The Wagy Awards & Holiday Luncheon took place on December 2 at the Grand Street Café. This year’s event marked our 20th presentation of the Wagy Awards, which gives funding to local community organizations for their work in advancing education and equity for women and girls. A total of 85 awards have been presented and $225,575 in Wagy funds have been provided over the past two decades, including this year’s five recipients and awards totaling $10,000.
The 2017 Wagy award recipients and programs:
• Episcopal Community Services – Nourish: Turning the Tables Empowering Women through Culinary Training
• Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri – STEM Girls Outreach Program
• The Family Conservancy – Directors Leadership Academy
• Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City – The Appointment Project: Equitable Representation of Women on Civic Boards and Commissions
• Fractured Atlas – Rightfully Sewn Seamstress Program
Local authors and guests gathered at the Kansas City Central Library for the Thorpe Menn Literary Excellence Award luncheon on October 7. The award was established in 1979 by AAUW-KC to honor Thorpe Menn, a longtime book editor at The Kansas City Star. He supported all aspects of Kansas City’s cultural life, especially local authors and artists.
The 2017 Thorpe Menn award was presented to Loring Leifer for her book, Angels with Angles: The Rogue Nuns behind Operation Breakthrough. The finalists were A.J. Culey for her book series titled Tyrabbisaurus Rex and Erich Wurster for The Coaster.
Special thanks to our keynote speaker Patrick Dobson, honored writer, scholar and poet; the attentive staff at the Kansas City Library; and all of our table hosts.
We are already making plans for our 40th annual event set for October 5, 2018. If you would like to nominate an author, click here for guidelines and instructions. The deadline for nominations is May 1, 2018.
On April 22 the Kansas City InterBranch Council presented the annual Reentry Woman of the Year Award to six outstanding women who returned to the college classroom after an absence of five or more years. While all applicants were worthy candidates, these six women best exemplified the courage and personal resolve to overcome significant barriers to pursue their academic, career and life goals. Each of these women aspires to make a difference in the lives of others and in their community.
The 2017 IBC Reentry Award recipients are (l-r) Stephanie Leonard
, Nursing and Marcia Princivalli
, Mortuary Science, Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC); Amy Hill-Koleiny
, Teaching, MCC-Penn Valley; Nancy Russell
, Occupational Therapy, MCC-Longview; Toni Thornton Award recipients: Jiatong Lynch
, Accounting, Park University and Debbie Plake
, Paralegal Studies, KCKCC.