The Heart of a Champion Gala takes place Thursday, April 21, 6:00 – 7:30 PM, and we would like to invite you to join us.
This year our theme is “A Heart of Hope.” We will celebrate the impact partners are making in our community by featuring four Heart of a Champion award-winning school, faith, business and civic/nonprofit leaders.
The hybrid event will offer both in-person and virtual options, allowing you to enjoy entertainment and celebrate school and community award winners while supporting Caring for Kids Network’s fundraising.
The gala will equip CFKN to reach more students, impact more families, and help us reach the goals of more principals. Will you consider being a Caring for Kids Gala Champion and help continue the work to inspire hope and prepare children for their future?
We are honored to have Tony Guy as this year’s gala keynote speaker. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1982 and is listed as one of the top 50 all-time greatest players in KU’s basketball history. A 2nd round draft pick by the Boston Celtics, Mr. Guy went on to play professionally in Switzerland. Mr. Guy has been a State Farm Insurance agent for over 30 years and is a member of Graceway Church, a Caring for Kids partner in the Raytown School District. He’s currently a member of a small Men’s Bible Study and is a former Sunday School teacher and Men’s Ministry leader.
Emceeing the evening’s gala will be Taylor Johnson, a multi-skilled reporter specializing in multimedia journalism for KCTV, appearing mostly during the weekday morning show. Before Kansas City, Ms. Johnson employed her dynamic storytelling abilities as multimedia reporter and weekend anchor for WTWO-TV in Terre Haute, Indiana. While she has left behind her hand warmers and fur lined coats and traded them in for a more modest wardrobe suitable for the seasons of Kansas City, she brings a passion for community engagement, entertainment, and weather reporting.
Robert Tribitt III and RoJo Crew will provide musical entertainment. Growing up in church while his father Robert Tribitt Jr. played the piano, Robert Tribitt III grew to love everything about music. Robert Tribitt III has traveled the world playing in various countries. He’s currently the pianist for gospel singer Lynda Randle, with whom he toured Norway, Grenada, the Cayman Islands, and more. He was the first black gospel pianist to play an acoustic piano in the country of Barbados. He plays for various artist, groups, churches, and events in Kansas City.