Pillars provide support for structures or they can stand alone as monuments.



But on Saturday evening, Grain Valley will collectively honor a group of individuals during the sixth annual Grain Valley Pillar of the Community Awards banquet.

Pillars provide support for structures or they can stand alone as monuments.

But on Saturday evening, Grain Valley will collectively honor a group of individuals during the sixth annual Grain Valley Pillar of the Community Awards banquet.

Pastor David Hackett will receive the Cornerstone of the Community award. Hackett is a former superintendent of the Grain Valley R-V School District and is the spiritual leader of Faith United Methodist Church on Eagles Parkway.

“It’s an award given out to an individual that has shown commitment and leadership within the community,” said Cindy Panza, executive director of the Grain Valley Chamber of Commerce. “It’s usually an individual that has shown a lot of leadership, has done a lot of volunteerism and is well-respected within the community.”

Patricia’s Foods, 201 S.W. Eagles Parkway, will receive the Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year award. Businesses that receive the award have demonstrated values and service to the community and are judged on their growth and sustainability, as well as their employee relations.

Other Pillar awards will include City Attorney Jim Cook, city of Grain Valley; Harvey and Lois House, Grain Valley R-V School District; Caitlynn Helsper, D.A.R.E. program; Vernon and Jean Laughlin, Grain Valley Assistance Council; Dorothy Greene, Grain Valley Historical Society; John Davis, Optimist Club of Grain Valley; The Gifting Gals, Grain Valley Senior Citizens; and Rock and Margaret Outland, Grain Valley Athletic Association.

About 210 people will attend the sold-out event at the Grain Valley Community Center, 713 S. Main St. Denise Upah Mills, proprietor of Six Degrees Solutions LLC in Overland Park, Kan., will serve as the evening’s guest speaker. Mills, who has spoken at a past Grain Valley chamber luncheon, started Six Degrees in 1998 to combine different networking ideas.

 Local radio personality Kim Noble with radio station KCUR will no longer serve as emcee for the event. The Chamber and several board members will collaborate as emcees, Panza said.