And The 2018 Honorees Are...
We are very pleased to announce three of our honorees for our 23rd annual Toast to Our Towns Gala on Saturday, September 29. You should have recently received the save the date postcard for the event which will once again be at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center. As the postcard announced three of our honorees will be Bob Glaser (Heartland Humanitarian of the Year), Tingle Flooring (Heartland Corporate Citizen of the Year) Blue Ridge Bank and Trust Co., (Community Partner Award).
Our 2018 Heartland Humanitarian of the Year is Bob Glaser. Bob is known by many people in our region as a champion of charitable giving and volunteerism in the Eastern Jackson County community for more than fifty years. I have personally known Bob for more than 25 years. He and I first met when he was the Manager of the Independence Sears store in the early 90’s and was a volunteer for the United Way Campaign, where I was working at the time. Bob was the first staff person of your Community Foundation serving as President and CEO from 1994-1998. He then served as Director of Planned Giving at United Way where he was a member of my staff team from 1999-2002. More recently Bob has been VP of Community Development for Summit Bank located in Lee’s Summit for 9 years and in 2017 he joined the team of CommunityAmerica Credit Union. Bob is one of those people with too much energy to retire and our community is a better place due to his skill in connecting people to philanthropic causes. I am very pleased we are recognizing Bob as our 2018 Humanitarian of the Year.
Blue Ridge Bank and Trust Co. is being recognized with our Community Partner Award. This will only be the second time in the 23 year history of our Gala that the Community Partner Award has been awarded. It is done so in recognition of the Bank's long standing and strong support of THCF and also many other nonprofits in our community. The Bank was recognized in 2000 as the Corporate Citizen of the Year and their community engagement and support has continued to grow over the past 18 years. Associates of Blue Ridge Bank and Trust Co. are engaged in volunteer leadership roles in many nonprofits in our community. It is very fitting that Blue Ridge Bank and Trust Co. is receiving this special recognition during their 60th Anniversary Year.
Tingle Flooring is our Heartland Corporate Citizen of the Year. This company owned by Chip and Deb Moxley, has offices in Lee’s Summit, St. Louis and Denver. Tingle Flooring supports numerous nonprofits in the area and Chip, Deb and their daughter Lauren are actively engaged as volunteers. They are active supporters of the St. Luke’s East Boo Ball, Lee’s Summit Education Foundation, Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street, Lee's Summit Symphony Orchestra, and the Chamber of Commerce. They also contribute their flooring products to organizations like Habitat for Humanity. Tingle Flooring encourages their employees to get involved in the community and their belief is that their philanthropic giving has given them more than they have given away. The company is a great role model that we are pleased to recognize as our Corporate Citizen this year.
Look for more information about these three honorees on our website and stay tuned for future announcements about the Citizens of the Year from 7 area mayors. I hope you make plans today to join us for our celebration on Saturday, September 29th.