Last Friday I had the privilege of attending the Boys and Girls Club “2009 Multicultural Holiday Event,” which was held at the Truman Memorial Building.

Last Friday I had the privilege of attending the Boys and Girls Club “2009 Multicultural Holiday Event,” which was held at the Truman Memorial Building.

Continuing to serve on the Eastern Jackson County Advisory Board for the Boys and Girls Club was one of those volunteer positions that I gladly took with me into retirement. One of the many lessons you learn in a career in law enforcement is relatively simple. We could put all the data into a mathematical formula and it would show us it will always cost more to fix an adult than it does to raise a child. I believe we each have a moral responsibility to the children and youth throughout our community. After all, they are our future. 

When the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kansas City was looking for a venue to host this event, I knew Independence was one of those special places that not only understands but embraces our diversity. When I approached our park director; Eric Urfer, about this request, his response was without hesitation; “If it’s not already booked it’s yours.”

My next contact was with Frank Buhro, supervisor at Truman Memorial Building, who assisted us, and the reservation process was a breeze. We are blessed to have these gentlemen in Independence who truly work to make good things happen in our community.

When it was “showtime” Friday evening, we were given a great series of performances by the club members from Kansas City’s Thornberry and East Side Clubs, the WYCO Club from Wyandotte County, Kan., and Independence’s own Hawthorne and Leslie Clubs.

From the minute the curtain opened until the final performance, we saw a show filled with dignity, grace and a lot of talent. What also inspired me was that the selections in each performance were made by the performers from their respective clubs, youths ranging in age from 5 to 18. 

The many performances included dancers to the selections of “Honey,” “I Trust You,” “Faithful,” and “Wild Horses.”  Selections included the “Mummy Grove” dance from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album, “Lean on Me,” and “I’ll be There.” The closing song came from all the performers coming together as the Boys and Girls Club choir; singing from their hearts “The Greatest Love of All.” These performances weren’t just sight and sounds; their energy provided you with a positive feeling.

It was just the night before when another concert was going on across town, as the Zac Brown Band performed at the Independence Events Center. As good as Zac is, and he received rave reviews, he couldn’t have shown any more heart than I saw on Friday.

Thinking again about mathematics; it’s a mathematical probability that I saw some future Events Center performers Friday night. So come on, Independence, look for our next event; “Dinner on Ice” and help support our hometown Boys and Girls Clubs.