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Each year, Truman Heartland Community Foundation recognizes individuals and couples whose generosity in charitable giving and volunteerism tremendously impacts the region we serve. We are privileged to recognize those whose philanthropy makes our community a better place to live, work, and serve.

2024 Humanitarian of the Year

Doug and Helen Hatridge

Doug and Helen are retired educators who have a strong passion for community service. Helen was a member of the THCF Board and served as Board Chair in 2018. Doug, on the other hand, was a member of the Jackson County Plan Commission. They both contributed their time and effort to various organizations, such as the Fort Osage Fire Protection District, Lee's Summit Parks and Recreation Board, and Independence Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, among others. They have each received numerous honors and recognitions, including the Longevity Award for Volunteers of Lee's Summit Parks & Recreation and the prestigious 2022 Legacy Award from CSL. Together, Helen and Doug continue to make a positive impact in their community, and their dedication to service will undoubtedly be their legacy.

Past Recipients

2023 - LaShawn Walker

2022 - Joan and Steve Israelite

2021 – Jim and Mary Stilley

2020 – Brent Schondelmeyer and Lee Williams

2019 – Tom and Carman Duvall

2018 – Robert (Bob) F. Glaser

2017 – Brad and Sandy Cox

2016 – Terry and Betty Snapp

2015 – Mike and Jan McGraw

2014 – Norman Swails

2013 – Dr. Bridget McCandless

2012 – Dave and Shirley Wurth

2011 – Gene and Joanne Cable

2010 – John and Nancy Kimak

2009 – Dave Jeter and Jim Kidwell

2008 – Larry Moore

2007 – Silver Legacy Award, Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

2006 – Dr. Frederick Hahn

2005 – John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil

2004 – Junior Service League of Independence

2003 – Dr. Robert E. “Bud” Hertzog

2002 – Allen Lefko

2001 – Helen French

2000 – Chuck and Colleen Foudree

1999 – Bob Reeds

1998 – David P. Ross

1997 – Barbara J. Potts

1996 – Byron Constance

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LaSahwn Walker's mother, Betty Long, as always been an inspiration to everyone around her.