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St. Mary’s Medical Center Butterfly Ball Scheduled for March 3

clock February 1, 2012 11:09 by author Jeff Quibell

For release January 10, 2012 Contact: Deborah White, 816-943-3989

St. Mary’s Medical Center Butterfly Ball

Scheduled for March 3

Blue Springs, Missouri— On Saturday, March 3, at the Adams Pointe Conference Center in Blue Springs, the St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation will give the annual Butterfly Ball some Hollywood glamour and glitter. This year’s theme—Hollywood---begins with cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. followed by a live auction and dancing. The attire for the evening is black tie and “red carpet” optional.

Celebrating its 26th year, the St. Mary’s Medical Center Butterfly Ball proceeds will help purchase critical medical equipment that will advance the medical center’s cardiology, women’s services, rehab and stroke, surgery, emergency and orthopedic programs. Chairs for this year’s Butterfly Ball are David Blick, MD, FACC, with Kansas City Cardiology, Adam Kramer, DO, with Advanced Surgical Associates and Leanna Mosher, MD, with Healthcare for Women (physician co-chairs), Dana and Gary Showalter (auxiliary co-chairs) and Missouri State Representatives Sheila Solon and Jeanie Lauer (community co-chairs).

Make your reservation early to guarantee a seat. Individual tickets are $125 and sponsorship opportunities are available starting at $500. Contact the St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation for more information and to reserve your seat. Call 816-655-5363 or visit

St. Mary’s Medical Center is an acute care facility of Carondelet Health, which also includes St. Joseph Medical Center, three long-term care facilities and home care services. Carondelet Health ( is a member of Ascension Health ( Ascension Health is transforming healthcare by providing the highest quality care to all, with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable. Ascension Health, which provided $808 million in care of persons who are poor and community benefit last year, is the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit health system. Our Mission-focused Health Ministries consist of 106,000 associates serving in 20 states and the District of Columbia.

Dr. Patricia Hatley to Receive Imelda Farmer Friendship Award at Friends of St. Mary’s Annual Dinner

clock February 1, 2012 11:07 by author Jeff Quibell

For release January 10, 2012 Contact: Deborah White, 816-943-3989

Dr. Patricia Hatley to Receive Imelda Farmer Friendship Award at Friends of St. Mary’s Annual Dinner

Blue Springs, MissouriPatricia Hatley, PhD, has been selected as the seventh Imelda Farmer Friendship Award recipient and will be honored at the Friends of St. Mary’s Annual Dinner on Friday, February 3. Imelda Farmer was known for giving 100 percent of herself to her family, her community, her profession and her friends. She believed two things: people should always keep learning and they should use what they learn to help others.

A resident of Blue Springs since 1967 and a retired educator/school administrator, Dr. Hatley can be found on the volunteer rolls in numerous organizations in the area. As a member of the St. Mary’s Medical Center Auxiliary for more than 25 years, a board member for 10 years, and the board president in 1998-99, Dr. Hatley has been a stalwart supporter of St. Mary’s.

“Blue Springs has been called the city of cooperation,” says Dr. Hatley. “Everyone works together to make our city something special.” Those who have worked with Dr. Hatley think she exemplifies this very motto.

Throughout her thirty-year professional tenure with the Independence, MO; Blue Valley, KS; and the Blue Springs School Districts, Dr. Hatley nurtured her hometown ties by volunteering for the Career Central of Blue Springs, the Blue Springs School of Economics, the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce “Taste of Blue Springs” and Fall Fun Fest, the Rainbow Center, St. Mary’s Medical Center’s Butterfly Ball, the St. Mary’s Holiday Fair and the St. Mary’s Golf Classic.

After her early retirement from the Blue Springs School District, Dr. Hatley served as the Executive Director of the Eastern Jackson County Business/Education Partnership for six years; her role in working with area school districts was to create joint learning opportunities for students, teachers, parents, and the business community in six EJC districts. As the EJCP Director, in cooperation with St. Mary’s Medical Center, St. Mary’s Manor, and St. Joseph Medical Center, she created the Summer Health Career Institute for Students, introducing high school students to a variety of health care career options. This week-long program thrived for five years under her leadership.

Constantly reaching out and meeting new people, Dr. Hatley always keeps St. Mary’s in her repertoire of volunteer activities. She will once again be organizing the large number of volunteers needed to help with the 2012 Paul Splittorff Memorial Golf Classic, benefiting SMMC. Pat also currently serves on the board of the Blue Springs Education Foundation and is a co-founder of W.E.E. (Women Endowing Education.) “Fun times, camaraderie, and cooperation,” says Dr. Hatley, “and my network of acquaintances keep me active with a community I love.”

The Friends of St. Mary’s supports the mission of St. Mary’s Medical Center by promoting a better understanding of the healthcare services St. Mary’s provides. Members, both individual and corporate, enjoy exclusive social and networking events throughout the year. If you are interested in joining Friends or would like to attend the annual dinner, contact St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation at 816-655-5363.

Join Community Services League for Symphony of Voices

clock January 4, 2012 15:14 by author Jeff Quibell

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Kids to “Shop with a Blue Springs Cop” for the holidays

clock December 14, 2011 11:00 by author Jeff Quibell






DATE: December 14, 2011

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Public Information Officer

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449


Kids to “Shop with a Blue Springs Cop” for the holidays

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – The Blue Springs Police Department and members of the Blue Springs Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association will participate in the second “Shop with a Blue Springs Cop” at 7 a.m., Saturday, December 17, at the Target Store in the Adams Dairy Landing shopping center, 1040 NE Coronado, Blue Springs, Mo.

Thirty Blue Springs Police Department officers will volunteer their time by spending it with thirty students from Blue Springs School District. This program allows disadvantaged children to shop with an officer and purchase $125 worth of holiday gifts for their families.

The “Shop with a Blue Springs Cop” program is an opportunity for children to socialize with officers in a positive atmosphere and reinforce the fact that police officers are friends in the community.

“This is the second year that we have been able to do this event and we are amazed by the community support for the program here in Blue Springs. These types of events help build relationships between area kids and police officers,” said Officer David Brotherton of the Blue Springs Police Department. “It’s an honor and a privilege to be able to help make sure these children and their families have a great Christmas this year.”

Following the shopping event, participants will join officers at the Adams Dairy Pointe Conference Center for a gift wrapping session and lunch with the officers.

This year’s event is sponsored by: Target, Olive Garden, Adams Pointe Conference, Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting, City of Blue Springs Police Department, Ad Trends, All Star Awards, Autumn Place, Belfonte Ice Cream, Blue Springs Baptist Temple, Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, Blue Springs Landlord Group, Boyd Midwest, Brockman Family, CherryBerry, Mayor Carson Ross, Cooks Hams, Blue Springs Business League, Cosentino’s Price Chopper, Cornerstone Church, David Bowerman Family, Daylight Donuts, Dena McLean, FIKE Corporation, Fun House Pizza, Godfather’s Pizza, Highway Trailer Sales, Inc., House of Heavilin, Hy-Vee, Kwik Kopy, LaMar’s Donuts, Laura Brennan, Lunar Bowl, Memories on Main Tea Room and Café, Missouri Mavericks, Minsky’s Pizza, Moreland Ridge School, Special Events on Main Street, Shriners International, Steve Steiner, Visual-Concepts LLC and Zeke’s Paint & Design Centers.

To donate, volunteer or for more information, call Officer Brotherton at (816) 935-6770.


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Rainbow Center Fall/Winter Newsletter

clock December 6, 2011 17:31 by author Jeff Quibell

Holiday Greetings!

This holiday season brings much appreciation for your commitment to the students and adults of Rainbow!

We would like to share with you the latest news of what has been happening and invite you to visit our website for the

Fall/Winter Newsletter at

If you feel moved to include Rainbow in your end-of-year giving,

donations are accepted via PayPal through our website, or can be mailed with a 12-31-11 postmark.

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for the New Year!

Your Rainbow Friends

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Truman Heartland Community Foundation in Top Philanthropic Tier Nationally

clock November 30, 2011 10:38 by author Jeff Quibell



Contact: Nicole Stevens, 816.795.5307

Truman Heartland Community Foundation in Top Philanthropic Tier Nationally

Local Organization Meets Rigorous Standards for Quality and Accountability

HEARTLAND NEWS (November 30, 2011)Truman Heartland Community Foundation recently received notification that it has met the nation’s highest philanthropic standards for operational quality, integrity and accountability. The notice comes from the Community Foundations National Standards Board, a national accreditation organization based in Arlington, Va.

clip_image004[1]“This is similar to the Good Housekeeping Seal for community foundations,” said Diane Miller, Manager, Community Foundations National Standards Board. “It says that Truman Heartland Community Foundation has demonstrated a commitment to operational quality, integrity and accountability.”

The National Standards for U.S. Community FoundationsÔ program requires community foundations to document their policies for donor services, investments, grantmaking and administration. With over 500 community foundations already confirmed in compliance nationwide, the program is designed to provide quality assurance to donors, as well as to their legal and financial advisors.

“This is critically important to our donors,” said Phil Hanson, Truman Heartland Community Foundation president. “When people make a charitable bequest, establish a fund or set up an annuity, they are putting their trust in us. They are counting on us to manage the investment wisely, honor their charitable wishes and, in some cases, provide lifetime income to a loved one. The National Standards confirmation says our house is in order.”

Truman Heartland Community Foundation offers a range of charitable funds, allowing donors to advance a cause such as education or the environment, support an individual organization, provide flexible support for community needs or recommend individual grants. In addition to affirming the organization’s philanthropic services, the confirmation validates Truman Heartland Community Foundation’s grantmaking practices for the nonprofit community.

“Some say it’s easier to create wealth than to give money away wisely,” said Jim Pryde, Truman Heartland Community Foundation Board Chairman. “There’s some truth in that. Grantmaking is a lot like investing… we need to assess risks, weigh potential gains, diversify assets, monitor performance and operate fairly. When you see the National Standards Seal, you can be assured that we’re committed to meeting the highest standards for grantmaking as well.”

The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations program is the first of its kind for charitable foundations in the United States.

Truman Heartland Community Foundation is a public charity committed to “improving area communities by promoting private giving for the public good”. After 29 years of service, THCF continues to serve the region with assets surpassing $28 million and annual grants reaching $2.8 million last year. THCF provides a wide range of services to donors and grant seekers alike. For more information on charitable giving, visit us online at or call the office at 816.836.8189.


$25,000.00 Matching Donation from anonymous Blue Springs couple to Save Our Depot!

clock November 30, 2011 10:16 by author Jeff Quibell


Contact: Mary Potter

Phone #: 816-797-4870

Date: November 28, 2011

Who:  Blue Springs Historical Society ~ Save Our Depot

What: $25,000.00 Matching Donation from anonymous Blue Springs couple

When:  Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A Blue Springs couple signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a money match of $25,000.00 to save the Blue Springs 1926 Chicago & Alton Depot.  A check will be given to the Blue Springs Historical Society, Inc. ~ Depot as soon as the $25,000.00 donation match is raised.  As president of the Blue Springs Historical Society, Mary Potter said, “I couldn’t believe all of the zeros after the $25.”  Since early August, volunteers and supporters have raised over $5,000.00 through donations, two silent auctions and one fundraiser.   Potter added, “I had no idea there were other individuals who felt as strongly as I do about saving this important piece of our Blue Springs history”.  The Depot represents why Blue Springs moved from the valley of Woods Chapel to the top of the hill when the Chicago & Alton Railroad laid the tracks and built a depot in 1879.   Mary met with the couple in mid-November to sign the document accepting the couples’ generous donation to the Depot.  Greg Grounds, former Blue Springs Mayor and Jackson County Legislator, is donating his time and professional expertise as an attorney to the organizations.   

The couple, with an enthusiasm for trains and depots, wishes to remain anonymous.  When the Blue Springs couple saw the dedication of individuals to save the depot, they decided a money match would encourage the community’s individuals, businesses and civic organizations to donate larger sums of money to save the Depot. 

The Blue Springs Historical Society ~ Depot has agreed upon an amount with Patton, Inc. to move the Depot from its current location on downtown Main Street to a nearby downtown park.  The payment to the mover, Doyle Patton, is $16,000.00.  To replace the concrete slab foundation will cost approximately $4,000.00.  This projected cost includes the foundation forms, rebar, concrete, gravel and grading. Contractor Steve Greer has volunteered to oversee this part of the project.  He is donating his talent and time.  The Blue Springs Historical Society ~ Depot is asking for construction companies to donate materials or to donate the materials at a discounted cost.  Since the Historical Society is a 501c3 non-profit, donations are tax deductible.  

The Save Our Depot group has spoken with the Blue Springs School District about construction students helping with the concrete slab.  This would be overseen by professional concrete layers. 

After the Depot is moved to its new site, Kansas City Southern Railway will donate $5,000.00 toward the restoration.  Their generous donation along with donors to meet the moving cost of $20,000.00 will meet the anonymous donors $25,000.00.  Then the restoration on the outside of the Depot begins with $30,000.00.  The Blue Springs Historical Society ~ Save Our Depot has had Keith Albarelli, a master electrician, volunteer to do the all electric wiring and Zucca Roofers was volunteered to replace the composition roof.  The group needs a skilled plumber, an insulation company, and outside painting company to volunteer their skills and materials at a reduced cost to finish the outside of the Depot.  After these are finished, the stucco will complete the outside. Potter said, the Save Our Depot will begin the inside restoration.  She said the inside of the Depot is described as being in above average condition. 

Matching Donation should be mailed to Blue Springs Historical Society ~ Depot, P.O. Box 762, Blue Springs, MO 64013.

Potter said the Historical Society ~ Save Our Depot is asking supporters to attend the Blue Springs City Council presentation on Monday, December 5th at 6:30 p.m. at the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building, 1103 S.W. Smith Street, Blue Springs 64015.  This will be the meeting as to whether the Depot gets approval to move the Depot to Central Park.  This park is located in downtown east of the railroad tracks and south of Walnut Street.  Currently the park is undeveloped except for the community garden that began in fall 2011.  Potter would like for supporters to either wear red or white or a Chicago & Alton Blue Springs, MO sweatshirt.