The moment August ends, the Eastern Jackson County community begins preparations for the annual Toast to Our Towns Gala benefiting the Truman Heartland Community Foundation.

The moment August ends, the Eastern Jackson County community begins preparations for the annual Toast to Our Towns Gala benefiting the Truman Heartland Community Foundation.

Considered by many to be the preeminent social and philanthropic event of the year, the yearly fundraising event succeeds on many levels. The summer months provide a long and welcome break from the hectic social schedule, and the THCF gala is ideally timed as the unofficial kickoff the fall season. Supported by a vast range of corporate sponsors and individual donors from across the region, the event is a perfect opportunity to reconnect with friends and colleagues after the summer hiatus.  

The popularity and acclaim of the THCF gala is primarily due to its tradition to recognizing individuals and businesses that make significant contributions to the community. The Outstanding Citizens of the Year honorees selected each year by their hometown mayor are the true stars of the evening, and their presence never fails to make the event meaningful and memorable. Over the gala’s history guest of the event have been introduced to extraordinary individuals who share a passion for volunteerism and enhancing the quality of life of their neighbors.  

This year THCF attendees will meet Art Phillips, Blue Springs; Dale and Sheila Arnold, Grain Valley; Bob Reeds, Independence; Shirley Bond, Lake Winnebago; Jon Ellis and Vicky Cundiff, Lee’s Summit; Floyd and Frances Evans, Oak Grove; Kenneth Fleischmann and Kenneth Whisler, Raytown; and John Ryan and Jim Rittel, Sugar Creek.

Earning the Truman Heartland Community Foundation highest honor are John and Nancy Kimak, who will be presented the Heartland Humanitarian of the Year award to recognize their tremendous personal and corporate contributions to countless area charities. Centerpoint Medical Center will be honored as the recipient of the Corporate Citizen of the Year award. Finalists for the Dr. Paul Thomson Professional Advisor of the Year Award are Buford “Bunk” Farrington, Wm. Richard Henks and R. James Stilley, Jr. The recipient will be named at the event.

The gala’s reputation is built not only on its tremendous programming, but on the lavish atmosphere created by the exceptionally creative and daring event committee. If there is ever an excuse to buy a new dress, this is it.  The ambiance is consistently one of elegance and celebration and one of the few opportunities to get really decked out.  

Hosted this year at the Independence Events Center the committee no doubt been relishing in the possibilities the newest EJC event space provides.  

With Event Chair Joy Hobick at the helm, renowned for her ingenuity and uncanny ability to make everything she touches into something beautiful, the 2010 gala is guaranteed to be show-stopping.  

The 2010 Toast to Our Towns Gala will be held Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Independence Events Center, 19100 E. Valley View Parkway, Independence.  

The cocktail reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner and program commencing at 7 p.m.  

Individual tickets are priced at $150 with sponsorship opportunities beginning at $1,800.  
Visit www.thcf.org or call 816-836-8189 for reservations.