Community Guardian Awards

5.9.2019

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Alvin Brooks’ 87th Birthday, the work of AdHoc, and our Community Guardians

Carol Brooks Torch Award

Melissa Robinson

Melissa Robinson began her social service career at the AdHoc Group Against Crime where she served as the Director of Crisis Intervention, assisting families in navigating the region’s social service and criminal justice systems. 

While working for AdHoc, she decided to pursue a Masters in Business Administration with the goal of assisting non-profit organizations operate from a business and customer service framework. 

Robinson, a Robert Woods Johnson Fellow, is currently employed with the Black Health Care Coalition as the President. She is responsible for leading the organization to fulfill strategic goals, maintain sustainable community partnerships and play a major role in community efforts that create health equity. Melissa Robinson is leading efforts to address the social determinates of health; ensuring the organization is making a significant impact on reducing health disparities in the areas of hypertension, obesity, infant mortality, diabetes, breast and prostate cancer and childhood asthma.  She is the host of “Voices From Mid-Town and Beyond”, a radio program that airs weekly on KPRT 1590 AM.

Robinson obtained a Bachelors of Science degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a Masters of Business Administration from Webster University in Saint Louis, Missouri.  Robinson received certification as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Community Health Worker and received her Family Development Credential from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Ms. Robinson has received leadership awards from a variety of institutions and organizations including, Toastmasters International, Environmental Protection Agency, Kansas City Missouri Chapter of the NAACP, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Sociatas Doctas, The Independent, and Health Literacy Missouri.  Melissa was also named a “Top Forty Under Forty” by Ingrams Magazine.

Robinson is appointed to the Public Improvement Advisory Council and the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City Community Advisory Committee

Ms. Robinson currently serves as Board President for Kansas City Public Schools.  Robinson is committed to ensure all children have access to a globally competitive education.  Her focus is high student expectations, classroom focused finance, parent leadership and community engagement.

Robinson is the mother of two boys Jeffery and Brooks Johnson.  Jeffery is nine and Brooks is three years old.  Balancing motherhood and servant leadership has its challenges; however, Melissa is up for the task.  Every day, Robinson is motivated by civil rights leader, Barbara Jordan, “It is a privilege to serve people; a privilege that must be earn and once earned; we have an obligation to do something good with it”?

Shield Award

Mark A. Dupree, Sr.

Mark serves as the District Attorney of Wyandotte County, KS and has successfully created the first ever “Conviction Integrity Unit” in the state of Kansas. This unit is responsible for ensuring that convictions obtained previously still hold integrity today.

Mark A. Dupree, Sr., the District Attorney of Wyandotte County, KS, was sworn into office on January 9th, 2017. The District Attorney’s office is responsible for keeping the community safe. D.A. Dupree and his team of excellent employees are implementing strategic and visionary policies to expand the function of the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s Office.

Since taking office, Mr. Dupree’s administration has increased the felony trial conviction rate by 27%. The office is focused on equitably charging and prosecuting crime, being proactive, attacking violent crimes and crimes that affect the standard of living in the community.

Mr. Dupree was successful in creating the first ever “Conviction Integrity Unit” in the state of Kansas.

This unit is responsible for ensuring that convictions obtained previously still hold integrity

today. District Attorney Dupree’s efforts for transforming the traditional manner in which District

Attorney’s Offices have operated has been recognized nationally, with articles featured twice in the

New York Times and interviewed on the nationally syndicated Roland Martin Show.

Mr.  Dupree has clerked in Jackson County, Missouri, served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Jackson County, served as an Assistant Public Defender in Johnson County Public Defender’s Office, and he and his wife practiced in their firm, Dupree and Dupree, LLC – Attorneys at Law, until his swearing into office. He is also the Senior Pastor of a local church in Wyandotte County. 

 

Business Award

Cosentino's Food Stores and family

Cosentino’s currently operates thirty stores in the Kansas City area, and the heart of the company has always been to serve others and give back to the community that embraced a young local family from its inception. They consider it of utmost importance to join in all efforts to make Kansas City the best place to live.

The company roots began in 1948, when Dante Cosentino Sr., an artist who immigrated from Italy, providentially found himself purchasing a small fruit stand. His wife, Beatrice, and himself had recently welcomed their two oldest sons, Jim and Jerry, home from the war. Through the securing of this market place, Dante Sr. aimed to aid his boys in transitioning from life at war to life at home. Thus, the family business launched.

Launching a new business can be a boundless challenge, but those first years, the tenacious brothers, Jim and Jerry, worked hard to establish their presence in the community and create an atmosphere of friendship, loyalty, and quality customer service. Soon to follow and join the business was their brother, Dante Jr., and sisters, Mickey, Mary, and Joyce. Each whom brought distinctive talents and traits to help form a firm foundation that flourished from their united mentality of kindness, hard-work, and courage. They relied on each other for support and strength, taking risks and making moves together as one entity. Even when they did not see eye to eye, as siblings often do, they steadfastly remained true to their values and beliefs. No matter what the work day held, they always ended each night with a meal and a solid promise to have one another’s back again the next day. The stories they could share are endless and a treasured resource.

In due time, the first generation converted into mentors you dream of and instilled their wisdom of experience and complete confidence in the second-generation, led by: Donnie, David, Victor, Jamie, Jimmy and John Cosentino. All who take abundant pride in continuing to construct a company ingrained in the mission set before them.

The heart of the company has always been to serve others and give back to the community that embraced a young local family from its inception. Truly, from the start, the spirit of generosity was extremely present in the Kansas City area. That spirit became contagious and still endures as a vital role within the family business. It was always of utmost importance to join in all efforts to make Kansas City the best place to live.

The Cosentino family is consistently marveled by their loyal customers, vendors, and employees. Individuals who never hesitate to go the extra mile and work together to make each day better than the one before. Building lasting relationships and connections with the people and the community of Kansas City has always been seen as a cherished honor. 

 

Cosentino Food Stores currently operates thirty stores in the Kansas City area. The third generation has joined the business and strives to deliver fresh perspective and insight as new growth and development occur within the industry. However, the principle of altruism, resilient work-ethic, and sustained expertise, they witnessed in their grandparents, aunts, and uncles, remain a daily fundamental sounding board and an incredible inspiration.

"The healing of the heart is a journey that is never to be traveled alone.” -AdHoc

Events Schedule

Registration

6:00 pm

AdHoc art exhibit

Be sure to come early so you can check out some amazing local artists’ expressions of AdHoc’s work of healing and justice. 

Raffles! Tickets, $50 each. Impact, priceless.

Raffle #1 – Carlos Santana Staycation (Valued at almost $1,000)

2 tickets in the KCP&L Sprint Center suite to see Carlos Santana feat. The Doobie Brothers on July 11th, 7:00 pm

2-night stay at the InterContinental (booked based on availability)

*Thanks to KCP&L and the InterContinental!*

Raffle #2 – Royals game (Valued at $250)

2 Royals Diamond Club tickets behind home plate PLUS a parking pass (game based on scheduling availability)

*Thanks to ENT Associates of Greater Kansas City & Head & Neck Surgical Associates!*

Dinner and Celebration

6:30 pm

We’re celebrating Alvin Brooks’ 87th birthday along with his “birthday twin” Mamie Hughes, the work of AdHoc, and our Community Guardians. Join us!

Ways to Join Us

Community Guardian
$25,000

  • 2 Tables, seating for 20
  • 10 Valet Parking Passes
  • One year sponsorship listing at all AdHoc organized events
  • 2 Full Page Birthday/Congratulatory message in the Program
  • Recognition from the Podium
  • Logo on event website
  • Special Recognition in the Program Book

Community Activist
$15,000

  • Advocate benefits PLUS one year sponsorship listing at all AdHoc organized events

Community Advocate
$10,000

  • 1 Table for 10
  • 5 Valet Parking Passes
  • Recognition from the Podium
  • 1 Page Birthday/Congratulatory message in the Program
  • Recognition from the Podium
  • Logo on event website
  • Special Recognition in the Program Book

Community Defender
$5,000

  • 1 Table for 10
  • 5 Valet Parking Pass
  • 1/2 Pg. Birthday/ Congratulatory message in Program Book
  • Logo on event website
  • Special recognition in Program Book

Community Ambassador
$2,500

  • 1 Table for 10
  • 1 Valet Parking Pass
  • 1/4 Pg. Birthday/ Congratulatory message in Program Book
  • Logo on event website
  • Special recognition in Program Book

Community Hero
$1,000

  • 2 Tickets
  • 1 Valet Parking Pass
  • 1/4 Pg. Birthday/ Congratulatory message in Program Book
  • Special recognition in Program Book

Community Ally
$187

  • 1 Ticket

Program Book Birthday & Congratulatory Messages

  • One Full Page………………………….$1,200
  • One-Half Page……………………….$600
  • One-Fourth Page………………..$550
  • One-Eighth Page…………………$150
  • One-Line Message…………….$87

Community Guardian Awards Sponsors

We thank you for joining with us in promoting healing and justice. 

Schedule & Location

Registration begins - 6:00pm

Art for Healing & Justice

Be sure to come early to check out the art exhibit!

Celebration - 6:30pm

Enjoy a delicious dinner while we celebrate Alvin Brooks’ and Mamie Hughes’ birthdays, AdHoc’s work of healing and justice, and our incredible Community Guardians.

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