary Club of Lee's Summit.

Some of the initiatives that Sandy and Brad have been involved with include: the first private hospice room at John Knox Village, as well as funding for the Hospice Wing. They founded "Instruments for Success" through the Lee's Summit Education Foundation, which provides instruments for students that cannot afford the rental fees. Sandy was a founder of the "Boo Ball", the largest fundraising event in the St. Luke's Health System, and they were major donors for the Appearance Renewal Center at St. Luke's East, as well as to the Infusion Center in the Cancer Institute at St. Luke's East. They established the Scattering Garden at Powell Gardens, and have funded numerous projects in the Harvest Garden. They have ongoing involvement with initiatives for Powell Gardens, Rotary, Lee's Summit Parks & Recreation, John Knox Village as well as numerous civic projects in Lee's Summit.

Sandy is a life-long resident of Lee’s Summit and Brad has lived there for more than 30 years. They raised five children and currently have eight grandchildren. Sandy enjoys gardening in her spare time and Brad spends time playing in a band. They enjoy time at their Lake Lotawana home, spending time with their grandchildren and traveling as much as possible.

Past Recepients

Terry and Betty Snapp – 2016
Mike and Jan McGraw – 2015
Norman Swails – 2014
Dr. Bridget McCandless – 2013
Dave and Shirley Wurth – 2012
Gene and Joanne Cable – 2011
John and Nancy Kimak – 2010
Dave Jeter & Jim Kidwell – 2009
Larry Moore – 2008
Silver Legacy Award, Harry S. Truman Library & Museum – 2007
Dr. Frederick Hahn – 2006
John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil – 2005
Junior Service League of Independence – 2004
Dr. Robert E. “Bud” Hertzog – 2003
Allen Lefko – 2002
Helen French – 2001
Chuck and Colleen Foudree – 2000
Bob Reeds – 1999
David P. Ross – 1998
Barbara J. Potts – 1997
Byron Constance – 1996


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