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2018 Night of Independence Award Winners

2018 Award Winners

All videos filmed and produced by Lisa Marie Evans.


2018 Individual Leader Award - Sarah Castle

The Whole Person is thrilled to announce that Sarah Castle was awarded the 2018 Individual Leader of the Year Award for her contribution to the support of our organization and her advocacy of adaptive sports programs in our community for youth with disabilities. Sarah was presented her award at our “It’s Magic!” Night of Independence Gala, held Saturday, September 22 at Union Station’s Grand Plaza.

An Olympic gold medalist for wheelchair basketball and a silver medalist for the U.S. Paralympic swim team, Sarah works as an Assistant Jackson County Prosecutor. She inspired guests attending the Gala with her honest and passionate Keynote message about the importance of sport in the lives of youth with disabilities.

Learn more about Sarah Castle here:thewholeperson.org/news-events/special-events/night-of-independence-gala/keynote-sarah-castle.html

Video created and produced by Lisa Marie Evans.


2018 Volunteer Group of the Year - Cerner

The Whole Person is thrilled to announce that Cerner has been awarded the 2018 Volunteer Group of the Year Award for their contribution to the support of our organization. Chris Herzog accepted the award on behalf of Cerner at our “It’s Magic!” Night of Independence Gala, held Saturday, September 22 at Union Station’s Grand Plaza.

Cerner stepped up with around 30 volunteers and provided manpower to clean up the yards of two TWP consumers, donating money to purchase needed supplies for the “Planting Independence One Yard at a Time Event” last fall. Planting Independence is a program which provides assistance with general yard clean-up for consumers who receive our services. TWP partners with volunteer groups to perform low to moderate risk activities such as mowing, raking, weeding, and planting, twice a year on a Saturday morning. This year Cerner stepped up BIG and we hope to be partners for a long time to come.

Video created and produced by Lisa Marie Evans.


2018 Corporate Leader Award - Kansas City Royals

The Whole Person is thrilled to announce that the Kansas City Royals were awarded the 2018 Corporate Leader of the Year Award for their contribution in spotlighting inclusion of people with disabilities in Major League Baseball, and for their example of making accessibility a priority in their stadium. Travis Bryant accepted the award on behalf of the Royals at our “It’s Magic!” Night of Independence Gala, held Saturday, September 22 at Union Station’s Grand Plaza.

The Kansas City Royals and Royals Charities are committed to being active members of the Kansas City community and strive to support children, education, youth baseball/softball and military in and around the area.

Video created and produced by Lisa Marie Evans.


2018 Civic Leader Award - Rep. Judy Morgan and Rep. Cody Smith

The Whole Person is thrilled to announce that Representative Judy Morgan and Representative Cody Smith have been awarded the 2018 Civic Leader of the Year Award for their contribution to the support of our organization. They were presented their award at our “It’s Magic!” Night of Independence Gala, held Saturday, September 22 at Union Station’s Grand Plaza.

Rep. Morgan and Rep. Smith have both supported bills and legislation that helped Centers for Independent Living and people with disabilities in the State of Missouri, and are great advocates of the mission of The Whole Person.

Video created and produced by Lisa Marie Evans.


2018 Volunteer of the Year, Michael West and Larry Baker, with introduction message by Morgan Perry, Event Chair and Terri Goddard, Resource Development Manager, The Whole Person

The Whole Person is thrilled to announce that Michael West and Larry Baker have been awarded the 2018 Volunteer of the Year Award for their contributions to the support of our organization. Michael and Larry were presented this award at our “It’s Magic!” Night of Independence Gala, held Saturday, September 22 at Union Station’s Grand Plaza.

The importance of volunteers to The Whole Person cannot be overestimated. Whether the person acts as a volunteer for a specific task, or contributes their time and resources in support of a large event or project, the efforts that are put forth deserve our heartiest congratulations and recognition. It is for this reason and more, that we honor Michael and Larry with the Volunteer of the Year Award. Their dedication to helping others is inspiring.

This video begins with a message by Morgan Perry, Event Chair, and Terri Goddard, Resource Development Manager for The Whole Person. They speak about the importance of volunteerism and the impact that it has on our community.

Video created and produced by Lisa Marie Evans.