A Helping Hand

Blue Valley’s Newest Campus Named

It’s official. Blue Valley’s newest campus has a name: Blue Valley Hilltop Campus. Located at the northeast corner of the intersection of 69 Highway and 143rd Street, the campus will provide a new home for the district’s existing Early Childhood Special Education and Parents as Teachers programs, and much needed professional development space essential for teacher collaboration. “This property is a great investment for our 

Blue Valley Hilltop Campus
Dave & Jennifer Ruf, Deron & Hope Cherry, Deb Grimes, Ken Selzer
Jewish Family Services launches opening of the JFS Food Pantry.
SASS Remembrance Walk

community,” says Tony Hill, Board of Education president. “I believe future boards will be thankful we made this purchase.” In April, the district used bond funds to purchase the facility and property. The district expects to undertake renovation plans in spring 2013 with a projected opening in fall 2014.


Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser
More than 260 people recently participated in the 2012 Shoot for the Cure presented by Generali USA. The 10th annual event raised over $89,000 in just two days for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The event kicked off with the Wil Jenny’s Western Dinner and Auction at The Lodge at Ironwoods in Leawood, Kan. Guests enjoyed browsing and bidding on silent auction items while listening to their favorite country tunes. The following day, shooters headed to Powder Creek Shooting Park in Lenexa, Kan., for the two-day shooting clay competitions. When all was said and done, Bill Graff took individual honors while Powder Creek took team honors. For more information on cystic fibrosis visit cff.org.


Blue Valley Wins Blue Ribbon Award
Blue Valley High School was recently named a 2012 Blue Ribbon School, a prestigious honor awarded to only 269 schools nationwide this year. “We are very honored that the U.S. Department of Education would recognize us with the National Blue Ribbon Award,” says Scott Bacon, principal of Blue Valley High. “This award is the direct result of a collaborative team effort. We have a dedicated, high-performing staff that always strives to be better, the best group of hardworking students and an invested, supportive group of parents.” The National Blue Ribbon Schools award honors exemplary elementary, middle and high schools based on overall academic excellence or for making progress in improving student academic achievement levels. This is the second time Blue Valley High has received this award. The school was also honored during the 1988-89 school year. The Blue Valley High School community will celebrate the accolades at a November event.


Jewish Family Services Food Pantry
Jewish Family Services (JFS) held a kick-off event in October to launch the opening of its new food pantry. Housed on the Jewish Community Campus, the JFS Food Pantry will provide direct food assistance and personal care and household items when possible. One in five children in Kansas City has food insecurity, meaning they aren’t sure if they will eat tonight. The JFS seeks to respond to the ever-growing need for direct food assistance in Kansas City. To become a food pantry recipient, volunteer or donor, please call JFS at (913) 327-8250.


Mack Hull Honored
William M. (Mack) Hull was honored as Volunteer of the Year at the Community Leadership Awards for the Invest in Others Charitable Foundation created by Investment News and LPL Financial. The award honored Overland Park-based Heartstrings Community Foundation® (HCF), the 501(c)3 organization founded by Mack and Anne Hull. The award was presented at a dinner in New York City. HCF assists adults with developmental disabilities to secure employment in the business community. HCF owns and operates six successful businesses in Overland Park to employ those adults and job coaches several individuals in other businesses. Learn more about HCF at heartstringscf.org.


9th Annual Remembrance Walk
Several hundred people participated in the 9th Annual Remembrance Walk held by Suicide Awareness Survivors Support (SASS). Held in September at Loose Park at 51st and Wornall in Kansas City, Mo., the walk was started to help unite those who have experienced a loss of a loved one by a tragic death. Its purpose is to unite survivors and let them know they are not alone.
For more information, visit sass-mokan.com.


The Kansas City Chiefs and Vogue present the “NFL Fit For You Chiefs Style Lounge” with Tavia Hunt at Aloft Leawood-Overland Park in Park Place from 4:30 – 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 17. The event will feature DJ KISS and Phillip Block, celebrity fashion stylist who is featured regularly on talk shows, is a contributor to fashion magazines and was voted one of People magazine’s “50 Hottest Bachelors.” A Vogue market stylist will join Block for the event. Guests will enjoy complimentary appetizers by Park Place restaurants and drinks and complimentary manicures will be available for guests, staffed by Park Place salons. Throughout the event models and mannequins will feature the new NFL women’s apparel line featuring Nike, Touch by Alyssa Milano and more, all accessorized by Park Place fashion boutiques. Shop for the newest Chiefs gear made just for women at this event. By invitation only, this event requires an RSVP. Space is limited; for information please visit parkplaceleawood.com to request an invite.