It was fitting that the co-Humanitarian of the Year, selected by the Truman Heartland Community Foundation, read a quote from Harry S. Truman.

It was fitting that the co-Humanitarian of the Year, selected by the Truman Heartland Community Foundation, read a quote from Harry S. Truman.

“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit,” said John Kimak, quoting Truman.

For Kimak, it’s all about accomplishing great things in the community.

But on Saturday, numerous people got credit for their faithful and unyielding commitment to making their communities a better place to live.

Truman Heartland held its annual gala at the Independence Events Center.

The organization recognized John Kimak and wife, Nancy, as Humanitarians of the Year. The Van Horn High School sweethearts have a history of giving to the Independence area. In 2002, the Kimaks established a family fund at the foundation through which they have given to a number of organizations, including Hillcrest Ministries, the Independence School District, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, St. Vincent DePaul and the Palmer Senior Center. The couple created the Kimak Pest Management Scholarship to support graduating seniors from the Independence School District.

 Getting Corporate Citizen of the Year was Centerpoint Medical Center. The hospital has provided health screenings and various health care educational services to more than 2,500 individuals and contributed more than $100,000 to local charitable organizations.

Also honored were 13 “outstanding citizens of the year” from various cities in Jackson County. They were Art Phillips, of Blue Springs; Dale and Sheila Arnold of Grain Valley; Robert J. “Bob” Reeds of Independence; Floyd and Francis Evans of Oak Grove; Kenneth Fleischmann and Kenneth Whisler, both of Raytown; Jim Rittel and John Ryan, both of Sugar Creek; Jon Ellis, Lee’s Summit; Vicky Cundiff, Lee’s Summit; Shirley Bond, Lake Winnebago.

Rittel and Ryan, two longtime Boy Scout leaders for Troop 221, wore their Scout uniforms to the gala, representing their dedication to the troop that was the reason they were selected for the award.

Last year, the foundation established the “Dr. Paul M. Thomson Professional Advisor of the Year Award” to honor a professional who “has been instrumental in working with the Community Foundation” to encourage charitable giving in the heartland.”

Buford “Bunk” Farrington, a lawyer for Humphrey, Farrington and McClain, won the award.

Farrington has advised clients to the benefits and tax consequences of endowments and charitable funds. He has helped a number of individuals by discussing ways to donate and accomplish charitable goals.

“I am honored for something I enjoy and doing something for my clients,” Farrington told the crowd of 650 people.

The emcee was Steven Garrett.