Kimak Pest Management owners John and Nancy Kimak are the recipients of the 2010 Heartland Humanitarian Award, while Centerpoint Medical Center is the 2010 Corporate Citizen of the Year. Both award recipients will receive formal recognition during the “Toast to Our Towns” gala Sept. 25 at the Events Center.

One word links together Eastern Jackson County’s charitable foundation and the Independence Events Center ice facility: Community.

So, it was only appropriate that the Centerpoint Medical Center Community Ice served as the host site Friday afternoon as the Truman Heartland Community Foundation announced its 2010 top honorees.

Kimak Pest Management owners John and Nancy Kimak are the recipients of the 2010 Heartland Humanitarian Award, while Centerpoint Medical Center is the 2010 Corporate Citizen of the Year. Both award recipients will receive formal recognition during the “Toast to Our Towns” gala Sept. 25 at the Events Center.

Eight years ago, the Kimaks established a family fund with the community foundation through which they have supported numerous nonprofit organizations and institutions throughout Eastern Jackson County. The Kimaks also recently started the Kimak Pest Management Scholarship Fund for graduating seniors from the Independence School District.

“It’s wonderful to see the sun out today,” Nancy Kimak said Friday, “but it’s even prettier inside here seeing all of our friends and all of the supporters of the foundation. John and I are honored, humbled, flattered, very pleased but sincerely, we are touched beyond words. May the great deeds of private giving for public good grow into destiny for this community.”

Centerpoint Medical Center, at 19600 E. 39th St., has served as a partner to the Jackson County Free Health Clinic and opened in eastern Independence three years ago. In the past year, the hospital contributed more than $300,000 of in-kind donations, including space and lab work.

“Most of our employees live in Eastern Jackson County, and we are committed to making sure that when anyone needs help, whether it is surviving a heart attack or having a baby, that they will receive the best care available,” said Carolyn Caldwell, Centerpoint Medical Center’s chief executive officer.

At this year’s gala, the Truman Heartland Community Foundation will present the inaugural award for the Professional Advisor of the Year Award in honor of the foundation’s former CEO, Paul Thomson, who retired in 2009 after 10 years with the foundation.

Visit www.thcf.org www.thcf.org> for more information on the award and how to nominate an adviser.