Community Guardian Awards

AdHoc Group Against Crime
Ninth Annual Community Guardian Awards

Celebrating 41 years of service to Kansas City and our founder, Alvin Brooks, on his 86th birthday
Tension Envelope, Presenting Sponsor

Thursday, May 3, 2018
Muehlebach Tower of the Kansas City Marriott Downtown

6:00 Cocktails
6:30 Dinner and Guardian Awards Program

We all have a story, and our stories connect us. On May 3, we will recognize several Community Guardians, but we will also highlight stories of our everyday heroes. We will tell stories of people who are doing the hard work of healing and people who are taking advantage of opportunities for a better tomorrow. Join us by fundraising online, or join us in person, and let’s share beautiful stories of hope, transformation, and the everyday heroes in our lives.

Our Event Chairs

We are incredibly thankful for Dr. Eleanor Lisbon and Laura Curry Sloan for joining us this year as co-chairs, as well as Anita and Carl DiCapo supporting us as honorary chairs.

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Carol Brooks Torch Award

Debby and Gary Ballard

Gary and Debby Ballard believe that “to whom much is given much is required” and they have tried to live their lives always with that in mind. They serve on many boards, committees and as mentors in the community.  Debby has been with Sprint for 33 years and heads its local and national philanthropic programs as President of the Sprint Foundation. Gary spent the majority of his career in the wireless industry overseeing operations for major corporations and is currently volunteering as the Interim CFO at DeLaSalle Education Center. They have generously supported AdHoc through the years.


Shield Awards

Dr. Megha Ramaswamy

Megha currently serves as Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She has worked for the last 15 years studying how the intersection of urban living, race, class, and gender structure health and social risk for women and men involved in the criminal justice system. Having worked in both New York City and Kansas City, she remains committed to social justice issues among residents of urban spaces.

Dr. Jomella Watson-Thompson

Jomella is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Behavioral Science, and Associate Director for the Center for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas. She applies behavioral science methods and interventions to improve how communities address issues related to community health and development. Her research has focused on neighborhood development, substance abuse prevention, and violence prevention.



Join us in telling those affected by violence “you are not alone.”

This fundraiser helps us keep the life-changing work going all year long. We depend on your support to offer healing and justice, as well as opportunities, to people throughout the KC metro area. We welcome you to fundraise or donate in honor of your own Everyday Hero. Join us in making a difference, and sharing stories of hope.

This year we are offering unique ways to support AdHoc and be a part of bringing healing and justice to our Kansas City metro.
1) You can donate online.
2) You can fundraise online individually, and be an ambassador for AdHoc.
3) You can create, or join, a fundraising team and “compete” with other teams to meet your goal and watch our progress to the Big Goal.
4) You can attend the Community Guardian Awards on May 3. Each attendee will also be offered the opportunity to fundraise online.


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Sponsorship or Fundraising questions?

Call or email Beth   816-861-5500