Excelsior Springs High School student TJ Johnson received one of the top awards at the Northland Community Foundation’s 17th Annual Celebration Breakfast on Friday, April 25, at Harrah’s North Kansas City.
Nearly 400 civic and business leaders, community volunteers, and donors were there to see Johnson awarded the Virjean Burton Youth Philanthropy Award for his philanthropic leadership and action. The award is named for the Northland Community Foundation’s founder in honor of her dedication to the Northland community.
Rev. George “Dub” Steincross emceed the event, which also featured Board Chair Mischa Buford Epps; Executive Director Louise Welborn; and keynote speaker Denise Dowd, MD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Physician at Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics.
In addition to the award presented to Johnson—who was accompanied at the event by his father, Brik Johnson, and Deb Foster, representing the i-ROK Foundation, which was the Virjean Burton Youth Philanthropy Award recipient organization—seven students from the Northland were also awarded scholarships from six of the foundation’s scholarship funds.
The Northland Community Foundation also honored Charlie Hughes, retired director of social work at Liberty Hospital, with the Pinnacle Award.
In addition, seven students from the Northland were awarded scholarships from six of the Northland Community Foundation’s scholarship funds.
The Northland Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation and was formed in 1986. Its mission is to improve the quality of life in Clay and Platte counties. For more information, visit www.northlandcf.org.
By Standard Staff • StandardStaff@leaderpress.com