Spirit Awards

Thanks to 380 of our closest friends, the 35th  Annual Gillis Spirit Awards raised more than $177,000 to support the mission of Gillis. The 2016 Honorary Chairs were Tom and Rhonda Meyer. Guests enjoyed catering by Lon Lane’s Inspired Occasions, an open bar and lively entertainment by American Stereo and DJ Ashton  Martin. Congratulations to the following 2016 Spirit Award recipients who were honored for their inspirational commitment to improving our community:

Spirit Award Winners

Bill & Christy Gautreaux

Young Spirit Award Winner

Natasha Kirsch

Gillis Volunteer of the Year

Tripp Walsworth

Special thanks to our generous 2016 Gillis Spirit Awards Sponsors:


Burns & McDonnell


Kansas City Power & Light




David and Jodi Belpedio

Citizen’s Bank & Trust

DMH Advertising

Gilmore & Bell

Hallmark Cards, Inc.

Lockton Companies

Stinson Leonard Street

Superior Bowen Asphalt Co


Steve Gill & Monique Exposito

Midland Loan Services

UMB Financial Corporation



Country Club Bank

Denise Cross & Larry Hightower

Ryan Dowis & Jeremy Hegle

Steve & Cathy Doyal

Eric & Joan Giovanni

JE Dunn Construction

Stephen & Beth O’Neill

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