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

On October 11th at the Scottish Rite Temple, we will celebrate the great work community leaders and organizations are making to revitalize our city’s neighborhoods. Thrive is an annual celebration of achievements in community development. In partnership with the City of Kansas City, MO, Unified Government of Wyandotte County, EDCKC and with your help, we will honor the best of Kansas City as we savor local food and entertainment while recognizing seven leaders and organizations for their contributions to community transformation. 

Thursday, October 11, 2018
4 pm Reception | 5 pm Awards Presentation 
Scottish Rite Temple | Kansas City, Missouri 


Meet the 2018 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

Avenues 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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Get your Thrive tickets today! 

You do not want to miss Thrive, Kansas City's premier annual celebration of achievements in community development. Join us in celebrating the great work community leaders and organizations are making to revitalize our city’s neighborhoods.

Thrive Tickets
Thrive 2017

We're still beaming with excitement and pride! We are well into the planning of Thrive 2018 and hope that you'll celebrate with us this year. Take a look at last year's honoree videos as a reminder as to how incredible the honorees truly are. Who will you nominate to be honored this year? 

Thrive 2017 Videos


Kim Riley