2014 Annual Community Gratitude Luncheon


Keynote Speaker Willie Wilson

- Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

- Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
   4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Missouri


- Individual Tickets: $45

Community Gratitude

First Call’s Annual Community Gratitude Luncheon celebrates those who work tirelessly to reduce the stigma often associated with substance use disorders by recognizing champions who have developed evidence-based treatment strategies, volunteered their time, donated their dollars, and advocated for public policy change. This year’s event, scheduled for Tuesday, April 8, 2014, will feature a keynote presentation by Willie Wilson.

Wilson is a two-time American League All Star and a member of the 1985 World Series winning Kansas City Royals team. Wilson was elected into the Royals Hall of Fame in 2000 and is the author of the recently released book, Inside the Park: Running the Base Path of Life (Ascend Book 2013) about his life and recovery from cocaine addiction. He now leads the Willie Wilson Baseball Foundation which provides support to underserved inner-city youth in Kansas City.

First Call will recognize individuals for their achievement in the following categories:

Lifetime Achievement
Ken Gregoire, PhD
Valley Hope Association Presicent & CEO

Public Service
Willie Wilson
Willie Wilson Baseball Foundation, formerly of the KC Royals

Philanthropist of the Year
American Century Investments

Professional of the Year
Stephanie Boyer
Kansas City Municipal Drug Court Coordinator

Volunteer of the Year
Lena Price
Community Volunteer