July 2015 Around Town 1


Curry Real Estate Services Wins Greater
Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
Legacy of Kansas City Award

Curry Real Estate Services was announced as the winner of the 2015 Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Legacy of Kansas City award recently. The award honors longevity, quality products and/or services, and community service in small businesses more than 15 years old in the Kansas City area. The company received the award at the chamber’s 2015 Small Business Awards Luncheon on May 13.

“We are so honored to receive the Legacy award from the KC Chamber,” says Ellen Todd, president and CEO of Curry Real Estate Services. “We’re grateful today for the foundation of service set for our company by the Currys and carried forward by my dad, Ray Brock, for 60 years. That rich legacy shaped us and spurs us to continue providing a high standard of service to our customers and community.”

Founded in 1924, Curry Real Estate Services offers a full complement of services that cover nearly every facet of real estate – leasing, managing, selling and consulting in the commercial property and multi-family sectors throughout greater Kansas City. For more information, visit CurryRE.com.

Support Kansas City Celebrates Award Winners

Support Kansas City, a local nonprofit providing business and development support services to other nonprofits, recently celebrated the winners of the 2015 Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership Award. More than 150 guests attended the panel discussion and awards reception to honor Community LINC, who won the award for an agency with a budget of $1 million or more, and Girls on the Run of Greater Kansas City, who received the award for an agency with a budget of $1 million or less.

“This is our sixth year to recognize nonprofit leadership,” says Debra Box, executive director of Support Kansas City. “Each year we see continued growth and evolution in the way paid staff and board members collaborate both internally and externally. These leaders foster a collaborative environment within their organizations that strengthens our entire nonprofit sector. Kansas City is rich with nonprofit professionals and volunteers committed to serving our community.”

Support Kansas City is based in Mission and provides nonprofit organizations in Kansas and Missouri with business and development expertise, empowering them to focus on their missions.

Kansas City Selected for 2015 Navy Week

What’s it like to be deployed at sea for six months?  What new technologies is the Navy currently developing?  These questions and many more will be answered in Kansas City. One of 12 cities selected to host a 2015 Navy Week, a Navy signature outreach program.

KC Navy Week is scheduled for August 17-23, coincident with the KC Aviation Expo and Air Show, and is designed to provide area residents an opportunity to learn about the Navy, its people, and its importance to national security and prosperity.

“Outreach programs like Navy Weeks are extremely important to ensure Americans outside Fleet concentration areas have the opportunity to connect with their Navy,” says Commander James Stockman, director, Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO).  “Navy Weeks allow Americans to meet face-to-face with Navy personnel to increase their understanding that their Navy is a war fighting force, deployed around the world and always ready.”

Local small business to Generate Money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities

Tracy Spisak, owner of Gallery Portraiture (GalleryPortraiture.com) is hosting an event, “You are my Sweetest Gift,” with proceeds benefitting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City.

To celebrate summer, Gallery Portraiture is offering $100 mini-sessions for children on July 23, 24 and 25.  The entire session fee will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City to benefit families whose children are affected with life threatening illnesses.

The team at Gallery Portraiture works with each child and family to capture true life expressions and interactions that will transform your life into art.

“Around here we celebrate every day.  We truly understand that each day is a gift.  Ronald McDonald House Charities has always been a charity very close to our hearts at Gallery Portraiture but became even more important to us, when our team member’s daughter, Ciara, was diagnosed with cancer three years ago. RMHC has been there when Ciara and her family has needed them. We want to show our continued support to them for all the great things they do for families facing the impossible.” says Tracy Spisak, owner of Gallery Portraiture.

The “You are my Sweetest Gift” event is happening at Gallery Portraiture’s Portrait Park, July 23, 24 & 25. Limited sessions are available, by appointment only. Please call 816.734.7272 to reserve your spot today.

Great Guns in Liberty Hosts Female Friendly Conceal and Carry Classes

Is a handgun the newest trend in accessories for women? The answer would be yes, if you ask Kathy Peisert, owner of Great Guns in Liberty. She has seen an increase in women in the Conceal and Carry classes she hosts, monthly.

“There are women in every one of the classes now,” says Mrs. Peisert. According to her records over the last sixteen months,  women comprise an average of 35 percent of the classes.

Female gun ownership has doubled from 2005 to 2013, according to a 2014 National Shooting Sports Foundation study.

The Great Guns “CCW” classes are taught by Richard Eaton who specializes in firearms training and attorney Kevin Jamison who teaches the legal portion of the course. Richard has been an FFL holder for decades and has been an NRA certified instructor certified in personal protection and pistol safety for over 10 years.

A fee is charged and reservations are required for the monthly classes, which can be made by visiting, or  calling Great Guns, of Liberty, at 816.781.2323.

Dylan Knoll Earns Lifetime Achievement Award in President’s Volunteer Service Awards Program

Dylan Knoll, a senior at North Kansas City High School, has earned the Lifetime Achievement Award in the President’s Volunteer Service Awards Program. Knoll volunteered for more than 4,000 hours to earn the award. His record 4,540 hours were earned over his high school career. Knoll is seen below with Northtown Principal Dan Wartick.

Knoll volunteered at Young Champions of America and assisted the instructor at Maplewood and Crestview elementary schools and at Robinson Elementary School in Raytown. He worked with youth helping them develop life skills and the sport the YCOA provides.

KC Skin & Cancer Center Offers Skin Typing Services

Most people incorrectly guess their skin type, then use the wrong products. Kansas City Skin & Cancer Center can help.

The center’s new Skin Type Solutions System is the first location in the Midwest. The system helps patients determine their true skin type. It takes the guesswork out of selecting skincare products.

The Skin Type Solutions System is based on Dr. Leslie Baumann’s 16 Baumann Skin Types. The system includes 18 skincare brands – some are well-known, while others are available exclusively through the Skin Type Solutions System.

After taking a simple, scientifically validated quiz, patients receive their Baumann Skin Type and a recommended product regimen. It’s personalized care.

Drs. Mark Cohen, Kimberly Schoofs, and Wenfei Xie serve patients at Kansas City Skin & Cancer Center’s two offices. The Skin Type Solutions System is available at both the Northland and Shawnee Mission Medical Center campus locations. To learn more, visit KCSkinCenter.com.