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10.11.2018 | 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.


We're beaming with excitement and pride! Greater Kansas City LISC's Second Annual Thrive Celebration was a huge success. Over 300 people came together to celebrate our seven honorees, enjoy delicious KC eats, and toast achievements in community development in Kansas City. To our honorees, sponsors, artists, and all the organizations and individuals in Kansas City who work tirelessly to make our city thrive, we say, ‘Thank You!’

Thrive, the poem

Jose Faus set the stage at Thrive with his poem, Thrive. The poet, writer, painter, playwright and founding member of the Latino Writers Collective, Faus is the 2011 winner of the Poets & Writers Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award. The multi-disciplinary artist and writer came to Kansas City from Bogota, Columbia, as a child. 

Read Thrive Here

Congratulations to all the Thrive honorees!  

Rock the Block

Habitat for Humanity’s Home Preservation Program improves conditions in existing neighborhoods to help increase pride of ownership for current residents.  More than 300 volunteer and staff members complete exterior repair projects for low-moderate income homeowners on a selected block.

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Rosedale Development Association

Informally organized as Rosedale Community Council in 1945 as a grassroots, community-centered organization addressing issues such as neighborhood blight, business development, crime, zoning and flood control, Rosedale Development Association remains committed to work with residents, businesses and institutions to develop a thriving Rosedale community.

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Broderick Crawford

A consummate community volunteer, dedicated to assisting and improving the lives of those who are less fortunate, Broderick has been a champion for organizing groups to restore the built environment in Northeast Kansas City, KS including the Jersey Creek Trail Renovation and Expansion Project.

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Diosselyn Tot

Sumner Academy and KU graduate, Wyandotte County resident Diosselyn uses her experience and passion in community building and engagement to lead projects that are green, art and entrepreneurship initiatives including an Integrated Voter Engagement program, Know your Rights workshops, Art Squad and she co-founded URBANWORKS.

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Impact Wednesday

Avenue of Life’s Impact Wednesday is a cross sector collaborative partnership that is action oriented and unique. It is the only Collective Impact approach to solving homelessness in Wyandotte County, combining extensive collaboration, wrap around services and comprehensive case managing in one centralized location.

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Ajamu Webster

Ajamu’s commitment for residents of Kansas City’s distressed communities is exemplified by his active participation in many professional organizations and board appointments. He’s most proud of the Radio-Thon with the Prospect Business Association and WeDevelopment Credit Union which is in the final stages of the Federal Chartering process.

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Kennedy Johnson

Youth literacy is Kennedy’s passion. Kennedy hosted book drives at the Linwood YMCA’s Fall Family Festival and Breakfast with Santa events distributing over 2000 children’s books that she personally collected. To accompany each book, she designed and crafted bookmarks featuring the importance of early childhood literacy.

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Kim Riley