November 2017 Around Town 1

Ruck Between Rivers a Success

The annual Ruck Between Rivers finale event was held at Krug Park in St. Joseph, MO on September 17th.  The event was capped off with a live concert performance by Matt Snook.  There were live auctions and silent auctions, with all money raised going to the Cameron Veteran’s home.  Many people in attendance were touched by the tribute to our Veterans.  It was an honor to serve those who have served.

Recipes Remembered Raises Funds

On September 27th, Wexford Place Senior Living community enjoyed a special fundraising luncheon featuring classic dishes found in vintage cookbooks. Tables were set covered with tablecloths manufactured in the 40s, 50s, and 60s. This luncheon was also a special way to thank and pay tribute to the countless meals Northland women have prepared for families and friends over a lifetime. Speaker Erica White, Director of the Atkins Johnson Farm Museum, provided the program and provided a review of local author Cheryl McCann’s book, “Stirring Up History, The Meals, Memoirs, and Memories of our Ladies of Clay County.” The Recipes Remembered luncheon raised over $800 for the Heart of America Alzheimer’s Association. Alzheimer’s fundraising is an important initiative of Senior Star owned communities, and this year Wexford Place raised over $27,000 for the Heart of America Chapter Alzheimer’s Association.

Assistance League of Kansas City launches Operation Hug

When a child has to go to the emergency room or makes a trip to a surgical center, it can be a frightening experience. Giving a child comfort during this traumatic time is the main goal of Operation Hug.

Operation Hug is a wonderful program operated and funded through the Assistance League® of Kansas City. They deliver soft, cuddly teddy bears to six local hospital and three surgical centers. The bears are adorable and just the right size for a child to hug (hence the name” Operation Hug “).

Their devoted volunteers delivered over 5,500 bears last year. They replenish the bears as needed and it’s so rewarding to know over 5,000 children have been helped with just a ” bear hug.”

VFW Hosts Veterans 
Day Dinner

The VFW  Post 7356 Auxiliary invites Veterans, active duty military, first responders and their families to our Annual Veterans Day Dinner. A traditional spaghetti dinner will be served at Post 7356 on November 11th from 5 to 7 pm. The Post is located at 10125 Tom Watson Parkway in Parkville, MO.  The free dinner is a thank you for veterans’ service and to those who ensure our safety. Please join us for fellowship and to learn what the VFW and Auxiliary do for Veterans and the community.  For more information contact Anita Crowell, Auxiliary President, at 816.550.1049 or

First Accredited IAYT Yoga Therapy Training Program in Kansas City finds home in Parkville

Om Prana Yoga announces a collaborative agreement with Yoga Yoga of Austin, TX to bring an accredited Yoga Therapy Training program to Missouri and Kansas.

Yoga Therapy Training Programs accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapy (IAYT) are at least two years in length and a minimum of 800 hours.

Yoga Yoga has been training Yoga Teachers at the 200 and 500-hour level since 1997 and offering Yoga Therapy training since 2014. This professional training was accredited by IAYT in 2016, one of the few Yoga Therapy training programs in the country to gain this designation. Upon completion of the training program, instructors will be eligible for certification by IAYT (C-IAYT), the most distinguished designation in the industry.

Om Prana Yoga is a studio in the Kansas City Northland that has been training Yoga Teachers at the 200-hour level since 2014. The addition of Module 1 of this program allows yoga teachers to obtain an advanced 500-hour registration and then continue with their training.

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Dobies Healthcare Group Appoints 
New President

As Dobies Healthcare Group celebrates its 25th year, the healthcare marketing and branding company, led by founder and Chief Executive Officer Carol Dobies, has named Julie Amor, MHA, as President.

In her new role, Amor will implement corporate growth strategies, manage workforce strategies, expand firm offerings, enhance the company’s social purpose initiatives and oversee corporate policies. In addition, she will continue her role as Chief Strategy Officer, working directly with clients to develop competitive marketing and positioning strategies.

Amor has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare strategy, marketing, branding, and operations. Prior to Dobies Healthcare Group, she was Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Communication, at The University of Kansas Hospital (now University of Kansas Health System). Amor earned her Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree from Park University after completing her bachelor’s in Marketing Communications from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Before KU, Amor was with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City. Additionally, her commitment to the community is exemplified by her role as Chair of the Nominating Committee, Board of Directors, for Kansas City Public Television (KCPT) since 2009.

Feed Northland Kids Opens In-School Pantry

Feed Northland Kids, an organization devoted to reaching out to the food insecure in our own backyard, has realized a long time dream with the creation of an in-school pantry at Winnetonka High School. Hunger follows elementary-aged students and their long-term goal is to continue to provide access to food as they advance into other schools. School administration and staff are very supportive and the pantry has been well-received by the students. A huge thanks to our endowment supporters, who’ve made this endeavor a reality. For more information, visit