Toast to Our Towns

September 28, 2019

Businesses Giving Back

Each year, THCF recognizes a corporate citizen whose generosity in charitable giving tremendously impacts the region we serve. Our community is a generous one and we consider it a privilege to recognize those companies whose philanthropy makes our community a better place to live and serve.


Our 2019 Corporate Citizen of the Year is GEHA.

GEHA is a not-for-profit provider of medical and dental plans serving more than 2 million federal employees, retirees and their dependents. As one of the largest employers in the Kansas City area, GEHA sees social responsibility as key to its business and mission. GEHA’s corporate giving program involves both financial commitments and volunteerism, focusing on projects that are meaningful to employees, demonstrating the company’s commitment to the community and assisting organizations that promote health and wellness.

The Annual GEHA Golf Tournament has raised over $1.3 million for the benefit of local charities. The company helps fundraise for March of Dimes, including participation in the organization’s annual Greater Kansas City March for Babies. Each year, GEHA joins the Kansas City Corporate Challenge to promote employee fitness and teambuilding, while also giving back to a Kansas City-based charitable organization.

GEHA provides ongoing support to our local veterans. Through gifts of time and money, GEHA employees have helped the Veterans Community Project build tiny homes and honored WWII and Korean War veterans through sponsorship of Heartland Honor Flight, giving Kansas City area military veterans the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. and tour the memorials honoring their military service, at no cost. GEHA employees and their families wrote nearly 300 letters of appreciation to those who were on the October 2018 flight and many joined the cheering crowd of a few thousand at Kansas City International Airport for an inspiring homecoming.

During the government shutdown in early 2019, GEHA partnered with Harvesters—The Community Food Network to sponsor four emergency food distribution locations throughout Kansas City and Topeka. These efforts helped provide food to 465 households and feed more than 1,775 people. Additionally, GEHA hosted a food drive during February to restock area food pantries that had experienced higher than normal demand, as a result of the shutdown.

GEHA is proud to encourage employees to invest their time, energy and goodwill into helping children and families throughout the Kansas City metro area by offering time off to support numerous organizations that positively impact the health and wellness of the community through civic involvement and charitable contributions.

Past Recipients

2018 – Tingle Flooring
2017 – Cable-Dahmer Automotive Group
2016 – Missouri Mavericks
2015 – Mid-Continent Public Library
2014 – Corporate Copy Print
2013 – Silverstein Eye Centers
2011 – Rotary District 6040, Heartland Service Award
2010 – Centerpoint Medical Center
2009 – Data Systems International
2008 – MeraVic
2006 – The EXAMINER
2005 – Meyer Music
2004 – Haldex
2003 – Commerce Bank
2002 – Jim Kidwell Construction
2001 – American Sterling Bank
2000 – Blue Ridge Bank & Trust

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