Thank you to the 2021 Preferred Vendors for their ongoing support!
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KCMBF has in place concrete plans for growth in helping the community: Domestic Violence Alliance plans to cover the cost of continuing education credits for all its participants from various professions; Military Matters is in the midst of a national expansion of its program; and Student Law Academy is developing a Pre-Law Fellowship for Scholars to cover the cost of the LSAT, test-prep courses, and law school application fees. To continue this unparalleled growth for such worthy causes, we need your help!
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)3 of the Federal Tax Code, Federal Tax ID No. 43-11 79222, therefore in accordance with the regulations of the IRS a portion of your donation may be tax deductible.
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Special thanks to those who have generously donated their time and resources to make the Liberty & Justice Campaign a success!
Gala Chair: Lauren Perkins Allen, Lauren Allen, LLC
Gala Vice Chair: Leon Versfeld, Versfeld & Hugo, LLC
Sponsorship Committee Chair: Scott Bethune, Davis Bethune & Jones, LLC
Sponsorship Committee Vice Chair: Meghan Litecky, Dysart Taylor Cotter McMonigle & Brumitt, P.C.
Auction Committee Chair: Ronald Nguyen, The Law Office of Ronald Nguyen, LLC
Auction Committee Vice Chair: Anna Berman, Kutak Rock LLP
The annual Liberty & Justice Gala is the primary fundraising event in support of KCMBF and its programs. KCMBF is the charitable arm of KCMBA. This exclusive event features a cocktail hour, dinner, auction, and presentation to recognize and celebrate the great volunteer work performed by lawyers in the Kansas City community.
The rise of COVID-19 and the Delta variant, along with concerns for the health, safety, and welfare of our community is of utmost concern. Restrictions in place prohibited the capability for KCMBF and the legal community to gather as planned on September 11, 2021 for the Liberty & Justice Gala, in line with other events. The decision to pivot the live Gala event to a fundraising campaign was not an easy decision or taken lightly and comes along with regret that we could not be together at the Gala.
In November 2019, the KCMBF Board of Directors passed a Resolution changing the name of the Liberty & Justice Legacy Award to the Jack L. Campbell Legacy Award. To view the Resolution, please click here.
Marsha Campbell accepting a copy of the Resolution at the
KCMBA Annual Meeting from 2019 KCMBF President, Scott Gyllenborg
During the Gala, the Jack L. Campbell Legacy Award is given in recognition of the recipient's dedication to the principles of liberty and justice through exemplary professional, civic and community service.
Jack L. Campbell Legacy Award Recipients
John M. "Jack" Kilroy, Jr., 2019
Hon. John W. Lungstrum, 2018
Senator Claire McCaskill, 2017
Hon. Cynthia L. Martin, 2016
J. Kent Emison, 2015
Mayor Sylvester "Sly" James, 2014
Hon. Gary Fenner and Hon. Peggy McGraw, 2013
Larry McMullen, 2012
Hon. J.D. Williamson, Jr., 2011
Hon. William Ray Price, Jr., 2010
Jerome T. Wolf, 2009
Hon. Scott O. Wright, 2008
James R. Wyrsch, 2007
Bobbie Lou Nailling-Files, 2006
Robert C. Welch, 2005
R. Lawrence Ward, 2004
C. Patrick McLarney, 2003