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Run for Rotary 5K Fundraiser

Save the date – Saturday, June 11 – to join Leawood Rotary Club for their second 5K fundraiser. The event begins at 8 a.m. at Tomahawk Creek Parkway & 114th Street. It includes a 5K and 1K option, food and beverages are available and many activites for all ages. All entrants receive a t-shirt, finisher’s medal and other goodies.

Proceeds from this event will help fund Leawood Rotary’s “A Child’s Tomorrow” Foundation, serving several local children’s organizations including Turner House Children’s Clinic,  SACRED, Solace House, Hillcrest Transitional Housing, and Johnson County Christmas Bureau.

Food Allergy Help Available

Food Allergy Partners is Kansas City’s only food allergy and intolerance coaching/consulting practice. Their mission is to empower individuals to take charge of their food allergies/intolerances. Through fact-based education, training and tools, they help clients non-clinically manage their special dietary needs on a day-to-day basis.

They offer a wide variety of highly-customizable services primarily for three groups: individuals/families, schools and restaurants/commercial kitchens. The inspiration for Food Allergy Partners came from the owner’s personal experience—when her daughter was diagnosed with anaphylactic food allergies at age one, she recognized the need for someone to help people understand how to navigate food allergies non-clinically.

Sarah Cannon & HCA Midwest Health Announce Collaboration

Sarah Cannon, the global cancer institute of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), and HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s largest healthcare network, recently announced that they have expanded their cancer collaboration through clinical research. By joining a global research network, HCA Midwest Health is offering greater access to clinical trials for those facing cancer in the Kansas City region.

“Clinical trials are an integral part of advancing the standard of cancer care, as today’s trials are tomorrow’s cutting-edge treatments,” says Howard A. “Skip” Burris, III, M.D., president of Clinical Operations and chief medical officer at Sarah Cannon.

Patients can access clinical trials throughout the entire HCA Midwest Health system.

Since 2014, HCA Midwest Health and Sarah Cannon have worked together to advance cancer services in Kansas City. Sarah Cannon Research Institute is the arm of Sarah Cannon that conducts over 500 community-based trials through affiliations with 1,000+ physicians across the United States and United Kingdom.

Fitzmorris Heading to China

St. James Academy senior Audriana Fitzmorris graduates this month. And in the fall she will be heading to Stanford to play volleyball after helping her Thunder teams to three state titles in her four years at the school.

But the six-foot, five inch Fitzmorris won’t be spending all her time this summer in the United States. She was picked USA Volleyball’s High Performance program to play in China June 18-July 1.

Volleyball Magazine proclaimed her the high school volleyball player of the year for 2015. And this isn’t here first trip out of the country represented the United States. She has played for nation in the Dominican Republic, Thailand and Guatemala. The U.S. team that went to Thailand in 2014 placed second for the first U.S. medal in world championship play in youth or junior play.

Lutheran High School of KC Senior Named National Merit Scholar Finalist

LHSKC Senior Rebekah Hinrichs was selected as a National Merit Scholar Finalist. She is the daughter of Kurt and Alice Hinrichs.

Hinrichs is valedictorian of her class, an Academic All-State and award-winning athlete participating in volleyball, cross country, basketball, track & field, (holds school record in 800m and 1600m), and active in student council, National Honor Society, hand bell choir, the school musicals and plays.  She plans to attend Concordia University where she will major in graphic design.

The Lutheran High School of Kansas City provides a Christ-centered environment preparing lives for today, tomorrow and eternity.

Local Authors Offer 
New Solutions to Parents

For 30 years, pioneering authors Jerry Wyckoff and Barbara C. Unell have taught parents how to raise well-behaved children without resorting to verbal threats and physical punishment. With their newest book, Discipline with Love & Limits (softcover, $10) they expand upon their previous success with new and updated information for the next generation of parents.

The book is a guide that includes new solutions to misbehaviors like screen addiction, food-rule conflicts and bullying.

Jerry Wyckoff is a child psychologist who has helped parents and their children for more than 40 years and has co-authored five books on parenting with Unell.

Barbara C. Unell is a parent-educator and journalist who has co-authored over a dozen books on parenting. She has also helped launch social-emotional developmental programs for parents, educators and children; including Kindness is Contagious….Catch It!

Beautiful, Reclaimed Wood Available at Urban Lumber

Thinking about a home remodel job or in the market for custom furniture? Make Urban Lumber your first stop when shopping for quality, hard lumber. Tim O’Neill, one of three owners, is passionate about making the most of our natural resources—specifically discarded local trees that would otherwise end up in a mulch pile.

Take a walk through the Urban Lumber showroom downtown and you’ll see some beautiful, locally harvested hardwood. Each board, with its unique groves and markings, is labeled with its place of origin. A recent “find” that O’Neil is excited about is a grove of trees removed from the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence to make room for new development. Those trees are now on site, drying, and will soon be made into usable lumber for people wanting a piece of KU in their homes.

Check out Urban Lumber at for more about the services they provide.

Area Dancers Compete at Nationals

Carlye Hemphill and Patrick Stone, an up and coming amateur couple, recently competed in the USA Dance Nationals representing Overland Park Ballroom and Social Club.

The competition took place in Baltimore, Maryland, where 1,200 athletes competed in six styles of DanceSport and in all proficiency levels. Competitors, ranging from age 5-70, showcased their best athletic and artistic talents to win national titles in their divisions and, for some, placed on the USA World Teams that will compete in upcoming championships.  Carlye and Patrick competed in American Smooth, placing 7th and American Style Rhythm placing 4th. DanceSport couples competing at the national championships must place in the top 65 percent of their division at one or more qualifying events in the last year.

SoJo Summerfest 
is Coming!

The fireflies. The cicadas. Those long days that slowly turn into magical summer nights. Create the kind of memories that last forever when culture and music intertwine at SoJo Summerfest, a two-day showcase of local arts. Established in 1989, the festival formerly known as Jazz in the Woods highlights the best the Kansas City area has to offer in live music, food and entertainment.

Organized and produced by the Overland Park South Rotary Club, SoJo Summerfest is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization organized and produced by many volunteers and funded through the generosity of sponsors. All net proceeds go towards supporting local children’s charities and since the event’s inception it has contributed more than $1.5 million to children’s charities in the greater Kansas City area.

SoJo Summerfest is a celebration of local life, family and friendship in the heart of South Johnson County and the hottest thing happening this summer.

Get Ideas Adopted

The Overflow Storytelling Lab produces multimedia content to accelerate the adoption of ideas. Using expertise in story structure, diffusion of innovation and behavioral change, Overflow specializes in launching strategic initiatives, speaker development, and propelling social causes in healthcare, government and education.

“There is an overflow of great ideas. The problem with innovation is adoption, not discovery. The amount of time to get an innovation to people is just too long. We help close that gap.”

The Lab is the creative collaboration of founders Shane Brethowr, Tammy Broaddus and Jeff Short. Their passion to help people use storytelling to get an idea adopted is contagious. Their services—focused on strategically communicating ideas for corporate, individual or social good–include written, verbal and visual storytelling. Their work ranges from consulting to short documentaries. To learn more, join the next storytelling workshop on May 5 and visit them at