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CONTACT: Janice Kelly, Director of the Mayor’s Office on Disabilities, (816) 513-1306

Disability advocates to receive awards

The 12th annual awards luncheon for the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities will be held Oct. 11 at 11 a.m. in the Bartle Hall Conference Center, 201 W. 14th St., in Room 1204. The Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities will honor individuals, groups and businesses that have increased awareness and opportunities for people with disabilities in Kansas City. The following will be honored at the luncheon:

Dick Hosty will receive the Bruce H. Scott Award, which is given to a disabled resident.

Quenton Shelby will receive the T. Michael Lillis Award, which is given to a local youth who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the empowerment of disabled youth.

The Harley-Davidson Motor Company will receive the Corporate/Business Award, which is given to a local corporation/business (for profit or not-for-profit) to recognize unique initiatives of advocacy for people with disabilities.

Mary Casanover will receive the Distinguished Educator Award, which is given to a local educator for exceptional dedication in educating the community about people with disabilities.

Bryan T. Busby, Chief Meteorologist for KMBC-TV9, will receive the Media Award, which is given to a local media professional in honor of excellence in delivering media products which educate the public and represent the challenges facing those living with disabilities.

Missouri State Senator Harry Wiggins will receive the Legislative Leadership Award, for his longtime legislative advocacy on behalf of individuals with disabilities and their families.

Nadine Gordon will receive the Citizen Advocate Award, which is given to a non-disabled citizen to honor distinguished achievement in increasing public awareness of people with disabilities.

The sponsors of this year’s event are: The Whole Person, Inc., Ark of Friends, Helping Hand of Goodwill Industry, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, and the Mayor’s Office.

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