Things Going On in June

Hope For a Cure
Just $20,000 away from reaching their goal for 2012, Braden’s Hope for Childhood Cancer will hold the Hope Walk and Touch-A-Truck, Etc. event June 9 to help raise awareness and funds for treatments and cures of childhood cancer. Held at Frontier Park in Olathe, the walk will begin at 9 a.m. followed by games and valuable raffle prizes in a carnival atmosphere. The traditional autograph session featuring local childhood cancer heroes and several of the Kansas City Chiefs players will follow the walk. The Touch-A-Truck, Etc. event is sponsored by the City of Olathe and will feature construction equipment, emergency equipment, trucks, and the Mahaffie Stagecoach. Johnson County-based Braden’s Hope For Childhood Cancer’s goal is to raise $100,000 by the end of 2012, the funds of which will be awarded by the Grant Review Board to a hospital or research institute for the purpose of finding treatments and cures for childhood cancer. Braden’s Hope For Childhood Cancer is a 501(c)(3) that was formed as a direct result of Braden Hofen’s personal battle with Neuroblastoma, a form of childhood cancer. Registration is available online at until June 5 and after that date, registration will be on-site beginning at 8 a.m. on June 9.


A Junior at Heart, a Pro on the Course
Jean Tyrell of Leawood, Kan., representing the Midwest PGA Section, will participate in the 2012 Ryder Cup Junior Golf Academy, part of the 2010 Ryder Cup Outreach program. After a successful debut, the Academy returns July 1-8, at the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance in Port St. Lucie, Fla. A total of 84 juniors have been selected to participate. The Ryder Cup Junior Academy is a weeklong program that emphasizes a variety of skills, including playing and competing in stroke and match-play formats, swing mechanics, competitive course management, as well as fitness and physical assessments. The initiative is designed to expand the outreach of the Ryder Cup and provide aspiring young players with an opportunity to experience an elite player development academy, while targeting those who may not have the resources or means to attend. It will also offer the juniors expert instruction from past U.S. Ryder Cup Captains and award-winning PGA Professionals. Each of the 41 PGA Sections nationwide were given the opportunity to nominate one boy and one girl each, with the remainder of the juniors selected through an at-large process. Also receiving invitations were boy and girl participants from the Notah Begay III Foundation, Lorena Ochoa Golf Foundation, Bill Dickey Scholarship Association, Pan-American Golf Association, and the AJGA Ace Grant Program.


Paw Print of Approval
In his trademark loud and witty style, Jay Leno showcased native Kansan Katie Mulich’s Paw Wash invention during one of his late night show’s segments, “Real Pet Products,”

Jay Leno demonstrating the Paw Wash.

in April. A complete surprise to both Mulich and her family, the Paw Wash was chosen as one of the select few cool pet inventions to appear on The Jay Leno Show. Just a sixth grader at the time the idea was conceived, Mulich was playing with her Lab/German Shepherd mix Sadie one fall day when she became frustrated with the standard ways to try and clean the dog before allowing her back into the house. Sadie’s paws never seemed to get 100 percent clean and the hoses, buckets, and towels Mulich used were clunky and ineffective. Thus, the Paw Wash was born and both Mulich and her dog have greatly benefited from the product, earning numerous Design Awards including the Design Defined Award at the International Housewares Show in Chicago. A decade later, the innovative design still uses natural bursts of water supported by the Paw Wash’s patented shape and the powerful fluid dynamics it creates with very little effort. A soft rubber squeegee and an optional drying mitt or a towel to remove the majority of the moisture as the paw exits the Paw Wash can be added for a dog with power-cleaned paws that would make even Leno proud.


Vintage Summer Days
Twelve Kansas farm wineries, De Soto Rotary Club, the City of De Soto, and the De Soto Arts Council will host a Kansas-only celebration—Winesong at Riverfest. The first of its kind, this wine-tasting festival brings together Kansas farm wineries from throughout the state to offer the public an opportunity to select and taste 10 samples from a vast array of wines for a $15 admission price. The De Soto Arts Council will feature the artwork of 10 local artists invited to display and sell their work. Live background music and appetizers from restaurants around town will round out the event. All profits will be donated to the De Soto Rotary Club to finance its charitable work. Winesong will be held rain or shine at De Soto ’s Riverfest on the banks of the Kansas River from 4 to 8 p.m. June 16. As a charitable fundraiser for the De Soto Rotary Club, this wine connoisseur’s dream is a unique opportunity to motivate wine lovers to experience numerous choices from quality Kansas wineries within a short drive. Tickets can also be purchased at De Soto City Hall, 32905 W. 84th St., De Soto, Kan. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or on Facebook.


Changing the World Through Art
What began as a modest bistro stand complete with handmade watercolor note cards and baked goods has transformed into a worldwide philanthropic phenomenon,

Local artist Jeff Hanson.
photo by Versluis Photography

changing the world as we know it through the power of art and kindness. Patricia Brown-Dixon, the regional administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration headquartered in Kansas City, announced Jeffrey Owen Hanson LLC as the winner of the Small Business Administration Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Region 7. Hanson suffered from an extreme case of neurofibromatosis, and completed chemotherapy and radiation for an optic nerve tumor, leaving him with severe vision loss. The visually impaired artist planned to sell his art for research for the disease. Eventually, Jeff’s Bistro evolved into a business where the artist sells his original acrylics on canvas for profit and charity. With increasing demand for his original paintings, Hanson formed Jeffrey Owen Hanson LLC and trademarked his signature. Last summer Hanson and his business team turned to the SBA’s Small Business Development Center in Overland Park, Kan., to help write a strategic business plan. Now 18, Hanson’s donations to charity, through the sale of his paintings at live charitable auctions, exceed $500,000, and “for profit” sales for Jeffrey Owen Hanson LLC in 2011 were $144,000. Celebrities such as Sir Elton John, Warren E. Buffet, Billy Joel and others touched by the teen’s philanthropic spirit own Hanson’s color-saturated art. Hanson, who graduated high school in May, plans to pursue his art career full-time. “Changing the World Through Art … A Unique Story of Philanthropy, Art & Entrepreneurship” will launch this fall as a presentation at corporate events throughout the nation. For more information about Hanson and his art, visit


A Recipe for Success
JCCC student chefs rounded up their many gold and silver medals at the culmination of the American Culinary Federation Central Region Conference April 14-16 in Detroit, Mich. The culinary team won a gold medal in competition against eight state teams, all of which prepared the same Auguste Escoffier recipes. Several teams of judges assessed the students on their interpretations of the recipes, knife and kitchen skills and adherence to the recipes as well as the taste and presentation of the meal.
JCCC culinary team members and their apprentice sites are:
· Sophie Buell, Kansas City, Kan., Indian Hills Country Club
· Adam Glass, Overland Park, Dean & DeLuca
· Delci Reimer, Kansas City, Mo., Indian Hills Country Club
· Ian Denney, Kansas City, Mo., Raphael Hotel
· Sophia Elmer, Olathe, Green Acres Pastry Shop
· Sally Wilson, Lake Quivira, Sheraton Hotel Crown Center

The knowledge bowl team won a silver medal in competition against nine teams. The quiz-bowl style competition covered all aspects of culinary knowledge.
JCCC knowledge bowl team members, and their apprentice sites, are:
· Steve Copeland, Kansas City, Mo., Café Sebastienne
· Blaise Truesdale, Overland Park, Leawood South Country Club
· Jeff Ward, Lawrence, Mariscos
· Tim Hu, Olathe, Brookridge Country Club
· James Rundle, Kansas City, Mo., Hallbrook Country Club
For more information visit


A Garden Soiree
What could be better than strolling with friends through a garden in full bloom on a warm June evening, sipping wine, tasting food from local eateries, and enjoying a magnificent summer sunset? Visit the Botanical Gardens at the Arboretum at STEMS: A Garden Soiree June 23 and this picturesque evening can be all yours. While enjoying Blazing Skies Fireworks, David Basse Orchestra, Funk Syndicate, KC Caricature Artists, Up, Up & Away Balloon Art and more, taste delicious culinary treats from Blue Bird Bistro, NoRTH, Room 39, and Fo Thai. Gather with friends before the party at either the Bank of Blue Valley on 119th Street and Blue Valley Parkway or the First National Bank on College Blvd. and Roe Ave. and hop onto the STEMS party bus where you’ll ride to the event in style and get dropped off at the Arboretum gate. STEMS party buses will leave the Overland Park parking lots on the half hour and depart from the Arboretum on the hour. Past STEMS events have raised more than $850,000 to help the Foundation support public art projects, the Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead and the Arboretum. For more information on the event, visit


New York in Kansas City
David Rimmer, playwright of the Pulitzer Prize finalist play, “Album,” made a special appearance at Blue Valley North April 13. Rimmer conducted workshops throughout the day for

Noted playwright David Rimmer conducted
creative workshops at Blue Valley North on April 13.
photo by DiMartino Photography

students about how to select, write and perform monologues. Additionally, Blue Valley North students performed Rimmer’s play, “New York,” in which 15 people react to the tragic events of 9/11 and tell their stories to a psychiatrist.


A Twist on Country
Kanza Hall, a 10,000-square-foot country bar/live music venue, recently opened its doors to country music fans, Western lovers, and residents craving a spot to go buck-wild in Johnson County. Kanza Hall will fill the void of two things that are not currently offered in South Johnson County: a country venue with a dance floor and a room large enough to feature regional and national acts. Open Wednesday through Saturday from 5:55 p.m. to 2 a.m., the Western-style venue will also be available for private parties during hours they are not open to the public. Fuel, Inc. is proud to announce the completion of phase one of their three-phase expansion in the new entertainment district One Block South. Upon completion of the three expansion phases, One Block South will consist of four separate venues sharing one courtyard. The other two phases will be Red 8, an upscale billiards parlor, and Milieu, a casual French bistro.


An Artful City
Kansas City prides itself on its diverse community of literary artists, dancers, theatres, independent film directors and more. The Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City announced recently that it received $40,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and $70,000 from local foundations for the Catalyst category of the ArtsKC Fund. This provides an additional $110,000 in funding for the small and mid-sized arts groups and arts programming eligible to apply for 2012 ArtsKC Catalyst grants. Able to fund more small and mid-sized arts organizations and programs in the region than ever before, art aficionados appreciate the monetary support recently awarded to the ArtsKC fund. The NEA grant was provided through the Art Works grant program specifically for project applicants. The 788 Art Works grants total $24.81 million and support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. The H&R Block Foundation and the David T. Beals III Charitable Trust of which Bank of America is the trustee generously provided corporate foundation support. These foundations traditionally grant to a similar pool of candidates as those in the Catalyst category. For more information about the ArtsKC Fund, visit


Secret Gardens
The John Wornall House Museum Garden Tour is launching into its 10th Biennial event from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 9, rain or shine. The gorgeous botanical tour leads guests

On June 9, enjoy the beautiful serenity of five botanical
gems on the John Wornall House Museum Garden Tour.
photo by Kandice Walker

through five spectacular gardens with tours starting at either the John Wornall House Museum or any of the lush gardens. All proceeds from the Garden Tour go to the John Wornall House Museum, and all gardens are located within a short driving distance of each other. The Hallquist Garden, a soothing, formal beauty, features a front yard with tightly pruned Coral Burst crabapple trees, low-cut hedges, columnar gingkoes and fountains enveloped by pink roses. The Metzler/Williams Garden offers an early blooming garden on the largest lot in Central Hyde Park, featuring many old-fashioned plantings, including blooming hydrangea bushes and eye-catching boxwood parterres. The Guastello Garden is highlighted by an extraordinary patio dotted with antique millstones, an outdoor fireplace and a private garden with a laughing fountain and colorful fish. The Fabro/Mead Garden, a sweet city spot, has meandering borders of lush plantings and a bubbling fountain, creating a relaxing urban retreat. The Notre Dame de Sion Community Garden was created in 2010 as a result of parents’ desires to improve the hot lunch program, and features vegetables. To buy tickets or for more information, visit or call the John Wornall House Museum at (816) 444-1858.


Taken in Stride
More than 1,500 people attended PurpleStride Kansas City 2012 on April 21 for a 5K timed run and a one-mile fun run in honor of loved ones who have passed and survivors of pancreatic cancer. Russ Ptacek, award-winning local and network reporter for NBC Action News, emceed the event hosted by the Kansas City Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. A morning of inspiration, awareness and most importantly, hope in finding a cure for pancreatic cancer, the presenting sponsors—Lockton Companies, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Willis, KC Running Company and many more—helped raise more than $151,000 for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. The national organization fights pancreatic cancer in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure. Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States, with just 6 percent of patients surviving more than five years. Despite these sobering statistics, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) only allocates approximately two percent of its research funding to pancreatic cancer. To donate or to learn more, visit


Save the date
Mark your calendar for one of the tastiest fundraising dinners of the year. On August 25, 2012 renowned chef Wolfgang Puck will headline a benefit at the Capitol Federal Conference Center in the Regnier Center on the campus of Johnson County Community College (JCCC). The event is a benefit for JCCC culinary scholarships, the JCCC’s new Hospitality and Culinary Arts Academy scheduled to open in the fall of 2013 and the Marco Valiani From the Heart Fund. Valiani was a celebrated chef, working in Dallas, San Francisco and at Puck’s famed Spago in Beverly Hills. He was also a corporate chef for PB&J Restaurants in Kansas City and passed away last year at the age of 48 from respiratory failure as a result of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), leaving his wife, Kaymie, and three children. “Cooking was absolutely, truly his passion,” says Kaymie. “All of these chefs that he inspired, he would say, ‘I’ve molded them into a great chef.’ He was never humble about the minions he created.” For sponsorship information, contact the JCCC Foundation at (913) 469-3835. Watch 435 South magazine for ticket information and more details about this very special event.